The Old Settlers of Mecosta, Montcalm, and Isabella Counties in the State of Michigan, started settling the area in the early 1860s. They came by covered wagons drawn by oxen. Doraville Whitney was the first Black settler in Isabella County in 1860. The first documentation of an African-American settler in Mecosta County Michigan was James Guy. His deed was signed by Abraham Lincoln. He obtained 160 acres in Wheatland Township on May 30, 1861. Lloyd & Margaret Guy were the first Black settlers in Montcalm County in 1861. The Homestead Act of 1862 allowed each settler 160 acres in Michigan. By 1873 African-Americans owned 1,392 acres in the three counties of Isabella, Mecosta, and Montcalm. In the 1860's most of the land in Remus was owned by the Old Settlers. "Old Settlers" came from Canada via "The Underground Railroad." Other "Old Settlers" came from Hocking and Athens Counties in the State of Ohio.

Families of The Old Settlers of Mecosta, Isabella, and Montcalm Counties contributed their photographs and family histories for the making of this book. Because of the number of people compiling the information, there may be errors, but for the most part, the book is a depiction of the early settlers who started arriving in the three-county area in the 1860s.
​ OSRW self-publishes its own books.  We edit, format, and publish.  We also obtain grant money to restore sites related to the Old Settler History pertaining to Mecosta, Isabella, and Montcalm Counties (Michigan).  

​​Useful Links

Old Settlers Reunion Website 

Sonya Hollins Website:  http://www.merzetate.com