Summit Township
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Summit Depot 1911
Summit Depot 1911, contributed by Paul Petosky

From "The History of Jackson County, Michigan" 1881

    This township, as constituted by an act of the Legislature in 1857, was settled as early as 1830 by an unknown squatter.  The year following, a permanent settlement was made, but the name of such pioneer became lost amid the number who flocked into the picturesque land during 1831-'2.  The township lies south of Jackson, bounding the southern portion of the city on the south, east and west.  It is considered one of the richest agricultural divisions of the county; the farmers are skilled in their art, and have raised their township from the wilderness state to that of the most favored land.  The soil is a sandy loam with a clay subsoil; the face of the country is rolling, hill and dale alternate, and throughout groves of fine timber vary the landscape.     
      This township may be said to be the basin of Grand River as well as Spring Arbor creek.  The lakes and ponds are numerous, including Brown's, Vandercook's, Sharpe's and Cove lakes, with a dozen of ponds bearing various names.  The T. W., J., L. & S. R. R., with the Air-Line division of the M. C. R. R., runs southwest through the district, while the M. C. main line passes through its northeast sections.  The township contains about 36 sections, giving homes to a prosperous people.

BIOGRAPHICAL

    Following will be found biographical mention of a large number of the most enterprising residents of the township, which will not fail to be of value and interest to not only themselves, but their friends in other portions of the country.

    Sidney ALDRICH was born June 2, 1817, in Kettleborough, Suffolk Co., Eng.  His father, Elijah Aldrich, was born in 1797; his mother, Sidonia, was born in 1793.  There were of this generation 5 children—James, Letitia, Sidney, Edgar and Anna.  Three are yet living.  Sidney emigrated to America in the spring of 1832, first locating in Plattsburg, where he resided four years, and learned carriage-making.  He went into business in Clarence, Erie Co., N. Y, continuing to ply his vocation 16 years, when he engaged in farming in Newstead, Erie Co.  July 4, 1839, he married Lydia Ann York, who was born in Canandaigua, Ontario Co., N. Y., Sept. 23, 1818.  The fruit of this marriage has been 9 children, born in the following order: Orlando W., March 30, 1840; Allen F., Feb. 10, 1843; Anna Letitia, March 5,1845; Harriet Alberta, June 16, 1848; Edgar L., Sept. 25, 1850, died Dec. 13,  1857; Sidney George,   Sept. 4, 1853; Charles A., May 25, 1856, died April 10, 1868; Stephen E., March 31, 1858, died March 28, 1859; William H., Jan. 29, 1860.  In April, 1864, Mr. Aldrich came to Summit and located on sections 34 and 27.  He owns 140 acres of land in this township, valued at $65 per acre, a farm of 140 acres in section 22 ($40 per acre), and 88 acres in Goochland County, Va.  He is a Republican, and has been for 25 years a licensed preacher of the M. E. Church.  He has bestowed unusual care on the education and training of his children, and one of his sons has already reached distinction.  Orlando Wesley Aldrich graduated at Bloomington Wesleyan University, and took successively the following degrees: B. A., M. A., Ph. B., Ph. D., and at the Prince Albert University of Ontario took the degree of LL. D.  He practiced his profession at Bloomington, Ill., was Prof, of Law and German in his Alma Mater, has been the editor of the Monthly Jurist, and is the author of a legal work, "Contracts," published by Callihan & Co., of Chicago.  He is now President of the Mutual Aid Association of Columbus, Ohio.  George Sidney Aldrich graduated at Jackson High School in the scientific course in 1873, and in the law department of Michigan University at Ann Arbor in 1876.  He practiced law at Vermontville about one year, and has resided in Goochland County, Va., nearly three years.

    Dennis BADGLEY was born in Seneca County, N. Y., Oct. 20, 1837.  His father, John D. Badgley, of Scotch extraction, was a native of the same place, being born there in 1801.  His mother, Charlotte Miller, was born at Plainfield, N. J., in 1806.  She was of German descent.  They settled in Grass Lake in 1845, and had 7 children, 5 of whom are now living.  Their names are as follows: Lewis, Elizabeth, Dennis, Junius (died in 1858), Jay, Jabez and Millie (died in 1850).  The mother died in Grass Lake in 1849.  After this event her husband went to Ionia, and died there in 1875.  Dennis married Sarah A. Christopher, of Liberty, Dec. 18, 1864.  Thev have 7 children—Forrest Clyde, born April 11, 1866; Ernest Clay, born Sept. 11, 1868; Grace M., born Oct. 26, 1870; Nora, born Jan. 2, 1873; Verne W., born Nov. 25, 1874; Laura, born Sept. 28, 1876; Hattie, born Jan. 18, 1879.  They have lived on this farm since 1864.  It consists of 126 acres located in section 34; value, $75.  In 1872 Mr. Badgley built a fine residence.  He is a farmer, and makes a specialty of merino sheep.  In the spring of 1860 he went to Nevada, where he engaged in mining and building for mining companies, for four years, when he returned to Michigan, and invested his money in a farm.  He is a Republican.

    Deming BOLDREY was born in Province of Quebec, Can., March 9, 1816.  His father, Silas Boldrey, was born in Taunton, Mass., in 1775; he came to Michigan, May 1, 1837, where he died June 25, 1844.  His wife was born in Vermont in 1772, and died in this township in 1845.  They had 3 children—James, born March 9, 1810; Lama, April, 1813, and Deming.  Wm. Thompson, his maternal grandfather was born in Ireland in 1737 and died here in 1840, just previous to his 103d birthday.  On the death of his father Deming took possession of the homestead where he has lived since.  In 1843 he married the widow of James Boldrey, who died June 11, 1841.  Her first marriage occurred in Niagara County, N. Y., in 1837; by this she was the mother of 2 sons—Silas, now living in this township, and Sylvester, who died in the hospital during the late war.  Deming Boldrey and wife had 2 sons, Edgar and Truman.  Edgar died in the army in 1863.  Truman Boldrey was born Jan. 1, 1868.  Lucy Crego, his wife, daughter of Wm. and Lucy Cresro, of Liberty, was born May 8, 1850.  They have 7 children—Pearl, born Nov. 1, 1868; William, born Aug. 3, 1870; Ava, Jan. 16, 1872; George, Sept. 17, 1874; Stephen, June 21, 1876; Gracie, Feb. 4, 1878; Ransom, Nov. 13, 1880.  Mr. Boldrey enlisted in Company A, 3d Michigan Cavalry, and was at Iuka, Miss.  His farm comprises 120 acres of land, valued at $70 per acre.

    Silas W. BOLDREY, the son of James and Maria Boldrey, was born in the township where he now resides, Sept. 25, 1838.  Nov. 24, 1862, he married Cornelia Thayer.  They have 4 children— Sinnia M., born April 10,1864; Forrest, born Aug. 10, 1867; Bert, born Oct. 12, 1874; Royal, born June 26, 1878.  Mr. Boldrey has followed farming as an avocation; has a fine farm of 100 acres, valued at $65 per acre.  He is Republican in political principles.  Erastus M. Thayer, the father of Mrs. Boldrey, who is spending the last years of his life with her, was born in Monroe County, N. Y, Nov. 20, 1817.  He was engaged in the Patriot war of 1838, and carries in his person a ball as a reminder of one incident of his personal connection with the luckless enterprise, handed down to posterity under the cognomen of the Patriot war.  In company with seven comrades, he left Prescott, Canada, for the other shore; they were discovered and fired at, and six of his companions were killed.  He escaped with a severe wound.

    Benanawell B. BRADFORD was born in Sharon, Schoharie Co., N. Y., March 16, 1812.  He came of illustrious ancestry, his lineage being direct from William Bradford, second Governor of the Plymouth colony, one of the Pilgrim fathers, who landed in Plymouth from the Mayflower, in December, 1620.  Mr. Bradford's father and mother were natives of Connecticut.  His father was born June 17, 1779, and died Oct. 9, 1837.  His mother was born June 9, 1784, and died June 2, 1857.  Mr. Bradford, Sr., moved from Connecticut to New York, about the year 1810.  He was the father of 13 children, all of whom lived to become heads of families.  Mr. Bradford, of this sketch, was married Feb. 3, 1836, to Emily Crocker, who was born in New York, July 13, 1813.  Six children, all of whom are living, were born to them as follows: John W., June 16, 1838; Laura F., June 18, 1840; Hannah Annette, May 18, 1842; Elizabeth O, Aug. 11, 1844; Martin B., Sept. 4, 1847; Edgar A., Feb. 11, 1850.  The family came to Michigan in December, 1836, and lived in Eaton County until 1844, when they removed to Jackson County.  They settled in this township in 1862.  Mr. Bradford has been engaged in agriculture from boyhood, has been a Republican from the founding of the party, and a member of the Methodist Church for 50 years.

    John O. BURCHARD was born in Lima, Livingston Co., N. Y., Feb. 5, 1836.  He married Matilda Steftey, of Sandstone, Mich., Sept. 29, 1875.  She was born in Steuben County, N. Y., Dec. 7, 1850.  They have 2 children—John T., born Feb. 25, 1877, and Carrie, born July 20, 1880.  The father of Mr. Burchard was born in Livingston County, N. Y., in 1801; his mother in the same county in 1803.  They moved to Jackson county in 1846, where the father died Dec. 20, 1878, the son succeeding to the estate consisting of 239 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre.  Besides general farming he has been successfully engaged in agriculture.

    John D. CLARK was born in Maryland, Jan. 10, 1824.  His parents, Hiram and Meyena (Potts) Clark, were both natives of Maryland, and emigrated to Bedford County, Penn., in 1825.  His father died in Cambria County, Penn., in 1831.  His mother removed to Michigan in 1845, and died at Ypsilanti in 1867.  Their son, John, lived in Detroit seven years, going from there to Elgin, Ill., where he stayed one year, when he went to Aurora, living there until May 20, 1878, when he removed to this township, having purchased the farm owned by E. B. Walworth, comprising 77 acres of land, estimated at $60 per acre.  Aug. 20, 1849, he married Catharine Hayes, by whom he has had 6 children—Meyena M., born Aug. 9, 1850; died Nov. 24, 1865; Mary F., Jan. 10, 1853; John D.; Ellen C, born March 4, 1858; James E., born Nov. 29, 1861; Wm. D., Oct. 2, 1864.  He is a Republican.  His wife was born July 22,1828, in Cork County, Ireland, and came to this country when 12 years of age.  Mr. Clark was a fireman in the employ of the M. C. R. R. during its early difficulties.  The attacking by stones and bullets and the side expeditions brought about by obstructed tracks, was deemed by him sufficient cause for dissolving his interests with the railroad, and he engaged in farming.

    Mrs. Mary CROUCH, daughter of Israel and Carna Graves, was born in Prattsburg, Steuben Co., N. Y., Jan. 12, 1821.  Israel Graves was born in Whately, Mass., Jan. 11, 1785; his wife, at Deerfield, Mass., Feb. 21, 1787.  They were married about 1807, and settled in New York, where Mrs. Crouch was born.  Mr. Graves died May 14, 1855.  Mrs. Graves still lives at Cohocton, Steuben Co., N. Y.  Mary married Joseph Crouch at that place May 31, 1857, where 1 daughter, Freelove G., was born March 22, 1860.  In 1866 Joseph Crouch settled with his family on section 33.  He was born at Saratoga, N. Y., March 22, 1803, and died Jan. 15, 1880.  He was a Republican, and all his life a man who received the consideration and respect of all who knew him, and held positions of trust among his fellows.  He owned a farm of 120 acres, valued at $64 per acre, and also valuable property in the city of Jackson.  Mrs. Crouch is a Congregationalist.

    Alanson DIBBLE was born in Elma, Erie Co., N. Y., Jan. 23, 1824.  In 1836 he came to Michigan with his parents and settled within half a mile of where he now lives. His father bought 160 acres of land and so added to it by purchase that he owned 300 acres.  He disposed of portions until he reduced his real estate to 180 acres.  Alanson married Sabra L. Field April 2, 1857.  She was one of a family of 13 children, of whom 1 brother and 8 sisters are living.  Mrs. Dibble has 4 children—Dwight M., born Jan. 15,1858; Edwin M., born Nov. 4, 1860; Ellen O., born Dec. 5, 1863; Jennie M., Nov. 25, 1871.  Mr. Dibble was the son of Abraham and Mercy (McCain) Dibble.  His father was born in August, 1794, in Vermont.  He was in the war of 1812, and died in New York about 1831.  His mother was born about 1808 in New York, and died when about 42 years of age.  Mrs. Dibble was the daughter of Thomas and Charity (McCain) Field.  The homestead contains 242 acres, valued at $9,680.  Mr. Dibble is a Republican.

    Gideon C. DRAPER first saw the light of day in the town of Newstead, Erie Co., N. Y.  He is the son of Addison Draper, who was born Sept. 19, 1782, in Vermont, and died in New York June 15, 1839.  His mother, Mercy (Eldred) Draper, was born in Otsego County, N. Y., Jan. 14, 1787, and died in Erie County, N. Y., May 20, 1861.  His father was a soldier of 1812.  The subject of this sketch married Martha Russell, of Dundee, Monroe Co., Mich., March 10, 1850.  She was born at Lodi, Seneca Co., N. Y., Jan. 9, 1829.  Five children were the results of this marriage.  George A. was born Jan. 3, 1851, died Aug. 21, 1860; Ella M., born April 23, 1852, died Nov. 30, 1863; Cora T., Sept. 12, 1861, died Sept. 24, 1862; Satie E., Jan. 24, 1865.  Mr. Draper is a Methodist, and Republican in politics.  He was engaged in the Patriot war of 1838, and was stationed at Tonawanda and Buffalo.  He came to Michigan at the close of that little craze, settled in Rives, and afterward went to Napoleon, where he lived 18 years, coming to this township in 1865.  He owns 110 acres of land, estimated at $100.

    The parents of Nelson K. ELLIOTT were born in the Empire State; his father, George P. Elliott, May 29, 1792; his mother, Sallie (Munson), Sept. 30, 1793.  Their marriage took place in Rochester, N. Y., and they had 11 children, 7 of whom still survive.  Eunice, the eldest, was born Oct. 1, 1812; Munson, Jan. 23, 1814; Arthur, Jan. 13, 1816; Harriet, May 18, 1818, died Sept. 19, 1819, at Rochester; Eliza Jane, Sept. 22,1820, at Gates, Monroe Co., N. Y.; Nelson K, July 18, 1822; Electa W., July 23, 1824, at Gates; Sarepta Maria, Sept. 18, 1826, at Ogden, N. Y.; Edwin Francis, Feb. 14, 1829, at Ogden; George, July 26,1832, at Medina, Orleans County, killed by falling of a tree, in Cattaraugus County; Ellen M., Aug. 7, 1835, at Medina, Orleans Co., N. Y., died Sept. 7, 1836.  The mother died at Medina June 19, 1852. Nelson married Austiss Brown, of Akron, Erie Co., N. Y., Jan. 1, 1841, she died in Linden, N. Y., Nov. 21, 1850.  Mr. Elliott's second wife was Julia Ann Cady, of Hadley, Lapeer Co., Mich., to whom he was married Aug. 24, 1851.  From the first marriage there were 2 children—James P.,  born at Orion,  Oakland   Co.,  July 29, 1844; and Mary Jane, born at the same place Oct. 20, 1845.  From the second marriage were the following children—Sterling P., born at Orion, May 25, 1852; Ida Julia, born at Corunna, Shiawassee Co., June 24, 1854, died at Chesaning, Saginaw Co., Aug. 12, 1857; Frances Mary, born at Chesaning, Sept. 30, 1857; Clarence, born at Springfield, Oakland Co., Jan. 19, 1860; Henry Bruce, born at Groveland, Oakland Co., July 18, 1865.  In the spring of 1843 Mr. Elliott settled at Owenville, Oakland Co. Mich., where he remained about 10 years, moving from there to Corunna, thence to Chesaning, thence to Springfield, and finally to Jackson County.  In 1870 he purchased Lake Mills, formerly Vandercook's Mills, where he has since resided.  The improvements and alterations have nearly obliterated the identity of the place as he found it.  He owns 155 acres of desirable land in proximity to his mill property, has always been a Democrat, belongs to no Church, but is tolerant of all religious organizations.  He is of Irish descent, and was a soldier in the 1st Engineers and Mechanics' Reg. of Mich. Vol.

    The father of Owen ELLISON was born June 17, 1785, in New York, he was a soldier in the war of 1812, and after its close settled in Montgomery, Orange Co., N. Y.  He died March 25, 1816.  The mother was born in New York in 1780, and died in Jackson County, March 19, 1848; she was German by birth.  Owen Ellison was born Feb. 17, 1809, in Newburg, Orange Co., N. Y.  His wife, Mary Ann Bloomingdale, was born in Rhode Island Feb. 8, 1810.  The marriage took place in Benton, Yates Co., N. Y., March 17, 1830, and in 1835 they removed to Michigan.  They have 4 sons living, viz.: Geo. W., born Aug. 21. 1835; Owen, Jr., born Jan. 29, 1839; Benj. W., born Oct. 18, 1841; Francis M.. born May 12, 1846.  George is a farmer, in Summit: Owen is a practicing physician in Ironton, Ohio; he was Asst. Surgeon in the 31st Reg. Mich. Vol.; Benjamin is a druggist in Alma, Mich.; Francis remains at home with his parents.  The home farm comprises 500 acres, estimated at $40 per acre.  The family attend the Wesleyan Methodist Church.  Mr. Ellison is a Republican of the most radical stripe, having voted for James G. Birney, Abolition candidate for President.

    James H. FURGUSON was born July 15, 1821, in Onondaga County, N. Y.  His father, Michael Furguson, was of Scotch-Irish descent, and was born in Schoharie County, N. Y., in 1798.  He died at Fauplain, Montcalm Co., Mich., in 1872.  His wife was of German parentage.  James married Carsendane Nelson, of Napoleon, April 14, 1847.  She was born in Hartford, Washington Co., N. Y., May 20, 1821.  Her family came to Michigan in 1840.  Mr. Furguson removed to this State in 1833, settled at Manchester, afterward at Norvell, where he lived 18 years, and came to this township in 1865.  He is the father of 3 children, as follows: Myron L., born Sept. 1, 1817; Mary Ida, born July 1, 1856; Laura E., born Aug. 17, 1861.  Laura married Milton J. Draper Dec. 31, 1874, and now lives in Rives.  The Furguson family are Baptists.  Mr. Furguson owns 90 acres of land, which he values at about $90 per acre.  He is politically a Republican, and has served as Justice of the Peace four years.

    Grandison FILLEY (deceased), Summit Township, sections 13 and 24; P. O., Jackson; is a son of Elijah Filley, a native of Connecticut, where he was born Feb. 9,1815, and was reared on a farm.  In 1836 he came to Jackson, Mich., where he followed the occupation of a farmer.  There were but a few frame buildings where Jackson now stands; there were no roads, and the country was a vast wilderness.  Owned 250 acres of land at his death, which occurred July 15, 1863.  He married Miss Ann McClure, daughter of Moses and Elizabeth McClure.  She was born in Franklin County, Vt., Aug. 20, 1820.  She is the only one surviving of 14 children.  The fruits of this marriage were 4 children, 3 of whom are still living.  Mr. Filley was a kind husband, and was respected by all who knew him.

    The grandfather of Reuben E. GALLUP, John Gallup, was born in Massachusetts about the year 1800.  He was afterward a resident of New York, and in the capacity of civil engineer was employed in the construction of the locks in the Erie canal at Lockport.  He came to Napoleon, Mich., in 1849, and engaged in farming.  He died in 1855.  His son Eliel also settled in Napoleon.  The births of his 4 children, all of whom are yet living, occurred as follows: Reuben E., July 15, 1844; Harriet E., 1847; Sarah D., 1849; Albert H., 1852.  Reuben left Napoleon for a town formerly known as Devil's Run, remaining there two years in the capacity of bookkeeper for a lumbering firm.  Oct. 25, 1848, he married Eliza Biddlecome, of Mount Clemens, Mich.; soon after he came to this township and took up his residence on section 18, where he lived until May, 1880, when he bought 80 acres of land, valued at $50 per acre.  Two children have been born to him—Katie, born Sept. 10, 1869, died Sept. 25, 1872, and Edward E., born Nov. 29, 1871.  Mr. Gallup is a practical teacher, and has followed his business for many years.  In 187- was elected Treasurer of the town, which office he held until 1878.  In 1880 was appointed to fill vacancy of same office.  He has acted as School Superintendent since the institution of the office in 1875.  In 1880 he took the U. S. census.  In politics he is a Republican, and in religious belief a Wesleyan Methodist.  Mrs. Gallup was a native of London, Province of Ontario, where she was born Oct. 3, 1841.  Her maternal grandfather, John Dolph, was born in Wilkesbarre, Penn., about 1795, of Scotch parentage; he died in Newstead, Erie Co., N. Y., in 1830.  Sarah Dolph, his wife, was a German, born in Wilkesbarre, Pa., about 1798; died in Newstead in 1859.  Four brothers of Mrs. Gallup were engaged in the civil war, two of whom lost their lives.  William, a Lieutenant, was killed at Fredericksburg, and George at Atlanta, Ga.

    Delates H. GOLDSMITH was the son of Charles Y. and Minerva Peterson Goldsmith.  His father was born in Knox, Albany Co., N. Y., Nov. 3, 1817; his mother was born Aug. 1, 1827, at Roxford Flats, Saratoga Co., N Y.  They were married in Jackson Oct. 4, 18-16, and have 4 children, born as follows: Charles H., July 21, 1847, in Spring Arbor; George L., Sept. 18,1819, in this township; D. H., Sept. 8, 1851, in Summit; and Ida E., Aug. 6, 1855, also in this township.  Chas. Goldsmith's father was born in New York in 1782.  He was a soldier and pensioner of the war of 1812, and was in the engagement at Sackett's Harbor.  He was a school teacher for 40 years, and served as Postmaster during a long term of years, and died in this township in 1873.  His wife was a German.  His father was a Revolutionary soldier under Gen. Gates, and was present at Burgoyne's surrender at Saratoga. Chas. Goldsmith died on this farm Dec. 6, 1864. He was a carpenter and farmer. His wife came to Michigan in 1834 with her parents, and located upon a farm owned by Daniel Holcomb.  The subject of this sketch married Nellie Brownell, of Jackson, March 25, 1879.  She was the daughter of Franklin and Angeline Brownell.  Her father was born in 1812 in Washington County, New York; her mother in Chautauqua County, New York, in 1815.  They located in Cass County, Mich., in 1846, where the mother died in 1865.  Mr. Brownell died at Niles in 1879.  He was a member of the Legislature from Cass County two terms, and was Supervisor of Pokegon and Niles three years.  Mr. Goldsmith has lived where he now resides since his birth.  He has acted in the capacity of Tp. Clerk since 1877, and is a School Director of district No. 3.  He is a Democrat.  His wife is a member of the Episcopal Church.

    Warren GREEN was born in Kingsbury, Washington Co., N. Y., Feb. 1, 1805.  He was the son of William and Sidonia (Priest) Green.  His father was born in Rhode Island in 1772, and died in 1819.  His mother was born in Clarendon, Vt., in 1776, and died in 1852.  Mr. Green came to Kalamazoo County in 1845, lived there one year and moved to Spring Arbor, where he remained nine years, after which he fixed the place of his abode in Summit.  Sept. 14, 1823, he married Evaline Nichols, of Royalton, Niagara Co., N. Y.  There are 4 children from this marriage born as follows: Daniel B., Sept. 30, 1825; Ruth A., March 19, 1827; Betsey M., April 3, 1829, died Dec. 1, 1878.  One child died in infancy.  The wife died in 1829, and a second took her place April 25, 1833.  She was Harriet E. Dwight, of Royalton, N. Y., and was born Jan. 12, 1809, in Massachusetts.  From this marriage there were 5 children, born as follows: Kennicott, May 31, 1835; Hosmer C, Dec. 31, 1837; Chapman W., April 5, 1840, died Nov. 26, 1841; Sidonia A., May 3, 1842.  The second wife died Nov. 1, 1871, aged 62.  Mr. Green politically is a Democrat, and has been a member of the Masonic order 60 years.  His son Kennicott is a Royal Arch Mason and has held all chief offices to seven degrees.  The homestead comprises 174 acres, valued at $12,180.

    H. F. HOLCOMB (deceased) was the son of Ebenezer and Margaret Holcomb, and was born June 24, 1814, at Penn Yan, N. Y.  He came to Summit in 1837 and engaged in farming.  He was successful, and at one time owned 480 acres, half of which has been disposed of.  He was a Master Mason and died here Jan. 4, 1874, of dropsy of the heart.  He was Justice of the Peace four years and was a Republican in politics.  Dec. 3, 1838, he married Delia, daughter of John and Thankful (Madison) Childs, who was born March 6, 1814, at Palmyra, N. Y.  She is of Scotch descent and has had 6 children—Gilson, born Oct. 1, 1839, now living in Little Elm, Denton Co., Texas; Esther, born April 19, 1841, wife of Oscar Tunnicliff, Denton County, Texas; Alanson L., born May 25, 1844, a farmer in this township; Jefferson L., born Sept. 23, 1848, now a farmer of Dallas, Texas; Annis M., born Feb. 14, 1851, wife of Merritt Waddells, Hanover; Frank, born Oct. 16, 1756, now residing with his mother at the homestead.

    Camden A. KNIGHT was born Nov. 23, 1815, in Niagara County, N. Y.  His father was born in Rutland County, Vt., in August, 1783.  His mother was born in the same county in 1781.  Both were of Scotch origin.  In June, 1829, Mr. Knight came to Washtenaw County, Mich.  In 1833 he removed to Columbia, Jackson Co., and in 1841 to this township.  At the date of this writing he has been proprietor of the place where he now resides 37 years.  When he moved here the county was comparatively unsettled, his nearest neighbors being six miles distant.  He married Adelia M. Griswold, of Somerset, Niagara Co., N. Y., in Sept., 1840.  Mrs. Knight's father is still living in Kansas at the advanced age of 100 years.  He went to Kansas when 95 years old. "Go West, young man; go West."  Mrs. Knight was born in Onondaga County, N. Y., July 29, 1819, and is the mother of 3 children, born as follows: Ortha A., April 18, 1843; Addie O., Aug. 27, 1847; Datie A., July 21, 1850.  Mr. Knight is a Republican, having belonged to the old anti-slavery element.  The family are members of the Baptist society.  Ortha, the elder daughter, married Volney Merwin, attorney of Jackson.

    Abram LEE is a native of Roxbury, N. Y., where he was born Oct. 13, 1821.  His father, Daniel O. Lee, was born in Roxbury, Oct. 27, 1800, and died in Jackson, Oct, 16, 1849.  His mother, Sally Hannah, was born in Greene County, N. Y., Sept 6, 1801, and died in Jackson, Jan. 21, 1868.  Abram Lee was married Sept. 30, 1841, to Charlotte Manchester, of Royalton, Niagara County, N. Y.  She died in Summit, March 11, 1852.  From this marriage were the following children: John M., born July 7, 1846, died Oct, 10, 1846; Abram Alonzo, born Sept. 10, 1849,  died Nov. 12, 1850; Chester Abram, born Feb. 28, 1852, died Sept. 1, 1857.  July 14, 1852, Mr. Lee married Hannah E. Freeman, who died childless, Sept. 9, 1857.  Dec. 15, 1857, a third marriage was contracted with Susan Godfrey, who is still living.  She is the mother of 1 son, William Edgar, born Feb. 21, 1860.  Mr. Lee came to Jackson County and settled on the farm which he now occupies.  His first purchase was 160 acres, in section 26, where he erected good and commodious buildings.  He has since added 34 acres, which makes his aggregate 194 acres, valued at $70  per acre.  In politics he is a Republican; in religious belief a Unitarian.

    Margaret A. LOOMIS was born in Schuyler, Herkimer Co., N. Y., Sept. 24, 1822.  Her father, Augustus Sterling:, of German descent, was a native of the same place.  Her mother, Annie Merwin, was born on Long Island.  She was English by birth.  The Sterlings settled in Wayne County, Mich., in 1836, where the father died two years later in March, and the mother about 1850.  Margaret Sterling married Selah Loomis, at Dearborn, Wayne Co., Mich., Jan. 5, 1837, and in March, 1838, removed to Jackson County, where he built a hotel two miles west of the city on land now owned by Constant Pond.  The "wild-cat" days deeply involved the financial affairs of Mr. Loomis and nearly left him bankrupt.  His courage and persevering industry soon enabled him to clear up every dollar of his liabilities.  About 1843 he came to Jacksonburgh, now Jackson, where he engaged in teaming and stage driving.  He drove the first stage from Detroit to Chicago, made regular trips during the cholera period and also during the Black Hawk war.  He at one time occupied a farm near where the State's prison now stands.  In May, 1845 he bought 80 acres of land in section 22, Summit, where he settled the same year.  Here he lived nearly 30 years when failing health induced his return to the city of Jackson, where he died July 15, 1875.  In 1856 he added 80 acres to his original purchase in Summit, and afterward sold 40, which leaves the farm 120 acres in extent.  In April, 1877, Mrs. Loomis returned to the farm, where she has since resided with 1 son.  She has 4 children—Chas. A., born in Wayne County, Nov. 5,1837; Geo. L., who lives with his mother, born Sept. 16, 1839, in Jackson; Wm. Henry, born Aug. 23, 1843; Mary Frances, born Jan. 3,1853.  The family are not connected with any religious denomination.  Geo. has served as Constable seven years.

    Zora McGONEGAL was born June 29,1835, in Bath, Steuben Co., N. Y.  He was the son of Ira and Julia (Hayden) McGonegal.  His father was born in Pompey, N. Y., June 21,1805.  His mother was born May 14, 1812, in the same town.  She died Sept. 20, 1849.  His father was of Scotch parentage and is now living with his third wife in the township of Blackman.  Six of nine children resulting from this marriage are now living—Jennie B., born June 29, 1830, now living in Brighton, Province of Ontario; John, born Aug. 2, 1832, living in Wellsville, Allegany Co., N. Y.; Zora; Guy K, born June 10, 1836, living in Kansas; Emeline, born Nov. 2, 1840; Fannie, born Feb. 6, 1846.  Both the latter are living in Ithaca, Tompkins Co., N. Y.  The second wife of Ira McGonegal was Mary E. Owen, of Bath, Steuben Co.  This marriage occurred in March, 1850, and resulted in 2 children, born as follows—Julia A., in 1852, and Libbie, in June, 1855.  The second wife died July 1, 1878.  Zora married Maria Shrubb, of Lysander, Onondaga Co., N. Y., Feb. 6, 1826.  She was the daughter of John and Ruth Shrubb, both of English descent, and was  born in Cato, Cayuga Co., N. Y., June 11, 1839.  She has 7 sons born in the following order—Grove, Feb. 21, 1863; John, July 21,1865; Zora, March 9, 1867; Lee, Sept. 9, 1868; Austin, Aug. 19, 1872; Archie, Nov. 1, 1875; Floyd, June 26, 1880.  Fourteen years ago, in 1866, they located in Spring Arbor, where they bought 40 acres of land, in 10 years adding to it 40 acres more.  In 1880 this was sold and a purchase made of 121 acres in section 18, Summit.  Mr. McGonegal is a member of the National party.  Two brothers of his wife are still living in Onondaga County, N. Y.

    Robert B. OLIVER was born Dec. 21,1839, in Newstead, Erie Co., N. Y.  He was the youngest of 9 children, 6 of whom are now living.  He was married to Harriet E. Gallup, Dec. 21, 1863, and is the father of 2 children, born as follows—Reuben A., April 21, 1865, and Dwight I., Sept. 8, 1873.  The marriage occurred at Newstead, N. Y., and two years thereafter the family moved to Napoleon, Mich., where they lived two years, when they settled in this township, section 18.  They remained there until 1880 when they purchased 89 acres in section 15, where they now reside.  The parents of Mr. Oliver were John and Phebe (Diehens) Oliver.  His father was born in Massachusetts in 1790, and died in Erie County Nov. 9, 1879, his mother was born in Massachusetts in 1796, and died June 20, 1872.  Mr. Oliver is a Republican in political principles, and Wesleyan Methodist in religious faith.  His wife was born in Newstead, Feb. 27,1847, and was the daughter of Eliel and Electa Gallup.

    L. G. PERRY is a native of Charlotte, Vermont, where he was born July 20, 1809.  His father was of Scotch descent and was born near Troy, N. Y.  He met a tragic fate in 1811 in the town of Essex in the same State, where he was engaged in lumbering.  He was left asleep by his companions, who returned some hours later to find his charred remains in the ashes of the shanty.  The mother of Mr. Perry was born in Massachusetts, Dec. 18, 1784.  April 6, 1837, he married Sarah M. Hodgkins, of Lockport, N. Y.  She was born Oct. 19, 1817, and died July 15,1879.  Two children are living—Mary E., born March 12, 1838, and Philecta M., born May 27, 1839.  The eldest is the wife of Col. De Land, editor of the Saginaw Herald.  Mr. Perry is a member of the Congregational society of Jackson, connecting himself therewith at its organization.  He has acted with the Republican party from its inception.  A portrait of Mr. Perry will be seen on page 857.

    Philander E. PIERCE is a native of Hamilton, Madison County, N. Y., Feb. 14, 1825.  His father, Martin Pierce, was born in the same town in April, 1798.  He was a soldier in the war of 1812, and was stationed at Sackett's Harbor, N. Y.  His wife, Mary Ann (Jackson) Pierce, was born in Herkimer County, N, Y., in the year 1800, and died at Jackson, in October, 1870.  Martin Pierce moved to Michigan in 1844, and settled in Van Buren County, where he died in 1855.  He was the father of 8 children, 4 of whom are living—George W., in Washington Territory; A. N. Pierce, a physician in Detroit;  Leonard O. and Philander E., the latter married Rosina M. D. Laverty at Jackson November 11, 1846.  Only 2 children are living—Mina M. E., born Nov. 28, 1847, and Corydon E., born Feb. 6, 1851.  Mina married A. A. Sprague, a merchant of Hudson, Nov, 18, 1870; Corydon lives in El Dorado County, California, and is engaged in farming.  Mr. Pierce is a Free Thinker in religious matters, and in politics coincides with the principles of the Greenback, or National party.  He settled in Jackson, moving there April 15, 1845, where he engaged in the manufacture of harnesses in company with Albert Howe.  They were the sole persons engaged in that line of business at that time in the county.  In October, 1847, he moved to Lansing, where he remained 10 years, working at his trade.  He made the first harness in Lansing.  His daughter Mina was the first white female child born in Lansing.  He returned to Jackson, where he engaged alternately in agriculture and harness-making.  He was the first man to set up market gardening as a business in Jackson.  He owns 82 acres of land under high cultivation which he values at $125 per acre.

    William ROOT was born Sept. 19,1816 in Ludlow, Mass., whence his father moved to Allegany County, N. Y., without, however, locating there permanently; they came to Michigan at an early date in its history, before modern facilities for transportation had been introduced.  The journey was made with ox teams, and consumed 27 days.  They first stopped in Somerset, Hillsdale Co., where they remained only nine months.  Mr. Root's father preceded his removal by a few months and settled in Liberty, whither he was followed by his son, who engaged in blacksmithing and breaking prairie.  Nov. 8, 1843, he married Sarah A. Palmer, and in the following January removed to Ingham County, where he bought a farm and remained on it six years, after which he settled in Summit, where he now lives.  His wife died Nov. 30, 1854, leaving 2 children—Arthur B., born April 13, 1846 and Arvilla M., born May 21, 1853.  His present wife, Anna (Fisher) Root, was born Oct. 16, 1821, at Newstead, Erie County, N. Y.  This marriage occurred May 12, 1855.  Mrs. Root has 1 daughter, Jane, by first marriage, now living in the town of Columbia.  She was born March 19, 1839.  The parents of William Root were Pliny and Ruth (Cleveland) Root; the father was born Feb. 23, 1785, in Ludlow, Mass., and died Feb. 23, 1863.  His father, Timothy Root, was born in 1761, and was one of three brothers, who came to this country.  He was the father of 12 children, born as follows: William, Aug, 9, 1773; Sally, July 26, 1776; Nancy, April 27, 1778; Flavia, March, 7, 1780; Amy, 1782; Pliny, Feb. 23, 1785; Sophia, Dec. 20, 1786; Amos, Jan. 24, 1788; Dorothea, Jan. 3, 1790; Polly, Nov. 5, 1791; Permelia, Sept. 16, 1795; Elizabeth, Nov. 22, 1798; Cynthia, Oct. 30, 1801.  Pliny was the father of 5 children, born in the following order: Nancy, March 20, 1811; Ruth E., Feb. 19, 1814; William Timothy, Aug. 29, 1818; Simon P., Feb. 24, 1824.  Ruth lives in Jackson, and Simon is a physician in Somerset, Hillsdale County.  William lives on a farm of 106 acres in Summit.  He is a Republican, and is a Vice-President of the Pioneer's Association; has served as School Inspector for 12 years, and as Claim Commissioner two years; is Deacon and Clerk of Baptist Church in South Jackson, where he has been Postmaster 20 years.  His farm is valued at $65 per acre.

    David B. STEWART was born March 5, 1813, in Northampton, Montgomery Co., N. Y.  His father, Ezekiel N. Stewart, was born at Bedford, N. Y., in 1786.  In 1831 he came to Lodi, Washtenaw Co., where he lived four years; removed to Somerset where he remained four years.  He went to Hanover, living there eight years; thence to Blackman for a period of five years; to Eaton County, where he continued four years.  In April, 1862, he came to this township to visit his son, and April 25, two weeks after his arrival, he died.  His wife, Dorcas Burdick, was born in Vermont, and died in Hanover in 1843.  Her father was born in or near New York City, and was a Revolutionary soldier, and died about 1858.  The subject of this sketch came to Michigan with his parents, and on reaching his majority went to Mishawaka, Ind., where he found employment in the St. Joseph Iron Works.  He commenced farming in Hanover about 1839, on section 1.  To his first proprietorship of 50 acres he added 80 more, and continued here until 1869, when he changed location to section 31, this township, where he purchased 150 acres, now valued at $80 per acre.  He married Phebe L. Walworth April 9, 1843, in Kinderhook, Branch Co.  James Walworth, her father, was born Feb. 8, 1770, and died Feb. 18, 1841, in Washtenaw County.  His wife, Mary, was born Nov. 17, 1777, and died in 1840, in Washtenaw County.  The paternal grandparents of Mrs. Stewart were all their lives residents of New York.  She has in her possession her father's commission from the State of New York as Colonel of the State Militia, dated April 24, 1817.  Mr. Stewart's maternal grandfather was a soldier of the French and Indian wars, and when a boy lived near Lexington, where he heard the first gun of the Revolution.  The political principles of Mr. Stewart are Democratic.  In religious faith he is a Methodist; his wife is a member of the Christian Church.

    Isaac STORM is a native of Cherry Valley, Otsego Co., N. Y.  Nicholas Storm, his father, was born July 15, 1785, in Washington County, N. Y.  His mother, Hannah (Hall) Storm, was of German extraction.  They were married July 15, 1811, in Otsego County, N. Y.  The father of Nicholas Storm, Isaac Storm, was born in Washington County, N. Y., Sept. 2, 1752.  He was a soldier in the Revolution, and a commissary in 1812, operating at Buffalo.  His wife was born Dec. 24, 1759.  The fruits of this marriage were 11 children, all of whom reached maturity, and were born as follows: Nicholas, July, 15, 1785; James, Nov. 25, 1786; Esther, Aug. 23, 1788; Sally, Sept. 25, 1790; Isaac, July 12, 1792; Rebecca, April 29, 1794; Polly, April 14, 1796; Catharine, Feb. 16, 1798; Garry, Dec. 18, 1800; Eleanor, April 27, 1802; Hannah, Aug. 12, 1804.      Mr. Storm settled in Monroe County, Mich., about 1830, where his wife died and was buried.  In 1834 he returned to New York where he died in 1842.  His son Nicholas removed from Otsego County, N.Y., to Genesee, in 1824.  He was the father of 8 children, 5 of whom are living.  They were born in the following order: John, March 19, 1812, now living in Ionia County; Sarah, Sept. 5,1814, living at Warsaw, N. Y.; Lovice, June 23, 1816, residing at Hanover, Mich.; Isaac, Sept. 9, 1823; Hannah, Dec. 31, 1825, resident at Alta, Pope Co., Minn.  Isaac, the subject of this notice, was married to Elizabeth Ann Wood, at West Bloomfield, Ontario Co., N. Y., Feb. 17, 1850.  She was born at West Bloomfield April 5, 1829, and has 5 children living.  Their births occurred as follows: Orson J., Feb. 10, 1851; Frank B., Sept. 13, 1852; Geo. L., June 1, 1858; Cassias M., Oct. 12, 1862; Clayton W., Dec. 17, 1864.  Mr. Storm owns 140 acres of land, valued at $65 per acre.  He has always been a Republican.

    Hawley F. THOMAS, of the Central City Nurseries, was born Aug. 24, 1837, in Ohio, at Hiram, near the college where President Garfield commenced his public life.  Hawley was the youngest of 5 children.  His father, Rev. Heman Thomas, a Baptist minister, died and was buried at Mantua Center, five miles west of Hiram, in September, 1840.  His influence lives while he sleeps.  His dying request, that his boys should always be temperate and avoid all profanity, has been carefully observed.  On the death of the father the two eldest children went to live with relatives on the reserve; Henry, the next, came to Michigan to live with his grandfather, Reuben Henry, of Napoleon.  He staid but a few years, and returned and died at Stone in 1849.  The mother returned to Hiram to the old farm with the two youngest— Martha and Hawley, to live with their paternal grandfather, Deacon Benajah Thomas.  Here in Hiram commenced the schooldays at a little village on the Caryhough river, called the "Rapids;" there, down the river a few miles on Judge Atwater's farm (now Mantua Station), among the grand old orchards, chestnuts and maple groves, was spent the heyday of youth.  Then a step-father's home was substituted, and more school-days in Hiram, under Henry Canfield.  But in 1848 life changes to a new farm in northwestern Ohio, Hicksville, Defiance Co.  Here little was known but hard work for the next four years, at which time he left his mother and went into the world to make his own way.  Three months were spent at school under the Rev. James Hadsell, where he imbibed a desire for a more liberal education, and toiled on farms and railroads then in process of construction until he had accumulated a sufficient fund to visit his old home on the western reserve and enter Hiram College; but a serious and long sickness exhausted money and a natural strong constitution.  A few years in Medina and Summit counties and he returns to Edgerton, Williams Co., entering in '56 the engineer corps that built the Air-Line railroad west of Toledo, with his sister Martha's husband, J. O. Coburn, a civil engineer.  After the railroad was finished, the nursery business was engaged in.  In the spring of '59 he visited Michigan, and relatives in Jackson County.  His mother settled at Christine, in Columbia, where he taught school the next winter, and in the winter of '60 and '61 in the village of Brooklyn.  That spring, or in June, his sister Martha died, at their mother's home, and was buried at the head of Clark's lake; the husband went to Big Rapids, this State, and engaged in the practice of law until the 6th Michigan Cavalry was formed, when he enlisted.  He was clerk of the regiment at the time of his capture.  He was thrown into Libby and there starved to death under the very eyes of that arch traitor, Jeff.  Davis Hawley was married Nov. 14, 1861, to Cynthia D. Harvey, second daughter of Silas Harvey, of Napoleon (see sketch in that township).  The first events of married life were spent in Ovid, this State, where he taught the village school, and had, previous to marriage, started a nursery.  The war now affected the business and he sold out and returned to Jackson County.  Their first 2 children were born in Napoleon—Lillian May, Feb. 6, 1863, Grantie Heman, March 14, 1864.  In the spring of '69 they moved to the city here.  Sept. 28 the second son was born —Fernie Harvey.  The next winter, March 5, little Grantie died.  He was buried at Napoleon.  June 28, 1871, their 2d daughter was born—Venia Flony.  After being in the agricultural implement business and building, Mr. Thomas engaged in his old business again, the nursery and fruit line being congenial to his tastes.  On Sept. 6,1878, his mother died at Bronson, this State, in her 70th year, loved by all for her virtues and Christian graces.  Mr. Thomas has always been an Independent Republican, for the last decade voting for no man, on his ticket or off, who catered to the whisky interest.

    Tunis VROOMAN was born April 29,1802,in Middleburg, Schoharie Co., N. Y.  He was the son of Barnet and Maria (Root) Vrooman, both natives of Schoharie County.  Tunis came to Michigan in the fall of 1835, and located at Jacksonburgh, near Summit, on section 19.  He married Hannah Knieskern in 1823, in Carlisle, N. Y.  She died six years after the marriage, of consumption, in Orleans County.  Two years after he married Eliza Craig of Shelby, Orleans Co.; 6 children were the result of this union—Hannah E., born Dec. 10, 1831, married John Stewart, who was mortally wounded at the battle of Spottsylvania, and died in Washington; she is now the widow of Calvin Walworth and lives in Moscow, Hillsdale Co.  Olive was born Nov. 10, 1833; she married Daniel Brickley, of Isabella County; David, born May 22, 1836, is a farmer in Isabella County.  Cornelia A., born September, 1838, married William Goldsmith of Isabella County; Melinda, born April, 1841, married Edward Creech, and lives in Gratiot County.  Her husband was a soldier in the 1st Michigan Infantry, from 1861 to 1865.  At the battle of Gaines' Mills in '62 a bullet entered his face below the right eye and passed entirely through his head, coming out back of his right ear.  After lying on the field three days, he was taken to Richmond, and shared the horrors of Libby prison and Belle Isle.  Maggots got into his wound, and buying two plugs of tobacco from a rebel, he gave them to a comrade, who chewed it and expectorated the juice into the wound, thus establishing a healing and cleansing process.  Six months after he was taken prisoner he was exchanged and sent to York hospital in Pennsylvania.  He rejoined his regiment just prior to the battle of Gettysburg and participated in that fearful conflict.  In 1864 he re-enlisted and fought in the battles of the Wilderness, at Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor, in the siege of Petersburg, the battle at Five Forks, and was present at the surrender of the Army of North Virginia.  At this time he held the rank of Sergeant.  He is a farmer in Gratiot County, and receives a pension.  Tunis, Jr., was born in November, 1846, and lives with his father on the old homestead.  Mr. Vrooman's second wife died Jan. 2, 1853.  Two years thereafter he married her sister Mary, then the Widow Childs.  Her first husband died in the fall of 1848.  She died Aug. 8, 1868.  Jan. 26, 1871, he married his fourth and present wife, Mrs. Eliza Freeman, of Jackson.  Mr. V. is her third husband.  Her maiden name was Eliza Huggins; she was born in Salem, Washington Co., N. Y., April 25, 1811.  She was married to Nathan Baker, May 30, 1833, at Batavia N. Y.; she died Jan. 30, 1862, in Burlington, Mich.  There is 1 child resulting from this union; Warren D., born Sept. 10, 1834, in Alabama, N. Y.  She was married to her second husband, Daniel M. Freeman of Summit, Dec. 25, 1867.  He died the following April.  Mr. Vrooman's farm consists of 160 acres of land in flourishing condition, and is worth $8,000.  He is a Democrat and both himself and wife are members of the Christian Church.  Mr. Vrooman had 2 children by his first marriage—Hiram, born in N. Y. September, 182-, died in Jackson County, Jan. 5, 1851; and Maria, born in New York, in 1825.  She married Lewis Ellsworth, and died in Isabella County, in 1861.
Edwin R. WAIT was born April 22, 1838, in Steuben County, N. Y.; he was the son of John and Petrey (Scidmore) Wait.  His father was born April 9,1790, in Rhode Island, and died Sept 10, 1877, in N. Y.  His mother was born Jan. 12, 1808, in Saratoga County, N. Y.  Edwin married Malvina Dibble, (sister of Alanson Dibble) Nov. 14, 1867.  They have 5 children—Colbie D., born June 15, 1868; Cora E., born Nov. 20, 1869; Merrill, born Apr. 25, 1871; Willie, born July 23, 1873, and Mertie, born Jan. 20, 1880.  Mr. Wait owns 107 acres of land in his home farm, worth $50 per acre.  He is a National in politics.

    John W. WATTS, farmer and real-estate dealer, was born in Leoni Township, Jackson Co., Jan. 13, 1838; was reared on a farm and received, a common-school education.  In 1865 married Miss Henrietta Hemens, daughter of Henry and Julia, father a native of England, and mother of this country.  She was born in Jackson County, Nov. 19, 1847.  The fruit of this marriage is 3 children, viz.: Florence, Lottie and Mary.  Mr. Watts has been identified with the county from his boyhood, and is noted for his strict integrity of character, and unyielding in his convictions of right.  He has held several local offices of trust.  Mr. Watts has some valuable land adjoining the city, and in 1874 laid out what is known as Watts' addition to the city of Jackson.

    Thomas WILSON (deceased) was born in Rutherglen (now New Glasgow), Lanarkshire, Scotland, June 15,1802.  His grandmother was the daughter of the Duke of Hamilton, and his father was a merchant in the city of Glasgow during the French wars.  The fall of Napoleon at Waterloo ruined him financially and he died soon after.  John Wilson, his brother, was a soldier in the British army.  He served in Sir William Ponsonby's cavalry brigade at the battle of Waterloo.  He subsequently enlisted under General Bolivar and went to Peru.  His fate is unknown, as he was never heard from.  After the reverse of fortune and death of his father, Thomas engaged in the calling of shepherd and herder for a time, afterward learning the trade of weaver, which vocation he followed until his departure for America, which took place when he was 18 years of age.  He landed at Quebec, Canada, in 1820, and had but 50 cents in his pocket.  With a party of others, seeking like himself some means of securing an honorable livelihood, he went to Ogdensburg, N. Y., in a scow which was propelled by poles.  He spent a winter in the lumber woods on Black River, N. Y., and went thence to Utica, where he obtained employment as overseer in a woolen factory.  At the termination of his engagement there he engaged in the same vocation at Oriskany.  From there he went to Morrisville to aid in the establishment of a new factory, and from there he went to a locality in Madison County, known as Log City.  July 6, 1828, he married Henrietta Wing at Otselic, Chenango Co., N. Y.  He went to Cazenovia, where he remained about one year, going thence to Manlius Square, Onondaga Co., living there three years and returning to Cazenovia.  Here and at Log City he remained until 1836, when he brought his family to this State (then a Territory).  He and his wife took up 120 acres of land in Spring Arbor, 80 in his name and 40 in hers.  The latter tract is still in her possession.  He sold his division and purchased what is now the homestead and residence of his widow and youngest son.  He made this purchase in 1847 and occupied it until his death, May 28, 1835, in his 73d year.  He was a Democrat politically, and both himself and wife were Methodists.  He was a Royal Arch Mason.  Oct. 5, 1835, he became a citizen of the U. S. by taking out naturalization papers in Eaton, Madison Co., N. Y.  Mrs. Wilson was the daughter of David S. and Marion (Cronkheit) Wing.  Her father was born at Hoosac, N. Y., about 1777.  He was a farmer and drover by occupation and died at Albany in August, 1817.  Her mother was born about 1788 at Hoosac.  Mrs. Cronkheit was of high German descent on the paternal side; her mother was English.  David Wing's ancestry on the father's side came from the English Quakers, on the mother's side from the English.  Mrs. Wilson was born at Hoosac, Rensselaer Co., N. Y., July 25, 1810.  She became the mother of several children, 5 of whom are now living—Wm. H., a heavy dealer in grain in Jackson, was born Dec. 10, 1829; Cornelia M. was born Sept. 15, 1833, and married Wm. Hutchings, of Liberty; Thomas A. was born April 22, 1836, and is a practicing lawyer in Jackson.  Ellen M. was born Oct. 14, 1838, and married Clark Thompson, of North Plains, Ionia Co.; she is now a widow.  Gilbert H. settled the claims of the other heirs of his father's estate and became the possessor of 280 acres, valued in the aggregate at $8,400.  He was born March 17, 1850.  He is pursuing the avocation of farmer on scientific principles—seeking to secure profitable returns from the cultivation of his land without impoverishing the soil.  His leisure is devoted to the study of general subjects and topics bearing upon the cultivation of his farm.

    Daniel B. WALWORTH was born in Shelby, Orleans Co., N. Y.  His father, Thomas Walworth, was an Englishman, and was born Dec. 14, 1794, in Vermont, and died in Liberty in 1853.  His mother, Amanda (Demary) Walworth, was Holland Dutch by descent, and was born Dec. 6, 1800, in New York.  She became the mother of 5 sons and 4 daughters, and died in Liberty in 1866.  When Daniel was four years old his parents settled in Michigan.  He married Mary E. Sharpe, daughter of Seth and Susan Sharpe, Feb. 22, 1861.  She was born May 23, 1839, in Stafford, Genesee Co., N. Y.  Her mother was of Scotch lineage, and died Jan. 30, 1872.  Her father was English by birth, and died Nov. 30, 1869.  Mrs. Walworth is the mother of 2 children—Frank S., born Feb. 14, 1862, and Fred. D., born Nov. 5, 1864. Mr. Walworth is a Democrat.  He owns 80 acres of land in section 23, valued at $75 per acre.


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