John Sweet, farmer, section 18, Dayton Township, was born in Thorold, Ont., July 10, 1835. His parents were Alonzo and Sophia (Silverthorn) Sweet, the latter a native of Canada. John lived Canada until the fall of 1865, when he came to Michigan and resided at Bow's Corners, in the eastern part of the State, and engaged two years in farming.
In the spring of 1867 he came to Newaygo County and bought 80 acres of wild land on section 18, Dayton Township. He resided here and had 60 acres under good cultivation. He was first married in Port Huron, June 11, 1856, to Rebecca Burdett, a native of Canada. To them were born eight children, viz: Wm. Henry, born July 19, 1857; Helena M., March 4, 1859; John D., November 23, 1860; Elizabeth M., March 25, 1863; Alphonso L., January 8, 1866; Herman E., January 16, 1868; Arthur, February 17, 1869. John D. died September 26, 1861, and one died in infancy. Mrs. Sweet died June 28, 1870, and Mr. Sweet subsequently married Emily Dandford, who was born in England, August 9, 1846.
Mr. Sweet was a member of Dayton Lodge, No. 412, I. O. G. T. In politics he was a Republican.