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ELBA MICHIGAN

Lapeer County


Elba, known as township 7 north, of range 9 east, belongs to the western tier of towns in Lapeer County. It is bounded on the north by Oregon, east by Lapeer, south by Hadley and west by Genesee County. The Chicago & Grand Trunk Railroad traverses the northern portion of the township. Farmers Creek is tile principal stream and Lake Nepessing the principal body of water. The population of Elba in 1840 was 100. Census of 1874: Population, 1,108; acres of taxable land, 22,991; of improved land, 7,738; number of sheep, 3,282; of horses, 492; of cows, 491; pounds of wool sheared, 17,849; of pork marketed, 18,178; of butter made, 28,395; bushels of wheat raised preceding year, 33,564; of corn, 19,330; of apples, 4,654, of potatoes, 6,630; tons of hay cut, 1,838.

According to the census of 1880, the town had a population of 1,291. The aggregate valuation of real and personal property as equalized by the board of supervisors in 1882 was $540,000. The 1841 - Township 7 North Range East Section

ENTRIES OF LAND,
Following list shows the entries of land prior to the year

1. Anastasia Thayer, November 6, 1835.
Bobert McMillan, February 12, 1836.
Oliver B. Hart, February 12, 1836.
Increase Vun Deusen, March 24, 1836.
James Turrill. May 6, 1836.

Section 2. Chas. R. Griswald, April 3, 1836.
Darius Lamson, April 11, 1836.
Darius Lamson, April 20, 1836.
Thomas O. Hill, April 21, 1886.
Moses Dole, May 16, 1836.

Section 3.
Ira Davenport, May 25, 1836.

Section 4
James Turrill, May 6, 1836.
Francis G. Macey, May 23, 1886.
O. E. Maltby and A. W. Langdon, May 23, 1836.

Section 5
James Turrill, May 6, 1836.
Henry Isaacs, May 25, 1836.

Section 6
Henry Isaacs, May 25, 1836.
Wain-ge-ke-Shiek, May 13, 1846.
George Hadley, November 3, 1848.
Missionary Society of the M. E. Church, November 3, 1848.

Section 7.
Henry Isaacs, May 25, 1836,
Francis G. Macey, July 16, 1836.

Section 8.
Gersham M. Williams and Peter Deyenoyer, April 9, 1836
Charles and Gasca Rich, May 12, 1836.
Henry Isaacs, May 25, 1836.
Francis G. Macey, July 16, 1836.

Section 9.
James Turrill, May 6, 1836.
George Otto, May 10, 1836.
Francis C. Macey, May 23, 1836.
Charles Curtis, August 4, 1845.
Arzy Smith, October 7, 1850.

Section 10.
Peter G. Desnoyer and Francis Desnoyer, April 12, 1836.
George Otto, May 10, 1836.
Oliver E. Maltby and Amon W. Langdon, May 10, 1836.
Francis G. Macey, May 10, 1836.
Reuben R. Shadbolt, November 3, 1847.

Section 11.
Nathan Dickenson. William H. Imlay and George Beach, April 2, 1836.

Section 12.
Morris T. Allen, August 12, 1833.
Nehemiah M. Allen, August 12, 1833.
Trumbull Carey, March 22, 1836.
James Turrill, May 7, 1836.

Section 13.
George F. Porter, April 19, 1833.
Ira Howland, March 8, 1836.
Trumbull Carey, March 28, 1836.
James Turrill, May 6, 1836.
Jabiah M. Corey, January 24, 1837.

Section 14.
Minor Y. Turrill, June 28, 1832.
Trumbull Carey, March 22, 1836.
Ira Howland and Isaac Wheeler, March 20, 1837.

Section 15.
George Otto, May 10, 1836.
Francis G. Macey, May 10, 1836.
Oliver E. Maltby and Amon W. Langdon, May 11, 1836.
Francis G. Macey, May 17, 1836.

Section 17.
Charles and Gasca Rich, May 12, 1836.
Newell Kinsman, July 16, 1836.
Francis G. Macey, July 16, 1836.

Section 18.
Newell Kinsman, July 16, 1836.
Francis G. Macey, July 16, 1836.
Isaiah Eggleston, May 2, 1839.
Willis F. Eggleston, May 2, 1839.
John Loudon, November 1, 1839.
John Lamoreanx, August 1, 1850.

Section 19.
Francis G. Macey, May 10, 1836.
Francis G. Macey, May 23, 1836.
Sophronia Farnham, September 11, 1839.
John Loudon, November 1, 1839.
Thomas M. Slayton, September 25, 1847.
John S. Winters, October 11, 1847.

Section 20.
James A. Vandyke, April 28, 1836.
Oliver E. Maltby and Amon W. Langdon, May 10, 1836.
Charles and Gasca Rich, May 12, 1836.
Newell Kinsman, January 16, 1836.

Section 21.
Francis G. Macey, May 10, 1886.
Francis G. Macey, May 23, 1886.

Section 22.
Francis G. Macey, May 10 and 23, 1836
Oliver E. Maltby and Amon W. Langdon, May 23, 1836.

Section 28.
Julius Beardsley, July 10, 1834,
Francis G. Matey, May 23, 1836.
Eleazer Lundy, October 25, 1836.
Charles McNeil, Jr., December 13, 1839.
Sylas Moor, December 16, 1839.
John C. Meacham, February 19,1840.
David C. Wattles, December 31, 1841.
Henry Stringer, January 15, 1842.

Section 24.
Henry M. Look, October 18, 1832.
Julius Beardsley, July 10, 1834.
Trumbull Carey, October 29, 1835.
William Moore, March 26, 1835.
Ira Howland, March 26, 1835.
James Turrill, May 6, 1836.
Center Lamb, July 16, 1836.
Calvin Carter, August 26, 1836.

Section 25.
Wilham Moore, March 26, 1836.
Calvin Rose, March 26, 1836.
Daniel H. Chandler, May 2, 1836.
William S. Bird, June 6, 1836.
Smith Titus, June 23,1836,
Nathan Seely, July 6, 1836.

Section 26.
Francis G. Macey, May 23, 1836.
James Bullock, August 26, 1836.

Section 27.
Francis G. Macey, May 23, 1836.
Oliver E. Maltby and Amon W. Langdon, May 28, 1836.
Joshua B. Chapel, August 27, 1836.
Joseph Hoffman, October 28, 1837.

Section 28.
Charles and Gasca, Rich, May 12, 1836.
Levi Bishop, Jr., July 6, 1836.
Isaac Wheeler, July 6, 1836.
Harvey Bordman, October 12, 1836.
Isaac Wheeler, November 22, 1836.
Joseph Hoffman, November 23, 1836.
Francis G. Macey, Decemberer 19, 1836.
Joseph Hoffman, October 28, 1837.

Section 29.
Andrew Turk, May 5, 1836.
Francis G. Macey, May 11, 1836.
Harry Bordman, October 12, 1836.

Section 30.
Daniel H. Chandler, May 2, 1836.
Oliver Maltby and A. W. Langdon, May 10, 1836.
Francis G. Macey, May 10, 1836.
0. E. Maltby and A. W. Langdon, May 23, 1836.
John Starkweather, October 13, 1836.

Section 31.
0. E. Maltby and A. W. Langdon, May 10, 1836.
Francis G. Macey, May 10, 1836.
Charles and Gasca Rich, May 12, 1836.
Francis G. Macey, May 23, 1836.

Section 32.
0. E. Maltby and A. W. Langdon, May 10, 1836.
Francis G. Macey, May 10, 1836.
William D. Potter, Oct. 12, 1836.

Section 33.
Stephen Grant, April 1, 1836.
Charles and Gasca Rich, May 12, 1836.
Henry I. Wilcox, June 17, 1836.
Loren Benedict, October 14, 1836.
John McKay. November 8, 1837.
John Hersey, October 23, 1838.

Section 84.
Francis G. Macey, May 23, 1836.
Henry I. Wilcox, June 17, 1836.
Joseph Fiefield, January 18, 1838.
James R. Van Vranken, July 6. 1841.

Section 35.
Charles Hannibal, July 23, 1835.
John Davison, June 6, 1836.
Ezekiel Skinner, July 13, 1836.
Samuel Davenport, August 26, 1836.

Section 36.
Trumbull Carey, October 29, 1835.
C. C. Palmer and Charles Coventry, April 29, 1836.
Thomas Battens, April 29, 1836.
Daniel H. Chandler, May 2, 1836.
Rufus Cram, December 20, 1836.
Philip Crankshaw, October 15, 1850.
Thomas Shortall, October 15,1850.

EARLY HISTORY.

The first settlers in the town of Elba were Hozial Howland and his son Ira, the latter the oldest living settler in the town. They located on section 24, in the year 1835, the entry of land being dated March 26, 1835.

Hozial Howland was a native of Rhode Island, where his son Ira was born. He moved thence to Connecticut, and from there to Tioga County, Pa. In 1835 he came as has been stated to Lapeer County. He died in September, 1865, aged eighty-four. The same year with the Howlands, came William Sherwood and William S. Bird. In 1836 came William Ross, Augustus Davison, Almon Brookins and Richard Pemberton. The next year came Lewis Bullock, James Bullock, Jonathan Coverdale, and Alanson Hammond. In 1838 William Nowell, Morris Perry, Chauncey Nye and Perry Parker.

From 1839 to 1846, the following persons settled in the township: Silas Moore, Daniel Horton, Sidney Creagor, Alvin McMaster, Calvin Carter, Benjamin Homer, William D. Potter, A. S. Hatch, I. P. Bruce, Robert Rozier, David C. Wattles, Henry Bronson, John Ivory, Samuel Bird, C. P. Goodrich, John Haunan, William Beach, Asa Preston, James Hodgson, G. W. Davis, Samuel Davenport, J. D. McIntyre, R. C. Shadbolt, Tobias Reeser, John N. Briggs.

Of the persons named in this sketch, only Silas Moore, Ira Howland, Alanson Hammond, Sidney Creagor, Samuel Davenport and John N. Briggs, are known to be living in town. Wm. D. Potter. J. D. McIntyre and C. P. Goodrich have removed to Hadley, and most of the others have gone to the regions of the dead. Hozial Howland was a very prominent citizen of the town and county; was judge of probate at an early day. He had a large family all grown to manhood and womanhood, when he emigrated to Michigan. Two of his sons, Thomas and Ephraim Howland, who married Harriet and Mary Ann, daughters of Henry Bronson, were long engaged in mercantile business, and speculations of all kinds, and finally became bankrupt. Afterward uniting with the Protestant Methodist Church, they became acceptable ministers of that denomination. Both died of consumption. Another old pioneer of Elba Richard Pemberton, had six daughters, three of whom became the wives of Silas Moore, Alanson Hammond and Ira Howland, and one son, who became insane in early manhood, and was for many years an inmate of the Michigan Asylum for the lunatic at Kalamazoo, where he died a few years since.

The first school in the town was taught in 1830 in a log school-house on section 19. There were about seventeen scholars. One of the earliest and perhaps the earliest was Robert McKay. The first marriage was John Shafer to his second wife, Mary Louisa Wait, by Ira Howland, J. P.

The first birth was Hozial, son of Benjamin Homer. He was named for Hozial Howland.

The town of Elba was organized in 1838. First township meeting held at the house of William S. Bird, May 5, 1838, with Lewis Bullock as chairman; Augustus Davison and Almon Brookins, clerks; Lewis Bullock was elected supervisor; Philander P. Parker, clerk; Hozial Howland, Augustus Davison, Charles Hannibal and Almon Brookins, justices of the peace; William Bird, Morris Perry, and Ira Howland, highway commissioners; Hozial Howland, Augustus Davison, and Calvin Carter, assessors; Thomas Howland, constable and collector; Charles Hannibal and Calvin Carter, constables; Hozial Howland, Morris Perry, and Augustus Davison, overseers of the poor.

The records of the town from the date of organization to 1846 are missing.

TOWN OFFICERS.

The following is a list of town officers since 1816, the records prior to that time being lost.

1846—Supervisor, William Beech; clerk, Reuben R. Shadbolt; treasurer, Thomas Howland.

1847— Supervisor, Chancy S. Randall; clerk, J. P. Bruce; treasurer, William Clark; number of votes, 85.

1848— Supervisor, William H. Clark; clerk, Lewis Bullock; treasurer, William Clark; number of votes, 82.

1849—Supervisor, William H. Clark; clerk, Joel D. Mclntyre; treasurer, Chancy Merwin; number of votes, 41.

1850—Supervisor, William H. Clark; clerk, Joel D. McIntyre; treasurer, Chancy Merwin; number of votes, 88.

1851— Supervisor, Thomas M. Slayton; clerk, John J. Watkins; treasurer, Joseph Treadway; number of votes, 40.

1852— Supervisor, Thomas M. Slayton; clerk, Alanson Hammond; treasurer. Joseph Treadway.

1853— Supervisor, Charles Rich; clerk, Oreb Vilas; treasurer. Chancy Merwin.

1854— Supervisor, William H. Clark, clerk, Oreb Vilas; treasurer, Chancy Merwin.

1855— Supervisor, Charles Rich; clerk, Oreb Vilas; treasurer, Chancy Merwin; number of votes, 69.

1856— Supervisor, Charles Rich; clerk, John Allen; treasurer, Chancy Merwin; number of votes, 94.

1857— Supervisor, William D. Potter; clerk, Alanson Hammond; treasurer, Alexander Hoffman.

1858— Supervisor, William D. Potter; clerk, Alanson Hammond; treasurer, Alexander Hoffman; number of votes, 108.

1859— Supervisor, Alexander Hoffman; clerk, Joel D. Mclntyre; treasurer, Benoni Bullock, number of votes, 134.

1860— Supervisor, Stephen V. Thomas; clerk, Joel D. Mclntyre; treasurer, Benoni Bullock; number of votes, 157.

1861— Supervisor, Stephen V. Thomas; clerk, Joel D. McIntyre; treasurer, Benoni Bullock; number of votes, 129.

1862— Supervisor, Stephen V. Thomas; clerk, Joel D. McIntyre; treasurer, Benoni Bullock; number of votes, 138.

1863- Supervisor, Stephen V. Thomas; clerk, Lewis Bullock; treasurer, Abram B. Gates: number of votes, 181.

1864— Supervisor, Joel D. McIntyre; clerk, Lewis Bullock; treasurer, Benoni Bullock: number of votes, 125.

1865— Supervisor, Joel D. McIntyre; clerk, Martin P. Moor: treasurer, Reuben H. Slayton: number of votes, 126.

1866 Supervisor, Joel D. McIntyre; clerk, Martin P. Moor; treasurer, Reuben H. Slayton; number of votes, 151.

1867 - Supervisor, Joseph Treadway; clerk, Sackett Ostrom; treasurer, John Selby.

1868— Supervisor, William H. Clark; clerk, Sackett Ostrom; treasurer, John Selby; number of votes, 218.

1869— Supervisor, John T. Rich; clerk, Sackett Ostrom; treasurer, John Selby.

1870— Supervisor, John T. Rich: clerk, Sackett Ostrom; treasurer, Alanson Hammond.

1871— Supervisor, John T. Rich; clerk. Warren Perry: treasurer, Alanson Hammond.

1872—Supervisor, John T. Rich; clerk. Warren Perry, treasurer, Alan son Hammond; number of votes. 234.

1878—Supervisor, Joel D. McIntyre; clerk, Sackett Ostrom; treasurer, Henry Gibson: number of votes, 209.

1871- Supervisor, Joel D. McIntyre: clerk, Sackett Ostrom; treasurer, Henry Gibson.

1875—Supervisor, Joel D. Mclntyre; clerk, Sackett Ostrom; treasurer, Henry Gibson; number of votes, 254.

1876—Supervisor, Joel D. McIntyre ; clerk, Sackett Ostrom; treasurer, F. G. Bullock.

1877— Supervisor. David Godfrey; clerk, Martin P. Moor; treasurer, F. Q, Bullock.

1878— Supervisor, Frederick G. Bullock; clerk, Martin P. Moor; treasurer, Sackett Ostrom.

1879—Supervisor, Frederick G. Bullock; clerk, Martin P. Moor; treasurer, Sackett Ostrom.

1880— Supervisor. Frederick G. Bullock : clerk, Martin P. Moor; treasurer, Melville Inman.

1881— Supervisor. Frederick G. Bullock; clerk. William Howland; treasurer, Robert Stewart.

1882— Supervisor, Frederick G. Bullock; clerk, William Howland; treasurer, Robert Stewart.

1888.—Supervisor, Frederick G. Bullock; clerk, William Howland; treasurer, Morris R. Moor.

SCHOOL REPORT.

The report of the school inspectors for the year 1882 of the town of Elba, shows the number of school children to have been 400; number of school buildings, 10. The inspectors for the ensuing year were Charles A. Bullock, John Halpin, Peter Piper, John W. Kile, John B. Hammond, R. Misner, B. F. Kingsbury, P. J. Crankshaw, Enos M. Woodard, Joseph Raster.

ELBA STATION.

When the Chicago & Grand Trunk Railroad came through, the settlement of Elba Station sprang up, and has become a business center for that immediate neighborhood. It is a small village, containing a postoffice, stores, etc

BIOGRAPHICAL.

William Howland was born in Lapeer Township, Mich., December 7, 1852, and has been a continual resident of the county since his birth. He now resides on section 13, Elba Township, and is the present township clerk. Married in 1878 to Anna Stalker, who was born in England in 1858. Two children—Robert N. and Kate. His father, Ira, was born in Connecticut about the year 1810, and settled in Michigan in about 1838, and has held nearly all the offices of trust or honor in his township, and resides on the same section with his son.

John Stewart was born in Argyleshire, Scotland, in 1799 - married Janet Cook in 1829, who was born in Anryleshiie in 1804. Settled in Canada in 1854, and in Elba Township, Lapeer County, Mich., on section 31 in 1856, where they still reside, having passed their fifty-fourth wedding anniversary. They have six living children—Agnes Black, John, Marian McDougall, Catherine Fraser, Robert, Janet Gleason. They have lost two by death. They reside in their old age with their son Robert, who was born in 1841, and who has been identified as one of Elba's prominent citizens by having held several township offices.

Henry N. Potter was born on section 32, Elba Township, in 1842, where he now resides; married in 1866 to Emma Gleason. Has five children -Arthur, Lillie, Edwin, Otis and Duane. His father, Rev. W. D. Potter, was one of the very first settlers in the county, mention of which made elsewhere.

Myron Snyder was born in Wayne County, N.Y. in 1829 and settled in Lapeer County, Mich., Elba Township, in 1866, on section 11, where he now resides and owns 400 acres of land, which he keeps, under a fine state of cultivation. He also deals largely in stock and horses, shipping as far West as Dakota. Married in 1851 Sarah J. Hoyt, who was born in Wayne County, N. Y., in 1830. They have three children—Adella, Minnie and Charles. His father, Peter, settled in Michigan in 1869 and died in 1876. Mother died in 1874.

William Hammond was born in Elba Township in 1847; is a farmer of 160 acres, residing on section 17; unmarried. His father, Alanson, was born in Rutland County, Vt., in 1815, and settled in Oakland County. Mich., at a very early date. William Beckham was born in Pennsylvania in 1828; settled on section 22. Elba Township, in 1869. Married in 1850 Elizabeth Geesey who was also born in Pennsylvania in 1828. They are the parents of sevenchildren—Charles, Mary, Jane, Elizabeth, Ella, John, Emma.

John Winship was born in Dutchess County, N. Y., in 1825, and moved with his parents to Livingston County, N. Y., in 1830, thence to Atlas, Genesee County, Mich., in 1836, whore he remained until 1858 engaged in farming. In that year he went to California, remaining till 1862, when be made one of a party of 100 men who volunteered and paid their own expenses to New York City, where they were mustered into service in the Second Massachusetts Cavalry, in which he served to the close of the war in the cavalry corps of the Army of the Potomac. After being discharged, he returned to Atlas, where he again engaged iu farming till 1872, when he came to Elba Station and built the store he now occupies, in which he keeps a stock of general merchandise. He is also post- master. Was married in 1865 to Miss Sarah Hyde, who was born in Niagara County, N.Y. in 1840. Thev have four children.

Joseph Treadway was born in Shoreham, Addison County, Vt., November 24, 1818, and in 1847 came to Elba, Lapeer County, Mich., and purchased a farm on section 8. He now owns 480 acres of land, upon which he keeps 200 fine wool sheep. He has, undoubtedly, one of the best stock farms in this part of the State. Mr. Treadway was married in 1848 to Miss Mary Reeser, who was born in New York. They have six children.

John Hammond was born in Clarendon, Rutland County, N. Y., in 1824. In 1844 he came to Elba, Lapeer Comity, Mich., and settled on section 16, where he has since resided, with the exception of the time he spent in the service of the United States. He enlisted in 1863 in Company C Tenth Michigan Cavalry, and served under General Thomas in the Army of the Tennessee. Was married to Miss Amy Ann Thornton, of Rutland County, Vt., where she was born in 1824. They have had seven children, of whom four are living.

Jerome Compton was born in Monroe County, N. Y., in 1845, and in 1862 came to Elba, Lapeer County. Mich., and settled on section 6 where he engaged in farming till 1881, when he purchased the hotel at Elba Station, which he has since kept and also managed his farm. October 1874, he married Miss Addie Price, who was born in Glen Falls, Saratoga County, N. Y. They have three children.

Silas Moore was born in Tioga County, Pa., in 1813, and came to Lapeer, Lapeer County, Mich., in 1838, and settled on section 18, where he remained till 1839, when he moved to the township of Elba and located on section 13, thence to his present home on section 17 in 1846. He has engaged in farming exclusively as a business since he came to the county; but during that time has represented his township in the offices of supervisor, justice of the peace, township clerk, treasurer and highway commissioner. He was married July 17, 1886, to Miss Caroline Pemberton, and they have had a family of eight children.

Morris R. Moore was born in the township of Elba, Lapeer County, Mich., March 17, 1847, and is a son of Silas Moore, whose farm he is now managing. He was married April 22,1875, to Miss Minora A. Lyons, who was born in Elba. They have two children.

Lewis Bullock, deceased, was born in Sand Lake, Rensellaer County, N. Y., December 1, 1810, and came to Lapeer County, Mich., in 1837. He took up a large tract of land from the government, and settled in the township of Elba on section 26, clearing up his farm and living upon it until his death, September 26, 1872. He was married May 12, 1836, to Emily L. Davis, who was born in Lewiston, Niagara County, N. Y., March 5, 1821. They had a family of nine children, of whom four are now living.

Fredrick G. Bullock, son of Lewis Bullock, was born in Elba December 16, 1841, and has always resided on his farm on section 26, which is a very fine one, with buildings to compare. In official position Mr. Bullock has served as school inspector two years, township treasurer four years, and supervisor five years, which office he stall holds. Married November 11, 1869, to Miss Elizabeth M. Pelton. They have six children.

A. B. Gates was born in Seneca, Ontario County, N. Y., Nov. 23, 1826, and came to Lapeer with his parents in 1836, and learned the trade of carpenter and joiner, which business he followed for a number of years. About the year 1857 he settled on a farm located on sections 13 and 14, in the township of Elba, and in 1864 moved to his present home on section 27. He was married in 1851 to Miss Jane Smith, who was born in Almont, Mich., and died in 1863. He was again married, in 1864, to Mrs. Martha L. Bullock.

Hon. John T. Rich was born in Conneautville, Crawford County, Pa., April 23, 1841, and moved with his parents in 1846, to Addison County, Vt., and in 1848 came to Elba, Lapeer County Mich. He received a common school and academic education, and is by occupation, a farmer: owns a tine farm in Elba on section 19, and is engaged quite extensively in breeding short-horned cattle and fine-wooled sheep. He has been elected four times, in a township tbat usually gives a Democratic majority. Was elected to the State legislature in 1872 and re-elected in 1874-76 and 1878. He was chosen speaker of the legislature in 1877 and renominated in 1879. In the first two terms of his legislative service he acquired influence by close attention, sound common sense and personal affability, serving on important committees, while, as speaker, none of his decisions were ever reversed and very few ever appealed from. As a presiding officer his ability, promptness and fairness earned for him the respect of all parties, and he introduced several improvements into the methods of business pursued by the house. He was elected to the State senate in 1880, and at the Republican State convention in 1880. Mr. Rich received a strong support as a candidate for governor, his vote steadily increasing till the tenth ballot, when the vote went to David H. Jerome. The Republican convention for the Seventh Congressional District on March 11, 1881, nominated Mr. Rich by fifty-two out of sixty-five votes, as the successor of Mr. Conger, who had been promoted to the U. S. Senate. Mr. Rich was married in March, 1863, to Miss Lucretia Winship, of Avon of N.Y.

Ebenezer W. Powelsom was born in Groveland, Oakland County, Mich., Aug. 31, 1843, and canoe to Elba, Lapeer County, Nov. 18, 1868, and purchased a farm on section 22, where he remained engaged in farming until his death, which occurred in 1878. He was married March 25, 1868, to Miss Mary Ramsey, who was born in Stark County, Ohio, in 1843. They had two children. Mrs. Powelson now owns a good farm of eighty acres.