Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
JESSE R. HAVENS was born in Howell, Monmouth Co., N. J., Sept. 9, 1807. He was the son of Thomas and Jane (Osborn)
Havens, who reared a family of six children, three boys and three girls. The elder Havens was a farmer of industrious
habits, and highly esteemed as a kind Christian gentleman. When Jesse was eighteen years of age the family removed
to Allegany Co., N. Y., where the elder Havens died of cholera, in his fifty-fifth year, leaving his family in
somewhat straitened circumstances. Jesse's advantages in youth were limited; he received only an ordinary education,
but formed habits of industry and thrift that were eminently
serviceable in after life. When twenty two years of age he started in life as a farmer, on a new farm of fifty
acres which he improved, and where he lived until his emigration to Michigan, in 1837. He first settled in the
town of Grass Lake, Jackson Co., where he resided until 1849, when he removed to Comstock, where he has since resided.
In 1832 he was married to Miss Mary Kennedy, of Allegany Co., N. Y., who died in 1869.
In his religious affiliations Mr. Havens is a Baptist, and a prominent member of the Galesburg Baptist Church.
He has taken a deep interest in religious and educational enterprises, and has been a liberal supporter of both.
Mr. Havens has led a quiet, uneventful life; never sued a man, nor was he ever sued. His long life has been devoted
to his family and his farm, and among the citizens of Comstock no one is more highly esteemed.
History of Kalamazoo County, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of its Men and Pioneers.
Everts & Abbott., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincott & Co., Philadelphia.