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Early Michigan

Oliver Williams

SKETCH Of THE LIFE OP OLIVER WILLIAMS AND FAMILY,
READ BEFORE THE MICHIGAN STATE PIONEER SOCIETY AT ITS ANNUAL MEETING,
FEBRUARY 2d, 1876,
BY B. O. WILLIAMS.

Nothing but a desire to aid in supplying a few links to the historic chain that our society is yearly forging for the benefit of those who will follow us, could induce one fully conscious that a lack of an early education in consequence of having been reared in the back woods, has unfitted him for the task of writing an account of the early experiences of those who through many trials of sickness and the privations incident to all early settlers, with true Yankee energy and enterprize, moved a large family of small children, in the year 1815, from Old Concord, Massachusetts, to Detroit, in the country then called the North-west Territory. That early removal was in consequence of, or rather was hastened by, the destruction and entire loss of a large property and business which my father, Oliver Williams, had built up for himself in Detroit and along the frontiers, in the mercantile and fur trade, by the war of 1812.

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