Thomas Ariss, retired farmer, Remus, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., Can., July 3, 1833. He is a son of James and Mary (Bacheldor) Ariss, natives of England. Mr. Ariss made his first venture in life as a lumberman, and spent some years in the woods and in "chopping fallows." He was married Aug. 14, 1854, to Myra Smith, a native of Canada, and they have had nine children, three of whom are living: James was born April 26, 1858; John, April 22, 1860; Thomas, April 23, 1862. The mother died, and Mr. Ariss came to Wheatland Tp., in the spring of 1862, and settled on sec. 23, where he bought 160 acres of land and pursued farming.
In 1880 he came to this place and settled, being one of the founders of Remus. He was again married March 3, 186-, in Mecosta County, to Catherine, daughter of Alexander and Nancy (Campbell) McLeod, who were natives of Scotland. The daughter was born in Russell Ont., Can., June 15, 1840. Nine children have been born of this marriage, as follows: William F., Aug. 8, 186-; George, Oct. 19, 186-; Mary A., April 24, 1869; Alvira, July 17,1871; Benjamin N., June 25, 1873, William V., May 1, 1875; Emily, Aug. 19, 1877, Bruce, March 19, 1880; Viola, March 4, 1883.
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