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"Thetford” from a town in his beloved Vermont. He was clerk of the town for many years and also held the office of justice of the peace and had much to do with the public affairs of the town—was postmaster at East Thetford many years. During all his life he was accustomed to read a great deal on scientific and economic subjects, and few men had a larger fund of solid, useful information than Mr. Wilson. In later years he suffered several severe strokes of paralysis, but his mind remained clear to the last. He had risen from his bed and was dressed not more than twenty minutes before he died.

The funeral was held at the house and the remains were taken to Thetford for burial, beside those of his first wife who died in 1863. He married his second wife in Vermont in 1867.

Mr. Wilson was the father of eight children, all of whom are living. The first was a daughter, born in 1830, now residing with her husband in Tuscola county. The first son, Charles E., residing at Bay City, is a clergyman, as is also John N., living in Ohio. Wm. H. and Farwell A. are lumbermen at Harrison, Clare county, the former being a member of the present legislature. The second daughter is the wife of Wm. H. Long of this city. Samuel J. and Nahum T. are the active members of the Flint Cabinet Creamery Company. All the children are persons of excellent character and bright intellects, as their father was, and, like him, are all highly esteemed.

GILES BISHOP.

A dispatch received by Russell Bishop announced the death of his brother, Giles Bishop, which took place at Griffin, Ga., May 24, 1887. The sad event was not unexpected, for previous announcement of his precarious condition had been made by telegraph, through the columns of the Journal.

More than forty five years of Mr. Bishop's life had been spent in Flint, and he only changed his residence when ill health compelled him to seek the more salubrious climate of the south. With this end in view, about four years ago he left his beautiful home, corner Fourth and Beach streets, and located on a large plantation at Griffin, Ga., where he purchased a plantation for each of his two sons.

Mr. Bishop was for more than a quarter of a century engaged in the grocery and drug business in the city, and had a large circle of friends and acquaintances who will be pained to hear that death has claimed him for a victim. Mr. Bishop was 64 years of age. He leaves four children, Henry and John Bishop, of Griffin, Mrs. W. C. Rosevelt, of Chicago, who was at his bedside during his last illness, and Mrs. W. H. Gibson, of Jacksonville, Fla. The remains were interred at Griffin, Ga.

MRS. HOVEY.

Mrs. Hovey, wife of George Hovey, one of the oldest and best known citizens of Genesee township, died at her home May 24, 1887. Mrs. Hovey was sick a long time in the early spring and got better, but a relapse came and she did not rally. She was a most estimable lady and will be sadly missed in the community where she had resided so many years, while her loss to her husband and children will be irreparable.

Mrs. Hovey leaves besides her husband two sons and two daughters. The eldest son, C. M., resides in Detroit, and the younger, Fred, lives with his family at the old homestead. One daughter resides at Vassar, Tuscola county, and the other's home is in Indiana.

HILLSDALE COUNTY.

BY E. 0. GROSVENOR.

We give below names, ages, township residence and date of death of pioneers who have passed away during the year since your last annual meeting..

Some of these have been prominent in business, literary, professional and political circles, and have done much towards the development of the resources, moulding the character and establishing the institutions of our beloved state, and merit at our hands a more extended notice, but the large number who during the year have been laid to rest precludes the possibility in most cases of more than the simple record of name, age, residence and date of death. In some cases we have not been able to get the exact age. These are indicated by “q” after age given.

List of Deaths.

1886.

Name.

Residence.

Osseo....

Jonesville..............
Heidelberg, Germany.........
Jonesville...
Osseo...........
Ransom ........
Moscow

Wheatland.

June 1 Mrs. Rumslie........

Samuel Baker........
Wm. Walter Murphy.
John T. Bloiş........

N. D. Jones...
10 Mrs. Hiram Davis............

| Mrs. Mary A. Chase.........
11 | R. E. Ferguson......

George Devoe............
16 | Vesta C. Hebage..........

William Weaver ......
July 3 | Mrs. Margaret Moore..........

Mrs. Ann M A. Marks....
Mrs. Sarah McCowen.........
Mrs. C. T. Fowler........
Israel Buck. ...............
David Cowan...
Mrs. Emily A. Bentz...........
Mrs. Annis Valentine ..........

Mrs. Harriet Casey...
August 2 | Mrs. Youngs........

140. H. Gillam.........
14 Ira Harrington......

Leodis Emery......
| Mrs. Catherine Berbeck.

Mrs. Rachael Couch..............
23 Stephen Huff...........
30 G. W. Cole................
1 Mrs. Rachael Wells...

Nathan C. Gavitt.......
Mrs. Rachael Nichols.
John Gatchell.

Moses Perry...................... 26 David Chaney........

Warden C. Barrett.......
3 Adam Hauer........

| Mrs. Martha D. Avery.....
. 18 Mrs. John Corey......
" 19 | Walter Buel................

Litchfield..... Hillsdale Somersett... Moscow..-Moscow.... Moscow.......... Litchfield... Moscow........... Litchfield. Jonesville.. Litchfield........... Adams............ Woodbridge........ Jonesville..... Adams............ Hillsdale. Jonesville.. Litchfield........... Jefferson... Adams.......... Allen............. Woodbridge. Ransom... Litchfield.. Hillsdale............ Jerome... Cambria.. Jefferson..... Hillsdale........

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List of Deaths-Continued.

1886.

Name.

Residence.

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Nov. 24 | Andrew Cadmus, fomerly of ........

24 Mrs. Rogers.......

Wm. W. Brewster............... Dec. 2 Mrs. Amelia E. Burger....

| Adna H. Smith, fomerly of ........ • 7 John Barbangle...

Reuben M. Waite.........

Edward W. Kelley........ .. 14 Mrs. Mary Porter......

Freeman Huff............

M. Chamberlain........ 1887. Jan. 4 | John Dow..................

Mrs. Anna Cook. .........
u 8 Abram Cousins..
. 9 Mrs. Abigail Woodward...

Fred Curtis..............
Samuel Fowler..........
Mrs. John Derby.........

Mrs. Mary A. Silvernail.
Feb. James Phillips ...........

Augusta Comstock.........

Mrs. Mary J. Hazen.........
4 | Mrs. Eliza Glasgow.......
| Mrs. Amelia Murphy....

Thos. Caapple............
| John Fitzsimmons......
8 Mrs. Mary McAllister..

10 | Mrs. Betsy Rice..........
• 17 Birdsey Woodruff.
• 18 Mrs. Rachael Alley.....

20 Thomas Harding......... .. 23 Mrs. Priscilla C. Richards.. March 8 Maria H. Canniff....

10 | Wm. S. Leonard ........

11 | James Patterson ......... - 13 Dell Brown... 22 Mrs. Mary Richards......

........... - 31 Mrs. Jane H. White.....

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Wheatland

Jonesville...
Pittsford...
Litchfield.
Jonesville..........
Hillsdale.
Litchfield.........
Reading
Hillsdale.
Jonesville..........
Jefferson
Somersett ..........
Allen..............
Jonesville.........
Litchfield....
Jefferson..........

Pittsfield.

Moscow ............
Jonesville............
Jonesville .............

List of DeathsContinued.

1887.

Name.

Residence.

Wheatland ............
Litchfield.....
Woodbridge.........
Jonesville..
Jonesville.........

Hillsdale...

April 7 Mrs. L. F. Douglass.........

Chas. A. Shattuck...........
10 Lavina H. Sackett ...........
12 Peter Bruno.................
13 Zimri Densmore.....
13 Peter Risedorph......
14 Hosea C. Aldrich.....
17 | James Orr............

Wells Whitney........
Lorenzo L. Dow..............

Andrew McDougal....
May

Thomas Hutchins.......

John Greening ........ “ 19 Mrs. John Brainslie.. " 19 Geo. H. Bottsford. 20 | Mrs. Priscilla Doty..................

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Average age (a little over 711).
Youngest named...
Oldest .-
Under 50 at death..
Between 50 and 60...

60 and 10...
o 70 and 80..-..

“ 80 and 90.
Over 90.----------------

Among those named above are two members of this society, both residents of Jonesville, and who, by reason of unusual prominence and public service, should receive special notice.

No man for many years was better known throughout the state, more actively useful, or more highly esteemed and respected, than William Walton Murphy, who died at Heidelberg, Germany, June 8, 1886, at the age of 70 years. His long residence at Frankfort-on-the-Main as consul general of the United States during the entire period covered by our civil war, and after its close, during the Prussian war, which resulted in the annexation of the free

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