||Daniel R. Joslin
Daniel R. Joslin, the second oldest pioneer settler in Newaygo County.
He was born Sept. 1, 1816, in Madison County, N. Y., and was a son of Daniel
and Martha (Jenks) Joslin. Before he was a year old his parents removed to
Cohocton, Steuben Co., N. Y., where he remained until 1836. Meanwhile his
brother, John J. Joslin, had located at Utica, Macomb Co., Mich., and he went
there when he was 20 years old and remained a year.
In 1837 he came to
Grand Haven, where he obtained employ as a sawyer and acted in that capacity
two seasons, operating as a lumberman in the succeeding winters. In 1839 he
went to Muskegon, where he found ready employ because of his skilled ability
in the management of mill machinery. In 1843 he went to Croton, Newaygo County,
where he rented a mill of Joachim & Bone, which he stocked and operated one year,
shipping the products to Chicago. The next year (1844) he went to Allegan,
Michigan, and after a residence of three years he went to Saugatuck and opened a
grocery, which he managed one year. In 1848 he went to Manistee and engaged in
his former occupation in a mill, continuing two years. In 1850 he returned to
Newaygo County and purchased 320 acres of land in the township of Fremont,
becoming with his family the first permanent settler in the township. He
retained the ownership of the property until 1883, when he disposed of it by
exchange, receiving as part payment a house and lot in what is now the
village of Newaygo, where he was a resident and variously employed in
different mills. He owned considerable property at Newaygo.
Mr. Joslin was married in Allegan, to Sarah A. Yeldom, a native of England,
born near London, in 1826. Of eight children to them Daniel (1st) and David
died young. Daniel D. was a manager of Squier's Mills, located six miles
south of Newaygo, Ellis was the wife of James Odell, druggist at Fremont,
Franklin lived at Newaygo, Fleety A. was the second daughter, Fremont
Jackson was the first white child born in Fremont Township and was named
there for, the town having been named a few days before his birth and
Byron was a job printer at Newaygo. The Mrs. Joslin died Dec. 2, 1860.
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