ROBERT FISHER, farmer, section 18, Big Prairie Township, was born Feb. 2, 1837, in Oakland Co., Mich., and is the son of Christopeher C. and Mary (Wilber) Fisher, both of whom were born near Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The father was born in January, 1792, and was a soldier of the war of 1812. He was of Dutch lineage and died in Oakland County, in 1867. The mother was born in 1801 and died in 1857, in the same county where her husband died ten years later. She was of New England Puritan descent.
The family removed to Ann Arborwhen the son was four years of age, going two years later to Ypsilanti and thence to Holly, where they lived 18 years. The death of the mother occurred in 1857, which event disrupted the home circle. The place was sold and Mr. Fisher set out for himself in life. He had spent some time working by the month and learned the cooper's trade, after which he worked at carpentry in order to perfect himself in the use of tools. The spring following the death of his mother he came to Newaygo, where he established his home. He owns 100 acres of land, with 90 acres in advanced cultivation, with good and suitable buildings and other improvements. He belongs to the Republican element in politics.
Mary E. (Barton) Fisher, wife of Robert Fisher, is the daughter of Hon. James Barton of Big Prairie. (See sketch). Their marriage occurred Sept. 26, 1861, in Big Prairie Township. Arthur Fisher, adopted son, was born Aug. 29, 1866.