South Lyon – My Family History

Obtained from State-maps.org

Obtained from State-maps.org

I have lived in Michigan my entire life. I first lived in a small townhouse in Clawson and then moved to Canton. After that, when I was about 4 years old, I moved to Salem, but I went to the South Lyon schools. I lived briefly in Traverse City and finally when I was 11 years old, I moved back to the South Lyon school district, but this time in the city itself. I’ve lived there ever since.

My mother grew up in Sterling Heights, Michigan and my father grew up in a multitude of places. He was born in Panama on an Air Force base and moved to the Upper Peninsula to the Sawyer Air Force Base. He then lived in Turkey, followed by Flint, Michigan for a brief time. After he lived in Flint, he moved to Anchorage, Alaska and finally ended up in Port Charlotte, Florida where he met my mother who was visiting the state.

My maternal grandparents both grew up in Michigan in the Metro-Detroit area. My paternal grandmother grew up in Flint, Michigan and my grandfather grew up in Byron Michigan.

About half of my great-grandparents moved to America from other countries. My maternal grandmother’s father moved to America before World War 2 in the early 1930’s because he was fearful of what Hitler would do. He lived in Köln, Germany (Cologne). Her mother was born in Pittsburg, but moved to Italy early in her life because her mother died in child birth. She lived her grandmother in the Alps until she was 17 and then moved to America and ended up in Detroit. My maternal grandfather’s parents both lived in Hamtramck. My paternal grandmother’s mom lived in Flint Michigan and my grandmother’s father was from Saskatchewan, Canada. My paternal grandfather’s parents both lived in Byron, Michigan.