Kent County Biographies
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Railway Officials in America 1906
Zebulon Rood, one of the oldest pioneers of Cannon, was born in Vermont, July 29, 1810. His parents, Ezra and
Betsey Rood, were natives of Massachusetts and Canada. In 1823 they removed to Bloomfield, Oakland Co., Mich.,
where Zebulon lived till of age. He worked at the carpenter's trade three years, and kept grocery in Birmingham
two years. In 1838 he came to Cannon, and preempted land on sec. 31, and subsequently purchased 240 acres on sec.
20 and 29. He cut the first road in Cannon and brought the first team and first wagon load of goods across Bear
creek. He built the first house in Cannon, which was a log structure. He did the first clearing and planted the
first crops. In fact, Mr. Rood broke the forest and lead the tide of immigration in among a race of savages, to
make the now prosperous tp. of Courtland. He organized the first school district and helped build the fir8t school-house.
He located all the roads in that portion of the tp., and aided in all its first improvements. In early days Mr.
Rood served in the various local offices of the town. He was married Dec. 11, 1836, to Maryette Burgess, daughter
of Jonathan and Ezuba (Millington) Burgess. Mrs. Rood was born in Rutland, Jefferson Co., N. Y., March 3, 1819.
Of their six children four are living, viz.: Sydney L., Sophronia C. (wife of James Fields), Noble D. and Ezra
A. Mr. Rood and family are Spiritualists in belief. He is a Greenbacker in politics, formerly a Republican.
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