Biography of Henry Aldrich
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Henry Aldrich, son of James and Hannah (Comstock) Aldrich, was born in Rhode Island May 5, 1813. When he was very young, the family removed to Monroe County, N. Y., and from thence to Erie County, and, in 1829, they again emigrated to Chautauqua County, where they remained five years, at the expiration of which time Henry came to Cass County in company with Nathan Sage; his father came the previous season and purchased a farm. A son-inlaw occupied the farm, and with him Henry remained a short time whei he went to work at his trade, that of a carpenter and joiner; he built a school house in New Buffalo. In 1837, he came to Beardsley's. Prairie, and for fqur years engaged in farming. In 1841, he went to Milton Township and settled in Section 1, where he has since resided. Mr. Aldrich has devoted his life to agricultural pursuits, and in his chosen vocation has been eminently successful; his first purchase was forty acres, and to this little beginning he has added two hundred, and among the progressive and successful farmers of the county, he holds a foremost position. He was the first Supervisor of the township, and has filled other township offices many times. The elder Aldrich was a native of Rhode Island, where he was born in 1787, and where he was married, in 1837 he bought a farm on Beardsley's Prairie; in 1841, he moved on to a farm near Niles, and in 1857 he went to Pierce County, Wis., where he died in March 'of the following year; his wife was born in 1192 in Rhode Island, and is still living at the remarkable age of ninety years. In 1840, Henry was married to Miss Almira Treat, daughter of Timothy and Louisa Treat; she was born in Erie County, N. Y., in 1821. They have reared a family of five children, Altha (now Mrs. Drew, of California), J. Monroe (who died in the service in 1862), Levi M. (of Elk Grove, Cal.), George B. (deceased), and Joseph K. (on the old farm).


From:
History of Cass Couny, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of some of it's Prominent Men and Pioneers.
Waterman, Watkins & Co., Chicago 1882.

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