History of Kalamazoo County, Michigan

History of Kalamazoo County, Michigan

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...40 SECTION 35. D. Aihord, Jr., Oct. 2, I835....................... 80 'l'hos. Wnrd.......... 80.. 160 40 80 Benj. McCoiley, Mny 9, 18-.. Wm. McCuuley, May 9, I836.. R. Aldrich, July I6, 1836. Ebenezer Stone, July 16, 1836 80 T. P. Sheldon, Jan. 12, 1837.. 40 Geo. W. Reynolds, Sept. II, 1837....................... 40 EARLY SETTLEMENT. Remi/n'scences.--The earliest settler in the township, so far as can be determined, was William Finch, who founded what is known as the Finch Settlement, in the extreme northeast portion of the township, on section 1. Mr. Finch came in the spring of 1835 from Niagara Co., N. Y., and the following fail a man named Hutchinson was discovered living in the northwest corner of the township. The date of his coming was not ascertained, but it was generally believed that it was subsequent to the arrival of the Niagara County pioneers. With Mr. Finch came his five sons-in-law, --Thomss Chamberlain, Solomon Case, James Kendall, Jerome Thrasher, and Henry Swarthout, --with their families. Mr. Finch entered 6 lots of land, embracing 80 acres each, a portion of which was in the township of Cooper, and, reserving 160 acres as a homestead, divided the remainder among his daughters. They found the land on their arrival altogether unimproved, and devoted their energies immediately to the clearing of s sufiicient portion upon which to erect comfortable habitations. The wants of Mr. Finch, who was in feeble health, were first provided for, the remainder of the company uniting to erect a comfortable shanty for him. He did not, however, long survive the trying ordeal of the pioneer. His advent occurred in May, 1835, and four months later his children were summoned to his burial. His was the first death that occurred in...show more

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  • Paperback | 700 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 36mm | 1,229g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236789792
  • 9781236789792