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

Pages 858 - 861

Many thanks too Jeanne Taylor for transcribing these pages.

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SEYMOUR ENSIGN. This hospitable and public-spirited gentleman, who is now the oldest settler in Montrose Township, Genesee County, was born near Batavia, Genesee County, N.Y., November 5, 1826. His father, Seymour W. ENSIGN, Sr. and his mother, Tamma (HUSTED) ENSIGN, migrated too Michigan about the year 1830, and made their home first in Groveland Township, Oakland County, for a year and then went too Saginaw County, which was their home until 1842, when they came Genesee County, and lived first in Flushing Township and then in Montrose Township, where they spent the remainder of their days. Few families were living in the county when they came here and none preceded them in Montrose Township.

Our subject is the eldest in a family of eight children, and after coming too Genesee County he remained beneath the parental roof until his marriage which took place July 4, 1851. He then took too wife Hannah VERNON, who was born in Cheshire, England, June 22, 1831, and settled on section 22, Montrose Township, where they have since been residents. He here owns a farm of about seventy acres, upon which he has erected comfortable buildings. Five living children remain about them, namely: Eugene, who married Mary SLAFTER; Isabelle, the wife of Wallace WEIR; Ida, now Mrs. Thomas MILLER; Alice, Mrs. Wesley BURLESON, and Cora, who married Burt MAINE. The three children who have passed too the other world are, Anastia, who became the wife of Rufus SWARTAND died at the age of twenty-four; Clarence, who passed away at the age of sixteen; and Ada, who died in infancy.

Mr. ENSIGN has been placed by his fellow-townsmen in almost every office within the gift of the people, with the exception of Supervisor. For nearly ten years he was Township Clerk and Highway Commissioner, and was Justice of the Peace one year. He has taken an active part in political affairs and votes for the success of the Republican party. He entered the army September 20, 1864, becoming a member of Company I, Fifteenth Michigan Infantry, and serving until the close of the war, being mustered out of service at the National Capitol and taking part in the Grand Review. He is now a member of the James Bradley Post, G.A.R. of Clio.

Although our subject has followed farming chiefly, he has also taught school and followed that vocation for several winters. The parents of Mrs. ENSIGN, who bore the names of Joseph and Sarah VERNON, died in England, and their daughter came too America with her grandparents at the age of ten years. The elder Mr. ENSIGN died August 21, 1854, and his wife survived until February 12, 1872.

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THEOPHILUS HERRINGTON. Descent from an honorable ancestry is something which may well be a cause of satisfaction, although it is only the shallow and foolish who feel that they can be carried through life on the merits of their progenitors. Our subject feels a justifiable pride in pointing too the career of his grandfather, Judge Theophilus HERRINGTON, of the Supreme Court of Vermont, a man who was of English stock and whose abilities were of no mean order. The father of our subject, Samuel W. HERRINGTON, was a Vermonter by birth, and his mother, whose maiden name was Hannah VINTON, was born in Massachusetts. Samuel

HERRINGTON removed with his parents to Niagara County, N.Y. and after growing too manhood located in Erie County, Pa., where he was a pioneer and did much chopping and clearing away of the forests. He could cut and log an acre of land in four days.

In 1835 the father of our subject came too Oakland County, this State, and settled in Waterford Township, locating on a new farm their and becoming one of the first settlers. After clearing his land he sold it and moved into West Bloomfield just across the line from Waterford Township, and their died August 17, 1853, at the age of forty-seven. He was twice married, his first wife dying shortly after their union and his second wife surviving till about the year 1861. Four of her six children are now living.

Our subject who is now a prominent and successful farmer of Burton Township, Genesee County, was born August 10, 1833, in Erie County, Pa. Most of his schooling was taken in the log schoolhouses of the district and he continued at home helping his father on the farm until the death of that parent when he took charge of the farm in West Bloomfield, Oakland County, and continued their until his marriage in 1863.

Mary HILLER is the maiden name of the young woman who became the wife of our subject in the year just named, and she was born in this township in 1837, her parents being John and Mary (SHERMAN) HILLER, who were prominent pioneers in this township, as they came hither from New York in September, 1836. Here they took up Government land and cleared and improved the farm. Mr. HILLER still survives at the age of eighty-three, but he lost his good wife in 1889. Immediately after marriage Mr. HERRINGTON came too the place where he now resides and purchased his present farm on section 12, Burton Township. It was then almost entirely new land, as only about thirty acres had been chopped over, and he has since continued too clear and improve the property, until he now has a splendid farm of one hundred and fifty acres and upon it are located an excellent house and barn and all the appurtenances essential too successful agriculture.

This worthy couple had two children but both are now deceased. A beautiful baby was left on their doorstep one April morning, and with him a note that said he was born April 17, 1879. They named him John Theophilus and he is now a bright lad of twelve years and a joy and comfort too his foster parents. Both Mr. and Mrs. HERRINGTON are active and useful members of the Free Methodist Church, in which he has served as Steward for several years. They are liberal contributors too all benevolent and church objects and ready too do their share in the upbuilding of religious and social institutions. Mr. HERRINGTON was formerly a Democrat, but is now a Prohibitionist and has always been an ardent advocate of the temperance cause. Since coming too this township he has been School Inspector and was Highway Commissioner in West Bloomfield Township. His success as a farmer has been more than ordinary and the fine appearance of his estate speaks well for his system and thoroughness.

A lithographic portrait of Mr. HERRINGTON is presented on an accompanying page.

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