Davis and Deyoe Family History

The Genealogy of Lester and Eleanor Davis


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Almira Whitcomb Personal History

According to The Portrait and Biographical Album of Genesee, Lapeer and Tuscola Counties, 1892, Chapman Brothers, pages 435-437 from a transcription by Lorraine Kanary (Michigan History, Lapeer, Michigan Gen Web):

Nicholas Gass land his wife came to their farm through Macomb County...neighbor...Aaron Barber informed Mrs. Gass that her nearestneighbor on the East was 17 miles distant, on the North, 40 miles, and on the West, 5 miles. At first they were to be constantly ontheir guard against the fiendish proclivities of the Indians...Although Mrs. Gass is now 85 years of age she still speaks the Indian language. The lady was brought up in wealth and affluence and never knew hardships until moving to Michigan. Her husband, not being a farmer, never cleared enough land to raise wheat for family use. After his death in 1855, which was known as the winter of the Michigan Famine, she was in need of flour and had a man make some shingles. Loading them onher sleight which was drawn by a yolk of oxen, and taking her 11 year old son, Romain with her, she started to Lakland County, Michigan, USA to trade her shingles for flour. Although she encountered a snowstorm and her road was blocked, she drove to Oxford and there found an opportunity to trade for flour. The snow, however, made it impossible for her to return immediately and she was obliged on the way home to stop at Thronville and have her grist ground. She had left two children at home and naturally her mother's heart misgave her concerning them, but she found them quite well. Mrs. Gass is a woman of intelligence and culture and tells many reminiscences of days that are past.

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