Macomb County Early Pioneers Surnames H-P

Asa B. Hamblin
Son of Truman and Anna (Bowen) Hamlin, Asa was born at Greenfield, Saratoga Co., N.Y., March 5, 1813. His father was a native of Rhode Island and his mother of Connecticut. They both moved to Jefferson County, N.Y., while young, and died there. His father served by proxy in the war of 1812. The subject of this sketch lived with his parents, in Saratoga County, till coming to Macomb County, which took place in 1866, stopping a season in Romeo. He then purchased the farm in Armada Township, Section 29, known as the Priest Shaw farm, on which he now resides; was married to Lora Ann Wheeler, daughter of William Wheeler, of Jefferson County, who died at her native place March 7, 1859. He afterward married Miss Maria F. Merriam, a native of Jefferson County, who was born July 11, 1820, now living. His children are Lydia Ann, born February 28, 1841, married and living at Romeo Village; William T., born November 10, 1847, now living at Port Huron, Mich.; Ella B. born Jun 17, 1855, married and lives in Armada Township; Abigail S., born March 5, 1859, married and living in Armada Village. The children were all by the former wife, and were born in Jefferson County. Mrs. Hamlin's parents (Merriam) were formerly of Connecticut, and moved to Jefferson County, N.Y., in 1806, when that place was a wilderness, and were forward in the development of it. The family name of the mother was Cady (Eunice). She died in September 1862. the father died July 20, 1860. He served in the war of 1812, and was honorably discharged. Mr. Hamlin is Christian in form of worship, and was a Whig, transferring his allegiance to the Republican party at its birth. He is and has always been a farmer, and makes the manufacture of cheese a specialty. His cheese has always met with approval, and has commanded the highest market price. (Data as of 1882)

Alfred Harrington
Son of Morey Harrington, Alfred Harrington was born in Ontario County, N.Y., July 12, 1820, and, at age of thirteen, went to work by the month till the family moved to Macomb, in 1839, after which he spent ten years clearing land for other people, when he bought the farm he now owns; married, in 1838, Abigail Beach, of Ontario, N.Y., and had four children, tow of whom are living. Mrs. Harrington died in March, 1876; married again, February, 1877, to Mary M. Webb, who still survives. Mr. Harrington joined the M. E. Church in 1859, and for the last sixteen years has been a local and itinerant preacher of that denomination. (Data as of 1882)

Morey Harrington
Born in Rutland, Vt, December 29, 1794, he moved to Macomb County in 1839, and settled on Section 30, Armada, on the farm since known as the Howell place, where he stayed but a short time, then settled on Section 5, which he improved and where he died in 1859. He was the father of thirteen children, five of whom still live; and was a local preacher of the Methodist Episcopal connection for forty years, and aided in the development of religious sentiment in Northern Macomb. His wife died at the homestead. (Data as of 1882)

Hiron J. Hathaway
Son of Chandler and Dency (Jones) Hathaway, born at Carthage, Genesee Co., N.Y., August 15, 1820. His parents were natives of Ontario County, N.Y.; grandparents of Vermont. The mother's people were from Massachusetts. Several uncles served in the war of 1812. The father died in New York in 1820; the mother, in March, 1881, at Armada Village. Hiron J., came to Macomb in 1841 and settled on Section 35, where he now resides. He was married, September, 1841, to Catherine, daughter of Allen Briggs of Ontario, N.Y., who served in the war of 1812 and died in Macomb County in 1850. Mr. Hathaway had three children - Chandler, born August 24, 1842; Dency A., born November 10, 1844, married Rock Bailey, and died in June, 1865; Sarah J., born October 5, 1847, married William Crittenden and lives at Mt. Clemens. Chandler Hathaway, son of the above, married, July 14, 1863, to Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Bailey, has two children - Dency, born March 31, 1872; Jennie, born February 21, 1879. He resides on the homestead and has always been a farmer, except about three years, when he was engaged in the manufacture of brooms in Romeo. He has a hop-yard, and makes the culture of that crop a specialty, in which he has met with good success. In political affinity, he has always been a Democrat. (Data as of 1882)

Miron S. Holman
Son of Asa and Nancy Farrar Holman, was born March 28, 1820, at Marlboro, N.H. His grandfather was a native of Boston, Mass., and removed at an early date to Roxbury, N.H., where his son Asa was born in 1793. The family removed to Macomb County in 1831; settled on Section 29, where he lived for six years, when he removed to Romeo, where the father died October 10, 1868. The mother was born in Marlboro, N.H., in 1795, and died at Owosso, Mich., December 25, 1867. The subject of this sketch spent some years in the South, working at the carpenter's trade, then engaged in building in Romeo Village for about two years; he then engaged in business in Detroit for about twelve years, and in 1850 made a trip to California, during the height of the gold excitement; his health failing, he soon returned, and then purchased the Farrar mill property in 1857, where he has since been engaged in the manufacture of horse and hand rakes. He was married, September 11, 1845, to Anna C. Quackenboss, daughter of Daniel and Abigail Quackenboss, natives of New York. The removed to Detroit when she was eighteen years of age. Her great-grandfather served in the war of the Revolution, and her grandfather enlisted in the war of 1812, but, being under age, was rejected upon examination. They have had children, as follows: Olin Q., born May 20, 1847, now living in Iowa, at Creston; Sarah E., born April 8, 1853, died in infancy; Carrie G., born July 7, 1854, died January 5, 1857; Rollin G., born January 31, 1861, living in Creston, Iowa; Abbie L., born February 7, 1873. Mr. Holman still owns and occupies the old factory, making good work out of the best material. He is a Republican in politics, and a Congregationalist in his form of worship. (Data as of 1882)

S. Smith Holmes
Born in Livingston County, N.Y., October 4, 1811; removed to Macomb in 1834, and lived some years near Armada Village, then moved to Section 4, Armada Township where he lived to the time of his death, which occurred November 5, 1876; married, in 1829, Sally A., daughter of Beekman Chamberlain, and had five children, four of whom are living. Mrs. Holmes was born August 12, 1816, and died December 18, 1876. Mr. Holmes was a blacksmith and had a shop in connection with his farm. (Data as of 1882)

Newton Hulett
Son of Oratus Hulett and Eunice (Carpenter), Newton was born in Armada Township September 7, 1845, and has always lived on the homestead. He has added to it 120 acres, and now owns 240 acres, with good buildings, and all in fine condition for profitable work. He was married, January 23, 1868, to Huldah, daughter of John Corbin, of Macomb County, and has children as follows: Minnie, born November 6, 1868; Orvy, born November 13, 1874; John N., born September 16, 1871; Narina B., born January 28, 1877; Cora A., born January 9, 1873; Orris, born May 12, 1881. Mr. Hulett is a successful farmer, and strives to be at the head of his profession; in politics, a Republican. (Data as of 1882) Hulett (Family Tree)

Oratus Hulett
Son of Paul Hulett, of Vermont, of Scotch descent, Oratus was born at Rutland, Vt., January 10, 1800; moved to Macomb County in 1836 and settled on land purchased of the Government, on Section 20, Armada, which he occupied to the time of his death, which took place September 25, 1876. He was married, first to Sally Spaulding, of Vermont, September 21, 1820, who died March 20, 1829; by this marriage he had three children, all of whom are dead. The then married Miss Eunice Carpenter, of Rutland, Vt., January 14, 1830; by this marriage he had seven children, four of whom still survive. Mrs. Hulett's ancestors, the Newtons, were survivors of the Revolution, and later, those of the same name served in the war of 1812. They were a hardy people, and lived to extreme age. (Data as of 1882) Hulett (Family Tree)

Samuel Hulett
Son of Oratus and Eunice Hulett, Samuel was born in Rutland, Vt., February 22, 1833; moved with his father's family to Macomb County in 1835. Mr. Hulett, in company with his brother, carried on his father's farm for about 11 years, then bought a farm on Section 16, Armada, which purchase was made in 1863. This farm was known as the Taylor place. The same year, he bought the Johnson place, adjoining his own. His farm now comprises 520 acres. He was married, July 22, 1860, to Emily, oldest daughter of Uriel Day, of Armada Township. They have five children - Ivy, born January 31, 1862; Uriel, born November 4, 1865; Burton, born August 18, 1868; Eddie, born February 7, 1871; Bruce, born January 1, 1876. Mrs. Hulett was born in Armada Township June 25, 1834. Mr. Hulett is a large dealer and feeder in fat stock; has erected a fine brick residence, and has a good farm, wind-mill, etc. Politically, he is a Republican. Mr. Hulett has a family horse which is more than thirty years old. (Data as of 1882)Hulett (Family Tree)

W. Irving Hulett
Son of Oratus and Eunice Hulett, was born November 23, 1834; has always lived on the land which was secured by him at the time of his marriage, which is on Section 20, known as the Bancroft farm. He was married, January 14, 1862, to Anna McCafferty, of Bruce Township. They have four children, all living at home. Mrs. Hulett was born February 17, 1844. Mr. Hulett is a prosperous farmer, and a member of the Republican party. (Data as of 1882)Hulett (Family Tree)

Nathan Hurd
Born in Welland County, Canada West, August 7, 1825. His father was a native of Vermont, and, in the year 1834, removed to Lapeer County. This was at that time a wilderness, inhabited only by wold beasts and Indians. The nearest commercial point at that time was Pontiac, a small village of two or three stores and a grist-mill, to which they made a weary pilgrimage at long intervals for their grists and scanty groceries. He lived here until 1853, then moved to Macomb County and settled in Armada Township. In 1860, he removed to St. Clair County, and enlisted in Company H, Fourth Michigan Volunteer Infantry, and did service in the army one year; in 1877, returned to Armada and engaged as general blacksmith and carriage-maker, and is so engaged at present; married, in Armada, September 3, 1849, to Diana M. Perry, of Massachusetts; she was born in October, 1831, and has had three children - Alice, Celia M. and Adelia J. He has built a fine house, and is a careful and industrious mechanic. (Data as of 1882)

Joseph A. Ingraham
INGRAHAM Born in Ontario, N.Y., September 7, 1828; lived some years in Ohio, thence removed to Lapeer County, and in 1850, settled in Armada, Section 3, where he now resides; was married, February 9, 1852, to Amanda, daughter of Abel Sumner, a native of New Brusnwick. The children of this marriage are Edmund L., born August 30, 1852; Charles E., born September 20, 1854; William I., born May 23, 1858; Ruth M., born September 13, 1860; Elizabeth M., born October 9, 1863; Rosa V., born January 6, 1868, died June 15, 1869; Andrew J., born January 23, 1870. Mr. Ingraham is a carpenter and cooper, a close workman, and has a farm connected with his business; in politics, a Democrat. (Data as of 1882).

Lyman T. Jenney
Lyman T. Jenney, a physician, was born in Vermont in 1798. In 1830 he located in Utica, Macomb County. He was the first regular practicing physician in Macomb County . Lyman Jenney died in 1859.

George R. Kidder
, Son of Sidney M. and Lorette Fisher Kidder, born in Berlin Township, April 26, 1846, commenced business as a carpenter in Almont; bought a farm in Dryden and went into farming; from there to Capac as a grain merchant, then as a keeper of a grocery store; afterward bought a farm in Berlin; from there as a cabinet-maker in Bruce; then to Armada as a butcher; in 1877, invented a land roller, upon which he obtained a patent; in 1878, took out letters patent on barn door roller, which has become very popular both in the United States and Canada; also invented a farm gate. Mr. Kidder married, May 4, 1870, Lora Dodge, daughter of Stephen Dodge, of St. Clair County. The have two children - Mattie, born February 22, 1871; Ruth, born August 22, 1873. Mrs. Kidder was born March 4, 1847. Mr. Kidder now lives in Armada Village, and is identified with the Democratic party. (Data as of 1882)

Sidney Kidder
Born in Genesee County, N.Y., about the year 1810; removed to Romeo in 1836; began life as a country merchant in the village of Romeo; a few years later went in company with Mr. Oel Rix and formed a partnership for the prosecution of the same business; from there went to Berlin, St. Clair County, on a farm, then back to Bruce for six years on a farm. He was living in St. Clair County, at the time of his death, which occurred with his own hands; in 1857, married Lorette, daughter of Luke Fisher; they had three children, all living. Mrs. Kidder died in February, 1868. (Data as of 1882)

Edmund Gabriel LaForest
Edmund Gabriel LaForest, son of Gabriel LaForest and Josephine Ferton, was born December 05, 1873 in Grosse Pointe, MI. He lived in the lakeshore area of Harrison Twp. for his entire life. He married Theresa Whitmore abt. 1900 and they settled at 4470 Jefferson, where they raised eight children. Edmund was a landscape artist by trade and he was a member of the Old Crowd of Mt. Clemens. His brother, Albert, who lived in Mt. Clemens, built a sailing ship, "The Bertie". It was built in 1896, in Mt. Clemens. He used it as a fishing vessel in Lake St. Clair and the great lakes. Edmund died in 1941, his wife passed on in 1946, but they are survived by several descendants, many of whom still live in Macomb County, including two of his daughters and one son. They remember riding the old street cars that ran past their home on Jefferson in the twenties. As they recall, it traveled from Mt. Clemens to Detroit.
submitted by Joyce Bane, descendant

Charles A. Lathrop
Son of Edward and Emma Andrews Lathrop, was born in West Springfield, Mass., October 25, 1816. His father and grandfather were natives of the same place, his great-grandfather of Norwich, Conn., descendant of Rev. John Lathrop, of Barnstable, England, who settled in Barnstable, Mass, where he was the head of a colony. Mr. Lathrop's father died at Armada Village September 11, 1863; mother died several years later. The had eleven children, all living but two. In 1847, Mr. Lathrop in company with his brother, opened a store of general merchandise, it being the second in the place. the first bill of dry goods amounted to $90, and was purchased of Zach Chandler, of Detroit. Two brothers have been with him in the business, but both have retired, and Mr. Lathrop conducts it alone. He was married, in Mary 1858, to Rachel A. Youngs, of Armada, and they have had two children - Charles E., born June 17, 1859, is in the store with his father; Lillie A., born October 1, 1860, married Edwin F. Phillips and lives in Armada Village. Mrs. Lathrop was born January 6, 1831. Mr. Lathrop was an early officer in the township and the village; in politics, first a Whig, and now a Republican. (Data as of 1882)

Payne K. Leach
Payne K. Leach was born in New York in 1809. He first came to Michigan in 1829 and in 1836 made his purchase of lands in Macomb County.

Peter D. Lerich
Born in New Jersey from 1810, Peter D. Lerich came to Macomb County in 1835 and died 1907. His wife, Sarah F. Lerich was born 1817 and died1898.

Joel W. Manly
Born in Vermont in 1810, Joel Manley came to Macomb in 1834 locating land in Macomb Township. He died in 1878.

David McCrossin MD
Son of James McCrossin, of Ireland, David was born in Ontario County, N.Y., November 13, 1813; came direct to Michigan, arriving December 7, 1854. He had visited this county some years before and bought land on Section 11, Armada Township; moved the family in 1854, and settled in Berlin, St. Clair County, remaining twelve years; then to Armada Village, where he still resides; moved from Ontario Co9unty through Canada with wife and one child, three trunks, and a hen-coop lashed on behind, in which were two Shanghai chickens, the first of the kind introduced in these parts. Mr. McCrossin studied medicine at Springwater, Livingston county, with Dr. Arnold Grey; admitted to practice in Ontario County in 1829, which avocation he pursued during his active life; married, June 2, 1831, Amanda Short, who died February 5, 1851; four children, all living; married, September 25, 1851, Mary L. Wait, of Washington County, N.Y.,, and has one child Dora, born June 14, 1854, living at home. Mrs. McCrossin was born September 3, 1825. Mr. McCrossin was successful in his practice; in politics, a Whig, afterward joining with the Republican party. The fathers of both Mr. and Mrs. McCrossin served in the war of 1812, and the grandfather of Mrs. McCrossin, Peleg Wait, was a Revolutionary soldier. The families were from Vermont and Rhode Island. (Data as of 1882)

Benjamin McGregor
Born 27 Mar 1788 in Greene Co, NY, Benjamin McGregor married Sarah Townsend, b. 21 Apr 1791 in Greene Co, NY. They came to Macomb in the 1830's. He died 16 Oct 1863 in Washington, Macomb Co, and is buried in Mt.Vernon cemetery. (I have been told that Benjamin donated the land to start the Mt.Vernon cemetery but have not checked this information for accuracy). Sarah d. 14 Apr 1880 in Marquette, but is buried in Mt. Vernon cemetery also. They had 9 children many of them living in Macomb Co and descendants still live there today.

Benjamin was the son of Duncan McGregor but his first wifes name appears to be elusisve. Sarah Townsend McGregor was the daughter of Elihu Townsend (see bio on Elihu alphabetically, below) and his first wife, also elusive. Allthough Duncan died in Greene Co, NY, several of his children moved to Macomb Co. Alexander m. Phila Inman, Rebecca m. John Gass, Duncan m. Margaret Johnson, James m. Mary Hadden, Benjamin m. Sarah Townsend, Jemina m. John Teller. There were other children but they stayed in New York or moved to Ohio. There are still descendants of these families in Macomb Co today. Contributed by Sally Emerson , descendant.

Joel B. McLallen (McClellan)
Joel B. McLallen was the son of James McClellan and Olive Parke who was the son of James MackCleland (the immigrant), and Margaret Flemming, was born about July 03, 1797 probably in Ontario Co., New York, and died April 23, 1869 in Shelby Twp, Macomb, Michigan. He married Mary Melinda Walker Abt. 1819 in Ontario Co., New York. She was born abt 1799 in Vermont.

Joel purchased land in the SE quarter of section 32, range 6 east, town 2 north, in Washington Co., IN. on March 29, 1823, near his brothers Moses and Christopher. He moved to Macomb Co., Mi sometime in the 1830's, where he purchased 80 acres of land in Section Number: 24, Township: 3 North, Range: 12 East, on June 8, 1833, Vol. 130, pg 399 and another 40 acres in the same section, April 1, 1837, Vol 277, pg 188. Joel stayed in New York until his mother died and then went to Indiana. I have copies of letters he wrote to his Indiana kin from Michigan. Contributed by Judie Ann Millard , descendant, who has additional information on this line. Please contact her if you are interested.

Thomas McIlwrick
Born in Paisley, Scotland, December 24, 1826; served the regular term of five years as a cabinet-maker, and came to America in 1848. The vessel in which he came was four months and eight days between ports. He worked a short time in Detroit, then reached the "Scotch settlement" in Bruce, and labored in the trade of house carpentering eight years; married Eliza Learmont, who was born in England Jun 21, 1833, and have no children, except an adopted daughter. In 1851, he bought land on Section 6, Armada Township, and began to be a farmer, in which he as succeeded. He has several relics of the old country of great age; Republican in politics and Presbyterian in form of worship. (Data as of 1882)

John McKay
Son of Robert and Jean (Gray) McKay, John was born in Bruce Township, August 16, 1843; married February 21, 1866, and settled on a farm on Section 19, Armada, known as the Joseph Bennett farm, on which he has resided since that time. His wife was Lucinda, youngest daughter of Uriel Day, of Armada Township; was born October 16, 1842. Their children are: Robert U., born July 24, 1868; Olive J., born January 111, 1871. Mr. McKay's farm consists of 300 acres in fine cultivation; makes a specialty of Durham cattle, of which he has a superior herd. He has held responsible offices in township and society; a charter member of the Grange, No. 414; also of Pomona Grange, of Macomb; a member of several agricultural organization, and President several terms; also a member of the executive Board of the State Short-horn Breeder's Association; Congregational in worship, and Republican in politics. (Data as of 1882)

Gurdon H. Millard
Son of Jesse and Elizabeth (Hopkins) Millard, he of Ohio and she of New York, was born in the city of Detroit, February 2, 1841; learned the trade of fine coopering at Clarkston two years; entered the army in August, 1861, Company H, Fifth Michigan Volunteer Infantry; was discharged November 25, 1862, and again pursued his trade at Clarkston eight years; in 1872, began the study of dentistry; was licensed to practice by Detroit Dental Association; pursued this business at Clarkston, at Birmingham, and in 1875 came to Armada, where he is still in practice. His business is largely on the increase, and his work first-class. He married, October 15, 1863, Elizabeth Lowrie, of Oakland County, who was born May 25, 1844. The have two children - Fred A., born February 6, 1867; and Frank G., born January 1, 1872. Mr. Millard's father was a soldier in the Mohawk war; his mother was a relative of the Hopkins of Revolutionary fame. (Data as of 1882)

Orestus Millard
Orestus Millard was born in New York in 1808. He came to Macomb County in 1823, locating land in Shelby Township in 1827.

Daniel Miller
Daniel Miller was born in Madison County, New York in 1798. He settled in Washington Township, Macomb County, in 1822 where he lived for ten years. He then moved to Macomb Township where he lived for 30 years and finally removed to Romeo in 1867 until his death in 1889.

George M. Mills
Son of Asa and Lucetta (Banister) Mills, natives of Orange County, N.Y., George was born in Richmond Township September 9, 1839. Until arriving at majority, he lived on the homestead and attended the schools of the place. He then bought forty acres of land, to which he added 140 in Richmond. He sold this property in 1872, and bought the Erie Butterfield farm, Armada, which is his present home. He was married, May 15, 1867, to Miss Elizabeth McGreggor, daughter of Robert McGreggor of Ray. She was born in Ray June 16, 18489. Their children are as follows: Elmer, born January 24, 1868, died March 24, 1873; Lillian born February 25, 1873; Delmer, born April 6, 1875. Mr. Mills has held offices in township; a member of the order of Patron of Husbandry, and Democratic in politics. His farm lies on the outskirts of the village of Armada, and consists of 160 acres of fertile land. (Data as of 1882)

Martin Mills
Son of Asa D. and Lucetta Banister Mills, natives of New York State; he was born in Bruce Township, Section 25; was married to Emma Gould March 11, 1860, lived one year in the village of Almont, thence to Armada Village, thence to Richmond Township, where he lived for eight years; then to the township of Shelby four years; then to Armada Township, Section 36, where he now resides. They have four children - John born October 3, 1866; Eddie, born June 3, 1869; George, born July 15, 1873; Della M., April 3, 1880. Mr. Mills' parents were of American origin. He is a farmer in easy circumstances and prosperous. He makes the diseases of cattle and horses a study, and his services are often required in the neighborhood where he lives. Grandfather Timothy Banister served in the war of 1812, and received a pension. (Data as of 1882)

Isaac Monfore
Born in New York in 1803, Isaac Monfore came to Macomb County in 1828, purchased 160 acres in Shelby Township and settled there.

Freedom Monroe
Born in Dutchess County, New York in 1796, Freedom Monroe came to Macomb County in 1824, where he settled on 160 acres of land in Bruce Township. He died in Livingston County in 1889. Mr. Monroe's father, who was a soldier in the Revolutionary War also lived in Livingston County till his death in 1853 at the age of 96 years.

Paul Moore
Paul Moore was born in Macomb County about 1808. His parents, Laurence Moore, born St. Charles Diocese of Quebec, Canada and Susanne Pineau dit Laperle b. Aug. 10, 1779 Assumption, Sandwich, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, had already been in the county about 5 years prior to that. He married Felicity Robitailleand they had ten children.. Their descendants remain in Macomb County to this day. See the Paul Moore Family Tree.

Rev. James H. Morton
Son of James Morton and Margaret Borland, natives of Scotland, was born April 11, 1833, in Ayrshire, Scotland; came to Macomb July 18, 1844; settled on Section 7, Armada Township; attended school at the Romeo Academy some years; taught in the public schools winters until reaching majority; afterward entered Jefferson College, of Cannonsburg, Penn., a short time; again engaged in teaching; in company with a brother, carried on a foundry business in armada Township; also at Lapeer City; in 1858, entered the local ministry of the Methodist Protestant connection; then entered the conference of the same church, which relation was maintained for sixteen years - three years in Western New York, and thirteen years in Eastern Michigan. In the autumn of 1875, he severed the connection with the Methodist Protestant Church and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church, which relation still exists. He is at present Pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Armada Village. Mr. Morton was married, November 19, 1857, to Harriet L., daughter of Henry Strong, of Lapeer, formerly of Connecticut. She was born in 1838, and died May 1, 1859; one son died in infancy; married again, March 19, 1863, to Mrs. Anna Silsby, daughter of Benjamin Elliott of Lenawee County, Mich.; six children, five living at home: the oldest, John, died May 12, 1882. Mrs. Morton was born January 20, 1843. Mr. Morton has been connected with the literature of the county, and is an acceptable minister in the church to which he belongs; in politics, faith and practice, always a Republican. In 1878, he, with his wife, made a visit to the old home in Scotland, and spent some weeks in reviewing the scenes of his childhood. A series of twelve letter written by him were published in the papers of the State. (Data as of 1882)

Theodore G. Mosher
Son of Jabez and Ann Tubbs Mosher, natives of New York, was born in Ontario County, N.Y., October 23, 1832; removed with the family to Macomb and settled on Section 2, Armada, in 1840; married, October 23, 1854, to Urilla Eaton, of Connecticut; she died July 17, 1856; married, April 5, 1858, Jane C. Eaton, a sister of his former wife, born February 7, 1835; one child, Everett, born October 23, 1859, living at home. Mer. Mosher began business life as a farmer; located on the land on which he now lives in 1865; the farm now consists of 306 acres, Section 1 and 2, Armada Township. In 1875, he erected a fine residence, and has surrounded himself with all that is necessary to a prosperous business. In politics, he is a Democrat. (Data as of 1882)

Dexter Mussey
Dexter Mussey was born in Massachusetts in 1811 and settled in Romeo in 1837. He was a member of the Legislature from 1854 until 1862, serving as Speaker during the sessions of 1861-1862.

Eli G. Perkins
Son of Conde Perkins and Hannah Griffiths, he of Connecticut and she of Vermont, was born in Canada, August 1, 1822. His father, Conde Perkins, was a volunteer of 1812; started for the battle of Plattsburg, but, the conflict being over, was discharged. Grandfather Nathan Griffiths served during the entire term of the Revolutionary war, being at the headquarters at Valley Forge, and participating in all its scenes. He was under the immediate command of Washington, and was honorably discharged at the close of the war. Mr. Perkins came to Macomb in March, 1838; made a clearing on his land in 1844; subsequently opened a cooper-shop in Richmond Township which he operated until 1853, when he went to Iowa; he returned after a short stay there, rented the Gower farm; subsequently located on Section 14, Richmond Township, where he lived four years, and next on Section 2, Armada, where he now resides. Mr. Perkins married Miss. M. A. Moser, daughter of Jabez Mosher, Ontario County, N.Y., September 16, 1844. There were six children by this marriage - James G. B., born April 22, 1845; Gleason A., November 5, 1846; Helen M., March 7, 1849, died December 14, 1854; Rosetta A., March 28, 1851; Eli E., January 10, 1853, died October 11, 1854; Eli F., born March 4, 1856. Mrs. Perkins was born in Richmond, Ontario County, in 1825. Mr. Perkins has a farm of 135 acres, well cultivated. His sheep-farming operations have been a success. Politically, he is a Greenbacker. Freeman Perkins, brother of Eli G., served in the Fifth Michigan Cavalry; was taken prisoner at Gettysburg, and died from harsh treatment while in the Confederate hotel at Andersonville, on his journey homeward. (Data as of 1882)

Colonel Norman Perry
PERRY was born in Northumberland, Saratoga Co., N.Y., April 20, 1796. In 1816, he accompanied his father's family to Leroy, Genesee County, where they took up new land, and where Norman lived for eight years. In the fall of 1824, he started for Michigan; found the Hoxie settlement, and located eighty acres of land east of the village of Romeo, at a place since known as the "Branch." Upon this land he erected his cabin, built of logs, floored with puncheon and shingled with "shakes," and cleared about four acres. having accomplished this, he returned to Genesee County. In March, 1825, he was married to Miss Susan Scott, and started a few days after for his new home. Mrs. Perry was the daughter of Capt. David Scott, the first settler in the county of Clinton, Mich., a lady remarkably gifted in those qualities which made the pioneer life one of contentment and comparative happiness. In their journey they were accompanied by Reuben R. Smith, who settled on a farm close by. The journey to Buffalo was made with teams, taking two days, over roads which were both difficult and dangerous to travel. At Buffalo, they took passage on the steamer Superior for Detroit. From this place they proceeded by way of Royal Oak in search of Bailey's or the Hoxie settlement, which point they reached after two days' floundering in the mud, and over logs and causeways for two days. They remained over night at the settlement, and in the morning set out to find the cabin at the Branch. They had no sooner reached it than they found that, in order to institute housekeeping, they had to go back to the village for the necessary articles. While he was gone, the young wife left alone in the hut in the woods, went up in the chamber of the cabin and lay down upon some boughs to rest. While there, two men, who had built further down the creek, came along the path to the village, and, seeing that the house was open, stopped to see how neighbor Perry was getting along. One of the men stepped up the ladder, and looking into the chamber, exclaimed, "Great heavens! there's a woman here!" This was the young lady's first introduction to her neighbors. They had purchased a cow on the way to Detroit, and driven it to the farm, but the first night the animal became homesick and returned. Mr. Perry followed her twenty miles or more, but, finding her still ahead, and gaining on him, he gave up the chase and returned. Mr. Perry always lived upon the farm, and died July 19, 1880, at the age of eighty-four. He was a frugal and industrious man, a good manager, and forward in all the necessary works of improvement in the new settlement, and many of the meetings for the transaction of township business were held at his house. Noah Webster settled a little further down the creek in 1825, and the following spring, Josiah Hamlin built a blacksmith shop, and was a great help to the settlers. The oldest child of Mr. & Mrs. Perry, now Mrs. John Selleck, was the first child born east of Romeo. Mr. Perry was a member of the State militia, and received a Lieutenant's commission in April, 1829, bearing the signature of Gen. Cass. In July 1830, he was made a Captain of State militia by Gen. Cass; in September, 1831, was advanced to Major by Stevens I. Mason, and promoted Lieutenant Colonel in February, 1832, by Mason, Governor of the Territory. (Data as of 1882)

Mrs. Susan (nee Scott) Perry
Daughter of Capt. David Scott, of Clinton County, Mich., was born at Shoreham, Vt., February 21, 1802; moved with her parents to Le Roy, N.Y., thence to Cattaragus Co., N.Y., and, after six months, returned to Le Roy; after a few years, moved to Covington, N.Y., and lived until 1825; in March of that year, married Norman Perry, and moved to Macomb County and settled at the Branch, two and a half miles east of Romeo, Mich., on Section 31, Armada Township. Mr. Perry bought 320 acres of land, which is still occupied by the family; have had seven children, all of who still live -- Delia, born January 19, 1826, married John Selleck, and now resides in Ray Township, and was the first child born in the township of Armada; Ozni S., born October 3, 1827, now at the old place; Elem Maria, born January 10, 1831, married James Sanford (deceased), now lives at Charlotte, Eaton Co., Mich.; Manly C., born January 4, 1833, lives in Richmond Township; Norman, born August 7, 1840, married Ellen Warner and lives at the old home; Norton M., born October 20, 1840, married and lives at Lansing, Mich.; Marshall, born August 10, 1844, who is unmarried, and, with Norman, owns and occupies the homestead. Mrs. Perry is a happy and cheerful old lady, full of neighborly deeds and kindnesses. (Data as of 1882)

Anson Pettibone
Born in Vermont in 1794, Anson Pettibone settled 620 acres of land near the village of Armada in 1831. He died there in 1864.

Edward Pettibone
Son of Anson and Hannah (Blakely) Pettibone, natives of Vermont, was born July 10, 1828, in Wyoming County, N.Y.; came with his father's family to Macomb in 1845; has always lived on the homestead, situated on Sections 24 and 19, Armada and Richmond Townships; married, January 1, 1860, Antoinette Butler, daughter of William Butler of Buffalo; she was born May 19, 1824; has one child, Mary, born January 16, 1862. Mr. Pettibone received from his father's estate 300 acres, and has purchased sixty acres in addition - one of the best locations in the town on "the Ridge" near the village of Armada; always voted with the Republican party. Mrs. Pettibone died March 16, 1874. (Data as of 1882)

W. Durfee Pettibone
Son of Anson and Hannah (Blakely), was born July 24, 1834. His father, a native of Vermont, was born at Bennington, April 15, 1794. His mother was a native of the same place, born June 8, 1797. The family moved from Vermont to New York, and settled on a new farm in Wyoming County, N.Y., and lived till 1845. In the year 1831, he had visited Macomb County and located 620 acres on the ridge near where the village of Armada now stands. This farm he improved and occupied to the time of his death, which took place April 20, 1864. He was married, January 1, 1822, to Hannah Blakely, and had six children, two living. Mrs. Pettibone also died at Armada. The subject of this sketch spent his early years on the homestead farm, and attended school in the public schools of the village, and taught school one year. He was married, March 28, 1860, to Annie A., daughter of Edward Lathrop, born in Pittsford, N.Y., April 27, 1837. Their children were - William E., born September 13, 1864, died March 4, 1874; Jennie, born December 11, 1866, died February 3, 1867; Eda, born June 23, 1868, died December 11, 1869,; Fanny, born June 4, 1870; and infant daughter died October 12, 1875; Robert #., born April 29, 1878. Mr. Pettibone inherited 300 acres of the homestead, and has added 200 acres, erected tasty and complete buildings, good fences, etc. He was a charter member of the Armada Agricultural Society, and an officer therein; an officer in the village and district; a member of the Congregational Church and Sabbath school, and a Republican in politics; a strong temperance man. (Data as of 1882)

Austin H. Phillips
Son of John H. and Clarinda Briggs Phillips, was born in Armada August 17, 1854. He attended school at Armada, lived on the homestead, and was married, December 30, 1876, to Lillian, daughter of Ezra Sibley, of Armada. She was born May 1, 1859. They have two children - William Sibley, born June 10, 1878; John Alva, born February 18, 1880. Mr. Phillips is a farmer, meeting with good success. He is a member of the Baptist Church of the village, and Superintendent of the Sabbath school. He is a Republican in politics. (Data as of 1882)

George Phillips
Son of Ira and Martha (Day) Phillips, of Livingston County, N.Y., George W. Phillips was born at that place July 17, 1829. His father was born in October 1802. A farmer in the East, he sought the West to pursue the same calling, arriving in Macomb County September 6, 1831, and immediately entered upon 160 acres of land in Section 19, Armada Township, where he reared a family of three sons, and died on the homestead September 4, 1855. Mrs. Phillips died July 14, 1860. W.G. succeeded his father on the homestead; was married, in 1856, to Lydia, daughter of A. W. Sterling, of Romeo, and has children as follows: Carie E., born December 16, 1857; Frank I., born May 24, 1859; George W., born July 24, 1861; Charles J., born April 29, 1863; Hattie M., born July 17, 1866; Fanny S., born May 22, 1870; John S., born March 17, 1872; L. Minnie, born June 8, 1874. Mr. Phillips has always been foremost in the agricultural interests of the county; a charter member of the county agricultural society, and, from the third year of its existence an officer, and seven times its President; an officer of the cultural Society and the Union Farmers' Club. Mr. Phillips is a fine musician, a prominent man in society, and a Republican. (Data as of 1882)

John H. Phillips
Son of John Phillips, was born in Lima, Livingston Co., N.Y., February 17, 1811. He was a farmer in New York, and moved to Macomb in 1848. He settled on a farm in Armada, in Section 17, which he kept for three years. He then removed to a farm adjoining the village of Armada, consisting of 200 acres, which he kept until his death, which took place May 16, 1879. His wife, Clarinda S. Briggs of Livingston County, N.Y., was born in 1824; she died in May, 1864. They had nine children, eight of whom are living. Mr. Phillips was a strong advocate of temperance, having taken the pledge when a small boy, and kept it sacred; a Baptist in religion, and anti-slavery in politics. (Data as of 1882)

Ira Phillips
Ira Phillips was born in New York in 1802. In 1831 he moved to Armada, Macomb County where he settled 160 acres of land. He died there in 1855.

Louis de Consalve Poirier
Louis de Consalve Poirier (also spelled as Porea) was born March 3, 1835 in Chambly, Quebec. He settled in the Ira Township area and married Matilda Fouchia (Born July 3, 1837 in Fair Haven, Mich) on September 6, 1858 in Imaculate Conception Church in Anchorville. They had eight children. Louis died Sept. 20, 1906 in Richman, Mich. and Matilda died Oct. 17, 1905 in Marine City.
Submitted by: Roy Porea - his email address is

Henry Pratt
Son of Josiah Pratt, a native of Vermont, Henry was born in Westminster, Upper Canada, February 13, 1845; moved with his father's family to Section 1, Armada Township, in 1850; married, March 17, to Helen, daughter of John Stonehouse; one child, Nellie S., born March 25, 1881. Mrs. Pratt was born in Canada October 14, 1843. Mr. Pratt has added fifty-two acres to the homestead, built a fine residence, and has brought the farm into good condition for general farming, in which he has met with good success; grandfather served in the war of the Revolution as a soldier, and was discharged at its close. (Data as of 1882)

Josiah Pratt
Son of Josiah Pratt, a native of Massachusetts, Josiah was born in Vermont, January 8, 1793; spent a portion of his life in Canada, and removed to Macomb County in 1850. He was married, first to Rebecca R. Jackson, who died in 1837; married Maria Gilbert, who died January 8, 1847; he then married Charlotte Wann, who died July 10, 1870. Mer. Pratt died at the homestead some years since. He was the father of twenty-three children, fifteen of whom are living. The elder Pratt was a soldier of the Revolution, and was granted a pension to himself and his widow. The son was drafted by the British in the war of 1812, and served a short time reluctantly. (Data as of 1882)

Ira Preston
Ira Preston was born in Connecticut in 1785, came to Macomb County in 1826, purchased and settled 320 acres in Shelby Township and lived there till his death in 1872.

William E. Preston
Son of Earl C. & Harriet Fox Preston, was born at Eastford, Conn., June 20, 1822. His father was a native of Eastford, and his mother of Woodstock in the same State. The family are descendants from one Preston, who left England for America in 1640, but of whom very little is known. His descendant, John Preston, of Andover, Mass., who is the fifth lineal ancestor of the subject of this sketch, was married in 1706 to Mary Haynes of Newbury, Mass., and afterward settled in Windom, Conn. Said May Haynes was the daughter of Jonathan Haynes, of Haverhill, Mass., of which family the following bit of history is related: On the 15th day of August, 1696, he and his four children - three boys and the said daughter Mary - were in the field near their house, the father reaping and the children picking beans. While thus engaged, the Indians, who were at war with the whites, surprised them and carried them all to Pennacook, now the city of Concord, N.H. There they separated, one party going to main, taking the father and one of the boys, Thomas by name; the other going to their home in Canada, and taking with them the other three children. The father and Thomas succeeded in escaping. They pursued their way through the forests, making toward home as best they could. The old man gave out, and could go no further, and sank down to die. The boy, in despair, climbed a high hill and looked around. Nothing but the interminable forests met his vision. In his trouble, the little fellow cried aloud, and the only response was an echo. At length his ears caught a familiar sound - that of a sawmill. He proceeded in the direction of the sound, and at length came to a white settlement on the Saco River. Here he got help and rescued his father, who soon recovered strength sufficient to pursue his journey home. The other children were taken to Canada and sold to the French. Mary was afterward redeemed by 100 pounds of tobacco, which was hauled to Canada in a hand sled. The boys never came back. They were seen fifty or sixty years afterward by troops from Haverhill during the invasion of Canada in the French and Indian war. They were wealthy farmers, and one of them asked for his sister; said that he remembered her, and that one of her fingers had been cut off by a little boy when a child, which was true. William E. Preston was married, in 1846, to Lovinia Leonard, the daughter of Halsey Leonard, of Woodstock, Conn. Their children are Charles C., born November 5, 1847; Mary. L., June 21, 1850; John L., April 15, 1853; Hattie L., April 6, 1856; Bert C., January 2, 1859; Anna C., April 20, 1861. Mr. Preston came to Macomb in 1855, settling on a farm two miles south of Armada Village which he afterward sold, and removing to Armada Village in 1867, engaged in the mercantile business, in which he still continues. The family of both Mr. and Mrs. Preston are from a long-lived New England ancestry. (Data as of 1882)

Benjamin Proctor
Son of John and Sarah Freeman Procter; Benjamin was born in Armada Township June 24, 1832. He attended the schools of Romeo and worked upon the farm, and in 1865 went to Pontiac and joined the firm of Procter & Co., merchant and custom millers, whose mill was situated on the Clinton River near the city. This continued for about six years, when he purchased the farm in Armada, known as the Howell farm, on which he is still living. He also owns a large farm in St. Clair County. He was married, in Pontiac, Mich., October 2, 1865, to Sarah A. Barkham. They have children as follows: Ada A., born August 11, 1867; Edmond J., born April 13, 1869; Reed, born September 4, 1871; Clarence, February 14, 1874. Mrs. Proctor was born September 3, 1833; her father brought his family from England, and settled in Canada, and from there moved to Michigan in 1836; settled in Rochester, as a miller, in which business he is still engaged. Mr. Procter is a Republican in politics, having voted for Fremont in 1856. (Data as of 1882)

John L. Proctor
One of the first settlers of Armada Township, was born at Alstead, N.H., July 18, 1799. He was the son of Benjamin Procter, of New Hampshire, whose wife, Sarah Freeman, of Berkshire, Vt., was born April 13, 1805. He removed to Macomb in 1824, settled on Section 31, Armada Township, on land now occupied by the family. He was married in 1827; had seven children, six of whom are still living. The deed of his land bears date as first purchased in the township. The farmhouse, one of the first in the locality, is a monument of stability, having withstood the storms of more than forty-eight years, and is still in good condition. John L. Proctor, son of the above, inherited the homestead; is unmarried , and lives with his two sisters. He is a successful farmer, and a dealer in fine cattle and sheep for Eastern markets. (Data as of 1882)

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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