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John H. Withey, son of Solomon and Clementine (Granger) Withey, was born at St. Albans, Vt., Nov. 22, 1831. His father was born Aug. 31, 1787, and died Oct. 6, 1851. His mother was born in 1791, and died March 20, 1869. They came to this State in May, 1836,and located at Grand Rapids. Mr. Withey embarked in business in 1851 as proprietor of a hotel at Ada, and three years later bought a stock of general merchandise and opened trade oi the east bank of Grand river, opposite Ada, at that time the only store between Lowell and Grand Rapids. His sales aggregated $120,000 in four years, when he disposed of his mercantile interests and took up his residence on his farm of 160 acres, sec. 3, this tp. He values his farm at $10,000. In 1857 he married Laura O. Abel of Cascade. She died in January, 1861, leaving one son. In Aprir, 1862, he married Mary L. Duncan, of Ada. Four of six child en are living. Mr. Withey was graduated from Kalamazoo College, and politically is a Democrat. He comes of loyal ancestry, his father having been a soldier of 1812, and under fire at Plattsburg, and his grandfather a soldier of the Revolution.

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