Biography of Capt. Albert A. Holcomb



Kalamazoo County

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CAPT. ALBERT A. HOLCOMB, one of the prominent farmers of Wakeshma, was born in the town of Lodi, Washtenaw Co., Mich., May 29, 1833. He was t.he son of Alanson R. Holcomb and Nancy Slaughter, pioneers of Washtenaw County, having settled in 1828. In 1833 the family moved to Jackson County, and from thence to the town of Charleston, Kalamazoo Co., where the old people died. Capt. Holcomb received an academical education, and remained with his father upon the farm until he was twenty-seven years of age. In 1863 he purchased the farm where he now resides, which originally consisted of two hundred and forty acres of unimproved land, but by additions has become one of the largest and most productive farms in the township, embracing four hundred and fbrty acres. In 1863, Capt. Holcomb received a commission as first lieutenant in the volunteer service, and in October of that year wont out in command of Company K, 28th Regiment Michigan Yolunteer Infantry. He served with distinction during the war, and participated in the battles of Kinston and Nashville, N. C. In 1858 he married Elizabeth, a daughter of Robert Minnis, of Washtenaw Co., who was born in Ann Arbor March 5, 1837. They have been blessed wit.h two children, Barnard A. and Howard G. Although not a pioneer of Wakeshma, Mr. Holcomb has done a great deal of pioneer work. His farm was originally heavily timbered, and when he first settled there was not a tree cut within a mile and a half. He has been prominently identified with town and county politics, and is a staunch Republican. He has occupied several positions of trust and responsibility, the duties of which he has discharged with fidelity. For seven years he filled acceptably the office of deputy sheriff.

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.