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Brandon Township


The township of Brandon occupies the centre of the northern tier of towns.  It is known in official records as town 5 north, range 9 east.  Its surface presents a varied aspect.  It is generally hilly, with an occasional plain of some considerable extent. Most of the land surface was originally timbered, some of it with dense forests of oaks.  There are yet vast bodies of this timber in the township, especially in the southwestern part.  Small belts of pine and cedar abound, but little of the timber is large enough for building purposes.  Brandon has its quota of lakes, but they are, with few exceptions, small and unimportant, being bordered by marsh surface.  Cranberry lake, situated principally in the southwestern corner of section 11, is noted for the presence of this fruit.  Bald Eagle is the largest lake in the township.  It is located on sections 19 and 30, and is a fine sheet of water.  It derived its name from the presence of a family of eagles, which used to build their nest on an island in this lake.  Formerly, fish were very abundant here, and this lake was a great resort for the Indians, who used to encamp there for months at a time.  Seymour lake, on section 34, named after John B. Seymour, an early settler in its vicinity, ranks second in size.  Its area is about one hundred acres.  The shores of the lake are low, but form a sandy beach.  Its waters afford fine fishing.

The only stream of any size is the Kearsley creek.  This rises in section 15, flows south and west to the east line of section 16, thence north to Truax lake; from this it has a westerly direction to section 18, when it changes to the northwest, flowing through sections 7 and 6 into Groveland.  It affords a water-power on section 7, which has been improved.  There is also a small branch of the Paint creek in the southeastern part of the township, rising in section 25, and flowing southeast through section 36.  Aside from the channels of these streams there are a number of hollows and depressions which afford drainage.  Some fine springs are found in this township. Several of the most noted flow from the side of Cedar hill, over a hundred feet above the village of Ortonville, situated at its base.  The soil of Brandon is generally fertile, although rather light in some localities, producing in abundance the products common to this part of the State.  The hills are especially adapted to grazing, and considerable attention has been paid to stock-raising and wool-growing.  Wool is one of the principal articles of shipment.

Township Information

John G. Perry Land Purchases
George P. Thurston Orchard
David Lawrence Frame Barn
James T. Rhodes Livestock
Joseph W. Shurter Farm Machinery
Alexander G. Huff Marriage, Birth, Death
Thomas N. Lomas Civil Organization
Seymour Torrence  
Oliver Draper INDIANS
Isaac Truax Bald Eagle lake
Isaiah Rathbun  
Blacksmiths Early Roads
Country Stores  
Country Post-Office  
Early Cemeteries Early Schools
Cemeteries in Township  
Oakwood Lodge, No. 100, F.A.M. Pioneer Meetings
Ortonville Loge, No. 339 The First Baptist Church
Ortonville Grange, No. 385, P.of H. The Free-Will Baptist Church
  The Seymour Lake Church
  The Church at Oakwood
  The Congregational Church at Oakwood
Oakwood Village Thomas N. Lomis
Village of Ortonville  



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