Biography of Thomas Blasdel



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Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]

THOMAS BLASDEL, one of the pioneers of the town of Castleton, was born in Genoa, Cayuga Co., N. Y., April 12, 1815. His father, Medad Blasdel, was a farmer of limited means, and unable to give his children but slight educational advantages. Thomas, however, acquired such an education as the district school of that day afforded, and remained with his father upon the farm until he attained his majority, when he acquired the trade of a miller, which calling he followed for several years. In 1831 he decided to try his fortunes in Michigan, and in the spring of that year came to Plymouth, Wayne Co., where he entered the employ of a miller by the name of Holbrook, with whom he remained three years. He then returned East, and the following year was married to Miss Alice Hall. In 1846 he returned to Michigan and settled upon the farm where he now resides. The fitrm was entirely new, and during the fall he erected a comfortable log house, and the following spring he built a barn. The land was heavily timbered, and the improvement of a farm was a work of no small magnitude; but by degrees field after field was added, and Mr. Blasdel is now rewarded for the years 0f toil and privation in the possession of a fine home and one of the most productive and valuable farms in the county. In 1861 his first wife died, and in 1865 he was again married, to Miss Charlotte Burdick. In 1867 he was again left a widower, and he married Mrs. Phemie Gillis. She died in 1878, and he was married to Miss Bertha D. Bock. Mr. Blasdel has made a reputation for integrity and honorable dealing, and is everywhere known as a successful farmer and a valuable citizen.

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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