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Wayne County Michigan

Van Buren Township

History of Detroit and Michigan, Silas Farmer 1890

This township was formed out of Huron by a Law taking effect on April 6, 1835. The first township meeting was held on the first Monday of April, at the school house between the dwellings of Abraham Soop and Scot Vining. The township includes all of Town 3. South of Range 8 East, and is crossed by the Huron river, and by the Wabash. St Louis & Pacific, and the Michigan Central Railroads.

The township officers elected in the various years have been as follows: The records should begin with 1835, but there are none for that year. 1836. Supervisor, Ebenezer C. Eaton; Clerk, Job Smith; Treasurer. Alexander Buchanan; Assessors, Arba Ash, John M. Hiller, James C. Vaughn; School Commissioners, John Buchanan, Waterman Convis. Miner Savage; School Inspectors. David Fell, Harvey Douglass, Eli Bradshaw ; Highway Commissioners. Benjamin Brearley, Isaac Otis, Daniel Douglass; Overseer of the Poor, James McIntosh; Collector, Amos Bradshaw; Constables, Amos Bradshaw, David Fell. John M. Hiller, Adolphus Dalrymple; Justices of the Peace, Job Smith, one year, Eli Bradshaw, two years. W. W. Maxon, three years, Ebenezer C. Eaton, four years.

No records can be found for 1837.

1838. Supervisor, Ebenezer C. Eaton; Clerk, Eli Bradshaw; Assessors, Job Smith. Josiah Burt, Henry Post; Justice of the Peace. Eli Bradshaw; School Inspectors, David Fell, Eli Bradshaw, Job Smith; Treasurer, Simeon A. Dunn ; Overseer of the Poor, James McIntosh; Collector, Charles S. Stanley; Constables, Chas. D. Stanley, John M. Hiller, Stephen Randolph, Ephraim A. Shaw. 1839 Supervisor, Job Smith; Clerk, Eli Bradshaw; Treasurer, Adolphus Dalrymple; Collector, Amos Bradshaw; Assessors. Josiah Burt, Thomas W. McKee, Henry C. Post; School Inspectors, Eli Bradshaw, Job Smith. Daniel Fell; Directors of the Poor, Joseph Warner. Jr, Hiram Millspaugh ; Highway Commissioners, Benjamin Brearley, A. Soop, Henry Frain; Constables, Amos Bradshaw, William Warner, Cornelius Post. Charles W. Clark.

1840. Supervisor, James C. Vaughn; Clerk, Eli Bradshaw; Treasurer. Adolphus Dalrymple; Justice of the Peace, Ebenezer C. Eaton; School Inspectors, Eli Bradshaw, David Fell, Charles S. Stanley; Highway Commissioners, Benjamin Brearley, Hiram Millspaugh. John Carpenter ; Assessors. Josiah Burt, William Gibbs, Henry C. Post; Directors of the Poor, Henry Frain Hiram Millspaugh; Collector, Amos Bradshaw; Constables, Charles W. Clark, Stephen Randolph, Amos Bradshaw Levi Tenny.

1841. Supervisor, James C. Vaughn ; Clerk, Eli Bradshaw; Treasurer, A. Dalrymple; Justice of the Peace, Joshua Church; School Inspectors, E. Bradshaw, David Fell, E. C. Eaton; Highway Commissioners, Benjamin Brearley. Henry Frain, Hiram Millspaugh; Poor Directors, Daniel Millspaugh, Adolphus Dalrymple; Collector, Amos Bradshaw; Assessors, Josiah Burt. H. C. Post, George M. Shaw; Constables, Amos Bradshaw, Levi Tenny, Charles W. Clark, Gustavus Lunberg.

1842. Supervisor, James C. Vaughn; Clerk, Job Smith; Treasurer and Collector, Adolphus Dalrymple; Justice of the Peace, Eli Bradshaw; School Inspectors, Ephraim A. Shaw, David Fell, James C. Vaughn; Highway Commissioners, Henry C. Post. Joseph Warner, Samuel Wrestfall; Overseers of the Poor, Henry Frain, Hiram Millspaugh; Assessors, William Gibbs, Hiram Millspaugh ; Constables, Charles Adams, Wm. Sterling, Wm. E. Warner, Levi Tenny.

1843. Supervisor, Eli Bradshaw; Clerk, James Moorman; Treasurer, Adolphus Dalrymple; Justice of the Pcacc, Henry C. Post; School Inspectors, Charles Hanley, one year. David Fell, two years; Highway Commissioners, Samuel Westfall. Joseph Warner, Stephen Randolph ; Overseers of the Poor, Jebial Burt, Henry Frain; Assessors, H. C. Post, Thos. W. McKee; Constables, Win. E. Warner; Wm. Sterling. Stephen Randolph.

1844. Supervisor, William H. Cannon; Clerk. Eli Bradshaw; Treasurer, William E. Warner; Justice of the Peace. Eurotus Morton; School Inspector, Charles Stanley; Highway Commissioners, Samuel Westfall, Ephraim A. Shaw ; Overseers of the Poor, Henry Frain, Jehial Burt; Assessors. Daniel Pierce, Thomas Wood, Joseph Warner; Constables, Wm. E. Warner, John Whitaker, Montgomery French, Isaac S. Barlow.

1845. Supervisor. George Jewett; Clerk, Wm. H. Cannon; Treasurer, Wm. Crawford ; Justice of the Peace, Joshua Church; Assessors, Henry C. Post, Clark Horner; Commissioners of Highways, Samuel R, Bumpus, Waterman Convis, Joel P. Bar- low; Overseers of the Poor, Jehial Burt, Henry Frain; School Inspector, David Fell; Constables, Charles S. Stanley, Caleb J. Barlow, Abner Miller. James Taylor, Jr.

1846. Supervisor, George Jewett; Clerk, Eli Bradshaw; Treasurer, Isaac P. Bush; Justice of the Peace, William H. Cannon ; Assessors, Jehial Burt, Henry C. Post; Highway Commissioners, Samuel R. Bumpus, Samuel Westfall, John Hoffman: Overseers of the Poor. Henry Frain, Adolphus Dalrymple; School Inspector, Charles S. Stanley ; Constables, Ira Merrell, James Moorman. Caleb J. Barlow, Chas Fleming.

1847. Supervisor, Jehial Burt; Clerk, Eli Bradshaw, Treasurer, Isaac P. Bush; Justices of the Peace, Wm, E. Warner, two years, Henry C. Post, four years; Assessors, Job Smith. Henry Robson; Highway Commissioners, Samuel Westfall, one year, Daniel Pierce, two years, Henry C. Post, three years; School Inspectors, Charles S. Stanley, one year, David Fell, two years; Directors of the Poor, Amariah Rawson, Adolphus Dalrymple; Constables, Thomas W. Hewett, Lyman B. Dalrymple, James Moorman, Caleb J. Barlow.

1848. Supervisor, James C. Vaughn; Clerk, Aretus Dunn; Treasurer, David Fell; Justice of the Piece, Isaac P. Bush; Assessors, Job Smith, Joseph Warner; Highway Commissioners, Lewis S. Anderson, one year, John Whitaker, two years; School Inspector, Charles S. Stanley; Overseers of the Poor, John C. Post, Henry Frain ; Constables, Samuel C. Post, Job Smith, Thomas N. McIntosh, Lyman B. Dalrymple.

1849. Supervisor. E. C. Eaton; Clerk, Stephen S. Hicks; Treasurer, Philip A. Monroe; Justices of the Peace, Eurotas Morton, Lewis S. Anderson; School Inspector, William E. Warner: Highway Commissioner, Wm. Crawford; Overseers of the Poor, John C. Post, Henry Frain; Constables, Thomas W. Hewett, James Moorman, John Eaton, Charles Fleming.

1850. Supervisor, Robert P. Clark; Clerk, Levi J. Ford; Treasurer, Philip A. Monroe; Justice of the Peace, George H. Burroughs: Highway Com- missioner, George Jewett; School Inspector, Levi S. Anderson; Assessors, Joseph Warner, Henry Robson; Overseers of the Poor, Job Smith, John C. Post; Constables, Thomas W. Hewett, Lyman B. Dalrymple, James Moorman, Lewis C. Warner.

1851. Supervisor, Lewis S. Anderson; Clerk, Levi J. Ford ; Treasurer, Isaac P. Bush; Justices of the Peace, Wm. E. Warner, Lewis S. Anderson; Highway Commissioner. Joseph Warner; Assessors, Job Smith. Henry Robson ; School Inspector, Wm. E. Warner: Overseers of the Poor, Job Smith, Stephen Randolph; Constables. Thomas W. Hewett, Byron Ayers, Benj. Cotton. Joseph Spear.

1852. Supervisor, Lewis S. Anderson; Clerk, Levi J. Ford; Treasurer, George Jewett; Justice of the Peace, E. A. Shaw; Highway Commissioner, Edward Strong; Overseers of the Poor, Job Smith, Stephen Randolph; School Inspector, Lewis S. Anderson; Constables. Adolphus Dalrymple, Peter Lewis, Thomas Hewett, Byron Ayres.

1853. Supervisor, Lewis S Anderson; Clerk, L. J. Ford; Treasurer, Lyman B. Dalrymple ; Justice of the Peace, Thomas Biggam; Highway Commissioner, Robert P. Clark ; Overseers of the Poor, Job Smith, Stephen Randolph; School Inspector, Charles S. Hanley; Constables, Lyman B. Dalrymple, James W. Mason, Byron Ayres, Thomas W. Hewett

1854. Supervisor, Lewis S. Anderson; Clerk, L. J. Ford; Treasurer, Lyman B Dalrymple; Justice of the Peace, Wm. H. Cannon; Highway Commissioner, Joseph Warner; Overseers of the Poor, Stephen Randolph, Horace Miller; School Inspector, Alvah Whitman; Constables. Lyman B. Dalrymple, Byron Ayers, Abner Miller, James W. Mason.

1855. Supervisor, Wm. E. Warner; Clerk, John Boyce; Treasurer, Lyman B. Dalrymple; Justice of the Peace, Wm. E. Warner ; Highway Commissioner. Wm. Crawford; Overseers of the Poor, Wilkinson Dean, Henry Frain; School Inspector, Lewis S. Anderson; Constables, Lyman B. Dalrymple, Byron Ayres, John Eaton, James G. McQuail.

1856. Supervisor. Wm. E. Warner; Clerk, Wilkinson Dean; Treasurer, Lyman B. Dalrymple ; Justice of the Peace, Morris Littlefield; Highway Commissioner, Robert P. Clark. Overseers of the Poor, S. Randolph. H. Frain; School Inspector, E. P. Barlow; Constables, L. B. Dalrymple, J. C. Demosh, H. Miller, A. Dickinson.

1857. Supervisor. Wm. E. Warner; Clerk. Henry E. Champion; Treasurer. Wm. Sands; Justice of the Peace, Thomas Biggam; Overseers of the Poor, John Whitaker, Stephen Randolph ; School Inspectors, Lewis S. Anderson, Wm. E. Warner; Constables, Jeremiah Hewett. John Forsythe, William Sands, Lyman Dalrymple.

1858. Supervisor. Wm. E. Warner; Clerk, Wm. Sterling; Treasurer, Wm. Sands; Justices of the Peace, Daniel Fell, Levi J. Ford; School Inspectors, Iris W. Badger, Wm. O. Vining; Over- seers of the Poor, Stephen Randolph, John Whitaker; Highway Commissioner, Charles Adams; Constables, John W. Forsythe, Lyman B. Dalrymple, Thomas W. Hewett, Wm. Sands.

1859. Supervisor, Wm. E. Warner; Clerk, Levi J. Ford; Treasurer, John Hope; Justices of the Peace, James H. Bailey, George W. Moore: High- way Commissioner. Samuel Robb; Overseers of the Poor, Stephen Randolph, John Whitaker; School Inspector, George H. Combs; Constables, Lyman B. Dalrymple, Wm. Sands, Thomas W. Hewett, Ezra Francisco.

1860. Supervisor, Wm. E. Warner; Clerk, Levi J. Ford ; Treasurer, Thomas Quirk; Justice of the Peace, Levi J. Ford; School Inspectors, William Whitaker, S. D. Moon; Overseers of the Poor, Stephen Randolph, Ephraim R. Thornton ; Highway Commissioner. Byron Ayres; Constables. Wm. Sands, Benjamin Cotton, Jr., Alvin B. Warner, A. C. Dunlap.

1861. Supervisor, Wm. E. Warner; Clerk, Alexander Robb; Treasurer, John S. Hush; Justice of the Peace, Thomas Biggam; Highway Commissioner, Henry Robinson; Overseers of the Poor, Stephen Randolph, Samuel Westfall; School Inspector, Hiram R. Nowland; Constables. William Sands, A. C. Dunlap, Benjamin Cotton, Jr., Byron Ayres.

1862. Supervisor, Wm. E. Warner; Clerk, Alexander Robb; Treasurer, Daniel J. Smith; Justice of the Pcacc, George W. Moore; Highway Commissioner, Robert P. Clark ; Overseers of the Poor, Stephen Randolph, Edward McIntosh; School Inspector, Wm. Whitaker; Constables, Wm. Sands, Byron Ayres, A. C. Dunlap, George Westfall.

1863. Supervisor, Wm. E. Warner; Clerk, Wm. Sterling; Treasurer, Oscar F. Westfall; Justice of the Peace, Caleb J. Barlow; Commissioner of Highways. Perrin Brown; Overseers of the Poor, Stephen Randolph, Edward McIntosh ; School Inspector, Robert Vanderwerker; Constables, Wm. Sands, Byron Ayres, Edward McIntosh, B. Cotton.

1864. Supervisor, Wm E. Warner; Clerk, S. W, Earing; Treasurer, Byron Ayres; Justice of the Peace, Daniel Smith ; Overseers of the Poor, Stephen Randolph, Edward McIntosh; School" Inspector, Marion Moore; Constables. Benjamin Cotton, Edward McIntosh, Hiram Eaton.

1865 Supervisor, James C. Vaughn; Clerk, Jesse Randolph; Treasurer. Edward McIntosh; Justice of the Peace, Thomas Biggam; Overseers of the Poor, Samuel Robb, Jonathan Powell; School Inspectors, William Whitaker, Lester R. Brown; Constables, Hiram Eaton, Oscar F. Westfall, Benjamin F. Cotton, Wm. Smith.

1866. Supervisor, Lester R. Brown ; Clerk. Jesse Randolph; Treasurer. Henry P. Smith; Justice of the Peace, George W. Moore; Highway Commissioner, Perrin Brown; Overseers of the Poor, Stephen Randolph. Timothy M. Cody; School Inspector, Daniel Rounds; Constables. Henry Landon, Jacob Stofflet, Hiram Eaton Henry Frain.

1867. Supervisor. Lester R. Brown; Clerk, Timothy M. Cody; Treasurer, Wm. Sands; Justice of the Peace, Caleb J. Barlow; Highway Commissioner, Hiram Millspaugh; Overseers of the Poor, Stephen Randolph, Joseph Warner ; School Inspector,. Francis M Moore ; Constables, Benjamin Cotton, Ezra Eaton, Edward H. Doyle, A. C. Dunlap.

1868. Supervisor, Caleb J. Barlow; Clerk, Edward H. Doyle; Treasurer, Wm. Sands; Highway Commissioner, Edward McIntosh; Justice of the Peace, John Hope.

1869. Supervisor. Caleb J. Barlow; Clerk, Edward H Doyle ; Treasurer. Frederick Soop; Justice of the Peace, Thomas Biggam; School Inspector, Alexander Robb; Constables, John S. Bush, George Warren, George Gould. George Warner.

1870. Supervisor, Caleb J Barlow, Clerk, Wm. Sterling; Treasurer. Wm Fell: Justice of the Peace, Joseph Spear; Highway Commissioner, Hiram Millspaugh; School Inspector, James Stuart; Constables, John S. Bush, George Warren, George Gould, John Zibbell.

1871. Supervisor, Caleb J. Barlow; Clerk, Wm. A. Haak ; Treasurer, Wm. Fell; Justice of the Peace, Caleb J. Barlow; Highway Commissioner, Samuel Westfall; School Inspector, Alexander Robb; Constables. John S. Bush, John Zibbell, Obed Coy, Charles W. Smith.

1872. Supervisor. Caleb J. Barlow ; Clerk, Wm. A. Haak; Treasurer, James Renton; Justices of the Peace, Jesse Randolph and Auren Roys, part of a year each ; Commissioner of Highways, Charles W. Smock; Drain Commissioner, Alexander Robb; School Inspector, James Stewart; Constables, John S. Bush, John Zibbell, Wm. Cotton, Jacob Stoffiet.

1873. Supervisor, Wm E. Warner; Clerk; Wm A. Haak ; Treasurer. James Renton : Justices of the Peace, Thomas Biggam, W. E. Warner; Highway Commissioner, David Soop: Drain Commissioner. Alexander Robb; School Inspector, George Smock; Constables, Frank Miller. Charles W. Smith, Myron N. Bumpus, Robert H. McKinstry.

1874. Supervisor. Wm. E. Warner; Clerk. Wm. A. Haak; Treasurer, John Hope; Justice of the Peace, George W. Moore; Highway Commissioner. Jacob H. Post; Drain Commissioner, Alexander Robb: School Inspector, James Stewart; Con- stables, John Zibbell. Andrew J. Smith, Wm. Cot- ton, Wilbur B. Sherman.

1875. Supervisor, William E. Warner; Clerk, Wm. A. Haak; Treasurer, John Hope: Justice of the Peace, Caleb J Barlow; Highway Commissioner, Jacob H. Post; Drain Commissioner, Alexander Robb; Superintendent of Schools. Franklin Robb: School Inspector, George Smock : Constables, Andrew J. Smith, John Zibbell. Robert H. McKinstry, Jacob Stofflet.

1876. Supervisor, William E. Warner; Clerk, Wm. A. Haak ; Treasurer, Samuel G. Denton: Justice of the Peace, Wm. E. Warner; Supt. of Schools. Franklin Robb; Highway Commissioner, Alexander Robb; Drain Commissioner, Wm. S. Gordon; School Inspector,Albert Day; Constables. Andrew J. Smith, John Zibbell, Wm. Cotton, Palmer Edmunds.

1877. Supervisor, Gilbert Brown; Clerk, Wm. A. Haak; Treasurer. Woodbury Clark; Justice of the Pcacc, Thomas Biggam; Supt. of Schools. Leon D. Brown; Highway Commissioner, Daniel J. Smith; School Inspector, George Smock; Constables. Andrew J. Smith, Byron Ayres, William Cotton, John S. Bush.

1878. Supervisor, William E. Warner; Clerk, William A. Haak; Treasurer, Leon Riggs: Justice of the Peace. George W. Moore; Highway Commissioner, Wm. K. Horner; Drain Commissioner, David Soop; Supt. of Schools, Seward R. Thornton and Franklin Robb, each part of a year; School Inspector, 'George Smock; Constables. Eurotas Throop, Byron Ayers, Wm. Cotton, John Jewett.

1879. Supervisor, William E. Warner and James E. Stevens, each part of a year; Clerk. Wm. A. Haak; Treasurer, Henry Davis; Justice of the Peace, Caleb J. Barlow, Wm. A. Haak; Highway Commissioner. James F. Barry; Supt. of Schools, Frank Miller ; School Inspector, Charles C. Smock; Constables, Perry G. Osier, Ernest E. Ryan, Eurotas Throop, Wm. Cotton, John Zibbell.

1880. Supervisor, James A. Stevens; Clerk. Wm. A. Haak; Treasurer, Henry Davis; Justice of the Peace, Wm. H. Kinney; Highway Commissioner, Frank Miller; Supt. of Schools, Benjamin F. Smith ; School Inspector. Wm. H. Dunham ; Drain Commissioner, Samuel Westfall; Constables, Ernest E. Ryan, Wm. Cotton. John Zibbell, Charles L. Freeman.

1881. Supervisor, Henry Davis; Clerk, Wm. A. Haak ; Treasurer, David Soop ; Justice of the Peace, Thomas Biggam; Highway Commissioner. Michael Frain; Supt. of Schools, Benjamin F. Smith; School Inspector, Henry L. Fell; Constables, E. E. Ryan, Charles L. Freeman, John Zibbell, Frank Anderson.

1882. Supervisor, Henry Davis ; Clerk, Wm. A. Haak; Treasurer, David Soop; Justice of the Peace, George W. Moore ; Highway Commissioner, Edward McIntosh; Drain Commissioner, Henry Brier; School Inspectors, Franklin Robb, two years, John Gillespie, one year; Constables, Wm. Cotton, Edwin Barlow, Frank C. Anderson, Aretus D. Ford.

1883. Supervisor, Henry Davis; Clerk, Wm. A. Haak; Justicc of the Peace, Caleb J. Barlow; Highway Commissioner, Obed Coy; School Inspector, John Gillespie; Constable, John Zibbell; Treasurer, Franklin Robb; Justice of the Peace, Perry D. Pearl; Constables, Frederick Roths. Robert H. McKinstry, John S. Bush.

1884. Supervisor, Henry Davis ; Clerk, Wm. A. Haak; Treasurer, Franklin Robb; Justice of the Peace, James Stewart; Highway Commissioner, Obed Coy; Drain Commissioner,Charles F. Barry ; School Inspector, Benjamin F. Smith; Constables, Frederick Roths John Zibbell, Frank C. Anderson, Wm. Cotton.

1885. Supervisor. Henry Davis; Clerk, Wm. A. Haak; Treasurer, John W. Clark; Justice of the Peace, John Gillespie; Highway Commissioner, Wm. H. Soop; School Inspector, John Gillespie, two years, Henry L. Fell, one year; Constables, Albert Kane Elmer Zibbell, Frank C. Anderson, Frederick Roths

1886. Supervisor, Franklin Robbe; Clerk. Henry Fehlig, Jr., and A. J. Smith, each part of a year; Treasurer, John W. Clark; Justices of the Peace, George Smock, Charles W. Smith ; Highway Commissioner, Wm. H. Soop; School Inspector, Henry L. Fell; Drain Commissioner, James R. Clark; Constables, John Zibbell, Frank C. Anderson. Albert Kane, Jesse Jaycott.

1887. Supervisor, Franklin Robbe: Clerk, Andrew J. Smith; Treasurer, Henry L. Fell; Justice of the Peace, Caleb J. Barlow ; Highway Commissioner, William Lillcy; School Inspector, John Gillespie; Constables, Wm. Cotton, Byron Ayers, A. D. Ford, Charles Hines.

1888. Supervisor, Perry Vorce; Clerk, George Loewer; Treasurer, Henry L. Fell; Justice of the Peace. James A. Stewart; Highway Commissioner, Chester E. Wright; Drain Commissioner, James R. Clark; School Inspectors, James C. Pullen, Albert Day, Jr.; Constables, Frederick Roths, Wm. Cotton. 1889. Supervisor, Perry Vorce; Clerk, George Loewer; Treasurer, Charles F. Voorheies; Justice of the Peace, Frank W. Smith; Highway Commissioner. Marcus C. Robb; School Inspector, Albert Day, Jr.; Constables, Fred Raths, H. A Sherman, H. Frain. H. M. Babcock.

1890. Supervisor, Jasper Moore; Clerk. W. A. Haak; Treasurer,S. W. Earing; School Inspector, W. J. Gillespie; Highway Commissioner, Robert Robson; Drain Commissioner, J, R Clark ; Board of Review, J. N. Post. John Eaton ; Constables F. Raths, W. H. Burrell, H. Frain.

At the annual township meeting in 1875, a committee, consisting of Robert P. Clark, Thomas Quirk, and William Crawford, was appointed as a building committee, to take charge of a fund of $1,500, and superintend the building of a town house. At a special meeting held September 2, 1875, by a vote of ninety-nine to seven, the. Grange organization was permitted to join with the committee and put up a second story for the use of their fraternity. The building was completed and opened late in the fall of 1875.

A notable exhibition of generosity on the part of the township was the vote of May 27, 1865. which relieved the Township Treasurer. Byron Ayres, from the payment of $3,000 township funds of which he had been robbed by a school teacher who at the time boarded with him ; the taxpayers, by a vote of 204 to 184, voting to re-tax themselves to make good the amount stolen.

The population of the township in 1850 was 1,470; in 1860, 1,757; in 1870, 1,970; and in 1880, 1,918. The valuation in 1840 was $124,387; in 1850, $75,433; in 1860, $297,140; in 1870, $287,265; and in 1880, $1,053,847.

Wood’s Creek, in the south part of the township, was so called after Matthew Wood, who purchased part of Section 36 in 1825.

As early as 1822 a school house was built, and a school kept by John Price. In 1888 there were twelve districts and parts of school districts in the township Six male and eight female teachers were employed, and there were 483 children, of whom 353 attended school There were five brick and three frame school houses, seating 587 scholars, and the school property was valued at $16,800.

BELLVILLE.

The plat of the village was recorded in 1848 by Geo D. Hill, D. L. Quirk, and R. P. Clark.

The name Belleville, or Beautiful village, is very appropriate, for it is an unusually clean and pretty settlement. It is in the center of an excellent grain and fruit region, and considerable amounts of these products are shipped from this point. It is located on the southerly bank of the Huron River, the banks at this point being about thirty feet high, and the excellent water power is utilized by two flouring mills, three saw mills, and other smaller establishments. The Wabash, St. Louis & Pacific R. R , passes through the village, and it has good shipping facilities. The town hall, a twostory brick, is located here, and there is also a well built public school.

The Myrtle Lodge, No. 19, of F. and A. M.. was organized March 8, 1856, and in 1859 they erected a two story building, with a lodge room in the second story. An Odd Fellow Lodge known as Galaxy, No. 384, was organized on March 8,1887. A paper called the Michigan Mirador, published by W. W. Secord, was issued here from 1881 to 1883. and then moved to Detroit. The Belleville Enterprise was first issued March 10 1886, with Roscoe C. Begole as editor and proprietor. On March 5, 1888, it was sold to Albert E. Smith, who has since had entire control. In politics it is independent and neutral. It is issued weekly, on Wednesdays, at $1 a year, and has a circulation of about 500.

The Methodist Episcopal Church of this place traces its origin to a class which was formed in 1840, when Belleville was in the Dearborn Circuit, with Elijah Crane as Presiding Elder. As near as can be ascertained, the following pastors have been in charge: 1840, Rev. Adam Minnis; 1841, Rev. Elias Pattee and Rev. Robert Howe; 1482, Rev. John Gray and Rev. Wm. Taylor: 1843, Rev. Alanson Fleming. Rev. Caleb Bruce and Rev. R. Dubois: 1844. Rev. Gideon J. Shurtliff, Rev. Henry Penfield and Rev. Robert Bird ; 1845, Rev. Jonathan Blanchard and Rev. W. H. Hayes; 1846. Rev. Daniel Bush and Rev. Wm. Benson; 1847, Rev. D. Bush and Rev. Francis Glass; 1848, Rev. Isaac Abbott and Rev. Benjamin Pritchard; 1849, Rev. Wm. Mothersill and Rev. Robert Bird ; 1850, Rev. J. F. Collins and Rev. Wm. Fox ; 1851, Rev. Samuel Bessey and Rev. Wm. Fox; 1852, Rev. Samuel Bessey and Rev. Jacob Wortley; 1853, Rev. Ebenezer Steel and Rev. C. W. Leeman; 1854, Rev. E. Westlake: 1855, Rev. John J. Smith; 1856, Rev. J. Kellogg and Rev. Dwelle; 1857. Rev. J. W. Kellogg and Rev. A. J. Bigelow; 1858, Rev. John Levington and Rev. W. C. Way; 1859, Rev. John Levington: 1860. Rev. R. R. Richards; 1861- 1863, Rev. Rufus C. Crane; 1863, Rev. H. N. Brown; 1864. Rev. S. P. Warner; 1865-1867, Rev. Charles M. Anderson; 1867-1869, Rev. Jesse Kilpatrick; 1869, Rev. Jesse Kilpatrick and Rev. W. W. Washburn; 1870-1872, Rev. J. G. Morgan; 1872. Rev. Wm. J. Campbell; 1873-1875. Rev Jas. S. Sutton; 1875, Rev. John W. Crippen; 1876- 1878. Rev. W. J. Clack ; 1878, Rev. E. Barry; 1879. 1881. Rev. S. L. Ramsdell; 1881-1883, Rev. W. R. Jordon; November 16, 1882, to March 26,-1883, Rev. R. J. Parrett; 1883, Rev. R. B. Rogers; 1884. Rev. H. A. Merrill; 1885. Rev. L. C. York; 1886— 1889, Rev. R. L. Hewson. In 1850 Robert Clark and Daniel Quirk donated a lot, and the present church was erected The present valuation of the church property, including parsonage, is about $3,100.

The First Baptist Society was organized in July, 1841. The church was dedicated in September, 1853, will seat 200 and is worth $2,000. The pastors have been as follows: Rev. John Goff, 1841 to -; Rev. A. Whitman. April, 1851, to-; Rev. T. L. Bulis, 1857-1859; Rev. A. H. Harris, February, 1860, to February, 1862: Rev. P. Cambell, April, 1862 to April, 1868; Rev. D. Osborn, April. 1868, to March 1869; Rev. J. P. Chenoworth, April, 1869, to January. 1870; Rev. D. J. Parker. August, 1871, to November, 1871; Rev. A. B. Kinne, May, 1873. to August. 1873 : Rev. A. Snider, December, 1876, to January, 1878; Rev. A Gower. February. 1878, to-; Rev. R. D. Herrington, June, 1881, to March. 1883; Rev. A. M. Lyon. April, 1883, to May. 1885; Rev. H. C. Scofield, May, 1885, to November, 1885.

DENTON’S,

A small station on the Michigan Central Railroad, was laid out by Samuel Y. Denton in 1866. The Methodist Episcopal Church at this place originally formed part of what was known as the Huron Mission. A regular society was organized in 1835. Their present church was dedicated December 7, 1869; the lot cost $100, and the building #3.000. It scats 250. They have about 100 members. The following have served as pastors: Arthur B. Elliott, 1835; Wm. H. Brockway, 1836-1837: Robert Triggs, 1838; Charles Babcock, 1839; Adam Minnis, 1840; Elias Pat tee and Robert Howe, 1841 ; J. Gray and Wm. Taylor, 1842; E. Fleming and Robert Dubois, 1843; Gideon J. Shurtleff and Henry Penfield, 1844: Jonathan Blanchard, 1845; Daniel Bush, 1846-1847; Isaac C. Abbott and B, F. Pritchard, 1848; Wm. Mothersill and Robert Bird, 1849; I. F. Collins and Wm. Fox, 1850; Samuel Bessey and J. Wortley, 1851; Isaac Abbott and B. F. Pritchard, 1852; Ebenezer Steele and C. W. Seyman, 1853; Curtis Mosher and Harrison Colby. 1854; J. H. Carter, 1855; J. W. Kellogg, 1856-1857 ; John Levington and William C. Way, 1858-1859; R. R. Richards, 1860; Rufus C. Crane, 1861-1862; H. N. Brown, 1863; S. P. Warner, 1864; Charles M. Anderson, 1865-1866; Jesse Kilpatrick, 1867-1868; Jesse Kilpatrick and W. W. Washburn, 1869; Samuel Kitzmiller, 1870; J. S. Sutton, 1871-1872; H. N. Brown, 1873; N. Newton. 1874-1876: L. C. York, 1876-1879; S. Clements, 1879-1881; R. Wrench, 1881; F. W. Warren, 1882-1884; L. C. York, 1884; J. A. Lowry, 1885— 1888; S. Bird. 1889-

RAWSONVILLE, FORMERLY MICHIGAN CITY.

This village, the post-office of which was formerly called Michigan City, was platted by Matthew Woods, Amariah Rawson, and Abraham Voorhees, in 1836. By Act of Legislature of March 22, 1839, the name was changed to Rawsonville. It is located on the Huron river, on the line between Wayne and Washtenaw Counties. It has a good water power and several mills. A Methodist Episcopal Church was organized in 1843. The first building was dedicated December 19, 1876. The lot cost $100, and the building $1,600. It seats 200. The following persons have served as pastors: Wm. Taylor, J. S. Collins, H. Penfield, William Mothersill, F. Glass, I. C. Abbott, R. Bird, S. Bessy, Wm. Fox, J. Wortley, W. Donaldson, E. Klumph, A. Bigelow. C. M. Anderson, J. S. Sutton. S. L. Ramsdell. J. G. Morgan, J. Kilpatrick. S. P. Warner, W. W. Washburn, E. Barry, W. Clack, T. C. Higgins, — Jordon. B. B. Rogers, Jesse Robbins, John Wright, A. Ebling.

SECORD’S,

A small station on the Michigan Central Railroad, is named after Henry B. Secord, who bought land here in 1845.