JOHN BROTHERTON, farmer, section 32, Dayton Township, was born in Ohio, July 15, 1826. His parents were Abel and Clara (Griffin) Brotherton, the former a native of New York and the latter of Connecticut. They first settled in New York and afterward moved to Ohio. When JOhn came to Michigan he first settled in Lenawee County, and came to Newaygo County in the winter of 1854, when he took up 160 acres of good land on sections 32 and 33, where he now resides; 75 acres are under improvement. He has since purchased 40 acres more and now owns 200 acres of land.
Mr. Brotherton was married in Lenawee Co., Mich., in 1847, to Helen, daughter of Weston and Sophia Tenney, the father a native of Massachusetts, and the mother of New York. They first settled in the latter State and afterward moved to Lenawee Co., Mich. Mrs. Brotherton was the youngest of three children and was born in New York, Aug. 17, 1830. Mr. and Mrs. B. have two children, Ophelia and May. Mr. B. has been Supervisor, Highway Commissioner, and was County Superintendent of the Poor six years. In politics he is a Greenbacker. Mr. and Mrs. Brotherton are charter members of Fremont Grange, No. 494, P. of H.