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THE EARLY HISTORY Of MICHIGAN

BY HON. EDWARD W. PECK

I returned home and worked on my father's farm until Oct. 1, 1831, when having decided to become a citizen of Michigan, I left my native town and came to Michigan, expecting to attack the forest. I was the owner of some timbered land in Washtenaw county. I had some axes secured in the bottom of my chest, which contained my clothing suitable for farmers' use. Coming tip Lake Erie on a steamboat, my purpose was changed, and I settled in Troy, Oakland county, and engaged in merchandising, which business I continued for some sixteen years. Troy was one of the earliest settled towns in Oakland county, in the east and southeast part of Oakland county adjoining Macomb county on the east. The first land bought in the township was Feb. 12, 1819, under the two dollar act, and from that date up to 1830, the lands were rapidly taken under the ten shilling act, and at that date a large proportion, probably three fourths of the whole was taken, and on February 17, 1836, the last description in the township was taken.
The pioneer society of Oakland county has on its records the names of those making the entries, the date of entries, and the, descriptions of all the lands in the township, a valuable paper, obtained at the United States land office at Detroit, by the Hon. vice president, O. Poppleton, and from the same paper I have gathered some thoughts, facts and statistics which I am at liberty "to use. The rapidity with which the lands in Troy were taken is' remarkable, when we take this fact into consideration, that they were nearly all heavily timbered with oak, some beech and maple, white wood, black walnut, hickory and many other varieties, requiring not only physical strength, but perseverance, indomitable courage and energy.

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