||John H. Canovan
John H. Canovan was born in Greene Co., N.Y., June 27, 1842. His parents, John and maria (Plank) Canovan, lived in New York 15 years; father was a native of Ireland and mother of New York. They came to Michigan in 1854 and settled in Kalamazoo county.
John H. came to this State with his parents when he was 12 years of age, and remained at home until he was 21. He was engaged in various occupations for eight years, and since that time was engaged in farming. He was manager of the farm of Crepin, Murphy & Son, in Sherman Township. Oct. 18, 1874.
He was married, in Newaygo County, to Rebecca E., daughter of Willis and Mary Covell, who was born in New York Sept. 30, 1853. Her parents were natives of that State, and came to Michigan in 1855, first settling in Kent County, and afterwards removed to Newaygo, where Mrs. Covell died, in 1872. Mrs. Canovan was but two years of age when her parents came to this State, and remained at home until her marriage.
Mr. and Mrs. Canovan had one child, James H., born June 27, 1875. On Aug.28, 1864, Mr. Canovan enlisted in the 1st Regt. Mich. Eng. & Mech., and served ten months, receiving his honorable discharge at Washington, D.C. After his return from the army he resumed his farm labor. The farm of which he was sole manager contains about 400 acres, and seven men were constantly employed. Mr. Canovan was a Democrat.
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