Biography of David A. Cuthbert



Berrien County

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Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]

This gentleman was born Aug. 16; 1819, in Yorkshire, England. At the age of eleven years his father hired him out to work on a farm for twelve months. He continued laboring as a farm-hand until he was twenty-seven years old, when he married Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Arlington. Two children were born of this union, viz., David T., born June 15, 1847, and John A., born July 10, 1850. In 1853, Mr. Cuthbert decided to try his fortunes in America. His first stopping-place after arriving in this country was Rochester, N. Y., where, with his family and without means to go any farther, he was obliged to stay. But, used to labor, he soon obtained work, and as soon as he succeeded in getting money enough to get away, moved to Michigan, rented land in Cass and Berrien Counties until 1865, when he found himself possessed of means enough to purchase a home of his own, and bought at one time 40 and at another 80 acres. Oct. 2, 1875. he had the misfortune to lose his wife. Being somewhat discouraged and unsettled at this affliction, he resolved to visit his native land; but upon again looking on those old familiar haunts of his boyhood all seemed changed. As he expresses it, "Everything looked so narrow that it did not seem like home." Returning to Michigan in 1877, in October, 1878, he married, for his second wife, Mrs. Louisa J., widow of Henry Renbarger.

He has been in politics a Democrat, but declares himself untrammeled, and intends now to cast his vote for the candidate whom he considers best fitted for the office to be filled, regardless of party.

In religion he has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church since 1849. His first wife was also a member of the same church.

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.

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