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TERRITORIAL ROAD

RECOLLECTIONS OF THE "OLD TERRITORIAL ROAD" AND ITS TAVERNS

There was a small log structure just west on the same sideof the road unoccupied, of which we shall have something to say at another time. Dea. Joseph Young lived next in a log house, where his son David now lives; Enoch Stewart had a log house on his "80" opposite. Taylor Stewart's log house was next, and Eberstine lived in the log house on the southeast corner of Andrew Helmer's farm. Mr. Simonds and his son John lived just north of the prairie; and still further north were Betterly, Reese, and Shep-ard; and west of them were Van Woert, Moyer, and the Tobies. Crossing the prairie and turning at Dea. Young's southwesterly, we drove into the woods some two miles further and— "As twilight let her curtain down, And pinned it with a star, " we halted before the new log house, our future home in Michigan. We looked around us for neighbors—nothing but the beautiful oak openings! We were alone in the silent woods.
TERRITORIAL BEGINNINGS. —WHAT WE FOUND HERE. In 1824 there were but six organized counties in the territory of -Michigan. They were Wayne, Monroe, Macomb, Oakland, Mackinaw, and St. Clair. The old land districts with their "land offices, " were as follows: The Detroit district, organized in 1804; the Monroe district, in 1833; the Kalamazoo district, in 1831; and-that of Grand Rapids in 1836. Up to 1824 but 61, 919 acres of land were sold, and this was in the Detroit District, while, in the single year of 1836, 1, 475, 725 acres were sold, and in the whole Territory at that date 4, 000, 000 acres of land were sold.

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