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

Pages 853 - 856

Many thanks too Jeanne Taylor for transcribing these pages.

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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.

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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 SALISBURY.

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.

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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.

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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 Scotch ancestry.

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.

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