First Members of the Old Settlers' Society
Kent County, Michigan, 1859

Introduction and Original Society Members

INTRODUCTION
 (Circular issued Feb. 18, 1858)

Desiring to perpetuate the early history of Kent county, and to continue good social feelings among the
remaining pioneers, we respectfully invite such of the present resident of the county as had settled in the
Territory of Michigan previous to Jan. 26, 1837 (being the date of admission as a State), to meet with us at
Messrs. Ball & McKee's office, Monday evening, the 22d inst., at seven o'clock PM, to form an Old Settler's
Society of the county.  (1858)

(Signed)

Geo. Coggeshall
Geo. Martin
John Almy
J. W. Pierce
W. G. Henry
James Lyman
J. F. Godfroy
R. C. Luce
Robert Hilton
A. B. Turner
D. W. Evans
John Ball
Antoine Campau
M. Ringuette
John Ringuette
D. S. Leavitt
S. F. Perkins
Rix Robinson
Charles Shepard
C. H. Taylor
Nelson Robinson
S. L. Withey

The following are the names of the first members of the *Kent County Old Settlers' Society, with the date
of their immigration to Michigan Territory, as well as their settlement in Kent County.

(*Evidently the first version of the society was Old Settlers' Society and then it became Old Residents' Association.)

Last Name

First Name

Settled in Territory

Settled in Kent County

Abel

Julius C.

June 1835

June 1835

Allen

H. H.

1830

Mar. 1, 1838

Almy

John

July 6, 1834

July 1835

Ball

John

July 1836

Oct. 1836

Buell

L.

Nov. 1832

Oct. 1850

Burnett

David

Sept. 1836

Sept. 1836

Burton

Barney

June 1832

May 17, 1833

Campau

Antoine

Born at Detroit

Sept. 1835

Caster

C. H.

1834

1857

Chubb

J. F.

May 1827

June 1833

Clancey

John

Aug. 1835

July 1845

Coggeshall

Geo.

May 1836

May 1836

Davidson

Lewis C.

Aug. 1835

Feb. 1840

Davis

Ezekiel W.

May 1834

May 1834

Eaton

Harry

Oct. 1836

Oct. 12, 1836

Evans

Dan'l W.

Oct. 1836

Oct. 1836

Fox

John M.

June 1836

Feb. 1837

Godfroy

Wm. H.

Born in the Territory

Sept. 1835

Godfroy

John F.

Granger

Julius

Jan. 1833

Apr. 1840

Haldane

Wm. H.

July 1836

July 1836

Harland

Samuel

July 8, 1836

July 18, 1836

Hilton

Robert

June 1831

July 1836

Hinsdell

Hiram

1833

Feb. 1834

Huiych

W. F.

Apr. 1825

Feb. 1845

Hyde

Milton

Aug. 1829

Jan. 1849

Jones

Ira

Oct. 1832

July 1833

Jones

Cyrus

July 1834

Aug. 28, 1834

Leavitt

D. S.

July 1835

July 1835

Luce

R. C.

Sept. 1833

Aug. 1841

Lyman

James

June 1835

June 1835

Lyon

F. H.

Oct. 1836

Apr. 1841

Martin

Geo.

Sept. 1836

Sept. 1836

Miller

James

May 1834

July 1844

Morrison

Jefferson

May 1832

May 1835

Nelson

E. T.

Oct. 1836

Oct. 1836

Page

Loren M.

Sept. 1836

Sept. 1836

Page

Abel T.

1835

1836

Perkins

Sam'l F.

May 1835

Sept. 1836

Pierce

J. W.

May 1836

Sept. 5, 1836

Pierce

P. R. L.

Jan. 1836

July 1839

Pierce

Erie

Aug. 1826

Oct. 1848

Pike

A. W.

May 1827

Aug. 3, 1838

Reed

Ezra

July 1834

July 1834

Ringuette

M.

May 1836

May 1836

Ringuette

John

May 1836

May 1836

Roberts

Peter

Dec. 1836

Apr. 1840

Robinson

Nelson

Oct. 1836

Oct. 1836

Robinson

Rix

Sept. 1815

1821

Robinson

Geo. A.

1833

July 1836

Rogers

Justus C.

Dec. 1835

Dec. 1835

Scribner

James

Aug. 1836

Mar. 1837

Shepard

Charles

Oct. 1835

Oct. 1835

Smith

A. Hosford

Nov. 1835

Dec. 2, 1835

Taylor

C. H.

June 1836

Aug. 1836

Tracey

Philander

1820

Truax

John

July 1826

Nov. 1852

Turner

A. B.

May 1836

June 1836

Van Amburgh

M.

July 1827

Feb. 1837

Welles

W. J.

March 17, 1834

July 7, 1848

Wheeler

J. L.

May 1832

July 1837

Withey

S. L.

Nov. 1836

Mar. 1837


Transcriber: Jennifer Godwin
Created: 1 February 2002, 13 February 2002
URL: http://kent.migenweb.net/organizations/oldresidents/early.html