Biography of Robert Carlyle
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Robert Carlyle was born in Scotland, Aug. 29, 1832, and is a son of William Carlyle, who emigrated with his family to Courtland tp., this county, in 1841, stopping two months in Kalamazoo. Mr. Carlyle sailed on the lakes from 1850 to 1854. In the fall of 1852, the boat "Emily Porter" went down in the Saginaw Bay. The crew, inclnding Mr. Carlyle, packed themselves into a yawl, and drifted across to the Canada side and were all saved. Mr. Carlyle served in the navy during the late war, under Admiral Lee. He participated in the battle of Port Hudson, the Vieksburg campaign, etc. In 1879 he removed to Rockford and engaged in the grocery trade, where he is doing a good business on a capital of $2,000. His annual sales amount to $8,000, and are gradually increasing. He was married Dec. 25, 1854, to Miss Lucy. daughter of Hon. Philo Beers, one of the first settlers in Courtland tp., and who was Supervisor of that town for 20 years. Mr. Beers was also in the Michigan Legislature two years. Mr. and Mrs. Carlyle have had eight children, viz.: Albert, Henry, Emma (dec.), Warren, Willy, Hattie, Frank and Grace. During the year 1877-'8, Mr. Carlyle was Treasurer of Courtland tp.

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