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EARLY SETTLEMENT OF SOUTHWESTERN MICHIGAN

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

or pay, unless it was some help in return on the farm; counselling settlers and Indians alike, arbitrating disputes, pettifogging his neighbors' lawsuits with clock peddlers and fanning mill men, which were not unusual in the early history of Michigan, and almost invariably winning the case over the village lawyers. Money was no object to him, and he did not waste his time in acquiring it. His wants were few; only in the coldest weather would he wear a coat, rarely a hat. Pantaloons, faced with buckskin or leggins, a red flannel shirt open at the throat at allJ seasons, was his ordinary costume. In politics he was a whig, being enthusiastic for Harry of the West, and the first political speech in Volinia, Cass county, was by him in favor of the great commoner. Thompson emigrated to California, where he died in 1850. Baldwin Jenkins was a direct descendant of the Boone type of pioneers-In 1799 his father moved from Pennsylvania to the Cumberland valley, Tennessee. The son was born at Fort Jenkins, Penn. The family afterwards moved to Green county, Ohio, from which place Mr. Jenkins emigrated to Michigan. He was a man of uncommon ability, possessing a marvelous memory, —could tell the state of the weather for years past, and also what he was doing on any day inquired about. He could recall minutely events that had transpired years previously, and knew the name and age of every inhabitant of the neighborhood. He was the first justice of the peace in Cass county, one of the first county judges appointed under the territorial law, and a member of the first constitutional convention.

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