Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
Sylvester Bishop, a native of the New England States, moved to Saratoga Springs when a young man and engaged
in the tailoring business. From here he moved to Caynga County, where his son Daniel was born in 1819. His family
consisted of eight children, the order of their births being as follows: Timothy, Hiram, Eleanna, Permelia, Elijah,
Daniel, Mary and Allen. Sylvester Bishop came to Cass County in 1838 with his son Elijah,
who went to New York this same year and returned with his brother Daniel. Daniel worked on the St. Joseph River
until $50 was ,earned to pay for his father's farm. His father and mother, Ruth (Duel), lived with their youngest
son, Allen, until their deaths, which occurred in 1859 and 1857 respectively. Allen lost his life by the recoil
of a chain attached to a grubbing machine. Mr. Bishop is conversant with the expedients adopted by pioneers when
carving out for themselves a home, for this is what he has done, and he is now numbered among the oldest pioneers
of Mason Township.
He first purchased forty acres of land at $5 per acre, which was duly improved, and additional land purchased until
he now possesses 120 acres, and is now enjoying the fruits of a well-spent life, respected by those with whom he
has associated for over forty years. His life, which has been spent in agricultural pursuits, has been quiet and
uneventful, which is conducive of the greatest amount of happiness, for the anxieties and perplexities of business
life are avoided. A stanch Democrat, he has never taken an active part in politics, preferring to attend strictly
to his chosen avocation, in which he has been successful.
He was married May 7, 1848, to Mary Poff, daughter of Michael and Sarah Poff. Mrs. Bishop was born in Virginia
in 1827. She came to Michigan in 1832 with her parents, who ultimately settled in Indiana, where they resided until
their deaths. Mr. and Mrs. Bishop are the parents of five children now living- Levi C. and Abraham, who reside
in Mason; Cynthie E., now Mrs. N. A. Thompson, who resides in Mason; and Timothy and Martha, who reside at home.
History of Cass Couny, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of some of it's Prominent Men and Pioneers.
Waterman, Watkins & Co., Chicago 1882.