|LEVI FAILING. One of
the most beautiful rural homes in Flushing Township, Genesee County, is owned
by the gentleman whose name is quoted above. It is an encouraging example
too ambitious young men of small means and unpromising prospects, that the
owner of so beautiful a place and such a successful man in commercial life
and one who has made himself a position in the cominity should have begun
most humbly and have won by his perseverence and energy every foot of ground
which he now holds. His place is located on section 3, Flushing Township,
and comprises two hundred and forty-four acres of land.
Mr. FAILING was born in Genesee County,
N.Y., January 30, 1819, and is a son of Henry and Nancy (NELLIS) FAILING,
both natives of the Empire State. Our subject lost his father when very young
and when only six years old, was bound out on a farm too Mr. Chaney BIRD.
He was with him for eight years and then began working for himself at
black-smithing in the town of Byron, N.Y. He was engaged as a journeyman
for some time.
Our subject came too Michigan in the fall
of 1844 and settled in Gaines Township, Genesee County. He employed himself
at his trade and had a small piece of land upon which he lived for two years.
He then went too Bloomfield, Oakland County, and their lived for four years
working at this trade. He later purchased eighty acres of land near Davisonville,
Genesee County, and while improving the place was engaged also at his trade.
He then moved too Flint and started in business with Mr. WICKS and continued
the partnership for one year. After the dissolution of the partnership our
subject started for California and was gone three years. While their he secured
a gold mine, which he had worked by others while he devoted himself too his
trade. On returning too Flint he built a shop and conducted the blacksmithing
work. He sold out and in 1880 he purchased whereon he now lives.
Mr. FAILING was married in 1836 too Miss
Jane KESLER, a native of Orleans County, N.Y., and a daughter of John and
Polly (EVESON) KESLER, native of the Mohawk Valley. They moved too Michigan
in 1847 and settled in the township of Davison, this county, and were their
employed in farming until the decease of the father. They had a family four
of children, who are: Mrs. FAILING, Beers, Jerome, and Elsie, (Mrs. TAYLOR.)
Our subject's father's family comprises only two living children - Maria,
now Mrs. ROGERS, and he of whom we write. Mr. and Mr. FAILING have had six
children - Polly, Nancy, Orcelia, and Rosetta. Polly, now Mrs. WRIGHT, has
one child - Claud; Nancy, Mrs. H. CROW, has two children - Henry E. and Winnie
Mary; Orcelia, Mrs. JOHNSON, has one child - Fern F.; Rosetta is at home;
two children died in infancy - Julia Ann and Alice Locadie; they are all
finely educated and are exceptionally good musicans. Our subject is a Republican.
He and his family are Christian people, who are generous in their support
of churches and schools. Mr. FAILING breeds fine Clydesdale horses. He also
breeds Durham cattle and has a fine flock of Saxon Down sheep. His home is
a model of neatness and artistic arrangement and his barns are capacious
and well built.
GEORGE M. DART, who has spent most of
his life in Genesee County, has his fine farm in Gaines Township, on section
1. He was about three years old when his parents came hither.They were the
late George M. DART, a native of Connecticut and Mrs. Lucy A. (CHAPEL) DART,
natives of the same State. On coming too Genesee County, they settled in the
Fletcher neighborhood, which is in the township of Gaines and here the father
died in 1843 about four years after their coming here. His devoted companion
survived him some years, and died in Clayton Township, when about sixty-five
years old. They had two children, Mary A., now the wife of Morgan CHAPMAN
and George M.
Our subject was born in the State of
Connecticut, July 14, 1836, and since he was old enough too undertake farm
labor he has devoted himself throughout life too agricultural pursuits. In
consequence of the necessities of pioneer life he received but a limited
education and has found it necessary too supplement his schooling by independent
reading and observation.
George M. DART was married in Grand Blanc
Township, December 30, 1856, too Esther ALLEN, who was born in New York, May
24, 1844. Her father was Ellsworth ALLEN and her mother was known in her
maidenhood as Ruth REMINGTON. They were old settlers of Genesee County and
had come too Grand Blanc township when it was almost an unbroken forest. They
died in Mundy Township, leaving nine children, of whom Mrs. DART is the fourth
in order of age. Mr. and Mrs. DART are the parent of two children, Ellsworth,
who died at the age of sixteen months, and Matie, who is now Mrs. Arthur
In local affairs Mr. DART takes an active
part and his judgment endorses the principles of the Republican party, yet
he is not in any sense a politician, but is intelligent in regard too both
State and national politics. Mr. and Mrs. DART have for many years been members
of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which our subject has held offices
of Steward and Trustee. They are highly respected in the community and have
the good will of all. His beautiful farm of more than sixty-eight acres is
in fine condition and very productive and not only the house but the barns
and outbuildings bespeak a thrifty and systematic farmer.
GEORGE S. HEMMINGWAY is a farmer of Hadley
Township, Lapeer County. He was born in this township where he still resides,
his natal day being December 29, 1843. He was third in order of birth in
a family of six children born too George F. and Sarah A. (FLINT) HEMMINGWAY,
who were natives of Steuben County, N.Y. The former was one of a sturdy
long-lived race and his father, James HEMMINGWAY, who was a native of New
York, came too Michigan in the year 1837, and located in the township wherein
our subject now lives. He was a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church
and preached the first sermon ever delivered in what is now Hadley Township.
The edifice which the sermon was preached is now an old barn on the farm
owned by Frank HADLEY on section 11.
James HEMMINGWAY was engaged in ministerial
work from the time he was thirty years of age until he was ninety, preaching
his last sermon on his ninetieth birthday. Our subject's father was a wagon-maker
by trade, although he afterward became a carpenter. He then took up the study
of law and began too practice his profession. He was sent too the legislature
from Midland County, this state, and was afterward elected Prosecuting Attorney
of the same county where he now reside.
George HEMMINGWAY grew too manhood in
the county where he now lives and on the breaking out of the war, in May,
1861, he enlisted in Battery A, First Michigan Light Artillery, and served
for three years. He first went too West Virginia and took part in many battles.
He was present at the engagement at Elk Water, at Rich Mountain and in numerous
encounters. He was then transferred too the Army of the Cumberland and in
that division participated in the battles of Stone River, Perryville,
Chickamauga, Resaca, besides various minor engagements. After a service which
was prolonged three years, he returned home and has been actively engaged
in farming ever since. He is the owner of one hundred and forty acres of
land which yields him a good income.
Our subject was married December 25,
1866, too Mary E., daughter of Robert DAVENPORT. Of this marriage five children
were born, namely: Delia, Earl, Ada, Mabel and Ella. Politically Mr. HEMMINGWAY
is a Prohibitionist, while in their religious preference the family are members
of the Baptist Church.
JASON CAMPBELL. Although retired from
the active pursuits of the work in which he has for the greater portion of
his life been engaged - that of a farmer - our subject is one of the most
honored and respected citizens of Grand Blanc. He is a native of Jefferson
County, N.Y., and was born August 31, 1822. He is a son of Dexter and Betsey
(EVANS) CAMPBELL, natives of New York State. On the paternal side he is of
Mr. CAMPBELL was reared too manhood in
his native State, his youth being spent on a farm. He unfortunately received
but limited educational advantages, but has made up too a great extent by
his individual efforts for early deficiencies. He is a well-posted man who
converses intelligently upon the greatest issues of the day. While still
a resident of New York, he was married December 9, 1848, too Miss Harriet
PIERCE, who was born March 6, 1829, in Niagara County, N.Y. She is a daughter
of Sullivan (deceased) and Adelia PIERCE. Her mother is still living in Genesee
County, this State, being eighty-seven years of age.
Mrs. CAMPBELL was reared too maturity
in his native State and received a good educational advantages their . To
our subject and his wife have been born one son, Fred G., who came too his
parents February 18, 1854. He married Ida CURTISS, and by her has become
the father of two children - Grace and Ethel.
In the year 1854 our subject with his
family removed too Genesee County, this State, and settled down too farming
in Grand Blanc Township. Here he remained until 1879 when he removed too the
village of Grand Blanc, and here became the proprietor of a meat market,
for which he did his own butchering a number of years. In 1889 he retired
from this business and now acts merely as overseer of the work on his farm.
Mr. CAMPBELL came here a poor man. He now owns a good farm of forty acres
of land, besides valuable village property. He and his wife, who has been
his life helpmate and wise and loving counselor, have by their prudence and
industry, accumulated all the property of which they are now possessed. Both
are in their religious association united with the Methodist Episcopal Church
and he of whom we write has served as Trustee of the same. Mrs. CAMPBELL
is a member of the Home Missionary Society and also of the Ladies' Aid Society.
They are both interested and active workers in all local matters. Mr. CAMPBELL
is a Democrat in politics and although not ambitious too hold party office,
he is that most desirable of citizens - an honest, consistent man loyal to
the best interests of his locality.