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EARLY SETTLEMENT OF SOUTHWESTERN MICHIGAN

BY A. B. COPLEY.
June 7, 1882.

In December, 1822, she came with the school to Carey Mission, being only nine years of age; the trip being made on horseback, in her case, where she remained as a pupil and help till the mission closed. In July 1829, she married Elmer Emmons, and on leaving Carey lived a few years on her claim which had been selected by her husband near Dorr Prairie, Ind., and then moved on section ten, in Howard township, Cass county, where her husband died in 1870, leaving a fine farm of 240 acres, which is still in her possession. Since her husband's death she has resided with her daughters, who are married and well settled in Keeler township, Van Buren county. As may be inferred from her position as pupil in the school, she has some Indian blood in her veins; but it in no wise detracts from her appearance, or that of her intelligent daughters. Her memory of events is good, recollecting perfectly well Gen. Cass, Major Long, and other notables whose business called them to the mission. She has been quite a reader till lately her eyesight is somewhat impaired. A sampler worked at the school when a girl is about the only relic she has of her school-days. I think she must be the oldest resident of the State, in the Lower Peninsula, outside of Wayne, Macomb, and Monroe counties.

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