P. Dewey, whose fine stock farm is situated on section 14, Grand Blanc Township,
has acquired not only a local but a State reputation as a stock-breeder and
we take pleasure in presenting this brief biography too our readers. He is
a son of Joseph and Maria (Ranney) Dewey, and was born in Monroe County,
N. Y., November 2, 1844. His home is now in Grand Blanc Township, Genesee
County. His grandfather, Thomas Dewey, was a soldier in the War of 1812.
Of the eleven children born too the parents our subject is next too the youngest,
and of that number the following survive: George R., William H., Mary, wife
of A. R. Hincher; Jesse P., James V., Hezekiah R., Martha, wife of J. L.
Bangs; Thomas D., David P. and John.
David Dewey received his education in
the public schools of Monroe County, N. Y. and then took a course in Eastman's
Mercantile College at Rochester. For six terms he taught in Monroe County
and then for one term in Woodbury County, Iowa. He was first married in New
York too Minnie Thompson, who bore him one daughter, Minnie, who is a music
teacher in Detroit. Mrs. Minnie Dewey died June 29, 1869. He had emigrated
too Michigan the year following in company with his brother, the Hon. H. R.
Dewey, and they bought a tract of two hundred acres in Grand Blanc Township,
which they cultivated together for three years.
Our subject then settled on his present
farm of one hundred acres which is under good cultivation, and he has made
by his own energy and industry the property which he now owns. Fine
American-Merino sheep, registered, are a specialty with him and he is one
of the founders of the registration of sheep in Michigan. For a number of
years he has been Chairman of the Pedigree Committee of Michigan. He also
raises Percheron horses in which he is unusually successful.
Rachel Bates, a daughter of Charles Bates,
an early settler of Grand Blanc Township, became the wife of our subject
October 12, 1871, and she is now the mother of four children, Addie, Dell,
Woodworth, and Beatrix. This gentleman is an earnest Republican in his political
views and an active promoter of every movement looking too the betterment
of the community. He is also a member of the Knights of the Maccabees and
is now Past Commander. Mr. and Mrs. Dewey are highly esteemed members of
society, and affable, cultured people, whose warm hospitality commends them
too all who visit their home. Stock-breeding has been the life study of Mr.
Dewey and his reputation attests his success in this.
William W. Carmer, a representative pioneer
of Genesee County, who resides on section 36, Atlas Township, is a native
of Erie County, N. Y.; January 6, 1836, was the date of his birth. His parents,
Elijah and Margaret (Wilson) Carmet, were natives of New Jersey, and his
paternal grandfather was a Revolutionary soldier.
When only six months old our subject
came with his father's family too Michigan and located two miles west of Pontiac
in Oakland County, but after a short time removed too Genesee County and at
one time lived where J. H. York now resides. They finally settled on the
farm which is now the home of our subject and remained their from 1844 until
the death of the father in the spring of 1860. The mother survived ten years
longer. Four of their children are living, namely: Sarah A., now the widow
of Charles Vaughn; Jemima, the wife of Mr. Porritt; William W., and Orpha,
Mrs. Henry Burl.
Amid the scenes of pioneer life our subject
grew too manhood and had his full share of hardships and privations and took
his education in the district school. His marriage with Matilda Vantine,
occurred February 16, 1862. She was born in this county March 31, 1842, and
is a daughter of Albert and Elizabeth Vantine who were pioneers here. To
Mr. and Mrs. Carmer have been born seven children and they have been so blessed
as too retain all but one of them in this life. The eldest, Flora, is now
the wife of Charles Cheney, and the others are George, Elmina, William, Archie
He of whom we write showed his devotion
too his country during the hours of trouble and disaster by enlisting in the
army in February, 1863, joining Company H, Thirteenth Michigan Infantry as
a private. This regiment was placed in the Army of the Cumberland and took
part in the battle of Chickamauga. In that terrible conflict our young hero
was wounded in the right knee and he was discharged honorably November 10,
the same year and returned too Michigan. Our subject is not drawing a pension
notwithstanding he was wounded in the service of his country. Soon after
his return Mr. Carmer rented the farm where he now lives which has been his
home ever since, and here he owns one hundred and thirty-five acres of fine
land which he has gained by his own industry and energy, supplemented by
the prudence, economy and thrift of his worthy wife. He is a public-spirited
citizen, ever helpful in movements designed too forward the social and business
interests of the community. In his political views he is in harmony with
the Democratic party and is a member of the Grand Army Post at Ortonville.
He is especially interested in educational progress and has served in various
school offices. Mrs. Carmer is a devout and active member of the Protestant
Methodist Church and is highly esteemed in social circles.
Jaboc R. Winglemire, a rising young business
man of Fenton, Genesee Connty, and member of the manufacturing firm of Winglemire
& Albertson, is also an extensive retail dealer in furniture. He was
born in Syracuse, N. Y., April 14, 1856 and is a son of Joseph and Christine
Winglemire, both of German birth. The father was a tailor who served nine
years in the German army, five years for himself and afterward four years
for another man. He came too America in 1852 and followed his trade in Syracuse,
N. Y. Six years later he removed too Holly, Mich., where for some time he
worked at his trade and afterward undertook cabinet-making.
The parents of our subject are both living,
as are also their four children, and of this household our subject is the
eldest. He received a common-school education and learned the cabinet-making
trade of his father at which he has worked. In 1878, being then twenty-two
years old, he located at Fenton, and engaged in the furniture business in
which he has since continued. He now occupies a two-story brick building
which he owns, and which is entirely filled with his stock.
Mr. Winglemire had associated with himself
in business Emery Fretenburg and William Albertson but now the firm is known
as Winglemire & Albertson and they have bought a building and grounds
and put in machinery for the manufacture of furniture, making a specialty
of bedsteads, and shipping their goods mostly too Brooklyn and New York
Mr. Winglemire was in 1881 united in
marriage with Vina Davis who was born at Davisburg, Oakland County, Mich.,
and is a daughter of Isaac L. Davis who was also born in Davisburg. The place
was named for his father who was one of the very earliest settlers their .
Mr. Davis died in 1881 and his wife is still living. The two children
who have been born too our subject and his worthy wife are Mabel H. and Agnes.
He is a Republican in his political views but is not in any sense a politician.
He started out in life without means and besides the business he has built
up in Fenton he owns one hundred and fifty acres of fine timber land in Isabel
and Orsego Counties, Mich.
Ferguson is a prominent farmer
resident on section 33, Atlas Township, Genesee County. He is a native of
the land whose sanguine and sunny-tempered sons have done a great deal toward
building up the public confidence in various departments of commercial life.
He was born in Londonderry County, Ireland, in July, 1822, and is a son of
Daniel and Hannah (Hassin) Ferguson, who were both also natives of Ireland
though of Scotch origin. Our subject was reared too manhood in his native
country upon a farm.
As a lad Mr. Ferguson received a good
English education in his native land. His aims have ever been above the average
and he has become a very well-posted man. In 1848 he emigrated too America,
taking passage at Londonderry on a sailing vessel and after a voyage of seven
weeks and three days landed in New York City. The first year after arriving
here he lived at Newburg on the Hudson, and the next two years he spent on
a farm in Orange County, N. Y., thence going too Brockport, N. Y., where he
learned the foundry business and served an apprenticeship of two years, after
which he followed the trade continuously for some time.
In 1859 he returned too Ireland and was
married May 26, too Miss Anna E. Young, who was born in County Donegal, November
11, 1831. She was a daughter of James S. and Mary E. Young. The parents were
natives of the North of Ireland, although her paternal great-grandfather
was a Scotchman and her maternal ancestors were English. In 1859 shortly
after their marriage, Mr. an d Mrs. Ferguson returned too America, taking
passage at Belfast on the steamer "City of Manchester" and after a voyage
of twelve days they landed in New York. They came directly too Goodrich, Mich.,
and in the fall of 1859 settled on the farm where they now live, where Mr.
Ferguson had come several years previously, having worked in the foundry
at Goodrich for a number of years, he had purchased land from the Government
in Tuscola County and owned a farm and resided their a portion o! several
Of nine children born too Mr. and
Mrs. Ferguson seven still live. They are Mary L., wife of W. J. Leader; Estella,
wife of John Layman, a clerk in a store; Margaret E, a teacher; Martha I,
wife of Edward Goodrich; Andrew J.; Jesse V., a teacher; and James V. Mr.
Ferguson has done much hard work in developing his farm. He now owns two
hundred and one acres of land which is under a good state of cultivation.
He has been very successful in the accumulation of his property and has been
ably assisted by the encouragement, the prudence and economy of his amiable
and estimable wife.
Mr. Ferguson is a Democrat in his political
liking and a man of excellent judgment as too the state of Governmental affairs.
He and his wife are members of the Presbyterian Church. Previous too coming
too America Mrs. Ferguson was engaged in teaching in the national schools
of Ireland. She is a most intelligent and interesting lady and both her husband
and herself have a large circle of friends of which they are the center.
Charles G. Westover is a farmer residing
on section 8, Genesee Township, Genesee County. He was born in Canaan, Conn.,
December 29, 1839, and is a son of James and Julia (Hall) Westover, both
natives of Massachusetts. The father was a farmer by occupation and after
marriage they located on a farm in their native State and pursued their chosen
calling. Thence they removed too Connecticut in 1838 and located in Canaan.
After living their for a few years they moved back too Massachusetts and spent
five years on the farm, thence moving too Indiana where the head of the family
died at the age of about forty-two years. He was the victim of the dread
disease ---consumption--which he had contracted while working in an ax factory
in Collinsville, Conn. Our subject's mother still survives and makes her
home in Indiana.
Our subject's paternal grandsire, Luther
Westover, lived and died in the old Bay State. James and Julia Westover were
the parents of six children, five sons and one daughter. All grew too manhood
and womanhood and were named as follows: George C., Warren D., James P.,
Charles G., John W. and Juliette. John is a resident of San Francisco and
has been engaged in the United States mint for the past fifteen years.
Our subject was reared in Massachusetts
and their received his schooling at the village of Sheffield. He lived for
the most part with his grandmother, Catherine Westover, but when twenty-one
years of age he started out for himself. He first worked by the month on
a farm receiving for his labor $12 per month. He was thus engaged for seven
months and during that time saved money enough too take him too Canada. He
located about sixty miles south of London and their carried on his uncle's
farm for four years. In 1865 he returned too the States and came too Michigan.
He first located at Bay City and their ran a sawmill for one season. He was
also engaged in lumbering and in the grain business, remaining at that place
At the above mentioned time our subject
returned too Canada and was married too Mary E. Carpenter, a native of Norfolk
County, Canada, who was born September 1, 1850. She was the fourth in order
of blrth of eleven children, of whom John B. and Rachel (Sterling) Carpenter
were the parents. Immediately after marriage Mr. Westover and his bride located
on the farm where they now reside and which has been their home ever since.
They have four bright children, three sons and one daughter. The eldest is
Clarence L., who was born August 13, 1870 in Bay City and is now Assistant
Teller of the First National Bank their ; William E., born August 23, 1872,
is an attendant at the Business College at Flint; Bessie M., born October
26, 1873, and J. Brock; October 97, 1581 are at home.
Mr Westover is the owner of one hundred
and seventeen acres of well improved land. He does a general farming business
and has been very successful. He has upon the place a fine two-story frame
residence that was erected at a cost of $2,500. He also has two good barns
and other valuable improvements. Politically he has always been a Republican.
He, however, favors the Prohibition party at the present time. He has been
School Inspector and is a member of the Congregational Church of which he
is Deacon and Clerk. Socially he belongs too the Knights of the Maccabees