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Barton Johnson, the first settler of Courtland tp., was born in Schoharie Co., N. Y., March 23, 1812. His parents, Joseph S. and Jemima (Barton) Johnson, were also natives of New York. October, 1834, he removed to Washtenaw county, and entered 120 acres of land in Sharon tp. where he lived till May, 1838, when he came to Courtland and squatted on his present farm, which he afterward entered. He was the first white settler of Courtland, and many were the hardships and inconveniences that he and his fam ily suffered in the wild days of Kent county. The now prosperous city of Grand Rapids and the minor towns of Kent have all grown up under the observation of Mr. Johnson. The wily savages, who then were his neighbors, have long since passed westward. Mr. Johnson was a voter at the organization of Courtland, and has since held the office of Supervisor and Township Treasurer. He was married Sept.. 24, 1836, to Jane Rhodes, who was born in Dutchess Co., N. Y. This union.resulted with six children, viz.: Julia, Ann, Joseph, William, Mary and Frances C. Mrs. Joimson departed this life March 12, 1876. Politically Mr. J. is a Republican. He owns a good farm of 140 acres.

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