Mrs. Cynthia C. Carlisle, Hesperia, was born in Cattaraugus Co., N. Y., March 4, 1850. She is a daughter of Reuben and Anna E. (White) Dake, natives of New York. Mrs. Carlisle attended the common schools of Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties, and lived at home with her parents until the fall of 1870, when she came with them to the State of Michigan, locating in Denver Township, this County. Here she was married, Sept. 25, 1870, to Mr. J. L., son of Jacob and Hannah (Simmons) Carlisle. Mr. Carlisle was born in Oakland County, this State, May 14, 1843, and remained with his parents until he was 19 years old, when he began to learn the masons trade. He soon completed his scholarship, and was known and acknowledged as a skillful workman.
In June, 1862, he enlisted in Co. E, 21st Mich. Vol. Inf., and participated in many hard-fought battles. In one of these numerous engagements he was disabled for duty, and on application received an
honorable discharge and returned home. Here he soon recuperated, and again enlisted in the defense of his country. Again he met with an accident, and this time it left him a cripple for life. While being transferred from Nashville to Chattanooga the train was wrecked, and Mr. C. was among the unfortunates. His thigh was so badly crushed he was compelled to have the limb amputated. After he was discharged he returned home, and after a long spell of illness he sufficiently recuperated to resume again his trade, which he worked at until 1874, when he became stage-driver between Hesperia and Fremont. This position he held until July 1, 1883, and on Aug. 10 of the same year was drowned in the White River.
Mr. Carlisle left four children to the care of his beloved wife, all living, and born as follows: Edith M., Sept. 14, 1871; Charles I., May 1, 1873; Minnie, Dec. 13, 1876; John, June 3, 1878.
Mrs. Carlisle is an active worker and member of the M. E. Church.