Geneology & Personal Histories
(A through E)
(Genealogy & Personal Histories - F through O)
(Genealogy & Personal Histories - P through Z)
Abbey, Blanchard J.
- Born 1848. Died 1924. Obit., Clarkston News 3/23/1924. Son of Dr. Nelson R. & Phoebe Clark Abbey.
- Married Marriette/Margaret A. Hammond.
- Blanchard was a night watchman at G. M.C. He delivered the 2nd petition for the paving of Clarkston's Main St. to the Oakland Co. Road Commission in 1921.
- Margaret A. Hammond, Mrs. Blanchard J. Abbey. Born 1851. Died 2/17/1920.
Abbey, Dr. Nelson R.
- According to 1860 Clarkston census records Nelson was born in 1820 in New York.
- Married Phoebe/Phebe J. Clark, daughter of Jeremiah Clark was born in 1826 in New York according to 1860 records.
- Son, Blanchard J. Abbey was born in 1849 in Michigan according to 1860 census records.
- Listed in the household in 1860 census records were Rosa Parish, a 16 year old domestic who was born in Michigan and Charles H. Penny, a 17 year old student who was born in Ohio.
- Nelson was one of Clarkston's early doctors. He served as Clarkston's Post master 1869 -1873.
- 1860 Village of Clarkson census records listed Malon as a 28 year old wagonmaker who was born in N.Y.
- Wife, Octavia, 28 at the time was born in Michigan.
- Children, at the time were listed as Ada, age 3 and John, 81/2 months, both born in Michigan.
- Cashier of the Clarkston Bank, which was reorganized after the failure of the Jossman Bank. Ackerson was a paymaster for Grand Trunk Railroad until he lost a leg in an accident.
- Born 1840. Died 4/5/1923.
- Wife,Isabelle/Isabel. Born 1846. Died 12/17/1926 .
- Son, LeRoy/Leroy.
- Daughter, E. Blanche ( Mrs. Louis Walter ).
- Daniel purchased a small building from Washington Clark Scranton in 1895. The building was a "store" which stood on the northwest corner of W. Washington & N. Holcomb. Daniel moved it to the site of 2 S. Main. Daniel, and then his son, "Roy" operated a soda shop/candy store on that site.
- Born 1836. Died 1/8/1913.
- Son of Peter & Mary Addis.
- Wife, Jane Petty. Born 1840. Died 5/22/1911.
- Ephriam & Jane first went to live in Saginaw. 1876 tax records listed Ephriam for land previously owned by George VanSyckle on the southeast corner of Dixie Highway & White Lake Rd. Peter is credited with building the Gothic Revival style house which stood on the corner of this property in 1876. (It was moved in 1990 [? ] to a site at 180 N. Main St, Clarkston.) Reportedly VanSyckle only had a small log cabin on the site. However the records seem to indicate the building was on the site when VanSyckle was the owner. An 1872 map of the Village shows the footprint of a building on the site then. In 1874 the assessed value was $1700 for 124 acres, owner VanSyckle. In 1876 when Ephriam Addis was the owner of the same 124 acres the value was still $1700. By 1888 Ephriam sold the northern part of the property on which the house stood to John Landis, he retained the southern 40 acres along White Lake Rd. This too conflicts with the information in a 6/22/1967 Clarkston News article by Constance Lektzian which said Addis owned property along Dixie Highway on the south side as far as Maybee Rd. The tax records do not support this information.
Addis, George Washington
- Died 8/23/1916.
- Wife, Effie L.
- George was the brother of Daniel Addis (whose grandson, the son of LeRoy/Leroy was also named Daniel Addis).
- Leroy Peter. Born 1876. Died 3/25/1957. Obit., Clarkston News, 3/28/57.
- Son of Daniel & Isabelle Addis.
- Wife, Margaret Hammond.
- Sons: Daniel Addis & William Dunston.
- "Roy" was the owner of the sweet shop on the southeast corner of E. Washington & S. Main Sts.
Addis, Margaret Hammond
- Born 1882. Died 4/20/1964. She married, husband, LeRoy/Leroy Addis in 1920.
- Daughter of Elizabeth & Albert Hammond.
- Sisters: Lena (Mrs. Jossman), whose daughter married Murray D. "Pat", Van Wagoner, Governor of Michigan; Leota; Ida; Lulu; Faye (Mrs.Swayze) & Dorothy.
- Brothers: John, Floyd, and Will (who died after he was struck by a streetcar in Almont, Mi.).
- Sons: William Dunston & Daniel Addis.
- Died 8/22/1879. Age 68.
- Wife, Mary (Born 5/11/1815. Died 1/22/1887).
- Son, Ephriam.
- Peter & Mary came to Independence Township in 1836 building a home on Waldon Rd. ( Sashabaw Street according to Nelson W. Clark's Plat ). Peter planted an orchard around the house. A staunch Methodist, Peter gave $500 for construction of the church, and provided all the stone for its foundation from his farm. See 6/22/67 Clarkston News article by Constance Lektzian.
- Wife, Isabelle, daughter of J. & Mary Buzzard.[?]
- Born 1889. Obit., Clarkston News, 1/25/68.
- Husband Ray.
- Daughter of George H. and Flora M. Van Horn.
- Residence 34 N. Holcomb.
Ainsley, Ray C.
- Born 10/2/1887. Died 10/21/1962. Obit., C. News, 11/1/1962. Son of William C. Ainsley .
- Wife, Irene. Daughter of George H and Flora M. Van Horn.
- Ray was the proprietor of Ainsley-Henry Electric, 2 S. Main after he retired as cashier for the Clarkston Bank.
Ainsley, William C.
- Obit., Clarkston News 5/27/49.
- Son, Ray C.
- Daughter, Mrs. Glen Kerton.
- William was a farmer.
- Died 7/13/1939.
- Wife, ____ died in 1929.
- Sons: Roy (died October 16, 1980 in Pontiac, Michigan), Martin J. & Fred.
- Daughters: Edna, Viola, Carolyn, Theonilla, & Magdalene A.
- Alger opened a hardware store in Clarkston. His children continued the business at 6 S. Main, in the red brick, Maccabee / Clarkston Building Association building, constructed in 1900.
- One of Clarkston's earliest settler's.
Allen & Bruce
- In 1877 this was the name of a dry goods store in Clarkston.
- Wife, Sarah C.
- Supervisor of Independence Township 1858-1865 & Justice of the Peace in 1857.
- Mrs. Leman W. Allen. She became Mrs. Joseph Reese after Leman's death.
Allen, Leman W.
- Died 9/22/1888.
- Wife Christina. After Leman's death, she became the third wife of Joseph Reese.
- According to the 1912 History of Oakland Co., Leman bought the general store of Esidor Jossman in 1876.
Allen, Samuel C.
- One of Clarkston's early doctors.
- Born, 3/16/1886, Utica, Michigan. Died, age 74. Obit., Clarkston News, 10/20/60.
- Wife, Dorothy.
- Son, Walter F. Andrews.
- Daughters: Mrs. Frank Petty, Mrs. Donald Smith, & Mrs. Robert K. Russell .
- Floyd was Clarkston Post Master, 1924-1936 & Township Supervisor for 24 years.
- 1869 Village of Clarkston census records listed James as a 35 year old broommaker, born in N.Y.
- Wife, Polly, age 26 at the time, was born in N.Y.
- Son, James L., age 7 at the time, was born in Michigan.
- Brother of William.
- 1860 Clarkston census records listed John as a 45 year old retired merchant who was born in Canada. Wife, Mary A., 38, was born in N.J. Also listed: Cadaga, 9 and Josephine, 5, born in Michigan; Lutia Greenleaf a 25 year old seamstress born in Michigan; Michael Marony, 18, born in N.Y.; and Hannah Urch a 19 year old domestic.
- History credits the brothers with building the first store in Clarkston. 1852 tax records listed the site of 18/20 Buffalo, John Axford, Lots 5 & 6, Block 1, "occupied together for store & dwelling".
- 1860 Clarkston census records listed William as a 46 year old farmer born in Canada.
- Wife, Ellen C. , born in New Jersey was also 46 in 1860.
- Listed as a part of the household in 1860 census records were Susan Albertson, 23, born in N.J.; Catharine Rhorne, 18, a domestic born in Mecklenberg; and John Bellows, a 36 year old farm laborer.
- William & brother, John, are credited with building the first store in Clarkston. (See John Axford ). William was Township Supervisor 1849 - 52, & Justice of the Peace in 1841 & 1852.
- Obit., Clarkston News, 5/21/1964.
- Baker was fire chief for 3 years & Clarkston Police Chief for 15 years.
- Sister, Nell.
- Brother, William.
- The Barrys are credited with the initial ownership of the Deer Lake Inn, which opened 7/3/1912. They previously owned/operated the Mountain View Inn on Maceday Lake, Waterford, Mi. They sold the building in 1925. The three, for a time, also ran the Caribou Inn on the northwest corner of W. Washington & N. Main St. Residence 71 N. Main. See 5/11/1967 Clarkston News article by Constance Lektzian.
Barry, Nell G.
- Obit., Clarkston News, 1/12/1956.
- After owning/operating the Mountain View Hotel on Maceday Lake, Waterford, Mi., she & sister, Mae & brother, William opened (7/3/1912) & operated the Deer Lake Inn for 15 years. They sold the building in 1925. They also ran the Caribou Inn on the northwest corner of W. Washington & N. Main St. for a time. Residence, 71 N. Main. See 5/11/1967 Clarkston News article by Constance Lektzian.
Barry, William J.
- Obit., Clarkston News, 8/24/45.
- After owning /operating the Mountain View Hotel on Maceday Lake, Waterford, Mi., he & sisters, Mae & Nell opened (7/3/1912 ) & operated the Deer Lake Inn for 15 years. They also ran the Caribou Inn for a time. Residence, 71 N. Main. See 5/11/1967 Clarkston News article by Constance Lektzian.
Barlett. G. B.
- Gilbert B., according to 1860 Clarkston census records was a 28 year old chairmaker who was born in N.Y. Wife Elizabeth, 24, was born in England. Also listed were Walter, 5 and Mary, 3 born in Michigan and Elizabeth Peter, 52, born in England.
- Bartlett in 1872 was in business with John H. Dresser on what became the site of 15 S. Main.
- According to Village of Clarkston 1860 census records Harry Barlett was a 23 year old harnessmaker who was born in N.Y.
- Wife, Rose, 27, born in N.Y.
- Children: Eugene, age 2, born in Michigan and John H., 21/2 months, born in Michigan according to 1860 records.
- James was born in 1801 in England. He was a shoemaker.
- Wife, Honor, according to 1860 census records was born in 1797 in England.
- Also a part of the household in 1860 was Elizabeth Fay, 10, born in Michigan.
Basinger, Susan K. [Photo]
- Born 1945 in Pontiac, Michigan.
- Died 8/21/2002. Obit., Clarkston Eccentric 8/25/2002 & Clarkston News 9/4/2002.
- Descendent of Major Oliver Williams, one of Oakland County's early settlers.
- Paternal grandmother, Doris Habbin/Brown, was the daughter of William Curtis Noyes and Bertha Tiffany who resided at 43 E. Washington in the 1890s.
- Daughter of Charles Emerson Brown & Eunice Carlotta Tiberg/Brown.
- Husband, William K. Basinger.
- Son, William, Jr. Born 1965.
- Resided at 8 E. Washington from 1970.
- Former President of the Clarkston Community Historical Society and initiated its original Historic Education Program.
- 1983 through 1986, wrote a series articles entitled "Architecure Archives"for the Clarkston News.
- Chairperson of the Clarkston Historic District Commission from 1986-1998.
- Over the course of 2 years researched and wrote all the material for this Clarkston Historic District web site which was first published online by the Independence Township Library in 2000.
- Wife, Emily Knox.
- Owner of a Clarkston ice house.
Beardslee/Beardsley, Byron T.
- Died 1953. Obit., Clarkston News, 2/12/1953.
- Son of Franklin & Amanda Beardslee.
- Wife, Ina. Died 8/29/57. Obit., Clarkston News, 8/29/1957.
- The Beardslees operated a store until W.W. ll on the southwest corner of W. Washington and S. Main (historically, the site of Milton H. Clark then, Esidore Jossman's store). Byron then had a coal & lumber business, finally becoming a partner in Miller- Beardslee Lumber at 89 N. Holcomb, the successor to the business his father started on E. Church St.
- A Pontiac Post article in 1902 announced the opening of a new business in Pontiac, Beardsley, Herron and Beattie formerly Green and McGee, 38 N. Saginaw. Byron Beardsley began a dry goods business with C. W. Horton about 1892.
Beardslee, Elmer E.
- According to an entry in the 1908 Standard Atlas of Oakland County, Elmer E. Beadslee was a "Farmer, Breeder of Mules and Proprietor of Sashabaw Creek Farm" in Sec. 35 of Independence Township.
- He was born in Oakland County in 1863.
- Married Aradell Hall.
- Children in 1908: Laverne, Irwin, Josephine, Clara and Irene.
Beardslee, Emily K.
- Mrs. Alvin Beardslee. Obit., Clarkston News 6/1961.
- Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John J. (Dora) Knox.
- Son, Alvin Beardslee.
- Daughter, Genevieve, Mrs. William Parker .
- "Frank", according to an article in a 1921 Community News, Frank was the first mayor of Clarkston.
- Sons, Byron & John.
- Frank had a lumberyard on E. Church St. (currently the site of the Methodist Church ). The business was moved by son, Byron, to 89 N. Holcomb St. (See Daily Press, Pontiac article, 1903). Frank was also a builder responsible for much of the building in the area at the turn of the century.
BeardsleeBeardsley, John W.
- Born in Sussex county, New Jersey in 1800 according to 1860 census records.
- Married Elizabeth. She was born in N.Y. in 1810 according to 1860 census records.
- John is credited with the first land registry on the Sashabaw plains in 1826. His son, Townsend was reportedly the first settler's child to be born in Independence Township. According to 1860 records he was a 28 year old clerk at the time
- 1860 records also listed in the household were Noah, age 22; Ann, age 20; and Jenett, age 9. All were born in Michigan.
- Born 1882. Died 1951.
- Son of Mills V. & Lizzie Beardslee. Great grandson of Oliver & Edgar, pioneers of the n. w. 1/4 of Section 36 of Independence Township.
- Son Edgar Vooheis Beardslee, M. D., b.1884 - d.1934.
- Born 10/24/1825 in N.J.
- Son of Aaron Beardslee of Sussex County, New Jersey. In 1832 Aaron Beardslee brought his family to Independence Township, settling in Section 13 in 1833.
- Orasmus married Jane Hibler in December of 1847. Jane died in September of 1852.
- Son, John age 9 according to 1860 census records.
- In 1855 he married Clarissa/Clarisa.
- Children: Estella Aaron, Elmer, Susie, & Willie.
- According to 1860 census records, also living in the household were David Phillips a 13 year old born in Michigan < at school>; Sarah Thompson, 57, born in N.J.; and Charles Myshoff, a 34 year old farm laborer.
- Orasmus was Township Supervisor 1869 - 72.
- Wife, Mary C..
- Robert died in 1895. See the Oakland County Post 1/18/1895.
- One of Independence Township's earliest settlers. Coming to the area in 1830, The History of Oakland County, 1817 - 1877 noted that, Thomas built the first building which could be called a "house" in the winter of 1831. It was an 18' square log building in Section 26 of the Township.
- Son, Ebenezer continued to live in the family home into adulthood.
Beardslee, William E.
- According to an entry in the Standard Atlas of Oakland County, 1908, William was born in 1868 in Oakland County. He was a farmer with property in Section 13 of Independence Township. He also served as Postmaster. Wife, Alice Howard.
Beattie, Reuben J.
- Son, Robert.
- According to an entry in the Standard Atlas of Oakland County, 1908, Rueben J. Beattie was a farmer who was born in 1866 in Oakland County.
- Reuben bought the building on the southeast corner of S. Main & E. Church St., built 1919/1920, for the Seeterlin Brothers Chevrolet Sales & Service business. This was originally the site of Frank Yeager/Yager's Blacksmith shop, circa 1900. See photo.
Belnap, Giles N.
- Belnap was a Methodist minister who was listed in 1860 Clarkston census records as being 50 years old. He was born in Vermont. Residing with him wer wife, Eliza, 49, born in N.Y.; Milton, 18; Kate, 15; and Cary, 2, all born in N.Y.
Bescherer, Mrs. R. G.
- In 1872, residence 28/30 N. Holcomb.
Bettis, O. C.
- 1860 Clarkston census records listed Otis "Bittis" as a 33 year old shoemaker who was born in N.Y.
- Wife, Maria, 31, was born in Ireland.
- Children: William, 9; Julia, 3; Otis, 6; Mary J., 8, and Harriet,1, were born in Michigan.
Beucler, James A.
- Born 1885. Died 2/14/1967.
- Wife, Gertrude. Born 1884. Died 4/1/1927.
- 2nd wife, Eloise Miller, daughter of Dr. Raymond Miller.
- James ran Dr. Miller's "store" on the east side of S. Main St., for a time. The residence at 43 W. Washington was built for the Beuclers.
- Mrs. N. D. Bingham?
- In 1872 her house was south of the Baptist church on S. Main St.
- 1860 Village of Clarkston census records listed Lee as a 23 year old schoolteacher who was born in N.Y.
- Wife Isabella, "Belle", G. Accordin to 1860 records she was 22 at the time and born in N.J.
- Also listed in the household in 1860 were Lucy, a 24 year old schoolteacher born in N.Y.; Amanda, age 45, born in Vermont; and Fredick Nichols, age 4, born in Michigan.
- Lee was a manufacturer of harnesses & farm implements, & owner of a woolen mill & a foundry. He was Township Clerk 1860-62 & 1864-66. In 1870 he was the owner of the first brick building built on the site of 4, 6, 8 S. Main known as Bingham Hall. By 1887 the 2nd floor, site of dances & meetings, was called Walter Hall. Tax records indicate the building burned in 1887. The Clarkston Building Association/Maccabee Building was built on the site in 1903. Bingham's residence as shown on the 1872 map of the Village was the house at 75/77 S. Main St., while a building on the site of 39 S. Main was probably his shop.
Bird, Joseph C.
- Died, 1902, in Clarkston.
- John married Francis C. in 1874. She died in 1935, age 80, in N. Y. state.
- J. C. Bird was listed in the 1896 Illustrated Atlas of Oakland Co. as a farmer & Notary Public. Reportedly he was a partner of Isador/Esidor Jossman when the first bank in Clarkton was in the back of Jossman's store. Later Bird was a President of the Clarkston Bank. The Clarkston Eastern Star Chapter was named for him. ?
- A Revolutionary War veteran.
Bird, Orpha C.
- Died 2/6/1909.
- Son, Oscar J. Bird.
- Daughters: Elizabeth Vincent, Darrie Vincent, & Laura Starring.
Bird, Thomas S.
- Wife, Maria Holcomb.
- They were married in New York state & came to Michigan in 1833.
Blake, William S.
- Born 10/21/1802. Died 3/2/1877. 1860 Clarkston census records listed him as a 55 year old merchant who was born in England.
- Wife, Mary Sabine. Born 1/15/1812 in England. Died 8/29/1887.
- 1860 census records listed James Sabine, a 16 year old farm laborer who was born in Michigan and James Urch,a 38 year old clerk who was born in England in the same household.
- One of Clarkston's early settlers. The 1872 map of the Village lists Blake as a farmer, hop grower, & dealer in groceries & provisions. He owned several pieces of property in the western section of the Village in particular.
- 1860 Village of Clarkston census records liste Thomas as a 33 year old miller born in England.
- Wife, Philanda, age 24 in 1860 records, born in N.Y.
- Daughter, Milletta J., age 3, born in Michigan according to 1860 records.
Boice, Rena T.
- Born 1886. Died 5/31/1967.
- Daughter of Adella Tucker married Elmer C. Boice (1911).
- Mrs. Glenn Bonner. Obit, Clarkston News. Died, 10/24/1964. Age 84.
- Emma was a great granddaughter of Butler Holcomb.
- Wife, Emma.
- Boner/Bonner had a feed store on M-15, south of the Village, east side, in a corrugated steel-war surplus building. (This site was later owned by the Beaches.)
- Residence, 41 N. Holcomb.
- Sons: Glen, Dale, Clarence, & William.
- Proprietor of a barbershop which opened, in 1933, at the 2nd door south of Washington St., on the west side of S. Main St. (Clarkston News 5/26/1933 ). The building burned in 1939.
- Wife, Elizabeth A. Vliet (widow of Nelson Vliet). A photo of her in front of home at 11 S. Holcomb may be seen in Heritage, pg.10. Residence, in 1872, 47 E. Church St.. Tax records listed her for this property (that is, her estate in the last years) from 1872 until about 1904.
- Sons, Manley & Seymour.
- Daughters: Emma L. Hall, Prudence Clark & Adda G. Fisher.
- Nelson, a Civil War soldier, died in Andersonville Prison, Atlanta, Georgia.
- Born 1851. Died 1920. Son of Charles & Elizabeth A. Bower.
- Wife, Finette Eliza Bower. Born 1857. Died 1934. She was the daughter of Thomas (Died 6/19/1883 ) & Maria Teare Carran (from the Isle of Man, Great Britian). Maria was born in 1816 & died 1/14/1901. They were married in 1877.
- Children: William, Charles (b.1882-d.11/11/1954), & Marguerite, Mrs. Milton O. Clark).
- Residence: tax records listed Finette Bower, circa 1904-1917, for 55 Buffalo.
- Manley had a "peddling wagon" in Clarkston at the turn of the 20th century.
Bower & Sons
- In 1877, a drug/grocery business in Clarkston.
Boyns, Thomas S.
- Emigrated from Cornwall, England to the U.S., circa 1924, as a young man working at Ford, Highland Park, Mi. He moved to Clarkston commuting to small Ford plants in Milford, etc. until the Clarkston Ford plant was built. Boyns was then a foreman in the plant. During W.W. Il controls for bombers were produced in the factory (Clarkston News 8/27/1986.) Photo of Mr. & Mrs. Boyns, Clarkston News 2/28/57.
- Daughter, Muriel, married Roy Spencer, son of Roy C. & Edith Spencer, of 49 N. Main St..
Bradley, Lottie/Lettie Brown
- Born 1859. Died 7/31/1933. Daughter of Jeremiah & Emma Brown
- A 1903 item in the Pontiac Dailey Press cited Miss "Nettie" Brown as Clarkston's dressmaker.
- Died 9/29/1882, age76.
- Wife, Jemima Whiting (died 5/19/1874,age 27). Richard and Jemima were married at Portsea, Alverstock, England.
- In Clarkston, Brokenshaw was a shoe & boot manufacturer. The 1872 map of the Village lists the business which is shown in a wooden building on the site of 21 S. Main, as Brokenshaw & Richardson. The Brokenshaw residence, 1862-1877, was 41 Buffalo. Richard served in the 8th Michigan Cavalry in the Civil War.
- Born 1867. Died 1933.
- Daughter of Richard & Ellen Bromfield.
- Born 9/29/1834 in South Mill, parish of Stocklin, Devonshire England. Died 1905. Obit, 1/12/1905, The Pontiac Daily Press. 1860 Clarkston census records listed Richard Bloomfield as a 25 year old wagonmaker who was born in England. Wife, Ellen, 26, born in England. and Daniel Broughton, a 25 year old wagonmaker born in England were also listed.
- Wife, Ellen Green. Born 1834. Died 10/4/1902.
- Children: John; Mrs. James Van Avery; Mrs. William Buzzard; Florence and Charlotte.
- Richard came to America in 1852 with his sister Mary and brother, Thomas. He came to Clarkston in 1857. Richard was a wagon maker. Residence, in 1860, N. Holcomb. By 1870 the family home was 50 S. Main, which later became the First Baptist Church parsonage.
Bromfield, William P.
- Born 1860. Died 1860.
- Son of Richard & Ellen Bromfield.
Broomfield, Thomas S.
- Born 1827. Died 7/13/1897.
- Wife, Philinda A. Born 1837. Died 5/28/1914.
- Daughter Milletta. Died 1/22/1874, age 16.
- The 1872 map of the Village shows his residence at 49 W. Washington.
- Born 1813. Died 1874. Owner of a meat market on the east side of N. Main St. see 1872 map of the Village. 1860 Clarkston census records listed him as a 46 year old painter who was born in N.Y.
- Wife, Emma. Born 1828 in England. Died 1916.
- Sons: Leroy, born in 1852 and Wallace.
- Daughters; Emma, born in 1858 in Michigan and Lottie/Lettie A. (Bradley), born in1854 in Michigan.
- He was Town Clerk in 1858.
- Born May, 12, 1852, in Clarkston, Mi. Died 1904. Obit., The Pontiac Post, 5/19/1904.
- Son of Jeremiah and Emma ( Walter ) Brown.
- Wife, Mary, was the daughter of Guy and Nancy ( Kitchen ) Selden. Mary was born in Independence Township.
- Five Children: surviving at the time of Leroy's death, Guy C. (a reporter for The Press, Pontiac); Leroy N., Jr. ; and E. Lucile.
- Leroy was one of Clarkston's early lawyers. He was admitted to the Oakland County Bar after studying law in the office of Taft and Perry in Pontiac.
- He was appointed postmaster in 1896.
- He was Township clerk for ten years, Treasurer for two terms, a member of the county board of school examiners for five years, and a member of the Clarkston Board of Education for 15 years. He also served as Village President. At the time of his death he was Township Supervisor elected first in 1900.
- One of Clarkston's early settlers. According to 1860 Clarkston census records William was a 45 year old farm laborer who was born in N.Y. Margaret, his wife, was born in 1818 in N.Y. Also listed were Harriet, a 19 year old domestic; James, 14; Margaret,12 and Eleanor, 4, all born in Michigan.
- One of Clarkston's first doctors. Residence, 1867-1872, 49 S.Holcomb.
Butters, A. Everitt
- Daughter, Mildred (Mrs. Duane Hursfall).
- Mr. Butters was an agent for Bennet-Ireland Inc., a fireplace implements manufacturer. Residence, 37 E. Church.
- Wife, Mary.
- Daughter, Isabele, Mrs. Washington Addis.
- The 1872 map shows his property as 36 E. Church. (This corresponds with tax records. )
- 1860 Village of Clarkston census records listed Edward as a 28 year old carpenter who was born in N.Y.
- Wife, Jane, age 29 in 1860 was born in N.Y.
- Also listed in the household in 1860 were Charles Husted, age 11 and George Cole, age 10. Both were born in Michigan.
- Born 5/9/1914, age 80.
- Wife, Elcy Ann. Died 11/12/1854, age 26.
- 1860 Village of Clarkston census records listed John as a 62 year old landlord who was born in N.J.
- Wife, Mary, age 45 in 1860, was born in N.J.
- Children: Benjamin, age 20 in 1860, was born in N.J.; John, age 16, born in N.J.; Caroline, age 14, born in N.J.; David, age 12, born in N.Y.; Charles, age 10, born in N.J.; Woodward, age 8, born in N.J.; Emma, age 6, born in N.J.; and Mary, age 2, born in Michigan.
- Also listed in the household in 1860 were Eliza Steele, 18, a milliner who was born in CT.; Sarah A. Guston, 26, a domestic who was born in N.J.; A. Stone, 24, a milliner who was born in Michigan and Peter Coyle, 45, Born in Ireland.
- Proprietor of Carran Implements, c.1900, in the building north of the one on the northeast corner of E. Washington & N. Main St. (Note: both buildings had Greek Revival broken pediment entablature.) According to local reports Carran was the originator of the McCormick Day parade which took place in the Village in the spring in the late 1870s.
- Obit, C.News, 7/19/1962. Age 84. Daughter of James & Elizabeth Carran.
Carran, James, Sr
- Born 1810, Isle of Man, England.
- Married Christie/Christina, in Scotland in 1830. She died 6/6/1909.
- Children: Eddie D. (Died at 10 mo., 7/18/1870) & Ellen, born 1851, in Clarkston, Oak. Co., Mi.
Carran, James, Jr.
- Wife, Elizabeth.
- Daughters: Victoria, Frances, & Sarah.
- (Note: a 1903 Pontiac Dailey Press says J. A. "Carson", blacksmith, at the" north end of town", bought out the business of C. C. Sly last March.)
- An item in The Oakland County Post at the turn of the 20th century noted that Miss Sarah Carran would "teach the Elizabeth Lake school ."
- Obit., Clarkston News, 1946.
- Born 1810, Isle of Man, England. Son of John Carran . ( Born, 1775, in England.)
- Wife, Maria, born in England.
- Daughter, Finette (acc. to 1860 census, age 3 at the time).
- According to the 1860 census, also in residence with Thomas and Maria were John Carran, age 85 ; Eleanor, age 18, a domestic; and William Casement, age 19, a farm laborer .
- Mrs. George Elliot. Died 4/9/1964. Daughter of James & Elizabeth Carran. Residence 61 S. Holcomb.
- A saddle & harness maker.
- Born, 1840, in England. Died 3/12/1910.
- Wife, Margaret D., died 3/24/1879, age 35.
- 2nd wife, Hattie E. Casement. Born 1857. Died 2/16/1945.
- One of Clarkston's earliest settlers.
Cheeseman, Clifford J.
- In 1936 C. J. remodeled Lee McFarland's restaurant, 6 N. Main, for his restaurant & ice cream parlor. A 5/20/1932 Clarkston News item says Cheeseman's will open "both stores" on Orion Rd. & "40 S. Main" ( the later address must be an error, since tax records confirm Cheeseman's ownership of Lot 37, or the N. Main Street building ). Partner with L. H. Cheeseman in Park Lake Farm. A newspaper ad listed "choice pure bred barred rock cockrels" for sale, $2.50 each. (See C. News, 10/22/1921) C. J. was the leader of the "Pig Club" in 1921.
- Owned the hotel on the northeast corner of N. Main & W. Washington Streets in 1910. By 1914 the hotel was the Caribou Inn.
Church, Benjamin F.
- Born 5/12/1819. Died 2/17/1855. Son of Samuel & E. Church.
- Wife, Nancy H. Born 3/3/1823. Died 4/18/1896.
- Born in 1813 in Vermont.
- Wife Ann R., born in 1815 in New York.
- Children: James E. born 1840 in Mi.; Emily, born 1841 in N.Y.; Helen, born 1843 in Mi.; Lewis C., born in 1845 in Mi.; Herbert, born in 1847 in Mi.; Howard, born in1849 in Mi.; Hattie born 1851 and Ida, born in 1847 in Mi.
- Church owned a "furnace", 1855-1860, on what is now the site of 29 E. Washington. In 1860 he moved the business, listed as a carding mill & cloth dressing operation, to the s. w. corner of S. Main & Depot Rd. According to Clarkston census records of that year William H.l Shirts, a 35 year old furnaceman who was born in N.J. resided with the Church family. Tax records also listed a "dwelling house" at that location. Enos served as Township Supervisor in 1853 & 1856, Clerk in 1854 & Justice of the Peace in 1849, 1856, & 1863.
- Brother of Jeremiah & Nelson W. Clark.
- Postmaster in 1840 when the U.S. Post Office was permanently located within the Village limits.
Clark, Edwin G. [Photo]
- Born 1815. Died 12/14/1908.
- Married, 8/11/1834, Mary Lyons of Wayne Co., Mi. (Born 1814. Died 1887.)
- Children: Mary J.; Lovinia J. (Mrs. James Harris); Fidelia ; Helen ; Edwin W.; Lawrence C.; & Washington.
- 2nd wife, Martha Cobb.
- In 1845, Edwin settled on a farm in Section 7 of Independence Township. He was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 1876. He retired to the Village in 1883 purchasing the house which his uncle, Nelson W. Clark, built at 71 N. Main. See 11/16/1967 & 11/30/67 Clarkston News article by Constance Lektzian.
Clark, Edwin M.
- Born 1856. Died 1934. Son of Milton Clark..
- Wife, Helen T. Born 1858. Died 7/25/1949.
- Son, Lee. Born 1881. Died 11/3/1975.
- Daughter, Betsy Mae. Born 1911. Died 2/17/1971.
- Edwin built the home at 52 N. Main. Edwin owned the Phoenix Ironworks in Detroit. He & son, Lee opened the Vulcan Art Metal Works in Clarkston in 1915. They built the stone building on the site of 64/66 S. Main after moving the Alex Young house to the back of that site.
Clark, James M.
- 1860 Village of Clarkston census records listed James as a 33 year old blacksmith who was born in N.Y.
- Wife, Harriet D. was 27 years old in 1860 and was born in N.Y.
- Son, Ward B., age 3 in 1860 was born in Michigan.
Clark, Jeremiah, Sr.
- Born 1760-1761 according to Michigan Military Records compiled by Sue Silliam. See WWW.geocities.com/Michhist/revburial.htm/.
- Wife, Sarah Millington. Born 1767. Died 7/17/1845.
- Children: Julia, Mrs. Elathan Cobb, lived in N. Y. state.; Amasa, Mrs. Grenn, lived in Illinois.; Lydia, Mrs, Nicholas Brown. Born 1781. Died 7/14/1845 in Clarkston, Mich.; Henry; Amos; Jeremiah. Born 9/19/1790. Died in Clarkston, Mi. 8/29/1847;
- Lucy, Mrs. William Johnson, lived in N. Y. state; Susan, Mrs. Jeremiah Blair, born 10/25/1797; Hiram; Sarah, Mrs. Jacob Walter, born 2/15/1806 and died 3/5/1872 in Clarkston; Sidney; and Ebenezer, born 8/6/1812 and died 2/7/1868, in Jackson Co., Mi.
- Jeremiah was a Revolutionary War Soldier. At age 70 he came to live in Michigan. See 11/16/1967 Clarkston News article by Constance Lektzian.
- Born 1790. Died 8/29/1847. Son of Jeremiah & Sarah Clark.
- Wife, Phoebe Holdridge. Born 8/6/1791. Died 8/9/1838.
- Children: Edwin G., born 4/8/1815; Darwin F., born 6/6/1816, died 1841; Washington L., born 5/14/1818, died 1854; Milton H., born 1/13/1820; Newton J., born 10/18/1821; Phoebe J., born 11/13/1825.
- Jeremiah served in the War of 1812. In 1831 he came to Detroit from New York state opening a bakery & grocery store there before coming to Clarkston. In 1838 Jeremiah &, brother, Nelson W. Clark purchased the Clarkston saw mill property of Butler Holcomb. They built a grist mill by 1839. Jeremiah planted the first apple trees in the area & built a sawmill on the shore of Crooked Lake. Jeremiah was Independence Township Supervisor, 1838-39 & 1843-44, Justice of the Peace in 1845 and a representative in the State Legislature in 1838 & 1841.
Clark, John M.
- Born 1827. Died 1911.
- Wife, Harriet D. Born 1832.
- The house at 17 N. Holcomb was probably built for him circa 1862. Clark was a blacksmith.
Clark, Lawrence C.
- Born 1841. Died 1/8/1913. Son of Edwin G.
- Lawrence married, 3/11/1868, Elizabeth "Eliza" A, Smith, born 8/22/1847 in Independence Township. Daughter of Nicholas & Mary Phillips Smith. She Died in 1934.
- Daughters: Alice M., born 1870 & died 1870.; & Lizzie D., born 1872.
- Lawrence's residence was northwest of Clarkston.
Clark, Lee Milton
- Born 1881 in his grandmother Elizabeth Ann Vliet's house, 11 S. Holcomb. Died 12/5/1975. Son of Edwin. Grandson of Milton Clark.
- In 1907 Lee married Bertha Hadley (Born 1883. Died 1/7/1955).
- Children: Milton Hadley; Nelson Lee; Virginia, Mrs. E. A. Owen; Isabel; & Arthur Edwin.
- Lee's father, Edwin Clark started the Phoenix Ironworks in Detroit. He & Lee moved the business to Clarkston in 1915 changing the name to Vulcan Art Metal Works. Lee designed a metal gate for the entrance to Lakeview Cemetery as a memorial to the area's pioneers, (see photo, page 76 ) & the metal plaque on the stone in front of the Independence Township Hall. Father & son built the fieldstone building at 64/66 S. Main in 1915 on the site of a wood house owned by Alex Young a jeweler/watchmaker. This house was moved back on the lot with the front facing Waldon Rd. Lee remodeled this small wood house & made it his home. The house was later moved to Sashabaw Rd. In 1937, Lee reentered the insurance field as an agent for Guarantee Mutual Life Co. with an office in his residence at 38 N. Holcomb. He began a weekly paper, The Community News in the 1920s, printed Clarkston's first picture postcards & was active in organizing entertainment for the Opera House on the second floor or the Maccabee Temple, S. Main. See 1/11/1968 & 1/25/1968 Clarkston News articles by Constance Lektzian.
- Wife of Washington, Lucy was born in 1818 in N.Y.. Their residence was on the site of 28 S. Main. According to 1860 Clarkston census records Lucy ran a boarding house then. Listed as residents were Harvey Clark, a 19 year old clerk and Phebe Clark, a 16 year old schoolteacher. Both were born in Michigan. According to the same records Matilda Walter, a 23 year old domestic born in N.Y.; Frances Lamb, a 9 year old, born in Michigan; Alpheus Handricks, a 26 year old clerk born in Ohio; Alphonzo Anderson, a 26 year old cooper born in Ohio and "---Evevans", a 19 year old harnessmaker born in Ohio also occupied the house. The house was moved to 43 E. Washington St. to make way for the construction of a gas station.
Clark, Milton Henry [Photo]
- Born 1/13/1820 in N.Y. Died 1892. Son of Jeremiah & Phoebe Holdridge Clark.
- Wife, Hannah. Born 1824 in N.Y. Died 1896.
- Children: Edwin, born 1856; Josephine Walter,1863-1931; Abigail C., died 1863, 1yr.; Charlotte H., died 1860, 8 mos.; & Ona L., died 1860, 4 yrs. old. 1860 Clarkston census records listed Charlemagne, 10, born in Michigan; Edwin M.; Martha A.; and Titus, age 16, as a domestic born in N.Y. as part of the household.
- Milton built one of the first stores in Clarkston on the southwest corner of W. Washington & S. Main St., first listed in tax records as Clark & Sterns. He dealt in general merchandise & hardware. Residence 62 N. Main.
Clark, Milton O.
- Obit., Clarkston News,1/10/47.
- Wife, Marguerite. Daughter of Manley & Elizabeth A. Bower.
- In 1937/38 he built the home at 62 Robertson Ct. for retirement. Milton worked for Standard Oil Co., spending time in China.
Clark, Mortimer J.
- M. J. Clark was a blacksmith with a shop, in 1861, on what is now the site of 29 E. Washington.
Clark, Nelson Washington
- 1860 Village of Clarkston census records listed Nelson as a 52 year old merchant who was born in N.Y.
- Died 4/17/1876. Son of Jeremiah & Sarah Clark.
- 1st wife, Phidelia/Fidelia A. 1860 census records listed Phidelia as a 49 year old woman born in N.Y. She died in 1863. According to the 1860 records the children were Phinett, age 17; Clarence D., age 16; Hattie, age 14; and Frank, age 11. All were born in Michigan. Also listed in the household at the time were Daniel Scadding, a 23 year old farm laborer who was born in England; Augustus Beleitz, a 22 year old farm laborer who was born in Holland; Charles A. Jackson, a 30 year old farm laborer who was born in N.Y. and Eliza Bowden, a 28 year old domestic who was born in Ireland and "Liza 6 WI."
- 2nd wife, Ellen. Died 1874.
- Nelson & brother, Jeremiah, purchased the Clarkston lumber mill from Butler Holcomb in 1838 & building a grist mill on the property by 1839. Nelson was responsible for many of the town's improvements. About 1840 Nelson built a two-story clapboard private school at 90 N. Main & planted trees to line the front walk. In 1842, he platted the village, naming it Clarkston, & opened a store on S. Main St. (Tax records of 1850 cite N. W. Clark for lots 1, 2, & 3, assessed value $500, Block 25, now the site of the Clarkston State Bank, 15 S. Main.) Clark also built a carding mill & a fish hatchery on the property below the mill. See Mershon's book, 50 Years of Hunting & Fishing 1923, page 151 (available at the Wisner House, Oakland Co. Pioneer & Historical Society, Pontiac, Michigan), which lists Nelson as the first to privately hatch & plant Brook Trout in Michigan. He built a large Greek Revival residence at 71 N. Main. In 1857 he was Township Supervisor. Under his name the 1860 tax records listed a hotel & warehouse on n.e. 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4 of Section 31 in the s.w. corner of Independence Township (near the railroad tracks). (An invitation for an 1865 "Washington's Birth-Day Party" at the Clarkston Station Hotel was recently found. The proprietor was N. Graham. The party was held at 4 p.m. with music by the Clarkston Band.) Nelson left Clarkston in 1873 to live in Northville to further his fish hatchery business.
Clark, Newton J.
- Son of Jeremiah and Phoebe Holdridge Clark was born 10/18/1821.
- 1860 Village of Clarkston census records listed James as a 38 year old cabinet maker who was born in N.Y.
- Wife, Angeline, age 32 in 1860, was born in Vermont.
- Children listed were Ella, age 9, born in Vermont; Emma, age 4, born in Pennsylvania; and Cora, age 1, born in Michigan.
Clark, Reuben Newell
- Wife, Elizabeth. Died 4/09/1878.
- Daughter, Ella, married Butler Holcomb, grandson of Butler Holcomb, builder of the first Clarkston mill.
- Owner of a building, now the site of 9 S. Main, 1876-1889, housing his grocery/drug business.
Clark, Washington L.
- Born 5/14/1818. Died 1854. Son of Jeremiah Clark .
- Wife, Lucy.
- Washington & Lucy owned a house & barn on the site of 28 S. Main until his death when it became hers. In order to clear this lot for the construction of a gas/service station the house was moved to its present site at 38 E. Washington.
Clayton, Joshua A.
- 1860 Village of Clarkston census records listed Joshua as a 56 year old O.S.P. clergyman who was born in N.Y.
- Wife, Margaret S., was 57 in 1860. She was born in N.J.
- Also listed were Sarah E., 24, born in N.Y.; Anna A. Lyon, 32, born in N.Y.; Clara E., 6, born in CA.; and Helen C., age 1, born in CA.
Cobb, Edmund D.
Cobb, Myron G.
- Platted an addition to Nelson W. Clark's original plat of the Village in 1854.
- Cochran was a professor who bought the school at 90 N. Main built by N.W.Clark.
- 1860 Village of Clarkston census records listed Cochran as a 37 year old principal of an academy, who was born in Vermont.
- Wife, Julia A., listed as age 30 in 1860 records, was born in Canada.
- Son, Carlos B., age 7, was born in Michigan according to 1860 records.
- Also listed in the household in 1860 were Phebe Stark, an 18 year old born in Michigan and Elisha Newman, an 18 year old student who was born in Michigan.
Coon, G. F.
- Son, Avery B. Coon.
- G. F. was proprietor of a hardware store in Clarkston after purchasing the stock of Mr. Carran. See Pontiac Gazette 8/22/1903. According to an advertisement in the 1/02/1902 Pontiac Post, G. F. Coon "Carries the Finest Line of Hardware, Stoves, Ranges, Tinware, Bicycles, Hammocks and Pumps of any general store in Oaklnad Co. First Class Tinner in Connection. Paper rags taken in exchange for goods. Clarkston Mi. "
Coon, Linsley I.
- Wife, Lucy Vliet, daughter of Jennie E. Vliet. Died, age 69, obit., Clarkston News 6/08/1950.
- Married in 1907.
- Residence 66 E. Washington.
Covert, James W.
- 1860 Village of Clarkston census records listed James as a 25 year old shoemaker who was born in N.Y.
- Wife, Phebe age 19 in 1860 was born in N.J.
- Child, Francis A., age 1 in 1860 was born in Michigan.
Craft. Abraham/Abram L.
- Son of Charles & Lydia Craft who were among the early settlers of Springfield Township.
- Wife, Carrie Jennings.
- In 1885 Professor Craft became the principal of the Clarkston High School in the wooden building, 90 N. Main, built as a private academy by Nelson W. Clark. See 2/22/67 Clarkston News article by Constance Lektzian.
- Manager for Guy Walter's grocery business in Clarkston.
Croop & Brown
- In 1877 a meat market in Clarkston.
- Owner of a meat market on S. Main St. in Clarkston.
Crosby, George B.
- Wife, Mary J.
- George & David R. Teggerdine were owners/operators of a meat market in a wooden building, 12 S. Main, in Clarkston. By 1824 this business was owned by Wm. Dunston who also had the building at 10 S. Main.
- A farmer.
- Wife, Catharine.
Curl, Charles S.
- 1860 Village of Clarkston census records listed Charles as a 30 year old clerk who was born in N.J.
- Wife, Mary S., 24 years old in 1860. Born in Michigan.
- Sons, in 1860, William, age 3 and John, age 1. Both born in Michigan.
- Also listed in the household in 1860 was Ruth Payne, age 16, born in Michigan.
- Son of Charles S. and Mary S. Curl. According to 1860 Clarkston census records John was born in Michigan.
- Obit., Clarkston News, 3/29/1940. Age 84.
- Born in Wales. Died 4/05/1889, age 82.
- Wife, Amy. Died 5/20/1876, age 74.
- Native of Ireland.
- Wife, Emily Green.
- Brothers, Allen, John & William.
- One of Clarkston's early businessmen/residents. He had the first iron foundry in the Village 1845. He was also a county sheriff. In 1837 it was in Davis' house that the first town meeting was held. He was then selected as the first Town Clerk serving 1838 - 1842. He served as Justice of the Peace 1843 & 1848.
Davis, James S.
- Born 4/11/1842.
- According to a 1912 History of Oakland Co., James came to the area first to George Beardsley's farm, then to Thomas Carran's farm. He was appointed by Michigan Governor S. T. Mason to assess & collect taxes for four counties. He was Justice of the Peace in 1837. In 1845 he built a foundry & machine shop in Clarkston. He left Clarkston in 1850 for Southfield. See History of Oakland County, 1817-1877.
- Native of Ireland. Brothers: Allen, Arthur & William. 1860 Village of Clarkston census records listed John as a 59 year old retired farmer.
- Wife, Sarah, age 59 according to 1860 census records was born in England
- Daughters, according to 1860 census records, Emily M., age 23, and Mary, 13, both born in Michigan.
- Also listed in the household in 1860 was Ellen M. Beesley, age 24, born in England.
- John served as Town Clerk in 1852.
- 1860 Village of Clarkston census records listed John as a 42 year old furnaceman who was born in N.Y.
- Wife, Sarah, age 32 in 1860 records, was born in N.Y.
- Child, Orr M. was 1 in 1860 records and was born in Michigan.
- Also listed in the housedhold in 1860 were Hezikiah Dart, a 69 year old wool carder who was born in CT.; and Paul Davison, a 44 year old day laborer who was born in N.Y.
- 1860 Village of Clarkston census records listed Edmund as a 33 year old clerk who was born in N.Y.
- Wife, Mary, age 21 in 1860 was born in N.J.
- Wife, Margery.
- Delind worked for 4 years for G. M. Export Co. in Australia & the Far East. (Clarkston News 9/01/1933 ).
DeLisle, Ben [Photo]
- Born 1856 in Marine City, Michigan. Died 1938 in Clarkston, Michigan.
- Ben married Ellison Easton.
- Daughter, Mrs. Ed. Sugar.
- DeLisle came to Clarkston in 1888. He was a druggist who worked for Nicholas Bonaparte Smith & was a Health Officer for Independence Township. He was known as "Uncle Ben".
Demerest, James G.
- Wife, Martha.
- James served as Town Clerk 1869 -1870. He built the Demerest House in 1872 on the northwest corner of N. Main St. & W. Washington St.
Demerest, Matilda Derrick
- Wife, Debora J.
- Owner of the hotel, the Demerest House, built circa 1872 on the northwest corner of W. Washington & N. Main Streets. The proprietors for a time were Mr. & Mrs. William Stoors. After several owner & name changes (which included The Demerest House, the Clarkston House, the Nelson House, the New Wooster), the hotel became the Caribou Inn.
- 1860 census records listed Samuel"Demeress", a 49 year old farmer, born in N.J.; Amanda, his 34 year old wife, born in N.Y.; Sarah, 12 years old; Mary, 8 years old; and Ann, 5 years old. All three girls were born in Michigan.
Demond/ DeMond, Dude
- Is this Harvey? According to Heritage, page 51, Dude bought the barbershop of Jake Gulick in 1921.
- Son of Oliver P. Demond. Brother of Charles & Raymond.
- Harvey opened a barbershop in 1939 in front of the Clarkston Village Council room, 25 S. Main.
- Wife, Catherine Voorheis. Married in 1835.
Demond(DeMond)(Demund), Oliver P.
- Obit., Clarkston News, 1/12/45.
- Sons: Charles, Harvey & Raymond.
- Born 10/12/1853. Died in 1932 as the result of a stove explosion at the home of his daughter in Holly, Michigan.
- Rome married Jane Hammond 3/14/1817. She died in 1925.
- He was a brother of Seward, Oliver & John.
- According to the 1896 Oakland Atlas, Amzi was born in N.J. in 1850.
- Married Augusta Hammond.
- Daughter, Irene.
- He served as Justice of the Peace 1869, 1873,&1877.
- Obit., Clarkston News 2/26/32.
- Brothers: Oliver, Roam/Rome & John.
- Wife, Mary. Born 1817. Died 4/28/1895. (Mary married John W. Howe 3/06/1866.)
- Derrick platted an addition to the Village in 1858. He is also credited with being one of the first to bring Durham & Devon cattle to the area. See Heritage, page 9.
Dresser, Charles C. [Photo]
- Son of J. H. & Elizabeth C. (Vliet) Dresser.
- Born 7/09/ 1856 in Clarkston.
- Married Emily C. Tiffany
[Photo] in Detroit, 11/23/1885. (She was the sister of William Curtis Noyes Tiffany, whose residence was at 43 E. Washington, Clarkston.)
- Children: Walcott Louis Dresser & Amy, Mrs. Floyd Hammond. See Tiffany genealogy.
Dresser, Emily C.
- Born 6/07/1854 in Detroit, Michigan. Daughter of Louis LePrelete and Elizabeth Sarah (Johnson) Tiffany.
- Married Charles C. Dresser 11/23/1885 in Detroit.
- Children: Walcott Louis Dresser and Amy, Mrs. Floyd Hammond.
Dresser, Elizabeth C.
- Born 2/28/1828 in Oxford, New York. Daughter of Willian Van Buskirk Vliet. One of his 14 children.
- Married John Harvey Dresser.
- Children: see John Harvey Dresser entry.
Dresser, John Harvey
- Born 6/30/1825, Dresserville, Cayuga Co., N.Y.
- Died 1/18/1892 in Clarkston, Michigan.
- Son of Harvey & Heldah (Gibson) Dresser.
- John married Elizabeth C. Vliet . Born 2/28/1828 Oxford, New Jersey. One of William Van Buskirk Vliet's 14 children.
- Children: Charles H., born 4/20/1854 in Clarkston, Mi., died in infancy; Charles C., born 7/9/1856 in Clarkston, Mi.; William H., born 10/24/1860 in Clarkston, Mi.; George E., born 6/6/1866 (drown at age thirteen in Park Lake, Clarkston, Mi.)
- 1860 Village of Clarkston census listed Matilda Walter, a 25 year old domestic who was born in N.Y., as a part of the dresser household.
- John came to Independence Township in 1847 to teach, returning in the summer to his home in N.Y. to work for the Union Transportation Co. as a barge captain on the Erie Canal. He became a permanent resident of Clarkston in 1847/1850. In 1860 tax records listed him for the n.e. corner of N. Main & E. Washington (tax records listed 27&1/2' x 62&1/2', Dresser & Robinson ). Dr. Horace Robinson had a drugstore at that location in 1859 with Dr. Nelson Abbey. Later it became Nicholas B. Smith Drugs. Reportedly, Dresser ran a store here for a time. John Dresser also ran the inn on S. Main started by John Hertwig for a short time. He then became an insurance agent with an office in a building on the site of the Clarkston State Bank, 21 South Main. Dresser served as Postmaster 1885 - 1889; Town Clerk 1855-1856, 1873-1877 & Justice of the Peace in 1866 & 1874. He was the original treasurer of the Union Cemetery. Residence 24 E. Washington. See 12/15/1966 Clarkston News article by Constance Lektzian & the Tiffany genealogy.
- Proprietor of a livery/stable & stage line owner. For a time he ran the inn which John Hertwig had opened on S. Main St. in Clarkston.
- 1860 Village of Clarkston census records listed Nelson "Duell" as a 22 year old livery who was born in Michigan.
- Wife, Anna, age 24 in 1860 records, was born in Michigan.
- Also listed in the household in 1860 were Sarah Lowry, a 19 year old domestic, born in Michigan; and Frederick Long, a 34 year old teamster who was born in Germany.
- Born 1855. Died 5/20/1909.
- Husband John. Born 1851. Died 10/29/1927.
- Wife, Fannie Belle Jickells.
- Residence 7 Buffalo, 1925-1927.
Dunston, Prudence Gray
- Wife of William Dunston of Clarkston,
- Prudence was a teacher in the Clarkston School District & Village Treasurer for a time.
- "Bill", son of Mrs. LeRoy/Leroy P. (Margaret Hammond) Addis.
- Wife, Prudence Gray of Blissfield,Michigan.
- "Bill" purchased Waterbury's Home Market, 10 S. Main, renaming it Dunston's Market. By 1924 he also purchased the Crosby & Teggerdine meat market, 12 S. Main. These two wooden buildings were destroyed in a fire in 1927. In 1955 Bill was a salesman for Clifford M. Stanley Real Estate, Fenton. Residence 68 Buffalo.
Dunston, William E.
Edmondson /Edmonson, Jonas
- Town Clerk, 1853, Jonas had a shop on the northwest corner of South Main St. & Depot Rd. He was the grandfather of Elizabeth Edmondson, Mrs. Frank Lambert.
- Residence 10 Buffalo from about 1870 until his death (by 1884).
- 1860 Village of Clarkston census records listed Jonas as a 31 year old clerk who was born in N.J.
- Wife, Phebe, age 24 in 1860 records, was born in N.Y.
- Son, Harris P. was age 3 in 1860 records. He was born in Michigan.
- Also listed in the household in 1860 was Martha Bellows, age 12, born in N.J.
- Wife of Jonas Edmondson was listed in 1860 Village of Clarkston census records as age 24 and born in N.Y.
- Son, Harris P., listed as age 3 in 1860 records, was born in Michigan.
- Born 8/31/1876 in Ontario, Canada. Died, age 86. Obit., Clarkston News.
- Married Victoria Carran of Clarkston, 9/24/1912.
- George was a carpenter. Their residence was the house at 61 S. Holcomb.
Elliot, Victoria Carran (Mrs. George)
- Died 4/9/1964.
- Daughter of James & Elizabeth Carran.
Ellis, Glenn N.
- Born 1885. Died 1968. Adopted son of Norman & Esther Ellis. See 5/18/1967. Clarkston News article by Constance Lektzian.
- Wife, Mable L. Green, daughter of Peter Green. (Niece of Margaret Green Scadding.) Born 1884. Died 1969.
Ellis, Norman J.
- Born 1843. Died 1923.
- Wife Esther/Ester A. Born 1844. Died 8/3/1919.
- The Ellises owned a large farm, Ingomar Farm, on Dixie Highway in Springfield Township. They raised Percheron draft horses from a line bred in the Perche district of France. In 1902/03 Ellis built a house on the site of a much smaller building at 99 N. Main. The Ellis house was remodeled in 1935 by Clifford J. Waterbury. See 5/18/1967 Clarkston News article by Constance Lektzian.
Ellis, Norman J.
- Born 1912. Died 1985.
- Son of Glenn N. & Mable L. Ellis.
- Wife Ruth Belitz. Ruth's grandmother was Mrs. Green who had a maternity home at 18 N. Holcomb St.
Ellwood, Benjamin F.
- He was Justice of the Peace in 1871. Ellwood ran a livery service with a stable on Main St. In 1877 the business was on the southwest corner of S. Main & Depot Rd.
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