Biography of William S. Kenfield

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William S., the second son, was born in Belcher, Berkshire Co., Mass., March 23, 1831. After a varied career of industry in the Buckeye State and in the county of his birth in Massachusetts, he followed the tide of emigration to the West in 1854.

During a temporary residence in Wayland, Mich., he married Miss Sarah A. Round, who was the first white child born in the township of Hopkins, their marriage having occurred July 3, 1858.

Soon after, Mr. and Mrs. Kenfield located in Hopkins, upon a farn of eighty acres, on section 12. It was at this early date little else than a wilderness, but industry and a spirit of progress, which has been evinced to a remarkable degree, have changed it to a productive and inviting home. One child graces their cheerful fireside, Carrie A., born Dec. 26, 1859.

Mr. Kenfield may with pardonable pride refer to the Career of his grandfather, Erastus Kenfield, who was one of the stalwart soldiers of the Revolution, and at the close of the conflict retired to Hampshire Co., Mass., where he survived until his eighty-third year. The father of William S., who bore his parent's name, Erastus, was born Feb. 19, 1801, at Beleher, Hampshire Co., Mass., and spent his early days in agricultural pursuits. He was wedded to Miss Clarissa Piper in November, 1828, a native of Glastenbury, Conn., whose father, Samuel Piper, was a man of fervid patriotism and suffered severely from a wound received during his service in the war of 1776. Erastus, Jr., and his wife resided in Hampshire County until 1884, when they became pioneers to Ohio, having purchased unimproved land in Medina County in that State. He still resides upon this farm at the age of seventy-nine years, while his companion has reached her seventy-fourth year.


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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