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St. Joseph County

By Judge William H. Cross

During that fall and winter (1826), we built our log cabin, and for more than a year and a half it was the extreme cabin of the settlement on the east side of the river, and on the main trail up and down the river, and at least a score of Indians passed our place to one white man. At this time there was only Thomas Griswold, William Smith, Hugh Hillick, and Timothy Nash on the east side of the river above Brownville. In 1828 Col. Hixson built over the line in Washtenaw county, and then we ceased to be the outskirts of the settlement. In 1827 Musgrove Evans, being superintendent of the Chicago road I petitioned the secretary of war to straighten the great bend in the road caused by following the trail up the river. Permission being given, Mr,', Evans went east about three and a half miles from the river, and bearing a great deal southerly brought the crossing of the river in Lenawee county although it bent up north some after crossing and struck the old line about five miles west, near Evans lake.

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