Van Buren County
Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
JOHN SOUTHARD was born in Albany Co., N. Y., Feb. 4, 1795, and was the fifth in a family of eleven children.
His parents were both natives of the State of New York. His grandfather, Thomas Southard, was born in Rhode Island,
and served seven years in the American army during the war of the Revolution. John Southard was married, Feb. 16,
1823, in the town of Windham, Greene Co., N.Y., to Miss Harriet A. Haight. Her parents were natives of that State,
and raised a family of eight children. In 1837, Mr. Southard emigrated with his family to Michigan, and located
in Washtenaw County, removing a year later to Bangor township, Van Buren Co., and settling on the farm which Mrs.
Southard and her son now occupy on section 25. Mr. and Mrs. Southard raised a family of seven children, five of
whom are now living. Mr. Southard received his education in the district schools of his day. His death occurred
Oct. 30, 1864, after a wedded life of forty-one years; and when his existence had nearly reached the lengthened
period of threescore years and ten.
History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.