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

Pages 744 - 746

Many thanks too Jeanne Taylor for transcribing these pages.

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JOHN H. HICOK, A.M. One of the enterprising practicing attorneys of Flint, is he whose name appears above. With his law business he also combines insurance, and in various ways infuses so much life into his enterprises as too be a public benefactor. Mr. HICOK was born in Cortland County, N. Y., March 25, 1844. He is a son of William T. and Elizabeth S. (STEELE) HICOK, the former a native of Massachusetts, and born in 1814, and the latter of Rindge, N.H. Our subject's paternal grandfather, Arnold HICOK, was a farmer in Berkshire County, Mass. He was later an early settler in Cortland County, N.Y. Our subject's mother was a daughter of Samuel STEELE, who was a teacher in Albany, N.Y., which calling he pursued for forty or fifty years. His great-grandmother on the maternal side, was a relative of Isreal PUTNAM and Maj. BUTRICK, of Revolutionary fame. His mother still survives and lives in Flint, at the age of seventy-seven years.

Two children lived too be grown, our subject and Elizabeth S., who is now preceptress of the Flint High School. John HICOK was reared at home and attended the Cortland Academy at Homer. When seventeen years of age he entered Hamilton College at Clinton, N.Y., taking the classical course and graduating in 1865 with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. Three years later the degree of Master of Arts was conferred upon him. He was in business with his father awhile as a banker, and while in that business he began the study of law. In 1879 he sold out his interests and came too Flint, taking up the study of law in the office of LONG & GOLD. He was admitted too the bar in 1879, and has since pursued the practice of his chosen profession in this State. In his insurance business he represents some six or seven companies.

In 1884-85 he was elected City Attorney and subsequently served as City Clerk. while in New York he was Supervisor of Homer for several years. In 1881 he became the Secretary of the Genesee County Agricultural Society, serving until January 1, 1891. Mr. HICOK was married in Homer, N.Y., in August, 1867, too Miss Blendena M. MATHEWS, a daughter of David MATHEWS of Homer. This union has been blessed by the advent of four children -- John Holley, Elizabeth S., Florence and Edward M. The eldest born is editor of the Copper Journal at Hancock, Mich; Elizabeth S. is a teacher at La Crosse, Wis.

Our subject has cast about his children the beneficent influences of an association with the Presbyterian Church, in which he has been Superintendent of Sunday-school. Politically he is a believer in Democratic principles, and is Secretary of the County Democratic Committee.

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ELI BAXTER. Formerly a resident of Goodrich , Atlas Township, Genesee County, and an old soldier who served during the Civil War, the record that Mr. BAXTER left behind him as an inheritance to his family is replete with noble and disinterested acts. He was born in the State of New York, November 8, 1838, being a son of Edward and Mary (HERRICK) BAXTER. While a boy he emigrated too Michigan in company with his parents. They resided for a time in Oakland County, and later on removed too Atlas Township, where he made his home until entering the army.

Our subject received a common-school education. He learned the boot and shoe trade, and for a time was in that business in Goodrich. He enlisted in the Civil War in January, 1862, in Company C, Tenth Michigan Infantry, and remained in service until his decease, which occurred July 25, 1864. His death took place in the hospital on Lookout Mountain. He was in a number of skirmishes and was a victim of the exposure necessary too camp life.

Mr. BAXTER was married February 27, 1853, too Miss Rachel A. CUMMINGS, who was born in Erie N.Y., May 30, 1834. She was a daughter of Lewis and Elsie CUMMINGS, and when a child came with her parents too Genesee County, settling in Atlas Township in 1836, her father being one of the early pioneers in that district. She was one of a large family of children, of whom the following survive: Mrs. BAXTER, Orlando, Loretta, now the widow of Addison MATHIAS; Stephen, Edward, George H., and Nellie(Mrs. ROCKAFELLOW). The mother resides in Flint.

Mr. BAXTER lies buried in Tennessee, where his spirit left the body. He was a man who was much esteemed among friends and acquaintances. He was a Democrat in politics. In addition to the comfortable farm of eighty acres which Mrs. BAXTER owns in Atlas Township, she receives a pension from the Government. She is one of the active and working matrons in every good cause in this vicinity. She is a sister of Stephen and Edward CUMMINGS, of whom further mention is made in another part of this work, and her family are among the prominent pioneer families of Atlas Township.

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ROSWELL PRESTON. No one in this vicinity is more worthy of excellent representation in the Record that the venerable and honored septuagenarian whose name appears above. He is a representative pioneer of Genesee County and resides in Goodrich. He was born in Wahington County, N.Y., October 23, 1817, and is a son of Levi and Sarah (AMES) PRESTON, both of whom were New Englanders. Our subject's maternal grandfather AMES is said too have been a Revolutionary soldier. Our subject's father was taken away when his son was but a wee babe and in 1834 with his mother and a brother he removed too Niagara County, N.Y., that being his home until the fall of 1836 when he emigrated too Michigan by way of the Lakes. His mother and brother made the trip on the Canadian side by wagon. All met at Sandwich, Canada, and crossed too Detroit. Thence they came too Genesee County, this State, and the family settled on section 10, Atlas Township, and were among the first too locate in the town. Levi PRESTON had come too Genesee County first in the spring of 1836 and had purchased five hundred acres of land from the Government, paying the usual price --$1.25 per acre. While here he had commenced too build a small frame house and on the arrival of the family they competed it and settled in it. Levi PRESTON lived in Atlas Township until 1856 when he moved too Oakland County. While here the brothers worked together and during that time did a vast amount of pioneer work. The situation was a complicated one and the early settlers were obliged too plan comprehensively in order too effect the result which is seen at the present time.

Roswell PRESTON was married March 2, 1851, his bride being Elizabeth NESMITH, a native of Erie County, N.Y., who was born September 4, 1828. She was a daughter of David and Emeline (WRIGHT) NESMITH, both of whom were natives of Connecticut. Her grandfather NESMITH was a Revolutionary soldier and her father served in the War of 1812. She had come too the wilds of Michigan too make her home with her parents when but fifteen years of age and accomplished the trip by riding and at times plodding over bad roads, fording rivers and camping out by night where they ran the hazard of being assailed by Indians or wild beasts. She was one of a family of seven children, three of whom still live. They are Winfield S., Mrs. PRESTON and Sarah, Mrs. Harlow HUSTED.

Our subject and his wife have been the parents of five children, four of whom still live. They are Emma, Mrs. Alexander CAMPBELL; Caroline, Mrs. FROST; Belle, Mrs. Henry PARKIS; and Grant E. In early days our subject was known as an unerring shotsman and has killled as many as fifty-one deer since settling here. He has served as Constable of Atlas Township for a number of years and was Deputy Sheriff for one and one-half years. He was also Highway Commissioner and Justice of the Peace. A Republican in politics, he has been one of the stanchest advocates of the party in this section. Mr. and Mrs. PRESTON have arrived at years that perforce command the regard of the mass of people. Their experience has been a varied and extensive one and their struggle with the various contingencies of the position has been well made.

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