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farm by the division fell to Mr. James Mulhol. Aurilia married Sylvester Brown, a very len, and the east to Samuel Egnew. The site successful farmer of eminent piety. In his old of the first log-house is now occupied by the age they sold the farm and purchased a resiGerman Catholic school house, opposite the dence in the city of Monroe, where they lived “ Isle of Patmos,” formerly the residence of the remainder of their days. Charles James Lanman, and subsequently that Sarah married John P. Rowe, a gentleman of of George B. Harleston, adjoining the German culture, a graduate of Middlebury College, Catholic church. The roads on the north and who for some time after he arrived at the south borders of the River Raisin followed the River Raisin, taught a very popular school in meandering of the river for ten miles west. Monroe. He was very industrious, energetic The site of the village (now city) of Monroe and persevering, and accumulated a large forwas at that time occupied as farming land, and tune, owning at the time of his death a number ten years thereafter was platted by Joseph of valuable farms in Erie. Their only daughter Loranger into village lots.
married George Kirtland, and is now a widow, Of the family of nine children, five were residing on a highly cultivated farm four miles born before the removal to the River Raisin; south of Vienna inherited from her father. one of whom, Jane, died at the age of fourteen. Their only son, Charles Rowe, is like his father
Polly, who married Otia Stowell, for many in many respects. He is the owner of a numyears resided on what is known as the Bacon ber of farms in the town of Erie, has an elegant lot, on Monroe street, now owned by Elizabeth brick residence near Vienna, with all modern Custer, widow of the late General George improvements, capacious barns, very valuable Custer.
improved stock of blooded cattle and horses, to Eliza married James Cornell, who followed which he has given much time and attention. the trade of a carpenter in Monroe. He pur- He married Sarah Kinney, of Pennsylvania. chased a farm on the United States turnpike They are highly esteemed as neighbors, and leading from Monroe to Maumee, about eight deservedly popular as citizens. Mrs. Sarah miles south of Monroe,erected a two story brick Rowe, the mother of Charles, was a lady of
house, the first in the town of Erie, and for cultivation and refinement- eminent for her · many years kept a hotel.
piety and Christian virtues — a very liberal John Mulhollen, son of James, for many contributor to all charitable purposes, espe. years and until the infirmities of age disquali- cially in the interest she manifested in the prosfied him, was a very daring, courageous and perity of the First Presbyterian church of Erie, efficient executive officer of the city and county. of which she was one of the early members He married for his first wife Abby Choate, and and founders. To the building of the new for his second wife the widow of Silas Lewis, brick church and parsonage she very liberally one of the pioneers of the county.
contributed. Her removal by death in the James Mulhollen purchased and resided upon spring of 1887, aged over eighty years, was to the time of his death, a farm about seven mourned by the citizens of Eric and Monroe, miles south of Monroe, upon which James, one who appreciated her worth and Christian of his sons, still resides.
character. . Four children were born after the arrival of Daniel Mulhollen, the youngest son of James James Mulhollen on the River Raisin, viz.: Mulhollen, inherited from his father the homeSamuel, Sarah, Aurilia and Daniel.
stead farm, situated two miles south of Monroe Samuel, who married Miss Gager, of Monroe, on the main road from Monroe to Toledo. He purchased a farm one mile south of Vienna, resided thereon up to the time of his death, at which is under a high state of cultivation; was the age of seventy-four years. He was a very very prosperous and quite prominent as a successful farmer. Married Elizabeth Choate, politician in the town and county. One of his of Monroe. Had a family of eight children. daughters married the Hon. Christian Hertzler, The.son Daniel married Selena Iveson, owns for many years supervisor of the town of Erie the farm directly south of the old homestead, and member of the State legislature. His and has built a handsome and spacious twodaughter Cora married Dr. Brigham, a prac- story brick house, with fine barns, and is reticing physician of Toledo.
garded as one of the best and most prosperous farmers in the county. They have two chil. thereon until his death, which occurred August dren: Allen, aged 16; Gertrude, aged 9. 13, 1864, leaving four sons and six daughters.
Samuel A. Bentley was born in 1819; now re
sides in Allegan, Michigan. James was born JAMES BENTLEY
August 14, 1822 ; now resides in Kent county,
Michigan. John was born September 18, 1824; Was born November 5, 1784, in England; was resides at Rock Falls, Illinois. William, born a soldier and fought in the battle of Copen- January 15, 1839, resides at Ipswich, Dakota. hagen, but deserted in August, 1803, and came The oldest daughter, Tryphena, was born in to the River Raisin, joining the American 1817; married Harlow P. Hawkins, who rearmy under Captain Isaac Lee. He enlisted sided until very recently on his farm on the the same day with the “Robb boys,'' neigh- Plaisance Bay road, near the city of Monroe. bors on the farm next adjoining on the west Clymene Bentley was born January 11, 1827;.^ (the Downing farm). James Bentley, imme- married Robert Clark, now living in Lasselle, diately after the surrender of Winchester's in Monroe county. Mary M. Bentley, born in army, with sixteen others joined Harrison's 1829, married James M. Martin, now residing army at Maumee, and fonght at the battle of in Monroe. Emmie, born February 18, 1832, Fort Meigs. While stationed at Fort Meigs he resides with her mother in the city of Monroe. frequently ran the gauntlet with others to pro- Amanda, born April 9, 1841, married William cure water for the fort from the river. Sur- Stoddard, the son of one of the pioneers, Orson rounded as it then was by the British and Stoddard. Eliza was born September 25, 1844 ; Indians, it proved very hazardous, as many married Jabez Smith; resides at Saline, Washthus employed were picked off by Indians tenaw county, Michigan. concealed in ambush. He was regarded as very courageous, and was often sent on the most hazardous enterprises in carrying orders
JACQUES LASSELLE, from post to post through the then vast wildernesses of Obio and Michigan. He carried the Brother of Colonel Francis and Antoine Lasmail from Maumee to Detroit, sometimes on selle, was the most enterprising and sbrewdest horseback by the Indian trails, and often in à Indian trader of the three brothers, and became canoe with an Indian to paddle the boat. He by far the wealthiest man in the Territory fought at the battle of the Thames, and saw outside of Detroit. He always had in his emthe body of the Indian chief Tecumseh soon ploy a large number of Indians, half-breeds after he was killed by Colonel Richard M. and Canadian Frenchmen. Some forty logJohnson, assisting James Knaygs and Medard houses were built by him on the north side of Labadie in carrying Colonel Johnson from the the River Raisin, about five miles above the battlefield when wounded. During the war then town of Frenchtown, now city of Monroe, the same trio captured a British officer, Mc- on the land known as the Caldwell tract. As Culloch by name, on account of which a re- late as the year 1836 forty-five farms, mostly ward of five hundred dollars was offered for on the north and south banks of the River the capture and delivery at Malden of each of Raisin, were owned by Mrs. Major Caldwell, them.
.. inherited from her father, Jacques Lasselle. At James Bentley was married in 1816 to an early day quite a controrersy arose between Amanda Barker, who came to River Raisin in the settlers located on the Caldwell tract (it May, 1815, with her step-father, H. Brooks, in being quite a village) and those on the banks an open boat from the Huron river. Stephen of the River Raisin (constituting now the city Downing, father of Nelson Downing, now in of Monroe) as to where the first Catholic church Montana, accompanied them on their bois- should be placed. A compromise was effected terous and dangerous trip. James Bentley by locating it midway between the two on the was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Momonie and Hivon farm, two and a half miles church. In 1817 he settled on the farm in the above the city. town of Monroe commonly known by the The Lasselles were natives of Montreal, allied family name as the “ Bentley farm," and lived and related to the celebrated explorer and ad
venturer, Robert De La Salle, prominent in all story brick residence in the settlement. The histories and sketches of the early explorers farm was owned for many years and known as and adventurers in the north west territory. the Noyes W. Wadsworth farm; the latter The Lasselles made all their purchases at gentleman set out the maple trees that constiMontreal for stocking their trading-posts and tute the beautiful grove in front of the Ives stores with goods and merchandise for traffic farm (so called), now owned by the Hon. with the Indians, and transported them by Samuel P. Williams, of Lima, Indiana. large pirogues and canoes, or small boats manned by four or six half-breeds and Frenchmen. On one of the return trips Mr. Jacques Las.
COLONEL FRANCIS LASSELLE selle accompanied his two daughters, Marie Antoinette and Julia, to Montreal, and placed And his brothers Jacques and Antoine were them in the convent, where they remained a the earliest Indian traders in this vicinity. number of years and returned very attractive Colonel Francis settled on the farm on the and accomplished young ladies. Julia married north side of the River Raisin commonly a Mr. Percy, died young and without issue. known as the Humphrey farm, now owned and Marie Antoinette inherited the large fortune occupied by the heirs of the late Hon. David of her father, and married Major Caldwell, an A. Noble. His store was in a log-house on bis officer of the British army. It is said by the farm, situated on the north border of the river, early settlers that he was (with what authority on the north side of the road — the road in I cannot state) an officer under Colonel Proctor those days following the bank of the river. I at the battle of the River Raisin. Major Cald- well remember him as an exceedingly courwell retired under half pay from the British teous old gentleman, with a very pleasing adGovernment on the farm four miles west of the dress. His beautiful and accomplished daughter present city of Monroe. He was a very cour. married the late David Navarre, son of Francis teous, refined and cultivated gentleman of Navarre, and father of Frank Navarre. The elegant leisure, unaccustomed to labor, and latter bas been for many years and is now the spent the most of the latter part of his life in deservedly popular baggagemaster at the Lake his library; also made extensive collections of Shore depot in this city. minerals, birds and Indian relics. Well do I remember how wonderful and interesting the collection appeared to me, having never before
JAMES MOORE as a boy witnessed anything to me so marvelous. The eldest daughter, Adeline, married the late came to the River Raisin in the year 1809, and Hon. Frank Johnson, who was for years before settled upon the farm known as the Gale farm. his marriage employed by Major Caldwell as a He had but one child, Martha, who inherited private teacher in his family. The major had the farm. In the summer of 1812, he, in coma large family of sons and daughters; all of mon with the Americans on the River Raisin, those now living reside in the county of Mon- escaped to Ohio. At the time of his escape roe. Mrs. Caldwell lived to a good old age, the country south of the River Raisin was inand died at Monroe Dec. 31, 1881, one of the fested with Indians, and communication with most accomplished ladies of her day. Charles Ohio intercepted. Mr. Moore, with his wife H. Caldwell, a grandson of Major Caldwell, and daughter, took a northerly course on horseresides in Monroe, and is now associated with back; swam their horses from Trenton to the office of the Monroe Democrat, published in Grosse Isle, pursued by the Indians. Previous this city, and at this time clerk of the county to leaving, the Indians had plundered the house of Monroe.
of everything excepting a set of silver spoons.
Mr. Moore and his family escaped from Grosse ANTOINE LASSELLE,
Isle in a bark canoe, paddling along the lake
shore until they reached Cleveland. He reOne of the earliest Indian traders before the turned with his family to the River Raisin in War of 1812, settled on the farm on the north 1814, with Messrs. Samuel Mulhollen and side of the River Raisin, and built the first two Egnew. Mr. Moore died in 1826; his wife
survived him until the year 1842. His daugh. half, and James Mulbollen the east balf. Jared, ter married, late in the fall of 1817, Samuel the son of Samuel Egnew, a prosperous and Gale, who subsequently sold the east part of highly esteemed farmer, is now living in the the farm to the county of Monroe. He was a town of Erie, for many years an elder in the millwright, and built most of the mills on the Presbyterian church of Erie. Samuel Egnew River Raisin. Died in the year 1848. The was a very courageous and energetic pioneer, west part of the farm was afterwards sold by and for some time prior to and during the War the estate to the county of Monroe, and is now of 1812, enjoyed the confidence of American known as the poor-house farm.
officers, and frequently carried messages and Samuel and Martha (Moore) Gale had eleven orders between the different posts of the Americhildren: William P. Gale, the father of Austin can army. Gale; the latter now resides in Monroe, a very successful teacher in vocal and instrumental
JACQUES NAVARRE, music. Mary, who first married Mr. Frisbee, to whom Edgar and Emma were born; she Brother of Colonel Francis Navarre, joint subsequently married Luther Bisbee; Nellie owner with him of the large tract ceded by the was the daughter of the second marriage. Hib- Pottawatomie Indians by deed, a fac-simile of bard, who married and had three children; which may be found opposite page 94, occupied moved to Wisconsin, and from thence to that portion of the tract which adjoins, and is Kansas. James, now deceased, bas three chil. bounded on the east by the Hull road, now dren living at Ludington. Jerusha and Martha Lake Shore railroad, which he occupied to the died. unmarried. Joseph Gale married Mrs. time of his death. Mrs. Mary Ann Navarre, Harrington; now residents of Monroe. Nathan widow of the late Mr. Jacques Navarre, was lived on the homestead farm, where he died, born in Detroit, and was the daughter of the leaving five children, who now reside in the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lafertier, one of the State of New York. Lydia married Henry oldest and most respectable French families of Younglove, and resides on the farm on the that city, and therefore participators in many south side of the River Raisin, in Raisinville, of the thrilling scenes incident to those early on the east part of the farm known as the times in the frontier of Michigan. Her husFarwell farm. Henry was shot in a battle band was a brother of the late Colonel Fran. near Richmond in 1864. Franklin was killed cis Navarre, and was one of several brothers of at the battle of Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862. the Navarre family, who, by their valor and
manly daring in the defense of our country
against the enemy in the War of 1812, have SAMUEL EGNEW,
given their name a conspicuous place in the
history of that war and of Michigan, and by In consequence of the contests in Ireland be. their high sense of honor in their private dealtween the Orangemen and Defenders or Rib- ings with men, as well as by their warm hosbonmen, felt the necessity of seeking a home pitality in sharing their home comforts and elsewhere. He came to America, and first social pleasures with the weary traveler and settled in Steuben county, in the State of New pioneer of the West in their early times, have York, where James Mulhollen resided, who endeared their memory to the old inhabitants had preceded him about ten years. In 1806 of River Raisin and Detroit, and secured for he came to the River Raisin with James Mul- their descendants a high respect from all who hollen, who had married his daughter, Sarah. knew them. Mrs. Navarre died October 20, They together purchased at six dollars per 1863; she was a very fine old lady, much loved acre the tract lying between Monroe street and and esteemed by a large circle of friends and Smith street, the German Catholic church relatives for her kind and amiable disposition property being on the west line, and fronting and Christian devotion to her church. Those on the river, and extending south to Plumb of us who knew, something of the courtly Creek, comprising the eastern part of the first manners and social characteristics that disward of the city of Monroe. This tract was tinguished the early French of Detroit and divided, Egnew taking for his part the west River Raisin, note with sadness their rapid