Biography of Luther Densmore
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Luther Densmore, carpenter and joiner, Ada, was born in Potter, Yates Co., N. Y., July 9, 1833. His parents, John and Elizabeth Densmore, were also natives of New York. Mr. Densmore's grandfather, David Densmore, was a Revolutionary patriot.

At the age of 21 Mr. Densmore served an apprenticeship of five years at his trade. He served one year in New York State, and then in 1855 came to Ada and served four years with Henry Hoyt and John Scheuck. Since that date he has followed his trade, and for the last four years he has been foreman in the Bridge Department of the D., G. H. & M. R. R. October, 1864, he enlisted in Co. B, of the New 3d Mich. Inf., under Capt. Moore. He participated in the skirmishes of Murfreesboro and Decatur, and at the close of the war moved off to Texas and was mustered out at Victoria, Texas, and discharged at Detroit, June, 1866. He enlisted as Corporal and was promoted to Orderly Sergeant the autumn of 1865. Mr. Densmore was married Oct. 18, 1858, to Miss Gertrude Holt, danghter of Henry and Mary Holt, a native of Herkimer Co., N. Y., born Mar. 27, 1835. They have three children - Georgia H., born May 24, 1860, wife of William H. Smith; Jessie E., born July 19, 1862, and May L, born May 7, 1868 Mr and Mrs D are members of the Baptist Church. Mr. D. is a Republican.


From:
History of Kent County, Michigan
Chas C. Chapman & Company
Chicago 1881.

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