Peter Neno Biographical Essay

Reference material supporting the captioned biological essay, keyed to the footnotes in the text, is available as follows.

  • [01] U.S. Government Land Laws, 1854-1909, Nebraska State Historical Society
  • [02] Homestead Act and Land – Lincoln’s Legacy, State Historical Society of North Dakota
  • [03] The Nenno History – How They Lived, Elizabeth Nenno Wilson, 1981, Rev 2003
  • [04] The Nenno History – How They Lived, Elizabeth Nenno Wilson, 1981
  • [05] Pierre Nenno record at Ancestry.Com, posted in “The Windsor Family Tree”
  • [06] Ibid Note 3, pg 5c
  • [07] Before the 1836 Treaty of Washington extinguished Native American claim to most of the land in the northwest part of Northern Michigan, the islands were nominally a part of Michilimackinac County (later renamed Mackinac County). In 1840, that portion of Mackinac County lying in the Lower Peninsula was divided into counties that remained attached for administrative purposes to Mackinac. The Manitou Islands were a part of Leelanau County until the establishment of Manitou County in 1855.
  • [08] 1850 U.S. Census – Mackinac County, Michigan
  • [09] Detail of “Sandy Point” from Original Orange Risdon survey map from 1847.
  • [10] Over the years, this land has shifted with the waves and the wind, so that it now lies partially in Section 2. The west side of the property is approximately bounded by a line going due north on the boardwalk near the lighthouse, across the Kramer house and work shed behind the Lawrence Haas (or “Johnson”) house, to the bay several yards east of the present-day NPS dock. The parcel appears to also have gained about 9/10ths of an acre.
  • [11] Pierre Nenno record at RootsWeb.Com, posted in “The Gentner Family Tree”
  • [12] 1855 Holland Land Co deed to Peter Nenno, History of the Original Town of Concord, New York, pg 721
  • [13] A story in the Nenno family about Nickolas’ name tells that Peter and his wife Mary Ann were out in a boat on the lake in Michigan, when Mary Ann went into labor for her fifth child. Having lost her previous baby at birth, she promised St. Nickolas, the Patron Saint of the Alsatian French, that if she could just get back to shore before her baby was born, she would name the child after him.
  • [14] 1860Census for North Manitou Island, Manitou County, Michigan, pg 79
  • [15] Ibid. Note 11
  • [16] 1865 Federal Tax Assesment List for Marshfield, NY – Peter Neno, Retail Dealer
  • [17] 1866 Federal Tax Assesment List for Langford, NY – Peter Neno, Income Tax Liability
  • [18] 1870 Census, Peter Nenno (“Nano”) family at North Collins township, NY
  • [19] 1870 Agricultural Census, Peter Nenno Farm, Erie County, NY
  • [20] 1880 Agricultural Census, Peter Nenno Farm, Erie County, NY
  • [21] 1880 Census, Springville, NY
  • [22] History of the Original Town of Concord New York, pg 179 and 180
  • [23] Burial record for Pierre Nenno at
  • [24] Burial record for Mary Ann Heides Nenno at
  • [99] Land Patent 486 - Peter Nenno, Oct 11, 1862