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MICHIGAN CHAPTER 16

Influx of Settlers

But when the Chippewas heard that the war of the revolution was over and that the chief who had given permission for the settlement was dead they began to threaten trouble. Governor Hay, who had succeeded De Peyster, at Detroit, advised the Moravians that it would be wise for them to give up the mission in deference to the wish of the Indians. So in the spring of 1786 they took their departure and after some wanderings finally settled on the Thames a few miles from the present Canadian city of Chatham. Their improvements on the Clinton were bought by Major Ancrum, the British commandant at Detroit, who had succeeded after the death of Colonel Hay, and John Askin, a trader living at Sandwich, for $450. 00. * Says Zeisberger, "None of us all remained behind, save Conner's family, who himself knew not where to go nor what to do. " Connor spent the rest of his life there and died in 1808. He left four sons— James, John, William and Henry. The only daughter, Susanna, whose birth is chronicled as that of the first white child born in Macomb county, married Judge Elisha Harrington, who had an extensive farm in the same locality, which afterward proved a profitable investment when subdivided into city lots. Connor was an Indian captive taken by the Chippewas in one of their numerous incursions in the Virginian settlements in the Ohio valley. There were many who came hither upon compulsion in the same fashion. And it is worthy of remark that having seen in their wanderings how goodly was the land of Michigan they brought their families out after their release and established themselves in per-mr nent homes. This was the case with Connor.

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