Biography of James W. House
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James W. House, was born in the town of Barry, Orleans Co., N. Y., Aug. 21, 1830, and is a son of Andrew House, who settled in Plainfield tp., this county, in 1834. This was an extremely early day, and the Indians were numerous, An Indian town of 3,000 inhabitants was located within two miles of the House homestead. James had no playmates except Indian boys, whose company he soon learned to appreciate, and also readily learned to speak their language. He was present and saw the great and decisive battle fought between the Snakehead Indians and the Chippewas, in which the Snakeheads were completely beaten. This battle occurred in 1837, and just a half mile north of where Plainfield now stands, and within one mile of the House residence. Dec. 25, 1847, Mr. House removed to Algoma, with his father, who purchased a saw mill and ran it 17 years. The House family made two farms in Kent county and one in New York. James W. House was married June 30, 1857, to Miss Callistia Shaw, daughter of Sisson N. Shaw. They have had four children, three now living: Sarah S., Margaretta A., and Andrew S. His brother, Martin F. House, served in the late war, in Co. F, 6th Mich. Cavalry, and was killed at the battle of the Wilderness.

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