Ingham County Biographical Sketches

Orlando B. Stillman

Orlando B. Stillman was born in the town of Groton, Tompkins Co., N. Y., March 6, 1825. The family are of English extraction, and emigrated in an early day from Westmoreland County to Courtland, N. Y., where David Stillman, father of Orlando B., was born in the year 1800. He was a brickmaker by occupation, and in 1827 removed from Groton to Cattaraugus County, where he remained until 1832, when he sold his property and went to Oberlin, Ohio, at the time a little hamlet. Here he established a brick-yard, which he operated for some time. He also bought a farm and remained in Oberlin nine years, when he disposed of his farm and removed his family to Alaiedon, where he purchased one hundred and forty-five acres of government land on section3, where his son, Orlando B., now resides, and where he lived until his death, which occurred in 1867, in the forty-second year of his age.

He was married, in 1824, to Miss Eunice Call, who was born in Coleraine, Mass. They reared a family of eight children, the subject of this narrative being the eldest. The elder Stillman was man of much force of character, and possessed of more than an ordinary amount of energy and perseverance. He took an active part in all matters of public interest, assisted in the organization of the town, and was elected its first highway commissioner, an office of considerable importance in thos days. He was a man of strong religious convictions, and a prominent member of the Congregational Church. He carried the precepts of his faith into his every-day life, and was a man of marked social qualities, genial and courteous. He was fond of hunting. His wife was a fine type of the pioneer woman; thrifty, economical, and industrious, her household was never neglected, and her children were reared to habits of industry. She died in Alaiedon in 1862. Orlando received such educational advantages as were offered by the log schoolhouse of the early days. Like his father he has taken a leading part in all matters of public import. In 1855 he was elected supervisor, and has since filled the position with credit to himself and to the satisfaction of his fellow-townsmen for six terms. In 1852, Mr. Stillman was married to Miss Minerva J. Freeman, a lady who was highly esteemed. She died in 1873, and in 1874 he was married to Mrs. William F. Bowdish, who was born in Norristown, N. Y., in 1834. When she was two years of age the family removed to Ohio, and, in 1844, to Ingham County. Ad a farmer and a citizen Mr. Stillman occupies a deservedly high position. He has witnessed the transition of a thin settlement into a busy and properous county, and in his own person typifies many of the agencies that have wrought these changes.

Taken from:
"History of Ingham and Eaton Counties Michigan, with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Their Prominent Men and Pioneers", by Samuel W. Durant.
Published by D. W. Ensign & Co., 1880.
Page 217


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