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Michigan

OAKLAND COUNTY

I do not propose to give that history in full or carry it down to the present time in all its minutia. Such a paper would require weeks to write and a day to read. But I will sketch as rapidly as I can its early history, and give some anecdotes and events which serve to illustrate the condition and spirit of the times. That community is fortunate indeed which after the lapse of fifty years retains among its first settlers enough, with memory intact, who, by their concurring testimony, can establish beyond dispute the facts of its history. The first settlement of Novi can thus be established and clearly verified. On its southeastern border are two men, Thomas Pinkerton and William Yerkes, who came into the town in the early spring of 1825. At this time there was no clearing, house, or white settler within its present limits. They then entered the land on which they now reside returned east and moved from the shores of Seneca lake, in the state of New York, upon this land the next spring, and have lived on the same farms without interruption until the present time.

Oakland Co. Michigan


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