Andrew Mudge, farmer and carpenter, section 6, Beaver Township, was born in Canada West, July 30, 1832. He is a son of Micha C. and Emmeline (Godfrey) Mudge, natives of Canada, now residing in Benton Harbor, Mich. They came to Kent County in 1838, and settled in Vergennes, where the son was educated and brought up a practical farmer.
He learned the trade of shoemaker when 20 years old, at which he worked in various places. He finally established a boot and shoe trade in Berrien County, which he conducted seven years. In 1869 he entered a claim of 160 acres of land in Beaver Township, under the provisions of the Homestead Act, on which he settled on the first day of December. He still holds his original tract, a portion of which he has cleared and shows a finely advanced state of cultivation. Mr. M. belongs to the Republican party and has officiated in some the most important positions in the local government of the township, among them those of Supervisor, Justice of the Peace, Clerk and School Inspector. He held the office of Director nine successive years.
Mr. Mudge was married in Vergennes in 1853, to L. Lucinda Cross. She was born in Canada Dec. 1, 1834, and is the daughter of Abel and Rhoda (Ford) Cross, natives of the State of New York. The family of eight children of Mrs. and Mrs. Mudge have nearly all reached the period of adult age and are mostly settled in life, all having chosen their vocations. Oliver D. is a farmer; Morris E. is a blacksmith; Edson H. is a printer; Elliott M., Cassius M., Archilles C. and Linneus S. are farmers, Marion M. is an artist and photographer.