A sample entry:
Peter Ant is my grandchildren's ancestor; whether or not it's the Peter Ant named in the above land transaction is not certain. In 1870 "my" Peter Ant was living in Houghton Co., Michigan, with two of his daughters and his son, Peter, living nearby. There was no wife in the household. The children were listed as being born in Wisconsin.
1870 MI Census Portage Twp Houghton Co., MI
ANT, Peter, 48, m/w, laborer, b. Wurtemburg
" , Helena, w/f/16, keeping house, Wisconsin
" , Martha, 11, f/w, at home,WI
An entry in the St. Clement's cemetery was found for Barbara Fuhrmann, wife of Peter Ant, who died in 1864:
Center Line, Michigan
Transcribed by Joyce (VanOverbeke) Sackleh
Barbara Ant (Furman) jan 24 1864 40 wife of Peter Ant
Because Peter Ant bought the Detroit property from Anthony & Margaret Fuhrman, I am speculating that Anthony and Margaret were his father-in-law and mother-in-law (could be brother-in-law, wife's uncle, etc). The good news is that I didn't have the names "Anthony" and "Margaret" to work with before finding the deed abstract in the Wayne Co. land records abstract book at the Library of Michigan. A quick search did not reveal Peter Ant or Anthony & Margaret Fuhrman in the 1850 MI census. A check of the City of Detroit directories, ca 1850 +, may help to verify whether or not the Ant family and/or the Fuhrman family still lived in Detroit in that time frame.