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Michigan

OAKLAND COUNTY

In the fall of 1830 the inhabitants assembled to choose a name for the town, and petition the legislative council for a separate organization. The name of Novi had been suggested by Mrs. Dr. J. C. Emery, and was presented to the meeting by her husband. Other names were offered, among which were Republic and Benlake. A ballot was taken and the present name chosen. Most of the settlers were tired of a long name, such as Farmington, it was a bother to write it. They wanted a short name, and any one who has had much town business to do will readily assent to the wisdom of their choice. The name was sent on to the council, together with the petition for organization. The request of the inhabitants was granted and the town organized and named. When the matter was before the council, one James Kingsley, of Ann Arbor, growled terribly about the name, remarking that if he had not forgotten his Latin, it meant, " Was known, unknown, or forgotten."

Oakland Co. Michigan


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