James Dalziel, farmer, on secs. 33 and 34, Green Tp., was born in Westchester Co. N.Y., June 18, 1835. He is the eldest son of Alexander and Jeanette (Patterson) Dalziel, both of Scotland extraction. They came to the United States in 1830, and soon after settled in Oakland Co. Mich., where the mother died, and the father sold his property, removing to Detroit with his family.
Mr. Dalziel was then very young, and after remaining a year in Detroit went to Genesee County with a man named Jonas Valentine. He remained with him one year, and then became an inmate with the family of Robert Staley, a pioneer of Flint. He was in Mr. Staley’s charge five years, when he returned to the protection of Mr. Valentine. Eighteen months afterwards his father came and took him to Michigan. He went to Big Prairie, Newaygo County and lived there 12 years. He next moved to Green Tp.
Mr. Dalziel was married in April 1858, to Jane Currie, a native of Canada, and daughter of Peter and Catherine (Sterling) Currie. Two of their four children are living; W.H. and Catherine Jane. Mr. Dalziel is a Republican in political faith, has been Supervisor three terms, and served three years as Town Commissioner. He own 195 acres of land in Green Tp.