This page contains biographical sketches (full or extract) of former Hillsdale County residents.
The majority come from pre-1921 published sources as cited in the sketch.
Phillip B. Taber *
William Taylor *
Lucas H. Terpening *
William Terpening *
Dr. Daniel W. Timms
George R. Trumble *
Andrew J. Tuttle
Portrait & Biographical Album of Hillsdale County Michigan 1888, Chapman Bros. page 662
[NOTE: The following is an extract of the original sketch]
Phillip B. TABER, of Litchfield Twp., was b. 2/11/1810 in Westport, RI.
His parents were Peleg and Hannah (SISSON) Taber, who were also natives of Westport, where Peleg was a blacksmith.
Phillip Taber came to southern Mich. in 1835. His parents joined him in 1843 and, in the fall of '43, Peleg died, aged 65, in Litchfield Twp. Hannah died many years later, aged 85, at the home of her dau. in Springfield, IL.
Phillip, two brothers and three uncles went together to buy a one-half interest in a quarter section of land for $700. Phillip cleared his portion single-handedly.
In 1845 he marr. Ellen AMES, the dau. of Anson Ames, who brought his family from VT to MI in 1840.
Phillip and Ellen had five children:
* Alinda, wife of Frederick SHIP of Eaton Co., and mother of Arthur, Jay, Alice and Flora Ship.
* Henry who died at the age of 23.
* Wilber, who marr. Cora MILLER. He died aged 27, leaving his widow and son Albert.
* Cornelia, wife of H. FENTON of Scipio Twp., and mother of Lazella and Caddis Fenton.
* Milo, who marr. Jennie BROWN of Scipio. They lived on the family farm with his parents.
Compendium of History and Biography of Hillsdale County Michigan. Chicago: AW Bowen & Co 2 Parts - Fully Historical and Largely Biographical (1903) page 322.
The American republic, with its once boundless wealth of unoccupied land, which has not inaptly been called "the great charity of God to the human race;" has laid every clime and nation of the civilized world, and many portions not civilized, under tribute for its development and for the expansion of its greatness, being particularly indebted to good old England for a sturdy and productive element of its population.
In this element William TAYLOR, now one of the well-to-do and enterprising farmers of Fayette township in this county, has an honored place. He is a scion of old English families, being born near London, on April 23, 1848. His parents were George and Sarah (HOUGH) TAYLOR, also natives of England, belonging to families resident in that country from time immemorial. Farmers in the old country, they came to the United States in 1854, settling in Ontario county, New York.
After a residence of some years there they moved to Wayne County, where, in course of time the mother died, since which event and for a number of years the father has been a resident of Michigan. They were the parents of seven sons and one daughter, and three of the sons live in Hillsdale county. Two sons served gallantly in the Union army during the Civil War as members of New York regiments, winning high praise by their valor and other soldierly capabilities.
William TAYLOR grew to manhood and received a common-school education in Ontario county, New York, and, after leaving school he continued to work on the paternal farm, In 1875 he moved to Akron, Ohio, rented a farm in the neighborhood of the city, living on this and working it successfully for eleven years, then, in 1866 [sic – 1886?], he came to Michigan and purchased the farm of sixty-six acres on which he has since resided, it being a part of the old Chauncey STIMSON place. This he has greatly improved and developed, for it is now one of the most desirable little farms in this part of the county.
In 1871 he was married in New York, to Miss Julia CASE, a native of that state. They have two children, Laura, wife of G. E. DONAHUE, of this county, and Irma, living at the father's home. His wife died on November 20, 1900.
The second marriage occurred on October 15, 1902, with Mrs. Ada (WIXSON) RENNISON, a native of Kalamazoo county, Mich., being a daughter of Asa and Jane (REED) WIXSON, the father a native of Canada and the mother of Michigan. The lives of both ended in Kalamazoo county.
In political faith Mr. TAYLOR, has been a lifelong Republican, but he has never taken an active part in the management of his party or sought any official position for himself, although giving its policies and candidates his firm and helpful support. He is cordially and intelligently interested in the welfare of his community, especially in the progress and improvement of the line of industry in which he is engaged, being therefore an active and zealous member of the grange in his neighborhood. Among the men of thrift and enterprise in the township none stand higher in public esteem and confidence.
Compendium of History and Biography of Hillsdale County Michigan_ Elon G. Reynolds, ed Chicago: AW Bowen & Co
Part First - Hillsdale County Michigan Fully Historical 1903 -page 323
Lucas H. TERPENING:
Born: 15 Feb 1830, Cayuga Co NY
Parents: John E. TERPENING and Harriet HOLLISTER
Married: 1) 1851 Amanda CADWELL (Amanda of Saratoga Co NY)
Married: 2) 1898 Ann BRYANT (native of Vermont)
Died: after 1903
Children: Charles H. TERPENING, 1 other deceased by 1903.
Other: Grandfather Lucas TERPENING served in War of 1812. Lucas came to Hillsdale in 1856. Elected at supervisor of 3rd Ward of Hllsdale city in 1896, and 1903. also school inspector and census enumerator. (More info on John & Lucas Sr. in this bio)
From the Portrait & Biographical Album of Hillsdale Co., Mich., 1888, p.234.
William TERPENING was a leading farmer and stock-raiser in Reading Twp., Hillsdale Co. His 170 acre farm was beautifully located on the borders of Long Lake. He raised cattle of the Durham strain and Poland-China swine, as well as sheep. He owned a fine thoroughbred draft stallion, called Gray Duke, and much other livestock.
William was born in Clifton Park, Saratoga Co., NY, on 5/31/1818. His parents, Lucas and Jane (FALING) Terpening, were also natives of that county, whence, after the birth of their children, they removed to Cayuga Co., NY, settling in Ira Twp.
There they built the home in which they spent their remaining days, the father dying at the age of 64 and the mother at 44 years. There were eleven children in the family, William being the seventh born. All grew to maturity, married and reared families.
William grew up and was educated in Cayuga Co. It was there that he married Ranette HUNT. She also was born in
Saratoga Co. and came to Cayuga Co. as a young woman, with her parents. She died there, in the home where she had spent her wedded life, at about 40 years of age.
She left two daughters. The elder, Maldanett, is now the wife of James HOTALING, of Ira Twp., Cayuga Co. The younger, Tammey, now the wife of O. P. Taber, is living near Remington, Jasper Co., Ind.
William met and married his second wife in Painesville, OH, in 1864. She was the former Miss Addie ROGERS, born near
that same town in 1844. Her parents were George and Elizabeth (FORD) Rogers. The father died in OH before reaching middle age. The mother is now the wife of Stillman POST and they live in Allen Twp., Hillsdale Co.
Addie grew up in Painesville and received an excellent education at the academy there. She and William have one child, George W. M. He married Emma MEIGS of this (Reading) township and works with his father in managing his extensive farming interests.
William is widely known and highly esteemed. In politics he is a Republican.
Compendium of History and Biography of Hillsdale County Michigan. Elon G. Reynolds, ed Chicago: AW Bowen & Co. Part First - Hillsdale County Michigan Fully Historical 1903 - page 394-95. Photo available.
NOTE: This is an extract of the full article.
Dr. Daniel W. TIMMS was born in Oxford, England 24 Nov 1824. His parents were John and Ann TIMMS. They came to the United States about 1831 and settled in Palmyra NY. They came to Michigan 5 years later (c. 1835) settling in Wheatland Twp. Hillsdale Co. MI.
John TIMMS died "the next year" (c. 1836) and Ann died 30 Jul 1884. There were 6 children - 3 still living as of 1903 - William & John (Daniel passed away in 1882) and a daughter, Mrs. VOORHEES, a resident of Grand Rapids (MI).
Daniel attended Spring Arbor and Albion Seminary, and began the study of medicine under Dr. HALL of Hudson and Dr. DELAVAN of Moscow. He entered the medical college at Columbus OH and graduated in 1849 with a M.D. He started his career in Rollin, Lenawee Co., then came to Wheatland Twp. Hillsdale Co. After 14 years, he moved to Moscow and lived there until his death 27 Oct 1882.
Daniel married Miss Sarah A. MALLORY 3 Jun 1849. She is the daughter of Azariah & Azubah WHITE MALLORY. They had no children, but adopted a son, Frank M. TIMMS. After Daniel's death, Sarah married Henry MCCOWEN, a native of Pennsylvania, born 1820 and a pioneer of 1845 in Michigan.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Hillsdale Co., MI, 1888, p.549
George R. TRUMBLE is one of the most properous farmers and stock breeders of Wheatland Twp. He started out in life, at the age of twenty-one, without a cent in his pocket and is now the owner of 224 acres of well-cultivated land and one of the best homesteads in this county. Furthermore, he is well-respected by his neighbors.
George was born in the town of Half Moon, Saratoga Co., NY, Aug. 2, 1825, the son of Ebenezer and Eve (LOCY) Trumble, who were also natives of the Empire State where the father was born Aug. 11, 1794, and the mother in 1792. Ebenezer served an apprenticeship at the weaver's trade early in life, and in about 1827 removed from Saratoga Co. to western NY State where he carried on farming for six or seven years. In 1834, accompanied by his family, he made his way to Mich. Terr. and settled on an 80 acre tract of Government land in Wheatland Twp.
The family's first home was a log house erected by Ebenezer which they occupied until 1851 when the old rooftree gave way to a substantial frame dwelling built by our subject, George. Later Ebenezer moved across the road to another farm, the buildings of which he put into good repair, and where the mother died on July 4, 1862. Some time later Mr. Trumble married a second time at the age of 72 years. On Oct. 5, 1878, he died at his home in Wheatland Twp. The mother of our subject was a good woman in the broadest sense of the term and was a long-standing member of the Free Will Baptist Church. She bore Mr. Trumble ten children, all of whom reached mature years but three only are now still living. They were: Mary A. who married John Thompson of NY State before the removal of the family West; Alanson; Leonard; Mariah; Sarah J.; George R., our subject; Arcena; Rhoda A.; Jackson and Matilda. George R. was the third son and sixth child and was ten years old when the family came to Mich. He was educated in an old-fashioned log schoolhouse and worked on the farm with his father until reaching maturity.
The young man of that day, in contrast to the present generation, did not hesitate in the establishment of a home of his own before he was provided with a competency, for the young women were brave and industrious enough to be willing to assist their husbands in the building up of the homestead. Our subject therefore was about this time untied in marriage, March 7, 1851, with Miss Susan E. DUNN, who was born in Phelps Twp., Ontario Co., NY. She is the daughter of Thomas and Asenath (BARBER) Dunn, natives respectively, of England and of the Empire State, the father born in 1794 and the mother in 1799. They came to Mich. in the spring of 1844, and both died the following September 23rd, about eight hours apart, and were buried in the same grave in Hillsdale. Besides Mrs. Trumble their only other child was Mary A., the wife of Sheppard BELLAMY of Hillsdale.
Mr. and Mrs. Trumble began their married life on the homestead they still occupy today. Their union was blessed by the birth of five children. Jackson D. married Lucy STOCKFORD, who died, and he then married Mrs. Ellen HUDNUT, nee BROWN; he is farming in Somerset Twp., this county. John W. married Ellen STIMPSON and is framing in Wheatland Twp. Mary A., now Mrs. Edward LAPHAM, lives in Rollin Twp., Lenawee Co., and is the mother of one child, Laura. Fanny N. is the wife of George B. SWEEZEY, Principal of the graded school of North Adams, and they have one child, Lucile. Tena is pursuing her studies at North Adams. Mr. Trumble in late years has taken much interest in raising fine stock and takes pride in his efforts to excel. Politically he is a Democrat. Although not connected with any church organization, he makes it a point to follow the precepts of the Golden Rule.
submitted by Katherine Paty, Tempe, AZ
Portrait and Biographical Album of Hillsdale Co., Mich., 1888, p. 458.
Andrew J. TUTTLE was b. 4/13/1833, near Canandaga, NY, the son of Benjamin and Arminda (FREER) Tuttle.
Benjamin was born on Long Island where he grew to manhood. He moved to Ontario Co., NY and served an apprenticeship as a hatter, which trade he followed in NY state until 1844.
Benjamin and Arminda were married in Ontario Co., which was the county of her birth. At the time of their move to Mich., in 1845, they had nine children. Three more were born in Mich. They settled in Wright Twp., Hillsdale Co., not far from Adrian. The family labored to clear the land and to build their house.
Benjamin also worked as a hatter in Adrian for several years until the farm was sufficient to support the family. It eventually became one of the finest farms in Wright Twp. Benjamin died there 4/9/1871 and Arminda seven years later when she was 62 years old.
Andrew lived with his parents until he was 21 years old, then set out on his own, working for $15 a month and saving his wages until, four years later, he was able to purchase the tract of timber land on which is located his present farm (1888). He continued working by the month for another four years, meanwhile clearing his own land. For the next three years he operated a sawmill on shares, a successful venture which enabled him finally to devote all his time and attention to his own farm.
On 8/16/1859, Andrew was marr. to Mary BRYANT, dau. of Nathaniel and Caroline (DANIELS) Bryant. Mary was born 5/23/1839 in Wright Twp.
Andrew and Mary had one son, Byron, born 8/27/1860. Byron marr. Emma CAMP, also of Wright Twp. They and their three children, Mary, Henry and Lely, live on the old homestead of their grandparents, Benjamin and Arminda Tuttle.
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