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Michigan

BRANCH COUNTY

The same year the first post office west of Ypsilanti was established at White Pigeon, and John Mitchel contracted to carry the mails, and the first mail-boy, on horseback, might be seen wending his way along the Indian trail yonder, each way every week during summer, and every two weeks in winter. On October 28, 1829, the Legislature organized this part of the State into a county and called it "Branch, " after John Branch, of North Carolina. Every democrat of this county may have this one unchangeable and felicitous fact to solace him in all his political misfortunes, viz.: that he lives in a county that was organized by a democratic legislature, under a democratic governor, and named after a democratic secretary of war, under a democratic president, and that president, General Andrew Jackson. In 1830, Hugh Campbell entered the first land in the limits of what is now Coldwater. He was followed, the same year, by Mr. Bolton, who settled two miles east, and by John Morse, Mr. Bingham, Robert and William Cross, Allen Tibbits, and others. This same year Morris Wilson made the purchase of 320 acres, located in sections 12, 13, and 14. He first put up a little hut on the northeast corner of section 14, and broke up and planted a small prairie to corn. In the same summer he built a log house on the site of the Andrews property. He purchased the first land, built the first house, plowed the first furrow, planted the first corn, sowed the first oats, and kept the first tavern in the township of Quincy.

BRANCH COUNTY MICHIGAN


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