Biography of G. N. Lord



Berrien County

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Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]

This gentleman, who was born in Pennsylvania, Aug. 14, 1826, was the fifth in a family of eight children. His father was a native of Vermont, and a farmer and lumberman by occupation. His mother was born in Connecticut. When twenty one years of age Mr. Lord left home, and lived two years with his uncle, G. N. Smith, learning the carpenter's trade. In the spring of 1850 he emigrated to Rockford, Ill., arriving there with his chest of carpenter's tools and four dollars in money. He remained at Rockford, working at his trade, until March, 1859, when he removed to St. Joseph, Berrien Co., Mieh., but a short time afterwards changed his residence to Benton Harbor, the site of which was then a wilderness. In the fall of 1859 he, in company with his partner, Joseph Bowman, built the first frame house in Benton Harbor. Mr. Lord was married, July 5, 1852, to Miss Cornelia M. Morrison, whose parents were natives of New York, the fruit of the union being six children, of whom fbur are now living. Mr. and Mrs. Lord were finally divorced, and Mr. Lord married, July 3, 1874, Mrs. Maria C. Starr, widow of Horace Starr, by whom she had two children, both still living. Mr. Starr's death had occurred in Ohio, in June, 1854, and his widow had remained with her children on the farm, instilling into their minds all that was good and noble in herself. In 1865 she removed to Decatur, Mich., where she remained until her marriage with Mr. Lord.

Mr. Lord worked at his trade twenty three years, subsequently engaging in fruit culture, in which his success has been marked. In religious matters he is independent, and in politics a Republican. His education was mainly acquired in the common schools of his boyhood. A view ot his home is inserted in this work.

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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