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List of Informants                  489
m 1878 of parents of English and Scotch descent who were born in New York. Mr. Ross has a large stock of humorous and sentimental songs, most of which were learned in his childhood.
Rowell manuscript (The). See following note
Mr. E. W. Rowell, of Ithaca, has a manuscript book of songs which was examined through the aid of Mr. Rowell's brother, a shoe repair man in Kalkaska. The songs in this book were written there before and during 1883 and 1884 by Mrs Mary Fisher Rowell, Blanchard, Michigan, a stepmother of E. W. Rowell.
Mrs. Maude Simpson was a student in Wayne University, Detroit, in 1934. She was born in Alger, and as a child had enjoyed the singing of old traditional songs by her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Otis Evilsizer. Some of these she wrote from memory and obtained others from oral singing and recitation.
Mr. Henry Smith was born in Franklin County, New York, in 1856 and moved to Michigan in 1878; he now lives in Belding. His Scotch father was born in Vermont; his Welsh mother, in New York. His songs are mainly humorous.
Miss Mabel Tuggle was a student in Wayne University, Detroit, in 1928-31. Although she had heard in her native town, Concord Depot, Virginia, the songs which she communicated, some of them sung by members of her own family, she is included among the Michigan informants because she shows that old-time songs are today migrating by word of mouth, as they did in former times.
Tutlull manuscript (The). See following note.
Mrs. Allan Tutlull, a farmer's wife near Grattan Center, has two small com­position books in which she wrote the words of songs as her mother sang them.
Mrs. William Warner, Orleans, has a leather-covered notebook in which her maternal grandfather, Mr. George W. Gernsey, wrote the words of many songs. Mr. Gernsey was born in Ballston, Saratoga County, New York, in 1809 and died in Ionia County, Michigan, in 1877. He must have come to Michigan at some time between 1841, when he still lived in Scipio, New York, since he signed the manuscript to that effect, and 1858, when the birth of a daughter in Kaston Township, Ionia County, was recorded in his family Bible. Mr. Gcrnsey was a shoemaker by trade and also cleaned and repaired clocks. There arc over three hundred pages of songs in this book written from 1841, or perhaps before, until the lime of the Civil War at least. Mrs. Warner remem­bers hearing her grandfadier sing some of these songs.
Wood manuscript (The). See following note.
Mrs. Russell Wood, who lives near Kalkaska, has a composition book con­taining the words of some songs which she knew and of others which she had taken down from the singing of lumbermen.
Mrs. Dorothy Woodin, a middle-aged farmer's wife now living in Harrison, communicated in 1928 a few traditional songs which she had learned from hearing mem sung throughout her childhood and youth in her native town, Waldron, and later in Harrison.
Mrs. Eliza Wasson Youngs, Greenville, was born in Ireland in 1841. She came to the United States in 1850 and lived near Watkins, New York, until







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