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BRANCH COUNTY

1833 QUINCY


This brings us up to 1833, the. year we celebrate and I must hasten to name the event in memory of which we are come together to-day.
Fifty years ago on New Year's day, the township of Coldwater, of which we were then a part, held its first meeting in the house of John Morse; fifty years ago on the first day of February, the Territorial legislature organized the county of Branch into a separate organization, to take effect on the first day of March. Fifty years ago on the first day of March we began our independent existence as a county; fifty years ago in April the first county election was held. This is then the semi-centennial of the organization of Branch county, as well as of the settlement of the village of Quincy.
John Cornish, having entered his land in the fall of '32, determined to move upon it in the spring of '33, but was hindered in his purpose. But during the summer he put up a little shanty of small logs in which he might live till he could build a frame house. This log cabin stood near where Mr. Havens Wilbur now lives. Into this he moved his family, consisting of a wife and seven children, one having been born in Girard, the first white child born in that township. During the fall he broke up, with Mr. James Burdick's oxen, a small piece of ground and sowed it to wheat, the first wheat sown in the township of Quincy. The nearest house on the east was Mrs. Wilson's, where Ellis Russell was keeping tavern, and the nearest on the west was the double log house at the brick kiln.
Here in this cabin, Mr. John Barnes, a brother of Mrs. Cornish and uncle of Mr. James M. Burdick, died. His relatives at Aliens came up to the funeral.

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