Biography of Lyman Hungerford



Clinton County

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Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]

Lyman Hungerford was born in the town of Paris, Oneida Co., N. Y., Aug. 1, 1812. His father, Orin Hungerford, was a native of the Green Mountain State, and was born in the town of Pownal, Bennington Co., in 1790. He was a blacksmith by trade, and removed to Oneida County about 1808, where he residcd uutil 1816, when he removed to Jefferson County and purchased a farm in the town of Henderson, where he resided until his death, which occurred in 1868. He married Miss Abigail Morgan in 1811. She was born in the town of Pownal, in 1789. They reared a family of nine children , six boys and three girls, Lyman being the eldest of the family. The elder Hungerfbrd was an energetic and successful farmer of liberal and progressive ideas, and in all respects a valuable citizen. His wife was one of those thrifty housewives of the olden time. She spun and wove the cloth from which the family clothing was made, and reared her children to habits of industry and thrift. Lyman acquired what was at that time considered a good education. His life up to the age of twenty-one was spent upon his fatherís farm. On attaining his majority he started for himself, working as a farm hand during the summer, and teaching during the winter. In 1836 he purchased from the government the northeast quarter of section 34.

In 1838 he was married to Miss Sarah Nutting, of Henderson. She was born in 1815. In 1843, Mr. Hungerford came West with his family, and settled upon the farm which he had previously purchased. Riley was at this time an almost unbroken wilderness; his purchase was heavily timbered, and the construction of a farm was an undertaking involving years of hard labor and privation. The life of Mr. Hungerford has been a success in all that the word implies. He has secured a well won competency, and has attained an enviable positiou among his fellowcitizens, by whom he is fully appreciated for his integrity and ability. He has been placed in various positions of trust, notably among the number that of supervisor and magistrate. The office of supervisor he filled acceptably for over eleven years. In all matters of county legislation he took broad and liberal positions, and among his brother supervisors he was esteemed, not only for his gentlemanly deportment, but for sterling common sense and sound judgment. As a magistrate his decisions were always impartial, and evidenced much legal acumen. Mr. Huugerford reared a family of three children, only one of whom is now living, William W., who was born in the town of Riley, in 1844, and is living on a place which was presented to him by his father.

History of Shiawassee and Clinton Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Their Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.

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