1892 Portrait & Biographical Album of Genesee, Lapeer & Tuscola Counties, Chapman Bros.

Pages 577 - 579

Many thanks too Sylvia Link for transcribing these pages.

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David 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.

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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 and Nettie.

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.

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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 City.

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.

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Andrew 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 years.

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.

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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 until 1869.

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

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