Biography of Wellington Fitch
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Wellington Fitch, farmer on sec. 17, Alpine tp., is a native of Evans, Erie Co., N. Y., and was born Dec. 21, 1836; his parents were Amasa and Jane (Tinkler) Fitch, the former a native of the South of England and the latter of Orange Co., N. Y. They came to Kent Co., Mich., in 1848, and bought land on sec. 31. Sparta tp. The subject of this sketch was the third of five children, He received a common school education, and at the age of 21 years commenced life for himself, chopping and clearing land for other parties. With about $400 assistance from his father he bought 44 acres of land. Sept. 25, 1859, he was married to Mary C. Sanr, a native of Sweden, and daughter of John and Catharine (Parsons) Saur, who came to America in 1851, and settled in Oakland Co. They afterward moved to this county, where they died. Mr. Fitch enlisted in the 1st Regiment U. S. Sharpshooters, Ang. 21, 1861, to serve in the Union army during the war of the great Rebellion; served three years, was promoted Color Sergeant, and was honorably discharged Aug. 21, 1864. He participated in all the engagements of the Army of the Potomac, from the siege of Yorktown to the battle of Spottsylvania Court House, where he was wounded in the left hand and arm by a musket ball, white his regiment were supporting a battery. This wound laid him up three months, when his term of enlistment expired. He took part in 24 different engagements. Mr. and Mrs. Fitch have a family of two children: Wellington, Jr., born Nov. 29, 1861; and Leona, born Nov. 4, 1868. Mr. Fitch is the owner of a finely improved farm of 115 acres, and is considered one of the most substantial and enterprising farmers of his tp. He is a Republican in politics. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity.

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Chicago 1881.