Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
Mr. Bishop, like many of the early settlers, traces his origin, with commendable pride, to a New England ancestry.
He was born in Henderson, N. Y., Aug. 18, 1812, and was the oldest son of a family of eleven children, all but
one of whom lived to maturity. His father, Asa Bishop, was born in New Hampshire, Nov. 7, 1785; died in Bainbridge
township, Berrien Co., June 10, 1872. His mother, Polly (Sprague) Bishop, was born among the granite hills and
evergreen slopes of Vermont, Aug. 23, 1792. She was married to Mr. Asa Bishop, in Henderson, N. Y., Jan. 10, 1807;
died in Bainbridge, Dec. 29, 1851. They moved from Clayton, N. Y., to Bainbridge, in 1846, locating on the farm,
then a dense wilderness, now owned and occupied by their youngest son, J. K. Bishop, where they lived up to the
time of their death. The subject of this sketch was married to Clarinda, daughter of Perry and Thedora Babcock,
in March, 1839, in Clayton, Jefferson Co., N. Y., In the fall of 1846 he came with his father to Michigan, where
his wife died, March 13, 1848, only living to enjoy two short years of pioneer life, leaving one daughter, Ione
I. Bishop, born Sept. 15, 1841, in Clayton, N. Y. Mr. Bishop was again married, in March, 1849, to Miss Harriet
E. Duvall. daughter of William and Lucy Duvall, in Bainbridge township, where she died April 21, 1850. Being somewhat
disheartened, thinking that the hand of God had not dealt very gently with him, he then moved into Hagar township,
where, on Dec. 26, 1850, he married his third and present wife, Mrs. Maria NcCrary, widow of William MeCrary. To
this marriage were born five children, Asa H., born May 23, 1852; Arthur S., born Aug. 12, 1854, died Oct. 15,
1854; Arthur B., born Nov. 14, 1856; Augustus S. and Augusta M. (twins), born Feb. 3, 1859 (Augustus S. died Oct.
17, 1859). George Mills, father of the present Mrs. Bishop, was born in Norfolk Co., England, March 17, 1792; was
married, March 21, 1812, to Miss Martha M. Karr. who was born in Dumfries. Scotland, Feb. 13, 1792. He was impressed
into and served in the British army ten years and seven months; was sent to Canada in 1814, where he bought his
discharge. He moved from Canada to Sacketís Harbor in the spring of 1829. In April, 1832, he enlisted in the American
army; served in the Black Hawk war under Gen. Scott, and received his discharge at Mackinaw Island, Mich., in April,
1837. He moved from there to Chicago, where he remained one year; from thence to St. Joseph, Mich., in May, 1838;
from St. Joseph to Hagar township, where he died Sept. 6, 1873, aged eighty-one. His wife, Martha M. Mills, died
in Hagar, April 8, 1871, aged seventy nine. Mr. and Mrs. Mills raised but three children, of whom only one is living.
Margaret was born in Cornwall, Canada, April 21, 1815; was married to John Forbes, May 28, 1835; died in St. Joseph,
June 22, 1879, aged sixty-four. James Mills, born in Kingston, Canada, April 4, 1828; married, in St. Joseph, Jan.
3, 1848, to Miss Rachel Heston; moved to Hagar in 1848, where he remained until the late war, when he enlisted,
in February, 1862, in the 12th Michigan Volunteers; was taken prisoner at the battle of Shiloh, Teun., April 6th
of same year, and died in Libby prison, July 12, 1862. Maria Mills, now Mrs. Bishop, was born in Kingston, Canada,
Oct. 11, 1822; moved to St. Joseph with her parents; was married to William McCrary, March 30, 1840; moved to Hagar,
December 10th of the same year, where she has since resided. Hers was the fourth family to settle in the town,
and she is now the oldest settler in the town. William McCrary, her first husband, was born, of Scotch and Irish
parents, in Upper Canada, in 1815. He came to St. Joseph in 1836; was killed by a falling tree while working on
his farm in Hagar, Aug. 15, 1849, in the thirty-fourth year of his age. To this marriage were born five children,
Mary J, born May 16, 1841, was the first white child born in Hagar; Martha M., born Sept. 8, 1842; Thomas W., born
Sept. 6, 1844; Maggie H., born Dec. 23, 1846; George E., born Oct. 27, 1848.
In politics Mr. Bishop is a Democrat; though not radical, yet always speaking and voting its principles. He is
a man of estimable character and a highly-esteemed citizen; has proved the fact by having been intrusted with the
office of supervisor and town treasurer for fifteen years. The cause of public education has ever found in him
a staunch supporter, and in matters looking to the advancement of the public interest he has always been found
in the front rank.
History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.