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EARLY MICHIGAN

MICHIGAN TERRITORY IN 1820

MICHIGAN TERRITORY IN 1820 EARLY MICHIGAN BY WILLIAM II. CROSS [Read before the Branch County Pioneer Society, December 28, 1885. ]

Michigan territory in 1820 had a population of 8,765; in 1830, 31,639. It then comprised all the territory north and west of Ohio, Indiana and Illinois, and east of the Mississippi. In 1834 was added to it all the country west of the Mississippi river and north of Missouri, with a delegate in Congress to ask for what he wished, but with no vote to give to obtain it. How is it to-day? We have Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Colorado, with twelve United States senators, nearly one seventh of the senate, forty one members of the house of representatives, over one eighth of that house, and much more than one eighth of the brains and business of either house, with over 9, 000, 000 *of the best educated, intelligent, active and independent inhabitants of the globe; and this is what Michigan of 1834 has become in 1885, within fifty one years. The world does move in the northwest. My first fall and winter in Michigan and ray first night, fifty nine years ago, were spent in the woods alone. On the last day of September, 1820, I came to Tecumseh, on the river Raisin, the then western farming settlement of the territory, consisting of about twenty five families. The next day but one (the first being Sunday) I went to work for Peter Low, digging potatoes. I worked ten days and was taken with a severe attack of bilious dysentery and was unable to do any work for four weeks. I then went with my brother Robert J., who had been preparing a place and cutting logs for a house on our lands, four miles above the village and two from any settler, to assist him what I could and be company for him.

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