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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF
WILLIAM A. BURT,

BY GEORGE H. CANNON.
June 7, 1882.

Returning to his family he continued to work at mechanical pursuits for some years. The region of country in which he resided presented a marked contrast to the broad prairies and fertile lands passed over on his western trip, and in 1822 he again came into the Michigan territory, this time seeking to find some locality to which he might remove his family, also entertaining the hope of engaging upon the public land surveys, which were then in progress in southern Michigan. He brought with him letters of introduction to Gen. Cass and Gov. Woodbridge, who became his personal friends. The surveying prospects were not promising, and he left Detroit and came out to Auburn in Oakland county, where he engaged in mill building, where in company with Mr. Allen that season and the next he erected a number of mills in that county. In the fall of that year he made a selection of land which he purchased for a home, the description being for the southwest quarter of section 31, now township of Washington in Macomb county. The western border of the county was but just being settled, the first purchase of land having been made in 1821, the United States surveys of the townships of Washington and Shelby having been made only four years before. In the spring of 1824 he moved his family and effects to Michigan, arriving in Detroit May 10. Proceeding to Auburn he obtained of Captain Parke two yoke of oxen and a wagon, with which he brought out his family and household goods, settling there for the time being, and in the autumn of that year moved on to his place, having erected thereon a good log house. In the fall of 1826 Mr. Burt was elected a member of the territorial legislature, serving in the winter of 1826-7. The council assembled in the territorial capitol at Detroit, Lewis Cass being territorial governor.

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