Ingham County Michigan


By an act of the Legislature, approved March 6, 1836, T1 N R 2W, then a part of Aurelius, was set off and organized into a township and was named Onondaga by one of a committee for that purpose, Orrin Phelps, who thought it one of the good old Inidan names that are written on our waters and rooted in our soil.

Pioneer History of Ingham County, 1923


Onondaga, MI (Michigan Central Depot) (1911) - Contributed by Paul Petosky

The township of Onondaga lies in the southwest corner of the county of Ingham, and is bounded north by Aurelius, east by Leslie, south by JAckston County, and west by Eaton County. It includes congressional township north, in range 2 west of the principal meridian of Michigan.  The south boundary was surveyed by Joseph Wampler in 1824, the north, east and west boundaries by John Mullett in 1824-25, and the subdivisions by Hervey Parks in 1825.

Grand River enters this township on the south, near the south quarter-post of section 33, and alter a general northwest course passes out near the quarter corner on the west side of section7. It furnishes limited power, which has ben utilized at Winfield, or "Kinneyville."  Willow Creek is a tributary of Grand River, which flows westward across the northern part of town, and several small streams are found.  On section 22 is a small lake.  The Grand River Valley Railroad extends across the southwest portion of the township, having a station in Onondaga.  The surface of this town is considerably broken, although level tracts appear in places.  The soil is fertile and the improvements good.


Township Information

Oliver Booth Land Entries
Dr. Hiram Frye Birth, Marriage
Peter Cranston 1844 Resident Taxpayers
Henry Allen First Historical Meeting
Benjamin Rossman  
George French  
Lane Cemetery Early Schools
Onondaga Cemetery 1862  Report
  1879 Township School Report
RELIGIOUS/CHURCHES East Onondaga School District
Baptist Church District No. 6
Methodist Episcopal Church  
Village of Onondaga Sawmill
Kinneyville Stage Coach Days
John Harwood Onondaga Lodge No. 197 F and A.M.
Joseph Sibley  p830 Onondaga Lodge No. 152 I.O.O.F.
Job Campbell p 296  



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