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John Fish was born July 22, 1812, in Dutchess Co., N. Y., His parents, Sebra and Eizabeth Fish, were natives of New York. Mr. Fish settled in Oakland county, in 1832, and three years after came to Walker, where he worked to earn the money for the purchase of 100 acres of land, and eight years after sold it and bought an interest in a grist-mill in Otisco, Ionia Co., where he operated eight years and bought 160 acres in this tp. A subsequent purchase of 80 acres, and one still later of an equal quantity, makes the aggregate 320 acres, constituting the family homestead. The first tract of land owned by Mr. Fish was on the west bank of Grand river, and is now included in the city of Grand Rapids, which he has lived to see the second city in Michigan. When he purchased it he had but $7.00 left, with which he bought an ax and a small quantity of provisions, placed his family in a little shanty and went to work to clear the land. He was married in 1835, to Almira Arnold, of Oakland county. They had three children-Sanford, born Dec. 18, 1840; Mary, Sept. 9, 1842; and William E., April 6, 1844. His wife died in 1848. He was married April 10, 1851, to Jane M. Cook, of this tp. They have two children-Frank E., born Jan. 1, 1853; and Frances A., May 10, 1856. Mr. Fish is a Republican; his wife is a member of the Disciples Church.

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