"The Hill Land for Excellent Living"
Henry Schoolcraft was an American geographer, geologist and ethnologist who was knwon for his deep studies and respect for Native American cultures. Schoolcraft believed that if places were named at least in part by utilizing aNative American word before settlers moved in, the name should stay. His objective was to preserve the original languages once used to describe the land. Alaiedon is one of those words.
"AL" means THE; AI is an Indian word meaning "Good and Excellent" ;"ON" of Native American definiton means "Hill"
The Chippewa Indian dictionary gives the word "AIED" as the meaning "Live or Living".
AL-AIED-ON = The Hill Land for Excellent Living
Aleidon Township History Web Page (http://www.alaiedontwp.com/history.htm)
Rodolphus Tryon farm, Alaiedon Township
The township of Alaiedon, including congressional
town No. 3 north, in range 1 west, lies near the centre of ingham County,
and is bounded north by Meridian, east by Wheatfield, south by Vevay, and
west by Delhi. The eastern boundary of the township was surveyed in 1824
by Joseph Wampler, the north and west boundaries in 1825 by Lucius Lyon,
and the south boundary in 1825 by John Mullett. In 1827 the town was
subdivided by Musgrove Evans.
The principal streams in the township are Mud and Sycamore Creeks, the former entering on section34 and the latter on section 32, and the two uniting on section 19. The name "Sycamore Creek" is retained by the stream thus formed, which finally enters the Cedar River in the southeast part of the city of Lansing. Dobie Lake, on sections 10 and 11, is a sheet of water covering, according to the map, about thirty-five acres, and draining northeast. Herron Creek takes its rise in the northwest part of the town and flows northerly. A large portion of the township is level or gently undulating, while in some localities the surface becomes more broken. it is generally well improved.
|EARLY SETTLERS||THE FIRST....|
|Land Entries found in Alaiedon tract-book||Log House|
|1836 Settlers||Birth, Death|
|1837 Settlers||1844 Taxpayers|
Supervisors, Twp Clerks, Treasurers,
Justice of the Peace
|Leek Cemetery||First Schools|
|Historic Cemeteries||1879 Township Report|
|Dubois, Foot-Rockwell, Olds, Strickland||District No.1|
|District No. 2|
|TOWN SKETCHES||School District No. 3|
|Jefferson City||District No. 4|
|District No 5.|
|BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES||Early School Life|
|Alexander Dobie||District No. 6|
|William P Robbins||District No. 8|
|John W. Speer||District No. 9|
|Orlando B. Stillman||District No. 11 and 13|
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