James M. Dean, farmer, section 9, Sheridan Township, is a son of Francis and Margaret (De Long) Dean, the former a native of Connecticut and the latter of Delaware. He was born in Tompkins Co., N. Y., April 7, 1831.
At the age of 21 he left New York and came to Newaygo County, where he has since resided. In
the spring of 1879 he purchased 60 acres of partly improved land in Sheridan Township, where he is
now living, and has 35 acres under cultivation.
He was married in Bridgeton Township, Aug. 5, 1855, to Amanda, daughter of Benjamin and Betsey
Whitman, all natives of Vermont. Mr. and Mrs. Dean have had five children, four surviving: Frank
E., Alma. J., Willard E. and Gertie R. Arthur died when five years old. In politics Mr. Dean is a Nat-
ional, and himself and wife are members of the Baptist Church.