Ingham County Biographical Sketches

Daniel F. Foote

Among the many biographies that we append to the history of this country and its townships, no subject is more worthy than the one whose name heads this sketch. Spending his early days in New York, he came to Michigan and through his energy, ambition and strength has acheived success and is today enjoying the reward of a well spent life.

Daniel Foote was born Sepbemter 5, 1840, and was the son of George W. and Cathering (David) Foote, both having been natives of the Empire state, the birth of the former, February 23, 1815 and latter, September 29, 1820.

George W. Foote spend his early life on the Erie canla and after his wife died, came to Michigan in 1855, settling first as Scio and later was employed on a farm by the month in Dexter. The father was again married to Mrs. Johnson, whose birthplace was New York. In 1875 they moved to Ingham County, leased ten acres ofl and in Williamston township and there lived for six years, after which they moved to the Fergusion farm in Williamston and there Mr. Foote passed away at the age of eighty-five years.

Our subject was one of five children, he being the only one living. His education was acquired in the common schools of New York. After coming to Michigan, he lived with his parents for two years and then worked for three years in the woolen factory at Dexter.

April 7, 1863, Mr. Daniel Foote was united in marriage to Miss Chloe, daughter of John and Martha (Stansel) Miller, who were natives of New York, born August 15, 1821 and August 11, 1821, respectively. Mrs. Foote was one of a family of eight children, five of whom are now living, and was born May 3, 1846, in Washtenaw county.

Mr. and Mrs. Miller were among those honored pioneers who came in the early days to the "far West" and gave their best years to the upbuilding of the country. In 1839, Mr. Miller bought one hundred and twenty acres of wild land in Williamston, which he cleared and improved and made the family home and there resided until 1860. His death occurred at Fitchburg, May 23, 1989. He was a loyal Republican and both he and his estimable wife were active members of the M. E. church, as were also the father and mother of our subject.

After the marriage of our subject and wife they came to Williamston and bought forty acres of the J. I. Miller farm and later added another forty and have since that time resided on this place. This union was blessed with nine children: George S., born January 23, 1864, lives in Dakota; Jennie, born May 4, 1867, wife of L. A. Lamphear, lives in Williamston; John, born May 15, 1869, lives in Williamston; Phoebe, born Nov. 27, 1870, now Mrs. Thayer, residing in Williamston township; Cora, now Mrs. Harger of Oakland county, born May 19, 1874; Ora, born December 17, 1876, lived in Meridian township; Alta, born February 25, 1878, now Mrs. Rix, living in Monroe county; Edna, born March 27, 1885, married Burr Foster and resides in Lansing; one child died in infancy.

Mr. Foote, following in the footsteps of his father, in his younger days was a Republican in later years, cast his vote for the Democracy. In social matters Mr. Foote belongs to the Masonic order and Grange, in both of which he takes a deep interest. Mr. Foote is of the large class of self made men and is a successful and prosperous agriculturist.

Taken from:
"Past and Present of the City of Lansing and Ingham County, Michigan", by Albert E. Cowles.
Published by The Michigan Historical Publishing Association Lansing, MICH., 1905.
Pages 312 - 313


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