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Michigan

OAKLAND COUNTY

In the first year of the settlement in this town he entered the land and built a log hut near the old cider-mill, on the Benajah Aldrich place. He lived here until about the time that Saville Aldrich built the first frame house in the town, when he gathered his effects and made for the Looking-glass river, in this state. He would doubtless have flown once more before the advancing wave of emigration, but old age was upon him. He became blind, and soon after died. Queer man, you will say, thus to rob himself and family of home after home for the sake of solitude and immunity from what to him were the discomforts of civilization. But who will cast a stone at him? He loved rude nature in all her untamed beauty, and he wooed her with a lover's ardor, constancy and devotion—the advance courier of emigration, the unconscious herald of "empire's westward way."

Oakland Co. Michigan


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