Biography of Erastus Congdon

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Erastus Congdon was the third of six children of George and Sallie Palmer Congdon, and was born Feb. 20, 1799, in Clarendon, Vt. In 1823, having grown to manhood, he emigrated to Yates Co., N. Y., where he was married to Miss Emma Sperry, in the fall of 1830, a native of Bennington, Vt. Mr. and Mrs. Congdon remained in the Empire State until 1834, when the vast resources of the West attracted them, and influenced their removal to Michigan, where they purchased a tract of land in Kalamazoo County. In the spring of 1839 they disposed of this property, and followed their relative, Mr. J. O. Round, to Hopkins, where Mr. Congdon secured from government one hundred and sixty acres on section 26. To the business of farming he then devoted his attention, with occasional speculations in land. Mrs. Congdon died in July, 1863, and her husband survived until May 3, 1871, when his death occurred. After this event the homestead was purchased by their son Albert who was the fourth in a family of ten children. Mr. Congdon was the earliest postmaster in Hopkins, and held many positions of responsibility in the township.

His son Albert married, in 1861. Miss Mary A. Ingerson, whose parents were among the pioneers of the township. Their hearth was enlivened by the presence of three children, Laviaia, born Jan. 13, 1863 Frank, whose birth occurred Oct. 13, 1865 and Addie, born March 18, 1869, who died Dec. 30, 1869.

The family of Congdons have occupied since their advent in Hopkins the distinguished position their ability and integrity justly entitle thorn to enjoy, the Sons being in all that is excellent worthy successors of the father.

From:
History of Allegan and Berry Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Their Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.

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