TOWNS
CITIES
TOWNSHIPS

Wayne County Michigan

DEARBORN TOWNSHIP
History of Detroit and Wayne County and Early Michigan
By Silas Farmer 1890
Transcribed by Christine Walters

This township originally formed part of the township of Bucklin, which was created by Act of April 12, 1827, the first township meeting being held on the last Monday of May, 1827, at the house of William Hickcox. Dearborn township was created by Act of March 9. 1833. and the first meeting to organize the township was held at the house of Conrad Ten Eyck. As the township of Nankin had been organized four years previous, the records of the original township of Bucklin are given in connection with the history of Nankin township.

The township was named Dearborn, in honor of Henry Dearborn, a distinguished United States General in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. At the time of the first settlement of the township, game of all kinds, especially deer, bears, wolves, and wild turkeys, were very plentiful. There was also no lack of sweets in the forest, for maple trees were abundant, and some families made hundreds of pounds of maple sugar every year. Wild honey bees were also common, and many immense hollow trees were often found filled with stores of honey.

The population of the township in 1850 was 1,385; in 1860, 1,546; in 1870, 2,302; in 1880. 2,094. The valuation of the property of the township in the several decades was as follows: 1840, $176,282; 1850. $82,915; I860, $289.686; 1870, $335,524: 1880, $1,153,990.

The educational facilities in the township consist of six brick and two frame houses, with a seating capacity of 630, and costing $8,425. The schools, in 1888, had an enrollment of 782, with an average attendance of 454; there were five male and nine female teachers.

The officers of the township have been as follows: 1833, Supervisor, Conrad Ten Eyck; Clerk, Benjamin L. King; Assessors and Highway Commissioners, J. Dort, J. Bucklin, C. McCurdy; Collector, A. Thomas; Poor Master, A. Gordon; School Commissioners. C. McCurdy, T. Bucklin. T. Don, J F. Rupeley; Constables. J. Abbott. R. Abbott. J, Mudge. A. Thomas; Treasurer. J. F. Rupeley

1834 Supervisor, Conrad Ten Eyck; Clerk. Benjamin L. King; Assessors, J Bucklin, J, Kilburn, H. B. Adams; Collector. R. H. Abbott; Poor Directors. A. Gordon, J. F. Rupeley; Highway Commissioners. T. Bucklin, A.. Sherman. J. Bucklin ; School Commissioners, H. B. Adams. L. Anderson T. Holden ; School Inspectors. J. Dort. H. B. Adams. T. E. Schooler. B. I.. King; Constables. R. H. Abbott. B. Merrill.

1835. Supervisor, Conrad Ten Eyck; Clerk, Benjamin I.. King; Assessors, James Hucklin. Titus Doit. J Ryan 1st, J. Kilburn; Collector, D. Thompson; Poor Directors. J. Dort. J F Rupeley; Highway Commissioners. J. Kilburn, J. Hickcox, J. Dort, J. Chapin ; School Inspectors. B. L. King. H. Wightman.T. Bucklin; Constables. D.Thompson, J. Coon, R. H. Abbott, H. B. Adams. M. Chaptn. T. M. Sweeney.

1836. Supervisor, Conrad Ten Eyck; Clerk. Benjamin L. King; Assessors. J. Kilburn. J. Ryan 1st, R. E. Hepburn, H. Wightman: Collector, D. Thompson; Highway Commissioners, H. Wightman, j. B. Wallace. D. Thompson; School Commissioners, A. Gulley, L. Ladd, T. M. Sweeney; Justices of the Peace. Hiram Wightman. Aaron Sherman. Josiah Don, Cyrus Howard; School Inspectors. T. Bucklin, B. L. King. W. G. Porter. T. M. Sweeney, H.,Wightman; Constables, D. Thompson, M. Chapin, J. Coon, J. Eastman.

1837. Supervisor, Conrad Ten Eyck; Clerk. Benjamin L. King; Assessors, R. Gardner, H. Wightman, T. Dort; C Howard ; Highway Commissioners, D. James, T. Bucklin, J. B. Wallace; Poor Directors, L. Ladd, J. F. Rupeley; School Inspectors, J. Bucklin. T. M. Sweeney, B. L. King ; Collector, N. Cochrane ; Constable, M. S. Chapin, N. Cochrane, E. Farnsworth,

1838. Supervisor, Hiram Wightman; Clerk, J. W.Sherman; Justice of the Peace, John Wallace ; Assessors, Joseph Pardon, H. Wightman, A. Gulley. R. Gardner, J. Dort; Highway Commissioners. Geo. Troup, R. C. Hepburn, M. Vrooman; School Inspectors, T. M. Sweeney, C. Howard. A. Gage; Collector, Wm. Cramer; Overseers of the Poor, L. Ladd, J..F- Rupeley; Constables, J. G. Jackson, D. C. Kelley, W. Cramer, G. Farnsworth.

1839. Supervisor, Cyrus Howard; Clerk and Treasurer, J. W. Sherman ; Justices of the Peace, Aaron Sherman, Titus Dort; Collector, J. Saxon ; Assessors, R. Gardner. C. Howard, J. Pardon; Highway Commissioners, A. Gulley, E, Quirk, M. Vrooman ; Poor Directors, A. Merritt. J. F. Rupeley. J. Sexton ; School Inspectors, T. M. Sweeney, L. Ladd, J. Howard; Constables, J. Cochrane, A. Bentley, T. Marston, J. Jackson.

1840. Supervisor. Martin Vrooman; Clerk, J W, Sherman ; Justice of the Peace. M. Vrooman; Treasurer, J. Dort; Assessors, A. Gage, A. Gulley, R. Gardner; Highway Commissioners, George Troup. A. Gulley, J. F. Rupeley; Collector. E. H. Strong; School Inspectors, T. M. Sweeney. A. Gage. M. Vrooman ; Poor Directors, M. D. Windsor, A. Merritt; Constables, M, D. Windsor. J. Lorain. T. M. Marston, A. Gage.

1841. Supervisor, Walter O. Porter; Clerk, J. W. Sherman; Justice of the Peace. C. Howard ; Treasurer, M. D. Windsor; Assessors, J. Nowlin, O. Morehouse, J. U. Baxter: Collector, J. U. Baxter ; Highway Commissioner, Geo. Troup, G. Purdy, G. Abel); School Inspectors, W. Manning. A. Gage, W. G. Porter; Poor Directors, A. Sherman. M. D. Windsor; Constables, J. Bucklin, J. Palmer.

1842. Supervisor, Walter G. Porter; Clerk, J. W. Sherman; Assessors. J. F. Rupcley, R. Gardner ; Highway Commissioners, J. Nowlin, M. Vrooman. J. Bucklin : Treasurer. Wm. Ten Eyck ; Justice of the Peace, Jas. Bucklin; School Inspectors, D. W. Carroll, T. M. Sweeney, W. G. Porter; Poor Directors, M. D. Windsor, A. Merritt; Constables, D. D. Tompkins, F. Landon.

1843. Supervisor, Walter G. Porter; Clerk, J. W. Sherman ; Treasurer, Wm. Ten Eyck; Justice of the Peace, R. Gardner; Assessors. J. Bucklin, R. Gardner; School Inspectors, W. G. Porter, T. M. Sweeney. L. Ladd; Highway Commissioners. J. Cronin, J. Bucklin. 0. Morehouse ; Boor Directors, J. F. Rupeley. A. Merritt; Constables, T. Marston, D. Tompkins.

1844. Supervisor, Titus Dort; Clerk, J. W. Sherman; Treasurer, George Troup; Justice of the Peace, M. Vrooman; Assessors, J. Nowlin, R. Gardner; Highway Commissioners. J. Pardon. J. Hucklin, J. Cronin; School Inspector, T. M. Sweeney; Poor Directors. A. Merritt. C. Ten Eyck ; Constables, T. M. Marston, W. R. Thompson.

1845- Supervisor. Thomas M. Sweeney ; Clerk. William Ten Eyck; Treasurer, George Troup; Justice of the Peace, Cyrus Howard ; Assessors, R. Gardner, 0. Morehouse ; Highway Commissioners. J. Nowlin, A. Gulley, J. Bucklin; School Inspector. A. B. Gulley; Overseers of the Poor, C. Ten Eyck. A. Merrill;'Constables, D. McClary, J. Duffee. D. Sloss, Wm. Nowlin.

1846. Supervisor, Joshua Howard ; Clerk, Cyrus Howard; Treasurer. George Troup; Justice of the Peace, J. Bucklin; Assessors, J. Nowlin, O. Morehouse ; Highway Commissioners, B. L. King. H. Thomas, A. Hackney ; School Inspector, T. M. Sweeney; Poor Directors, A. Merritt. J. Coon: Constables, D. Sloss, D. McClary.

1847. Supervisor. Tims Dort; Clerk, Cyrus Howard; Treasurer. Geo. Troup; Justice of the Peace, R.Gardner; Highway Commissioners, Geo. Troup. T. Dort. J. Bucklin ; School Inspectors. A. B. Gulley, A. Gage ; Poor Directors, A. Merritt; Constables, T. Marston. T. Sloss, R. Taylor, J. Hatpin.

1848. Supervisor. Titus Dort; Clerk. Benjamin L. King; Treasurer, George Troup; Justices of the Peace. John B. Wallace, M. Vrooman; Highway Commissioner, A. B. Gulley; School Inspector, A. B. Gulley ; Poor Directors, A. Merritt, J. Coon; Constables. J. Halpin, R. Taylor, T. Marston, J. Kirk.

1849. Supervisor. Thus Dort; Clerk. J. A. Patrick ; Treasurer, George Troup; Justices of the Peace, C. Howard, N. I-add ; School Inspector. 0. Gulley; Highway Commissioner, George Troup; Poor Directors, A. Stocking. O. Morehouse ; Constables, E. Howard, J. Halpin, D. D. Tompkins, J. Palmer.

1850. Supervisor. Cyrus Howard ; Clerk, Hubbard Hidden; Treasurer. George Troup; Justice of the Peace. John B. Wallace; Assessors. A. Stocking. R. Gardner ; Highway Commissioner. C. Howard; School Inspectors. E. S. Snow, S. H. Aldrich; Poor Directors, A. Stocking, S. H. Aidrich ; Constables, J. Halpin, E. Howard, J. Palmer, A. Lapham.

1851. Supervisor, Hiram Wightman; Clerk, Tobias Holden; Treasurer, J. F. Rupcley ; Justice of the Peace. R. Gardner; Highway Commissioner. H. Wightman; School Inspector. T. M. Sweeney; Poor Directors. Wm. Daly, T. Dort; Constables. D, McClary, A. Ward, E Howard, J. Halpin. 1852. Supervisor, Hiram Wightman; Clerk, Tobias Holden; Treasurer. J. D. Rupeley; Justice of the Peace. H. Wightman; Highway Commissioner, W. Daly; School Inspector, E.S. Snow; Poor Directors. W. Daly. W. Ten Eyck; Constables. J. Halpin, J. Clay,A. J. Worden. T. Marston.

1853. Supervisor. Hiram Wightman; Clerk. Tobias Holden; Treasurer, D. Sloss; Justice of the Peace, A. Stocking; Highway Commissioner. J. Nowlin; School Inspector, J. Nail; Poor Directors, W. Daly, T. Dort; Constables, D. Tompkins. J. Halpin. J. Palmer, J. Bannister.

1854. Supervisor, Hiram Wightman; Clerk. John W. Alexander; Treasurer, C. N. Urainard; Justices of the Peace, J. B. Wallace, M. Vrooman; School Inspectors, E. S. Snow, N. Tucker; Highway Commissioner, H. Wightman; Poor Directors, D. Thompson. O. Ladd ; Constables, D. D. Thornkins, J. Bannister. J. Halpin, T. Ladd.

1855. Supervisor. Titus Dort; Clerk, Solomon Wightman; Treasurer, O. Morehouse; Justices of the Peace, R. Gardner. T. M. Sweeney; Highway Commissioner, W. Daly : School Inspector, T M. Sweeney; Poor Directors. T. Holden. J Lavey; Constables, J. Halpin. D. D. Tompkins. J. Bannister. A. W. Cole.

1856. Supervisor, Hiram Wightman; Clerk, Amos Gage; Treasurer, Ladd; Justice of the Peace, Hiram Wightman ; Highway Commissioner, A. B. Gulley; School Inspector. N. Tucker; Poor Directors, W. Daly, W. Denning; Constables, J. Halpin, C. Randall, D. D. Tompkins, J. Bannister.

1857. Supervisor. Hiram Wightman; Clerk, Amos Gage; Treasurer, O. C. A bell; Justice of the Peace. S. Wightman ; Highway Commissioner, J. Ryan ; School Inspector, T. M. Sweeney ; Poor Directors. W. Daly. D. Allen; Constables. J. Halpin. B. Lewis, A. Cole, D. D. Tompkins.

1858. Supervisor, Titus Don ; Clerk, Hubban Hidden ; Treasurer, Joseph N. Drown; Justice of the Peace, William Daly : School Inspector, Tim; Don; Poor Directors, Wm. Daly, D. Allen; Con stables, D. D. Tompkins, J. N. Brown, J. Halpin D. Allen.

1859. Supervisor, Hiram Wightman; Clerk John W. Alexander; Treasurer, Joseph N. Brown, Justices of the Peace, Richard Gardner, T. M. Sweeney; School Inspectors, T. M. Sweeney, Amo: Gage ; Poor Directors, Wm. Daly, D. Allen ; Highway Commissioner. E. Howard; Assessors, M Vrooman, George Troup ; Constables, C. Randall, D. D. Tompkins, R. C. Hepburn, J. Halpin.

1860. Supervisor, Richard Gardner; Clerk; John W. Alexander; Treasurer, A. P. Demay; Justice of the Peace, Wightman; Highway Commissioner. John Ryan; Poor Directors, Wm. Daly. D. Allen: Constables. D. D. Tompkins, C. Randall. D. Allen. John Halpin.

1861. Supervisor, Hiram Wightman; Clerk, John W. Alexander; Treasurer, A. P. Dcmay; Justice of the Peace, S. Wightman; Highway Commissioners, Wm. Daly, John Nowlin, M. Vrooman; School Inspectors, M, A. Vrooman, R. C. Hepburn; Poor Directors, Wm. Daly. D. Allen ; Constables, J. Fox, E. Howard. J E. Wheeler, D. Allen.

1862. Supervisor, Titus Dort; Clerk, John W. Alexander; Treasurer, A. Lapham; Justice of the Peace. Wm. Daly; Highway Commissioner, E. Howard ; School Inspectors. D. D. Brown, N. P. Morehouse; Poor Directors, Wm. Daly, D.Allen; Constables. D. Allen, E. Howard, J. Rady. J E, Whalen.

1863. Supervisor, William Daly ; Clerk, John W. Alexander; Treasurer. E. Howard ; Justices of the Peace, R. Gardner, M. Vrooman; School Inspector, J. M. Sweeney; Highway Commissioner, John Nowlin; Poor Directors, T. Dort. T. Allen; Constables, D. D. Tompkins, E. Howard. J. Rady. J. J. Vrooman.

1864. Supervisor. William Daly; Clerk, John W. Alexander; Treasurer, E. Howard; Justice of the Peace. H. Wightman; Highway Commissioner, J. J. Vrooman ; School Inspector, D, B. Brown; Poor Directors, J. Bannister, D Allen; Constables, O. Trowbridge, J. Magoonaugh, Wm. Stevenson. F. W. Thomas.

1865. Supervisor. William Daly; Clerk, John W. Alexander; Treasurer, J. Magoonaugh; Justice of the Peace, M. Vrooman; Highway Commissioner, E. Howard; School Inspector. Wm. Stevenson ; Constables. D. D. Tompkins. E. Howard. W. Stevenson, J. Magoonaugh.

1866. Supervisor, William Daly; Clerk. John W. Alexander; .Treasurer, J. Magoonaugh ; Justice of the Peace, Win. Daly; Highway Commissioner, R. Wight; School Inspector, J. W. Kellogg; Poor Directors. T. Dort. D. Allen; Constables, O. Trowbridge, W. Stevenson, E. Howard, J. Magoonaugh.

1867. Supervisor, Titus Dort: Clerk. John W. Alexander; Treasurer, John Cosby; Justices of the Peace. Wm. Stevenson ; Highway Commissioners. M. Vrooman, J. Ledbetter; School Inspector, Isaiah Stevenson; Poor Directors. J. W. Alexander, W. Daly; Constables, J. Magoonaugh, G. Maxwell, J. B. Vrooman. S L. Howard. 1868. Supervisor, William Daly; Clerk, John W. Alexander; Treasurer, S. L. Howard; Justice of the Peace. Win. C. Sutton; School Inspectors, Win. Stevenson. T. M. Sweeney; Highway Commissioner, M. Kenny; Poor Directors,J. W Alexander, W. Daly; Constables. C. Gregory, O. Trowbridge. J. B. Vrooman. J. Magoonaugh.

1869. Supervisor. William Daly; Clerk, John W. Alexander; Treasurer, G. W. Haigh; Justice of the Peace. M. Vrooman; Highway Commissioner. D. D. Tompkins ; School Inspector. J. A. Sexton; Poor Directors, Wm. Daly, J. Magoonaugh; Constables, J. Powers, J. Magoonaugh. H. Stevenson, A. J. Collier.

1870. Supervisor, Jared A. Sexton; Clerk. John W. Alexander; Treasurer, G. W. Haigh; Justice of the Peace. Wm. Daly; School Inspector. B. Chapman; Highway Commissioner. A. P. DeMay ; Poor Directors, W. J. Vagoonaugh; Constables, J. E. Crouch, W. Rady, T. Crowley. H. Stevenson.

1871. Supervisor. Jared A. Sexton ; Clerk. Amos Gage ; Treasurer, J. Prober!; Justice of the Peace, J. B. Chapman; Highway Commissioners, M. Vrooman, J.Travis. W. Morehouse; School Inspector, G. W. Haigh ; Poor Directors, A. Gage, S. Wightman; Constables. J. Halpin, J, E. Van Riper, W. Rady, W. Ward.

1872. Supervisor. Charles Brainard; Clerk. Hubbard Hidden; Treasurer, J. Robert; Justice of the Peace. J. A. Patrick; School Inspector, A. B. Gulley; Highway Commissioner, Wm. Morehouse; Poor Directors, C. Pollen, D. D. Tompkins; Drain Commissioner, T. Don; Constables, O A. DeLong. T. Dixon, J. Campbell.

1873. Supervisor. William Daly; Clerk. Hubbard Hidden; Treasurer, C. Gregory; Justice of the Peace; Highway Commissioner, W. Ward; Drain Commissioner, A. B. Gulley; Poor Directors. J. C. Brock, J. Fox; Constables, F. Bartz, J. Forsythe, L. Mundinger, J. Roberts.

1874- supervisor, William Paly; Clerk, John W. Alexander; Treasurer, C. Gregory ; Justices of the Peace, W. Daly, J. H. Thompson; Highway Commissioners, M. Vrooman; Drain Commissioner. A. Harger; School Inspector, A. Sloss; Constables. T. Dixon. O. A. DeLong. A. M. Shaw, J. Burger

1875 Supervisor,Wm. Daly; Cleric. Hubbard Hidden; Treasurer. J. Fox; Justice of the Peace. W. M. Hullin; Highway Commissioner. J. H. Thompson ; Drain Commissioner. J. Campbell; School Inspector, A. Sloss; Superintendent of Schools. J. B. Chapman ; Constables, G. Mittle, C. Purdy, B. II. Purdy, A. M. Shaw.

1876. Supervisor, John Cosby j Clerk. Hubbard Midden; Treasurer. J. Fox; Justice of the Peace, C. N. Brainard; School Inspectors. F. K. Ward, A. T. Sloss; Highway Commissioner, A. B Gulley; Supt. Schools, F- R. Ward; Constables, F. Bartz. L C. Walker, H. Longbush. J. M. Foray the.

1877. Supervisor. John Cosby; Clerk, John W. Alexander; Treasurer. J. Fox; Justice of the Peace. J. H. Thompson; Supt. Schools. G. W. Long; School Inspector. G. W. Long; Highway Commissioner. F. A. Gulley; Drain Commissioner. A. Lapham; Constables, G. Mitte F. Bartz. J. Magoonaugh. J. P. Frank.

1878. Supervisor, William Daly; Clerk. John W. Alexander; Treasurer, J. Fox; Justice of the Peace. Wm. Daly: Supt. School. F. R. Ward; School Inspector, W. Sloss; Highway Commissioner. J. H.Thompson; Drain Commissioner, J. Probert; Constables, J. P. Frank, J. Magoonaugh, F. H. Bartz. J. Bums.

1879. Supervisor, William Daly; Clerk, John W. Alexander; Treasurer. J. Ford; Justice of the Peace. W. M. Holton; Supt. Schools. G. W. Long; School Inspector. J. Probcrt; Highwax Commissioner. J. H. Thompson; Constables. J. Magoonaugh, C. Randall, G. Mitte. F. H. Bartz.

1880. Supervisor. William Daly; Clerk. John W. Alexander, Treasurer. James Ford; Justice of the Peace. Chas. N. Brainard; School Inspector. A. T. Sloss; Supt. of Schools. Geo W. Long ; Drain Commissioner. J. Probcrt; Highway Commissioner, J. H. Thompson; Constables. G. Mitte. C. Randall. K H. Bartz, J. W. Forsyth.

1881. Supervisor, Charles N. Brainard; Clerk, Hubbard Hidden; Treasurer, C. II. Purdy; Justice of the Peace, J. H. Thompson; Supt. of Schools, O. P. Gulley; School Inspector. A. T. Sloss; Highway Commissioner. S. L. Howard: Constables. C. Forsythe, J. Fenelos, Wm. Strafrex. C. Languish

1882. Supervisor. William Daly; Clerk. Hubbard Hidden; Treasurer. J. Jubb; Justice of the Peace, A. Wagner: Highway Commissioner. S L. Howard; Drain Commissioner, A. B Gulley; School Inspectors, O. P. Gulley. A. T. Sloss; Constables, J Fenetos, W. H. Lowric. C. Forsythe, A. Mundinger.

1883 Supervisor, William Daly: Clerk. John W. Alexander; Justice of the Peace, W. M. Holt on; Highway Commissioner, S. L Howard; School Inspector. O. Gulley; Constables. James Magoonaugh. John Blake, A. Mundinger. J. Giller.

1884. Supervisor. William Daly; Clerk. John W. Alexander ; Treasurer. Wm II. Halpin; Justices of the Peace. E. Howard; School Inspector. A. T Sloss; Drain Commissioner, A. B. Gulley; Highway Commissioner, S. L. Howard; Constables. W. Ham, C. Forsythe, A. Mundinger, J. Magoonaugh.

1885. Supervisor. Jared A Sexton ; Clerk, John W. Alexander J. Treasurer, Wm. H. Halpin; Justice of the Peace, John Cosby; School Inspector. S. B. Long; Highway Commissioner. J. Theison; Constables. C. Schrader, J. Magoonaugh, A. Schloff. F. Peba. 1886. Supervisor, Samuel B. Long; Clerk, Arthur T. Sloss; Treasurer. John Cosby; Justice of the Peace. A. Wagner; School Inspector, H. M. Snow; Drain Commissioner, Saul. Cogswell; Highway Commissioner. J. Theison; Constables, J. Magoonaugh, C. Hess, C. Forsythe, F. Miller.

1887. Supervisor. Samuel B. Long; Clerk. John W. Alexander; Treasurer, E. Howard: Justice of the Peace. Wm. M. Holton; Highway Commissioner. S. L Howard: School Inspector, F. K, Ward ; Constables. C. F. Forsythe. J. Magoonaugh, W. A Blake, S. McNutt.

1888 Supervisor. Samuel B Long; Clerk. John W. Alexander; Treasurer. C. T. Forsythe: Justice of the Peace, J. Theison; Highway Commissioner, S. L. Howard; School Inspector, J. A. Sexton; Drain Com miss loner. J. Fox; Constables. J. Magoonaugh, L Bucklin. A. Steward. R. Campbell.

1889 Supervisor, Samuel B. Long; Clerk. W. Hatton; Treasurer, C. F. Forsythe; Justice of the Peace. John Cosby; Highway Commissioner. S. I.. Howard; School Inspectors. F. R. Ward. T. J. Owen; Constables. Win. Ham, A. Klett, J. Lawrence, C. Randall, Jr.

1890. Supervisor. Win. Walton: Clerk. Joseph Cronogue; Treasurer. Joshua Jubb; Highway Commissioner, O. P. Gulley: Justice of the Peace, A. Wagner; School Inspector, J. A. Sexton; Drain Commissioner, D. D. Tompkins: Board of Review. John Dailey ; Constables. J. Magoonaugh. A. Snider. J. Pierce, J. Burns.

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