Macomb County Early Pioneers Surnames A-G

Edward Adams
Son of Nathan & Margaret A. (Smith) Adams, Edward was born August 7, 1836; he became a teacher in the public schools, at which he engaged for five years; was married, May 10, 1859, to Elizabeth Coykendall, daughter of Emanuel Coykendall, Ontario County, N.Y.; they had two children, both of whom are living on the homestead -- Charles E. born April 12, 1861; Ella, December 1, 1859. Mrs. A. was born July 19, 1839, in Ontario County, N.Y. Mr. A. is a successful farmer, takes a great interest in the schools of the township and is politically a Republican.(as of 1882)

Melinda Adams (Chamberlain)
Daughter of Alden Adams from New York, Malinda was born 1799 in Vermont, married Beekman CHAMBERLIN in 1814, and they settled in northern Armada Township in 1834. Her grandfather, Timothy Adams fought at Bunker Hill and received a pension for that service. Beekman also bought land direct from the government. Melinda died in 1873. She and her sister Susan - see below - had two other sisters who lived in Macomb County. They were Mary, who married Beekman's brother Malancton W. Chamberlin and Ruth, who married James Parker. Melinda was among just a handful of female pioneers who owned land during their day. Additional info on Melinda or her sisters can be obtained from Gary L. Klein, who is the third great-grandson of Melinda and Beekman.

Nathan Adams
Son of John & Susanna (Morse) Adams, natives of Massachusetts, Nathan Adams was born in Cheshire, N.H., November 1, 1809; married Margaret A. Smith, October 13, 1833, and moved to Macomb in the fall of 1834, and settled on Section 13, in Armada Township, where the took from the government 160 acres of land, which he improved and occupied until his death, which occurred September 12, 1872; they had ten children, three of whom are living. Mrs. A. was born December 26, 1811; she was the daughter of Isaiah Smith, a native of Orange County, N.Y., near West Point, and died December 27, 1880, on the homestead. Mr. A. was the first Town Clerk of the town of Armada, and has held responsible town offices since that time, and was Justice of the Peace at the time of his death; he was Treasurer of an Agricultural Society; was forward in all the improvements of the county.(as of 1882)

Susan Adams
Susan ADAMS, born 1790 in Vermont, moved with her family to Ontario County, New York. Her grandfather, Timothy Adams fought at Bunker Hill. She married Timothy BANISTER, a veteran of the War of 1812, in 1815. They settled in Armada Township in 1834-5 with their 6 children. Susan died in 1855 in Armada Township. Susan was one of a handful of women who bought land direct from the government, as was her sister, Malinda ADAMS ( see above).

Seth Aldrich
SETH ALDRICH was born in Berkshire County, Mass., November 2, 1804; removed to Macomb County in 1833, and bought of the Government two lots since known as the Briggs farm, on Section 9, Armada; this he sold before moving his family, and, in 1835, bought the farm on which he now lives, consisting first of eighty acres, to which he afterward added 130 acres; he married Rachel Burlingame, a native of Berkshire, and had three children, all married and living in Armada Township. Mrs. Aldrich died in 1844 and he again married, Louisa Wyman, of Ontario, N.Y., and had one son - Charles - who lives on the homestead. The grandfather of the present Mrs. Aldrich, Isaac Page, served in the war of the Revolution and received a pension for faithful services.(as of 1882)

Samuel C. Allen
"Dr. Samuel C. Allen was born in New Jersey. When he came to Michigan, he had a wife and several children. He settled at Utica, Macomb County, taking upa farm on the Clinton River, and it was here that our subject was born (George A. Allen), in an old log house. Dr. Allen also owned and operated a sawmill on the banks of this river, and continued to practice his profession, riding over the untilled prairies for miles and miles in every direction and undergoing many hardsihps, such as fell to the pioneer physicians of Michigan. About 1841 he moved to Clarkson, Oakland County, where he devoted all his time to the practice of his profession..."

Information provided by Clint Drake who says: "Samuel C. Allen was my ancestor and his daughter, Amanda Allen, married Thomas Stead, son of Joseph Stead, who platted Utica. "

Charles Andrews
Son of Rev. Elisha D. Andrews & Betsey Lathrop, Charles Andrews was born August 28, 1820, at Putney Vt.; the family removed to West Bloomfield, N.Y., in 1828; lived there for one year, then removed to Mendon, two years; then to Pittsford, Monroe County, for ten years; they moved to Macomb County in 1841, and settled on Section 21, where they had previously purchased 800 acres of land; this land had been improved by a man named Tenyck, who was in the employ of Mr. Andrews; he afterwards added to this same 400 acres more. As an illustration of the strife to locate land in those early days, it is told that Mr. Andrews and a neighbor named Hulett, wanted the same lot and both started for the office at Detroit at the same time to locate it. Mr. Andrews had a team and the neighbor was on foot; the roads were fearful, but the tem won the race. Mr. A. made the required deposit, when Hulett came up out of wind and short of patience, but too late, when it was discovered that they were not after the same lot at all; both went home satisfied. Charles Andrews settled on his present farm in 1845, which consisted of 340 acres, 170 cleared and a log house and a frame barn; a few years later, he built his present farm-house and more barns; he has lived her since that time, with the exception of about seven years spent in Armada Village; he was made an officer in the township in an early day, and was made Supervisor in 1859, which office he held for eleven years, with satisfaction to the people, and is holding it at present; he was elected State Senator for Macomb County for four years. Mr. A. was an organizer and the first Director of the Macomb County and Armada Agricultural Societies, and was the first President of the Armada society, which office he held six successive years; he was married, January 29, 1845, to Charlotte Hewitt, daughter of Edmund Hewitt, of Ypsilanti, Mich.; she was born in Pittsford, N.Y., in 1821; they had one son - Edmund H., born November 14, 1845, married and lives in Ypsilanti. Mrs. A. died in that place May 27, 1846; married again, October 24, 1849, to Mary M. Elliott, daughter of Andrew Elliott, a native of New Hampshire; by this marriage they had two children - Minnie A., born January 26, 1855, married H.L. Kendrick, and lives in Detroit, Mich.; Hattie B., born October 16, 1858, married H.J. Barrows, and lives in Armada. The present Mrs. A. was born December 14, 1825, at New Castle, Me.; her grandfather Elliott was a soldier in the Revolutionary war, and the family are descendants of the apostle John Elliott; her brother, the Rev. John Elliott, was a minister in the Presbyterian Church, and was long a missionary to the Tuscarora Indians; they have been members of the Congregational Church of Armada for many years. Mr. A. has always taken a prominent part in all the interest of his township; he has been a leader and a teacher of music since twenty years of age, and is at present a leader of the music in church & Sunday school.(as of 1882)

Thomas Ashley
Thomas Ashley came to Mt. Clemens in 1820, from his home in Batavia, New York. He built the first hotel in the city of Mt. Clemens.

Asahel Bailey
Asahel Bailey born 1789 in Connecticut married Cynthia Freeman in 1819 and moved to Macomb County in 1821. He settled at Indian Village, which is now Romeo, where he died in 1862.

Chauncey Bailey
Born in Connecticut in 1797, Chauncey Bailey came to Macomb County and settled in Romeo in 1821. His daughter, born February 27, 1822 was the first white child born in the township of Bruce. He died in Minnesota in 1880.

Maria Baker
The second daughter of William H. Baker, and the only surviving one, Maria Baker was born February 18, 1829. At the age of sixteen, she began life as a teacher in the public schools, which continued twenty-three terms. She taught the first school in the Frost District School, consisting of nine scholars, five belonging to Mr. Frost's family. The school was kept in Mr. Frost's house. She was married, September 6, 1865, to Charles M. Lamphree, and lives on Section 4, Armada; has one daughter, Nettie, born August 18, 1866, and living at home.(as of 1882)

William H. Baker
son of Samuel Baker, of New England, William H. Baker was born November 26, 1796, in Albany, N.Y. He was married, January 3, 1826, to Huldah Pettit, of Benton, Herkimer Co., N.Y. who was born May 21, 1800; they came to Macomb County in the fall of 1827; settled in the town of Ray, on Section 8. With the assistance of some of his neighbors, he built a small log cabin and went into it without door or window. His doors, window frames and sash, chairs, table and bedsteads were the work of his own hands, without paint or varnish. Their only neighbors within sight were wild beasts such as deer and wolves, which came around their dwelling in abundance. One night, Mrs. Baker was engaged in boiling sap to relieve her husband, who was tired out with constant work, day and night. She had with her little son, James, who was about five years of age. He soon fell asleep, lying on a quilt beneath a tree near the boiling place. Soon after beginning her work of the evening, the wolves came so near she could hear them walking, and see their eyes sparkling in the darkness. She kept the long-handled dipper in the hot sap and the fire burning brightly, and after howling about an hour or two, they went off and the brave woman kept on with her work until relieved by her husband. They had four children, one of whom still lives. In 1841, they went back to New York to take care of Mrs. Baker's parents. In 1844, they returned to Michigan and settled in St. Clair County, at a place afterward called Baker's Corners, where they remained for ten years. The rest of his life was spent in various places in Macomb County. They were members of the M.E. Church. In 1853, Mr. Baker was licensed to exhort, and shortly after was granted local license, and followed this calling until his death. He died in 1870, July 9, six miles northwest of Armada Village. Mrs. Baker still survives, at the age of eighty-two. Mr. Baker is remembered with the kindest of feelings.(as of 1882)

Luzetta Banister
and Asa Dwight MILLS. Luzetta, daughter of Susan [ADAMS] and Timothy BANISTER, born 1818 in Wyoming County, New York, married 1834 to Asa Dwight MILLS (born 1812 in New York State), settled in northwestern Richmond Township (just north of Willow Grove Cemetary) in 1834, had 11 children.

Daniel Barnes
son of Simon and Rachel (Skinner) Barnes, Daniel Barnes was born in this township July 1, 1797; married Mrs. Phoebe (Smith) Becraft, August 11, 1824, and moved to Macomb in 1835; lived on the Holman farm eight years; moved into Armada, where they now reside. Mrs. Barnes was born in New York, at Augusta, December 15, 1792; was married to Isaac Smith, by whom she had seven children, two of whom are living; after her second marriage, six children were born, five of whom are living. (as of 1882)

Dr. John E. Barringer
Was born in Bristol, Ontario Co., N.Y., July 16, 1841; received his primary education in New York and at the Canandaigua Academy, and began teaching in the public schools at the age of eighteen years, which was followed with success for four years; studied medicine four years with D. D. J. Mallery, at Bristol, N.Y.; then entered the Michigan University, from which he removed to Armada, in November, 1683, where he has since been engaged in practice; was married, August 7, 1864, to Antinetta, daughter of Moses Perkins, of Bristol, N.Y.; has two children - Horace P., born May 12, 1866; Alice A. born June 11, 1870. Mrs. B. was born August 7, 1839. Dr. B. has held several important offices in the township and society; he attends the Congregational Church and Sabbath school; in politics, he is a Democrat.(as of 1882)

Hiram Barrows
, son of David and Ruth Barrows, both of Massachusetts, Hiram Barrows was born in Wyoming County, N.Y., October 11, 1824; removed with his father's family to Wisconsin, remaining for four years. Mr. B. came to Macomb County in 1848, and settled on Section 3, Ray Township, which place he improved and occupied until 1866, except the time spent in the army; he was twice elected Justice of the Peace; also Supervisor for some years; he was married, September 15, 1846, to Bathsheba C. Hathaway, a native of Ontario County, N.Y.; she was born March 20, 1822; the children are -- David H., born November 8, 1850, and Hiram J., born April 2, 1858, both married and living in Armada. Mrs. Barrows died June 12, 1866. Mr. B. married again, April 9, 1868, Mrs. Agnes Little Brownlee, of Mt. Clemens; she is still living; they have one daughter - Ruth - born December 6, 1869. Mrs. B. was born in Glasgow, Scotland, July 11, 1834; she had one daughter - Marion Little - born at Mt. Clemens August 20, 1855, married Charles Carter and lives in Armada. Mr. B. enlisted in the Ninth Michigan Regiment Infantry, Company A; was elected by the company Second Lieutenant; made first Lieutenant December 10, 1861; was wounded in action and taken prisoner at Murfreesboro, July 13, 1862; exchanged August 27; made Captain October 13, 1862; mustered out November 16, 1864; returned home in March, 1865. The regiment was engaged in twelve battles, all but one of which Mr. B. himself was engaged. Soon after the war, he, with Dr. Smith, began the erection of the first brick block in the village of Armada, upon the completion of which he commenced mercantile business; he was appointed Postmaster in February, 1869, which office he still holds; in 1875, in company with Cyrus Farrar, he commenced the manufacture of cheese in the village, but he soon bought out the partner and has since successfully prosecuted the work; he was elected Deacon of the Congregational Church of armada in 1849; also Superintendent of the Sabbath school soon after, both of which positions he still holds; in politics, he is a steadfast Republican; the sons are engaged in business with their father, under the firm name of H. Barrows & Sons.(as of 1882)

Dr. Samuel T. Beardslee
son of Thomas Beardslee and Rachel Tuttle, daughter of E. Tuttle, of Sussex, N.Y., was born in New Jersey August 19, 1828; moved with his parents to Oakland County in 1832; they cleared up a farm in the township of Independence, after which Samuel Beardslee commenced the study of medicine with Dr. Paddock of Pontiac, and attended the medical course at Ann Arbor two terms and a course in chemistry; graduated from the Albany Medical Institute in 1856; in 1857, came to the village of Armada and began the practice of his profession, which he has prosecuted without interruption to the present time. Married, December 18, 1876, Betsey A., daughter of James McCauley, of Ontario County, N.Y.; she was born January 3, 1844, and has one child - J. Allen, born December 11, 1878. Dr. Beardslee has a fine residence in the village and a farm in Berlin of 257 acres; this property he has accumulated by his close attention to his practice. In politics, he is a Republican. (as of 1882)

Jesse Bishop
Jesse Bishop was born in 1803 in New York, removed to Macomb County in 1831 and settled on 160 acres in Bruce Township.

Marcia Bishop
Daughter of Jesse Bishop, of Bruce Township, was born March 16, 1845; married to Manly Thurston, son of B. H. Thurston, October 15, 1862; after marriage, resided on the farm of his father one year, then bought the farm on Section 18 known as the Donaldson farm, on which the family still reside. Mr. Thurston died March 3, 1870. They had four children, three of whom are still living on the homestead. Mrs. Thurston has erected a fine and commodious residence, and has a fine and prosperous farm business. She is and has for many years been connected with the Christian Church of Romeo; a fine musician, vocal and instrumental, and a prominent worker in the Sabbath school. Lillian, born October 29, 1863, died October 24, 1879; Henry J., born August 2, 1865; Abbie L., born September 27, 1867; Manly W., born January 6, 1870. (Data as of 1882)

Rev. Henry N. Bissell
Son of Anson Bissell and Joanna Dart, daughter of Dr. Dart, of Vernon, Conn.; Henry's father was a native of East Windsor, Conn., and a Deacon of the Congregational Church of that place; he died December 23, 1872, at Milan, Ohio, aged eighty-five years; the mother died at the same place October 23, 1846, aged sixty-one years. The family are direct descendants of John Bissell, the first of that name in America, who came from Somersetshire, England, and settled on the Connecticut River at Windsor, where many of the same name still reside. The subject of this sketch was born at East Windsor, Conn., June 2, 1816; he entered the Sophomore class of Yale College in 1836 and graduated in 1839; taught in the Huron Institute, in Milan, Ohio, three years; then entered the Theological Department of the Western Reserve College, of Ohio, supporting himself and a brother, who afterward became a missionary in India; he spent the first eight years of ministerial work in Lyme, Huron Co., Ohio; then as acting pastor for twenty-seven years at Mt. Clemens, Macomb County, from 1854; moved to Armada as pastor of the Congregational Church in 1881. He was married, May 5, 1846, in Manchester, Conn., to Elizabeth Hale, daughter of Nathaniel Hubbard, a native of Bolton, Conn.; they have no children. Mr. B. has directed the education and assisted in bearing the expenses of two nephews, sons of the brother in India, who are now in the ministry in this State; he is and always has been a man of great energy and a hard worker and student, and is firm in the faith of the orthodox church; he is a Republican in politics. (as of 1882)

William Bobcean
A son of the late Charles and Caroline Kling Bobcean, William Bobcean moved to Mount Clemens in 1914 and was united in marriage with Anna Schwartz on January 3, 1920. The couple lived their entire marriage life at 295 Euclid Street. Mrs. Bobcean passed away January 28, 1953. Mr. Bobcean was employed for 35 years by Hubbarth and Schott Company until his retirement in 1953. He was a lifelong memeber of Zion Evangelical and Reformed Church, Mount Clemens.

Ebeneezer Brooks
Born 1809 in Vermont, Ebeneezer Brooks settled 80 acres in Lexox Township of Macomb County in 1834.

William H. Bump
Born in Mariden, Monroe Co., N.Y., March 29, 1827; William H. Bump was the son of Robert and Cynthia Bump. The family moved to Romeo Village, May 15, 1834, where they remained one and a half years. Robert Bump was a shoemaker by trade and worked in a shop with Judge Prentice and in the families of the settlers, going from home to home, a common practice of that day, styled whipping the cat; they moved to their farm on Section 35, Armada, in October, 1835; the mother died in 1864, and the father four years later. Mr. B. was married, November 2, 1856, to Martha, daughter of Robert and Caroline Kelley, of Ontario; they have one daughter - Geneva, born August 4, 1857, residing at home. Mr. B. has always been a Democrat in political faith and practice. (as of 1882)

Ezra Burgess
Born in 1788, Ezra Burgess, his wife Sally, and their two children, Edward and Elizabeth A. Burgess, moved to Michigan from the Vermont/Quebec border. Ezra purchased 240 acres in Section 33 in 1821 at the present location of Utica. In 1822 he secured a Land Patent on 83.6 acres in Section 7 and constructed a timber frame home, which still stands today. In 1835 Ezra secured a Land Patent on 41.21 acres in Section 18. On these lands they raised the ten surviving (of eleven) children, and the house grew to hold the increasing family, in-laws, and hired hands. (The 240 acre parcel and the 41 acre parcel were sold out of the family, but I have not yet traced them.)

Ezra died in 1853; Sally died in 1875, leaving the 83.6 acres to their youngest children, Elisha T. Burgess (and wife Sarah) and Sarah Jane (Burgess) Stafford (and husband Christoper Stafford). Ezra and Sally Burgess are buried at the Curtis Cemetery in Shelby Township. Some of their children are buried nearby; others are in the Mt. Avon Cemetery in Rochester.

Elijah and Norman Burk
Elijah Burk, native of Mexico, N.Y., born June 13, 1807; he lived in Western New York as a farmer until 1833, when he removed to Macomb County settling on what is now the village of Armada; his brother, Norman Burk, had settled near the center of Armada Township two years before. Mr. Burk moved through Romeo, thence to his brother's and cut his road from there to his land. He was married, December 20, 1829, to Betsey A. Burdick, a native of Cayuga Co., N.Y., born in 1812, and had four children, all living; two sons served in the civil war. Mr. Burk was forward in all that would benefit the new settlement; the first religious services were held at his house and he was a willing helper in the Sabbath school and other means of moral growth - always a strong temperance man and a Whig in politics. Mr. Burk is remembered with great affection by the old settlers of Armada, for his house often sheltered them till one could be built for them. Though poor himself, he would always divide with those more needy; a neighbor lost a cow; Mr. B. gave him the use of one of his cows till the loss could be repaired; his team was freely used by any who needed it, and people said: " If all men were like Mr. Burk, much of the hardship of settling a new country would not be felt." He died at his home in Armada in 1848.(as of 1882)

Ira H. Butterfield
Born in 1812 in New York, Ira Butterfield located land in the town of Shelby in 1838. In 1866 he removed to Lapeer County.

Martin Buzzell
Martin Buzzell was born in lower Canada in 1811, came to live in Romeo, Macomb County where he died after 1890.

Horace H. and Chauncey G. Cady
Horace H. Cady was born at Hadley, Connecticut in 1801. He came to Mt. Clemens in 1821 where he settled on a farm in the county in 1837. His wife was Susan E. Connor, daughter of Henry Conner. She was born in Detroit in 1806. Horace died in 1887. Chauncey G. Cady, brother of Horace, was born in 1803. He came to Mt. Clemens in 1820, lived there for a few years and then purchased a farm in Clinton Township.

Francis Campau
Francis Campau was born in Detroit 6-15-1825, married in Mt. Clemens on 10-28-1857 to Louisa Mayhew (?)

Reverend John Cannon
Rev. John Cannon, born in Massachusetts in 1808, moved to Washtenaw County, Michigan near Ypsilanti in 1831. He was a Christian minister. In 1834 he sold his home in Ypsilanti and moved to Royal Oak, in Oakland County. He traveled a circuit comprising Wayne, Lapeer, Macomb and a part of Washtenaw counties. In 1838 he moved to Macomb County, where he lived in Shelby Township and died after 1890.

Nathaniel Carter
Son of Nathaniel & Eunice (Lincoln) Carter, on Leominster, Mass., Nathaniel Carter was born at that place February 20, 1806; his grandfather, Nathaniel, was a Captain in the war of the Revolution, and his great-grandfather, Nathaniel, was one of the first settlers of New England. The name Nathaniel has run through five generations. They are of English extraction. Mr. C. left Massachusetts for the State of Michigan, September 20, 1831, arriving in Macomb County after a journey of twenty-five days; he located eighty acres of land on Section 34, and afterward bought eighty acres adjoining, on which he has made his present farm and has lived upon it continuously fifty-one years; in the month of March 12, 1833, he was married to Chloe Stewart, daughter of Edmund Stewart, and has had three children - George N. Carter, born March 31, 1834, who resides upon the old home farm; Mary J., born April 4, 1853, died in infancy; Eddie B., born November 12, 1859, died July 6, 1863. Mr. C. has been a Republican from the birth of that party and has held several important township offices; he has given much thought and study to the subject of mechanism, and had at one time a mowing machine in operation before the present mower was invented; he has also studied much upon the subject of aerial navigation, and also a plan to propel canal-boats by means of compressed air - an idea which has since been put into successful operation; he built a saw-mill on Coon Creek, in 1833, being the second one east of Stony Creek; he has been a member of the Congregational Church thirty years; in 1858, a candidate on the Free-Soil ticket for legislator. George N. Carter, son of the above, was born March 31, 1834, in Armada Township; has always lived upon the home far; was married, February 6, 1856, to Mary A. Simons, daughter of Charles Simons, Genesee County, N.Y.; they have had four children - Charles C., born May 4, 1857, who married Marion Little, August 19, 1880, and is now in business in Armada Village; Lottie J., born April 30, 1864, and died June 19, 1866; Eva B., born October 4, 1857, Mary E. born September 16, 1874. Mr. and Mrs. C. have been members of the Congregational Church of Armada for many years. Mrs. C. was a successful teacher in the public schools. He is, in political belief, a Republican.(as of 1882)

Chauncy R. Chamberlin
Son of Beekman Chamberlin, Chauncy was born in Armada Feb. 3, 1836; lived with his father's family on the homestead, on Section 4, Armada Township, and , in company with his brother David, still occupies it. He was married, October 25, 1863, to Mary, daughter of John C. Morris, of Pennsylvania; the children of this marriage are: Chauncy born November 6, 1865; Susan, born August 3, 1867; John, born March 24, 1870, died in infancy; Phebe, born August 18, 1871; Wilfred, born July 25, 1873; also an infant who died March 9, 1875. Mrs. Chamberlin was born January 22, 1845. Mr. C. and brother are favorably known to the early settles of the county as threshers for many years; he is a Republican in Politics. (as of 1882)

Mrs. Dorothea Thompson Chamberlin
Daughter of Isaac Thompson, formerly of Yates County, N.Y., Dorothea was born at that place October 2, 1814; moved with her parents to Macomb County October 1, 1825, and lived in Bruce Township, near Romeo, until February 20, 1840, when she was married to Charles W. Chamberlin, and settled on Section 33, Armada Township. Mr. Chamberlin died on this farm August 22, 1844; they had three children - Oscar, born June 28, 1841, enlisted in company A., Ninth Michigan Infantry, at Armada, served three years, and was honorably discharged; he is married and now lives in Ray Township; Jane E., born September 28, 1842, married E. W. True, and lives at Armada Village; Charles W., born November 29, 1844, now lives upon the homestead, is farmer on the homestead and has two children - Adelbert, born September 17, 1871, and Fanny D., born July 30, 1876. The Chamberlins hold to the doctrine of universal salvation, and, politically, are Republicans. (as of 1882)

Galen Chamberlin
Son of Beekman Chamberlin, was born in Ontario County, N.Y., May 12, 1817; removed to Macomb County in 1834; from 1850 to the present time, he has owned farms in various places in Armada Township, and at present lives on Section 9; was married, in 1851, to Millia, daughter of Stephen Harrington; he has one son and one daughter, both at home. Beekman C., son of the above, born October 27, 1852, has always lived at home; was married, September 17, 1876, to Hattie House, of St. Clair County, and has one child - Myrtie Belle, born August 26, 1878; both the Chamberlains are well known as threshers for many years; they are Republicans in politics (as of 1882).

Elam Chapin
Elam Chapin was a native of New York, where he was born in 1811. In 1832 he came to Macomb County where he purchased 90 acres of land. He died in 1866.

William H. Clark
Son of Peter and Elizabeth (Wilson) Clark, William was born in Hopkinton, Mass., August 4, 1805. His father, Peter Clark, was a native of Newton, Mass., and was a soldier in the Revolution. Lived at that place until seventeen years of age and then moved to Medway, Mass., as an apprentice in the manufacture of cotton machinery; followed this business for fifteen years, and then engaged in the dry goods trade, at Springfield, Mass., now Chicopee, seven years; from here he moved to Michigan; in 1845, settled in Elba, Lapeer County, as a farmer, on a new farm near the Chippewa Indian Mission, and lived on this place; was Treasurer of Lapeer County for six years; moved to Macomb County in 1869, and settled on the ridge one mile west of Armada Village, called the Chamberlin place, where he now resides. he married Frances Martin, daughter of Mrs. Elizabeth Rodgers Martin, natives of Portsmouth, N.H.; she was a descendant of the martyr, John Rodgers; they had ten children; six are living; his wife died at Lapeer City, September 10, 1876. (As of 1882)

William H. Clark, Jr.
Son of William H. Clark, of Massachusetts; William Jr. was born in Dover, N.H., December 12, 1828; educated at Chicopee, Hampton Co., Mass., in the common schools; from the age of fourteen to eighteen, he engaged in a wholesale commission house in Boston; in 1846, he came to Lapeer County, being one of the pioneers; he lived on a farm for two years; he began the study of law at Lapeer, Mich.; was admitted to the bar at the August term of the Circuit Court, held at Lapeer in 1858; he came to Armada in November, 1858, and engaged in mercantile pursuits; at the end of four years, he enlisted, November 10, 1862, in Company G, Eighth Michigan Cavalry, of which he was Sergeant; he was promoted to Second Lieutenant, and was in active service until March, 1864, at which time he resigned on account of ill health; was engaged in eighteen battles and skirmishes and once wounded; on returning home and recovering his health, he commenced the practice of law in the courts of Macomb County, in which business he still continues; he held the office of Circuit Court Commissioner for six years and Postmaster of Armada for four years; has always interested himself in agriculture; was one of the originators of the Armada Agricultural Society and a director in the same. In politics, he is a Democrat. He was married, October 19, 1852, to Mary Shafer, daughter of John Shafer, a pioneer of Lapeer County; they have four children - Mary F. born May 14, 1856, married K.S. Buck, and living in St. Clair County; William E., born December 2, 1858, died February 24, 1864; Emme E., born November 6, 1865, living at home; Josephine, born November 26, 1871. Mrs. Clark was born June 9, 1828, in Hillsdale, Columbia Co., N.Y.; her father, who died February 22, 1882, located the land on which part of the city of Lapeer now stands, and made a plat of the city on record of Shafer's plat.(As of 1882)

Christian Clemens
Christian Clemens, the founder of the city of Mt. Clemens, was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania on January 30, 1768. He came to Detroit in 1795. In 1798 he settled near the Clinton River where he purchased a tract of land, built a dwelling house and began a business. He laid out the village of Mt. Clemens in 1818. He was Colonel of Militia and held the offices of county judge and judge of probate. Immediately after the surrender of Detroit by General Hull, Mr. Clemens was taken prisoner by the British and confined until Detroit was retaken by the Americans. Judge Clemens was very influential in the promotion of the settlement in this county and entertained many of the early pioneers. He died August 25, 1844.

Richard Connor
The exact date of the settlement of Mr. Connor in Macomb County is not certain. He was living in Ohio at the onset of the Revolutionary War and was a fur trader by occupation. He married there a Miss Myers and several children were born to them. Subsequently the entire family was taken prisoner by the Chippewas and taken to the home of the Indians on the Clinton River in Macomb Co., Michigan. The children were separated from the family and scattered among the various tribes. Through the influence of a group of Moravian Missionaries who were settled along the banks of the Clinton River, the children were gathered together, and with their family, made their home on the opposite bank of the river from the Moravians. It was here that the Connor's youngest child, Susanna, was born on the 16th of December 1783 and was baptized by the Moravian Ministers. She later in life became the wife of Elisha Harrington, who came in possession of the Moravian estate. She died there in 1848.

James Crawford
Son of Robert Crawford, of Scotland, James Crawford was born in Ayrshire, Scotland, June 24, 1827; emigrated to America in 1831; they stopped at Buffalo two years, where the mother died of cholera; the family then moved to the vicinity of Romeo, and lived two years there; purchased eighty acres of land, on Section 17, to which the family removed; the father, Robert Crawford, was a farmer and gardener in the mother country; he was born August 4, 1796, and still resides on the homestead. James Crawford was married, June 28, 1856, to Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Borland, of Scotland, and had three children - Robert J., born September 1, 1857, a public teacher; Thomas, born December 10, 1858; Anna, E., born April 28, 1862, died February 15, 1876. Mr. Crawford is a farmer and stock-raiser; has a hop-yard which yields annually $500; there is a pioneer on this farm in the person of "Old Nig" - a horse - which has reached the age of twenty-eight years, all of which he has spent on the farm. Mr. Crawford is a Republican in politics. (Data as of 1882)

Philip C. Cudworth
Son of David and Mary Cudworth, Philip Cudworth was born in the town of Richmond, Ontario Co., N.Y., March 30, 1811; the grandfather on the mother's side served in the war of the Revolution, and both were of English origin; he moved to Macomb County in October, 1835, and settled on Section 34, in Richmond Township, and gave the name to that town; moved to his present farm in Armada Township November, 1852; was married, October 1, 1835, to Tamsin Tubbs, of Ontario County, N.Y.; they have had six children, five of whom still live - Xenophon O., born April 19, 1837, married Martha Hicks and lives on Section 36, Armada; Philip, born December 24, 1839, enlisted in Company A, Ninth Regiment, Michigan Infantry, under Col. Wilkinson, and died at West Point, Ky., of fever; Harriet, born November 10, 1842, married. L. Fillmore and died in Lenox November 28, 1861; Gerusha A. , born January 6, 1844, married Charles Chapman, and now lives in Iowa; Mary, born April 13, 1847, married Peter Scott and now resides in Decatur, Iowa, in the town of Grand River, and built the first house in that village; David S., born May 20, 1850, married Ilinda Fillmore, and lives on Section 3, Ray Township. Mr. and Mrs. Cudworth have been members of the Methodist Church for thirty-eight years; he voted the Democratic ticket twice, since which time he has been a Republican. He was the first Postmaster in Richmond, Mich., when the office supplied mail to six townships; the route was from Lakeville to St. Clair, and postage was from 10 to 25 cents per letter and Canada letters a good deal more. The grandfather of Mrs. Cudworth was a Revolutionary soldier; her family were of English & Scotch blood. (Data as of 1882)

Xenophon O. Cudworth
Son of Philip and Tamsin (Tubbs) Cudworth, Xenophon was born in Richmond Township April 10, 1837; moved with his parents to Armada Township in 1852. Was married, December 25, 1858, to Martha Hicks, and has three children - Philip Elton, born February 14, 1862, now living at home; Burton H. born October 26, 1866; Frank S., born February 21, 1868. Mr. Cudworth worked a farm on shares, in Richmond Township one year; then purchased a farm of Mr. William Abbey, in Armada Township, section 36, paying therefor the sum of $2250; in 1869, he built a substantial and tasty brick residence, in which he now resides; he has held responsible offices. (Data as of 1882)

Jeremiah Curtiss
Jeremiah Curtiss was born near Albany, N.Y., Aug. 2, 1793; served in the War of 1812 [#SC-18311]; married Mercy EWELL June 10, 1812[ Pavillion, Genesee Co., NY]; moved West in 1832 and settled in Shelby Twp., Macomb County continuously until his death November 3, 1872, aged eighty years.

Francis Gore Darby
Francis Gore Darby [born 11 Aug 1803 St. Catharines, Ontario] and his wife Elizabeth D. Ferguson [married 9 Feb 1831 Queenston, Canada] left Ontario and arrived in Macomb Co., MI by at least 1852 and bought land in the northeast corner of Macomb Co., Bruce Twp.

Sylvester Darling
Native of New York, Sylvester Darling born in 1785, came to Macomb County in 1823 and settled in Shelby Township.

James Davidson
Son of William Davidson, of Ontario, Province of Canada, was born in the Dominion August 14, 1829; remvoed to Michigan in 1856, to St. Clair County, and to Macomb in May 1862; settled in Section 8, Armada Township, where he now resides; now owns and works a farm of 115 acres. He is a carpenter by trade. He was married, October 12, 1855, to Lucinda Russell, of Ontario, who was born April 20, 1831; they have four children -- Loder, born August 20, 1856, died October 22, 1862; Elvira, b. June 23, 1858; William, June 18, 1860; Agnes, May 12, 1862; James, June 17, 1864. Mr. D. has made many improvements in his farm, and has succeeded as a farmer; he is a Republican. (Data as of 1882)

Calvin Davis Calvin Davis, born in 1793 in Massachusetts, came to Macomb County in 1824. He first settled in Shelby Township, then in 1832, Macomb Township. He held many offices of public trust, was a man well known in eastern Michigan and highly respected. He died in 1870.

Charles Davis Born in Rhode Island March 7, 1798; he was the son of Benjamin Davis, who was a pensioner of the war of the Revolution, and died in the State of Rhode Island in the year 1800; the wife of Benjamin enjoyed the pension for some years, and died in Macomb County about the year 1840, at the age of ninety-two years. Charles Davis removed his family to Macomb in 1836 and settled on Section 19, Richmond, which was then a wilderness; he died in Armada Village in May 1880. Mrs. Davis died in 1838; he married again, Lucinda White, who still lives in the village. Mr. Davis had seven children, five of whom are still living. (Data as of 1882)

Riley Davis Son of Charles & Chelsa H. (Dodge) Davis, of Rhode Island and New Hampshire, Riley Davis was born in Genesee County, N.Y., April 26, 1836; removed to Macomb July 1836; lived in Richmond till attaining his majority. Was married in 1865, to Eliza Berry, of Ontario, Canada; married again, February 16, 1881, to Mrs. Charles Snover, nee Dulmadge; has one child - George R. Davis, born December 4, 1881; was a farmer in Richmond Township until 1879, at which time he removed to Armada Village and engaged one year in a market; he still resides in the place and is a member of the Democratic party. (Data as of 1882)

Seth Davis
Son of Charles Davis, of Rhode Island and Chelsa (Dodge) Davis, of New York Seth was born in Richmond Township July 13, 1840; lived on the homestead until 1863; then enlisted in Company A, Michigan Provost Guards; was sent to the Upper Peninsula, stayed one summer there, and then went as commissioned officer with Capt. Goodell; left the State, October 22, for Alabama; was in active service; promoted to First Lieutenant and discharged in three years, June 10, 1866. He returned to a farm in Richmond on Section 16, and was married, in September, 1867, to Lois E., daughter of William Gibberd of Iowa; she was born April 13, 1846; their children were: Ada M., born February 1, 1870; Nellie B., May 22, 1873; Bert C., May 26, 1879; Harry G., September 17, 1881. June 10, 1873, Mr. Davis left the farm and kept a hotel in Armada Village one year, then built a residence in the village, where he now resides; politically he is a member of the Greenback party. (Data as of 1882)

Daniel C. Day
Son of Russell and Charlotte (Smith) Day, Daniel was born in Bruce Township, December 9, 1849; always lived at home; was married, January 14, 1880, to Belle Quick, of Macomb County, daughter of Henry Quick, of Ontario County, N.Y., born July 17, 1857; has one child - Clarence, born June 1, 1881. Mr. D. resides in the village of Armada, manages a small farm and engages in the packing and sale of small fruit; in politics, he is a Republican. Elizabeth Day Bennett, sister of the above, born January 10, 1842, married, February 14, 1865, to Watson Bennett, who died in Illinois by an accident, March 4, 1873; she has one daughter and lives in Macomb County. Russell Day (deceased), son of Erastus & Lucy Willard Day, natives of Dalton, Mass., was born at Leeds, Elizabeth Co., W.W., May 24, 1813. The family made but a short stay in Canada; moved to Genesee County, N.Y.; the family removed to Romeo, Macomb County, in 1828, and settled on land near Romeo; on the death of his father, he assumed the home farm until 1843. He was married, March 1, 1841, to Miss Charlotte Smith, daughter of Isaiah Smith, of Aurelius, Cayuga Co., NY.; she was born September 15, 1815; they had eight children, of whom six are living, all in Macomb County; in 1843, he exchanged the old farm for land on Section 19, Armada; soon exchanged this for a farm on Section 24, in Bruce, where he spent the greater portion of his life; in 1860, he sold this farm and bought on Section 13, Bruce, where he lived sixteen years; went to a small place in Armada Township, Section 30, two years; then to Armada Village, where he died June 13, 1880. Mrs. D. still lives in Armada Village. He was a genial, kind-hearted man, forward in improvements and right in all moral questions; in politics, a Republican. (Data as of 1882)

Erastus Day ERASTUS DAY, Sr., born at Dalton, Mass., in August, 1780; he is the son of Daniel Day, born July 21, 1747; of Benjamin, born February 7, 1709; of John, born 1677; of John Day, of Hartford, the son of Robert and brother of Thomas Day, who emigrated to America in April, 1634, with his wife, Mary, and, on arriving, settled at Newton, now Cambridge, Mass. Erastus Day was a farmer in Massachusetts; while still young, he moved with his parents to Otsego County, N.Y., where he was married to Lucy Willard, of Worcester, Mass., at the close of the year 1807. In 1812, Mr. Day moved into Canada -- not, however, as a U.E. Loyalist, as he refused to join the British troops; he remained in Canada several years; next made his home at Lima, N.Y., for a few years, and came to Michigan in May, 1826, locating lands on Section 26, Bruce, where he resided until he died, July 12, 1836. His children were Erastus, now residing in Richmond Township; John W., a resident of Mason, Ingham County; Russell, died at Armada June, 1880; Dan. W., living at Greenville, Montcalm County; Levi, a physician of Grandville, Kent County; Lucinda, who married Volney Day, a resident of Kalamazoo; and Lucy, who died at home, in New York, in infancy. Mr. Day's early settlement in Macomb is alluded to in the general history of the county, as well as in that of the northern townships. Mrs. Day, born in August, 1780, formerly Miss Lucy Willard, died in 1855, aged seventy-five years; her remains were brought from Kalamazoo, where she was staying with her daughter, and interred in the cemetery near where she first settled in Michigan.

Uriel Day
Son of Harry Day, of Dalton, Mass., and Nancy Chamberlin, of the same place, Uriel Day was born in Otsego Co., N.Y., December 10, 1810; lived nine years in Pennsylvania and moved to Macomb County in 1833, and cleared a farm on Section 7, Armada Township, on which he still resides. He was married, September 12, 1833, to Olive Sperry, who was born August 22, 1812; they had four children - Emily, born June 25, 1834, married S. Hulett and lives in Armada Township; Cordelia, born June 8, 1837, married H. Howgate, and lives in Washington, D.C.; Caroline, born December 16, 1839, married Robet McKay and lives in Bruce Township; Lucinda E., born October 16, 1862, married John McKay and lives in Armada Township. Mr. Day has been a prominent man in the early history of Macomb County, and is, in politics, a republican; he has been for many years a member of the M. E. Church and assisted in building churches at Romeo & Armada. (Data as of 1882)

Daniel Draper
Born in Vermont in 1778, Daniel Draper moved to Macomb County in 1831 and settled in Armada, where he died in 1860.

Gideon Draper
Born June 16, 1812, in Ontario County, N.Y.; came with the family of this father to Macomb County in 1831; his father was Daniel Draper, born in the town of Rupert, in the State of Vermont, on the 18th of October, 1778; he was married in that place and had one child; in 1802, he moved to the State of New York, and had eight other children; three of his children still survive; he owned and improved land in several places in Armada Township, and died in 1860. Mrs. D. died three years later. On arriving at the age of twenty-one, Gideon Draper, bought land in Armada which he sold to Uriel Day, and again bought on Section 5, at the rate of $5 per acre. This he converted into a home and occupies it at present. September 15, 1836, he married Eliza, daughter of Phebe Benedict, a native of New York, and they had seven children - Adam C., born December 15, 1837; Adamantha C., born March 8, 1839; Cynthia J., January 1, 1841; Elijah P., June 23, 1843; Gideon, December 23, 1845; Alice, June 13, 1847, died June 24, 1873; Milton W., born March 12, 1849, served in the late war, as did also his brother Elijah; Milton died at Huntsville, Ala., March 6, 1865. Mrs. D. died at the homestead May 23, 1877, aged sixty-one years. Mr. D. has been a member and steward in the M.E. Church forty-four years, and held, most of the time, an office in the church , and contributed to the erection of churches in several places, an officer in the township and society, a Justice of the Peace for twenty-two years; politically, a Republican. (Data as of 1882)

Orsel Dudley
Born in East Bloomfield New York in 1800, Orsel Dudley came to Macomb County in 1830 and located in Washington Township, where he died in 1880.

Orson C. Dunham
Son of Daniel Dorrence Dunham & Julia A. (Clark) Dunham, Orson was born January 11, 1836, at Rockport, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio; moved from Ohio with his parents to Macomb County and settled on Section 36, Armada Township, where he lived two years and then moved to the west side of the same section, where they made their home until 1876, when they moved to their present home, on Section 35, same township; the father died at this place November 11, 1867. Orson was married, November 13, 1864, to Salina Walton of Richmond Township, and has one child - Charles, born February 2, 1872. The great-grandfather on the mother's side was a Revolutionary soldier, and the grandfather served in the war of 1812. The mother is still living with him on the old farm. Politically, Mr. Dunham is a Republican. (Data as of 1882) . To contact a descendant of Orson Dunham, click here to reachJane Devlin

James C. Edgerly
Born in New York State in 1850, James C. Edgerly came to Michigan in 1822. He settled in Clinton Township, where he lived until his death in 1851.

Robert P. Eldredge
Robert P. Eldredge was born in Washington Co., New York in 1808. He was the first lawyer in the county and established a business here in 1827. He was Secretary of State for four years and State Senator at the first session at the state capital in Lansing 1847-1848. He married Louisa Crittenden in 1831.If you wish to contact a descendant of Robert P. Eldredge click here: William Proper

Farrar Family
Phineas Farrar was a native of Marlboro, N.H.; married to Abigail Stone, of the same place, and all his children, ten in number, were born at that place; he was a farmer in New Hampshire, from which he retired in the year 1850, and removed to Macomb with his son Charles, and died September 24, 1855; his wife died in New Hampshire some years before. Charles Farrar, son of the above, was born November 10, 1796; he spent his younger years in Boston as a carpenter and came to Macomb County June 19, 1832, and settled on Section 30, Armada Township, and began at once to develop the water-power, since known as Farrar's Mill; he first put in machinery for the manufacture of hand-rakes; afterward added the manufacture of clothes pins, broom-handles, etc.; after two ears started a saw-mil, and in these branches of business he was engaged until the time of his death, which occurred April 26, 1863. Mr. Farrar was married, March 11, 1822, to Dorcas, daughter of Abram Cooledge, of Troy, N.H., and had three sons - Merrill P., born at Boston, May 19, 1823, now living on the homestead; Charles C., born at Boston, October 26, 1825, now living in the city of Flint; Cyrus S., born at Boston, October 16, 1831, now at East Saginaw, Mich. Mrs. Farrar died at the homestead, May 12, 1855. Mr. Farrar was afterward married to Mrs. Mary D. Barbour, who still survives. Merrill P. Farrar, son of the above, was born May 19, 1823; came to Macomb county with his parents in 1832, and became a farmer upon the homestead. He was married, September 12, 1848, to Sarah, daughter of Moses Perkins, of Troy, N.H., and had two children - Mary B., born July 19, 1849, died at home December 10, 1871; Hattie M., born July 17, 1851, married Frank. L. Day, September 2, 1873, died at the old home February 27, 1880. Mrs. Farrar died January 19, 1854. Mr. Farrar again married, Ann M. Pringle, April 30, 1856. Harriet Farrar, daughter of the above, married Frank L. Day, and had two children - Harry born September 24, 1874; Hattie E., born November 11, 1877. The family has always been Congregational and Republican in politics, and Mr. Merrill Farrar has held responsible township offices many years. (Data as of 1882)

Charles Farrar
Charles Farrar, born in New Hampshire in 1796, locatd lands in Armada Township of Macomb County in 1832. He lived there till his death in 1863.

Hezekiah Farrington
The son of James and Nancy (Ames) Farrington, he was born in Canada January 29, 1832; his parents were natives of New England; his mother died in Armada February 3, 1866; his father lives at present at Almont, Mich., at the age of eighty-eight years. Mr. Farrington settled on a farm near the center of Armada Township; the mother died in Armada Township, February 5, 1865. Mr. Farrington was a sailor on the lakes from fifteen to twenty-five years of age. He married Alvira, daughter of Archibald Dunham, of Macomb Co., March 18, 1857, who died in Armada Township, January 5, 1861; married again, October 15, 1863, to Theresa Pomeroy, daughter of Oscar Pomeroy, of New York, who died in Armada Township in 1850; they have one child - Austin, born March 6, 1865; Mr. F. moved to his present farm in 1861 and has occupied it since that time. Mrs. Pomeroy, daughter of Hinksman Butterfield, a native of New Hampshire, was born at Alden, Erie Co., N.Y. February 20, 1826; she came with her parents to Macomb in the fall of 1831; her husband, Daniel O. Pomeroy, was born in Genesee County, N.Y., August 10, 1821; they were married March 11. 1844; his father, John Trumbull Pomeroy, was born in Vermont April 4, 1794, and died in Orleans county, N.Y., in 1833; the parents of Mrs. Pomeroy located in Armada Township, where the family have since resided; her father died November 12, 1865; her mother still lives, at the age of eighty-six. Mrs. Pomeroy had four children, two of whom, Mrs. Farrington and Mr. Pomeroy, are living in Armada Township. The family removed from New York to Tecumseh, Mich., with oxen and wagon and one of the inconveniences first felt was the want of a spring wheel; their own was left at Detroit, and no other could be obtained. After moving to Macomb, the Butterfields were in straitened circumstances, and, for a short time, in 1836, lived on buds and young leaves gathered in the woods, boiled and eaten with mild and butter, of which they had plenty. After the death of the father, John, the Pomeroy family removed from Ontario, N.Y., to Macomb and settled in the townships of Ray and Armada; they are Vermont people and have resided in various places in that State and in others; a member of the family, Mortimer C., is now living in St. Clair County. (Data as of 1882)

Amos Finch
Son of Silvester and Almeda Finch, Amos was born in Armada Township, July 11, 1836, enlisted in the army July 25, 1862, in Company E, Fifth Cavalry; spent three months in drill at Detroit; ws engaged in the battle of Bucklin Mills; here all the officers of the company and many privates were taken prisoners, and many died. Mr. Fitch was elected Corporal at Detroit and promoted to Sergeant at Washington; to Lieutenant on July 3, 1865, and was mustered out at Leavenworth, Kan., June 27, 1865; took part in three battles, and endured much hardship; upon leaving the army, he returned to the old homestead in Armada township, upon which he has always lived. He was married, September 24, 1867, to Anna Smith, daughter of Isaiah Smith, of New York. Mrs. Fitch was born September 24, 1747; they have three children. Sylvester Finch, son of Albert and Chloe (Knapp) Finch was born in Dutchess County, N.Y., March 1, 1805; came to Romeo in 1842 with the Finch family; in 1828, he bought land of the Government, on Section 30, Armada Township, which is partly cleared, and sold in 1835, and located on Section 15, where he died november 2, 1875; Mrs. F. was born in West Bloomfield, March 1, 1810; she was the daughter of Roswell Webster, a native of Connecticut; she still lives on the homestead; they had ten children, eight of whom are living. (Data as of 1882)

Stephen H. Fitch
Stephen H. Fitch was born at Kinderhook, Columbia County, New York in 1807. He settled in Washington Township, Macomb County in 1831.If you wish to contact a descendant of Stephen H. Fitch click here: Dusty Miller

James Flower
Son of William and Eunice (Kilbourn) Flower, James Flower was born in Delhi, October 18, 1808; his father was a native of Ashfield, Mass, and his mother of the same place. Mr. F. moved to Macomb County in the fall of 1854; opened a store of general merchandise at the branch, now called Armada Corners, in 1835, in which he continued for three years; in 1838, he bought 120 acres of land on Section 3, Richmond Township, which he cleared up and made his home until 1874, adding to the original purchase 167 acres; in 1874, he removed to Armada Village, where he now resides. He was married December 25, 1834, to Eliza, daughter of Asa Ingram, of this county; they had six children, four of whom are living. Mrs. F. was born in 1810, and died in Armada, November 4, 1881. Mr. F. was a member of the Legislature in 1849; has held offices in the township for many years and was prominent in the advancement of the new county; he has always been a Democrat in politics. (Data as of 1882)

Amos N. Freeman
Son of Joseph and Sylvia (Newman) Freeman, Amos was born in Onondaga County, N.Y.; moved to Macomb in 1824, and settled on a farm in Armada Township; in the year 1850, he bought a tract of wild land, where he spent most of his life; he was married, in 1843, to Maria R. Fraleigh, and raised a family of six children; his wife died in 1875, and he married Mrs. Cordelia Levings, of Richmond Township; they are now living in Armada Township; a Republican in politics and a Methodist in Religion. (Data as of 1882)

Archibald Freeman
Son of Moses and Anna (Powell) Freeman, Archibald was born in Washington Township, November 23, 1830; lived at home till the twenty-seventh year of his age. He then married Emily Jewell, daughter of Jeremiah Jewell, November 5, 1857; then purchased the farm on which he now resides, December 26, 1857, known as the John Warner farm; they have two children, viz., Adna J., born February 11, 1860; Hattie, b. September 5, 1864, both of whom are now living on the homestead; in 1860, he built the residence in which the family at present reside; has good and tasty barns and all the appliances of a successful business. (Data as of 1882

Newman Freeman
Son of Moses and Anna (Powell) Freeman, he was born in Washington Township, April 27, 1832; has always lived on the farm inherited by his father; was married, Jun 2, 1864, to Mary A. Frost, of Armada Village, and has one child, Elva A., born January 22, 1867, now living at home. Mr. Freeman is a successful farmer; has a fine and commodious residence and good surroundings. Mr. Freeman voted at the birth of the Republican party for J.C. Fremont and has since voted with that party. (Data as of 1882)

Edwin A. Frost
Son of Allen L. & Judith E. (Phelps) Frost, Edwin was born in Armada January 11, 1848; always lived on the homestead, except three years spend in Richmond Township; married, Mary 23, 1872, to Miss Laura J.,, daughter of David B. Grout, on Ontario County, N.Y., and has the following children: Hattie E., born February 15, 1873; John E. February 1, 1877. Mr. F. owns and occupies the homestead near the village of Armada; he is prominently connected with several organization of the county; in politics, he is a Republican. Allen L. Frost (deceased), son of Bezaleel and Nancy (Luce) Frost, natives of Massachusetts, was born at Williamsburg, June 28, 1804; moved to New York while a boy, thence to Macomb County, in 1835, where he bought and cleared up a farm and made it his home for a life-time. He was married , at Gainsville, N.Y. January 20, 1828, to Mary Smith, and had a family of four children, one of whom still lives. Mrs. F. Died October 2, 1844, when he married Judith Phelps, September 4, 1845, who had three children - sons - Edwin A. born January 11, 1848; Walter I., born July 25, 1851; Fred R. born July 9, 1856, a medical graduate. Mr. F. was personally identified with all the improvements of the new country, an organizer of the M. E. Church of Armada and a life long member of the same; a strong supporter of the anti-slavery party and a firm Republican; his second son, Joel, was in the war of the rebellion, and was killed at Cedar Mountain, August 9, 1862; an uncle was a soldier of the Revolution, in the retreat from Quebec, and suffered all the hardships of that time. Mr. F. died at the homestead April 24, 1874. (Data as of 1882)

Edward C. Gallup
Edward C. Gallup was born in Connecticut in 1814 and came to Mt. Clemens in 1834. He was married in 1838 to Eliza Clemens, daughter of Judge Christian Clemens (see above) . Edward Gallup died in Mt. Clemens in 1878.

Horace Garlick
Fifth son of Samuel & Lucy (Mead) Garlick, natives of Boston, Horace was born in Boston, Oct 12, 1809. Samuel Garlick, a soldier in the war of 1812, served until the close of the war. His grandfather was born in England. Horace Garlick moved with the family to Connecticut; here the father owned a tide-mile, which was sold in 1818, and the family moved to Auburn, N.Y.; the father died in Oakland County in 1830, the mother in Jackson County in 1846. Mr. G. was in Black Rock, now Buffalo, seven years as a miller; in Ingham County, Mich., on a farm of 120 acres, in 1837; remained two years; returning to Buffalo, engaged in a flouring-mil; then to Jackson, Mich., in a grocery store, two years; thence to Macomb County, and engaged in milling at Mt. Clemens in 1845. He was married, September 20, 1832, in Ontario County, N.Y. to Delila Warner, who had three children, one of whom is living - Mrs. Fitch, of Mt. Clemens. Mrs. G. died April 7, 1847, at Jackson Mich.; he married, September 7, 1848, Mrs. Nancy L. House; had one child, Dr. Fred M. Garlick, of Richmond. The second wife died at Mt. Clemens, May 31, 1851; married, February 10, 1853, Mrs. Sarah Lufkin Goodale, a native of New York, born February 10, 1820; they had one child - Lizzie E., born March 20, 1859, died in Romeo August 19, 1860; Mr. G. remained in Romeo four years, managing the Garlick House; in the fall of 1860, came to Armada, where he has since remained, being in the hotel five years; then retired to a private residence of twenty one acres of land in the village of Armada; the father and six boys were millers and enjoyed the reputation of being first-class workmen; in politics, a Whig and then a Republican. The mother of Mrs. G., Sarah Goodale, was born in 1796, March 19, on the Hudson River, at Charleston, N.Y; is now living with her daughter in Armada; she is the mother of eight children, four of whom are living. (Data as of 1882)

Jess Gillett
Born in New York in 1810, Jesse Gillett located 120 acres in Shelby Township, Macomb County, Michigan.

Orrin Goff
Orrin Goff was born in New York. In 1837 he moved to Macomb County and settled in Shelby Township.

Fulton Page Goyer
Son of Holly and Mary L. Goddell Goyer, Fulton was born October 31, 1851. His father died at the homestead in Armada Township, May 3, 1880. His mother died at the same place, July 29, 1860. The subject of this sketch left home at the age of seventeen and worked with his uncle, Perrin C. Goodell, at railroad carpentering on the Michigan Central Railroad, tow years, then worked eighteen months for the same company as locomotive fireman; at the expiration of the time named, changed to the Toledo, Wabash & Western Railroad, occupying the same position nearly three years. He then returned to his father's farm, and was married, May 10, 1875, to Sarah E. Herbert, a native of Ontario County, N.Y. they have one child Herbert, born October, 1878. Mr. Goyer is at present a farmer, and is making the breeding of fine Spanish Merino sheep a specialty. (Data as of 1882)

Elisha Granger
Elisha Granger, and his wife Mary "Molly", whose maiden name may have been Prentice or Prentiss, came to came to Macomb County., Michigan in 1824. The children who came with them were (1) Pharas, b. 1790/94, m. Sarah --?--, (2) Zarah, b. about 1793, m. Sarah Richardson, (3) Amgrad, b. 1796, m. Amanda --?--, (4) Susannah, b. 1798, m. Samuel Richardson, Jr., (5) Mary, b. 1800, m. Archibald Corey, (6) Aden, b. about 1810, m. Elizabeth Diets, and Mrs. Almire Loreach, and Rhoda, b. 1810, m. Josiah Richarson. The parents were born in or near Suffield Ct., and moved to Sodus, Wayne co., NY, about 1793. All but the first child were born in New York. Elisha Granger died in 1835, and his wife Mary two years earlier. Both are buried in the Hart Cemetery.

Lewis Granger
Son of Thaddens and Julie E. Granger, natives of Massachusetts, Lewis was born March 10, 1826, near Akron, in Portage county, Ohio. The father served a short time in the war of the Revolution, having enlisted at the age of sixteen, near the close of the war. He died in September, 1825, and the mother received a land warrant for his services. She died in Memphis, this county, in 1868. Mr. Granger is a third cousin of the Postmaster General, Gideon Granger, who was one of the first to hold that position under the United States Government; also, a relative of Lord Dudley, of England, who lived a century or more ago. Mr. Granger removed to Macomb County in 1846, settled at Memphis and engaged in the mercantile business for about twelve years; removed to Armada Village in 1871, and again engaged in mercantile business; was married, September 26, 1747, to Sarah J. Perkins, of New York, who died February 24, 1853, leaving one child, Hettie, born September 25, 1852, who married H.C. Mansfield, of St. Clair County, present Register of Deeds for that county, formerly Modos. Mr. Granger married, November 22, 1854, Harriet A. Brownell, of New York. The have had four children - Frank, born May 5, 1856, died in infancy; Francis B., born August 12, 1859; Charles L., born September 6, 1861; Libbie, born July 27, 1863. In February, 1880, Mr. Granger sold his store, and after a short business engagement in Detroit, again commenced business, in a fruit evaporating establishment at Armada, which he still pursues. The building devoted to this is 114x40 feet, a portion of which is frost-proof. The establishment is capable of using annually 20,000 bushels of green fruit, and of employing forty persons. He is a prominent member of the Congregational Sabbath school of this village; late a Justice of the Peace, and a strong advocate of temperance. In politics, he is a Republican of the old anti-slavery type. (Data as of 1882)

Zara Granger
Son of Zara and Sally (Richardson) GRANGER, was born on Grosse Isle, Detroit River, August 4, 1830. His father was a native of New York;' mother, of Main; moved to Macomb in 1830 and settled in the township of Chesterfield, near Mt. Clemens, where they cleared up a farm. The father died in1878; the mother in 1874. In November, 1878, Mr. Granger bought a farm in Richmond Township, which he kept till 1881, when he sold it and removed to Armada Village and engaged in a meat market; married, February 26, 1851, to Miss Marilla Maybee, and had seven children - Elenor, born December 1, 1855, died an infant; George L., born August 31, 1857; Henrietta, born in April 1860; Ella, born in April 1862; Addie born in October 1864; Clara, born in January, 1870; Burt, born in September, 1874. Mr. Granger has been a thresher of grand thirty-five seasons; in politics, a Republican. (Data as of 1882)

Neil Gray - Sr. & Jr.
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In tribute to the pioneer women of Macomb County - and all across America, the following quote, found in the Leeson history of Macomb County (page 259-60):

"What shall we say of the true woman, the pioneer woman of this county? Ah! ...Nowhere in the world did God's last, best gift to man, more clearly assume the character of a helpmate, than in the log cabin, and amid the rough and trying scenes, incidental to a home in the wilderness. Ever foremost in the work of civilization and progress, the pioneer woman - the true woman - was to-day physician, to-morrow nurse, and the following day teacher of the primitive school. Withal the woman was busily engaged in that wearisome round of household work that knows no cessation. Early and late, all the year round, the pioneer woman acted her part well. From year to year, as through many privations and much new and strange experience of that necessity, which is the mother of invention, wife and husband joined hand to hand to work out under the green arches of the wilderness the true beginnings of Macomb County. To the pioneer mothers of Macomb honor belongs."

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