The Old Settlers Journey to Michigan (Volume II)
The Old Settlers Journey to Michigan (Volume I)
The families with surnames Bannister, Manning, Ricks and Segee were not included in the print edition but have since been added to the print edition--along with new pictures. All proceeds for this book will be used to fund projects for historical preservation related to The Old Settlers. The next project will be the purchase an entrance monument for Wheatland/Morgan Cemetery outside of Remus, MI. Other projects in the past have included cemetery headstones for Estello and Gladys Guy-Harper and Harrison Harding. Harding (a Civil War Veteran) recently was provided a headstone through the Veterans' Administration.
"Home is where one finds it." This ancient proverb has more "Where" in the mid-nineteenth century for migrating families than it does today, especially for NEGROES moving into what might be called frontier territory. Today, all frontier territory in Michigan is resort property, sold to urban White people. "Where" could mean any of the unclear or cut-over land left by the lumbering companies.
The Old Settlers Journey to Michigan: Volume II gives a descriptive view of the original Old Settlers in Isabella, Mecosta, and Montcalm Counties and has excerpts from Marguerite’s Journal, Making a Home. The first African American settler in Isabella County was Doraville Whitney who came in the fall of 1860. The Whitney family married into the Norman family.
Volume 2 gives a descriptive view of the original Old Settlers in Isabella, Mecosta, and Montcalm Counties. These initial settlers were noble and courageous people. The first African American settler in Isabella County was Doraville Whitney. He came in the fall of 1860. Grandison Norman came in 1862 and was the first homesteader in Isabella County.
Dye Cemetery is located in Remus on Arthur Road in Mecosta County. If you have ever driven down Arthur Road, you know the road winds around and around through pine trees and swamps. Before television was invented our ancestors would sit around and tell scary ghost stories. None of these stories were based on blood and gore but on the supernatural. The stories play with the mind. See for yourself. Enter at your own risk!!! We can't be responsible for the "aftermath." Your ancestors had to endure much. Everything written here was done for self-protection.
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The history and information in the counties and the townships that surround Millbrook (Mecosta, Isabella, and Montcalm) have continued to leave out names of the African Americans who settled in the area between the early 1860’s and 1880’s when local state history books started appearing in-print. That way it appears that Black settlements never existed. Oral history has been shared with the Black community but never recorded within those townships or counties until 1988 when a compilation of deeds, properties, and genealogical history was recorded in the archives. In The Old Settlers: A Nation Within Itself.