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EARLY SETTLEMENT OF SOUTHWESTERN MICHIGAN

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

Marrying again in 1813 Jeremiah removed to Delaware, where he continued farming. It was near this point, where the troops marching north, passed, and the prisoners captured at Perry's victory on their way to Chillicothe for safe keeping. Among the earliest recollections of Daniel the subject of our sketch, are those of seeing the troops as they encamped in the open timber near his father's home. In the fall of 1816 Jeremiah removed to the town of Delaware, occupying one half of a house, into the other half of which soon after, removed the parents of Rutherford B. Hayes. In 1817 the family became scattered, owing to the death of the step mother, and Daniel went to live with Paul E. Butler, —his father being then engaged in buying furs and trapping in the marshes of Lake Erie. In the winter of 1818 Daniel attended school at Sandusky in Fort Stevenson Barracks, and the boys found no difficulty in supplying themselves from the embankments of this fort with lead for shot and slugs with which to shoot duck as well as for lead pencils, of their own manufacture. These were the relics of the brave Croghan and his little band, who with their small six pounders loaded with leaden balls, so gallantly defended, the fort against superior numbers and repelled the British foe and their Indian allies. In the spring of 1819 a little company of venturesome pioneers, of whom Jeremiah Harrington was the leader, started for Saginaw Bay, on a fur trading expedition, and after much persuasion,

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