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BATTLE CREEK

BY A. D. P. VAN BUREN

Nedebiah Angell was born in Vermont, but in his early life removed to Rouse's Point on Lake Champlain, New York. From Rouse's Point he went a pioneer to Hanover, Chautauqua County, in the same State, and from Hanover he, with Nathaniel Barney and their families, and the family of Gen. Ezra Convis, twenty-one in all, started with their own teams from Hanover, in February, 1833, for Battle Creek, Michigan. They came around the lake by way of Erie, Ohio, thence to Maumee, through the Cotton Wood Swamp, thence to Adrian and on to Marshall and Battle Creek, where they arrived on the 9th of March, 1833. They stayed all night at Dea. Michael Spencer's previous to reaching Battle Creek. They were three weeks on their long and tedious journey. Mr. Angell, as we have said, visited Calhoun county the previous year and was pleased with the appearance of the country about Battle Creek. His family remained in the Convis house until he built a log house on his place, some miles down the Kalamazoo. Here he improved his lands, set out a good orchard and spent some fifteen years of his life. He then removed into Battle Creek where he lived until his death, which occurred many years ago. Mr. Angell had served as Justice of the Peace while on his farm and also for a number of years while he lived in town. He had a practical and legal turn of mind, and we are told that he and Gen. Ezra Convis used to "pettifog suits" before Esquire Polydore Hudson, and that the good sense and sound logic of Esquire Angell's argument in these trials were always worth listening to.

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