MICHAEL MOSES, farmer, section 23, Garfield Township, was born in Germany, May 29, 1844. He is a son of Joseph and Mary A. (Tray) Moses, who came to Quebec, Canada, with their family in 1855. the parents were German by birth, and the father died in Norwich, Oxford Co., Can., Dec. 22, 1879, aged 75 years and six months. The mother is still a resident of that place.
Mr. Moses went to Batavia, Genesee Co., N.Y., in 1859, and was variously occupied there until he enlisted as a soldier of the Civil War. He enrolled Oct. 17, 1861, in Co. K, 12th N.Y. Vol. Inf., Capt. A. Root, and remained in the service until Sept. 9, 1862, when he was discharged because of disability. He was in the action at Fairfax Court-House and in several minor engagements. He returned to the Province of Ontario and engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1866, when he came to Tuscola Co., Mich., and interested himself several successive winters in lumbering, combining farming with his labors in the woods.
Mr. Moses was married at Clio, Genesee Co., Mich., March 22, 1867, to Adaline, daughter of James B. and Rhoda A, Sigsby, a native of New York, born May 14, 1847. Of their marriage six children have been born, Adaline, Mary A. Martha, Teresa, Michael and Frederick.
In 1868 Mr. Moses bought 40 acres of land in Birch Run Township, Saginaw County, which he retained until the fall of 1870, when he disposed of the place and with his family and effects drove through Newaygo County. He at once purchased 40 acres of land where he now resides, and took possession. He has since purchased an additional 40 which, like his first investment, was all heavily timbered. He has 65 acres in a first class condition and imporved with good buildings, orchards and all fixtures common with well-to-do farmers.