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Montcalm County was formed in 1831 from Ionia, its parent county. According to the 1990 census, the population of Montcalm County was 53,059. The County consists of 713 square miles of prime farm land, numerous communities and beautiful lakes. Stanton is the county seat.
According to records, Judge (later Governor) Epaphroditus Ransom, made the first purchase of land in what is now known as Montcalm County.
The first land transfer, other than those from government land grants was recorded on October 18, 1837 when Benjamin Young of Phelps, Ontario Co., New York transferred a parcel of land to Carso Craneof the same city in New York.
Newcomb J. Ireland was the county's first Register of Deeds. He made his first entry a transfer of land from the State of Michigan to one Ebenezer Salyer.
The probable first settler was found in the wild lands of Montcalm County in the Spring of 1837, by Thomas Cornell, the Ionia County Surveyor. Mr. Cornell came upon Luther Lincoln and his young son of about 13 years of age, living near the junction of the Flat River and the Black Creek.
The first marriage on the books of Montcalm County was that of Benjamin A. Weaverand Gertrude Stockholm. The marriage took place in Greenville on March 19, 1851. Wilson Mosher,a minister of the gospel performed the marriage.
First court proceedings in Montcalm County took place June 21, 1853 before JudgeMartin in Greenville. Both proceeding were divorce cases: Washington D. Coons vs. Martha E. Coons and Mary West vs. John West.
Most likely, the first white man to make
a permanent home in Ferris Township, which included present day Home, Richland and Day Townships, was Edward Wolbert. He built a
cabin in the corner of the township which would be atthe present day location of the area east of M-66 and north ofLake Montcalm
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