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GOVERNOR AND JUDGES JOURNAL 



PROCEEDINGS 



OF THE 



Land Board 



OF DETROIT 



EDITED BY 

M. AGNES BURTON 



COMPILED BY 

CLARENCE M. BURTON 

City Historiographer 

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PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 



INTRODUCTION. 

On June 11, 1805, the village of Detroit was reduced to ashes. 
The real cause of the fire was never discovered, but it was attrib- 
uted to the carelessness of someone who lighted a *'segar" in the 
stable of John Harvey's bakery, near the center of the town. The 
fire broke out about 9 a. m., and by noon only two buildings were 
left standing. Even the citadel, which was quite detached from 
the town and contained barracks', officers quarters and contrac- 
tors' stores, was wiped out. Detroit at that time was the seat of 
government of the Territory and contained about 300 houses 
built of wood and all huddled together within the space now 
bounded by Griswold, Cass and Larned Streets. 

Congress, by an act of January 11, 1805, had set off Michigan 
as a separate territory and had appointed Gen. William Hull, 
governor of the new territory. Rev. Stanley Griswold, secretary, 
and Augustus B. Woodward and Frederick Bates, judges. This 
act was not to go into effect until July 1, 1805, and the new 
officers were to enter upon their duties at that time ; therefore it 
was this scene of desolation and confusion which confronted 
them. 

Bates had been living in Detroit prior to the fire and was in 
business there. Judge Woodward arrived on the 29th of June, 
and Governor Hull the evening of July 1st, in company with 
Secretary Griswold. Upon their arrival they found that the 
inhabitants had begun to lay out a new town nearly on the lines 
of the old one, but including the ''common," which they had used 
as a common pasture since the settlement of the country. Hull 
and Woodward persuaded them against such a plan and showed 
them the advisability of enlarging the town, widening the streets 
and making a more beautiful place. They agreed to wait for the 
governor and judges to draw up a plan. In a letter to Madison, 
August 3rd, 1805, Hull writes : "We immediately fixed up a plan, 
and employed the best surveyor we could find in the country to 
lay out the streets, squares and lots. If possible the plan shall be 
transmitted by this conveyance. I hope it will be approved by 
the government. The principal part of the grounds embraced by 
the plan belong to the United States without a question. Many 
of the lots in the old town are cut up by the streets, which has 



4^ GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

reduced us to the necessity of exchanging them for lots on the 
domain or common. We have likewise from the necessity of the 
case, concluded to sell as many lots on the domain or common as 
will be necessary for the accommodation of those citizens who 
wish to build this town, and did not own lots in the town. This 
rule, however, we make expressly subject to the ratification of 
congress. We think we have great reason to believe our conduct 
will be approved; because we obtain two important objects by it; 
first, a town or city laid out on a regular plan ; secondly, the accom- 
modation of those people who have suffered by the late calamity. 
And I have no doubt, but a third will be obtained, viz, the value 
of the land of the United States, will be greatly increased." 
(Michigan Pioneer Collections, t^ol. 31, pp. 524-525.) The plan 
as drawn up was presented to the people and signed on July 19, 
1805, by some twenty odd who had suffered losses in the destruc- 
tion of the town. Comparing this with a list of property owners 
(Michigan Pioneer Collections, Vol. 36, p. 114) who had made 
a return of their losses on June 24, 1805, there were some who 
had not been reckoned with. Some of the inhabitants, destitute 
of shelter and seeing that the government had no authority to give 
them immediate help in selecting a site, rebuilt on their former 
ground; others took possession of the public lands, trusting to 
the liberality of the government to either make them a donation 
of the ground as a compensation for their sufferings, or to accept 
a very moderate price for it. They did not all agree upon the 
plan drawn up by the governor and judges and there was no civil 
authority to decide claims or pass upon a plan to be adopted. 
However, Hull proceeded with his plan for the new town ; had 
it surveyed and laid out, and lots were advertised for sale with 
the understanding that all titles were subject to the approval of 
congress. ''Where the purchaser of a lot was a proprietor in the 
old town, he was at liberty to extinguish his former property in 
his new acquisition, foot for foot, and was expected to pay only 
for the surplus, at the rate expressed in his bid," reported Hull 
and Woodward, October 10, 1805. (Michigan Pioneer Collec- 
tions, Vol. 36, p. 105.) They went on to say that part of the 
inhabitants of the old town were only tenants, as there had been 
no means of acquiring any new titles. The sale of lots was not 
to be confined to former proprietors, but as far as possible to for- 
mer inhabitants. After the sale of a considerable part by auction 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD ' 5 

the rest was to be disposed of by private contract. As soon as 
the necessities of the inhabitants were accommodated the sales 
were to stop until they could learn the pleasure of the govern- 
ment. No titles could be confirmed and no money was to be 
taken until the expiration of a year. In that time Hull hoped 
that congress would have had time to act. Thus the inhabitants 
were enabled to erect buildings in order to shelter themselves 
from the approaching winter. On the 11th of October, Hull 
found it necessary to return to his home in Newton, Mass., but 
wrote Madison that he would be in Washington the beginning of 
winter (Michigan Pioneer Collections, Vol. 31, p. 540) in order 
to propose measures for the good of the Territory. During his 
absence Stanley Griswold was acting governor. Chief Justice 
Woodward left for Washington at the same time. Their report 
was presented by President Jefferson to congress, December 23, 
1805. Jt dragged along, nothing was done, and finally on January 
24, 1806, Hull went on to Massachusetts. On April 30, 1806, he 
wrote from Albany, on his way to Detroit, picturing the discon- 
tent of the people of the Territory if he should return without 
having accomplished anything in their behalf. Woodward had 
remained in Washington, working with the committee appointed 
to report on the Michigan affairs. (Territories, Woodward's let- 
ter, March 12, 1806.) On April 2nd, 1806, an "act to provide 
for the adjustment of titles of land in the Territory of Michigan 
and other purposes" was passed by the house. In the senate it 
was amended April 19th and sent back to the house, where it was 
passed as amended, "An act to provide for the adjustment of 
titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of Michigan 
and for other purposes," April 21st, 1806. 

In June, Hull returned to Detroit and was greeted with 
addresses of welcome and congratulation. Woodward and John 
Griffin, a newly-appointed judge, arrived somewhat later, and on 
the 6th of September, 1806, the board of commissioners com- 
menced their work under the act of congress of April 21, 1806. 
This meeting was held at Hull's house, which was one of the first 
houses erected. Hull, Woodward and Bates were present. Peter 
Audrain was made secretary and Asa Jones sergeant-at-arms. 
The first act of the governor and judges was to pass a resolution 
to lay out and survey a town, and to adjust titles and claims. 
There is no known map of the town as it was planned by Hull 



6 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

and Woodward immediately after the fire. Whatever that plan 
may have been, they now resolved that the basis of the town 
should be an equilateral triangle having each side 4,000 feet and 
having each angle bisected by a perpendicular line upon the oppo- 
site side, an elaborate plan originating with Judge Woodward. 
Public squares, spaces, avenues, streets and lanes were laid out. 
Main Street ran parallel with the river ; Court House Avenue, at 
right angles with it, was the present Woodward Avenue, and 
East and West Street ran on the lines of Michigan Avenue and 
Cadillac Square. Military Square was the site of the present 
Campus Martins and a circus was the site of the present Grand 
Circus Park. 

This plan was a unit which was repeated many times in the 
original drawing, but as the city grew the idea was abandoned 
and a more conventional type followed. Only that portion of 
the city south of Adams Avenue and bounded on the east by 
Brush Street and on the west by Cass Street shows any trace of 
Woodward's original plan. 

According to the act of 1806, every sufferer by the fire, above 
seventeen years of age on the 11th of June, 1805, and who lived 
in the city at the time of the fire, should be granted by the gov- 
ernor and judges a lot not exceeding 5,000 square feet, where 
they judged most proper. Trouble immediately arose over the 
location of the donation lots. On November 13, 1806, Hull 
wrote: "The donees contended that it was the intention of con- 
gress that they should have the most valuable lots, and all who 
had purchased lots from this government, insisted on these lots 
being considered as donations." (Michigan Pioneer Collections, 
Vol 31, p. 569). The board thought the best lots ought not to be 
given as donations because there were not enough to go around, 
and immediately passed such resolutions as : "Resolved, that the 
five lots opposite Scott's, Wilkinson's, Abbott's, Abbott and 
Smith's and Godfroy, Jr.'s be sold at public auction." These lots 
were on the east side of what is today Woodward Avenue and 
extend from the river up about one block. "Resolved, that no 
lots on the Main Street, on either side of the Main Street, or 
between the Main Street and the Detroit River, can be given as 
donations to the sufferers by the fire." "Resolved, that none of the 
lots on the Court House Avenue, eastward of the court, or any 
of the corner lots on the Military Square, be given as donations." 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 7 

■"Resolved, that no corner lots be given for a donation." These 
resolutions drew forth a memorial from the inhabitants of the 
town, signed by Robert Abbott, John Harvey, Hugh R. Martin^ 
John Gentle and John R. Williams, which was presented October 
9, 1806, remonstrating against the system of distributing donatioa 
lots. The board of commissioners answered this memorial, invit- 
ing the inhabitants to elect a committee authorized to act with, 
the board in devising a better scheme. A report was made and. 
referred to a committee consisting of Judges Woodward and 
Bates. A classified list of the donees was supplied by John Dods- 
mead and on October 25th the report was brought forward and. 
discussed. (Michigan Pioneer Collections, Vol. 31, pp. 574-583). 
The discussion resulted in the resignation of Judge Woodward on 
November 5, 1806. [Id., Vol. 31, pp. 566-568). No meetings 
were held from that day until November 10th, when Hull made 
a resolution alloting the most valuable public lots to those entitled 
to donations after the necessary public reservations were made. 
He also presented the following resolution : "Three members not 
being agreed with respect to the location of ,donation lots granted 
by congress to the inhabitants of the Town of Detroit ; and that 
act requiring the concurrence of three members to carry it into 
effect, any further attempts under the present state of things must 
apparently be fruitless, no other course but a suspension of our 
duties under this law "seems to present itself, however it may 
impede the progress of the city, whatever inconvenience it may 
produce to the inhabitants, or embarrasment to the government, it 
seems to be dictated by imperious necessity. 

"Thereupon, resolved, that the duties of the governor and 
judges under the act of congress entitled. An act to provide for 
the adjustment of titles of land in the Town of Detroit, and Ter- 
ritory of Michigan, and for other purposes, be suspended." This- 
resolution was, however, postponed for further consideration by- 
Judge Bates. It has the appearance of a concession and probably 
brought Woodward back, for on the Uth of November he 
returned, and after making a motion that the resolution passed 
the day previous respecting what lots shall be allowed for dona- 
tions be rescinded, he then moved, and it was "Resolved, that to 
every person who has purchased a lot in the New Town, and who 
is entitled to a donation, such Lot shall be conveyed as a donation, 
unless the same may have been disposed of by the person, and 



8 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

then the payment therefor, shall be to the public treasury; and 
when a married man has purchased more lots than one, no more 
than one of them shall be conveyed as a donation; and when a 
person has purchased, who is not entitled to a donation, the price 
shall be considered as a donation, and given to the donees as 
donations." Hull's letter of November 13, 1806, says : "The gov- 
ernor and judges have now agreed on a system which I believe 
will give general satisfaction. The storms seem to have abated 
and I presume everything will be tranquil." 

On November 15th Woodward presented the plan recom- 
mended by the committee. 

''All those belonging to the first class, who have improved the 
lots now in their possession, we conceive, ought to retain them 
for their donation, or in exchange for an equal quantity of ground 
in the old town, paying for the surplus feet, agreeable to the con- 
ditions of the sale, to wit : two cents for each square foot ; 

''All lots that the legislative board have disposed of since the 
act of congress, or remain unsold, together with those that are 
improved, ought to be numbered, and ballotted by the claimants 
of the first class, that are not satisfied ; 

"All those persons who have built dwelling-houses on lots 
considered to be in the first class, and who are claimants in the 
second class, shall retain said lots, by paying to the persons in the 
first class, who draw the lots, two cents for each square foot, in 
the course of twelve months. Those who are not claimants, 
having built a dwelling house on a lot in the first class, ought to 
pay the persons drawing said lot, the same price that the legisla- 
tive board were to receive ; 

"It is understood by the committee that the lots for the first 
class should be those fronting in the Court House Avenue, from 
the river to the corner lots on the north side of the Main Street, 
inclusive, and those on the street commonly called Main Street; 

"The claimants in the second class ought to have the next 
choice of the best lots remaining after the first class are satisfied, 
and to have their claims adjusted on the same system with the 
first class-; 

"The claimants in the third class should have the next choice 
of the best lots remaining after the second class are satisfied, and 
the system taken to adjust their claims to be the same as recom- 
mended for the first class." 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 9 

This resolution met with approval and was passed. 

The work of the commissioners now progressed more" smoothly 
but not without some friction. On November 21, 1806, Governor 
Hull was appointed a committee to sit during the recess of the 
board with the power to enquire who were entitled to donations 
and to assign the same. On January 21, 1807, he made an elab- 
orate report which was passed on the 23rd. 

The commissioners met two or three times a week until 
the 2nd of June, Hull and Woodward frequently differing 
over the assigning of lots. At the meeting of June 1st, 1807, 
Woodward was appointed a committee to act during the recess of 
the board in adjusting the titles and in distributing the donations. 
On July 18, 1807, he wrote to Madison : "The town titles will be 
definitely arranged as soon as the military reservation is made. 
We gave great dissatisfaction in the distribution of the donations. 
Mr. Bates and myself were clearly of the opinion that the dona- 
tions should not be suffered to run foul of the adjustments of the 
ancient titles. The governor gave way to the public storm. As 
their wish was, however, impracticable in its own nature, not 
from the mere reluctance of those who were to make the distribu- 
tion, we have been constantly obliged painfully to tread back upon 
our steps, and none of us have given satisfaction to the people. 
Perhaps none could have done it under the jealousies and dissen- 
sions prevailing among them. But they would have been more 
respectful toward their government if it had been steady and 
firm ; on one side desiring nothing wrong, and not to be driven 
from what they knew to be right on the other." (Michigan Pio- 
neer Collections, Vol. 12, p. 507). 

From June 2, 1807, until October 24, 1808, all records of the 
board have disappeared. Whether Woodward acted as a com- 
mittee during all that tiipe is not shown in any papers so far dis- 
covered. During this time a quarrel arose between Hull and Gris- 
wold. In order to avoid the enmity of either. Woodward took 
up his residence at River Raisin. From here he wrote on March 
8, 1808, that he had had no intercourse with the secretary for six- 
teen months and with Hull for eight mopths. He considered 
Griswold's actions malicious intrigues against Hull with the intent 
to injure that gentleman's reputation. A few days later came the 
news of Hull's reappointment as governor of Michigan Territory. 



10 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

Griswold was soon replaced by Reuben Atwater and peace was 
restored. On October 24, 1808, the land board resumed its meet- 
ings and continued as in the following record. 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 11 



JOURNAL^ 

of the proceedings of the governor and judges of Michigan, act- 
ing as commissioners under an act of congress entitled, "an act^ 
to provide for the adjustment of titles of land in the Town of 
Detroit and Territory of Michigan and for other purposes," 
approved on the 21st day of April, 1806. 



On Monday, the 24th October, 1808, the governor and judges* 
met as commissioners under the act of congress entitled, *'an act 
to provide for the adjustment of titles of land in the Town of 
Detroit and Territory of Michigan, and for other purposes." 
Present : Gov. William Hull and Judge Witherell, and there being 
no quorum, they adjourned until tomorrow at nine of the clock 
in the forenoon. 

On Tuesday, the 25th October, 1808, the governor and judges 
met as commissioners. Present : Gov. William Hull, John Grif- 
fin and James Witherell, judges. 

On motion of the governor for the appointment of a presi- 
dent, the commissioners proceeded to make an appointment, 
whereupon Judge Witherell was called to the chair. Joseph Wat- 
son was appointed secretary to the commissioners. 

On motion of Governor Hull : Resolved, that the secretary* be 
furnished, at the expense of the commissioners, with a blank- 
book for the purpose of recording their proceedings. 

Dr. William Brown^ offered four deeds signed by Governor 
Hull and Judge Woodward^ (pursuant to the agreement made 
by Gov. William Hull and Judge Woodward as a committee dur- 
ing the recess of the session of the board of commissioners) for 
the signature of a third commissioner. The deeds are for : 
lot 46, section 7, and lots 7 and 8, section 1 ) , , ,. 

" 7, " 1, " "59 '• 60, " 3 I and the expediency 

of signing the said four deeds, which being taken into considera- 
tion, was ordered to be postponed for further consideration. 

On motion of Judge Griffin : Resolved, that Governor Hull be 
appointed a committee to confer with Mr. Thomas Smith^ of 
Upper Canada, to know on what terms he will undertake the sur- 
veying of the Town of Detroit, and that the committee be author- 



Numbers refer to notes in the Appendix. 



12 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

ized to offer to compensate the said Smith in land in the City of 
Detroit, or out of the 10,000 acres adjacent thereto. 

The appHcation of George Meldrum^ respecting ground cut 
off by streets, together with the preparation of his deeds, which 
appUcation was ordered to be referred to a committee, which 
committee was ordered to consist of one, and Governor Hull was 
ordered to be said committee. 

And then the commissioners adjourned until tomorrow at ten 
of the clock in the forenoon. 

On Wednesday, the 26th October, the commissioners, not hav- 
ing come together, the secretary adjourned the board until tomor- 
row at ten o'clock in the forenoon. 

On Thursday, the 27th October, the commissioners met pur- 
suant to adjournment. Present: Gov. William Hull ; John Griffin 
and James Witherell, judges. 

Dr. William Brown's case, which was postponed on the 25th 

October, was taken up, and thereupon the following deeds were 

signed to him, viz. : 

For lots 7 and 8, section 1 ) , r , .^ • ~ 

„ „ gg ^^^ g^_ .. 3 j and for lot 46, section 7. 

The committee to whom the application of George Meldrum 
was referred made a report, which report was agreed to by the 
commissioners, and thereupon ordered that the secretary do pre- 
pare deeds in pursuance thereto. 

On motion of Governor Hull : Resolved, that there shall be 
granted to George Meldrum two lots of five thousand feet each, 
fronting on the water street opposite to the rear of his ground in 
the City of Detroit, in full satisfaction of two pieces of ground 
belonging to the said Meldrum, containing six thousand, three 
hundred and eleven feet and a half, which proposition the said 
Meldrum has agreed to, provided the said two lots have not been 
assigned to any other person by the commissioners, which reso- 
lution was passed. 

On motion of Governor Hull : Resolved, that the provisions 
in the resolution of the 24th of May, 1807, referring to a resolu- 
tion of the 7th of May, allowing sixty days for the payment or 
satisfying the consideration, be extended to the first of January, 
1809, which resolution was passed unanimously. 

On motion of Governor Hull : Resolved unanimously, that 
persons having built on lots, and others having purchased lots, 



Gov. William Hull's Plan of Detroit in 1809. to Show 
Military Reservation 




PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD IS 

which have been elected donation lots, by persons entitled to the 
same, shall be entitled to deeds, on paying the consideration with 
interest from the 1st January last to such donees as have elected 
them, such donees executing a certificate that they have received 
their donations, according to the act of congress, which resolution 
was passed. 

On motion of Judge Griffin : Resolved, that the president of 
the board of commissioners, be authorized to write to the secre- 
tary of war^ in the name of the members of the board, requesting 
that the military reserve^^ might be designated, as the members of 
the board conceive that they cannot proceed with safety to dis- 
charge their duties under the act of congress of the 21st April,. 
.1806, without such selection being made, which resolution was 
passed. 

A deed for lot 100, section 2, was ordered to be made out ta 
Robert Smart,^^ on his filing Robert Fleming's^^ receipt for a 
donation. 

The sergeant-at-arms^^ was ordered to purchase a load of 
wood on the credit of this board, payable in thirty days from this 
date. 

And the commissioners adjourned until the 29th instant at 
nine o'clock a. m. 

On Saturday, the 29th October, 1808, the secretary received 
an order from the inajority of the commissioners to adjourn the 
board to Monday, the 7th November, 1808, at nine o'clock in the 
forenoon. 

On Monday the 7th November, 1808, no board. 

On Tuesday the 8th November, 1808, no board. 

On Wednesday the 9th November, 1808, no board. 

On Thursday the 10th November, 1808, the commissioners 
met at eleven o'clock in the forenoon. Present: Gov. William 
Hull, John Griffin and James Witherell, judges, and there being 
no business before the board, the commissioners adjourned until 
tomorrow at nine o'clock in the fqrenoon. 

On Friday, the 11th November, 1808, the commissioners met 
pursuant to adjournment. Present : Gov. William Hull ; John 
Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

Solomon Sibley,^* Esquire, presented a petition praying that 
a deed be made out for lot No. 1, section 1, to the heirs of the 
late William Macomb," which petition being considered there- 



14 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

Upon lot No. 1 in section No. 1 was confirmed to the said heirs as 
a donation lot. 

, A deed was signed to James Henry/*^ Esq., for a certain 
parcel of ground bounded in front by the grand parade, and con- 
taining 17,160 square feet. 

On Saturday, the 12th November, 1808, the commissioners 
not having come together, the secretary, pursuant to directions, 
adjourned the board to Monday next at nine o'clock in the fore- 
noon. 

On Monday, the 14th November, 1808, the commissioners not 
having met, the secretary, pursuant to directions, adjourned the 
board to tomorrow, at nine o'clock in the forenoon. 

On Tuesday, the 15th November, 1808, the commissioners not 
having met, the secretary, pursuant to directions, adjourned the 
board to tomorrow at nine o'clock in the forenoon. 

On Wednesday, the 16th November, 1808, the commissioners 
not having met, the secretary adjourned the board to tomorrow 
at nine o'clock in the forenoon. 

On Thursday, the 17th November, 1808, a majority of the 
commissioners met pursuant to adjournment. Present: Gover- 
nor Hull and Judge Griffin; and there being no quorum, they 
adjourned to Monday, the 21st November, 1808, at nine o'clock 
in the forenoon. 

On Monday, the 21st November, 1808, the commissioners met 
pursuant to adjournment. Present: Governor Hull; John 
Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

John Baldwin^^ filed his claim to lot 63, section 2, which 
being considered, thereupon ordered that the claimant cause the 
same to be surveyed, and a certificate thereof to be returned to 
the secretary of the commissioners. 

James McCloskey,^® Esquire, surveyor, offered a sketch of a 
plan laid out at right angles ; and thereupon Governor Hull pro- 
posed that Mr. McCloskey be requested to complete a plan of the 
Town of Detroit pursuant to such sketch, which the commis- 
sioners agreed to, Judge Griffin dissenting thereto. 

And then the commissioners adjourned to Monday next, the 
28th instant, at nine o'clock in the forenoon. 

On Monday, the 28th November, 1808, the commissioners 
met at nine in the forenoon, pursuant to adjournment. Present : 
Governor Hull ; John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD ' 15 

Governor Hull offered an order directing the surveyor to 
survey the lands granted by congress to this Territory, for the 
purpose of building a jail and court house/** which order being 
taken into consideration, was postponed to Thursday next. 

Governor Hull proposed the following order : Ordered, that 
all official reports of the governor and judges, as commissioners 
under the act of congress of the 21st of April, 1806, entitled, "An 
act to provide for the adjustment of titles of lands, in the Town 
of Detroit, and the Territory of Michigan, and for other pur- 
poses" shall be signed by the presiding officer thereof, and at- 
tested by the person acting as secretary to the governor and 
judges in their capacity as commissioners aforesaid, any practice 
to the contrary, heretofore, notwithstanding, which order passed 
unanimously. 

Governor Hull offered the following order: Ordered, that 
all monies paid for lots, which have been assigned as donation 
lots,^® shall be retained by the secretary of the board of commis- 
sioners subject to the orders of the board, which order was 
passed. 

A deed was signed to John McComb, William McComb, and 
David McComb, as heirs of William McComb, deceased, for lot 
No. 1, section 1, as a donation lot. 

A petition was filed by the widow Girardin,^^ claiming lot 51, 
section 3, as a donation lot, and Richard Smith^^ also filed a 
petition for the same lot as a donation lot for his wife, whereupon 
the commissioners confirmed the said lot to the widow Girardin, 
Richard Smith being, however, entitled to the deed therefore, 
provided he pays to the said widow Girardin on or before the 1st 
day of January, 1809, at the rate of two cents per foot, for each 
square foot of ground therein contained. 

A deed was signed to Mary Abbott,^^ for lot No. 2, section 1, 
as a donation lot. 

Jean Lagard^* filed a notice, claiming lot 66, section 1, as 
his donation lot, and it appearing to the commissioners that Mrs. 
Sibley*'' has located on the same as her donation, thereupon 
ordered that the same be granted to Mrs. Sibley as her donation 
lot. 

A deed was signed to Robert Smart, for lot 100, section 2, and 
ordered to be delivered the said Smart on his filing Robert 
Fleming's receipt for a donation lot. 



16 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

A deed was signed to George Meldrum for a certain parcel 
of ground situate in the ship yard, containing 17,037 square feet. 
And then the commissioners adjourned to Wednesday at nine 
o'clock in the forenoon. 

On Wednesday the 30th November, 1808, the commissioners 
met pursuant to adjournment. Present: Governor Hull and 
Judge Griffin; and there being no quorum adjourned until tOr 
morrow at ten o'clock in the forenoon. 

On Thursday the 1st December, 1808, the commissioners met 
pursuant to adjournment. Present : Governor Hull ; John Griffin 
and James Witherell, judges. 

On motion of Governor Hull: Ordered, that persons who 
have purchased lots in the City of Detroit, which have been 
elected as donation lots, and the donee is to receive the considera- 
tion, instead of the lot shall pay the consideration to the secretary 
of the board, previous to receiving their deeds, or produce a 
receipt from the donee previous to receiving the same. 

A deed was signed to Jean Baptiste Durette,^^ for lot 11, sec- 
tion 4, he having paid to the commissioners $100, which sum is 
to be paid to Mathew Donovan^^ on his filing a receipt for his 
donation lot. 

A deed was signed to George Meldrum for a certain parcel of 
ground situate in the old Town of Detroit near the Merchants' 
wharf, 2^ containing 7,150 square feet. 

And then the commissioners adjourned until tomorrow at ten 
o'clock in the forenoon. 

On Friday the 2d December, 1808, the commissioners not hav- 
ing met, the secretary, agreeable to direction, adjourned the board 
to tomorrow at ten o'clock in the forenoon. 

On Saturday the 3d December, 1808, the commissioners met 
pursuant to adjournment. Present: Governor Hull; John Griffin 
and James Witherell, judges; and there being no business, ad- 
journed to Monday at ten o'clock in the forenoon. 

On Monday the 5th December, 1808, the commissioners not 
having met, the secretary, pursuant to directions, adjourned the 
board to tomorrow at nine o'clock in the forenoon. 

On Tuesday the 6th December, 1808, the commissioners not 
having come together, the secretary, pursuant to directions, ad- 
journed the board to tomorrow at nine o'clock in the forenoon. 



PROCEEDINGS OF lAND BOARD 17 

On Wednesday, the 7th December, 1808, the commissioners 
not having met, the secretary, pursuant to directions, adjourned 
the board to tomorrow at nine o'clock in the forenoon. 

On Thursday the 8th December, 1808, the commissioners not 
having met pursuant to adjournment, the secretary, agreeable 
to directions, adjourned the board to tomorrow at nine in the 
forenoon. 

On Friday the 9th December, 1808, the commissioners not 
having come together, the secretary, in conformity to directions^ 
adjourned the board to tomorrow at nine in the forenoon. 

On Saturday the 10th December, 1808, the commissioners not 
having convened, the secretary, pursuant to directions, adjourned 
the board to Monday at nine o'clock in the forenoon. 

On Monday the 12th December, 1808, the commissioners not 
having met, the secretary adjourned the board to tomorrow at 
nine o'clock in the forenoon. 

On Tuesday the 13th December, 1808, the commissioners not 
having met, the secretary adjourned the board to tomorrow at 
nine o'clock in the forenoon. 

On Wednesday the 14th December, 1808, the commissioners 
met at eleven o'clock in the forenoon. Present : Governor Hull' 
John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

The order directing a survey of the lands granted by congress 
to this Territory was taken into consideration, and was passed in 
the words following: 

Ordered, that Mr. McCroskey-'^ be requested to survey the 
lands granted by congress to this Territory, for the purpose of 
building a jail and court-house, and that he commence his survey 
northwest of the street,^^ which runs thro' the Grand Circus,, 
parallel with the' main street ; that he shall there begin with lots, 
of five acres, and increase the size of the lots as he proceeds, that 
he shall observe such directions, as he shall receive from time to- 
time, from the commissioners, or a majority of them, and that 
he be entitled to the same compensation, as is allowed by con- 
gress to the surveyor of the United States for surveying the 
public lands of the United States, and that he receive his com- 
pensation in the proceeds of the ten thousand acres granted br.'' 
congress as aforesaid. 



18 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

The secretary filed Mathew Donavan's certificate stating he 
is satisfied for his donation lot under the act of congress of the 
21st April, 1806. 

The accounts of Elijah Brush^^ as treasurer of the Detroit 
Fund^^ together with a communication were presented and re- 
ferred to a committee with instructions to inquire into the cor- 
rectness thereof, and make report thereon; and Governor Hull 
was ordered to be said committee; on the subject of the com- 
munication, the following order was entered into : Ordered, that 
the demands due from the Detroit Fund shall be provided for as 
speedily as practicable, and discharged by the first monies which 
shall be paid into its treasury. 

The commissioners proceed to appoint a treasurer of the 
Detroit Fund by ballot, and EHjah Brush, Esquire, was appointed. 

Henry Hudson^^ filed an application for lot 70, section 4, as 
his donation lot, which application being taken into consideration, 
was postponed for further consideration. 

The application of John Conner^* and Mrs. Urcelle Cado- 
rette^*^ for lot 65, section 2, which lot has been enclosed by John 
Gentle,^^ were severally taken into consideration, and thereupon 
ordered, first, that John Gentle is not entitled to a donation lot ; 
and second, that a deed be signed to Urcelle Cadorette for said 
lot. 

The application of John Lagard and Mrs. Sarah Abbott,^^ 
for lot 57, section 3, being taken into consideration, thereupon 
ordered that the said lot be confirmed to said John Lagard, the 
aforesaid Mrs. Abbott, however, being entitled to the deed for 
said lot provided she files with the secretary a receipt of said 
Lagard for his donation lot. 

John Baldwin, pursuant to the order of the 21st November, 
1808, filed a certificate with the secretary of lot 63, section 2, 
and thereupon a deed was signed to him. 

On motion of Governor Hull: Ordered, that the surveyor 
be directed to draft a plat of each of the sections of the City of 
Detroit, and together with the secretary shall affix on each lot 
the name of the person who claims it, and that whenever a deed 
be signed to any person, the secretary do affix the name of such 
person on the lot so granted. 

A deed was signed to Urcelle Cadorette for lot 65, section 2, 
as her donation lot. 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 19 

And then the commissioners adjourned to tomorrow at ten 
o'clock in the forenoon. 

On Thursday the 15th December, 1808, the commissioners 
met pursuant to their adjournment. Present: Governor Hull; 
John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

On motion of the governor, the following extract of a letter 
from the secretary of war was ordered to be entered on the 
journals: 

War Department, 

November 22d, 1808. 
Sir: 

I have received your excellency's letters of the 18th, 25th 
and 28th instant. I had presumed that the military lands had been 
so designated at this office, in presence of Judge Woodward, as to 
have obviated any difficulties on that account, in your carrying 
into effect the law alluded to in yours of the 28th. 

And am very respectfully, 

Your excellency's obedient servant, 

H. Dearborn. 
His Excellency 

William Hull. 

On motion of Judge Witherell: Ordered, that the order 
entered into on the 1st December, 1808, on the subject of the con- 
sideration being paid to the secretary be rescinded, and in future 
in like cases the secretary shall give a certificate directed to the 
treasurer of the Detroit fund stating the sum to be paid, and on 
the grantee's exhibiting the receipt of the treasurer for such sum, 
he shall deliver him this deed. 

On motion of Governor Hull: Ordered, that the marshaP* 
be directed to dispose of the pumps, stone and other articles which 
have heretofore been furnished for the wells on the commons, 
and to make due return of the proceeds to the commissioners. 

Ordered, that the attorney-generaP^ of this Territory be re- 
quested to lay before this board in writing his opinion in whom 
the fee of the lots now is in the City of Detroit which were deeded 
by the governor and judges of this Terjitory as commissioners 
under the act of congress the 21st April, 1806, to the president, 
directors and company of the Detroit Bank.*** 

Isaac Jones,^^ legal assignee of John Lane, filed his applica- 
tion for lot 97, section 2, which being taken into consideration. 



20 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

thereupon ordered that he cause the same to be surveyed and a 
certificate thereof to be returned to the secretary. 

David Stone^^ filed his application for lot 98, section 2, and 
on consideration thereof, ordered that he cause the same to be 
surveyed and a certificate thereof to be returned to the secretary. 

Ordered, that a deed be granted to Mr. Denoyer^^ of the lot in 
the City of Detroit on which he has built his house, in considera- 
tion of his releasing his right to his lot which falls in the street 
in the old town, and in consideration of his donation lot, which 
Mr. Denoyer has agreed to. This order agreed to by Pierre 
Desnoyer. 

And then a deed for lot 53, section 8, was ordered to be issued 
to Alice Wilkinson.^* 

A deed for lot 79, section 6, was ordered to be issued to Jacob 
Nado.^^ 

A deed for lot 70, section 4, was ordered to be issued to Henry 
Hudson. 

A deed for lot 26, section 7, was ordered to be issued to Mrs. 
James Abbott. 

A deed for lot 3, section 8, was ordered to be issued to Mrs. 
Denoyer. 

A deed for lot 23, section 7, was ordered to be issued to Mrs. 
Frerot.^« 

A deed for lot 84, section 7, was ordered to be issued to Rich- 
ard H. Jones.*^ 

A deed for lot 32, section 7, was ordered to be issued to Mrs- 
Lafoy.^« 

A deed for lot 50, section 2, was ordered to be issued to Mrs. 
Mette.^» 

A deed for lot 24, section 7, was ordered to be issued to Pomp,, 
a negro man.''® 

A deed for lot 98, section 2, was ordered to, be issued to David 
Stone. 

A deed for lot 71, section 1, was applied for by Mrs. Cook.'^^ 
And then the commissioners adjourned until Saturday at ten 
o'clock in the forenoon. 

On Saturday the 17th December, 1808, the commissioners met 
pursuant to their adjournment. Present : Governor Hull ; John 
Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 21 

And then a deed for lot 103, section 2, was ordered to be 
issued to John Bently.^^ 

A deed for lot 59, section 2, was ordered to be issued to 
Augustin Longdon.^^ 

A deed for lot 60, section 2, was ordered to be issued to 
Archibald Horner.^* 

Charles Poupard,^^ alias Lafleur, applied for a donation lot, 
whereupon the said Poupard was decided to be entitled to a dona- 
tion lot. 

And then a deed for lot 57, section 4, was ordered to be issued 
to John Kinsey.^*^ 

A deed for lot 60, section 4, was ordered to be issued to Mrs. 
Provincal.^^ 

A deed for lot 30, section 8, was ordered to be issued to Mrs., 
Louis Peltier.^® 

A deed for lot 37, section 6, was ordered to be issued to Anne 
Provincal."^ 

A deed for lot 44, section 7, was ordered to be issued to 
Antoine Peltier.^" 

A deed for lot 76, section 7, was ordered to be issued to James 
Provincal.^^ 

A deed for lot 31, section 7, was ordered to be issued to Mrs. 
Monnet.«2 

A deed for lot 74, section 8, was ordered to be issued to Mrs. 
McClain.«3 

A deed for lot 67, section 2, was ordered to be issued to C. 
McNifif.«* 

A deed for lot 39, section 7, was ordered to be issued to John 
Meldrum.®^ 

A deed for lot 50, section 7, was ordered to be issued to Eliza- , 
beth McBride. 

A deed for lot 37, section 8, was ordered to be issued to 
Michel Mayet. 

A deed for lot 82, section 6, was ordered to be issued to Mrs. 
Nowlan.®^ 

A deed for .lot 39, section 6, was ordered to be issued to 
Isidore Peltier.®'' 

A deed for lot 75, section 7, was ordered to be issued to Cecille 
Reneau.®® 



22 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

A deed for lot 77, section 7, was ordered to be issued to 
kenette Reneau.^® 

A deed for lot 68, section 8, was ordered to be issued to Mrs. 
Robinson.^^ 

A deed for lot 36, section 8, was ordered to be issued to Mrs. 
Scott.^« 

A deed for lot 33, section 7, was ordered to be issued to Mrs. 
Smyth."^^ 

A deed for lot 80, section 6, was ordered to be issued to Mrs. 
Thibault.'^^ 

A deed for lot 92, section 1, was ordered to be issued to Louis 
Thibault, Jr.^« 

A deed for lot 52, section 6, was ordered to be issued to 
Ephraim Town. 

A deed for lot 51, section 6, was ordered to be issued to Sarah 
Town. 

A deed for lot 50, section 8, was ordered to be issued to Jos. 
Voyer, Jr.^* 

A deed for lot 32, section 8, was ordered to be issued to Mrs. 
Voyer. 

A deed for lot 34, section 8, was ordered to be issued to Mrs. 
Varnet.^^ 

A deed for lot 56, section 2\ was ordered to be issued to Mrs. 
Watson.*^® 

A deed for lot 41, section 8, was ordered to be issued to Mrs. 
Welch." 

A deed for lot 42, section 8, was ordered to be issued to 
Margt. Welch.'^« 

A deed for lot 27, section 8, was ordered to be issued to 
William Watson.^» 

A deed for lot 54, section 6, was ordered to be issued to 
Morice Willermy.«<> 

A deed for lot 46, section 8, was ordered to be issued to- 
Samuel Watts. 

And then the commissioners adjourned to Monday, the 19th 
December, 1808, at ten o'clock in the forenoon. • 

On Monday, the 19th December, 1808, the commissioners met 
pursuant to adjounment. Present : Governor Hull ; John Griffin 
and James Witherell, judges. 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 2S. 

And then a deed for lot 45, section 6, was ordered to be issued 
to Mrs. Harvey.®^ 

And the undivided half of lots 1 and 2, section 4, were ordered 
to be deeded to J. Henry. 

On motion of Governor Hull: Ordered, that lot No. 3, in 
section No. 4, be granted to John Harvey^^ as his donation lot; 
that lot No. 4, in section No. 4, be granted to him, he paying Mr. 
Thibault the consideration; that lot No. 60 in section No. 4 be 
granted to him, he paying Mrs. Provincal the consideration ; that 
he relinquish his right to lot No. 2, in section No. 4, for which he 
now has a deed by mistake; and thereupon, John Harvey pre- 
sented Mrs. Provincal's receipt for the consideration, and did also, 
relinquish all his claim to lot No. 2, section 4, and delivered the 
deed which was given him heretofore by mistake ; whereupon 
deeds were ordered to be issued to John Harvey for lots No. 3 
and 60, section No. 4. 

And then a deed for lot 31, section 8, was ordered to be issued 
to Peter Chatron.®^ 

A deed for lot 45, section 8, was ordered to be issued to Mrs. 
Audrain.^* 

A deed for lot 28, section 8, was ordered to be issued to John 
Anderson.®'^ 

A deed for lot 46, section 6, was ordered to be issued to Louis 
Benjamin.^® 

A deed for lot 71, section 8, was ordered to be issued to Bap- 
tiste Allard." 

A deed for lot 81, section 7, was ordered to be issued to Pere- 
grine Bantrim.®^ 

A deed for lot 83 section 7, was ordered to be issued to Mrs. 
Cloutier.«» 

A deed for lot 93, section 1, was ordered to be issued to 
Dennis Campau.^'^ 

A deed for lot 94, section 1, was ordered to be issued to Tous- 
saint Campau.®^ 

A deed for lot 6, section 8, was ordered to be issued to Mrs. 
Conner.®^ 

A deed for lot 34, section 7, was ordered to be issued to Mrs. 
Curry.«2 

A deed for lot 50, section 8, was ordered to be issued to Capt. 
Peter Curry.®^ 



'24 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

A deed for lot 42, section 6, was ordered to be issued to Miss 
Cote. 

A deed for lot 82, section 7, was ordered to be issued to 
Prisque Cote.»* 

A deed for lot 80, section 7, was ordered to be issued to Bazile 
Crequi.^^ 

A deed for lot 37, section 7, was ordered to be issued to 
Elizabeth Cooper.^^ 

A deed for lot 51, section 8, was ordered to be issued to Joseph 
Cote.^^ 

A deed for lot 48, section 1, was ordered to be issued to Mrs. 
Dodemead.®^ 

A deed for lot 54, section 8, was ordered to be issued to Mrs. 
Dyson.®^ 

A deed for lot 44, section 6, was ordered to be issued Michel 
Durocher.i*^** 

A deed for lot 43, section 8, was ordered to be issued to Mrs. 
Donavan.^^^ 

A deed for lot 77, section 8, was ordered to be issued to Mary 
Donavan.^*^^ 

A deed for lot 76, section 8, was ordered to be issued to Sarah 
Donavan.^^^ 

A deed for lot 40, section 8, was ordered to be issued to 
Victoire Fearson.^^^ 

A deed for lot 21, section 7, was ordered to be issued to 
Charles Gouin, Jr.^^^ 

A deed for lot 67, section 8, was ordered to be issued to Robert 
Glass.^«* 

A deed for lot 25, section 8, was ordered to be issued to 
Angelique Godfroy.^^^ 

A deed for lot 4, section 8, was ordered to be issued to Mrs. 
Gobeye.^'^^ 

A deed for lot 49, section 7, was ordered to be issued to 
Magdelaine Gobeye.^^® 

A deed for lot 5, section 8, was ordered to be issued to Charles 
Gobeye.^^® 

A deed for lot 55, section 2, was ordered to be issued to 
Francis Gobeye, ]v}^^ 

A deed for lot 48, section 7, was ordered to be issued to Bap- 
tiste Gobeye.^®® 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 25 

A deed for lot 43, section 6, was ordered to be issued to Mrs. 
Hatch.io^ 

A deed for lot 1, section 8, was ordered to be issued to Mrs. 
Hudson. 

A deed for lot 45, section 6, was ordered to be issued to Mrs. 
Harvey. 

A deed for lot 79, section 8, was ordered to be issued to Mrs. 
Hall.i«'^«' 

A deed for lot 75, section 8, was ordered to be issued to Miss 
Hall.i«'^^ 

A deed for lot 52, section 7, was ordered to be issued to Mrs. 
Elizabeth Horner. 

A deed for lot 103, section 2, was ordered to be issued to John 
Bently. 

And then the commissioners adjourned to tomorrow at ten of 
the clock in the forenoon. 

On Tuesday, the 20th December, 1808, the commissioners met 
pursuant to their adjournment. Present: Governor Hull; John 
Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

A deed for lot 57, section 2, was ordered to be issued to 
Nicholas Varnier. 

A deed for lot 64, section 2, was ordered to be issued to John 
Dodemead, Sr. 

A deed for lot 66, section 2, was ordered to be issued to James 
Dodemead. 

A deed for lot 63, section 4, was ordered to be issued to Jean 
Baptiste Picquet.^^^ 

A deed for lot 74, section 1, was ordered to be issued to Mr. 
Lasselliere.^^^ 

A deed for lot 68, section 1, was ordered to be issued to 
George Smart. ^^^ 

A deed for lot 38, section 7, was ordered to be issued to 
Zachariah Battles. ^^^ 

A deed for lot 40, section 7, was ordered to be issued to 
Veronique Crequi. 

A deed for lot 29, section 8, was ordered to be issued to 
Charles F. Girardin.^^^ 

And then the commissioners adjourned to tomorrow at ten 
o'clock in the forenoon. 



26 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

On Wednesday, the 21st December, 1808, the commissioners 
met pursuant to their adjournment. Present: Governor Hull; 
John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

And then a deed for lot 51, section 7, was ordered to be issued 
to Thomas Carr.^^^ 

A deed for lot 23, section 8, was ordered to be issued to Mrs. 
Comparet."* 

A deed for lot 35, section 8, was ordered to be issued to 
Widow Jane Clark. 

A deed for lot 28, section 7, was ordered to be issued to 
Francis Clair. "^ ' . 

A deed for lot 46, section 7, was ordered to be issued to Louis 
Ducheneau.^^^ 

A deed for lot 47, section 6, was ordered to be issued to Pierre 
Gallerneau.^^^ 

A deed for lot 40, section 6, was ordered to be issued to Lydia 
Hullibert.^^« 

A deed for lot 81, section 8, was ordered to be issued to 
George Wech.^^® 

A deed for lot 41, section 7, was ordered to be issued to 
Archibald Lyons.^^o 

And then the commissioners adjourned to tomorrow at ten 
o'clock in the forenoon. 

On Thursday, the 22d December, 1808, the commissioners met 
pursuant to their adjournment. Present: Governor Hull; John 
Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

On motion of Judge Witherell: Ordered, that the treasurer 
of the Detroit Fund do audit all accounts and demands against 
said fund which shall be presented to him, and shall give the 
claimant a certificate of the sum found due, signing the same as 
treasurer, which certificate, when countersigned by the president 
of the board of commissioners, under the act of congress of the 
21st of April, 1806, the same shall be received by said treasurer 
in payment for any debts due to the said treasury at the nominal 
value of said certificate. 

On motion of the governor : Ordered, that deeds be granted 
to Charles Curry^^^ and his wife, formerly the wife of Hugh 
Callaghan,^-^ for lot 1 in the third section, and four thousand feet 
of lot four in the same section, being the residue of said lot, one 
thousand feet of which has been deeded to Hugh R. Martin,^^* 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 27 

he paying thirty four dollars and 86/100 towards satisfying Mr. 
Louis Lonion's^^* for his donation lot before the 1st day of 
January next, and relinquishing seven thousand two hundred 
and fifty-seven feet of ground in the old town, which was for- 
merly the estate of Hugh Callaghan. 

A deed for lot 52, section 2, was ordered to be issued to Mrs. 
Margaret McNeal.^^^ 

A deed for lot 30, section 7, was ordered to be issued to Mrs. 
Julia Legard.^26 

Pursuant to the order of the 15th December, 1808, the attor- 
ney-general returned to the commissioners his legal opinion on 
the question, "in whom the fee of the lots now is in the City of 
Detroit, which were deeded by the governor and judges as com- 
missioners under the act of congress of the 21st April, 1806, to 
the president, directors and company of the Detroit Bank," which 
opinion was ordered to be entered on the journals, and is in the 
words following: 
Territory of Michigan: 

The attorney-general of the territory hath been honoured with 
the receipt of a question, proposed to him by the honorable, the 
legislature thereof, which if he were to answer in the form that it 
is presented, without anticipating the wishes of the legislature, 
he could not but say that the fee of these lots now in the City of 
Detroit which were deeded by the governor and judges as com- 
missioners under the act of congress of the 21st of April, 1806, 
to the president, directors and company of the Detroit Bank still 
remains there ; because by the question as it is proposed, it is not 
shown that there ever has been a transfer of the fee by the said 
corporation, or that the said corporation hath ever been by any 
means dissolved or that it has forfeited its charter. But, antici- 
pating the wishes of the legislature on this subject, he has taken 
the liberty of varying the question and reducing it to such form 
as to afford an answer to the case as it really is at the present 
time. 

Question : The governor and judges of Michigan, on the 19th 
day of September, 1806, adopted a law incorporating a bank at 
Detroit under the name of The President, Directors, and Com- 
pany of the Detroit Bank to whom, as commisioners under the 
act of the congress of the United States of the 21st April, 1806, 
they did deed in fee simple absolute, two certain lots of ground 



28 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

in the City of Detroit, subsequent to this and on the third day of 
March, 1807, the aforesaid law incorporating the Bank of Detroit 
aforesaid was negatived by congress by reason whereof the said 
incorporation became dissolved ; the question then is, in whom is 
the fee of these lots vested that were thus deeded as aforesaid to 
the corporation, they having never made any disposition of the 
same. 

Answer: There are in general two kinds of incorporations, 
aggregate and sole ; created either by the common law, by legisla- 
tive authority, as by acts of parliament, by prescription or by 
charter. To a corporation created by any of the foregoing means, 
they have incident to them certain things, and that, too, without 
any express words in their charter to authorize them, as for 
example, to purchase and alien lands, to sue and be sued, implead 
and be impleaded; so likewise are they liable to lose their cor- 
porate franchise and be destroyed in a variety of different ways 
and means, as for example, in a corporate sole by a reunion with 
itself, an antecedent corporate right granted out. So likewise in 
aggregate corporations by surrender, by forfeiture, and last by 
the dissolution of its corporate franchise by legislative authority 
which Mr. Blackstone considers as boundless in its operation. 

The question, then what is to become of the lands that a cor- 
poration thus dissolved were seized and possessed of at the time 
of its dissolution ; these agreeable to the common law of England 
must revert to the grantor, donor or their heirs, for the law saith 
the same learned authority, doth always annex a condition to 
every such grant ; that if the corporation be dissolved, the grantor 
shall have the lands again, because the cause of the grant faileth, 
which in contemplation of law is only supposed to be made during 
the life of the corporation and this is said to be the only instance 
where a reversion can be expected on a grant in fee simple abso- 
lute. 

With very great respect, I have the honor to be the legisla- 
ture's most obedient and very humble servant, 

E. Brush. 

To the Legislature of ) And then the commissioners ad- 
the Michigan Territory J journed to Friday next at 10 a. m. 

On Friday, the 23rd day of December, 1808, the commis- 
sioners met pursuant to their adjournment. Present: William 
Hull, governor ; John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 29 

Ordered, that lot No. 99, section 2, be granted to the wife ot 
Augustin Longdon as her donation lot, and that the said Augustin 
Longdon be released from the payment agreeably to the resolu- 
tions of the 15th of April, 1807. 

And then the commissioners adjourned to tomorrow at ten 
o'clock in the forenoon. 

On Saturday, the 24th December, 1808, the commissioners 
met pursuant to adjournment. Present : William Hull, governor; 
John Grififin and James Witherell, judges. 

Lot 50, section 1, was confirmed to Joseph Wilkinson^^^ as his 
donation lot, under the condition that if any person has pre- 
viously located on the same and shall between this and the signa- 
ture of the deed prove his title to be better than said Wilkinson's, 
he is, notwithstanding this confirmation, to be entitled to the 
same. 

Lot 99, section 2, deed ordered to Mrs. Longdon as a dona- 
tion lot. 

Lot 23, section 8, deed ordered to Francois Lepage^'^ as a 
donation lot. 

Lot 20, section 8, deed ordered to Abner P. Ackley^^^ as a 
donation lot. 

Lot 51, section 2, deed ordered to Catherine Godfroy^^^ as a 
donation lot. 

Lot 104, section 3, deed ordered to Peter Bezeau^^^ as a dona- 
tion lot. 

Lot 48, section 6, deed ordered to Monique F. Labadi^^^ as a 
donation lot. 

Lot 95, section 2, deed ordered to Mrs. Geel^^^ as a donation 
lot. 

And then the commissioners adjourned to Monday next at 
ten o'clock in the forenoon. 

On Monday, the 26th December, 1808, the commissioners met 
pursuant to their adjournment. Present: William Hull, gov- 
ernor; John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

Ordered, that the lot of William Allen^^* and part of Joseph 
Campau's lot, both situate in the old town, both of which have 
been relinquished to the commissioners, be granted to Charles 
Poupard, alias Lafleur, in order to bring him up to the main 
street, and which, together with lot 96, section 2, is in full satis- 
faction of a donation lot to which said Poupard is entitled. 



30 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

Ordered, that the treasurer be and he hereby is authorized to 
give a certificate to Robert Abbott/^^ Esq., payable from the 
Detroit Fund for the sum of $140, which the said Abbott paid at 
auction for the lot in the old Town of Detroit, which formerly 
belonged to Mr. Dodemead, with interest. 

Ordered, that in consequence of an agreement with Mr. Mel- 
drum and Mr. Campau there shall be granted to Mr. Meldrum 
that part of Mr. Dodemead's lot which lies in front of his, the 
said Meldrum's, lot up to the main street, together with the alley 
between the said Meldrum and Dodemead's lot, as far as the said 
Meldrum's lot extends, and likewise one-half of the alley between 
the said Meldrum's and Dodemead's lot, on one side, and the 
said Campau's on the other side, and there shall likewise be 
granted to the said Campau, the other half of the said alley, the 
said Meldrum relinquishing six thousand three hundred and 
eleven feet of ground which falls into the new street and the said 
Campau paying thirty dollars for the one-half of the said alley. 

Lot 96, section 2, deed ordered to Charles Lafleur as a dona- 
tion lot. 

Lot 38, section 6, deed ordered to Mrs. Cook^^® as a donation 
lot. 

Lot 52, section 1, deed ordered to Isaac Day^^^ as a donation 
lot. 

Lot 70, section 4, deed ordered to Henry Hudson as a dona- 
tion lot. 

Lot 53, section 1, deed ordered to Mary Day^^^ as a donation 
lot. 

Lot 37, section 7, deed ordered to John Dilhet^^^ as a donation 
lot. 

Lot 47, section 7, deed ordered to Thomas Coles^^® as a dona- 
tion lot. 

Lot 72, section 7, deed ordered to Albert Hill"^ as a donation 
lot. 

Lot 93, section 2, deed ordered to James McCloskey as a dona- 
tion lot. 

Lot 38, section 8, deed ordered to Benjamin Chittenden^^^ as 
a donation lot. 

T . /.« > Section 3, ordered to David McClain in lieu of old 
Lot 62 j 

ground and for his donation lot. 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 31 

An then the commissioners adjourned to Tuesday, the 17th 
January next, at ten o'clock in the forenoon. 

On Tuesday, the 17th January, 1809, the commissioners met 
pursuant to adjournment. Present: William Hull, governor; 
John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

Ordered, that a certain parcel of ground lying and being in 
the City of Detroit, commencing three hundred and eighty feet 
from the corner commonly called Curry's corner being the old 
ground claimed by Jos. Campau be confirmed to him; as also an 
additional strip of ground connected therewith and now the 
property of the commissioners, be assigned to him in satisfaction 
of his donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Francois Lepage for lot 23, section 8, as 
his donation lot. 

A deed was signed to John Harvey for lot 3, section 4, as his 
donation lot. 

A deed was signed to John Bently for lot 103, section 2, as his 
donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Joseph Campau for lot 58, section 3. 

A deed was signed to Joseph Campau for a parcel of ground. 

A deed was signed to Mrs. Nancy Geel for lot 95, section 2, as 
her donation lot. 

A deed was signed to David McClain for lots 61 and 62, sec* 
tion 3, in extinguishment of his old ground for his donation lot. 

Lot 45, section 8, deed ordered to Robert Munroe^*^ as a 
donation lot. 

Lot 26, section 8, deed ordered to John Skeiggs^*^ as a dona- 
tion lot. 

A deed was signed to Henry Hudson for lot 70, section 4, as 
his donation lot. 

Francois Gobeye filed an account for improvements made on 
lot 8, section 1, which lot he located on, and has since been 
assigned to Dr. William Brown, which account was ordered to 
lie for consideration. 

And then the commissioners adjourned to tomorrow at ten 
o'clock in the forenoon. 

On Wednesday, the 18th January, 1809, the commissioners 
met pursuant to adjournment. Present : William Hull, governor ; 
John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 



32 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

Governor Hull communicated the following letter from the 
secretary of war: 

War Department, 

November 26th, 1808. 
Sir: 

Since my last to your excellency, a letter has been received 
from Colonel Burbeck^** relative to the lands to be reserved at 
Detroit for the military department, which render it expedient 
for me to request that you will join with him in making definite 
arrangements on this subject. 

I am very respectfully, sir. 
His excellency Your obedient servant, 

William Hull. H. Dearborn.^*^ 

Judge Griffin offered to the consideration of the board a rep- 
resentation of Matthew Donovan, which was ordered to lie for 
consideration. 

A deed for lot 56, section 2, was signed to Antoine Nevue^** 
and was ordered to be delivered him on his filing Mrs. John Wat- 
son's assignment of her donation lot. 

And then the commissioners adjourned to tomorrow at ten 
o'clock in the forenoon. 

On Thursday, the 19th January, 1809, the commissioners met 
pursuant to adjournment. Present: William Hull, governor; 
John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

Charles F. Girardin, administrator to the estate of the late 
Jacques Girardin, attended the board and exhibited an estima- 
tion made by two master masons of the value of a certain well 
and a certain chimney which were on the lot of the estate in the 
old town, when he agreed to exchange the same for grounds in 
the new town, and the commissioners having examined the same, 
ordered that the approbation by the commissioners of such esti- 
mation be manifested by the secretary's signing the same, and 
transmitting it to the treasurer of the Detroit Fund. 

On motion of Governor Hull : Ordered, that a deed be made 
to Benjamin Woodworth^*^ of the land back of the lot granted to 
Conrade Seek^*® to the alley and running southwesterly to a line 
with the back part of the carpenter's shop for the Indian Depart- 
ment, he paying at the rate of two cents a foot for the same. 

And then the commissioners adjourned to tomorrow at ten 
o'clock in the forenoon. 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 33 

On Friday, the 20th January, 1809, the commissioners met 
agreeable to adjournment. Present: William Hull, governor; 
John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

A petition of James McCloskey praying for compensation for 
certain services rendered as surveyor, was presented and there- 
upon ordered that he be authorized to receive the sum of thirty 
dollars from Benjamin Woodworth, and give his receipt therefor, 
which receipt shall be good accounting for said Woodworth in 
his settlement for a certain parcel of ground sold him yesterday. 

And then the commissioners adjourned to Wednesday next 
at ten o'clock in the forenoon. 

On Wednesday, the 25th January, 1809, the commissioners 
met agreeable to adjournment. Present : William Hull, governor; 
John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

Oliver W. Miller^*^ made an application for the purchase of 
an alley which runs through the center of a parcel of ground 
owned by him within the City of Detroit, which application was 
ordered to lie for further consideration. 

And then the commissioners adjourned to Saturday next at 
ten o'clock in the forenoon. 

On Saturday, the 28th January, 1809, the commissioners met 
pursuant to adjournment. Present: William Hull, governor; 
John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

A deed was signed to Isaac Jones for lot 97, section 2, and was 
ordered to be delivered him on his filing John Lane's assignment 
to Philip Mosher, and Philip Mosher's assignment to him, and 
on signing a receipt for a donation lot in behalf of said John 
Lane. 

And then the commissioners adjourned to Thursday, the 9th 
February, at ten o'clock in the forenoon. 

On Thursday, the 9th February, 1809, the commissioners met 
pursuant to adjournment. Present: William Hull, governor; 
John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

A petition was presented by Elijah Brush, Esq., praying for 
compensation for past and future services rendered and to be 
rendered as treasurer of the Detroit Fund, which petition was 
ordered to lie for consideration. 

And then the commissioners adjourned to tomorrow at ten 
o'clock in the forenoon. 



34 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

On Friday, the 10th February, 1809, the commissioners met 
pursuant to adjournment. Present: William Hull, governor; 
John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

A deed was signed to Hugh R. Martin for lot 49, section 6, 
and was ordered to be delivered on his filing Michael Fox's^^*^ 
receipt for a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Louis Lonion for lot 5, section 1, and 
was ordered to be delivered on his executing a relinquishment to 
the governor and judges for a lot situated in the old Town of 
Detroit formerly owned by John Conner and on his allowing a 
credit at the rate of two cents per square feet of ground con- 
tained in said lot 5, section 1, over and above the quantity of 
ground contained in the lot to be relinquished on account of one 
hundred dollars due by the governor and judges to said Lonion 
in lieu of a donation lot. 

And then the commissioners adjourned to tomorrow at ten 
o'clock in the forenoon. 

On Saturday, the 11th February, 1809, the commissioners met 
agreeable to adjournment. Present: William Hull, governor; 
John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

Oliver W. Miller having represented that he is grantee of 
Thomas Smith for lots 8 and 55 and half of lots 9 and 54 in sec- 
tion 4, that one of the original deeds signed to said Smith is im- 
perfect, having but two signatures, and that he is desirous to 
ihave all the said parcels of ground deeded to him in a manner 
that may secure the property he has put to the same ; therefore 
ordered that a deed be signed to him agreeable to his request, and 
a deed was accordingly signed to him. 

And then the commissioners adjourned to Friday next at ten 
o'clock in the forenoon. 

On Friday, the 17th February, 1809, the commissioners met 
pursuant to their adjournment. Present : William Hull, governor ; 
John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

A deed .was signed to Abraham Geel for lot 63, section 1, to 
be delivered on his filing Israel Hunt's^*^^ receipt for a donation 
lot. 

A deed was signed to Archibald Horner for lot 101, section 2, 
and was ordered to be delivered on his filing Thomas McClure's 
receipt for a donation lot. 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 35 

A deed was signed to Hugh R. Martin for lot 58, section 1, 
and was ordered to be delivered on his filing Joseph Wilkinson's 
receipt for a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Benj. Woodworth for lot 51, section 4, 
and ordered to be delivered on his satisfying and paying the sum 
of fifty-one dollars and twenty cents to the secretary of the com- 
missioners. 

A deed was signed to John Kinsie for lot 57, section 4, as a 
donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Jacques Provincal for lot 76, section 7, 
as a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Bazile Crequi for lot 80, section 7, as a 
donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Baptiste Gobeye for lot 48, section 7, as 
a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Antoine Peltier for lot 44, section 7, as 
a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Magdeleine Cote for lot 42, section 6, as 
a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Margaret McNeal for lot 52, section 2, 
as a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Smyth^^^ for lot 33, section 7, as a dona- 
tion lot. 

A deed was signed to Michel Duroche for lot 44, section 6, as 
a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to John Meldrum for lot 39, section 7, as 
a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Veronique Crequi for lot 40, section 7, 
as a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Magdeleine Gobeye for lot 49, section 7, 
as a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Francois Gobeye for lot 55, section 2, as 
a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Benjamin Chittenden for lot 35, section 
8, as a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Victoire Fearson for lot 40, section 8, 
as a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Elizabeth Curry for lot 34, section 7, as 
a donation lot. 



36 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

A deed was signed to Margaret Hanks for lot 78, section 7, as 
a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Michel Mayet for lot 37, section 8, as a 
donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Peregrien Bantrim for lot 81, section 7, 
as a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Elizabeth Welch for lot 41, section 8, 
as a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Renette Reneau for lot 77, section 7, 
as a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Elizabeth Horner for lot 52, section 7, 
as a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Elizabeth Cooper for lot 37, section 7, 
as a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Isaac Ligot for lot 42, section 7, as a 
donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Mrs. Scott for lot 36, section 8, as a 
donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Mrs. Donovan for lot 43, section 8, as a 
donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Widow Cloutier for lot 83, section 7^ 
as a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Mrs. Legard for lot 30, section 7, as a 
donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Archibald Lyons for lot 41, section 7, as 
a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Jean Dilhet for lot 36, section 7, as a 
donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Zachariah Battles for lot 38, section 7, 
as a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Anne Provincal for lot 37, section 6,. 
as a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Lydia Hullibert for lot 40, section 6, 
as a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Elizabeth McBride^*^^ for lot 50, section 
6, as a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Archibald Horner for lot 60, section 2^ 
as a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Jane Cook for lot 38, section 6, as a 
donation lot. 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 37 

A deed was signed to Margaret Welch for lot 42, section 8, 
as a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Pierre Gallerneau for lot 47, section 6, 
as a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Isidore Peltier for lot 39, section 6, as 
a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Marianna Monette for lot 31, section 7, 
as a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Margaret Morrison for lot 27, section 7, 
as a donation lot. 

And the above several deeds were ordered to be delivered on 
each person signing a receipt for his or her donation lot. 

And then the commissioners adjourned until tomorrow at ten 
o'clock in the forenoon. 

On Saturday, the 18th February, 1809, the commissioners met 
pursuant to their adjournment. Present : William Hull, governor; 
John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

Ordered, that all persons desirous of purchasing small strips 
of land which are situated between their houses and improve- 
ments and the streets and alleys, are desired immediately to apply 
to the commissioners for such strips of land, otherwise they will 
be sold to any person disposed to purchase the same. 

And all persons indebted for lands already sold will call on 
the secretary and comply with the conditions of sale on or before 
the 2d day of March next, and any person who shall neglect a 
compliance with this order, will forfeit his right to the said lands. 

A deed of confirmation was signed to Elijah Brush in trust 
for the heirs of Henry Bird,"* deceased, situated near the 
Esplanade, containing sixty thousand square feet. 

And then the commissioners adjourned to Monday next at ten 
o'clock in the forenoon. 

On Monday, the 20th day of February, 1809, the commis- 
sioners met pursuant to adjournment. Present: William Hull, 
governor ; John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

On motion of Governor Hull : Ordered, that on the 6th day 
of March next, the commissioners will proceed to the sale of such 
five-acre lots, etc., of land as have already been laid off beyond 
the court house circus; and the condition^ of payment for the 
same shall be the one- fourth part in cash ; the one- fourth part in 



38 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

six months, and the remaining half in twelve months from the 
day of the sale. 

And then the commissioners adjourned to Friday next at ten 
o'clock in the forenoon. 

On Friday, the 24th day of February, 1809, the commissioners 
met pursuant to adjournment. Present : William Hull, governor ; 
John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

Elijah Brush's account (for sundry expenses incurred in the 
fall of 1806 in opening the main street^^^ of the new Town of 
Detroit through his premises) amounting to $122.10, was allowed 
by the commissioners. 

Enoch Page presented an account against the Detroit Fund for 
services rendered as sergeant-at-arms amounting to $82.37^, 
which account was allowed by the commissioners. 

James McCloskey presented an at:count against the Detroit 
Fund for services rendered as surveyor amounting to $62, which 
account was allowed by the commissioners. 

And then the commissioners adjourned to tomorrow at ten 
o'clock in the forenoon. 

On Saturday, the 25th February, 1809, the commissioners met 
pursuant to adjournment. Present: William Hull, governor; 
John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

A deed for lot 74, section 4, was ordered to be issued to J. B. 
Comparet as his donation lot. 

A deed for lot 68, section 1, was issued to Robert Smart as the 
donation lot of George Smart. 

A deed was signed to Sol. Sibley for a parcel of ground in tiie 
City of Detroit situate near his dwelling house. 

And then the commissioners adjourned to Thursday next at 
ten o'clock in the forenoon. 

On Thursday, the 2nd day March, 1809, the commissioners 
met pursuant to adjournment. Present : Reuben Attwater,^-'*^ 
Esq., acting governor; John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

Ordered, that the treasurer of the Detroit Fund receive in 
payment for any debts due to the Detroit Fund certificates signed 
by the president of the board of commissioners, consisting of the 
governor and judges of the Territory acting under the act of con- 
gress of the 21st April, 1806. 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 39 

Ordered, that a deed issue to Jean Simare^^^ for lot 65, in sec- 
tion 4, on his relinquishing that part of his lot which falls into 
the main street to the governor and judges of Michigan. 

The following settlement was made with Mrr. R. and J. 
Abbott, viz. : 

They were allowed the consideration of A. Lafoy's dona- 
tion lot $100 

They were allowed for monies paid J. Watson for deeds 24 
They were allowed for monies paid A. HuU^^^ for cer- 
tificates 9.67 



$133.67 
And they allowed the commissioners for a balance due on 

lot 41, section 3 $ 62.04 

They allowed the commissioners for a balance due on lots 

1 and 2, section 4 17.08 



$ 79.12 

And the president of the commissioners signed to them a cer- 
tificate stating that there is due them the sum of fifty-four dollars 
and fifty-five cents. 

Ordered, that Wm. McD. Scott, Esq., an auctioneer, (having 
agreed to perform the sale of the five-acre lots) be allowed 1^ 
per cent for selling the same and collecting the one- fourth part 
required to be paid down, by an order passed on the 20th Feb- 
ruary, 1809. 

And then the commissioners adjourned to Tuesday, the 7th 
March, at ten o'clock in the forenoon. 

On Tuesday, the 7th day of March, 1809, the commissioners 
met pursuant to adjournment. Present: Reuben Attwater, acting 
governor; John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

Ordered, that the treasurer of the Detroit Fund be authorized 
to receive in payment for debts due to the fund certificates issued 
by him, although they may not be indorsed by the original drawee. 

Wm. D. Scott, Esq., presented an account audited by the 
treasurer of the Detroit Fund for expenses incurred in figging 
public wells, amounting to $134.50, which account was allowed 
by the commissioners, and the president of the commissioners 
executed an order on the treasurer of the Detroit Fund. 



40 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

Ordered, that George Meldrum be paid from the Detroit Fund 
seventy-five dollars for damages as assessed by a jury for moving 
certain buildings of his which fell into the streets of the new 
town; and thereupon a certificate of the justness of the claim 
bearing No. 6 was signed by the president of the commissioners 
and issued to said Meldrum. 

A certificate No. 5 was signed by the president of the commis- 
sioners to Elijah Brush for $122.10, which sum was allowed on 
the 24th February last. 

A certificate. No. 7, was signed by the president to James 
May"® for $17.50 for rent of a house for the use of the commis- 
sioners from the 7th May, 1807, to the 24th August. 

James May applied for a rebate of interest charged him by the 
secretary of the commissioners, acting under their orders and , 
authorization in a settlement of claims in the old town; where- 
upon ordered that the commissioners will not in no case thus 
warranted by those orders grant a remission of the interest. 

A deed was signed to Jane McClemens^^^ for lot 81, section 8, 
as a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Peter Chatron for lot 31, section 8, as 
'a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Alice Conner for lot 6, section 8, as a 
donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Mary Denoyer for lot 3, section 8, as a 
donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Isaac and Mary Day for lots 52 and 53, 
section 1, as donation lots. 

A deed was signed to Ann Dyson for lot 54, section 8, as a 
donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Charles F. Girardin for lot 29, section 8, 
as a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Charles Gobeye for lot 5, section 8, as a 
donation lot. 

'A deed was signed to Angelique Godfroy for lot 25, section 8, 
as a donation lot. 

A d^ed was signed to Marie Rose Gobeye for lot 4, section 8, 
as a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Rachel Hatch for lot 43, section 6, as a 
donation lot. 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 41 

A deed was signed to Sally Harvey for lot 45, section 6, as a 
<ionation lot. 

A deed was signed to Mary Hudson for lot 1, section 8, as a 
•donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Monique Labadie for lot 48, section 6, 
^s a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Sarah Nowlan for lot 82, section 6, as a 
•donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Therese Peltier for lot 30, section 8, as 
^a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Charles Poupard for lot 96, section 2, 
^s a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to William Scott as administrator to the 
■estate of Thomas Carr, deceased as a donation lot, 51, section 7. 

Wm. Scott, as administrator to the estate of Denis Sweeney, 
■deceased, lot 2, section 8. 

Wm. Scott, as administrator to John Skiggs, for lot 26, section 
•8, as a donation lot. 

Wm. Scott, as administrator to Agnese Vernet, for lot 34, 
section 8, as a donation lot. 

Wm. Scott, as administrator to David Stone, for lot 98, sec- 
tion 2, as a donation lot. 

Wm. Scott, as administrator t© Joseph Voyer, Jr., for lot 52, 
section 8, as a donation lot. 

Wm. Scott, as administrator to Alice Wilkinson, for lot 53, 
section 8, as a donation lot. 

Wm. Scott, as administrator to William Watson, for lot 27, 
section 8, as a donation lot. 

Wm. Scott, as administrator to Samuel Watts, for lot 46, sec- 
tion 8, as a donation lot. 

And then the commissioners adjourned to Monday next at ten 
o'clock in the forenoon. 

On Monday, the 13th day March, 1809, the commissioners met 
pursuant to their adjournment. Present : Reuben Attwater, act- 
ing governor; John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

A certificate. No. 8, was signed by the president to Francois 
Gobeye, Sr., for $100 in lieu of a donation lot, to which he is 
entitled under an act of congress. 

A deed was signed to George Meldrum for a parcel of ground 
near his ground in the old town, containing 4,830 square feet. 



42 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

A deed was signed to Joseph Voyer, Jr., for lot 32, section 8, 
as a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Robert Munroe for lot 45, section 8, as 
a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Pierre Bezeau for lot 8, section 8, as a 
donation lot. 

And then the commissioners adjourned sine die. 

Note — For the original minutes of all the proceedings in this 
book up to this date (viz., from October 24, 1808, to March 13, 
1809) see "Rough Minutes" No. 2A. 

On Wednesday, the 15th day of March, 1809, the commis- 
sioners met agreeable to their adjournment. Present: Reuben 
Attwater, acting governor; John Griffin and James Witherell, 
judges. 

Ordered, that Conrad Teneyck^^^ have a deed for lot 71, sec- 
tion 4, on his signing a receipt for his donation lot and paying the 
sum of twenty dollars. 

Enoch Page presented an account for expenses incurred in 
going after the surveyor to Brownstown amounting to $3.50, 
which account was allowed and an order was signed by the presi- 
dent therefore. 

A deed was ordered to be issued to Frederick Bates, Esq., for 
lot 72, section 4, as a donation" lot. 

A deed was ordered to be issued in pursuance to the recorded 
plan to William Flanagan,^®^ grantee to Joseph Hosford^®^ (a 
donee) for lot 73, section 1, and also a deed for a certain lot 
adjoining lot 12, section 1, on the northeast side thereof being 11 
feet in front by 100 in depth on his paying the sum of two dollars. 

A deed was ordered to be issued to Hugh R. Martin and Con- 
rad Teneyck for lot 95, section 1, on their filing James McClos- 
key's receipt for a donation lot. 

And then the commissioners adjourned to tomorrow at ten 
o'clock in the forenoon. 

On Thursday, the 16th March, 1809, the commissioners met 
agreeable to adjournment. Present: Reuben Attwater, acting 
governor; John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

Solomon Sibley, Esq., presented a petition as attorney to 
Charles Jouett, grantee of James Dodemead, praying that lot 4, 
section 2, be conveyed to the said Jouett on his paying the rate 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 43 

established in other cases; whereupon, ordered, that said lot be 
conveyed as aforesaid on said Jouett's paying $120 therefore. 

And then the commissioners adjourned to Saturday next at 
ten o'clock in the forenoon. 

On Saturday, the 18th March, 1809, the commissioners met 
pursuant to their adjournment. Present: Reuben Attwater, act- 
ing governor; John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

The claim of the heirs of William McComb and Angus Mack- 
intosh^®* to a certain parcel of ground known under the name of 
"Public Garden" in extinguishment of ground in the old town of 
Detroit, was taken into consideration, and thereupon ordered that 
it is not expedient to grant the request of the claimants ; where- 
upon Angus Mackintosh, in behalf of the heirs of McComb and 
self, applied for deeds of confirmation for their ground in the old 
town, which application the commissioners agreed to grant. Judge 
Griffin dissenting thereto, because part of the ground falls in a 
street as established by the plan of Detroit. 

A deed was signed to Baptiste Allard for lot 71, section 8, as a 
donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Louis Benjamin for lot 46, section 6, as 
a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Frederick Bates, Esq., for lot 72, section 
4, as a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to J. Bt. Gomparet for lot 74, section 4, as 
a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Joseph Cote for lot 51, section 8, as a 
donation lot. 

A deed was signed to James Dodemead for lot 66, section 2, 
as a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Miss Sarah Donovan for lot 76, section 
8, as a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Miss Mary Donovan for lot 77, section 
8, as a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to John Dodemead, Sr., for lot 64, section 
2, as a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Mrs. Jane Dodemead for lot 48, section 
1, as a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Mrs. Donovan for lot 43, section 8, as a 
donation lot. 



44 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

A deed was signed to Mrs. Frerort for lot 23, section 7, as a 
•donation lot. 

A deed was signed to William Flanagan for lot 73, section 1, 
3.S a donation lot as grantee of Joseph Hosford. 

A deed was signed to William Flanagan for part of lot 12, 
section 1, for ground taken off lot 73, section 1, by a street. 

A deed was signed to Robert Glass^^*^ for lot 70, section 8, as 
a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Miss Catherine Godfroy for lot 51, sec- 
tion 2, as a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Henry Hudson for lot 69, section 4, by 
purchase. 

A deed was signed to Albert Hill for lot 72, section 7, as a 
"donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Miss Hall for lot 75, section 8, as a 
■donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Mrs. Hall for lot 79, section 8, as a 
donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Richard Hall Jones for lot 84, section 7, 
as a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to John Kinsie for a parcel of ground in 
the old town, confirmation. 

A deed was signed to Hugh R. Martin and Conrad Teneyck 
for lot 95, section 1, as a donation lot and as grantees of Jas. 
McCloskey. 

A deed was signed to Mrs. McNiff for lot 73, section 4, as a 
•donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Miss Catherine McNiff for lot 67, sec- 
tion 2, as a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Mrs. McClain for lot 74, section 8, as a 
•donation lot. 

A deed was signed to James McGill^®** for lots 50 and 57, sec- 
tion 1, lot 53, section 2, and lot 43, section 7, in exchange for old 
ground. 

A deed was signed to Mrs. Mette for lot 50, section 2, as a 
-donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Jacob Nado for lot 79, section 6, as a 
donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Thomas Parker"® for lot 70, section 7, 
as a donation lot. 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 45 

A deed was signed to Mrs. Mary Robinson for lot 68, section 
7, as a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Jean Simare for lot 65, section 4, as ai 
donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Mrs. Thibauld for lot 80, section 6, as a 
donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Conrad Teneyck for lot 71, section 4, as. 
a donation lot, in consideration of $20. 

A deed was signed to George Welch for lot 81, section 8, as a 
donation lot. 

And then the commissioners adjourned to Thursday, the SOth 
March, at ten o'clock in the forenoon. 

On Thursday, the 30th March, 1809, the commissioners met 
pursuant to their adjournment. Present : Reuben Attwater, act- 
ing governor; John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

A deed was signed to Isaac Todd^^'^ for lot 51, section 1, lot 
54, section 2, and lot 22, section 7, in exchange for ground. 

And then the commissioners adjourned to Wednesday, the 
12th April next, at eleven o'clock in the forenoon. 

On Wednesday, the 12th April 1809, the commissioners met 
pursuant to adjournment. Present: Reuben Attwater, acting 
governor; John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

A deed of confirmation was signed to Elijah Brush in trust 
for the heirs of William Robertson,^^^ deceased, for a certain 
parcel of ground containing 12,060 square feet lying in the old 
town of Detroit. 

A deed of confirmation was signed to Elijah Brush in trust 
for the heirs of William Robertson, deceased, for a certain other 
parcel of ground lying in the old town of Detroit, containing 
25,988 square feet of ground. 

Pursuant to the directions of the commissioners, their secre- 
tary returned his certificate stating that he has examined the 
original shares in the late Detroit Bank, and finds them all to be 
regularly transferred to Andrew Dexter, Jr., of Boston, except 
three hundred thereof, which only appeared to have been trans- 
ferred from letters exhibited by the late cashier, and also one 
share which belongs to Augustus B. Woodward has not been 
transferred ; and thereupon the commissioners executed a deed 
to Andrew Dexter,^^^ Jr., for lots 11 and 12, section 1, and or- 



46 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

dered their secretary to cause to be placed on their files a correct 
duplicate thereof. 

On motion of Judge Witherell : Ordered, that the secretary 
of the commissioners be directed and authorized to receive from 
Enoch Page, the serjeant-at-arms, such certificates as he may 
have signed by the treasurer of the Detroit Fund, the amount 
thereof with interest and that he be further authorized to retain 
out of any such monies on account of his own c6mpensation a 
sum not exceeding one hundred and eighty dollars and to give 
his receipt therefor, which certificates and receipt shall be suffi- 
cient accounting in any payments he may be directed to make to 
the treasury. 

And then the commissioners adjourned to Monday, the 17th 
April, at eleven o'clock in the forenoon. 

On Monday, the 17th April, 1809, the commissioners met pur- 
suant to adjournment. Present : Reuben Attwater, acting gov- 
ernor; John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

Ordered, that the treasurer to the Detroit Fund give bond 
with surety for the faithful performance of that trust in the sum 
of three thousand dollars, that the bond be taken in the name of 
secretary of the Territory, his successor or successors in ofiice, 
for the benefit of the Territory and that the governor be requested 
to see that the bond be executed and judge of the sufficiency of 
the surety, among other things, it shall be his duty semi-annually 
to exhibit and settle his account to the governor and judges in 
their capacity as commissioners under the act of congress of the 
21st April, 1806, which settlement shall be made at the same 
period which by law requires settlement of the accounts of the 
treasury of the Territory. 

And then the commissioners adjourned to Saturday, the 22nd 
April, at twelve o'clock in the forenoon. 

On Saturday, the 22nd April, 1809, the commissioners met 
pursuant to adjournment. Present: Reuben Attwater, acting 
governor; John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

Whereas, on the 18th March, 1809, a deed was issued to 
Joseph Cote for lot 51, section 8, as his donation lot, and whereas 
from documents on file lot 102, section 2, was in fact assigned to 
him as his donation lot, and ought to have been deeded to him, 
therefore ordered that a deed do issue to him for lot 102, section 
2, as his donation lot. 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 47 

Whereas, on the 15th day of April, 1807, the commissioners 
did assign unto Augustin Longdon two certain parcels of ground 
in the City of Detroit, being in section 2, between the premises of 
Archibald Horner and a street running parallel with the main 
street contents by estimation 9,000 square feet, he to receive 
5,000 feet as his donation lot, and to pay for the balance, now for 
good considerations, ordered that said Longdon have deeds for 
said parcels for a nominal consideration. 

And then the commissioners adjourned to Wednesday, the 
26th of April, at ten o'clock in the forenoon. 

On Wednesday, the 26th April, 1809, the commissioners met 
pursuant to adjournment. Present : Reuben Attwater, acting gov- 
ernor ; John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

Ordered, that the secretary do retain the deed which was 
signed to Frederick Bates on the 18th ultimo for lot 72, section 4. 

Ordered, that the treasurer to the Detroit Fund be allowed for 
his services as such, a sum not exceeding fifty dollars per annum, 
the first year to commence on the 1st day of April, 1809. 

A deed was signed to Pompey Abbott for lot 24, section 7, as 
a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Mary Ball^®^ for lot 73, section 8, as a 
donation lot. 

A deed was signed to John Burnett^^^ for lot 83, section 6, as 
a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Prisque Cote for lot 82, section 7, as a 
donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Abraham Cook^^^ for lot 10, section 1, 
as a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Dennis Campau for lot 93, section 1, as 
a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Toussaint Campau for lot 94, section 1, 
as a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Angelique Cador^t*^^ for lot 38, section 
8, as a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Francois Delisle for lot 66, section 1, he 
to file Mrs. Sarah Sibley's receipt for a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Henry J. Hunt"^ for lot 69, section 8, 
as a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to George Hoffman*^* for lot 35, section 7, 
as a donation lot. 



48 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

A deed was signed to Archibald Horner for lot 9, section 1^ 
he to file relinquishment of a lot of ground in the old town and 
to pay. 

A deed was signed to Charles Jouett for lot 4, section 2, he ta 
pay $120. 

A deed was signed to William McCloskey^'^ for lot 41, section 
6, as a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Thiophilus Mette^^^^ for lot 71, section 
1, as a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Joseph Pinard"^ for lot 76, section 6, as 
a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Andre Raimond^" for lot 21, section 8,. 
as a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Ephraim Town for lot 62, section 6, as 
a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Sarah Town for lot 51, section 6, as a 
donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Louis Thibauld for lot 92, section 1, as 
a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Elijah Brush for lot 10 part of a parcel 
of ground'^^ sold at auction on the 6th March, 1809, for $- . 

A deed was signed to Elijah Brush for lots 19 and 20 for 
$53.12. 

A deed was signed to Elijah Brush for lot 5 for $50.61. 

A deed was signed to Barnabas Campau for lot 46 for $27.50. 

A deed was signed to Barnabas Campau for lots 59, 60, 61 and 
62 for $61.40. 

A deed was signed to Abraham Cook for lots 70 and 71 for 
$16.51. 

A deed was signed to Patrick Fitzpatrick^^® for lot 36 for 
$13.50. 

A deed was signed to Jacob Fairman for lot 41 for $20.00. 

A deed was signed to Archibald Horner for lots 28 and 29 
for $70.00. 

A deed was signed to Henry Hudson for lots 30 and 31 for 
$30.00. 

A deed was signed to James May for lots 56, 67 and 68 for 
$45.92. 

A deed was signed to James May for lots 66 and 67 for 
$22.54. 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 49^ 

A deed was signed to James May for lots 82 and 83 for 
$129.37. 

A deed was signed to James May for lots 37, 38 and 39 for 
$46.25. 

A deed was signed to William McCloskey for lots 63, 64 
and 65 for $40.52. 

A deed was signed to George McDougall^®*^ for lots 32, 33, 34: 
and 35 for $50.00. 

A deed was signed to John Palmer^^^ for lot 81 part of a par- 
cel of ground sold at auction on the 6th March, 1809, for $55.00. 

A deed was signed to Jacob Sanders^^^ for lot 21 for $21.33. 

A deed was signed to Daniel Stevens^^^ for lots 51 and 52 for 
$27.13. 

A deed was signed to William Scott for lots 79 and 80 for 
$75.25. 

A deed was signed to William Scott for lot 40 for $20. 

A deed was signed to William Scott for lots 11, 12, 13 and; 
14 for $195.62. 

A deed was signed to Richard Smyth for lots 72 and 73 for 
$23.78. 

A deed was signed to Richard Smyth for lots 53 and 54 for 
$30.50. 

A deed was signed to Solomon Sibley for lots 49 and 50 for 
$24.72. 

A deed was signed to Solomon Sibley for lots 22 and 23 for 
$26.87. 

A deed was signed to Solomon Sibley for lots 42 and 43 for 
$45.62. 

A deed was signed to Solomon Sibley for lots 74, 75, 76, 77 
and 78 for $123.52. 

A deed was signed to Solomon Sibley for lots 8 and 9 for 
$115. 

A deed was signed to Benjamin Woodworth for lots 24, 25„ 
26 and 27 for $70. 

A deed was signed to John Williams^®* for lot 55 for $12.55.- 

A deed was signed to John Williams for lots 47 and 48 for 
$31.37. 

A deed was signed to John Williams for lots 44 and 45 for 
$45.62. 



so GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

A deed was signed to John Williams for lots 1, 2, 3 and 4 fur 
1188.75. 

A deed was signed to John Whipple^^^ for lots 68 and 69 
for $22.20. 

And then the commissioners adjourned to Tuesday, 9th May, 
1809, at 10 o'clock in the forenoon. 

On Tuesday, the 9th May, 1809, the commissioners met pur- 
suant to adjournment. Present: Reuben Attwater, acting gov- 
ernor; John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

Ordered, that the secretary cause the following address and 
report of progress to be transmitted to the congress of the United 
States : 

"To the honorable congress of the United States : Pursuant 
to an act of congress, entitled "An act to provide for the adjust- 
ment of titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan and for other purposes," the governor and judges of 
said Territory have laid out a town, including the whole of the 
old town of Detroit, a plan of which has heretofore been for- 
warded to the general government, and have commenced the sur- 
vey of ten thousand acres^^^ of public lands adjacent to said town, 
a plan of which, as soon as it is completed, shall be forwarded to 
• the general government. 

In ascertaining and adjusting claims to lots in the old town 
many difficulties presented themselves on account of the effects of 
the fire, the extending of the streets beyond their former limits 
(which were only about twelve or fourteen feet in width) involv- 
ing private property, and the wants of a definite selection of 
ground to be reserved for the use of the military department; 
the object, however, is nearly accomplished, donation lots have 
been granted to all who have brought their claim within the pur- 
view of the said act of congress. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Reuben Attwater, 

May the 9th, 1809. Acting Governor of Michigan. 

John Griffin and 
James Witherell. 

The secretary laid before the commissioners a return of the 
quit claim deeds which have been signed to the commissioners, 
whereupon, ordered, that he do take said deeds to the recorder 
of the District of Huron and Detroit in order that they may be 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD SI 

recorded ; also a return of payments made in Detroit Fund certifi- 
cates for balances due on lots and for the one-fourth amount of 
the sales of certain lots sold at auction on the 6th March, 1809, 
whereupon, ordered, that he do return the same to the treasurer 
of the Detroit Fund, taking his receipt therefore ; also an abstract 
relative to the lots sold at auction on the 6th March, 1809, and the 
commissioners having examined the same and found it correct ; 
thereupon ordered, that the secretary do take notes for the sec- 
ond and third payments due on the aforesaid sale agreeable 
thereto, and return the same to the treasurer of the Detroit Fund. 

The secretary presented his account for services rendered to 
this day. 

The sergeant-at-arms presented his account for services ren- 
dered to this day. 

Whereupon the commissioners find that there is due to Joseph 
Watson, secretary, the sum of $416. And that on account there- 
fore he is chargeable with an assumption in favour of James 

Anderson^^^ $ 90.00 

for cash received 22.373^ 

$112.37>^ 
a balance due him of $303. 62>^ 

And there is due to Knock Page, sergeant-at-arms, the sum 
of $61.25. 

And thereupon it is ordered that the Treasurer of the Detroit 
Fund be authorized and directed to issue certificates bearing inter- 
est from this date for the payment of said sums, on an order 
signed by the president of the commissioners to that effect. 

And then a deed was signed to Sarah Abbott for lot 26, sec- 
tion 7, as a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Mary Abbott for lots 1 and 2, section 4, 
as a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to James Abbott for lot 57, section 3, to 
be delivered on his filing J. Legard's receipt for a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Charles and Elizabeth Curry for lot 4, 
section 3, for old ground. 

And then a deed was signed to Magdeleine Cote for lot 61, 
section 2, as a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Joseph Campau for part of an alley, he 
to pay George Meldrum $30. 



52 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

A deed was signed to Hannah Fearson for lot 47, section 7, 
as a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to James Henry for the undivided half of 
lots 1 and 2, section 4. 

A deed was signed to Augustin Longdon for lot 59, section 2, 
as a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Mary Longdon for lot 99, section 2, as 
a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to Catherine Lafoy for lot 32, section 7, as 
a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to George Meldrum. 

A deed was signed to Michel Monnette for lot 55, section 1. 

A deed was signed to William Scott as guardian to the heirs 
of John Welch, deceased, for lot 67, section 1, as a donation lot. 

A deed was signed to William Scott, administrator to the 
estate of Abner P. Ackley, deceased, for lot 20, section 8, as a 
donation. 

A deed was signed to Nicholas Varnet for lot 55, section 2, as 
a donation. 

Joseph Voyer, Jr., presented a power of attorney from Charles 
Voyer of Quebec and Therese Ecuyer named as devisees in the 
last will and testament of Joseph Voyer, Sr., deceased, authoriz- 
ing him, together with William Smith^^^ of Amherstburgh, or sep- 
arately, to receive all inheritances, legacies, bequests, shares, in- 
terest, claims and demands which in and by the last will and testa- 
ment of the said Joseph Voyer, deceased, codicil or otherwise 
have been given, made, left, bequeathed or devolved appertain or 
belong unto the said devisees ; in consequence whereof, the presi- 
dent of the commissioners signed a certificate for $100, No. 8, 
stating that there is that sum due to the estate of Joseph Voyer, 
Sr., deceased, in lieu of a donation lot under the act of congress 
of the 21st April, 1806, and the commissioners directed their sec- 
retary to deliver the same to Joseph Voyer, Jr., on his signing a 
receipt for the donation lot of said estate. 

And then the commissioners adjourned sine die. 

On Wednesday, the 27th day of September, 1809, the com- 
missioners met at the hour of ten of the clock in the forenoon. 
Present : William Hull, governor ; John Griffin and James With- 
erell, judges. 
Members present. 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 53 

A deed was signed to Joseph Cote for lot 102, section 2, agree- 
able to the order entered into on the twenty-second day of April 
last. 

A deed was signed to Joseph Watson for lot 67, section 4, in 
the City of Detroit, he having first endorsed on the order signed 
to him by the president of the commissioners on the 9th May last 
the sum of eighty dollars. 

And then the commissioners adjourned sine die. (See for 
Continuation of Journal^^® unbound book entitled "Rough Min- 
utes" No. 2B.) 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, November 6th, 1815. Present: Lewis Cass,^®® gov- 
ernor ; John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

Resolved, that Solomon Sibley be appointed to investigate all 
claims under the act of Congress entitled "an act providing for 
the adjustment of titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Ter- 
ritory of Michigan, and for other purposes," whether the same 
be for donation lots, for sales made by the governor and judges 
or for any other matter arising under the said law, and it shall be 
his duty to record such part of the evidence, both oral and written, 
as may be necessary to a full understanding of the matter and to 
report the same together with his opinion thereof to the governor 
and judges, who shall finally decide thereon. 

Resolved, that in the event of the said Solomon Sibley's not 
accepting the said appointment or in the case of the same becom- 
ing vacant, it shall be the duty of the governor to fill the vacancy. 

Resolved, that the person executing the duties of the said 
office shall receive two dollars per day for every day actually 
engaged in performing the said duties. 

Resolved, that application be immediately made to the proper 
department or office of the general government to have the tract 
of land mentioned in the said law, surveyed and described by 
metes and bounds. 

Resolved, that the governor be and he is hereby authorized, 
whenever he shall deem it expedient, to appoint five commis- 
sioners, any three of whom shall have power to contract for the 
disposition of such part of the ten thousand acres of land granted 
by the act of congress, entitled an act to provide for the adjust 
ment of titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan and for other purposes, as is not already disposed of or 



54 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

contracted to be disposed of by the governor and judges of said 
Territory and as remains after satisfying claims provided for by 
the first section of the said act, and the said commissioners or 
any three of them shall be and are hereby authorized to contract 
for the disposing of said land altogether or in separate tracts, to 
one or more purchasers, upon such terms in such manner and at 
such times as they may judge expedient and the said commis- 
sioners or any three of them shall be and are hereby authorized 
to contract for building a court house and jaiP^^ in the City of 
Detroit and for the application of the proceeds of said land to the 
payment thereof, and they shall have power to determine when 
and where the said court house and jail shall be built ; the ma- 
terials, form and dimensions thereof, superintend and direct 
the work, and generally to do everything which may be necessary 
to complete the same. The contracts before they are executed 
shall be approved by the governor and such of the judges of the 
supreme court as may be in the Territory at the time the said con- 
tracts may be ready for execution. The persons appointed by vir- 
tue of this resolution shall not be interested directly or indirectly 
in either of the said contracts or anything relating thereto. They 
shall receive such reasonable compensation as the governor and 
judges may hereafter provide. The governor and judges will 
convey the said land to the person or persons with whom a con- 
tract may be made by virtue of the foregoing resolution at the 
time and in the manner prescribed by said contract. 

(Signed) 

Lewis Cass, 

Governor of Michigan. 

John Griffin, 

one of the Judges of the Ty. M. 

J. WiTHERELL, 

one of the Judges of the Ty. M. 
Detroit, November 7, 1815. 
Sir: The act of congress of the 21st April, 1806, entitled "an 
act to provide for the adjustment of lands in the Town of Detroit 
and Territory of Michigan and for other purposes," authorizes 
the governor and judges of the said Territory to lay out a town, 
including the whole of the old Town of Detroit and ten thousand 
acres adjacent, excepting such parts as the president of the 
United States shall direct to be reserved for the use of the mili- 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 55 

tary department and to hear, adjust and determine all claims to 
lots therein and give deeds for the same. These powers have 
been executed; the military reservation has by the war depart- 
ment, been selected, and the provisions of the first section of the 
said act have been carried into effect. The second section pro- 
vides that the land remaining of the said ten thousand acres, after 
satisfying claims provided for by the first section, shall be dis- 
posed of by the governor and judges aforesaid at their discretion, 
for the purpose of building a court house and jail in the Town of 
Detroit, a variety of causes arising from the nature of the trust 
and the situation of the country have till now prevented the appli- 
cation of the fund to the purposes designated by congress. It is 
our wish to proceed with as much expedition as possible to the 
disposition of the land, and the erection of the contemplated 
buildings. To do this it is necessary that the tract should be sur- 
veyed, and it appears proper that this should be done by a sur- 
veyor authorized by the general government and acting in con- 
junction with the governor and judges of this Territory, we have 
therefore the honour to request, that the surveyor general be 
directed to cause this tract to be surveyed agreeably to the 
instructions which the surveyor may receive from us. The most 
proper season for effecting the object is approaching, and by mak- 
ing the necessary arrangements immediately some of the sur- 
veyors now in the country, after completing their contracts, might 
accomplish the business with little expense to the public or incon- 
venience to themselves. 

With great respect, we have the honour to be 

Your most obedient servant, 

(Signed) Lewis Cass, 

Governor of Michigan. 

A. B. Woodward, 

Presiding Judge of the Territory of Michigan. 

John Griffin, 

One of the Judges of Michigan Territory. 

J. WiTHERELL, 

One of the Judges of Michigan Territory. 



56 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

The Hon. Josiah Meigs/"^ 

Commissioner of the General Land Office. 

November 8th, 1815. 
At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan. Present : Lewis Cass, governor ; A. B. Woodward and 
James Witherell, judges. 

Resolved, that Robert Abbott be appointed treasurer of the 
Detroit Fund, his compensation to be fifty dollars per annum. 
(Signed above) 

Lewis Cass, 

Governor of Michigan. 
A. B. Woodward, 

Presiding Judge of the Territory of Michigan. 
John Griffin, 

One of the Judges of Michigan Territory. 
J. Witherell, 

One of the Judges of Michigan Territory. 
At a meeting of the governor and judges of the territory of 
Michigan this seventh day of February, one thousand eight hun- 
dred and sixteen. Present: Lewis Cass, governor; John Griffin, 
James Witherell, judges. 

Resolved, tha;t the five commissioners to be appointed by the 
governor in conformity with the resolution of the governor and 
judges of the sixth day of November last be and they are hereby 
authorized to examine and determine upon the application of per- 
sons who have heretofore at public auction purchased out lots 
and who have neglected to make payment therefore agreeably 
to the condition of sale ; provided, that their final decision shall 
be submitted to and approved by the governor and such of the 
judges as are in the Territory at the time such decision is made. 
(Signed) Lewis Cass, 

Governor of Michigan. 
John Griffin, 

One of the Judges of the Territory of Michigan. 
Witherell, 
One of the Judges of the Territory of Michigan. 
General Land Office, 
26th December, 1815. 
Sirs : I have had the honour of receiving your letter of 7th 
lilt., and in conformity with your request, I have instructed the 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 57 

surveyor general to cause to be surveyed the piece of land adja- 
cent to Detroit, placed at your disposal by the act of 21 April, 
1806. 

I have the honor to be, very respectfully. 
Your obedient servant, 

(Signed) Josiah Meigs. 

His Excellency, the Governor, 
Their Honors the Judges, 
of Michigan Territory. 

Surveyor General's Office, 

Chillicothe, January 3rd, 1816. 

Dear Sir: I have this day received from the commissioner 
of the general land office a letter (a copy of which is enclosed) in 
reference to the act of congress of the 21st March, 1806. I find 
that the lands embraced by the act are subjected to the entire 
control of the governor and judges of the Territory of Michigan, 
and as I presume they have applied to the general land office rela- 
tive to this business, I have to request that you will afford me 
any information in your possession by which I may see any duties 
required of me by law, and how those duties are to be performed 
relative to this reservation and they shall be immediately attended 
to. I find in this office a general plat of claims in Michigan, an 
extract of which I also enclose, presuming those are the lands Mr. 
Meigs alludes to. I hope, therefore, as Mr. Meigs has not given 
me the information necessary, that it will be in your power to do 
so. 

With great respect, I am, 

Your obedient servant, 

(Signed) Edward Tiffin.^®' 

His Excellency 

Governor Cass, 
Detroit. 

General Land Office, 

26th December, 1815. 
Sir: The governor and judges of the Territory of Michigan 
are desirous that a tract of land adjacent to the Town of Detroit 
which was (by the act of 21st April, 1806) placed at their dis- 
posal should be surveyed this season. You will be pleased to 



S8 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

direct one of your deputies to perform that service agreeably to 
the provision of said act. 

' I am, etc., etc., 
(Signed) Jqsiah MeiGs. 

E. Tiffin, 

Surveyor General, 
Chillicothe. 

Detroit, January 26, 1816. 

Dear Sir : I received by last mail your letter of the 3rd instant 
and have consulted the judges of the Territory upon the subject 
of it. Circumstances, public and private, which have occurred in 
the Territory have prevented the application of the fund given 
by the act of congress of 21st April, 1806, to the specified objects 
contemplated by the act. The situation of the country will now 
justify an immediate attention to the subject and we are very 
desirous of accomplishing it. The records and public papers of 
the Territory were destroyed or carried off by the British troops 
during their temporary occupation of the country. Among them 
were the maps and plans of survey made by Mr. Greely,^^* dupli- 
cates of which are in your office. Unless they can be replaced, 
the public and private inconvenience will be great. This will 
account to you for the present governor arid judges being ignorant 
that the form and location of the ten thousand acres granted by 
the before mentioned act were determined. The object of our 
letter to the commissioner of the general land office was to pro- 
cure a survey of this tract. As the United States had granted it 
and as we were ignorant of its limits being established we thought 
it correct that their proper officer should be consulted. Other- 
wise had we attempted its location, it might be said that one of 
the parties alone could not say what should be the form of the 
tract and how it should be situated. For upon these points the act 
is silent, requiring only that the land should be adjacent to the 
Town of Detroit. But your letter with the accompanying plat 
has removed this difficulty, as we find these questions are now at 
rest. You will therefore much oblige us by transmitting a cor- 
rect plan of the adjacent country including these ten thousand 
acres, officially certified to be deposited among our records. 
Should you feel yourself justified in directing Mr. Wampler^®"^ 
or some other surveyor to run round this tract it would be very 
agreeable to us. Permanent corners should be established and 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 59 

field notes taken and preserved. I every day feel the loss of the 
plats, which I have mentioned. I should esteem it a particular 
favour if you could furnish me with copies of them. Indeed, I 
am at a loss to know how we shall get along without them. We 
are so anxious to proceed to the erection of the public buildings 
in the course of the next season, that we are induced to hope you 
will transmit an answer as soon as convenient. 

With much respect, I am. 

Your obedient servant. 
Hon. Edward Tiffin, 
Surveyor General. 

Detroit, October 8th, 1816. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes." Present : His Excellency, 
Lewis Cass, governor; Augustus Brevoort Woodward and John 
Griffin, judges. 

Austin Eli Wing*®^ was appointed secretary to said board — 
and it was. 

Resolved, that the secretary receive for his annual compensa- 
tion in full for his services as such two hundred dollars — to be 
paid semi-annually. 

And then the board adjourned until the tenth day of October, 
one thousand eight hundred and sixteen. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan and for other purposes" on the tenth day of October 
one thousand eight hundred and sixteen. Present: His Excel- 
lency, Lewis Cass, governor ; Augustus Brevoort Woodward and 
John Griffin, judges. 

October 10th. 

The board took into consideration the expediency of disposing 
of the whole or a part of the ten thousand acre tract of land lying 
in the rear of the City of Detroit. 



60 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

And then adjourned until the eleventh day of October, one 
thousand eight hundred and sixteen, to meet at the government 
council house. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan and for other purposes," on the eleventh day of Octo- 
ber, one thousand eight hundred and sixteen, at the government 
council house, pursuant to adjournment. Present: His excellency, 
Lewis Cass, governor; Augustus Brevoort Woodward and John 
Griffin, judges. 

October 11th. 

It was resolved that the treasurer of the Detroit Fund be 
requested to lay before this board a return, exhibiting the amount 
and particulars of all sums of monies which have been received 
for ground already disposed of. 

The claims of the Roman Catholic church were taken into 
consideration and it was : Resolved, that Mr. Smith, the surveyor, 
go on the ground where the foundation of the old Catholic church 
now lies, and ascertain the quantity of land belonging to the said 
church, exclusive of that which lies in the public highway, and 
report the deficiency from the original grant to the said church, 
if any ; also that for whatever deficiency there may be, an equiva- 
lent shall be given said church. 

Mrs. Dodomeade presented her claim to a certain lot of 
ground on which David Beard's house now stands, which was 
taken into consideration, and it was : Resolved, that any person 
or persons, whose claims might be affected by the result of the 
investigation, appear on Monday next at half after ten of the 
clock in the forenoon. 

And then the board adjourned until half after ten of the clock 
in the forenoon on the fourteenth day of October, one thousand 
eight hundred and sixteen. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United States 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 61 

of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment of the 
titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of Michigan 
and for other purposes," on the fourteenth day of October, one 
thousand eight hundred and sixteen, at the government council 
house. Present : His excellency, Lewis Cass, governor ; Augustus 
Brevoort Woodward and John Griffin, judges. 

October 14th. 

The claim of Angus Mcintosh was taken into consideration, 
and thereupon ordered, that the surveyor, Thomas Smith, go 
upon the ground in question and return a plat thereof, locating 
the public streets and alleys, and the lots in the rear and the exist- 
ing wharf, and that the secretary serve him with a copy of this 
order. 

An application was made by William Woodbridge,^®^ Esq., on 
behalf of John Kinzie, for the adjustment of his claim to certain 
lands now occupied by Stephen Mack.^°^ 

Abraham Cook applied for a deed to a lot of ground lying 
between the Brush and McComb farms. 

And then the board adjourned until tomorrow, the fifteenth 
day of October, one thousand eight hundred and sixteen, at eleven 
of the clock in the forenoon, to meet again at the government 
council house. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled **An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan and for other purposes," on the fifteenth day of Octo- 
ber, one thousand eight hundred and sixteen, pursuant to adjourn- 
ment. Present : His excellency, Lewis Cass, governor ; Augustus 
Brevoort Woodward and John Griffin, judges. 

October 15th. 

It was resolved that the water lots in section numbered three, 
above Colonel Hunt's,"^ in the City of Detroit, shall be sold. The 
sale shall take place on Thursday, the twenty-fourth day of the 
present month of October, between the hours of noon and sunset, 
at the auction room of James Abbott; two plats of the section 
shall be deposited there on or before Thursday next for public 
inspection. 



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The minimum price shall be two cents per square foot ; one- 
fourth shall be paid within ten days, and one- fourth annually 
afterwards. A title will be made, on the receipt being exhibited, 
for the full payment. 

If the first payment be not made, the lot shall be forfeited, 
and if either of the remaining payments be delayed, twelve per 
cent per annum shall be charged upon it. If any payment shall 
be delayed two years the lot may be sold ; and if it should bring 
so much, the payments made shall be returned, deducting twelve 
per cent. Twelve per cent per annum shall be discounted for 
prompt payment. This order shall be published from the day of 
its passage until the day of sale. 

The following resolution was presented for the consideration 
of the board by Hon. Augustus Brevoort Woodward, viz. : 

That no future deviation shall be made from the original plan 
of the City of Detroit, as devised and adopted by the governor and 
judges in the years one thousand eight hundred and five, one 
thousand eight hundred and six and one thousand eight hundred 
and seven and reported to congress. All ground hereafter dis- 
posed of in quantities exceeding one lot, a five thousand square 
feet, shall be sold upon this express condition, that the City of 
Detroit may extend over them, without the purchaser expecting 
or claiming any compensation, for the avenues, streets, roads, 
lanes, alleys, squares, circuses and other public spaces and reserva- 
tion of ground of the said City of Detroit, according to the orig^ 
inal plan thereof. Whenever a majority of the proprietors of any 
such quantity may desire the same, and whenever the same may 
be required by the competent public authority, so that no title 
shall ever be considered as vesting in any individual to such ave- 
nues, streets, roads, lanes, alleys, squares, circuses or other public 
spaces and reservations of grounds. 

Ordered by the board, that Abraham Cook shall receive a deed 
agreeable to his application on the fourteenth day of this month 
to a certain lot of ground as it may be found to lay in the City of 
Detroit, agreeable to the plat of the town, subject to the following 
proviso : 

That the City of Detroit may extend over it, without his 
expecting or claiming any compensation for the avenues, streets, 
roads, lanes, alleys, squares, circuses and other public spaces and 
reservations of ground of the said City of Detroit according to 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 63 

the original plan thereof whenever a majority of the proprietors 
of any such quantity may desire the same, and whenever the same 
may be required by the competent public authority, so that no title 
shall ever be considered as vesting in any individual to such ave- 
nues, streets, roads, lanes, alleys, squares, circuses and other pub- 
lic spaces and reservations of ground. 

Mrs. Chittenden made application for a deed to a certain lot 
of ground No. 4 in Section No. 3 in the City of Detroit, with 
the exception of 10 by 100 feet, bounding on lot No. 3 in the 
same section, and also an equivalent for the surplus of ^nound 
belonging to the estate of Hugh Calahan, after deducting the 
number of square feet contained in the above lot. 

Ordered that a deed be granted agreeable to her request, 
provided she relinquish all claim to the above lot formerly 
granted to Hugh Calahan and that an equivalent be given her. 

Application was made by Gen. Alexander McComb^^® on be- 
half of Mrs. Isabella McComb, to ascertain the lots which ought 
to be granted by the governor and judges for the four original 
lots which belonged to the estate of the late William McComb, 
deceased. 

Ordered that the Surveyor Thomas Smith return a plat of 
a survey of the above mentioned four lots belonging to the es- 
tate of the late Williiam McComb, deceased; exhibiting the re- 
lation which the streets, etc., of the town held to them. 

Application was made by John R. Walker^^^ for deeds to lots 
No. 28 and 29 in the Town of Detroit. 

Ordered that he receive deeds agreeable to his request sub- 
ject to the following proviso: That the City of Detroit may 
extend over them, without his expecting or claiming any com- 
pensation for the avenues, streets, roads, lanes, alleys, squares, 
circuses and other public spaces and reservations of groutid of 
the said City of Detroit, according to the original plan thereof, 
whenever a majority of the proprietors, of any such quantity, 
may desire the same; and whenever the same may be required 
by the competent public authority. So that no title shall ever 
be considered as vesting in any individual to such avenues, streets, 
roads, lanes, alleys, squares, circuses and other public spaces and 
reservations of ground. 



64 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

George McDougall in behalf of Richard Patterson^"^ pre- 
sented a claim to a certain lot of ground, said to lay in the pub- 
lic road in front of the premises now occupied by Mr. Roby^°^. 

George McDougall, in behalf of Robert Ennis ^^* [Innis], 
executor of Mr. Dunevan [Donovan], presented a claim to a 
lot said to lie in the public road in front of the premises now 
occupied by Mr. Roby. 

And then the board adjourned until tomorrow, the sixteenth 
day of October, one thousand eight hundred and sixteen, at 
eleven of the clock in the forenoon, to be held again at the same 
place. 

 Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory 
of Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjust- 
ment of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory 
of Michigan, and for other purposes," on the sixteenth day of 
October, one thousand eight hundred and sixteen, pursuant to 
adjournment. Present: His excellency, Lewis Cass, governor; 
August Brevoort Woodward and John Griffin, judges. 

October 16th. 

No business perfected and the board adjourned until tomor- 
row, the seventeenth day of October one thousand eight hun- 
dred and sixteen, at eleven of the clock in the forenoon, to be 
held at the same place. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory 
of Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjust- 
ment of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory 
of Michigan, and for other purposes," on the seventeenth day 
of October, one thousand eight hundred and sixteen, pursuant 
to adjournment. Present: His excellency, Lewis Cass, governor; 
Augustus Brevoort Woodward and John Griffin, judges. 

October 17th. 

The Rev. Gabriel Richard'^^'* presented his claim to a certain 
parcel of ground known by the name of Mathew Elliot's lot.2<»« 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 65 

Ordered, that the surveyor return a plat of the same ex- 
hibiting what may be thrown into the streets, roads, etc. 

The board again took into consideration the claims of the 
Roman Catholic church, and, 

Ordered, that a deed be given to the corporation for a certain 
lot and parcel of ground, beginning at the western and southern 
corner of a lot granted to Peter Audrain, now the property of 
Joseph Campau, and running thence on the course, north 30 de- 
grees, west 200 feet; thence south 60 degrees, west 132 feet; 
thence south 30 degrees, east 200 feet ; thence north 60 degrees,, 
east 132 feet to the beginning. Containing twenty-six thousand 
four hundred square feet, be the same more or less. And re- 
serving the alleys of the City of Detroit according to the orig- 
inal plan thereof, and all private claims, comprehended within 
the same. 

Also, that a deed be given to lots numbered forty-two, forty- 
three, forty- four, forty-five, forty-six, forty-seven, eighty-six,, 
eighty-seven, eighty-eight, eighty-nine, ninety, ninety-one, in sec- 
tion No. one. 

And for lots numbered forty, forty-one, eighty-four, eighty- 
five, with this proviso ; that, that part of the said lots numbered 
40, 41, 84, 85, which is now used for a public communication, 
nothing shall be erected which shall interrupt the said communi- 
cation anterior to the seventeenth day of October, one thousand 
eight hundred and thirty-one, unless another communication be 
previously opened. 

And also the use of the interior and central triangle of the 
said section No. one, for the erection of a church^"^ provided, if 
a church be not erected and maintained thereon, the use of the 
said ground shall revert to the public and in like manner, if a 
church be not erected and maintained thereon, on or before 
thirty-first day of December, one thousand eight hundred and 
eighteen. 

And provided farther, that no farther interments be made 
on the said premises after the first day of June, one thousand 
eight hundred and seventeen. 

Resolved, also, that two acres of ground be granted upon 
the commons to said Catholic Church for a graveyard^®*, in such 
place as may hereafter be determined, subject to the future open- 
ing of the streets, alleys, etc. 



66 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

And then the board adjourned until tomorrow, the eighteenth 
day of October, one thousand eight hundred and sixteen, at 
eleven of the clock in the forenoon, to meet again at the same 
place. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory 
of Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjust- 
ment of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory 
of Michigan, and for other purposes," on the eighteenth day of 
October, one thousand eight hundred and sixteen, pursuant to 
adjournment. Present: His excellency, Lewis Cass, governor; 
Augustus Brevoort Woodward and John Griffin, judges. 

October 18th. 
Mrs. Donahoe^"^ presented her claim to a certain lot of ground 
numbered fifty. 

Catherine McNiif presented a petition for a deed to a lot 
in section No. four, on which she now lives, stating that the 
former deed to said lot granted by the governor and judges, had 
l)een mislaid or lost, so that it cannot be found. 

Ordered, that a deed be granted agreeable to her requests. 

Resolved, that the Surveyor Thomas Smith locate in his re- 
turn of the water lots in the City of Detroit, those claims to lots 
which have been already granted. 

Richard Smyth made application for a deed to a lot of ground, 
situate in the rear of his present dwelling house. 

Ordered, that a deed be granted to Richard Smyth to lot No. 
tfifty-one, section No. three. 

Mrs. Chittenden's claim was again taken into consideration 
"by the Board, and determined that Richard Smyth, James Ab- 
bott and James Dodomeade go on to the ground which she 
claimed in the old town and appraise the well thereon, and that 
a deed be granted her for a part of lot No. four. 

And then the board adjourned until Monday, the twentieth 
«day of October, one thousand eight hundred and sixteen, at 
•eleven of the Clock in the forenoon, to meet again at the same 
place. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 67 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory 
of Michigan, acting under an act of the Congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjust- 
ment of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory 
of Michigan, and for other purposes," on the twenty-first day 
of October, one thousand eight hundred and sixteen, pursuant 
to adjournment. Present: His excellency, Lewis Cass, governor; 
Augustus Brevoort Woodward and John Griffin, judges. 

October 21st. 

Resolved, that no future deviation shall be made from the 
original plan of the City of Detroit between the Grand Circus 
and the River Detroit, as devised and adopted by the governor 
and judges, in the years one thousand eight hundred and five, 
one thousand eight hundred and six, and one thousand eight 
hundred and seven, as reported to congress. 

Resolved, that one hundred and thirty dollars, the amount of 
the appraisement, be allowed to Mrs. Chittenden, as a full com- 
pensation for her well, in the Old Town, now in the public high- 
way. And that a deed be granted her for lot No. four, in section 
No. three, with the exception of ten by one hundred feet, bound- 
ing on lot No. three in the same section. And also that an equiva- 
lent of seven cents per square foot for the surplusage of ground 
belonging to the estate of Hugh Calahan, after deducting the 
number of square feet contained in the above lot, be given her. 

Benjamin Woodworth made application for deeds to lots num- 
bered twenty-four, twenty-five, twenty-six and twenty-seven. 

Ordered, that Deeds be given him agreeable to his request. 

Resolved, that a Deed be given to Benjamin Woodworth for 
a part of a lot adjoining him upon which the Indian Blacksmith 
shop^^*^ formerly stood. 

And then the board adjourned until tomorrow, the twenty- 
second day of October, one thousand eight hundred and sixteen, 
at eleven of the Clock in the forenoon, to be held again at the 
same place. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory 
of Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of Land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 



68 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

Michigan, and for other purposes," on the twenty-second day of 
October, one thousand eight hundred and sixteen, pursuant to 
adjournment. Present: His Excellency, Lewis Cass, governor; 
Augustus Brevoort Woodward and John Griffin, judges. 

October 22nd. 

Peter Audrain petitioned the Board for a grant of a water 
lot in the rear of the house which he now occupies. 

Thomas Smith, Surveyor, returned a plat of section No. 4 
generally. 

And then the Board adjourned until tomorrow, the twenty- 
third day of October, one thousand eight hundred and sixteen, 
at eleven of the Clock in the forenoon, to meet again at the same 
place. 

Austin E. Wing, 
Secretary. 

At a meeting of the Governor and Judges of the Territory 
of Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An Act to provide for the adjust- 
ment of titles of Land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes, on the twenty-third day of 
October, one thousand eight hundred and sixteen, pursuant to 
adjournment. Present: His excellency, Lewis Cass, governor; 
Augustus Brevoort Woodward and John Griffin, judges. 

October 23rd. 

John R. Williams came forward to contest the claims pre- 
sented by Mrs. Chittenden on the fifteenth day of October, one 
thousand eight hundred and sixteen, to a certain parcel of 
ground said to belong formerly to Hugh Calahan. 

And then the Board adjourned until tomorrow, the twenty- 
fourth day of October, one thousand eight hundred and sixteen^ 
at eleven of the clock in the forenoon to meet again at the same 
place. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the Governor and Judges of the Territory 
of Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjust- 
ment of the titles of Land in the Town of Detroit and Territory 
of Michigan, and for other purposes, on the Twenty-fourth day 
of October, one thousand eight hundred and sixteen, pursuant to 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 69 

adjournment. Present: His excellency, Lewis Cass, governor; 
Augustus Brevoort Woodward and John Griffin, judges. 

October 24th. 

Thq Corporation ofi the City of Detroit presented a Protest 
against the order made by the Board on the fifteenth day of Oc- 
tober, one thousand eight hundred and sixteen, for the sale of 
water lots in section numbered three above Colonel Hunt's, in the 
City of Detroit aforesaid. 

Signed, "Abraham Edwards/^^ Chairman" 

"Stephen Mack/' 
"Peter Desnoyer/'' 

& 
"Oliver W. Miller.'' 

Ordered, that the order passed on the fifteenth of October, 
one thousand eight hundred and sixteen, for the sale of the water 
lots, in section numbered three, above Colonel Hunt's, in the City 
of Detroit, be rescinded. 

Resolved, that this Board adjourn on Thursday, the thirty- 
first day of October, one thousand eight hundred and sixteen, 
unless for good cause then appearing the session should be pro- 
longed. 

Thomas Rowland,^" in behalf of Mrs. Hank petitioned for 
a deed to a certain lot of ground in the City of Detroit, having 
a claim to the same. 

Ordered, that a deed be given her agreeable to her request. 

Solomon Sibley, on behalf of Mrs. Scott, petitioned for a 
deed to a certain lot of ground in the City of Detroit, she having 
a claim to the same. 

Ordered, that a deed be given her agreeable to her request. 

And then the Board adjourned until tomorrow, the twenty- 
fifth day of October, one thousand eight hundred and sixteen, 
at eleven of the clock in the forenoon, to meet again at the same 
place. 

Austin E. Wing, 
Secretary. 

At the meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory 
of Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjust- 
ment of the titles of Land in the Town of Detroit and Territory 
of Michigan, and for other purposes," on the twenty-fifth day 



70 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

of October, one thousand eight hundred and sixteen — pursuant 
to adjournment. Present: Hon. John Griffin, judge. 

Not being a quorum, the Board was adjourned until Tuesday, 
the fifth day of November, one thousand eight hundred and six- 
teen, to be held again at the same place. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the Governor and Judges of the Territory 
of Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of titles of Land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of Michi- 
gan, and for other purposes," on the fifth day of November, one 
thousand eight hundred and sixteen, pursuant to adjournment. 
Present: His excellency, Lewis Cass, governor; Augustus Bre- 
voort Woodward and John Griffin, judges. 

Solomon Sibley, in behalf of Robert Smart, remote assignee 
under David McClain, made appHcation for deeds to lots num- 
bered sixty-one and sixty-two, in section — .^^^ 

Application was made by Abraham Wendell,^^* in behalf of 
Jacob G. Sanders, for a deed to lot number twenty-one, in sec- 
tion — . 

Resolution presented by Judge Woodward — and after some 
alterations passed, as follows — viz. : 

Resolved, by the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act for the adjustment of the 
titles of Land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of Michi- 
gan, and for other purposes." That the ground lying on Jeffer- 
son avenue, in the City of Detroit, adjoining the premises of 
Joseph Campau and bounded in front by Jefferson avenue, be 
divided into lots of forty-two and a half feet front on Jefferson 
Avenue and Woodbridge street, and two lots of forty feet front 
on Griswold Street, be sold at public auction on Tuesday next. 
One-fourth of the price to be paid in ten days after the sale 
and the remainder in three equal annual payments, and if any 
payment be delayed one year the lot to be forfeited and the 
monies paid returned, deducting twelve per centum per annum; 
and if any payment be delayed the purchaser shall pay twelve 
per cent, and if the whole payments are not made with the in- 
terest if any, on or before the day of the last payment, the lot 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 71 

shall be sold, and the amount returned to the first purchaser after 
deducting twelve per cent per annum for the .fund. And a cer- 
tificate shall be given to the purchaser by the Secretary stating 
these terms, and a deed shall not be issued till the payments are 
completed. 

The following resolution was proposed to the Board by Judge 
Woodward, viz. : 

Whereas the act of congress entitled "An act to provide for 
the adjustment of the titles of Land in the Town of Detroit and 
Territory of Michigan and for other purposes," requires certain 
acts by the governor and judges of the Territory of Michigan, or 
any three of them. 

Resolved, that so much of the resolution of the day 

of last authorizing the governor and such of the Judges 

as may be in the Territory to confirm certain proceedings of the 
commissioners therein mentioned, be rescinded as would operate 
to authorize at any time the governor and one judge only to 
give such confirmation, and as would operate to prevent the three 
judges from giving such confirmation when the governor and 
secretary are absent, but such confirmation shall always be pur- 
suant to the act of congress by the governor and judges or any 
three of them. 

The question was taken, whereupon Augustus Brevoort 
Woodward and John Griffin, Judges, in the affirmative, and his 
Excellency, Lewis Cass, in the negative. 

Ordered, that lots numbered twenty-seven, thirty, thirty-one, 
thirty-two, thirty-three, sixty-three, sixty- four, sixty-five, sixty- 
six, sixty-eight, sixty-nine, seventy, seventy-one, in section nine,, 
be granted to the Corporation of the Catholick Church,^^^ together 
with the use of the streets and alleys between them for a burying 
ground. 

Ordered, that the secretary do receive proposals for erecting 
a handsome paling painted round the new and old Protestant and 
Catholick burying grounds^^^ and for planting the old Protestant 
burying ground with trees. 

And then the board adjourned until Thursday the seventh 
day of November, one thousand eight hundred and sixteen, to 
meet again at the same place, eleven o'clock a. m. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 



72 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An Act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan and for other purposes," on the seventh day of Novem- 
ber, one thousand eight hundred and sixteen, pursuant to ad- 
journment. Were present, his excellency, Lewis Cass, Augustus 
Brevoort Woodward and John Griffin, Judges. 

No business appearing before the Board, an adjournment was 
ordered to the thirteenth day of November, one thousand eight 
hundred and sixteen, to be held again at the same place at eleven 
of the clock in the forenoon. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An, Act to provide for the adjust- 
ment of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory 
of Michigan and for other purposes," on the thirteenth day of 
November, one thousand eight hundred and sixteen, pursuant 
to adjournment. Were present: His excelkncy, Lewis Cass, 
Augustus Brevoort Woodward and John Griffin, Judges. 

Ordered, that a donation lot be granted a Mrs. Catherine 
Donahoe, Devisee of Peter Curry, deceased, who was entitled to 
a donation lot. 

Ordered, that a deed be granted to Henry J. Hunt for the 
land described in the statement of the surveyor, upon condition 
that the said Henry J. Hunt produce from Angus Mcintosh his 
relinquishment for all ground which belonged to him in the old 
town of Detroit, and which by the new plan of said town falls 
in the streets, and also all lands which he may claim as an equiva- 
lent therefor, and the said Henry J. Hunt shall pay to the treas- 
urer of the Detroit Fund the sum of four hundred dollars for the 
surplus of said ground, upon the same terms as the other lots 
have been sold except that he pay interest upon the balance from 
the day of sale. 

James Abbott, Auctioneer in the City of Detroit, presented the 
following return of sales of lots made on the 12th of this month : 

Shubael Conant^" purchased lot No. 7 1500 

6 1470 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 1Z 

. John Stockton"^ " *' 5 2050 

Charley Larned"« " " 48 920 

Benj'n Stead"^ " " 49 1190 

John Stockton " '' 50 900 

E. E $8030 

James Abbott, 

Auctioneer, 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An Act to provide for the adjust- 
ment of the titles of Land in the Town of Detroit and Territory 
of Michigan and for other purposes," on the 22nd day of Novem- 
ber, 1816. Were present : His excellency, Lewis Cass, Augustus 
Brevoort Woodward and John Griffin, Judges. 

John Palmer^^^ made application for a deed to a lot of ground 
in the town of Detroit numbered 81, purchased at auction 6th 
March, 1809, subject to the following proviso, that the City of 
Detroit may extend over it without his expecting or claiming any 
compensation, for the avenues, streets, roads, lanes, alleys, 
squares, circusses and other public spaces and reservations of 
ground of the said City of Detroit according to the original plan 
thereof whenever a majority of the proprietors of any such 
quantity may desire the same, and whenever the same may be 
required by the competent public authority, so that no title shall 
ever be considered as vesting in any individual to such avenues, 
streets, roads, lanes, alleys, squares, circusses and other public 
spaces and reservations of ground. 

Ordered, that lots numbered sixteen and seventeen, in section 
number 2, be granted to William McComb and David B. Mc- 
Comb upon their filing with the secretary the relinquishment of 
the heirs of John W. McComb and of the said William McComb 
and David B. McComb, heirs of William McComb, late of De- 
troit, deceased, for all property in the old Town of Detroit which 
formerly belonged to the said William McComb, deceased, and 
upon their paying or causing to be paid to the Treasurer of the 
Detroit fund, a sum bearing the same proportion to the pur- 
chase money of the said lots if they are sold within six months 
which 1321 bears to 10,000, and to be paid at the same time the ' 
said purchase money is to be paid. And, if the said lots are not 



74 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

sold within six months, then a sum shall be paid to the said treas- 
urer bearing the same proportion to $3,600 which 1321 bears to 
10,000, and excepting therefrom so much of lots No. 16 as falls 
in the alley leading from Welsh's house, by the rear of Thibault 
& Campau's, to the Citadel Alley, until the alley agreeably to the 
new plan of the town, in the rear of said lots numbered 16 and 
17 shall be opened, and excepting therefrom what may be con- 
tained in the military reservation, so long as the same may be 
used for public purposes. 

Ordered, that all the water lots in section number three, and 
above the public wharf, the property of the Detroit funds, be 
sold at public auction on Saturday, the 30th instant, at noon, 
upon the same terms upon which the lots in the public garden 
were sold with this addition ; that six per cent shall be paid upon 
all sums from the day of sale, and the interest due upon the 
whole sum at the time any payment is due, shall be paid at the 
time the said payment is made and under the same penalty — the 
minimum price of the said lots shall be two cents per foot. 

Ordered, that all lots the property of the Detroit fund be- 
tween Woodward Avenue and the McComb farm be offered for 
sale at public auction, on Friday, the 6th day of December next, 
if fair — if not, the next fair day, upon the same terms directed 
for the sale of the water lots, except that there shall be no mini- 
mum price a[nd either member of this Board shall be. a commit- 
tee to superintend the said sale, and if he thinks the lots do not 
bring a fair price, he is hereby empowered to stop the sale. 

Ordered, that the Secretary give the usual public notice of 
the two preceding orders — 

And then the board adjourned to meet on Monday next at 
11 o'clock a. m. 

A. E. Wing, 
Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An Act to provide for the adjust- 
ment of the Titles of Land in the Town of Detroit and Territory 
of Michigan, and for other purposes," on Monday, the twenty- 
fifth day of November, 1816. Were present: His excellency, 
Lewis Cass; Augustus Brevoort Woodward and John Griffin, 
Judges. 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD , 75 

Peter Audrain made application for a deed to a water lot in 
the rear of his present dwelling. 

James May made application for deeds to ten lots purchased 
at auction, viz. : Nos. 37, 38, 39, 82, 83, 66, 67, 56, 57, 58. Or- 
dered that deeds be granted to James May agreeable to his re- 
quest, subject to the following proviso: That the City of De- 
troit may extend over them, without his expecting or claiming 
any compensation for the avenues, streets, roads, alleys, lanes, 
squares, circusses and other public spaces and reservations of 
ground of the said City of Detroit according to the original plan 
thereof, whenever a majority of the proprietors of any such 
quantity may desire the same and whenever the same may be 
required by the competent public authority ; so that no title shall 
ever be considered as vesting in any individual to such avenues, 
streets, roads, lanes, alleys, squares, circusses and other public 
spaces and reservations of ground. 

Austin E. Wing, Secretary of the Board, presented an ac- 
count of stationery, firewood, etc., furnished said Board — $16 — 
which was allowed. 

A deed was presented by Henry J. Hunt to lots No. 19 and 
20, etc., which was signed by His Excellency, Lewis Cass, Augus- 
tus Brevoort Woodward and John Griffin — attested by — Austin 
E. Wing and Thomas Smith, agreeably to the order of the Board 
on the 13th of November, 1816, to be kept by the secretary till 
the deeds required by the said order are presented. 

A deed was also signed by the governor and judges aforesaid 
to James Abbott for out lots numbered six and seven 

Resolved, that an order be drawn upon the treasurer for 
forty dollars in favor of James Abbott for his auction fees. 

Resolved, that the sum of $8,030, the proceeds of the lots 
sold on the public garden, so-called, be appropriated to the build- 
ing of a court house and to no other purpose. 

And then the board adjourned till Wednesday, the 27th No- 
vember instant. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled **An Act to provide for the adjust- 
ment of titles of Land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 



76 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

Michigan, and for other purposes," on Wednesday, the 27th day 
of November, 1816. Were present : His excellency, Lewis Cass ; 
Augustus Brevoort Woodward and John Griffin, Judges. 

Ordered, that a deed be granted to Robert Smart for lots No. 
61 and 62, in section No. 3, agreeable to his application by Sol. 
Sibley on the 5th day of November, 1816. 

Ordered that the land between the lot of Peter Audrain 
whereon he now lives and Woodbridge Street, commencing at 
the termination of the line between him and the lot whereon John 
Kinzie lately lived and of the line between him and Abraham 
Edwards, and running from those points on a course perpen- 
dicular to Woodbridge Street to said street, be granted to the 
said Peter Audrain, provided that Mr. Audrain pays and secures 
to be paid to the treasurer of the Detroit Fund two cents per 
foot with interest thereon from the 1st day of January, 1811, for 
so much of the said ground as is covered with water, and seven 
cents per foot for the residue in the same manner that the other 
water lots are directed to be sold. 

Deeds were presented by John R. Williams to lots No. 68 and 
.69 out lots, also to lot No. 57, in section No. 11, which were 
signed by His Excellency, Lewis Cass ; Augustus Brevoort Wood- 
ward and John Griffin, Judges — attested by Austin E. Wing and 
Sol. Sibley. 

Application was made by Solomon Sibley in behalf of Robert 
Smart for a deed to lot No. 82 in section No. 6, containing 6,500 
feet. 

Ordered that a deed be granted to Robert Smart agreeable 
to his request. 

Ordered that all the water lots belonging to the Detroit Fund, 
between Woodward Avenue and Bates Street, including the up- 
per tier of lots on Bates Street, be offered for public sale on 
Saturday, the seventh day of December next, upon the terms 
which were directed for the sale of the water lots to be sold on 
Saturday, the 30th instant, and that the secretary give the usual 
public notice thereof. 

Ordered, that a deed be made to Robert Smart agreeably to 
his application through Sol. Sibley on the 5th day of November, 
1816, to lots mentioned, 61 and 62, in section number 3. 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 77 

And then the board adjourned until Monday next, to be held 
at the same place. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An Act to provide for the adjust- 
ment of the titles of Land in the Town of Detroit and Territory 
of Michigan, and for other purposes," on Tuesday, the 3rd day 
of December, 1816. Were present: His excellency, Lewis Cass,. 
Augustus Brevoort Woodward and John Griffin, Judges. 

Return of Sales of Nineteen Water Lots^^^ gold at Public Auc- 
tion by James Abbott, Auctioneer, in the City of Detroit, on Sat- 
urday, 30th of November, 

1816 

No. in the 

John R Williams 109 1 lot. City of Detroit 168 

James Abbott 105 1 " " " 33a 

John R. Williams 106 1 " " " 101 

John R. Williams 110 1 " " " 100 

Benjamin Stead 103 1 " " " 125 

John R. Williams Ill 1 " " " 101 

Charles Larned 102 1 " " " 100 

Thomas Smith 101 1 " " " 110 

Thomas Smith 94* 1 " " " 431* 

Robert Smart 63 1 " '' " 752 

Barnam Campau 98 1 " " " 120 

Richard Smyth 97 1 " " " 240 

John R. Williams 66 1 " " " 420 

John R. Williams 65 1 " " " 780 

Abraham Edwards 93 1 " " " 220 

Abraham Edwards 70 1 " " " 350 

Stephen Mack 91 1 " " " 106 

Stephen Mack 72 1 " " " 561 

Shubael Conant 71 1 " " " 750 



Dols. 5758 

"E. E. Detroit, 1st Dec, 1816. 

JAMES ABBOTT, Auctioneer." 
♦The lot actually sold was 100 & not 94, for $431. 



78 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

Ordered that the land in the rear of Maj. Edwards lot 
where he now lives, between that and Woodbridge street, be 
granted to him at the rate of thirty cents per foot, to be ascer- 
tained by the surveyor, the lines to be run perpendicular to 
Woodbridge Street. 

Ordered, that the land in front of Joseph Thibault lot where 
he now lives, between there and Jefferson Avenues, be granted 
to the said Thibault at the rate of one dollar per foot, to be as- 
certained by the surveyor. 

Ordered, that the lot lying upon the Citadel Alley, back of 
the lots confirmed to William and David Macomb, be sold at 
public auction on Saturday next on the terms prescribed for the 
sale of water lots, and that the said lot be sold agreeably to the 
present plan of the town. 

Ordered, that the lot lying between Henry Hudson's dwell- 
ing house and store house be sold at the same time and upon the 
same terms, and that the amount thereof be specially reserved 
by the treasurer for the further disposition of the board. 

Ordered, that all ground the property of the Detroit Fund, be- 
tween the Detroit River and Adams Avenue, passing through the 
Grand Circus and parallel to Jefferson Avenue not previously 
reserved or disposed of, be sold at public auction, the 2nd Thurs- 
day of October next at noon, if fair, if not the next fair day, 
upon the terms prescribed for the sale of the last water lots — 
and that public notice thereof be given here and elsewhere in four 
public places. 

And then the board adjourned until tomorrow, the 4th day of 
December, 1816, to be held at 11 of the clock A. M., at the same 
place. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

Return of Sales of Lots within the bounds of the City of De- 
troit on Friday, the sixth day of December, 1816, by order of the 
Governor and Judges. 

Purchaser's Name. No. Lot. No. Section. 

J. Leib"^ 33 8 65 

Sol. Sibley 24 " 38 

" " 19 '* 28 

" 18 " 31 

" 17 " 31 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 79 



Sol. Sibley 16 

John R. Williams 82 

Thomas Rowland 15 

Thomas Rowland 14 

Stephen Mack 13 

Thomas Rowland 12 

Stephen Mack 11 

Thomas Rowland 65 

Stephen Mack 64 

Thomas Rowland 63 

John R. Williams 66 

John S. Roby 10 

Sol. Sibley 9 

Thomas Rowland 7 

Geo. B. Larned^^* 62 

Sol. Sibley 61 

Geo. B. Larned 60 

" 59 

John R. Williams 58 

57 

Lieut. Fisher"5 56 

Lieut. Fisher 55 

Thomas Rowland 49 

Solomon Sibley 48 

John R. Williams 21 

22 

John Palmer 23 

" 20 

Dr. McCroskey 19 

24 

Stephen Mack 18 

" 25 

" 26 

" 27 

" ;.. 28 

" 67 

" 17 

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80 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 
Charles Lamed 1 10 

John S. Roby 3 

Thomas Rowland 4 " 

55 

56 

53 

John R. Williams 54 

51&52 

Dr. Day226 81 

JohnR. Williams 79 & 80 

Alex. McComb 15 

16 

Alexander McComb 18 

" " 19 

20 

21 

22 

" 23 

" " . . . . .^ 24 " 

25 

" " 26 " 

27 

" « 28 " 

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Austin E. Wing '. 29 

« " 30 



54 
29 
39 
45 
34 
37 
24 
38 
27 
21 
22 
30 
21 
10 
$1327.50 

10 
15 
15 
19 
10 
10 
15 
14 

10 
20 
18 
11 
30 
27 

$ 226 
1326 
1327.50 



$2879.50 
Account of Sales of 13 Lots within the City of Detroit on Sat- 
urday, the 7th of December, 1816 : 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 81 

No. No. Dols. 

Purchasers Name. Lots. Section. Cents. 

Austin E. Wing 68 4 1800 

Chester Root 5 JO 65 

" 6 " 34 

" 7 " 2a 

" 8 " 39- 

9 " 46. 

James Abbott 184 4 111 

John R. Williams 185 " 100* 

183 " 245 

Austin E. Wing 182 . " 261 

Stephen Mack 176 " 360' 

John R. Williams 177 " 260* 

Peter Van Avery^^^ 50 by 70 

Lot 79 Sec. 2 540 



$3881 



At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An Act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of Land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan and for other purposes, on Monday the 16th day of 
December, one thousand eight hundred and sixteen,, present: 
His excellency, Lewis Cass; Augustus Brevoort Woodward and. 
John Griffin, Judges. 

Ordered, that a deed issue for lot No. 15, in section 2, to 
Benjamin Stead, excepting 800 square feet in the rear, on his 
exhibiting a receipt from the treasurer for 50 dollars and for 
two notes of 50 dollars, payable in two consecutive years and 
a relinquishment of all claims on the part of Robert Gouie.^^^ 

On motion of Judge Griffin, it was unanimously resolved by 
the Board that on Friday, the 20th instant, this board adjourn 
sine die. 

Sylvanus Blackmarr^^^ presented an account for firewood and 
attendance on the board of $22.75, which was passed. 

And then the board adjourned until tomorrow, the 17th 
instant, at 11 o'clock a. m. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary, 



82 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled ''An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of- land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan and for other purposes," on Tuesday, the seventeenth 
day of December, one thousand eight hundred and sixteen. 
Were present : His excellency, Lewis Cass, governor ; Augustus 
Brevoort Woodward and John Griffin, judges. 

Ordered, that deeds be granted to Joseph Thibault for lots 
Nos. 12 and 13, in section 2, upon his conveying a deed to the 
governor and judges for lot No. 80, in section 6. 

A deed was signed to Solomon Sibley by the governor and 
judges, as assignee to Jacob Fairman; lot 41. 

A deed was signed by the governor and judges to Mrs. Scott, 
lot No. 36, section 8. 

A deed was signed by the governor and judges to Sarah 
Knowland for lot No. 82, section 6. 

A deed was signed by the governor and judges to Robert 
Smart for lots Nos. 61 and 62, in section 3. 

And then the board adjourned until tomorrow, the 18th 
instant, to be held at the same place. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled ''An act to provide for the adjust- 
ment of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory 
•of Michigan and for other purposes," on the 18th day of Decem- 
ber, 1816. Were present: His excellency, Lewis Cass, governor; 
-Augustus Brevoort Woodward and John Griffin, judges. 

John Stockton appeared before the board and requested lib- 
erty to relinquish to the board certain lots, Nos. 5 and 50, lying 
in the old public garden, purchased at public auction, agreeable 
to an order of the board, on the 12th of November, 1816, which 
was granted by the board. 

A deed was signed by the governor and judges for lots Nos. 
€2 and 83 to Solomon Sibley, Esq., at the request of James May. 
Esq. 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 83 

Dr. McCroskey made application to the board for a deed to a 
donation lot in the City of Detroit. Ordered, that a deed be 
granted agreeable to his request. 

A deed was signed by the governor and judges for lots Nos. 
37, 38, 39, 66, 67, 66, 57, 58 to James May, Esq. 

And then the board adjourned until tomorrow, the 19th, to 
be held again at the same place at eleven o'clock a. m. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled *'An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan and for other purposes," on the 19th day of December, 
1816. Were present: His excellency, Lewis Cass, governor; 
Augustus Brevoort Woodward and John Griffin, judges. 

A deed was signed by the governor and judges for lot number 
seventy-three, in section four, to Catharine McNiif . 

A deed was signed by the governor and judges for lot num- 
bered seventy-eight, in section seven, to Margaret Hanks. 

A deed was signed by the governor and judges for lot num- 
bered eighty-one (out lot) to John Palmer. 

A deed was signed by the governor and judges for lot num- 
bered fifty-one, in section three, to Richard Smyth. 

A deed was signed by the governor and judges for out lots 
numbered seventy and seventy-one to Abraham Cook. 

A deed was signed by the governor and judges for part of a 
lot numbered four, in section three, to Elizabeth Chittenden, wife 
of James Chittenden, which deed is ordered to remain in the 
hands of the secretary of the board as an escrow until a relin- 
quishment be filed with the secretary by Elizabeth Chittenden to 
all the claims of Hugh Calahan in the old town. 

And then the hoard adjourned until tomorrow at eleven 
o'clock a. m., to be held at the same place. 

A. E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and one of the judges of the 
Territory of Michigan, acting under an act of congress of the 
United States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the 
adjustment of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit, in the 



84 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

Territory of Michigan, and for other purposes," on Friday, the 
20th day of December, 1816. Were present: His excellency, 
Lewis Cass, governor, and the Hon. John Griffin, one of the 
judges. 

Not being a quorufn, the board adjourned until Monday, the 
sixth day of January, 1817. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a special meeting of the governor and judges of the Terri- 
tory of Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the 
United States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the 
adjustment of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit, in the 
Territory of Michigan, and for other purposes," on Monday, the 
thirty-first day of December, one thousand eight hundred and 
sixteen. Were present: His excellency, Lewis Cass, governor; 
Augustus Brevoort Woodward and John Griffin, judges. 

A deed was signed by the governor and judges to John S. 
Roby for the lot whereon he now lives, to be retained by Solomon 
Sibley as an escrow till Robert Innis files a deed of relinquish- 
ment for all claims of Mathew Donavan to land in the old Town 
of Detroit and till three dollars and fifty cents are paid to the 
treasurer. 

A deed was also signed by the governor and judges to Joseph 
Thibault for part of lots numbered twelve and thirteen in section 
number two. 

A deed of relinquishment was filed by the said Thibault for 
all claims in the old town and another deed from the said Thibault 
and his wife for a donation lot heretofore granted to her. 

A deed was signed to Benjamin Stead for part of lot No. 15, 
in section 2, to be retained by Solomon Sibley till a deed of relin- 
quishment is filed by Robert Gouie for all his claims in the old 
Town of Detroit and till Benjamin Stead pays fifty dollars to the 
treasurer of the Detroit Fund and secures by his note the pay- 
ment of one hundred dollars in two equal annual instalments, 
with interest till paid. 

A deed was signed to Mrs. Catharine Donahoe for a donation 
lot of Peter Curry, being lot No. 50, in section No. 8. 

A deed was signed to Dr. Wm. McCoskry for out lots No. 63, 
64 and 65 and in lot No. 41, in section 6, as a donation lot. 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 85 

A deed was signed to Dr. Sylvester Day for lot No. 81, in 
section No. 10. 

A deed was signed to Benjamin Woodworth for out lots Nos. 
24, ^5, 26, 27 and also for in lot No. 53, in section No. 4, the 
latter to be retained as an escrow till he conveys to the United 
States the lot whereon the New Indian Blacksmith shop is built. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit, in the Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes," on Monday, the eighteenth 
day of May, one thousand eight hundred and seventeen (1817). 
Were present : His excellency, Lewis Cass, governor ; Augustus 
Brevoort Woodward and John Griffin, judges. 

Duncan Reid presented a petition in the name of Jean Bt. 
Picquet, deceased, for an order of the board upon the treasurer 
of the Detroit Fund for the sum of twenty dollars, with interest 
upon the same from the twenty-second day of March, one thou- 
sand eight hundred and eight until paid, agreeable to an order of 
said land board, then composed of (members His excellency, 
Reuben Atwater, acting governor; Augustus B. Woodward and 
James Witherell, judges), which order is now on file in my office. 

It is thereupon ordered by the board, that the said Duncan 
Reid's petition be granted ; and that a certified copy of this order 
from the secretary of the board shall be the treasurer's voucher 
for paying the same. 

And then the board adjourned until Thursday, the 21st inst., 
1817. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

Twenty dollars, with interest from the 22nd of March, 1808, 
granted by the board in lieu of 1000 feet vantage ground, as per 
articles on file. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit, in the Territory of 



86 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

Michigan, and for other purposes," on Monday, the twenty-sixth 
day of May, 1817. Present: His excellency, Lewis Cass, gov- 
ernor, and John Griffin, judge. 

Not being a quorum, the board adjourned until Thursday next 
at one-half after 10 o'clock a. m. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit, in the Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes," on Thursday, the twenty- 
ninth day of May, one thousand eight hundred and seventeen. 
Present: His excellency, Lewis Cass, governor, and Augustus B. 
Woodward, judge. 

There being no quorum, the board adjourned until Monday 
next, the second day of April, one thousand eight hundred and 
seventeen (1817), at half after ten of the clock in the forenoon. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit, in the Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes," on Monday, the second day 
of June, one thousand eight hundred and seventeen (1817). 
Were present: His excellency, Lewis Cass, governor, and Au- 
gustus Brevoort Woodward and John Griffin, judges. 

Ordered, by the governor and judges, that an appropriation 
be made to Austin E. Wing, secretary of this board, of one hun- 
dred dollars, the same being the amount of his semi-annual salary. 

Ordered, that the subject of the petition of the Widow John 
McComb, presented and filed March third, one thousand eight 
hundred and seventeen, be taken up by the board on Monday next, 
the ninth of this month, at one-half after 10 o'clock a. m., and 
that a copy of this order be sent to William McComb, or his 
attorney, by the secretary of the board. 

And then the board adjourned until Monday next at one-half 
after 10 of the clock a. m. Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 87 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjust- 
ment of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit, in the Territory 
of Michigan, and for other purposes," on Monday, the ninth day 
of June, one thousand eight hundred and seventeen (1817). 
Were present : His excellency, Lewis Cass, governor ; Augustus 
Brevoort Woodward and John Griffin, judges. 

Ordered, that the petition of Mrs. John McComb, presented 
on the third of March, one thousand eight hundred and seventeen, 
be granted, unless on Saturday next at half after ten of the clock 
in the forenoon, William McComb or his attorney appear and 
shew good cause why said petition shall not be granted. 

And then the board adjourned until Saturday next at half 
after ten of the clock in the forenoon. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes," on Monday, the fourth day 
of August, one thousand eight hundred and seventeen. Were 
present: His excellency, Lewis Cass, governor; Augustus B. 
Woodward and John Griffin, judges. 

Several proposals for building a gaol in the City of Detroit, 
agreeable to a certain plan and description on file in the secre- 
tary's office, were received, viz. : 

David C. McKinstry^^*^ and Benjamin Stead for furnishing 
the stone, sixteen dollars and twenty- four cents per tois; lime at 
sixty-two cents per barrel, bulk ; sand and water, at three dollars 
and forty cents per each tois of stone work ; sand and water for 
plastering, fifty-two cents for each barrel of lime used for that 
purpose. 

No other proposal was accepted and the board adjourned until 
tomorrow at 11 o'clock a. m. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 



«8 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit, and for other pur- 
poses," on Tuesday the fifth day of August, one thousand eight 
hundred and seventeen. Were present: His excellency, Lewis 
Cass, governor; Augustus B. Woodward and John Griffin, judges. 
No business being done, the board adjourned until tomorrow 
at 11 o'clock a. m. Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
'Of the titles of land in the City of Detroit, and for other pur- 
poses," on Wednesday, the 6th day of August, 1817. Were 
present: His excellency, Lewis Cass, governor; Augustus B. 
Woodward and John Griffin, judges. 

Resolved, that the proposals of Mack, Conant, Hunt and 
Woodworth, for the carpenters work of said goal be accepted, 
viz. : That they will furnish all the materials and complete the 
carpenters work agreeable to the plan and description thereof 
for four thousand and three hundred dollars ($4,300). 

Resolved, that the proposal of Merritt and Willard,^^^ for the 
mason work of the said gaol be accepted, viz. : 

That they will do the mason work agreeable to the plan and 
description, with the exception of the cut stone and finding the 
brick for four thousand seven hundred and eighty-three dollars 
($4,783). 

Resolved, that a superintendent be appointed who shall over- 
see the building of the gaol and inspect all the materials furnished 
by the contractors or otherwise previous to their being incorpor- 
ated into the building; who shall be responsible that no material 
be put into the building except it be sound and in a workmanlike 
manner, agreeable to the plan and description of said gaol. For 
which said superintendent shall receive five hundred dollars at the 
■completion of the building ; or if by any means he should fail to 
complete his contract, he shall be paid at the close of his term of 
service in proportion tQ the sums previously expended upon said 
gaol. 

And then the board adjourned until tomorrow at 11 o'clock 
a. m. Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 89 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjust- 
ment of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and for other 
purposes," on Thursday, the seventh day of August one thousand 
eight hundred seventeen (1817). Were present: His excel- 
lency, Lewis Cass, governor; Augustus B. Woodward and John 
Griffin, judges. 

No business being done, the board adjourned until tomorrow 
at 11 o'clock a. m. Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit, and for other pur- 
poses," on Friday, the eighth day of August, one thousand eight 
hundred and seventeen. Were present: His excellency, Lewis 
Cass, governor; Augustus B. Woodward and John Griffin, judges. 

Ordered, that the subject of Mrs. John McComb's petition be 
taken up on Tuesday next. And then the board adjourned until 
Tuesday next, at 11 o'clock a. m. Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the City of Detroit, and for other pur- 
poses," on Tuesday, the twelfth day of August, one thousand 
eight hundred and seventeen. Were present: His excellency, 
Lewis Cass, governor ; Augustus B. Woodward and John Griffin, 
judges. 

Ordered, that George McDougall, Esq., be appointed to draft 
the contracts for the materials and for building the gaol, etc. 

Proposed by David C. McKinstry and Benjamin Stead that 
they will dig and stone a well in a workmanlike manner on section 
No. 7 and put therein a good pump for the use of the gaol for the 
sum of one hundred and fifty dollars ($150), which proposition 
was acceded to by the governor and judges. 

Ordered, that the surveyor lay out the interior of section num- 
ber seven, and report the same to the board. 



90 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

Ordered, that a deed be granted to Mrs. John McComb, agree- 
ably to her petition of third of March, 1817. 

Ordered, that the sum of two hundred and twenty-six dollars 
and sixty-six cents be paid to Mrs. Elizabeth Chittenden, as an 
equivalent for lands relinquished in the old town, being at the 
rate of seven cents per foot (see page 8th of account 15th, 1816). 
Also, one hundred and thirty dollars, the appraised value of her 
well in the old town (see appraising return, 19th account, 1816, 
on file, signed J. Abbott, J. Dodomeade and Rich. Smyth). 

Resolved, that James May, Esq., be appointed to superintend 
the building of the gaol. 

And then the board adjourned without day. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and for other pur- 
poses," on the eleventh day of November, one thousand eight hun- 
dred and seventeen (1817). Were present: His excellency, 
Lewis Cass, governor; John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

A deed was signed to Mrs. Agnes McLean for donation lot 
number 74, in "section number 8. 

The petition of Solomon Sibley for a deed of a certain lot of 
ground therein described and ordered that the same be surveyed 
and a return of said survey be made to the board. 

And then the board adjourned until Thursday next at ten 
o'clock in the forenoon. 

Thos. Rowland, 
' Secretary pro tern. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and for other pur- 
poses," on the thirteenth day of November, one thousand eight 
hundred and seventeen (1817). Were present: His excellency,. 
Lewis Cass, governor; John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

Ordered, by the board that a deed be granted to Jacob G. 
Sanders for lot number twenty-one bought at auction the 6th of 
March, 1809. 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 91 

Solomon Sibley filed with the board a deed of relinquishment 
of Robert Gouie for lot No. 15, section No. 2, in the old Town of 
Detroit. 

A contract was executed between the governor and judges 
and Benjamin Stead and David C. McKinstry as principals, and 
Conrad Ten Eyck and Henry J. Hunt as sureties for the delivery 
of stone, lime and water for the new gaol and for digging a well 
near the site thereof agreeably to the previous resolution of the 
board. 

Resolved, that the sum of fifteen hundred dollars be paid to 
the said Stead, McKinstry, Hunt and Ten Eyck, the treasurer 
taking their receipt upon the said contract. 

And then the board adjourned until Friday, the fourteenth 
inst., at eleven o'clock a. m. 

Thos. Rowland, 

Secretary pro tern. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of 'the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjust- 
ment of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit, and for other 
purposes," on the fourteenth day of November, one thousand 
eight hundred and seventeen (1817). Were present: His excel- 
lency, Lewis Cass, governor; John Griffin and James Witherell, 
judges. 

The board appointed Capt. James McCloskey superintendent 
for the building of the gaol within the City of Detroit, agreeably 
to a resolution on that subject dated the sixth day of August, 
1817. 

And then the board adjourned until Monday next at ten 
o'clock a. m. 

Thos. Rowland, 

Secretary pro tern. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes," on Monday, the sixteenth 
day of November, one thousand eight hundred and seventeen 
(1817). Were present: His excellency, Lewis Cass, governor; 
John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 



92 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

No business being done, the board adjourned until Tuesday 
next, the twenty-fifth November, 1817, to meet again at the coun- 
cil house at eleven of the clock a. m. 

Thos. Rowland, 

Secretary pro tern. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes," on Tuesday, the twenty- fifth 
(25) day of November, one thousand eight hundred and seven- 
teen (1817). Were present: His excellency, Lewis Cass, gover- 
nor; John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

Resolved, that all city and water lots, the property of the 
Detroit Fund, hereafter to be sold, shall be sold in the following 
manner, and upon the following terms : 

They shall be offered at public sale at the day and place pre- 
viously fixed, and shall be struck off to the highest bidder. 

The terms of payment shall be: one- fourth part of the pur- 
chase money within six calendar months from the day of sale; 
one other fourth part of the purchase within a year from the day 
of sale ; one other fourth part of the purchase money within two 
years from the day of sale ; and the other fourth part of the pur- 
chase money within three years from the day of sale, with interest 
at the rate of six per centum per annum upon all the payments 
from the day of sale. 

The purchaser shall give a note, with approved security for 
the first payment, and if the first payment is not made on or 
before the day upon which the same is due, the purchaser shall 
forfeit all claim to the lot, which shall be at the disposal of the 
governor and judges, in the same manner as though the same 
had never been offered for sale. Suit shall be instituted upon 
the said note, and the amount thereof shall be appHed as other 
money belonging to the said fund. 

And if the second and third payments are not made on or 
before the days upon which they respectively become due, a pen- 
alty of twelve per centum per annum, in addition to the six per- 
centum per annum, before provided for, shall be paid from the 
said days, until the said payment shall be made. 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 93 

And if, on or before the day on which the last payment shall 
become due, the second, third and fourth payments, with the 
interest thereon, together with the penalty, if any be due, be not 
paid, the sums before paid shall be forfeited and the purchaser 
shall also forfeit all claim to the lot, which shall be at the dis- 
posal of the governor and judges in the same manner as though 
the said lot had never been oif ered for sale. 

Ordered, that George McDougall, Esq., be appointed auc- 
tioneer for the sale of the lots belonging to the Town of Detroit, 
tomorrow, and that he receive for his services in making said sale 
the sum of ten dollars ($10.00). 

And then the board adjourned until Monday next at ten 
o'clock a. m. 

Thos. Rowland, 

Secretary pro tern. 

Resolved, by the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, that the sum of seven hundred dollars be paid to 
Messrs. Willard & Merritt on account of their contract, for the 
mason work upon the gaol now building. 
August the tenth, 1818. 

Lewis Cass, 

Governor of the Territory of Michigan. 
A. B. Woodward. 
Mr. Witherell. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes," on Monday, the first day of 
December, one thousand eight hundred and seventeen (1817). 
Were present : His honor, James Witherell. 

There being no quorum to do business, the board was ad- 
journed until the eighth day of December (1817). 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 



94 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

Michigan, and for other purposes," on the eighth day of Decem- 
ber, one thousand eight hundred and seventeen (1817). Were 
present : His excellency, Lewis Cass, governor ; John Griffin and 
James Witherell, judges. 

James Abbott's account, heretofore presented, amounting to 
eighty dollars ($80.00) for services rendered as auctioneer in the 
year 1816, was audited ; whereupon, it was ordered that he receive 
the same from the treasurer of the Detroit Fund. 

Charles Lamed came forward and applied in behalf of Mar- 
garet Packard,^^^ formerly Margaret Welch, for a deed from the 
governor and judges for lot No. 42, in section No. 8, whereupon 
it was 

Ordered, that notice of said claims being presented be pub- 
lished in the Detroit Gazette for one week. 

And then the board adjourned until tomorrow, the ninth 
December, at eleven o'clock a. m. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes," on the ninth day of December 
(9th), one thousand eight hundred and seventeen (1817). 
Were present: His excellency, Lewis Cass, governor, John 
Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

The governor and judges signed a deed to Jacob G. Sanders 
for out lot No. 21, bought at auction by said Sanders on the 6th 
March, 1809, as per treasurer's receipt on file in this office. 

Ordered, that the resolution of 25th November, 1816, appro- 
priating $8030, the proceeds of the public garden, so-called, exclu- 
sively to the building of a court house, be rescinded. 

Resolved, that the board accept the proposition of Messrs. 
Mack, Conant, Hunt and Woodworth, to permit the iron work 
and material to the gaol, weighed at the shop at 29 y^ (twenty- 
nine and a half) cents per pound, excepting the sacks. 

And then the board adjourned until tomorrow, the 10th, at 
eleven o'clock a. m. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 



PROCEEDINGS . OF LAND BOARD 95 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjust- 
ment of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes," on Wednesday, the tenth 
10th) day of December, one thousand eight hundred and seven- 
teen (1817). Present: His honor, Jas. Witherell. 

Being not a quorum, the board was then adjourned until Mon- 
day next at eleven o'clock a. m. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes," on Monday, the fifteenth 
(15th) of December, one thousand eight hundred and seventeen 
(1817). Were present: His excellency, Lewis Cass, governor; 
John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

No business being accomplished by the board, it was ad- 
journed until tomorrow at eleven o'clock a. m. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes," on Tuesday, the sixteenth 
(16th) day of December, one thousand eight hundred and seven- 
teen (1817). Were present: His excellency, Lewis Cass, gover- 
nor; Augustus B. Woodward, John Griffin and James Witherell, 
judges. 

The adjustment of Mr. Berthelette's^^^ lots in the City of 
Detroit were taken into consideration and postponed for further 
consideration. 

Ordered, that the payments of John R. Williams now due or 
about to become due upon one lot purchased at auction in 1816 in 
frbnt of A. E. Wing's warehouse, as well as two lots in front of 
John Meldrum's house, be delayed for the present, it having been 
suggested that deeds had previously been issued to other persons. 



96 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

John R. Williams appeared before the board, pretending to a 
claim in right of his father to a lot in the old town. Ordered, 
that Tuesday next be assigned for taking his claim into considera- 
tion. 

And then the board adjourned until tomorrow at 11 o'clock 
a. m. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes," on Wednesday, the seven- 
teenth (17th) day of December, one thousand eight hundred and 
seventeen (1817). Were present: His excellency, Lewis Cass, 
governor; John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

Solomon Sibley, Esq., in behalf of John Robinson,^^* Esq., of 
Albany, presented a petition for remuneration for a lot of ground 
lying in the old Town of Detroit in Jefferson Avenue, near the 
site of the old Catholic church, containing 2646.79 feet, etc. 

His honor, James Witherell, presented the following resolu- 
tion: 

"Resolved, that that part of the ten thousand acres of land 
given by the congress of the United States for the purpose of 
building a court house and jail in Detroit, which is contained in 
the plan of survey made by Mr. Fletcher, be offered for sale at 
the council house in Detroit on the first Monday in June, one 
thousand eight hundred and eighteen (1818), on the same condi- 
tions on which the public lots in the Town of Detroit were sold 
under a resolution of the governor and judges of the twenty- fifth 
(25th) November, one thousand eight hundred and seventeen 
(1817), except that the minimum price for which said land shall 
be sold, shall be two dollars per acre. The sales to take place 
under the superintendence of the governor of the territory, with 
power to adjourn from day to day, as may be found by him expe- 
dient. 

And the day of such sale shall be advertised in the Detroit 
Gazette, an Albany, a Pittsburgh and a City of Washington 
paper," which was unanimously adopted. 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 97 

The governor and judges signed the several plans and descrip- 
tions of the gaol, to which the several contracts for building said 
gaol have reference. 

And then the board adjourned until Monday next, the 22d 
December, at eleven o'clock a. m. Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a- meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Tov^n of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes," on Monday, the twenty-second 
(22) December, one thousand eight hundred and seventeen 
(1817). Were present: His excellency, Lewis Cass, governor; 
John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

Resolved, that the superintendent of the gaol be authorized 
to contract upon the best terms for such quantity of oil, paint, 
glass, nails and other materials required therefor, as may be 
wanted to complete the same ; and as may not be contracted for, 
by the governor and judges. 

And then the board adjourned until tomorrow, the twenty- 
third (23rd), at eleven o'clock (11) a. m. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes," on Tuesday, the twenty-third 
(23rd) day of December, 'one thousand eight hundred and seven- 
teen (1817). Were present: His excellency, Lewis Cass, gover- 
nor; John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

The contract of Mack, Conant, Hunt & Woodworth. for the 
wood work of the jail was signed by the contracting parties, viz. : 
The governor and judges and S. Mack, S. Conant, H. Hunt and 
B. Woodworth. Witnessed by A. E. Wing. 

The contract of Messrs. Mack & Woodworth for furnishing 
the iron work of the jail was signed by the governor and judges 
on the one part and Stephen Mack and Benjamin Woodworth of 
the other part. Witnessed by A. E. Wing. 



98 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

The contract of Merrit and Willard for the mason work of 
the jail was signed by the governor and judges on the one part 
and Merrit and Willard as principals on the other part and S. 
Mack and S. Conant as securities. Witnessed by Austin E. Wing. 
(Marginal Note — The contracts of Merrit & Willard, also Mack, 
Conant, Hunt & Woodworth, also Mack & Woodworth was trans- 
ferred December 23rd into the hands of the treasurer, R. Abbott.) 

The claim of John R. Williams was taken up agreeable to a 
resolution of the board on Tuesday last ; whereupon James May, 
Thomas Smith were examined, as witnesses. The subject was 
postponed until tomorrow. 

And then the board adjourned until tomorrow, the twenty- 
fourth (24th), at eleven o'clock a. m. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled ''An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes," on Wednesday, the twenty- 
fourth (24th) December, one thousand eight hundred and seven- 
teen (1817). Were present: His excellency, Lewis Cass, gov- 
ernor; John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

James McCloskey, Esq., having declined the appointment of 
superintendent of the building of the jail, James May, Esq., was 
appointed as his successor. 

John R. Williams' claim was again taken up; whereupon, it 
was resolved that his claim be inadmissible. 

Ordered, that the sum of one hundred dollars be appropri- 
ated to Austin E. Wing, secretary of the land board, being the 
sum due him on the 8th October, 1817. 

And then the board adjourned until Monday next at eleven 
o'clock a. m. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 99 

Michigan, and for other purposes," on Monday, the twenty-ninth 
{29th) day of December, one thousand eight hundred and seven- 
teen (1817). Were present: His excellency, Lewis Cass, gov- 
ernor; John Griffin, James Witherell and A. B. Woodward, 
judges. 

The subject of Margaret Packard, formerly Margaret Welch, 
claim by Chas. Larned, her attorney, was taken up, and it was 
resolved that no deed be granted her. 

The petition of the committee from the Catholic church was 
again taken up; whereupon it was. 

Ordered, that a deed signed by the governor and judges May 
9th, 1809, to Mary Longdon for lot 99, in section 2, was this day 
delivered to Augustus Longdon. 

Ordered, that five thousand square feet of ground of lot num- 
ber ten, in section ten, on the south side, be granted to Francis 
Gowin ,as his donation lot. 

And then the board adjourned until tomorrow; the 30th 
December, at eleven o'clock a. m. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes, on Tuesday, the thirtieth 
(30th) day of December, one thousand eight hundred and seven- 
teen (1817). Were present: His excellency, Lewis Cass, gover- 
nor; Augustus Brevoort Woodward and James Witherell, judges. 

Resolved, that two hundred and forty-seven square feet of 
ground, being part of lot number eighty-three (83), in section 
number one (1), lying between the southwest line of Brush's 
farm and Randolph Street, be granted to John Whipple.-^^ 

And that one thousand two hundred and thirty-two square 
feet, being part of lot number eighty-three (83), in the same sec- 
tion and between the said line and the said street, be granted to 
John Baptist Peltier. 

And that two thousand five hundred fifty-three square feet 
being parts of lots number eighty-three and seventy-five (83 and 
75), and between the said line and the said street, be granted to 
the heirs of Abraham Gill. 



100 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

And that two thousand six hundred and twenty-eight square 
feet, being part of lot number seventy-five, in the same section, 
between the same line and Randolph Street, be granted to Joseph 
Andre called Clark.^^* 

And that one thousand eight hundred and fifty-two square 
feet, being parts of lots number seventy-five and thirteen, in the 
same section, between the same line and same street, be granted 
to John Baptist Belonger.^^^ 

And that one thousand five hundred and ninety-three square 
feet, being parts of lots numbered eighty-seven and eighty-eight, 
in section 4, between the above line and Randolph Street, be 
granted to John Baptist Durette.^^® 

The land above described is to be granted upon the following 
terms: The persons to whom the same is granted are to pay 
three cents per square foot ; one-half within a year from this day, 
and the other within two years from this day, with interest from 
this day till paid ; and if the payment be not made in conformity 
to this resolution, all right derived from this resolution shall be 
of no effect, reserving any parts of the streets or alleys which 
agreeably to the plan of the town may fall therein. 

Mr. Thomas Smi^ih, surveyor, presented his accounts for ser- 
vices rendered as surveyor to the board in the year one thousand 
eight hundred and sixteen. 

Resolved, that he be allowed for his personal services in the 
year one thousand eight hundred and sixteen the sum of one 
thousand dollars ($1000). And for monies disbursed by him in 
1816 one hundred fifty-two dollars and twelve and one-half cents 
($152.12^) ; for his personal services in one thousand eight hun- 
dred and seventeen, five hundred and thirty dollars ($530), and 
for disbursements made by him in the year one thousand eight 
hundred and seventeen, twenty- four dollars ($24), equal in all. 
$1706.123^. 

From the said sum is to be deducted the sum of seven hundred 
and seventy-six dollars, being the amount of purchase money of 
lots 101, 94,* 102, 103, in section No. 3, heretofore purchased by 
Mr. Smith and this day conveyed to him by deed signed by the 
governor and judges, leaving due Mr. Smith nine hundred and 
thirty dollars and twelve and a half cents ($930.12,>4). 



*Error; the lot conveyed was 100. 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 101 

Resolved that Mary Donavan receive a deed to No. 77 in 
section No. 8 as a donation lot formerly decreed to her upon her 
paying to the treasurer of the Detroit Fund, two cents per square 
foot for the number of feet over five thousand and filing with 
the board a relinquishment for all claims as donations. 

Resolved, that Sarah Elliott, late Sarah Donavan, receive a 
deed to lot No. 68 in section No. 8, as a donation lot formerly 
decreed to her, upon her paying to the treasurer of the Detroit 
Fund two cents per square foot for the number of feet over five 
thousand and filing with the board a relinquishment for all claims 
as donations. 

Resolved, that there be granted to Solomon Sibley, assignee of 
Gabriel Richard, a deed for seventeen thousand nine hundred and 
fifty-two square feet of ground, lying in section four, and being 
part of lots Nos. 77, 80, 81, 75, 78, 79, subject to an alley of 
twenty feet. 

Resolved, that there be granted to Solomon Sibley a deed for 
lots 176, 175, 172 and part of lot No. 171 in section 4, containing 
sixteen thousand five hundred square feet, as satisfaction for so 
much of said Sibley's claim, adjusted this day, as falls into Wood- 
bridge Street and Atwater Street, the said Sibley as assignee of 
Gabriel Richard, filing with the board a relinquishment of all 
further claims on account of said land embraced by said streets. 

Resolved also, that a deed be made to the said Solomon Sibley 
for lots Nos. 178, 179, 174, 173 in section No. 4, containing 15,200 
square feet upon the following terms: The said Sibley to be 
allowed at the rate of three square feet for one, for so much of 
the Richard lot as is embraced by a twenty- foot alley across the 
same, and to pay for the balance of said lot at the rate of one 
cent and one-half cent per square foot, the deed to be delivered 
on payment. 

Solomon Sibley, as assignee of Gabriel Richard, signed and 
filed with the board a deed of relinquishment for all the ground 
lying in Woodbridge and Atwater Streets. 

A deed was signed by the governor and judges to Solomon 
Sibley for lots Nos. 176, 175, 172 and part of 171, in section 
No. 4. 

A deed was signed by the governor and judges to Sol. Sibley, 
assignee of Gabriel Richard, for parts of lots Nos. 77, 80, 81, 75, 
78, 79, subject to an alley of 20 feet. 



102 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

And then the board adjourned until tomorrow, the 31st De- 
cember, 1817. Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary, 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan and for other purposes on Wednesday, the thirty-first 
day of December, one thousand eight hundred and seventeen 
(1817). Present: His excellency, Lewis Cass, governor; Augus- 
tus B. Woodward, John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

A deed was signed by the governor and judges to Solomon 
Sibley for lots No. 178, 179, 174, 173, in section 4, upon the terms 
of yesterday specified, to remain in the hands of the treasurer 
until the conditions are complied with, viz., until he pays to the 
said treasurer one hundred fifty-five dollars ten cents agreeable 
to his note of hand, of this date, and if the said sum is not paid 
agreeably thereto, said deed is to be forfeited. 

A deed was signed by the governor and judges to Mary Dona- 
van for lot 77 in section 8, being her donation lot heretofore 
drawn, the said deed to remain with the treasurer until she pays 
to the Detroit Fund the sum of forty dollars and seventy cents, 
with interest, and if the same be not paid in one year she is to for- 
feit all claim thereto. 

A deed was signed by the governor and judges to Mrs. Sarah 
Elliott, the late Sarah Donavan for lot No. 76, in section 8, being 
her donation lot heretofore drawn, the deed to remain with the 
treasurer until she pay to the Detroit Fund the sum of forty-nine 
dollars with interest and if the same be not paid in one year she is 
to forfeit all claim thereto. 

A 'deed of release of all further claims was signed and filed 
by Sol. Sibley in behalf of the heirs of Mary Donavan, deceased, 
in consideration of receiving a deed for lot 43, section 8, a dona- 
tion lot heretofore granted to Mary Donavan, deceased. And a 
deed, formerly granted by the governor and judges to said Mary, 
deceased, was delivered over to Sol. Sibley, Esq. 

John Askin^^^ presented a petition by Solomon Sibley for a 
deed to a lot of ground lying in the old Town of Detroit. 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 103 

Ordered, that an appropriation be allowed to Austin E. Wing, 
secretary of the board, for stationery, etc., eight dollars and sev- 
enty-five cents. 

Ordered, that an appropriation be made to Isaac W. Day for 
twenty dollars for services rendered in attending upon the board 
and wood furnished, and the same being in full for all his claim 
upon the board. 

Ordered, that upon the application of Francis Griffard, if a 
deed be found on examination, upon the old files of the secretary 
for a donation lot. No. 75, in section No. 7, to Cecile Reneau, 
that the same be delivered over to her, and if none be found, a 
new one to be given her or to Geo. McDougall for her. 

Ordered, that the sum of one hundred and thirty dollars be 
appropriated to Geo. McDougall in full for his services up to the 
present date. 

Ordered, that the lots upon which the old jail of the County 
of Wayne stood be sold on the third Monday of January next at 
public auction, the payments to be made in three installments, 
the first to be made in four months from the day of sale, the sec- 
ond in eight months from the day of sale, the third in twelve 
months from the day of sale with interest from the day of sale 
at the rate of six per cent per annum upon all the payments from 
the day of sale under the same penalties and forfeitures as the 
land sold agreeably to an order of the board on the 25th of 
November, 1817, for the sale of lots. 

And then the board adjourned without day. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan', acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan and for other purposes, on Monday, the twenty-fifth 
(25th) day of May, one thousand eight hundred and eighteen 
(1818). Present: His excellency, Lewis Cass, governor; Augus- 
tus Brevoort Woodward and John Griffin, judges. 

No business having been done, it was ordered that the board 
adjourn until tomorrow at eleven o'clock in the forenoon. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 



104 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan and for other purposes, on Tuesday, the twenty-sixth 
(26th) day of May, one thousand eight hundr~ed and eighteen. 
Present: His excellency, Lewis Cass, governor; Augustus B. 
Woodward, John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

Resolved, that William Woodbridge, Esq., be employed to 
take immediate measures to collect the amount due to the Detroit 
Fund from the estate of Elijah Brush, Esq., deceased. 

Resolved, that the terms of sale of the ten thousand acres land 
appropriated by the congress of the United States of America for 
the purposes of building a court house and jail to be sold on the 
first Monday of June next be the following, to wit : 

There shall be five equal payments. 

The first within sixty days from the day of sale. The second 
within six months from the day of sale, the third on or before 
the thirty-first day of December, one thousand eight hundred and 
nineteen, the fourth on the thirty-first day of December, one th'bu- 
sand eight hundred, and twenty, and the fifth on or before the 
thirty-first day of December, one thousand eight hundred and' 
twenty-one, with interest at six per centum per annum, upon the 
whole from the day of sale. 

The purchaser shall give a note with approved security for the 
first and second payments which if not made on the days when 
they respectively become due, suit shall be instituted, and the 
money recovered and the purchaser shall forfeit all claim to the 
land. If either of the three last payments shall not be made at 
the time when they shall respectively become due, an additional 
interest of six per centum shall accrue until the payments are 
made — and if the whole sum with accruing interest be not made 
on the thirty-first day of December, one thousand eight hundred 
and twenty-one the land shall be forfeited and revert to the 
board. 

And then the board adjourned until tomorrow at ten of the 
clock in the forenoon. 

Austin E. Wing, • 

Secretary. 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 105 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled ''An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes," on Wednesday, the twenty- 
seventh day of May, one thousand eight hundred and eighteen 
(1818). Present: His excellency, Lewis Cass, governor; A. B. 
Woodward, John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

The Rev. Gabriel Richard, in behalf of the corporation of 
the Church of St. Anne, made an application for the privilege of 
erecting a church agreeably to a petition of said corporation; 
whereupon it was. 

Resolved, that the use of the street running between the 
interior and central triangle of the section numbered one shall be 
granted to the corporation of the Catholic Apostolic and Roman 
Church of St. Anne, to be occupied, fenced and used by the said 
corporation for the building and erecting a church on the said 
street and on the adjoining said interior triangle as long as the 
said church shall continue to be used as a place of divine worship. 
And in case that the said church should be injured or destroyed 

by any accident whatever a term of shall be 

allowed to the said corporation to have the said church repaired 
or rebuilt ; provided, that the said corporation shall never use the 
privilege already granted or to be granted by law to enclose seven, 
more or less, feet of the seventy feet, street called Bates Street, 
running between the classical Academy^^" and the said church of 
St. Anne. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan and for other purposes," on Saturday, the thirtieth day 
of May, one thousand eight hundred and eighteen (1818). 
Present : His Excellency, Lewis Cass, governor ; Augustus B. 
Woodward, John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

Ordered, that the treasurer of the Detroit Fund pay to 
George McDougall the sum of ten dollars ($10) in full for all 
his services relative to the sale of the lot on which the gaol of the 
old County of Wayne stood. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 



106 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjusLmcnt 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan and for other purposes," on Monday, the first day of 
June, one thousand eight hundred eighteen (1818). Present: 
His excellency, Lewis Cass, governor; Augustus B. Woodward, 
James Witherell and John Griffin, judges. 

Resolved, that the treasurer of the Detroit Fund pay to Mer- 
rit & Willard upon their contract in erecting the jail, the sum of 
eight hundred dollars. 

Resolved, Detroit, June 24th, 1818, by the governor and judges 
of the Territory of Michigan, that the treasurer of the Detroit 
Fund pay to Messrs. Stead & McKinstry, on the contract signed 
by them and Messrs. Hunt and Ten Eyck to supply stone, lime, 
sand and water for the gaol now building, the sum of five hun- 
dred dollars, and that the secretary enter this resolution upon his 
record. 

(Signed) Lewis Cass, 

Governor of the Territory of Michigan. 
Woodward and 
James Witherell, 
August 11th, 1818. 

Resolved, by the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan that the treasurer of the Detroit Fund pay to Merrit & 
Willard the sum of seven hundred dollars. 

Thomas Rowland, 

Secretary pro tern. 

Resolved, by the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, that the sum of twelve hundred dollars be allowed to 
Messrs. McKinstry & Stead on account of their contract for sup- 
plying materials for the gaol now building. 
Lewis Cass, 

Governor of the Territory of Michigan. 
A. B. Woodward, 
J. Witherell, 
August 14th, 1818. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled *'An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan and for other purposes," on Saturday, the eighteenth 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 107 

day of July, one thousand eight hundred and eighteen (1818). 
Present : His excellency, Lewis Cass, governor ; A. B. Woodward 
and James Witherell, judges. 

Resolved, the sum of five hundred dollars be paid to Messrs. 
Merrit & Willard upon their contract for building the jail. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary to the Land Board. 

At a special meeting of the governor and judges of the Terri- 
tory of Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the 
United States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the 
adjustment of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Ter- 
ritory of Michigan, and for other purposes," on Monday, the 
twenty-seventh day of July, one thousand eight hundred and 
eighteen. Present : His excellency, Lewis Cass, governor ; James 
Witherell and John Griffin, fudges. 

Resolved, by the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, that deeds be executed to Stephen Mack for lots fifty 
and fifty- two in section six originally ordered to be conveyed to 
Ephraim Town and Sarah Town, the said Stephen Mack having 
procured a deed therefor from the said Ephraim and Sarah 
Town. 

(Signed) Lewis Cass, 

Governor of the Territory of 
Michigan. 
John Griffin, 

One of the Judges of Michi- 
gan. 
J. Witherell, 

One of the Judges in and over 
the Territory of Michigan. 
July 27th, 1818. 

Resolved, by the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, that the sum of two hundred and sixty-two dollars 
and sixty cents be paid to Stephen Mack on account of his con- 
tract to supply the jail with iron. 

(Signed) Lewis Cass, 

Governor of the Territory of 
Michigan. 



108 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

John Griffin, 

One of the Judges of the Ter- 
ritory of Michigan. 

J. WiTHERELL, 

One of the Judges in and over 
the Territory of Michigan. 

July 27, 1818. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes," on Monday, the fourteenth 
(14th) day of September, one thousand eight hundred and 
eighteen (1818). Present: Hon. Wm. Woodbridge, acting gov- 
ernor; Hon. A. B. Woodward and J. Witherell, judges. 

Resolved, that the secretary of this board request Robert 
Abbott, treasurer of the Detroit Fund, to furnish to the board 
an abstract which will exhibit a full and complete view of the 
state of the Detroit Fund, with all possible expedition. 

And then the board adjourned until (Thursday, the eighth 
day of October, one thousand eight hundred and eighteen 
(1818).) 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes," on Thursday, the eighth day 
of October, one thousand eight hundred and eighteen (1818). 
Present : His excellency, Wm. Woodbridge, governor pro tem ; 
Augustus Brevo'^rt Woodward and James Witherell, judges. 

A petition of David Beard^*^ was presented for confirmation 
of title to water lots Nos. 185, 186 and 187, in section 4. 

N. B. David Beard, aforesaid, appears with the above peti- 
tion as administrator upon the estate of Joseph Farewell and 
requests in the petition that deeds be issued for the above lots in 
the name of Joseph Watson, for reasons therein contained. 

And. then the board adjourned until tomorrow, the ninth day 
of October, 1818, at three o'clock p. m. 

Austin E. Wing. 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 109 

At a special meeting of' the governor and judges of the Terri- 
tory of Michigan, at their chambers, acting under an act of the 
congress of the United States of America, entitled "An act to pro- 
vide for the adjustment of the titles of land in the Town of 
Detroit in the Territory of Michigan, and for other purposes," on 
Monday, the ninth day of November, one thousand eight hundred 
and eighteen. Present: His excellency, Lewis Cass, governor; 
A. B. Woodward and James Witherell, judges. 

Resolved, that the sum of two hundred and forty-two dollars 
and eighty-three cents, and that the sum of three hundred and 
forty-four dollars and forty cents, amounting together to the 
sum of five hundred and eighty-seven dollars and twenty-three 
cents, be paid to Messrs. Willard and Merritt upon their contract 
for doing the masons work of the stone jail, now building and 
that the secretary make a record of this order. 
(Signed) Lewis Cass, 

Governor of the Territory of Michigan. 
A. B. Woodward, 
J. Witherell, 
Attest : Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

Dated November 9th, 1818. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan and for other purposes," on Tuesday, the seventeenth 
day of November, one thousand eight hundred and eighteen 
(1818). Present: His excellency, Lewis Cass, governor; A. B. 
Woodward and James Witherell, judges. 

Mr. Joseph Watson appeared and made an application for the 
renewal of deeds from the governor and judges for lots Nos. 183 
and 184, in section 4, the same being water lots, stating that deeds 
had once issued, but were now lost ; 

Whereupon, it was ordered that deeds be renewed and issued 
to Joseph Watson for the above lots, viz., lots numbered one 
hundred and eighty-three and one hundred and eighty-four, in 
section four, the said Watson having produced to the board the 
original resolution of the board granting the same to him on the 
12th day of August, 1812, and that the secretary give notice of the 



no GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

above resolution to James Abbott and John R. Williams, who 
were purchasers of the same lots in 1816. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled *'An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan and for other purposes," on Thursday, the nineteenth 
day of November, one thousand eight hundred and eighteen. 
Present: His excellency, Lewis Cass, governor; Augustus B. 
Woodward and James Witherell, judges. 

A deed was signed by the governor and above named judges 
to Joseph Watson for lots numbered one hundred and eighty- 
three (183) and one hundred and eighty-four (184) and the 
same was delivered over to Joseph Watson. 

Joseph Watson presented accounts against the land board for 
his service as secretary from May ninth, one thousand eight hun- 
dred and nine, to the twelfth of August, one thousand eight hun- 
dred and twelve; also a certificate given to Francis Gobey, St., 
March 13th, 1809, amounting to one hundred dollars, and trans- 
ferred by said Gobey to said Watson and a final settlement there- 
upon took place between the governor and judges and the said 
Watson up to the present time. 

Whereupon, it was ordered that the sum of two hundred and 
seven dollars and twenty-five cents be paid to the said Joseph 
Watson by the treasurer of the Detroit Fund the same being in 
full of all demands in favor of said Watson up to this time. 

Resolved, that the treasurer of the Detroit Fund pay to Austin 
E. Wing, secretary of this board, the sum of one hundred dollars, 
being the amount of his semi-annual salary due on the seventh 
October, 1818. 

It is ordered, that in the above case of Joseph Watson, the 
treasurer of the Detroit Fund is authorized in lieu of money to 
issue to Joseph Watson certificates, not exceeding fifty dollars 
each, and that said certificates bear interest from this date. 

And then the board adjourned until Monday next at ten 
o'clock a. m. Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary to the Land Board. 

Received of Wm. Woodbridge, Esq., on this day two books 
with paper covers containing the proceedings of the governor and 
judges in the years 1811 and 1812. 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 111 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled *'An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan and for other purposes," on Thursday, the third day 
December,' one thousand eight hundred and eighteen (1818). 
Present: Lewis Cass, governor; A. B. Woodward and James 
Wither ell, judges. 

Thos. Smith presented his accounts, which were settled on the 
30th day of December, 1817, for revisal ; whereupon, it appeared 
that he was entitled at that time to a credit of ten dollars more 
than was allowed him, and it was 

Ordered, that he be now paid the sum of ten dollars. 

Ordered, that the secretary of this board put in the Detroit 
Gazette an advertisement notifying all purchasers of lots from the 
Detroit Fund in 1816 ; that unless their second payments be made 
punctually a forfeiture will accrue. 

Resolved, that the payments due from John R. Williams upon 
lots purchased by him from the board, generally, be suspended 
until further order by the board. 

Resolved, that the payments due from Austin E. Wing and 
which may hereafter become due on a lot called the Vincent 
Lot,^"*^ numbered sixty-eight (68) in section four (4), be sus- 
pended until the further order of the board. * 

And then the board adjourned until tomorrow at ten o'clock 
a. m. Austin E. Wing. 

Secretary to the Land Board. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan and for other purposes," on Friday, the 4th December, 
1818. Present: Lewis Cass, governor; A. B. Woodward and 
James Witherell, judges. 

Solomon Sibley presented a deed which was signed by the 
governor and judges in his favor for lots numbered nine, sixteen, 
seventeen, eighteen, nineteen, twenty- four, forty-eight and sixty- 
one in section eight, signed by Lewis Cass, A. B. Woodward and 
James Witherell. Witnessed by A. E. Wing, secretary to land 
board. 



112 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

Stephen Mack presented two accounts, one in favor of Mack 
& Conant, of three hundred and forty dollars and thirty-three 
cents, with a certificate attached to the same by James May, super- 
intendent, for articles furnished in completing the jail, and one in 
favor of James Lockwood-^"' of one hundred and sixty-six dollars, 
with a like certificate from James May for tin, work, etc., in com- 
pleting said jail. Whereupon, it was ordered that the two ac- 
counts aforesaid be paid by the treasurer of the Detroit Fund.. 

Col. John Hunt, in behalf of Philip Licuyer presented a cer- 
tificate issued May 9th, 1809, signed by James Witherell, presi- 
dent of the board, given to Joseph Watson for services rendered 
as secretary to the board amounting to three hundred and three 
dollars and sixty-two and a half cents, with interest from the 

date, with an endorsement, September 6th, 1809, of $6.75 

Also an endorsement September 27th, 1809, of 80.00 

Also one dated June 29th, 1811, of 27.40 



$114.15 

Whereupon, it was ordered, that said certificate be cancelled 
by the secretary of this board, and that the secretary give to said 
Hunt a certificate of the amount in the name of said lawyer. 

Ordered, that the sum of two hundred and ninety-six dollars 
be paid by the treasurer of the Detroit Fund to Stephen Mack, on 
his contract for iron work upon the jail. 

Ordered, that all forfeitures which may accrue to the board 
in consequence of non-payment for lands purchased of the board, 
heretofore, be suspended, until the first day of January next. 
Judge Woodward excused from voting. 

Ordered, that the sum of ten dollars be paid to Austin E. 
Wing, secretary to this board, the same being the amount of his 
account for stationery, etc. 

And then the board adjourned until Monday next at ten 
o'clock a. m. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

December 4th, 1818, agreeably to an order of the board of 
this date, the foregoing certificate presented by John Hunt in 
favor of P. Licuyer, was cancelled by me, and there appeared 
now to be due, the sum of three hundred and two dollars and 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 113 

sixty cents and one-half cent, and a certificate was given for the 
same. 

A. E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan and for other purposes," on Tuesday, the eighth day 
of December, one thousand eight hundred and eighteen. Present : 
Lewis Cass, governor ; A. B. Woodward and James Witherell, 
judges. 

John R. Williams again presented his claim before the board 
to a lot of land in the old Town of Detroit containing sixty-six 
feet in front and rear and forty-five feet in depth, French 
measure, bounded in front by St. Anne street, in the rear by St. 
James Street, on the east northeast by Antoine Adhemar's-"''* 
house and lot, on the west southwest by a small street without a 
name. 

Whereupon, it was again decided that his claim be inadmis- 
sible. 

Mrs. Audrain came before the board by Solomon Sibley, Esq., 
and entered her claim to lot No. 45, in section 8 (eight). 

And then the board adjourned until tomorrow at ten o'clock 
a. m. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan^ acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled ''An act to provide for the adjust- 
ment of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan and for other purposes, on Wednesday the tenth day 
of December one thousand eight hundred and eighteen. Were 
present : His excellency, Lewis Cass, governor ; A. B. Woodward 
and James Witherell, judges. 

Upon the application of Alex. Macomb in behalf of David B. 
Macomb and Isabella Macomb: 

It was resolved that the resolution passed by the governor and 
judges on the twenty-second day of November one thousand eight 
hundred and sixteen in favor of David B. Macomb and William 



114 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

Macomb, heirs of William Macomb late of Detroit deceased, be 
rescinded. And that in lieu of the land to be given, under that 
resolution there be granted to David B. Macomb and Isabella 
Macomb, widow of the late John W. Macomb deceased, a deed 
for so much of lot number seventeen in section number two as is 
not contained in the military reserve and so much as is not con- 
tained in the small angle directly in front of the said military 
reserve. 

This entry respecting D. B. Macomb and Isabella Macomb 
is rescinded and the first entry stands good . 

Mr. Thomas Smith again presented his accounts for revisal 
and settlement. Whereupon, it was resolved, that so much inter- 
est as has been paid by said Smith upon lots purchased from the 
board, be allowed to him in lieu of interest upon the balance of 
his account as it now stands settled, and that he be allowed no 
more or other interest upon the balance of his accounts. 

And then the board adjourned until tomorrow at 10 o'clock 
a. m. A. E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjust- 
ment of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes," on Thursday, the 11th day 
of December, one thousand eight hundred and eighteen (1818). 
Present: Lewis Cass, governor; A. B. Woodward and James 
Witherell, judges. 

Austin E. Wing presented an account for money paid to the 

printers of the Pittsburgh Mercury, and postage, etc $1.56^ 

Monies paid to chain carriers for measuring road through 
the 10,000 acres 3.00 



$4.56>4 



Whereupon, it was ordered that the same be paid by the treas- 
urer of the Detroit Fund. 

A. G.Whitney,^*^ in behalf of Jane Purdy, formerly Jane 
McClemens, made application for a deed to lot No. 81, in section 
6, as her donation lot. Whereupon, it was, 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 115 

Ordered, that a deed be made to Jane McClemens, now called 
Jane Purdy, for lot numbered eighty-one, in section six, as her 
donation, she being one of the sufferers by the fire. 

And then the board adjourned until tomorrow at 10 o'clock 
a. m. Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land ^n the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes," on the twelfth (12th) day of 
December, one thousand eight hundred and eighteen (1818). 
Present, Lewis Cass, governor; A. B. Woodward and James 
Witherell, judges. 

Gen. Alexander MaComb, attorney for David B. MaComb, 
again called up the claim of the said David B. MaComb ; where- 
upon, it was. 

Ordered, that so much of the resolution passed November 
twenty-second, one thousand eight hundred and sixteen, granting 
to David B. MaComb and William MaComb lots numbered six 
teen and seventeen, in section number two, under certain restric- 
tions and limitations^ as relates to the said David B. MaComb be 
rescinded ; and that David B. MaComb receive in lieu of all his 
claims upon the board, an undivided half of so much of lots 
numbered sixteen and seventeen, in section number two, as is not 
contained in the military reserve. And in lieu of one-half of so 
many square feet of ground as were formerly owned by William 
MaComb, late of Detroit, deceased, as are not contained in the 
above grant ; the said David B. MaComb shall receive twenty-five 
cents for each square foot, which said sum of money the said 
David B. MaComb shall be at liberty to lay out in the purchase of 
any lands, appropriated by act of congress for erecting a court 
house and jail within the City of Detroit, and for other pur- 
poses, at the public sales of said land hereafter to be made. 

Resolved, that John Robinson do receive satisfaction at the 
rate of twenty-five cents per square foot for a lot of ground lying 
in the old Town of Detroit, commonly called the Ridley lot,-*« 
containing by estimation two thousand six hundred and forty-six 
square feet, making six hundred and sixty-one dollars and fifty 



116 GOXERNOR AXD JUDGES' RECORDS 

cents, which said lot is claimed by said John Robinson and lying 
in the centre of the main street called Jefferson Avenue, and 
which said sum of money the said John Robinson shall be at lib- 
erty to lay out in the purchase of any lands appropriated by act 
of congress, for erecting a court house and jail within the City of 
Detroit, and for other- purposes, at the public sales of land here- 
after to be made ; 

On condition, however, that the said John Robinson do on his 
part enter and file with the secretary of the board a relinciuish- 
ment of all claims of land lying in the old Town of Detroit, which 
instrument shall contain a covenant binding the said John Robin- 
son, his heirs, executors and administrators, to hold the governor 
and judges and their successors in office, wholly indemnified 
against all and every lawful claim that may be set up or made by 
John Martin, his heirs or assigns or other person whatsoever, to 
and for said lot in the old town and proposed to be adjusted by 
the governor and judges in favor of the said John Robinson. 

Austin E. Wing made application in behalf of a black woman 
called Hannah, now living with Mrs. Dodomeade, for a deed to 
a lot of ground situate and lying in the City of Detroit, numbered 
fifty-one, in section six, as her donation lot. 

Whereupon, it was ordered, that she receive a deed for lot 
numbered eleven, in section twelve, fronting on Adams Avenue 
fifty feet and in depth one hundred feet, containing five thousand 
square feet. 

A deed was signed by the governor and judges to Jane Mc- 
Ckmens, now called Jane Purdy, to lot numbered eighty-one. in 
section six, bounded on Virginia Street,-*^ one hundred feet and 
on Bate', Street fifty feet, containing five thousand square fe:t. 

(Signed) Lewis Cass, 

Governor. 
A. B. Woodward, 
James WithErell, 
Witnessed by 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary to the Land Board. 

And then the board adjourned until Thursday next, th } 17th 
December, 1818. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 117 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes," on Thursday, the seventeenth 
day of December, one thousand eight hundred and eighteen. 
Present, Lewis Cass, governor; A. B. Woodward and James 
Witherell, judges. 

On application of Richard Smyth, it was ordered, that a deed 
be granted him for out lots numbered fifty-four (54) and seventy- 
three (73), containing by estimation six acres, in the lot No. 64 
and four acres and 49/100 in No. T3, more or less. 

On application of James Abbott, it was ordered that a deed 
be granted him for out lot numbered fifty-three, containing by 
estimation four acres 49/100, and out lot numbered seventy-two 
containing by estimation six acres, more or less. 

George McDougall presented his accounts against the board 
for forty dollars ($40.00) for his services as auctioneer from 
August 31st to October 6th, 1818. 

Resolved, that the treasurer of the Detroit Fund pay him the 
amount of $40.00. 

And then the board adjourned until Monday next at 10 o'clock 
a. m. Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of congress, entitled an "Act to pro- 
vide for the adjustment of the titles of land in the Town of 
Detroit and Territory of Michigan and for other purposes," on 
Monday, the twenty-first day of December, one thousand eight 
hundred and eighteen. Present : Lewis Cass, governor ; A. B. 
Woodward and James Witherell, judges. 

A deed was signed to James Abbott for out lots numbered 
fifty-three, containing by estimation four acres and forty-nine 
hundredths and for number seventy-two, containing by estima- 
tion six acres, with the claim of reservation heretofore prescribed. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 



118 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes," on Monday, the 21st day of 
December, one thousand eight hundred and eighteen (1818). 
Present, Lewis Cass, governor; A. B. Woodward and James 
Witherell, judges. 

Stephen Mack presented an account in behalf of James Finch 
tor cutting out the road two miles and one- fourth to the ten 
thousand acres of land, appropriated for building court house 
and jail; whereupon, it was resolved, that Stephen Mack be 
allowed the sum of three hundred and fifty-three dollars and 
twelve and a half cents, in full discharge of said demand. 

And then the board adjourned until tomorrow at ten o'clock 
a. m. A. E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled *'An act to provide for the adjust- 
ment of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory 
of Michigan, and for other purposes," on Tuesday, the twenty- 
ninth day of December, one thousand eight hundred and eighteen 
(1818). Present: Lewis Cass, governor; A. B. Woodward and 
James Witherell, judges. 

Resolved, that the sum of one hundred dollars be paid to 
James May, Esq., in part payment for his services as superin- 
tendent of the building of the jail during the year (1818). 

Resolved, that all forfeitures which may accrue for non- 
payment (of lands sold by the land board) under existing reso- 
lutions, be extended until the fifteenth day of January, one thous- 
and eight hundred and nineteen. 

Resolved, that there be granted to Austin E. Wing two water 
lots lying in the City of Detroit numbered one hundred and eighty 
(180) and one hundred and eighty-one (181) lying at the end of 
said Wing's wharf or long side of it, in section numbered four, 
for the sum of three cents per square foot, to be paid one-half in 
six months and the other half in one year from this date, with 
interest until paid. 

Judge Woodward was excused from voting upon the above 
resolution extending the time for forfeitures upon monies due to 
the board. 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 119 

Resolved, that the sum of one dollar per diem be allowed to 
Isaac W. Day for his services in attending upon the land board, 
for every day which he has actually served, and that the secretary 
be authorized to audit his accounts for firewood, etc. 
And then the board adjourned sine die. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled **An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes," on the twenty-eighth day of 
January, one thousand eight hundred and nineteen. Present: 
His excellency, Lewis Cass, governor; A. B. Woodward and J. 
Witherell, judges. 

Resolved, that Adna Merrit and Peter Willard, masons, be 
allowed for mason work done on the stone gaol of the City of 
Detroit to the amount of fifteen hundred dollars. 

Signed by Lewis Cass, A. B. Woodward and J. Witherell, to 
which order was attached the governor's warrant. 

Resolved, that the sum of five thousand eight hundred and 
sixty-six dollars and seventeen cents be paid to Messrs. Mack 
and Conant out of the Detroit Fund on account of their contract 
for supplying the iron for the new gaol.. 

(Signed) Lewis Cass. 

A. B. Woodward. 
J. Witherell. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan and for other purposes," on the twelfth (12th) day of 
May, one thousand eight hundred and nineteen (1819). Present : 
His excellency, Lewis Cass ; A. B. Woodward and John Griffin, 
judges. 

Stephen Mack, in behalf of Thos. Smith, presented a receipt 
given by the treasurer of the Detroit Fund, to Benjamin Stead 
for a payment of $56.25 made on lots 102 and 103, dated 13th 



.120 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

December, 1816, which same amount had been paid by Thomas 
Smith on the same lots in the settlement of his accounts. 

Resolved, that the sum of $56.25 be paid to the said Stephen 
Mack in discharge of the above receipt. 

Stephen Mack this day appeared and made a full and com- 
plete settlement with the board as follows : 

The receipt given by the treasurer of the Detroit Fund to 
Benj. Stead for $56.25 presented this day. And a certificate and 
warrant in favor of Stephen Mack in behalf of Thos. Smith for 
nine hundred and thirty dollars and twelve and a half cents, being 
a balance of account due to said Smith on a settlement dated 
December 10th, 1818, including also an order for ten dollars, 
which through mistake appears not to have been allowed said 
.Smith on a former settlement. And a certificate and warrant in 
favor of Stephen Mack in bejialf of James Finch for three hun- 
dred and fifty-three dollars and twelve and a half cents, were 
taken up and cancelled. 

Also the resolution of the 28th day of January, 1819, allowing 
to Messrs. Mack & Conant the sum of five thousand eight hun- 
dred and sixty-six dollars and seventeen cents upon their contract 
for supplying the iron for the new gaol was rescinded and then 
final settlement took place according to the following account: 
The Territory of Michigan 

1818. To Mack and Conant Dr. 

Dec. 10 — To amount of Lewis Cass's order on the 

treasurer of -the Detroit Fund $ 930.12^ 

2 — Interest on ditto from the 10th December, 

1818, to 11th May, 1819, is 5 months 23.25 

21 — Amount of Lewis Cass's order on the treas- 
urer of the Detroit Fund ^53.12J/> 

Interest on ditto from the 21st December, 
1818, to the 11th May, 1819, is 4 2/3 months 8.21 

1819. . 

Jan. 28 — Amount of account rendered the governor 

and judg:s for iron for the new gaol. ..... 5866.17 

Interest on ditto from the 28th January to 

the 11th May, 1819, is 3 13/30 months 100.70 

~ •$7281.61 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 121 

Cr. 

Jan. 12— By cash $ 182.00 

Interest on ditto from January 12th to llth 

May, 1819, 4 months 3.64 

Feb. 8 — Cash 28i).ll 

Interest on ditto from February 8th up to the 
llth May, 1819, is 3 3/30 months 4.43 

$416.18 

Balance due Mack & Conant $6805.43 

£v. 

By cash per receipt llth February, 1818 $1000.00 

Feb. 27 — By Mack and Conant, receipt drawn 300.00 

in favor of A. B. Woodward 1300.00 

$5505.43 
Robert Abbott's receipt 56.25 



Balance due Mack & Conant $5561.68 

The Territory of Michigan, 

1819. To Mack and Conant, Dr. 

For the following articles furnished the new gaol delivered 
James May, Esq., superintendent : 

Feb. 2—14 box window glass, 8x10, at $2 $12.00 

3—1 closet lock, 4/ 50 

Screws and escutcheon for, 1/ 12 ^^ 

VA lb. chalk, 2/ SV4 

5—6 lbs. of. putty, 4/. . 3.00 

1 paint brush, 3/ 1.00 

1 lb. Spanish whiting, 2/ 25 



$18.08^ 
Detroit, May 12th, 1819. 

I do certify the articles stated in the above account amount- 
ing to eighteen dollars eight and 34 cents have been furnished by 
Messrs. Mack and Conant for use of the new jail. 

Jami:s M.w, 

Siipcnntcndcnt. 
$5561.68 

$5579.76.)4 



122 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

From which was deducted. 262. GO 

Being the amount of a covenant which had been pre- 
viously omitted, dated July 27th, 1818 262.60 

Leaving due to Mack and Conant $5317.16^ 

for which orders are to be issued upon the treasury. 

Rev. Gabriel Richard presented a certificate for one hundred 
dollars, signed by Jas. Witherell, president of the board, dated 
July 3rd, 1811, which was ordered to be cancelled and an order 
issued upon the treasury for the amount. 

And then the board adjourned until tomorrow at ten o'clock 
a. m. Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes," on Thursday, the 13th day of 
May, 1819. Present : His excellency, Lewis Cass, governor ; 
A. B. Woodward and John Griffin, judges. 

On a final settlement with Messrs. Mack & Conant, Hunt and 
Woodworth on account of their contract to perform the carpenter 
and joiner's work on the gaol, the following amount was allowed : 
The Detroit Fund, 

To Hunt & Woodworth, Dr. 

2388 feet 12 by 6 oak timber, 1/. $ 298.50 

1124 feet 6 by 6, ditto, 8 cts 89.92 

240 feet 12 inch square, 16^ 45.00 

4865 feet pine plank and boards, $20 20.00 

Amount of carpenter's account herewith for extra work 505.00 
Amount, per contract 4300.00 

$5647.62 
By cash received February 11, 1818 1000.00 

Leaving due Hunt & Woodworth. $4647.62 

for which it was directed that orders issue upon the 
treasury. 

The account of Henry J. Hunt for materials furnished for the 
building of the new jail amounting to six hundred and thirteen 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 123 

dollars and ninety-one three-fourths cents and certified by James 
May, superintendent, was allowed, for which it was directed 
that orders issue upon the treasury, $613.91^. 

The account of Harvey Williams^*® for materials furnished 
for building the new jail, amounting to three hundred and sixty- 
eight dollars and sixty-four and one-fourth cents, and certified 
by James May, superintendent, was allowed, for which it was 
directed that orders issue upon the treasury, $368.6434- 

The account of Sheldon & Reed^*^ for printing amounting to 
one hundred and six dollars and seventy cents was allowed, for 
which it was directed that orders issue upon the treasury, $106.70. 

The account of James May, superintendent, for his services 
in superintending the building of the jail, amounting to four hun- 
dred and fifteen dollars, was allowed, for which it was ordered 
that orders issue upon the treasury, $415.00. 

Ordered, that James May, the superintendent of the new jail, 
deliver the possession of the said jail over to the sheriff of the 
County of Wayne on Monday next at 12 o'clock noon. 

Ordered, that the sheriff of the County of Wayne cause to be 
built convenient to the gaol a privy or little house and that he 
cause an enclosure to be made around the block of ground upon 
which the jail stands. 

And then the board adjourned until tomorrow at ten o'clock 
a. m. 

Omission of the 13th. 

Ordered, that Merritt & Willard receive two hundred dollars 
on their contract for mason work on the gaol. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes," on Friday, the fourteenth 
day of May, one thousand eight hundred and nineteen (1819). 
Present : His excellency, Lewis Cass, governor ; A. B. Woodward 
and John Griffin, judges. 

Resolved, that the governor be empowered to employ some 
adequate person to make a plan of section numbered seven, of the 
City of Detroit, on a scale of fifty feet to one inch ; and that such 
person be allowed for such plan, if accepted by the board, three 
dollars, payable in Detroit Fund bills. 



124 GO\^ERNOR AXD JUDGES' RECORDS 

From the sum of $53i;.lG-)4 the sum audited and allowed in 
favor of Mack and Conant on the l^th instant, is this day de- 
ducted $5317.16^ 

2D6. 

The sum of $296 being the amount of a warrant in 
favor of Ma jar Mack, dated 4th December, 1818, and 
which through mistake was omitted in the settlement 
of accounts on the 12th. 

Leaving now a balance due of $5021.16^ 

Resolved, that the sheriff of the County of Wayne be author- 
ized to cause an enclosure to be made of cedar pickets around the 
necessary to be erected for the new gaol. 

Resolved, that the treasurer of the Detroit Fund be directed 
to report to this board on Thursday next what funds are now on 
hand and the sums now due to the board. 

And then the board adjourned until Monday next at one-half 
after nine o'clock a. m. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory. of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes," on Thursday, the twentieth 
day of May, one thousand eight hundred and nineteen. Prssent : 
His excellency, Lewis Cass, governor ; A. B. Woodward and 
John Griffin, judges. 

Gen. Alexander MaComb, having produced a certified survey 
of that part of lot No. 17, in section No. 2, which was heretofore 
the property of William MaCoijib, deceased, and which is not 
included within the military reservation, whereby it appears that 
the same contains 1748 square feet, which being deducted from 
8679 square feet, being the quantity contained in the lots owned 
by the said \\'illiam MaComb in the old Town of Detroit, leaves 
6931 square feet for which the heirs or assignees of the estate of 
the said William MaComb are to be paid agreeably to the resolu 
tion of this l)oard on the 12th of December, 1818. 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 125 

It is, therefore, ordered, that orders to the amount of $866.37 
issue upon the treasurer in favor of General MaComb in con- 
formity with the said resolution. 

And then the board adjourned. 

Austin E. Wing. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled *'An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes," on Monday, the seventh day 
of June, one thousand eight hundred and nineteen. Present: His 
excellency, Lewis Cass, governor; Augustus B. Woodward and 
John Griffin, judges. 

Levi S. Clark presented an account of forty-five dollars ($45) 
for building a necessary and furnishing materials for the new jail ; 
vvhereupon, it was ordered, that orders issue upon the treasury 
for the amount. 

Ordered, that the demand of Merrit and Willard upon the 
governor and judges for loss of time when building the stone 
jail, be referred to James May and Robert Abbott, Esq., and that 
they report their decision to the board. 

And then the board adjourned until tomorrow at 10 o'clock 
a. m. 

Austin E. Wing. 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes," on Tuesday, ths eighth day 
of June, one thousand eight hundred and nineteen. Present : His 
excellency, LewMS Cass, governor; Augustus B. Woodward and 
John Griffin, judges. 

Resolved, unanimously, that a plan of the City of D troit 
shall be engraved. 

Resolved, that the superintendent of the Turnpike road to be 
mad^ by Mack & Conant receive in full for his compensation, 
two hundred and fifty dollars. 

John S. Roby was appoint: d superintendent of the above 
road. 



126 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

Resolved, that the plan of section numbered seven, this day 
signed by the governor and judges, shall be the plan of that sec- 
tion, so far as relates to any land hereafter to be sold thereon ; or 
to anything to be done by the governor and judges in relation 
thereto ; which may not affect the rights of persons, who may have 
purchased pensions to this date ; but this resolution is not intended 
to alter certain plans not now to be found purporting to be plans 
of the City of Detroit as adopted by the said governor and judges 
and are authenticated by the signatures of William Hull, gov- 
ernor of the said Territory, and Joseph Watson, secretary of the 
said governor and judges ; but the same when found are to remain 
in full force, as though this resolution had not passed. 

And the plan this day shall be delivered to the surveyor of the 
Territory and carefully preserved by him, subject to the inspec- 
tion of any person; and no alterations shall be made thereon, 
except by the express orders of the said governor and judges. 

Resolved, that the said surveyor make an accurate map of that 
part of the City of Detroit, which lies south of the centre of the 
Grand Circus, upon a scale of one hundred feet to an inch, where- 
on shall be represented the courses and distances of each lot, 
which has heretofore been sold or conveyed by the governor and 
judges agreeably to the description in the deeds of conveyance, 
where deeds have been granted, and where they have not, then 
agreeably to the plan by which the lots were sold. And whenever 
it may be necessary to renew any map, the old one shall be care- 
fully preserved by the said surveyor, for occasional reference. 
And no paper deposited with the said surveyor shall be taken 
from his office, except by the express orders of the said governor 
and judges. 

And the last mentioned map shall be subject to the inspection 
of any person, upon; the payment of twelve and one-half cents. 
And the said surveyor shall furnish any person with an authenti- 
cated description and map of any lot upon the payment of twenty- 
five cents. 

Resolved, that the surveyor of the Territory of Michigan shall 
keep a well bound book or books, in which the three first leaves 
shall be left blank ; and the fourth shall contain a title in the fol- 
lowing words, to wit : 

"Register of the Lots of the City of Detroit" and on the first page 
of the succeeding leaf shall be exhibited a plot of lot numbered 
one in section numbered one, on a scale of not more than twelve 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 127 

feet and six inches to the inch, expressing the course, according to 
the true meridian, and the distance in feet of every line of the 
said lot. 

Resolved, that on the succeeding pages of the said book or 
books, the succeeding lots of section numbered one, and all the 
lots of the succeeding sections, shall be successively in like man- 
ner exhibited. 

Resolved, that if any deed made by competent authority shall 
convey absolutely or in any qualified manner any ground on the 
outside of any lot and not within any other lot, the same shall be 
designated by red lines, and when one deed shall convey portions 
of two or more lots, the substantial parts shall be repeated under 
or after the plots of each and every of the lots in question; and 
when by any means whatsoever the title or claim to ground on 
the outside of any lot, and not contained within any other lot 
shall be extinguished, the red lines designating the same shall be 
erased, and a dotted line having the dots black, and at least fifteen 
feet apart according to the scale, shall be substituted as a me- 
morial of the figure and shape of the ground ; the title or claim to 
which shall thus have been extinguished, and a record in words 
at length shall also be preserved of the manner, means, way and 
terms, by or which such extinguishment shall have been effected. 

Resolved, that whenever any person possessing title to any 
property within any section of the City of Detroit, shall hold the 
same, from any causes under a description with which he is not 
pleased, such person on conveying to the governor and judges, or 
other competent authority, all the right and title which he holds 
under such description shall be entitled to receive a new deed for 
the said property under a correct description thereof. 

Resolved, that the surveyor of the Territory shall lay, plant 
and fix, or cause to be laid, planted and fixed at the distance of 
twenty feet from the front of the section on the avenues, and at 
the distance of twenty-five feet on the Grand Avenues and oppo- 
site to the distance of twenty feet from every corner of every sec- 
tion, and at the distance of forty feet on each side from the cor- 
ner, on the lines for the first row of trees a stone at least four 
feet long, one foot broad and one foot thick, which shall be pol- 
ished or smoothed on one side for half the length, and the same 
shall be planted in the ground two feet deep, with the polished 
or smooth side outward, and with the polished or smooth side 



128 GOVERNOR AXD JUDGES' RECORDS 

above the ground, and on the said poHshed or smooth side, shall 
be cut, engraved and marked, the number of the section, and the 
course of the avenue, according to the true m::ridian; and such 
side, containing such mark, shall be placed precisely on such 
course, and ranging with a line, twenty or twenty-five feet, as the 
case may be, distant from the front of the lots in the section, and 
the side nearest the corner shall range at right angles in such 
course, and shall be distant ten feet frcTm the corner. 

Resolved, that the surveyor of the Territory shall lay, plant 
and fix similar stones, or other convenient marks or monuments, 
at such parts of the interior of every section as shall be deemed 
convenient and expedient, and the stones, marks and monuments 
contemplated in the preceding and present sections of this resolu- 
tion, shall be noticed and accurately located on all plots and maps. 

Resolved, that the surveyor of the Territory shall cause to be 
ascertained, by astronomical observations, a true meridian on the 
public space of ground, commonly called and, known by the name 
of the Military Square in the City of Detroit, and shall cause the 
same to be denoted by substantial and permanent objects, fixed in 
the ground. 

Resolved, that when any lot shall be surveyed which already 
has not permanent objects at the corners, the surveyor shall mark 
and bound the same, by driving in substantial pickets of the most 
desirable wood, at least two feet six inches in length, and of the 
diameter of at least four inches at the top and which shall be 
driven about two feet into the ground, with a sledge hammer, so 
as to leave about six inches above ground, and on the top of the 
said pickets shall be notched two lines intersecting at the center of 
the picket, and ranging with the two courses respectively, of the 
lot from the said corner, and the surveyor shall be entitled to 
twenty-five cents for every picket, to be paid by the party and 
twenty-five cents for the placing of the same. 

Resolved, that the surveyor of the Territory shall make and 
keep a general map of the Territory of Michigan. 

Resolved, that the surveyor of the Territory shall make and 
keep a general map of every county in the Territory of Michigan. 

And then the board adjourned until tomorrow at half -past 
nine o'clock a. m. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 



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PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 129 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to .provide for the adjust- 
ment of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes," on the ninth day of June, one 
thousand eight hundred and nineteen. Present: His excellency, 
Lewis Cass, governor; A. B. Woodward and John Griffin, judges. 

Resolved, that 20 barrels of lime, 40 pounds spikes, 15 pounds 
nails, 2 gallons Spanish brown paint, 1 quart brown paint, 5 
pounds white lead, 2 paint brushes, 3 empty kegs, materials left, 
after finishing the stone jail, be sold, and that the same be sold 
and accounted for to the governor and judges under the direction 
of the secretary of this board. 

Ordered, that the treasurer of the Detroit Fund pay to Austin 
E. Wing, secretary of this board, one hundred dollars, due him 
on the eighth of April, 1819, as his semi-annual salary. 

And then the board adjourned until Monday next at 10 a. m. 

A. E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes," on Monday, the fourteenth 
day of June, one thousand eight hundred and nineteen. Present : 
His excellency, Lewis Cass, governor; Augustus B. Woodward 
and John Griffin, judges. 

Ordered, that the treasurer of the Detroit Fund pay to Wil- 
lard and Merritt on their contract for doing the mason work of 
the stone jail one hundred dollars. 

A deed was signed by the governor and judges to David B. 
McComb, assignee of Peter Van Avery, for lot No. 79 (seventy- 
nine) in section No. 2 (two), sold at auction on the '7th day of 
December, 1816, containing three thousand eight hundred and 
twenty-six and one-half square' feet, more or less, agreeable to 
Thos. Smith's description. 

And then the board adjourned until tomorrow at ten o'clock 
a. m. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 



130 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled ''An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in* the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes," on the ninth day of July, one 
thousand eight hundred and nineteen. Present: His excellency, 
Lewis Cass, governor ; Augustus B. Woodward and John Grififin, 
judges. 

Resolved, that Willard and Merritt receive one hundred dol- 
lars upon their contract and that orders issue upon the treasurer 
for the same. 

Ordered, that the sum of sixty-six dollars be paid to Levi 
Rice for making and erecting forty-eight pannels of post and rail 
fence around the jail and that orders issue upon the treasurer for 
the amount. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes," on Friday, the sixteenth day 
of July, one thousand eight hundred and nineteen. Present : His 
excellency, Lewis Cass, governor; Augustus B. Woodward and 
John Griffin, judges. 

And then the board adjourned until tomorrow. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes," on the seventeenth day of 
July, one thousand eight hundred and nineteen. Present: His 
excellency, Lewis Cass, governor; Augustus B. Woodward and 
John Griffin, judges. 

Resolved, that the sum of three hundred and seventy-six dol- 
lars principal, and forty-six dollars and ninety-four cents interest, 
be repaid to Robert Smart, being the two first instalments of lots 
No. 63, in section No. 3, which were purchased by said Smart at 
auction, and which as it has since been discovered, were pre- 
viously sold to Aaron Greely, and also the sum of fifty dollars, 
being the amount expended by the said Smart in improving upon 
the said lot as estimated by David C. McKinstry. But the said 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 131 

Robert Smart is to assign to the said governor and judges all 
right acquired by the said purchase. 

Ordered, that the city lots in the City of Detroit belonging to 
the Detroit Fund be sold at public auction on the second Thurs- 
day of October next, and that notice of the same be given in the 
Detroit Gazette and in a newspaper at Buffalo. 

Ordered, that so many of the city lots in the City of Detroit 
belonging to the Detroit Fund as may be thought advisable by the 
governor and judges be sold on the first Monday of August next. 

Ordered, that the sum of seven hundred dollars be allowed to 
Messrs. Stead & McKinstry as a remuneration for losses they 
sustained in furnishing materials for the jail and that orders issue 
upon the treasurer for the amount. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes," on the seventeenth day of 
July, one thousand eight hundred and nineteen. Present: His 
excellency, Lewis Cass, governor; A. B. Woodward and John 
Griffin, judges. 

Resolved, that the sum of three hundred and seventy-six dol- 
lars principal, and forty-six dollars and ninety-four cents interest, 
be repaid to Robert Smart, being the two first instalments of lots 
No. 63, in section No. — , which were purchased by said Smart at 
auction, and which, as it has since been discovered, were pre- 
viously sold to Aaron Greeley, and also the sum of fifty dollars, 
being the amount expended by the said Smart in improvements 
upon the said lot, as estimated by David C. McKinstry. 

But the said Robert Smart is to assign to the said governor 
and judges all right acquired by the said purchase. 

Ordered, that the city lots in the City of Detroit belonging to 
the Detroit Fund be sold at public auction on the second Thurs- 
day of October next, and that notice of the same be given in the 
Detroit Gazette, and in a newspaper at Buffalo. 

Ordered, that Mr. Merritt's accounts be entered on the book : 
and that orders issue on the treasurer in favor of Mr. Merritt for 
forty-five dollars upon his account. 

Mr. Merritt's account is as follows : 
The Governor and Judges of the Territory of Michigan, 



132 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

1818. To Adna Merritt, Dr. 
May 15th and 16th — To paid six masons waiting for ma- 
terials @ 24/ $ 36.00 

Eight laborers and boy, 12/ 27.00 

Aug. 3rd and 4th — Six masons, 24/ 36.00 

Eight laborers and boy, 12/ 27.00 

1819. 

Aug. 20 and 21 — Six masons, 24/ 72.00 

Seven laborers and two boys, 12/ 54.00 

Aug. 12th— For 1 86/216 stone, $11.25 208.00 

X Filling two halls with earth 35.00 

X 80 yards extra lathing and plastering, 3/ 30.00 

X 10 lbs. shingle nails, 2/6 3.00 

X Plastering 20 window facings, 16/ 10.00 

X Plastering 14 doors, 8/ 14.00 

Discount on drafts, amount $800. / 40.00 

X Building oven 10.00 

Amount $632.00 

The above items marked with a cross (X) at the left-hand 
were allowed. The balance rejected. 

Ordered, that so many of the city lots in the City of Detroit 
belonging to the Detroit Fund, as may be thought advisable by 
the governor and judges, be sold on the first Monday of August 
next. 

Ordered, that the sum of seven hundred dollars be allowed to 
Messrs. Stead and McKinstry as a remuneration for losses they 
sustained in furnishing materials for the jail, and that orders 
issue upon the treasurer for the amount. 

And then the board adjourned until the day after tomorrow, 
the nineteenth. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjust- 
ment of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory 
of Michigan, and other purposes," on the nineteenth day of July, 
one thousand eight hundred and nineteen, present his exxcel- 
lency, Lewis Cass, governor; A. B. Woodward, John Griffin and 
James Witherell, judges. 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 133 

Thomas Rowland appeared in behalf of Jonathan Eastman,^^® 
and claimed lot No. 177 in section No. 4, which was purchased 
from the. governor and judges by John R. Williams in 1816. 
John R. Williams contested the claim, whereupon the subject 
was postponed until Thursday next. 

And then the board adjourned until tomorrow. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes,"' on the twentieth day of July, 
one thousand eight hundred and nineteen. Present: His excel- 
lency, Lewis Cass, governor; A. B. Woodward, John Griffin and 
James Witherell, judges. 

Resolved, that the demands which John R. Williams may have 
against the Detroit Fund draw interest from the date thereof, as 
an offset against so much interest charged to him by the board. 

Resolved, that orders issue upon the treasurer of the Detroit 
Fund in favor of Stead and McKinstry for five hundred dollars. 

And then the board adjourned until Monday next at half -past 
nine of the clock in the forenoon. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes," on Monday, the twenty-sixth 
day of July, one thousand eight hundred and nineteen. Present: 
Lewis Cass, governor ; A. B. Woodward and John Griffin, judges. 

Resolved, that the burying ground^^^ adjoining upon Wood- 
ward Avenue be granted to the trustees of the Protestant Re- 
ligious Society of Detroit by their legal designation for the use 
of said society, exclusive of the streets, lanes and alleys therein. 

Resolved, that the sum of seventeen dollars be paid to Syl- 
vanus Blackmarr for his daily attendance at this board. 

Resolved, that the surveyor of the Territory make a plat of 
section numbered ten, and that he survey the lots sold to Robert 



134 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

Smart and Thomas Smith and those sold to Aaron Greely and 
return to this board a plat thereof showing the interferences. 

Resolved, that the sum of fifteen dollars and ninety-three 
cents be paid to John R. Williams on account of money expended 
by him for advertising the sales of land in the public papers. 

Resolved, that the surveyor make an accurate survey and plat 
of the Protestant burying ground for this board. 

And then the board adjourned until Monday next at half -past 
nine of the clock in the forenoon. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes," on Monday, the second day 
of August, one thousand eight hundred and nineteen. Present: 
Lewis Cass, governor; A. B. Woodward and John Griffin, judges. 

Resolved, that the lots this day to be sold shall be sold upon 
the terms stated in the resolution of the governor and judges of 
May twenty-sixth, one thousand eight hundred and eighteen, 
except that the third payment shall be made within one year from 
the day of sale. 

And then the board adjourned. Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the 'congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes," on Monday, the ninth day of 
August, one thousand eight hundred and nineteen. Present: 
Lewis Cass, governor; A. B. Woodward and John Griffin, judges. 

A deed for lots numbered 109, 106, 110, 111, in section three, 
numbers 82, 66, 48*, 57, in section ten, numbers 54, 51, 52, 79, 80 
in section ten, numbers 21 and 22 in section 12, and numbers 185, 
177, in section four, was this day executed by the governor and 
judges in favor of John R. Williams, he having exhibited the 
treasurer's receipt in full therefor. 



*Should be 58. E. A. B. 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 135 

Judge Woodward protested against so much of above deed as 
conveys lots numbered 21, 22, in section 12, without reserving 
therefrom a boundary of at least twenty feet in each of the said 
lots for an alley, and then signed the said deed. 

Gabriel Richard, in behalf of the Church of St. Anne, again 
made application for an exchange of lots for a burying ground; 
whereupon, it was resolved that his application be not granted. 

And then the board adjourned until Monday next at half -past 
nine of the clock in the forenoon. Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled ''An act to provide for the adjust- 
ment of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory 
of Michigan, and for other purposes," on Monday, the sixteenth 
day of August, one thousand eight hundred and nineteen. Pres- 
ent : Lewis Cass, governor ; A. B. Woodward and John Griffin, 
judges. 

Resolved, that the sum of fifty dollars be allowed to Merritt 
and Willard in consequence of time lost by them in waiting for 
materials for the stone hall. 

Resolved, that the balance due to Merritt and Willard upon 
their contract for doing the stone work upon the new gaol be paid 
to them as soon as the gaol is completed agreeably to their con- 
tract. 

Resolved, that one dollar and fifty cents be paid to Mr. Merritt 
for brick furnished for hearths for the gaol. 

A petition was presented for a donation lot from Morrice Nel- 
lerney.^^^ 

And then the board adjourned till Monday next. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled *'An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan and for other purposes," on Monday, the sixth day of 



136 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

September, one thousand eight hundred and nineteen. Present : 
Lewis Cass, governor; John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

Ordered, that deeds issue to John S. Roby for lots numbered 
ten in section 8, and numbered 3, in section 10, he having pro- 
duced receipts from the treasurer of the Detroit Fund in full for 
the payments of the same. 

Ordered, that it be referred to James May what deduction be 
made from Mr. Merritt for not rough casting the two ends and 
rear of the new gaol. 

And then the board adjourned. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governors and judges of the Territory 
of Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjust-^ 
ment of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory 
of Michigan and for other purposes," on the twentieth day of 
December, one thousand eight hundred and nineteen. Present: 
Lewis Cass, governor ; A. B. Woodward, John Griffin and James 
Witherell, judges. 

Rufus Hatch^^^ presented an account against the board for 
four months' rent of a room from the first of July to the first 
of November at seven dollars per month, which was allowed, 
and it was ordered that an order issue upon the treasurer for 
the amount. 

Stephen Mack presented a receipt against the board dated 
May 14th, 1819, for five thousand dollars bearing interest from 
date, which was cast, the amount of interest being one hundred 
and seventy-five dollars, was allowed. 

Horatio Ball,^^* surveyor, presented a blank account for a 
half year's salary, commencing 17th of July and ending 17th 
of January, 1820, which for want of time was not acted upon. 

And then the board adjourned. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory 
of Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjust- 
ment of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory 
of Michigan, and for other purposes," on Monday, the twenty- 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 137 

fourth day of January, one thousand eight hundred and twenty. 
Present: Lewis Cass, governor; John Griffin and James With- 
erell, judges. 

Resolved by the governor and judges, that they will offer for 
sale to the highest bidder a number of lots of the ten thousand 
acres, on the seventh day of February next at the council house, 
on the following terms, to-wit : twenty per cent cash down, and 
a similar credit for the remainder as has been heretofore given. 

Resolved, that the terms of payment be as follows : One- fifth 
cash down, one-fifth in six months from the day of sale, one- 
fifth in eighteen months, another fifth in two years and six 
months, and the other fifth and last payment in three years and 
six months from the day of sale, with interest at the rate of six 
per centum per annum upon the whole from the day of sale. 

If either of the four last payments shall not be made at the 
time when they shall respectively become due, an additional 
interest of six per centum shall accrue, until the payments are 
made; and if the whole sum, with all the interest be not made 
on the day on which the last payment shall become due, the 
land shall be forfeited, and revert to the board. 

And then the board adjourned until Monday, the seventh 
day of February, one thousand eight hundred and twenty. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 
. At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory 
of Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled ''An act to provide for the adjust- 
ment of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory 
of Michigan and for other purposes, on Monday, the twenty- 
eighth day of February, one thousand eight hundred and twenty. 
Present: Lewis Cass, governor; John Griffin and James With- 
erell, judges. 

John Robinson, by Solomon Sibley, his attorney, filed the 
following relinquishment to a certain lot or parcel of ground, 
therein mentioned, viz : 
To whom it may concern: 

Whereas, the governor and the judges in and over the Terri- 
tory of Michigan at Detroit in said territory, on the twelfth 
day of December, one thousand eight hundred and eighteen, at 
the instance of Solomon Sibley, agent and attorney of John 



138 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

Robinson, of the City of Albany, did cause to be entered on 
their journal a resolution, in the words following, to- wit: 

''Resolved, that John Robinson do receive satisfaction at the 
rate of twenty-five cents per square foot, for a lot of ground 
lying in the old Town of Detroit commonly called the Ridgely 
lot, containing by estimation two thousand six hundred and 
forty-six square feet, making six hundred sixty-one dollars and 
fifty cents, which same lot is claimed by said John Robinson, and 
lying in the center of Main Street, called Jefferson Avenue, and 
which said sum of money the said John Robinson shall be at 
liberty to lay out in the purchase of any lands, appropriated by 
act of congress, for erecting a court house and jail, within the 
City of Detroit, and for other purposes, at the public sales of 
land hereafter to be made. On condition, however, that the 
said John Robinson, on his part, enter and .file with the secre- 
tary of the board, a relinquishment of all claims of land lying 
in the old Town of Detroit, which instrument shall contain a 
covenant, binding the said John Robinson, his heirs, executors 
and administrators, to hold the governor and judges and their 
successors in office, wholly indemnified against all and every 
lawful claim, that may be set up, or made by John Martin his 
heirs or assigns, or other person whatever, to and for said lot in 
the old Town and proposed to be adjusted by the governor and 
judges in favor of the said John Robinson." 

"Now know ye, that in compliance with the above resolution 
on my part, I, the said John Robinson, do by these presents, 
relinquish all right, claim and demand that I ever had, or now 
have and claim, to any and every lot of ground lying within 
the old Town of Detroit, such as the same was when burned on 
the eleventh day of June, A. D. 1805." 

''Also I do for myself, my heirs, executors and administrators, 
covenant, promise and agree to, and with the governor and 
judges of the territory of Michigan, and their successors in office, 
that I shall and will at all times and forever hereafter, hold and 
keep the said governor and judge and their successors in office, 
secure and indemnified against the lawful claims and demands 
of the above named John Martin his heirs or assigns, and every 
other person whatever, that he or they shall at any time make, 
set up and support, to or against said governor and judges, or 
their successors in office, for or on account of the said lot of 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 139 

ground above mentioned by me claimed, called the Ridgely lot, 
and for which I am to receive satisfaction for from the said 
governor and judges, under and pursuant to the above written 
resolution." 

"In witness whereof, I, the said John Robinson, have hereto 
set my hand and seal this ninth day of August, one thousand 
eight hundred and nineteen." 

"Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of Benjamin 
Venealin and Catherine Wendell/' 

John Robinson (L. S.)" 
"State of New York, City of Albany. Be it known that on 
the ninth day of August, in the year of our Lord one thousand 
eight hundred and nineteen, before me, John H. Wendell, one 
of the public notaries for the State of New York, duly appointed 
and commissioned and residing in the City of Albany, came 
John Robinson, of the same place (and to me known), who 
acknowledged the foregoing instrument in writing, as his volun- 
tary act and deed. In testimony whereof I have hereunto sub- 
scribed my name and affixed my seal of office, the day and year 
aforesaid, and allow the same to be recorded." 

"J. H. Wendell." 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjust- 
ment of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes," on Monday, the sixth day of 
March, one thousand eight hundred and twenty. Present : John 
Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

There being no quorum the board adjourned until Monday 
next; the sale also of the lots in the 10,000 acres is postponed 
until Monday next. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United States 
of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment of the 
titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of Michigan, 
and for other purposes," on Monday, the thirteenth day of 
March, one thousand eight hundred and twenty. Present : His 
excellency, Lewis Cass, governor, and John Griffin, judge. 



140 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

There being no quorum the board adjourned until Monday 

next, and the sale of the ten thousand acres was postponed to 

the same time. ' ^ ^Vr 

A. E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled ''An act to provide for the adjust- 
ment of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan and for other purposes," on Monday, the twentieth day 
of March, one thousand eight hundred and twenty. Present: 
His excellency, L. Cass. 

There being no quorum the board adjourned until Monday 
next and the sale of the ten thousand acres was postponed to 
that time. Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territqry of 
Michigan and for other purposes on Monday, the twenty- 
seventh day of March, one thousand eight hundred and twenty. 
His excellency, Lewis Cass ; John Griffin and James Witherell, 
judges. 

There being no quorum. 

And then the board adjourned until Monday next, at half- 
past ten o'clock a. m. A. E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled ''An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan and for other purposes on Monday, the eleventh 
of April, one thousand eight hundred and twenty. Present : His 
excellency, Lewis Cass, governor ; A. B. Woodward, John Griffin 
and James Witherell, judges. 

Sylvanus Blackmarr presented an account amounting to 
thirty-six dollars and fifty cents, commencing 11th May, 1819, and 
ending February 7th, 1820, in which there is a credit given by him 
of seventeen dollars, which was postponed for further considera- 
tion, but was finally allowed at $19.50. 



• PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 141 

Resolved, that Robert Abbott, treasurer of the Detroit Fund, 
pay to Robert Smart, the amount paid over by Mr. Ball, which 
was received from A. Edwards and Mr. Witherell for the first 
instalments upon the lots purchased by them, taking said Smart's 
receipt for the same. 

And then the board adjourned until Monday next at half after 
ten o'clock in the forenoon. Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan and for other purposes on Monday, the seventeenth 
day of April, one thousand eight hundred and twenty. Present : 
His excellency, Lewis Cass, governor; John Griffin and James 
Witherell, judges. 

And then the board adjourned, no business being done, to 
meet again on Monday next. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan and for other purposes on Monday, the twenty- fourth 
day of April, one thousand eight hundred and twenty. Present: 
His excellency, Lewis Cass, governor; John Griffin and James 
Witherell, judges. 

No business being done, the board adjourned until Monday 
next. A. E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan and for other purposes," on Monday, the first day of 
May, one thousand eight hundred and twenty. Present, his excel- 
lency, Lewis Cass, governor. 



142 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

There being no quorum the board adjourned until Monday 
next at 9 o'clock a. m. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled *'An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan and for other purposes," on Monday, the eighth day of 
May, one thousand eight hundred and twenty. Present: His 
excellency, Lewis Cass, governor; John Griffin and James 
Witherell, judges. 

Resolved, on application of Joseph Andre dit Clark, that the 
resolution passed on the 30th December, 1817, relative to a certain 
parcel of ground being part of lot No. 75, in section one, lying 
between the southwest line of Brush's farm and Randolph Street 
be rescinded and that he be entitled to the said ground by paying 
three cents per square foot within two years from this date, with 
interest until paid ; and it is further resolved, that the provisions 
of the said resolution be extended to John Whipple, L. B. Peltier, 
the heirs of Abraham Gill, John Bt. Belonger and John Bt. 
Durette. 

Resolved, that the amount paid by Austin E. Wing for lot 
number sixty-eight, in section number four, he refunded to him, 
on his relinquishing all claim acquired by him to such lot, it 
appearing to the board that the title of that lot is involved in 
doubt. 

Resolved, that orders issue on the treasurer of the Detroit 
Fund in favor of Austin E. Wing for the amount of his semi- 
annual salary, due him from the 8th of October, 1819, and to the 
8th day of April, 1820. 

And then the board adjourned until Monday next at nine 
o'clock in the forenoon. Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes," on Monday, the fifteenth day 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 143 

of May, one thousand eight hundred and twenty. Present: His 
excellency, Lewis Cass, governor; John Griffin and James 
Witherell, judges. 

Resolved, that a deed be given to Margaret Audrain for a cer- 
tain lot or parcel of ground, being a part of lots numbered forty- 
four and forty-five in section number eight, in the City of Detroit, 
according to the plan of the said city, approved by the governor 
and judges the 27th day of April, 1817. 

Beginning at the southeast corner of said section No. 8, thence 
north 84 feet, thence north 30 degrees west 14 feet and seven 
tenths of a foot, thence south sixty degrees west 64 feet and 
32/100, etc., etc. (See Deed.) 

The above deed was signed by Lewis Cass, Augustus B, 
Woodward and John Griffin ; J. Witherell dissenting. 

N. B. — ^Judge Woodward signed out of the board. 

In the above deed the following proviso was annexed : "That 
if the said lot of ground, or any part thereof, shall have been 
heretofore conveyed by the said governor and judges, then this 
deed shall be void." 

And then the board adjourned without day. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and the Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes," on the sixteenth day of Octo- 
ber, one thousand eight hundred and twenty. Present : His excel- 
Jpncy, Lewis Cass, governor; Augustus B. Woodward, John 
Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

John Kinzie appeared before the board and claimed a deed for 
the lot now occupied by Stephen Mack in the vicinity of H. J. 
Hunts. The parties being not ready to go into the investigation, 
the board resolved that the said claim be taken up on Monday 
next. 

Resolved, that Mr. Ball, the surveyor, make a resurvey of lots 
Nos. 23 and 26, and return a plat of the same to this board, exhib- 
iting their relative situation toward each other ; and then the board 
adjourned until Monday next at ten of the clock in the forenoon. 

Austin E. Wing, Secretary to the L. Board. 



144 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled ''An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes," on Monday, the 23rd day of 
October, one thousand eight hundred and, twenty. Present: His 
excellency, Lewis Cass, governor ; Augustus B. Woodward, John 
Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

John Kinzie's claim was taken up, whereupon Solomon Sibley, 
attorney for Robert A. Forsyth, administrator on the estate of 
Robert Forsyth,-^^ deceased, filed a protest against a deed's issu- 
ing agreeably to the prayer of the said John Kinzie. 

A motion was made by Judge Woodward that Mr. Sibley, the 
attorney for the United States, be instructed to institute a suit in 
chancery against John Kinzie for the recovery of a lot or the 
value of the lot improvidently obtained as a donation lot by him 
from the governor and judges. 

Resolved, that all deeds now in the possession of the secretary 
of this board be retained subject to the order of the board. 

The consideration of John Kinzie's claim is farther postponed 
until the second Thursday of October, in the year one thousand 
eight hundred and twenty-one. 

And then the board adjourned until tomorrow at ten o'clock 
a. m. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary to the Land Board. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes," on Tuesday, the twenty-fourth 
day of October, one thousand eight hundred and twenty. Present : 
His excellency, Lewis Cass, governor ; Augustus B. Woodward, 
John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

Resolved, that the resolution of this board passed October 8th, 
1816, allowing an annual compensation to the secretary of two 
hundred dollars, be rescinded. 

Resolved, that the compensation hereafter to the secreiary 
shall be one dollar per diem for every day's actual attendance 
upon this board. 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 145 

Resolved, that the secretary receive, independent of his per 
. diem, forty dollars a year for taking charge of the records and 
papers and for keeping them in a convenient place and open to 
inspection. 

Ordered, by the governor and judges, that orders issue upon 
the treasurer of the land board in favor of Austin E. Wing, secre- 
tary of this board, for one hundred dollars, the amount of his 
semi-annual pay up to the 8th day of October inst. 

And then the board adjourned until Friday next at ten o'clock 
a. m. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes/' on Friday, the 27th day of 
October, 1820. Present: His excellency, Lewis Cass, governor; 
Augustus B. Woodward, John Griffin and James Witherell, 
judges. 

The road contracted to be made by Major Mack, agreeably to 

the resolution of this board of , having been personally 

examined by the governor and judges and found made in all 
respects agreeably to the contract, is ordered to be accepted ; pro- 
vided, that Major Mack file with the secretary his obligation, to 
clear away the timber now in the road, to cut down such trees as 
are therein, and to cut down and cover up such stumps as may at 
any time hereafter be found injurious, and to repair any injuries 
in consequence of such stumps. 

Ordered, that interest at the rate of six per centum per annum 
be allowed to Major Mack upon one-half of the sum due for 
making the road from the sixth day of March last. 

Ordered, that fifty dollars be paid to Major Mack for extend- 
ing the road from the point where his road terminated, to that 
where the road made by Colonel Leavenworth commences. 

Resolved, that the resolutions passed on the twenty-fourth 
day of October, 1820, in relation to the compensation of the sec- 
retary of the land board be rescinded and that he be allowed here- 
after at the rate of one hundred dollars per annum. 



146 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

And then the board adjourned until Monday next, the 30th 
October, 1820. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled ''An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit, and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes," on Monday, the 30th day of 
October, one thousand eight hundred and twenty. Present : His 
excellency, Lewis Cass, governor; John Griffin and James With- 
erell, judges. 

On application of John S. Roby, superintendent of the Turn- 
pike Road, through the ten thousand acres of land in the rear of 
Detroit — 

Ordered, that orders issue upon the treasurer of the Detroit 
Fund in favor of John S. Roby for the sum of two hundred and 
fifty dollars in full of his compensation for his services as above. 

And then the board adjourned until Friday next at ten o'clock 
in the forenoon. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary to the Land Board. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes," on Friday, the 3rd day of 
November, one thousand eight hundred and twenty. Present : His 
excellency, Lewis Cass, governor; Augustus B. Woodward, John 
Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

No business was done and the board adjourned until Monday, 
the twentieth day of November inst. 

Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes," on Monday, the twentieth day 



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of November, 1820. Present: His excellency, Lewis Cass, gov- 
ernor ; John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

Warren Howard^^" presented an account of forty-one dollars 
for building a yard at the gaol 41.00 in the County of Wayne and 
furnishing the materials, which was postponed for further consid- 
eration. 

And then the board adjourned until tomorrow at ten o'clock 
a. m. Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled *'An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes," on Wednesday, the twenty- 
second day of November, 1820. Present: His excellency, Lewis 
Cass, governor; John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

No business was done, and the board adjourned until tomor- 
row at ten o'clock a. m. Austin E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of Michi- 
gan, and for other purposes," on Thursday, the twenty-third day 
of November, one thousand eight hundred and twenty. Present : 
His excellency, Lewis Cass, governor; John Griffin and James 
Witherell, judges. 

At a meeting of the governor and judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting under an act of the congress of the United 
States of America, entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment 
of the titles of land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of 
Michigan, and for other purposes," on Monday, the 5th day of 
February, one thousand eight hundred and twenty-one. Present : 
His excellency, Lewis Cass, governor; Augustus B. Woodward, 
John Griffin and James Witherell, judges. 

Robert Smart^" appears before the board and acknowledges 
that his deed from the board for the lot on which his cabinet shop 
stands adjacent to Colonel Larned's calls by mistake for ten feet 
fronting on Woodward Avenue by one hundred feet on Earned 
Street more than he is entitled to, and hereby agrees to relinquish 



148 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

his claim thereto, and also to remove the said shop therefrom 
whenever required to do so by the board. 

Warren Howard's account, which was presented on the twen- 
tieth November, 1820, amounting to $41.00 was taken up. 

Ordered, that the amount be referred to Benjamin Wood- 
worth.*258 

APPENDIX. 

1. The foregoing is the journal kept by the governor and 
judges of the Territory of Michigan as a record of their proceed- 
ings when they sat as a board of commissioners to adjust the 
claims of those people who suffered in the fire of 1805, and to 
allot their donations. The portion beginning October 24, 1808, 
and ending with a letter dated January 26, 1816, is called Book 
No. 2. There were, altogether, five books. The entire record was 
kept in rough form. Book No. 2 seems to be the only one which 
was written up in full. Up to August, 1812, they are all in the 
handwriting of Joseph Watson, who was the secretary. Book 
No. 1 was called "Transactions of the Governor and Judges of 
the Territory of Michigan." It begins September 6, 1806, and 
was kept until June 2, 1807. On June 1, 1807, there was a motion 
that a committee be appointed to sit during the recess of the com- 
missioners to adjust titles and act on donations. Judge Wood- 
ward was the committee appointed. From June 2, 1807, until 
October 24, 1808, there is a gap in the records, but from that date 
on, they run smoothly through September 27, 1809. Here the rec- 
ords jump from 1809 to 1815. By referring to the "Rough Min- 
utes" it is found that nothing was done in connection with the 
granting of lots in the town until January 16, 1811, when the 
rough minutes again show transactions of the board. During the 
war of 1812 not much was done, but at the close of the war, when 
Cass becam.e governor, the duties of the commissioners were 
again taken up and continued through .1836 to the end of Book 
No. 5. 

2. 'An act of congress of the United States of America, enti- 
tled, An act to provide for the adjustment of titles of land in 
the Town of Detroit and Territory of Michigan, and for other 
purposes.' 

"Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and the House of Rep- 
resentatives of the United States of America, in congress assem- 
bled, that the governor and the judges of the Territory of Michi- 



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gan shall be, and they or any three of them are hereby authorized 
to lay out a town, including the whole of the old Town of Detroit, 
and ten thousand acres adjacent, excepting such parts as the 
president of the United States shall direct to be reserved for the 
use of the military department, and shall hear, examine and hnally 
adjust all claims to lots therein, and give deeds for the same. And 
to every person or the legal representative or representatives of 
every person, who not owin'g or professing allegiance to any for- 
eign power, and being above the age of seventeen years, did, on 
the eleventh day of June, one thousand eight hundred and five, 
when the old town of Detroit was burned, own or inhabit a house 
in the same, there shall be granted by the governor and the j udges 
aforesaid, or any three of them, and where they shall judge most 
proper, a lot, not exceeding the quantity of five thousand square 
feet. 

"Section 2. And be it further enacted, that the land remaining 
of the said ten thousand acres, after satisfying claims provided 
for by the preceding section, shall be disposed of by the governor 
and the judges aforesaid, at their discretion, to the best advantage, 
who are hereby authorized to make deeds to purchasers thereof, 
and the proceeds of the land so disposed of shall be applied by the 
governor and the judges aforesaid, toward building a court house 
and jail in the Town of Detroit. 

And the said governor and judges are required to make a 
report to congress, in writing, of their proceedings under this act. 

Approved April 21, 1806." 

3. Gov. William Hull was born in Derby, Connecticut, June 
24, 1753, and died in Newton, Massachusetts, November 29, 1825. 
He married Sarah, daughter of Abraham Fuller, a distinguished 
patriot who lived on a farm in Newton. Hull distinguished him- 
self in the Revolution and was appointed governor of Michigan in 
1805. He reached Detroit July 1, 1805, about three weeks after 
the fire, and immediately set about his duties. He brought his 
family with him. His only son, Abraham Fuller Htrll, graduated 
from Harvard in law in 1805, and was admitted to the bar at 
Detroit, September 18, 1805. In 1811 he was appointed captain 
of the Ninth Infantry, U. S. A., and was killed at the battle of 
Lundy's Lane, July 25, 1814, aged 28 years. A daughter, Ann 
Binney Hull, married at Detroit, April 28, 1808, Capt. H. H. 
Hickman, whose family lived in Virginia. Besides these, there 



150 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

were six more daughters. In 1806 congress gave the governor 
and judges power to act as a board to replat the burned town and 
assign donations to the fire sufferers, as well as adjust titles to 
lands in the old town. Hull built for himself a large brick house 
at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Randolph Street, after- 
wards known as the American House and used as a hotel. He 
was in command at Detroit during the War of 1812 and surren- 
dered August 16, in that year. He .was tried by court martial, 
was found guilty of cowardice and sentenced to death. His sen- 
tence was remitted in part, but he was dismissed from the army 
in disgrace. He was author of a pamphlet giving his reasons for 
surrender. 

When the land board was first appointed it consisted of the 
governor and Judges Woodward, Bates and Griffin. The last 
named judge arrived at Detroit in September, 1806. Bates re- 
signed late in the fall of that year and was succeeded by Judge 
James Witherell. 

Frederick Bates was born June 23, 1777. He was the son of 
Thomas Fleming Bates, of Belmont, Goochland County, Virginia. 
He was apprenticed to the county clerk when 16 or 17 years of 
age and studied law while in that office. About the year 1796 he 
went to Detroit in the Quarter Master's Department of the Army 
of the Northwest Territory. He engaged in mercantile pursuits 
and was the first postmaster of Detroit, serving until July 29, 
1805, when George Hoffman succeeded him. After 'serving a few 
months on the land board he went to St. Louis, where he was the 
first recorder of the board of land commissioners when the office 
was created. He was appointed secretary of the Territory of 
Missouri, May 7, 1807., and several times^ performed the duties 
of governor. In 1824 he was elected governor of the State of 
Missouri and filled that office but one short year, dying August 2, 
1825, leaving a widow and four children. March 4, 1819, he mar- 
ried Nancy, daughter of Col. John S. Ball, of St. Louis County 
(See Annals of St. Louis in Territorial Days, by Billon, 1804- 
1821, pp. 226-277 ; also Michigan Pioneer Collection, volume 8, 
pp. 563-565). 

Some time after Bates' resignation Judge James Witherell 
was appointed, and took his seat April 3, 1808. 

James Witherell was born in Manchester, Massachusetts, July 
16, 1759, and died at Detroit, January 9, 1838. He won distinc- 



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tion in the Revalulion ; was United States representative from 
Vermont to congress, and then came to Michigan as a judge. He 
served as judge for nearly 20 years, and was then appointed sec- 
retary of the Territory. One of his daughters was the wife of 
Thomas Palmer and the mother of the late Senator Thomas W. 
Palmer. One of his sons, Benjamin F. H. Witherell, was judge 
of the district and circuit courts. 

Judge John Griffin, a native of Virginia, son of Cyrus Griffin, 
last president of the Continental congress, was probably born in 
1779. He was a judge in the Territory of Indiana before the 
formation of- Michigan Territory and was appointed judge in 
Michigan Territory in 1805. He left Detroit, February, 1824, 
and went to Philadelphia, where he died about 1840. While in 
Detroit he purchased land at Monroe of Mr. Knaggs and in 1836 
and 1837 he had some correspondence with Judge Williarn Wood- 
bridge concerning it. At that time he was still single and was 
living at 49 Sanson Street, Philadelphia (See Manuscript, volume 
130, pp. 40, 139, Burton Library.) He was constantly referred to 
as constitutionally inert, wanting in firmness and decision of char- 
acter and disliking responsibility. He was, however, considered 
an upright judge and an honest man.. His mother was Lady 
Christiana, daughter of the sixth Earl of Traquair. She died 
about December 1, 1807. Judge Griffin had two brothers, Cyrus, 
who died October 10, 1834, while a young man, and Dr. Samuel 
Stuart Griffin, who married Sally Lewis, of Gloucester. He also 
had two sisters, Mary, wife of her cousin, Maj. Thomas Griffin, 
and Louisa, wife of Col. Hugh Mercer, of Fredericksburg, 
youngest son of Gen. Hugh Mercer of the Revolution. (See 
Virginia Magazine of History, volume 1, pp. 255-6 ; Pennsylvania 
Magazine of History and Biography HI., pp. 317, 318). 

4. The secretary of the territory was Col. Joseph Watson. 
He was a native of South Carolina and was educated in France. 
He came to Detroit as early as August 1, 1806. He was deputy 
collector, notary public, secretary to the governor and judges and 
city register. In 1810 he "padded" the census returns of Michi- 
gan Territory, for which he was tried and found guilty, Septem- 
ber 30, 1811. On July 2%, 1811, he married Sarah Myra Wither- 
ell, daughter of Judge James Witherell. On this occasion he 
assumed his whole name by which he was christened, Joseph Val- 
entine Beaman Watson. He was made prisoner at Hull's surren- 



152 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

der in 1812, but was paroled and went to Vermont. He was one 
of the witnesses at Hull's trial, giving favorable testimony as to 
his character. During the war he was second lieutenant of the 
19th infantry and in 1813 was in the paymaster's department. In 
1816 he settled in Washington, D. C, where he opened up a mili- 
tary and general agency department. He had two sons by his first 
wife Sarah-; (1) Eugene Winslow, born July 18, 1814, who went 
into the navy in 1831 as a midshipman, resigned and came to 
Detroit in 1846, and upon the breaking out of the rebellion again 
entered service; (2) James Bolivar, born January 10, 1818, and 
baptized into the Roman Catholic Church at Detroit when 31 
years old. He studied law and was admitted to the bar, but never 
practiced, having a large landed estate in Michigan to look after. 
He died at Detroit in December, 1849. Mrs. Sarah Watson died 
at Poultney, Vermont, March 22, 1818, while her husband was 
in W^ashington. It was always his desire to return to Detroit to 
live, where his father-in-law. Judge Witherell, was caring for his 
two children. In 1820, Joseph married Ann Coddington, whose 
sister was the wife of Samuel Johnson, of Philadelphia. In 1824 
he took an active part in the celebrations in honor of Lafayette's 
visit to America. He died at Plattsburg, New York, October 7, 
1836, leaving a curious will, which was contested by his relatives. 
{Witherell and Palmer papers, Burton Library; Detroit Gazette, 
1818 ; Historical Register and Dictionary of Army of U. S., vol- 
ume 1 ; Surrogate Court of New York.) 

5. Dr. William Brown, born in Massachusetts, December 7, 
1773, came to Detroit in the summer or fall of 1798, as resident 
physician. He immediately became a man of importance in the 
town, not only devoting much of his time to his practice, but also 
to civic affairs and business. In May 6, 1805, he was elected one 
of the trustees, but when the town was burned administration of 
affairs was turned over to the governor and judges. He lost 
heavily in the fire. In 1807 he was one of those who signed a 
petition asking for ground upon which to erect a Presbyterian 
church. He held 50 shares of stock in the new Bank of Detroit 
in 1806 and was one of its directors. He was appointed surgeon 
of the troops at Detroit in 1806 and held that position at the time 
Hull surrendered. He was among the citizens who were com- 
pelled by Proctor to leave the city in February, 1813, and was one 
of those who signed the protest against the sale of the lots on the 



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PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 153 

commons, June 8, 1811. After the return of the American troops 
in 1813 he resumed his medical practice. He was humane and 
benevolent. For years he had taken care of the Indians in the 
vicinity of Detroit free of charge and in 1807 and 1818 at the 
Indian Treaties held by Hull and Cass, provision was made for 
the doctor in grants of land. These grants were not allowed by 
the United States government, and as late as 1829 Cass and others 
were making efforts in his behalf. In 1818 he was a stockholder 
in the Bank of Michigan. He was one of the early trustees of the 
university, and a member of the legislative council, 1823-1830. 
He was president of the medical society from 1820-1825. He 
lived for a while on the corner where the (Russell House) Pont- 
chartrain stands. In early days this place was enclosed by a 
cedar picket fence. The house was small and painted yellow and 
adjoining it was a log cabin used as a school. Dr. Brown, at a 
later time, lived on the north side of Jefferson Avenue, between 
Bates and Randolph. He died June 27, 1838. (Tombstone Elm- 
wood Cemetery; Detroit newspapers; Michigan Pioneer Collec- 
tion; Manuscripts in Burton Library). He was never married, 
but having left a large estate, his numerous relatives recorded 
their names in the probate court as claimants for his property. 

6. Judge Augustus Brevoort Woodward, son of John Wood- 
ward and grandson of John or Jan Woodward, was born in New 
York City. He lived in Rockbridge, Virginia, in 1795, and. in 
Washington, D. C, for many years, owning a considerable part 
of the original plat of that place. He practiced law in Washing- 
ton and was thought to be so able a jurist that in 1805, he was 
appointed judge of the territory of Michigan. He arrived at 
Detroit a few days before Governor Hull and immediately be- 
came a man of importance. He was responsible for the present 
plan of the city, its wide streets and open spaces in the heart of 
the city. He was one of the stockholders of the Bank of Detroit. 
During the war of 1812 his services for the people of the city in 
their dealings with the British were invaluable. He was eccentric 
and made many enemies, at the same time he made many staunch 
friends. In 1824 he left Detroit, was appointed judge of the ter- 
ritorial court of east Florida and died in 1827, in Tallahassee, still 
holding office. He never married and his brother John and sister 
Maria H. Pease were his heirs. Woodward at the time of his 
death was the owner of what is now known as Ypsilanti. He 



154 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

also owned 900 acres of land in the ten thousand acre tract on 
Woodward Avenue. Nearly all of this land is now in the City 
of Detroit. He proposed to locate a village on this land to be 
called Woodwardville, but the plan was never carried out, 
although a complete plat of it is in existence. {Sketch of Wood- 
ward by C. M. Burton, Michigan Pioneer Collection, volume 29, 
p. 638 ; Notes by C. M. B., Detroit Free Press, February 28, 1909 
and 1914.) 

7. Thomas Smith, a native of Wales, saw active service in 
the Revolution on the British side under Major Matthews and 
Colonel McGregor as lieutenant of militia. In 1779 his name 
appeared on the census roll of Detroit, where he set himself up 
as a merchant, and a little later when he tried being a tavern- 
keeper. He was employed in surveying and locating lands for 
discharged rangers. In 1788 he was acting deputy surveyor, 
clerk of the court of common pleas and a notary public. Under- 
standing both French and English, he was valuable to the govern- 
ment as an interpreter. About this time he was appointed clerk 
of the land board, but on account of quarrels was dismissed. He 
assisted in assembling the Indians who resisted Wayne at the 
Battle of Fallen Timbers, but did not take any active part in the 
troubles. When the Americans took possession of Detroit he 
chose to remain a British subject and retired to live on the river 
bank at Petite Cote, below Sandwich. He subsequently laid claim 
to and obtained title to a large tract of land just below the City of 
Detroit on the American side of the river. After the fire at 
Detroit in 1805 he was employed in surveying and laying out a 
new town under the directions of the governor and judges. This 
plan was lost and no copy of it is known to exist, but in later 
years Mr. Smith wrote John R. Williams that the original plan of 
Detroit "of 1805 was approved by Mr. Jefferson, but was after- 
ward rendered impracticable by Judge Woodward. * * "^^ He 
caused streets to be made of various widths which altered the 
proportions of the diagram. The inside areas of sections which 
were for gardens and good walks, places of deposit in event of 
fires 'and circulation of air ; he caused to be filled up with lots 
which proves he was the factotum at the Board, and obliged subse- 
quent Surveyors to perform his whimsical schemes notwithstand- 
ing remonstrances. The Plan in its original form drew the atten- 
tion of scientific persons, and from its novelty it is to be regretted 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 155 

it was not continued" (Manuscript, Volmne 26, p. 138, Burton 
Library). He continued surveying for both the Americans and 
Canadians for some years. He married Angelique Charlotte 
Crette, daughter of a Loyalist, by whom he had four children: 
Thomas, baptized January 17, 1784, aged one month; Charles, 
baptised July 8, 1786; Ann, bom April 1, 1788; Catharine, bap- 
tised July 25, 1790, aged one month. Ann married John Mc- 
Donell, a citizen of Detroit, and lived on the northwest corner of 
Shelby and Fort Streets, where the postoffice now stands. Catha- 
rine married Charles Fortier and went to Amherstburg, where 
she died September 9, 1812, a year after her marriage. On June 
12, 1821, Thomas Smith made a deed to John McDonell of all 
his lands in Detroit to be held in trust for the children of Ann 
Smith McDonell ; they were John Smith, Catharine Ann, Charles 
Stuart, Donald Lundy and Alexander Dallas. John McDonell, 
Smith's son-in-law, after the war of 1812, attempted -to make 
a trip to Maiden. He was captured and accused of deserting the 
British, but was afterwards released. Major W. H. Puthuif was 
McDoneirs brother-in-law. Thomas Smith died at Sandwich, 
U. C, March 3, 1833, aged 79 years. (See Genealogical Scrap 
Book 1, page 165, Burton Library; Notes by C. M. B.) 

8. George Meldrum's name appears early in the records of 
Detroit where, on May 26, 1768, he voted for Philip Dejean as 
judge or justice at Detroit. In 1772 he purchased a lot of George 
Knaggs ; at the time he was a trader at Detroit and Michilimack- 
inac. In 1774 he committed some offense against Philip Dejean 
for which he made a public apology. From this time on Mel- 
drum's name appears prominently in connection with aflfairs at 
Detroit. He was contractor to supply Gov. Patt. Sinclair when 
stationed at Michilimackinac. In 1788 he was appointed com- 
missioner, by Lord Dorchester, over the District of Hesse. In 
1796 he declared his intention of remaining a British citizen, but 
seems to have changed his mind for he was living in Detroit in 
1817. For years he was in partnership with William Park in the 
firm of Meldrum & Park, merchants. At the time of the fire he 
was a heavy loser, as was also the firm. He was one of the five 
who signed the address of welcome upon Hull's arrival. He 
willingly relinquished his rights in the old town in order that the 
governor and judges could readjust the claims to lots in the new 
town. On October 9, 1815, when he w.as drawn to serve on 



156 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

grand jury (Vidal case) he was excused, being too infirm to act. 
He died April 9, 1817, at the age of 80 years. About 1782 Mr. 
Meldrum married Mary Catharine Angelique Chapoton, of 
Detroit. She died and was buried in the cemetery of the Church 
of Ste. Anne, March 4, 1815. Their children were : 

Nicholas, born 1783, buried, Detroit, February 3, 1803. 

Mary Ann Meldrum, born at Sandwich, U. C, September 2, 
1786 ; married at Detroit by David Bacon, September 9, 1801, to 
Dr. William McDowell Scott, who died from the effects of the 
war of 1812. She married Melvin Dorr as her second husband. 
She was buried from Ste. Anne's Church, Detroit, August 1, 1825. 

John Meldrum, born about 1788 ; married by civil magistrate 
in 1814 to Sarah Lytle. He died about 1825. Sarah was buried 
from Ste. Anne's Church, Detroit, March 16, 1839. 

James Meldrum, born Detroit, 1792 ; married at Ste. Anne's, 
Detroit, "February 20, 1821, Eleanor Boyer. He was buried at 
Anchorville, March 27, 1860. 

William Meldrum, born Detroit, 1794 ; baptised February 22, 
1817, and married February 26, 1816, to Genevieve Rivard, of 
Detroit. He died 1864 and she died August 28, the same year. 

Mary Angelica Meldrum, born and died, 1795. 

Felicity Meldrum, born September 6, 1798, was buried No- 
vember 12, 1804. 

David Meldrum, born 1800 ; married October 4, 1824, Julia 
Saucier, born Detroit October 11, 1805. 

Mary Geneveva Meldrum, born Detroit, September 7, 1802; 
married Abraham Wendell, who was born 1791. She died 1845. 
She was also called Maria Ann Jane. 

Robert Meldrum, born Detroit, 1804; married Mary Ann 
Moras. 

George Meldrum owned what is known as the Meldrum farm, 
private claim 18, and other valuable lands. In August, 1806, an 
inventory was made of his property in the old town. He owned 
a lot on St. Joseph Street 48 by 57 feet bounded by the old Court 
House, east northeast side^ and the Widow Provincal on the west 
southwest. Another lot in front of the Detroit Commons 73 
feet wide was bounded in the front by the river, on the rear by 
the public highway along the commons, on the northeast by Henry 
Berthelet and southwest by the shipyard. On this was a dwelling 
house and a store house which escaped the fire and at the time 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 157 

of the inventory was being occupied as a church. Rev. Gabriel 
Richard made some inquiries about buying it for the use of the 
CathoHc Church but did not consummate the deal. A third lot 
on St. Louis Street 45 by 63 feet v^as bounded west southwest 
by William Robison's [Robertson] lot, east northeast by the 
street leading to the Merchants' Wharf, and a fourth lot fronted 
on the Detroit River at the corner of the street running down to 
the Merchants' Wharf. Formerly this was occupied by Capt. 
John Pearson. (Rev. Christian Denissen Genealogies of Detroit 
Families, Manuscript, Burton Library; Michigan Pioneer Collec- 
tions; Mss. in Burton Lihray, volume 829, page 78 ; Gravestone 
Records; Detroit Register, volume A.) 

9. Henry Dearborn was Secretary of War, 1801-1809. 

10. See Hull's plan of Detroit in 1809, showing Military 
Reserve. 

11. Robert Smart was a jolly Scotch bachelor who came to 
Detroit at an early date. He was born at Kittle, Fife County, 
Scotland, and emigrated to the United States in 1792. At the 
time of Hull's surrender he was one of those who fearlessly pro- 
tested against Proctor's brutal conduct. He carried on a mer- 
cantile business and had a store and house on the northeast cor- 
ner of Woodward and Jefferson. He died October 28, 1839, aged 
72 years. His heirs were a brother and sister at Kirceldy, Scot- 
land, and his nephew, David, in Detroit, who married Mary Wil- 
liams, a daughter of Gen. John R. Williams. {Scrap Brooks 4 
and 5, Burton Library; Elmwood Cemetery records.) 

12. Robert Fleming's name appears on the list of inhabi- 
tants of Detroit in 1806. 

13. Enoch Page was sergeant-at-arms. 

14. Solomon Sibley was born in Sutton, Massachusetts, 
October 7, 1769, and died in Detroit April 4, 1846. On October 
31, 1802, he married Sarah Whipple Sproat, daughter of Col. 
Ebenezer Sproat, and Katharine, his wife. Sarah Whipple 
Sproat was born in Providence, Rhode Island, January 28, 1782, 
and died in Detroit January 22, 1851, aged 69 years. Mr. Sibley 
came to Detroit as early as 1798 with the intention of practicing 
law, having been admitted to the bar in Rhode Island in 1797. In 
1799 he was elected member from Wayne County to the general 
assembly of the Northwest Territory. In 1806 he was chairman 
of the board of trustees of the town under the first city charter 



158 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

and was made mayor. He served as auditor of the Territory 
1814-1817; delegate to congress in 1821-1823; judge of supreme 
court 1823-1837. He was one of the trustees and visitors of 
the University of Michigania in 1818. He Hved on the northeast 
corner of Jefferson Avenue and Randolph Street. He and his 
wife Sarah Whipple Sproat had nine children. 

(1) Ebenezer Sproat, born at Marietta, Ohio, 1803; died in 
Detroit August 13, 1884. 

(2) Catharine Whipple, born February 27, 1809 ; died March 
24, 1880 ; she married Charles C. Trowbridge. 

(3) Henry Hastings, born at Detroit, February 20, 1811; 
died February, 1891. He was first governor of Wisconsin. 

(4) Mary C. Sibley, born in 1813; died August 16, 1852, 
aged 39 years ; married Charles S. Adams. 

(5) Augusta Ann Sibley, born 1816; died March 2, 1841, 
aged 25 years ; married James A. Armstrong. 

(6) Alexander Hamilton, born October 17, 1817; died July 
10, 1878. 

(7) Frederick Baker, born September 23, 1824; died April 
8, 1907, aged 82 years. 

(8) Sarah Alexandrine Sibley, still living (1915). 

(9) Catharine W., died in infancy. 

(Manuscript, Sibley papers. Burton Library; Farmer's His- 
tory of Detroit and Michigan; Sibley Genealogy, manuscript. 
Burton Library.) 

15. William Macomb died April 16, 1796, leaving a wife, 
Sarah Dring Macomb and several children. Among them Anne, 
Catherine, William, Sarah, Jane, David B., and Eliza, were minors 
at the time of the destruction of Detroit by fire. John W., 
another son, was of age. William Macomb was born in Ireland 
in 1751 and came to Detroit with his father in 1772. His father, 
John, came to America in 1755 or '59, settled at Albany, New 
York, outliving his son William. An older son, Alexander, born 
at Belfast, Ireland, July 27, 1750, came to America with his 
father. They were engaged in trading business and William 
entered into partnership with them just before the Revolution. 
Alexander was one of the largest land owners in New York, 
owning "Macomb Purchase," which included lands in that state 
and all of the Thousand Islands on the American side. William 
became a large land owner in and about Detroit, where he pos- 



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sessed most of the islands in the Detroit River and a large tract 
of land known as the Martin farm, later the Macomb farm, and 
now the Cass farm. (Manuscript Genealogy of Macomb Family, 
Burton Library.) 

16. James Henry, Esq., was the son of William Henry (born 
May 19, 1729 ; died December 15, 1786), and his wife, Ann Wood 
(born January 21, 1734, and died March 8, 1798), of Lancaster, 
Pa. He was one of a family of thirteen children, six of whom 
died in infancy. Of the remaining there were William, John 
Joseph (born November 4, 1756, and died April 15, 1811), James 
(died December 26, 1812), Matthew (died March 29, 1804), 
Abraham (died August 11, 1811), Benjamin West (born June 
8, 1777, died December 28, 1806), and a sister, Betsey. William 
became a manufacturer, John Joseph was in the Revolution, and 
wrote "Account of Arnold's Campaign Against Quebec," etc., as 
a result of his experiences. After the war he studied law, was 
admitted to the bar in 1785, and in 1793 was appointed **presi- 
dent of the several courts of common pleas in the circuit consist- 
ing of the counties of Chester, Lancaster, York and Dauphin. 
He married the daughter of Col. Stephen Chambers, and upon 
his death left two sons. Dr. Stephen Chambers Henry, of Detroit ; 
Dr. Julien Henry, of St. Louis, and six daughters, among them 
Ann Mary, who became the wife of Hon. Thomas Smith of 
Delaware Co., Pa. Matthew Henry became a trader and was 
located at Michilimackinac, where he died March 29, 1804. A 
cousin, William Henry, was located here at the same time. Abra- 
ham remained in Lancaster, Pa. Benjamin West was named 
after the artist whom his father had befriended as a young man. 
He studied art, probably under Gilbert Stuart, and when West 
was appointed successor to Sir Joshua Reynolds as president of 
the Royal Academy, he invited his namesake to visit him in Lon- 
don. At his death Benjamin left three small children, James, 
Anna Wood and Mary Henry. Little is known of the sister. 

James, the subject of this sketch, was stolen by the Indians 
and brought to the Detroit River about 1793. In the fall of that 
year when the commissioners and Quakers were sent by the 
United States Government to treat with the British who still held 
Detroit, he was seen by the Quakers, who made a tour among the 
Indians. They described him as "a smart young man, a prisoner 
with the Blind Chief, near the mouth of the River Roosh 



160 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

(Rouge), twelve miles from Detroit. He is adopted, which 
renders his case difficult. They have put jewels in his nose and 
ears, and figured him like an Indian. He is desirous of return- 
ing to his relatives." {Michigan Pioneer Collection, Vol. XVII, 
page 590.) He was probably released in 1796, for at that time he 
became commission agent for the post. On August 21, 1798, 
Governor St. Clair appointed him justice of the peace {Manu- 
script, Vol. 912, page 103, Burton Library), and in 1800 gave 
him control over the granting of licenses for Indian trade. In 
1799, when Sibley wa? elected to represent Wayne County in the 
general assembly of the Northwest Territory many of his votes 
wei^e challenged. Among them was Henry's, and opposite his 
name is written ''Lives at Grosse He. Lately liberated from the 
Indians ; lives on the estates of the late Macomb." {Michigan 
Pioneer Collections, Vol. 38, page 342.) Henry also ran a tan- 
nery and was for a time in partnership with William Russell 
selling saddles, harnesses, calashes, etc. This partnership was 
dissolved in 1809. Henry lost heavily in the fire of 1805, his 
property being inventoried at £2300. He was one of the most 
energetic in restoring order to the suffering townspeople. He 
was one of the three men chosen to handle the funds collected at 
Michilimackinac to aid the sufferers. He was president of the 
Detroit Bank in 1807. In 1810 his nephew, Stephen Chambers 
Henry, came to Detroit and was engaged in the tannery business 
with his uncle. After his uncle's death he carried on the busi- 
ness for four years. Henry held many important public offices. 
He was judge of the court of quarter sessions, 1802-1804; chair- 
man of the first meeting of the board of trustees of the town in 
1802 ; county commissioner under the Northwest Territory, 1804 ; 
served many times on the grand jury; was appointed by Hull, 
associate judge of the court of Huron and Detroit April 15, 1807 ; 
tax assessor in 1807. He never married and died December 26, 
1812, at Detroit. The late D. Farrand Henry was the youngest 
son of his nephew. Dr. Stephen Chambers Henry. {See Lan- 
caster Co .Historical Soc. 1896, page 69; 1907, page 303; 1912, 
page, 270; Sibley Manuscripts in Burton Library; Manuscript 
Vol. 108, pages 1%^-1S4:, Burton Library.) 

17. John Baldwin's name appears in the Hst of Detroit 
inhabitants in 1806 and in the petition of citizens of Detroit, April 
24, 1807, for ground for a Presbyterian church. He was a 



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merchant and bought goods of the agent of Sanders and Ogden, 
Albany. {Burton Library, Manuscripts.) 

18. Col. James McCloskey, militia officer, name on the list of 
residents of Detroit in 1806 ; appointed superintendent of the first 
University building in Detroit, the building site of which is 
marked by a bronze tablet on the structure which replaced it on 
Bates Street, west side, about 100 feet north of Larned Street. 
He was active in politics; in 1821, he was endorsed for congress 
by the French of the Rouge, Ecorse and Raisin Rivers and by 
Judge Woodward. Solomon Sibley won the election. Mc- 
Closkey was cashier of the second bank to be chartered in the 
state, the Bank of Michigan, established in 1818. John R. Wil- 
liams was its president. In 1825 the affairs of the bank were 
examined and McCloskey was found to be $10,300 short in his 
accounts. He was charged with embezzlement but the bank 
compromised and accepted half the sum lost. He was early 
occupied in surveying, and in 1808 laid out the roa,d from Detroit 
to the Miami. In 1825 he surveyed and laid out the road from 
Detroit to Chicago. He was administrator of the estates of Otis 
Fisher and Louis St. George. On September 11, 1815, he was 
married by James May, justice of the peace, to Susan Godfroy, 
a sister of Pierre Godfroy, and daughter of Jacques. Their 
daughter, Elizabeth, married Senator Isaac P. Christiancy, of 
Michigan. (Michigan Pioneer Collections, Vol. 37, page 453; 
Manuscript in Burton Library; Hall-Godfroy Genealogy, 
page 96.) 

19. After the fire of 1805 the government erected a stone 
building on the southwest corner of Randolph and Jefferson, the 
Council House. Here the courts were held. Before this building 
was completed, court was held at the houses of James May, John 
Dodemead and Gabriel Godfroy. On September 13, 1806, an 
act was passed to build an edifice for the use of the supreme court 
and **such other purposes as may from time to time be directed 
by law" in the center of the Circus, and on November 3, a com- 
mittee, the governor. Judges Woodward and Griffin, was ap- 
pointed to make arrangements. This would be at the intersection 
of Woodward and Adams Avenues. Not until 1815 was this 
act repealed, and in the meantime no building having been erected, 
the supreme court met at various houses and in the Council 
House. In 1823 McKinstry and Palmer contracted to build a 



162 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

court house. This was finally completed in 1828 and was located 
at the head of Griswold Street. 

Public offenders were kept in the old blockhouse which stood 
within the limits of the newly platted Jefferson Avenue, or Main 
Street, where the Brush farm entered, and a short distance east 
of Randolph Street. James May was the marshal, and accord- 
ing to an agreement drawn up October 5, 1805, was to use this 
building until the end of 1806 unless sooner relinquished by the 
public, and then it was to become the property of the marshal "at 
the price of $250, of which $175 is considered already paid, and 
the balance due ; if the public use the blockhouse for a jail during 
the year 1807 the whole is considered to be paid, and nothing to 
be charged for repairs ; if the public use the blockhouse any fur- 
ther they are to pay Mr. May $75 a month and he is to charge 
nothing for repairs, and at that rate for any fractional part of a 
year." This building was used until the surrender of the city by 
Hull in 1812. It was then filled with soldiers and it was not until 
1817 that an act was passed to contract for the building of a jail 
*on the triangular piece of ground bounded by Gratiot Avenue, 
Farrar and Farmer Streets. The building was completed early 
in May, 1819. (C. M. B.) 

20. Donation lots. After the fir6 of 1805 the United States 
;government authorized the governor and judges to give to every 
person over seventeen years of age who was living in the town 
at the time of the fire and suffered thereby, a parcel of ground of 
5000 square feet. It was nearly two years after the fire before 
the governor and judges hit upon a plan which was satisfactory 
to all concerned, and in the meantime the destitute citizens began 
l)uilding upon lands which they hoped to receive as donations. 
This led to many complications when the plan was finally drawn. 
The citizens were divided into three classes : 

First. Those who were proprietors of lots in the old town 
before the fire. 

Second. Tenants or householders. 

Third. Inhabitants who were neither proprietors nor tenants. 
The inhabitants were numbered accordingly and drew their dona- 
tion lots by ballot, according to their classes. {Record of Pro- 
ceedings of the Governor and Judges' Original Manuscripts.) 

21. At the time of the fire Peter Desnoyers estimated that 
the losses of Jacques Girardin were to the value of £400. Girar- 



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din died at the age of 36, and was buried March 26, 1806, leaving 
a widow and several children. His widow settled his claims for 
herself and her children. She was Josette Drouillard and was 
born at Sandwich, U. C, October 23, 1773, daughter of Joseph 
and Mary Joseph Godfroy. Jacques and Josette were married 
January 27, 1790. She survived her husband by a few years, 
dying January 23, 1814. The family name was originally Girard. 
(Ste. Anne Church Records; C. Denissen's Genealogies, manu- 
script; Michigan Pioneer Collection, Vol. 1, page 347.) 

22. Richard Smyth (Smith) came to Detroit about 1800, 
bringing with him his wife. Prudence Brady, and a son, John, who 
was born in Lexington, Ky. In 1803 he was marshal; in 1804, 
sheriff; in 1805, county treasurer, and appointed coroner, which 
office he refused to accept because the duties were performed by 
the marshal. He served as justice of the peace many times, 
beginning in 1807 ; was one of the trustees of the town in 1818, 
and held several other important offices. In 1805 he had a tavern 
near the corner of Woodward, west side and north of Woodbridge 
Street, adjacent to Dr. Scott's place. He kept this tavern until 
some time in 1824, when it became the Saginaw Hotel and was 
kept by Jesse Holly. {Farmer's History of Detroit and Michi- 
gan Vol. 1, page 480.) In September, 1805, he was made lieu- 
tenant of cavalry at Detroit; was appointed major in December, 
1811 ; was colonel during the war of 1812, and in 1826 was 
appointed major general of mihtia. In 1807 he was also inter- 
ested in the hatting business and had a young man, John Mc- 
Chesney, apprenticed to him. {Michigan Pioneer Collections, 
Vol. 36^ page 183.) Three children are recorded — John Smyth, 
born in Lexington, Ky., and married at Detroit, November 6, 
1821, to Josette Godfroy, who was born in Detroit, December IL, 
1803, daughter of Gabriel Godfroy and Theresa Bondy. After 
his death she became a nun and Superior of the Order of the Im- 
maculate Heart of Mary (Hall-Godfroy Genealogy, page 96) ; 
Jane Smyth, who married Thomas Lyon of Michilimackinac, 
October 26, 1818, at Detroit (Genealogical Scrap Book III, page 
187, Burton's Library) ; and Martha Smyth, who married Jere- 
miah V. R. Ten Eyck, May 14, 1819. The last years of his life 
were spent on Grosse He, where he died March 9, 1836. He was 
buried from Ste. Anne's Church and the senate adjourned to 
attend the funeral March 11. His wife. Prudence, received a 



164 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

donation lot, No. 33, section 7, on February 17, 1809. (Diary of 
Detroit, Manuscript, Burton Library, and Manuscript, Vol. 34, 
page 29.) 

23. The Abbotts were among the wealthy people of Detroit 
and at the time of the fire lost heavily. Mrs. Abbott (Mary 
Barkle before her marriage) was the widow of James Abbott, 
who had died before July 25, 1800. His will was dated May 28, 
1799. At the time of the fire she had six children, all of age as 
follows : 

(1) Mary, born 1770, married December 10, 1789, to Wil- 
liam Hand, sheriff and registrar of Essex, Kent and Lambton, 
who died February 20, 1836, at Sandwich, Ontario. Mary died 
December 22, 1860. 

(2) Robert, born 1773 (or May, 1772), married July 24, 
1798, Elizabeth Audrain, ' daughter of Peter Audrain, and died 
at Detroit, 1852. 

(3) James (Judge Abbott), born 1774, married Sarah 
Whistler, daughter of Major Whistler, and died 1858. 

(4) Samuel, born 1775, married Miss St. Croix, of St. Louis, 
Mo., and settled at Mackinac. She was living at Green Bay, 
Wisconsin, in 1888. 

(5) Frances, born 1776, married Francois Baby, of Windsor, 
Ontario. 

(6) Elizabeth, born 1777, married Hon. James Baby, of 
Sandwich, Ontario, and died 1812. 

Mrs. Abbott died May 30, 1821, at Sandwich, Ont., where she 
was making her home with her daughter, Mrs. Hand. Her will 
was probated there June 4, 1821. (Memorial des Families Cas- 
grain, Baby, Perrault, Appendices G ; Records of Church of As- 
sumption, Sandwich, Ont.; Manuscript, Vol. 34, page 48, Burton 
Library; Early marriage licenses of Detroit.) 

24. Jean Legard put in a claim for a donation lot May 11, 
1807. On May 18, 1807, the claim was taken up. At this time he 
said that he was an American citizen and had fought in the 
Revolution; that he took the oath of allegiance to the United 
States in South Carolina. He said that he signed a paper pro- 
fessing himself to be a British subject through a deception prac- 
ticed upon him, being told that his family, who were on the way 
from Vermont to the Territory through Canada, would not be 
permitted to pass unless he signed the paper. He stated that he 



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considered himself a citizen of the United States at the time of 
the fire, and that he was still desirous of being such. The board 
decided to give him a donation lot. Judge Griffin dissented. {See 
Records of the Governor and Judges, 1805-1836, page 78.) Le- 
gard had already built on lot 60, section 1, or lot 59, section 1 of 
the old plan. {See Hubbard and O'Flynn Abstracts.Q He was 
later granted lot 57, section 3, and deed signed May 9, 1809. 

35. Mrs. Sarah Sibley, wife of Solomon Sibley, being neither 
a proprietor nor a tenant, fell into the third class and drew lot 
59, section 1, according to the said plan of the city first laid out 
by Governor Hull and Judge Woodward, upon their arrival after 
the fire. In the new plan, which was ordered to be drawn up 
September 8, 1806, this lot became 6G, section 1. {See Hubbard 
and O'Flynn abstracts.) 

26. Jean Baptist Durette was a baker whose father came to 
Detroit at an early date. Jean Baptiste was born in Quebec,. 
December 25, 1762, and married at Detroit April 18, 1796, to 
Mary Ann Renaud, who was born at Detroit January 13, 1774, 
daughter of Louis Renaud and Mary Ann Casse dit St. Aubin. 
She died and was buried at Assumption Church, Greinerville, 
August 11, 1859. They had eight children: Jean Baptiste Du- 
rette, born at Detroit January 22, 1797 ; Archange, born at 
Detroit, August 4, 1798; Gabriel, born at Detroit, October 26, 
1799 ; Theresa, born at Detroit, May 7, 1801 ; Francis Elias, born 
at Detroit, February 2, 1804; Mary Ann, born at Detroit, Feb- 
ruary 13, 1806; Victoria, born February and baptized March 20, 
1809 ; Mary, born June 23, and baptized July 3, 1811. Jean Bap- 
tist had already built upon lot 11, section 4, when it was drawn as 
Matthew Donovan's donation lot. {See Hubbard and O'Flynn 
Abstracts, page 193). Mr. Durette was one of those who signed 
the protest against selling the commons in 1811. In 1812 his 
name appears on the tax roll for highways for District 5. (gov- 
ernor Cass recommended his oldest son, Jean B., Jr., to West 
Point in 1820. In 1826 Jean Baptist was living in Hamtramck» 
and in 1836, his son Gabriel was living on the Fort Gratiot Road, 
1^2 miles from the city. {Denissen Genealogy, Manuscript ; 
Newspapers, 1826 and 1836, and Manuscript in Burton Library). 

27. Matthew Donovan came to Detroit as early as 1794 and 
started a private school. Among his pupils and patrons were the 
Askins and Grants. His habits became such that for a time he 



166 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

lost many of his pupils. In 1798 he wrote a pathetic letter to 
John Askin, which evidently had the desired effect, for in 1804 
he still had *'Alick" Askin as a pupil. On June 24, 1805, he owned 
two lots in Detroit with building materials, stone and brick, upon 
each lot. His name appeared among the first class of donees and 
he drew his lot December 31, 1806. About this time he decided 
to change his residence for Amherstburg, where one of his daugh- 
ters was married and living. He made his will on July 8, 1809, 
and died before July 31, that year. He left a wife, Mary, and 
several daughters: Catharine Donovan (Mrs. Welsh in Ireland) ; 
Mary FuUerton Donovan, unmarried; Sarah Elliott, wife of 
Matthew Elliott; Elizabeth Nelson, wife of Jonathan Nelson; 
Margaret Innes, wife of Robert Innes. Mrs. Matthew Donovan, 
Matthew Elliott and Robert Innes were executors of the will. 
(Manuscript, Vol. 936, pages 169, 202, 221; Vol. 931, page 234; 
Vol. 13, pages 18, 19, 26, Burton Library; Michigan Pioneer Col- 
lections; Farmer's History of Detroit, etc., Vol. 1). 

Sarah Donovan was the second wife of Matthew Elliott. She 
died at Amherstburg in March, 1869. 

28. At this point the river front has been reclaimed from 
Woodbridge Street down. The Merchant's Wharf was located 
in the middle of the water front on what is now Woodbridge 
Street, between Griswold Street and Shelby Street. 

29. Should be McCloskey. (See Note 18). 

30. This was the survey of the park lots. 

31. Elijah Brush came to Detroit from Bennington, Vermont, 
about 1798 after graduating from Dartmouth College. He imme- 
diately took a prominent position in the town, both in business 
and in military affairs. He was admitted to practice in the 
supreme court at its second session, 1805, was United States 
attorney, and had charge of many estates. He rose rapidly in the 
militia, attaining the rank of colonel ; was treasurer of the Terri- 
tory ; appointed November 26, 1806, to succeed Bates and as such 
was treasurer of the Detroit Fund. He was one of the stock- 
holders in Detroit's first bank. He signed the capitulation in 
1812, was paroled soon after Hull's surrender and went to Ohio. 
Returning to Detroit after Proctor's evacuation, he died in a few 
months, December 14, 1813. By his marriage to Adelaide Askin, 
daughter of John Askin, of Sandwich, he obtained property 
known as the Brush farm. They were married February 17, 



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1802, and had four children : Edmund A., who married Elizabeth 
Cass Hunt; Charles R., who married Jane C. Forsyth; Alfred B., 
born 1808, died April 12, 1870, unmarried; Semantha (Cymethia), 
born November 21, 1813, married George S. Meredith, May 23, 
1836, died January 17, 1842. {See Michigan Pioneer Collections, 
Vol. 37, pages 36, 134 and 450; Manuscript, Vol. 11, page 117; 
Farmer's History of Detroit and Michigan, Vol. II, page 1031). 

32. Detroit Fund was money which was raised from the sale 
of lots which were left after all donations were made, and also 
from the sale of the ten thousand acre tract, the same to be used 
to build the court house and jail. Mr. Brush had charge of the 
fund during his lifetime. He was succeeded by Robert Abbott, 
who served until January, 1830. 

33. Henry Hudson was a scapegoat who spent much of his 
time languishing in the old block house or the jail. At the time 
of the fire he was in the trading business and was accused of 
stealing a barrel of coffee from Charles Curry and some silver 
plates. He managed to clear himself after spending a few days 
in confinement. In 1816 he was keeping a tavern and doing some 
trading. At this time he lived at Grosse Pointe. In 1824 he built 
the second dock in Detroit and was on the census roll in 1827. 
His wife was Mary Watson. He had a granddaughter, Mary 
Jane Terry. {Manuscript Volumes, Burton Library; Records of 
Supreme Court, 1805-1815). 

34. John Connor was a shoemaker and cobbler who lived in 
Detroit before the fire and reported that he owned a lot 61x54, 
with building stone on it and valued at $192. He had already 
built upon lot No. 5, section 1, before November 1, 1806. It was 
drawn by Louis Lognon, who relinquished his claim, and was 
again drawn as a donation lot, this time by Gabriel Richard, who 
took $100 in lieu of the lot. He served in many offices, was con- 
stable of the court of quarter sessions in 1803, appointed marshal 
December 3, 1804, and again May 6, 1805. At the same time he 
was appointed clerk of the market and police officer. In 1806 he 
was appointed ensign of the company of light infantry in the 
Legionary corps within the bounds of the first regiment of militia 
in the Territory of Michigan. {Farmer's History of Detroit and 
Michigan; Sibley papers, Burton Library; Hubbard and O'Flyntt 
Abstracts, pages 2, 3, 62). 



168 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

35. Mrs. Urcelle Cadorette, Urcelle Begras dit Flauvel, was 
born at Detroit, November 1, 1759, and married Frances Cadoret 
at Detroit, August 7, '1773. He died and was buried at Detroit, 
September 26, 1801. Mrs. Cadorette was buried at Detroit, De- 
cember 5, 1818. She was the mother of thirteen children. 

36. John Gentle was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1762, emi- 
grated to Montreal, Canada, in 1783, where he married Martha 
Roy, a French Canadian. In 1790 they came to Detroit, where Mr. 
Gentle kept a general store and sold liquors at the foot of Griswold 
Street. At the time of the fire his losses were estimated at £500. 
He applied for a donation lot and on September 26, 1807, applied 
for naturalization papers. His application to become a citizen 
was refused, which also prevented him from obtaining a donation. 
Judge Woodward gave the decision against Gentle and his resent- 
ment is seen in articles which he wrote for the Pittsburg Com- 
monwealth and in the efforts he made to have Woodward and 
Hull removed. He very shortly moved to Sandwich and took 
part in the War of 1812 and the rebellion of 1837. In 1812 he 
was commissary in the British Militia of Essex, Second Regiment ; 
in 1823 captain in the same regiment and held that office until his 
death. During the War of ,1812 he resided in Little York 
(Toronto), but returned to Sandwich in 1815. He died at the 

age of 84 in the year 1846. (Burton Library^ Scrap Book, 51, 
page 34 ; Portfolio G, Notes taken from conversation with John 
R. Gentle his grandson). His children were John Gentle, born 
at Detroit, March 24, 1803, married November 4, 1845, Eliza 
Faulkner; (2) William; (3) Adam; (4) Martha, married Jen- 
nings, a Methodist preacher in Toronto; (5) Thomas; and a 
sixth child, name unknown. 

37. Mrs. Sarah Abbott was Sarah Whistler, daughter of Maj. 
John Whistler, Fort Dearborn, Illinois, and wife of Judge James 
Abbott. They were married in November, 1804, at Chicago, and 
returned to Detroit on horseback. She died October 4, 1874, 
aged eighty-eight years. {Scrap Book 5, page 45, Burton Lib- 
rary, an article written in Detroit News Tribune, entitled "Detroit 
in 18S7" ; see note 23) . 

38. John Connor, city marshal in 1805. Farmer does not 
mention another city marshal until 1817. William McD. Scott 
was United States marshal from 1807 to 1810. 

39. Elijah Brush, attorney general. 



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40. The Detroit Bank was established by an act passed Sep- 
tember 19, 1806. The capital stock was not to exceed one million 
of dollars, to be divided into ten thousand shares. Subscription 
books should be open the next day and closed in four days there- 
after. The life of the bank was fixed at 101 years. The officers 
were to be a president and four directors. The petitioners for the 
incorporation of this bank were citizens from eastern states. Wil- 
liam Flanagan, of Boston, was sent on to take charge of the bank, 
to superintend its organization and act as cashier. Judge Wood- 
ward was its first president. The company purchased two lots on 
the north side of Jefferson Avenue, west of Randolph Street and 
upon these lots erected a small building and opened the bank. 
Some opposition arose which quickly reached congress and a bill 
disapproving of the Bank Act was reported in the house of rep- 
resentatives where it passed late in February, 1807. On March 
3, 1807, it was passed in the senate and the bank went out of 
existence. C. M. B. 

41. Isaac Jones (see proceedings of board, January 28, 1809, 
this volume) was a merchant and hat maker in Detroit before the 
fire. Flis name appears among those who were here in 1806. The 
city was incorporated by an act of the governor and judges Sep- 
tember 13, 1806, and Isaac Jones was elected to the second coun- 
cil. He was in Detroit as late as 1809, at which time he con- 
tracted bills for dyeing materials. (Farmer's History of Detroit 
and Michigan, Volume 1, page 134; Manuscripts in Burton Lib- 
rary). 

42. David Stone came from Walpole, New Hampshire. He 
was in partnership with Shubael Conant & Company and did a 
good business until the surrender of Detroit on August 16, 1812. 
Later he was in partnership with Richard Hall Jones until about 
1813, when Mr. Jones died. His name appears in the third 
class of Detroit citizens, showing that he was neither a proprietor 
nor a tenant at the time of the fire. {See Michigan Pioneer Col- 
lections, Volume 28, page 631 ; Supreme Court Case No. 482 ; 
Detroit, 1836 to 1854, page 209 ; Manuscripts in Burton Library). 

43. Peter John Desnoyer (Denoyer), jeweler by trade, was a 
Frenchman born in the parish of St. Barthelmey, August 1, 1772. 
He came to America at the age of eighteen, expecting to settle 
upon lands which his father had purchased for him from the 
Sciota Land Company. Upon reaching this country he found 



170 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

that his purchases were worthless. He went to GalHopohs and 
very soon to Pittsburg. In company with Michael Dousman he 
followed Wayne's army and arrived in Detroit in June, 1T96. In 
July of that year his services were called into requisition by the 
government as an armourer. He continued in this service until 
November, 1803, when he resumed his business of silversmith, 
manufacturing chiefly Indian silverware and trinkets, so highly 
valued by the savages. He formed a partnership with J. B. 
Piquette and was burned out in 1805. Mr. Desnoyer married at 
Detroit, July 30, 1798, Mary Louisa Gobeil, who was born at 
Detroit, August 1, 1782, daughter of Jean Francis Gobeil and 
Vlary Rose Fortier. Desnoyer died at Detroit, June 4, 1846, ana 
his wife December 14, 1857. Their children were: 

(1) Peter, born April 21, 1800; married first, November 5, 
1821, Caroline Josephine Leib; second, Ann Hunt Whipple, who 
was born April 5, 1813. 

(2) Mary Louisa Rose, born November 12, 1801 ; married 
Louis Dequindre, November 26, 1817. 

(3) Charles Chrysologus, born December 5, 1803; buried 
August 6, 1804. 

(4) Emily, born at Assumption, Sandwich, Ontario, July 29, 
1805; married George Leib; died at Detroit, May 12, 1838. 

(5) Mary Magdelene, born at Detroit, May 17, 1807 ; buried 
February 23, 1808. 

(6) Victoria, born at Detroit, February 12, 1809; married 
May 23, 1825, Plenry Stephen Cole; buried at Detroit, January 
13, 1863. 

(7) Charles Robert, born at Detroit, July 7, 1811; married 
Elizabeth Knaggs, January 8, 1834; died August 16, 1846. 

(8) Francis Xavier, born July 29, 1813; married Louise 
Baird and went to Green Bay, Wisconsin. 

(9) Elizabeth, born August 1, 1815; married December 29, 
1835, to James A. Van Dyke. He was buried May 8, 1855, and 
she, July 13, 1895. 

(10) Ann Caroline, born October 19, 1818; buried Decem- 
ber 23, 1822. 

(11) Josephine Silvanie, born at Detroit, May 28, 1821; 
married September 6, 1847, to Henry Barnard. 

(12) Mary Antoinette, born at Detroit, August 17, 1827, 
buried at Detroit, November 20, 1834. 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 171 

{See Denissen's Genealogies Manuscript ; Palmer's Early 
Days in Detroit). 

44. Alice Wilkinson, wife of Dr. Joseph Wilkinson, Jr., and 
daughter of John Dodemead. {See Notes 98 and 127). 

45. Jacob Nado entered the employ of James Henry on 
September 12, 1800, and gave him $10.00 of his money to keep 
for him. His name appears in the third class of citizens entitled 
to a donation lot. {Manuscript Ledger No. 533, Burton Library). 

46. Mrs. Frerot, Genevieve Rancour, wife of John Francis 
Frerot, was born at Quebec, October 10, 1741, and was buried at 
Detroit, May 18, 1813. Her husband was a tenant in the old 
Town of Detroit and drew his donation lot among the second 
class citizens. {Hubbard and O'Flynn Abstracts; Denissen's 
Genealogies) . 

47. Richard Hall Jones was a merchant in Detroit. His 
name appears on an election roll in 1799, when he is described as 
having no property. During the War of 1812 he was very active 
and was one who signed the protest when Proctor ordered several 
prominent citizens to leave the city. His name appears to have 
been substituted for Ephraim Jones in the allotment of donations. 
He was in third class showing that he was neither a proprietor 
nor a tenant at the time of the fire. He died sometime between 
June and December, 1813. {Hubbard and O'Flynn Abstracts; 
Michigan Pioneer Collections; Manuscripts in Burton Library). 

48. Mrs. Catharine Lafoy, Catharine Bourdeau before her 
marriage to Augustin Lafoy, drew her donation before December 
31, 1806. {Ste. Anne Church Records; Hubbard and O'Flynn 
Abstracts) . 

49. Mrs. Catharine Mette (Catharine Peltier before her mar- 
riage to Theophilus Mette) had drawn lot 45, section 1, as her 
donation lot. This was erroneously entered by the secretary as 
lot 45, section 2, which was a part of the military reserve. She 
received this lot in lieu of the other (lot 45, section 2) upon with- 
drawing her claim. Theophilus Mette was in the second class, 
being a tenant but not a proprietor at the time of the fire. He 
appears as a printer on the title page of one of the large books 
printed on the press of Father Gabriel Richard in 1812. In 1817 
he is mentioned as a book-binder and was probably the first in the 
city to engage in that business. {See note 175a; Hubbard and 
O'Flynn Abstracts; Denissen's Genealogies). 



172 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

50. Pomp was a negro servant in the Abbott family. He 
was with them as late as 1811. His deed was made out to *Tom- 
pey Abbott." 

51. Mrs. Jane Cook claimed this as her donation, but it was 
rejected and she received lot 38, section 6, upon which she built. 
The deed was executed February 17, 1809 (Hubbard and O'Flynn 
-Abstracts). She was Jane Thorn, the daughter of a farmer on 

St. Clair River, before she became the wife of Abraham Cook. 
The Cooks kept a boarding house, patronized largely by army 
officers, and lost everything in the fire of 1805. (See Sketch of 
Abraham Cook, note 171). 

52. John Bentley and his wife, Mary, were both entitled to 
■donation lots ; John as a tenant in second class, and Mrs. Bentley 
in the third class. Mr. Bentley's lot was situated just outside the 
old picket line and on the northwest corner of what is now the 
intersection of Larned and Griswold Streets. He built a large log 
cabin on this lot with a garden on the Larned Street side. Here 
he took his wife Mary and his daughter Sally, wife of Thomas 
Nolan (Knowland) and her two children. He applied for a 
license to keep a tavern December 27, 1808. On May 11, 1809, he 
sold this place to Bridget Belcher. His daughter, Mrs. Nolan, 
was also entitled to a donation lot and had made application at 
the same time as her father, November 3, 1806. She obtained lot 
82, section 6, on the north side of Bates Street, between Farrar 
and Randolph Streets, fronting on the little park subsequently 
known as Deer Park, now occupied by the Metropolitan Police 
headquarters. Mrs. Nolan erected a dwelling house and her 
parents and children lived there for some time. Mr. Bentley died 
about 1816. The children of Thomas Nolan and Sarah Bentley 
were Sarah (Sally), who married John Scott and became the 
mother of James Scott, who was born December 20, 1831, and 
died March 5, 1910, leaving his fortune to the city for a memorial 
fountain; and Fanny, who married Abraham Noyes. In 1831 
Mary Bently, wife of John, purchased a lot on Franklin Street, 
built upon it and died there November 1, 1846. C. M. B. 

53. Augustin Longdon (Langdon, Longan, Langan) was one 
of the early New Englanders to come to Detroit. After the fire 
he built on lot 51, section 2, the old plan of the town or lot 58, 
new plan. Hubbard and O'Flynn abstracts say that this order 
to make a deed for lot 59 was probably an error for 58. This lot 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 173. 

was on the southwest corner of Woodward and Congress. It was 
low and marshy and Longdon had to fill it in before he could build 
upon it. This he had done by April 14, 1807. During the War 
of 1812 Mr. Longdon's house was struck by a shell and the family 
had a narrow escape {See Leake's History of Detroit, Volume 1, 
page 102). In a Detroit paper of March 31, 1820, Mr. Abbott 
advertises to sell a lot lately belonging to Augustin Longdon, on. 
Woodward Avenue, 22,500 square feet, upon which were a 'small 
house, a stable, a large garden and fruit trees. Mary Longdon,. 
the wife of Augustus, died September 21, 1824. He was one of 
those who, in 1807, signed a petition requesting a lot for a Pres- 
byterian church.. He signed his name "Augustin Longan." He 
was on the census roll in 1827. {Manuscnpt, Volume 450, page 
146, Burton Library; Michigan Pioneer Collections, Volume 12; 
Original petition). Their children were: (1) John Coulter 
Langan, born in Detroit, December 8, 1801; (2) Patty, born in 
Detroit, February 15, 1804, died the following 30th of April; (3) 
Susanne, born in Detroit, May 18, 1805 ; (4) Bevelly Tailor, born 
in Detroit, May 8th, 1810; (5) Augustin Harrison, born Detroit, 
October 5, 1813. Beverlley Tailor (Taylor) Langdon married 
Jerusha and lived in Greenfield, Mich. Their children were: (1) 
Sylvester Larned Langdon, born in Greenfield, June 9, 1830; (2) 
Euphania Sutton, born February 6, 1832; (3) Susanna, born 
Greenfield, July 1st, 1834; (4) William Woodbridge, born at 
Greenfield, August 27, 1836; (5) Margaret Rebecca, born at 
Springwells, November 9, 1839. {From the Family Bible of 
Augustin Langan). 

54, Archibald Horner was a cabinet-maker in Detroit. He 
was a heavy loser in the fire and was among the citizens who 
willingly consented to the redistribution of property by the gov- 
ernor and judges. He was, however, one of those who protested 
against the sale of the commons in 1811. He and his wife, Eliza- 
beth, both drew donations. Mr. Horner drew lot 60, section 2, 
upon which he had already built. The deed was executed Feb- 
ruary 17, 1809, but not recorded until 1818. Mrs. Horner received 
lot 52, section 7, as her donation. Upon relinquishment of his lot 
in the old town Mr. Horner received lot 9, section 1, in the new 
town. This deed was executed April 26, 1809, and recorded in 
1818. He also purchased park lots 28 and 29. Mr. and Mrs. 
Horner had two daughters : Sarah, who married Lewis Davenport 



174 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

on June 18, 1827, when the family was living at Brownstown, 
and Mariah, who died August 24, 1831, aged 20 years at the 
home of her sister, Mrs. Davenport. Sarah's daughter Anne E., 
married Dr. George B. Russel, whose son is George H. Russel 
president of the Peoples' State Bank of Detroit (in 1915). After 
Mr. Horner's death in 1812, Mrs. Horner married John Walker, 
and after his death, Elias Pattee, a Methodist preacher. Mrs. 
Robert Wagstaff was a half sister of Sarah Horner Davenport. 
(Hubbard and O'Flynn abstracts; Michigan Pioneer Collections; 
Sibley Manuscripts, Burton Library; Palmer's Early days in 
Detroit, page 550). 

55. Charles Poupard dit Lafleur was born at Detroit, Sep- 
tember 22, 1755, and on November 25, 1799, married there, Mary 
Felicity Campau, daughter of Simon Campau and Veronica Bour- 
deau. Poupard was a heavy loser in the fire, his losses being esti- 
mated at 400 pounds. Lot 7, in section 1, was the subject of con- 
flicting claims of Dr. WilHam Brown and Charles Poupard, but 
was finally deeded to Dr. Brown, and Poupard received lot 96, 
section 2, as his donation. Felicity, Mrs. Charles Poupard, died 
at Detroit, April 17, 1804, and in 1808 her mother, widow of 
Simon Campau, began a suit against Charles Poupard to recover 
her dower rights in certain property now in the limits of the city, 
which she had deeded to Poupard. (^See Supreme Court Record, 
copy in Burton Library, pages 124, 183). Charles Poupard and 
his wife had three children: (1) Charles Francis, born at Detroit, 
October 9, 1800; (2) Simon Poupard, born at Detroit, April 30, 
1802, married January, 12, 1829, to Genevieve Beaubien, who was 
born at Detroit, November 21, 1804, daughter of Lambert Beau- 
bien and Genevieve Campau; (3) Mary Magdalene, born April 
15, buried April 21, 1804. (See Denissen's Genealogies, Manu- 
script). 

56. John Kinzie was the son of John Mackenzie and his wife, 
Anne, widow of William Haliburton, of Quebec. John was uni- 
versally known by the name of Kinzie. He was born December 
23, 1763. His father died and his mother married in 1764, Wil- 
liam Forsyth. They first moved to New York and then in 1768 
to Detroit. John Kinzie ran away from home, learned the jew- 
eler's trade and when quite a young man started out to support 
himself. His family finally discovered his whereabouts and he 
was taken to Detroit to live with his stepfather. He then turned 



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his attention to trading with the Indians and estabUshed two trad- 
ing posts, one at Sandusky and one at Maumee. His first wife 
was Margaret McKenzie, daughter of Isaac McKenzie, of Vir- 
ginia. She and her younger sister, Elizabeth, had been stolen by 
the Indians in 1775, when only 10 years old and were found by 
John Kinzie and a friend of his. She had three children, James, 
William and Elizabeth ; when her father learned of her safety he 
sought her out and she chose to leave Kinzie and take her children 
with her. John Kinzie then made his home in his step- father's 
family and prospered in trade. On March 24, 1798, he married 
Eleanor Lytle McKillip, daughter of Col. John Lytle, of Penn- 
sylvania, and widow of a British officer, Capt. Daniel McKillip. 
In October, 1803, he took his family to Chicago, where he had a 
trading post and there he died January 6, 1828. He had lands in 
the old town of Detroit, which in the readjustment were covered 
by new property. He made claim for a donation and received lot 
57, section 4. The deed was executed February 17, 1809. On 
October 28, .1822, Judge Woodward moved that measures be 
taken to recover for the use of the fund the value of lot 57, sec- 
tion 4, for which a deed heretofore improvidently issued to John 
Kenzie as a donation lot, and then the following entry was 
ordered made, "that on the 25th October, present, John Kinzie, 
did, in presence of the whole board distinctly admit that he 
acquired no ownership in lot 57, section 4, anterior to the month 
of December, A. D. 1805." 

John Kinzie and Eleanor had the following children: John 
Harris, born October, 1803 ; Ellen Marion, born December 20, 
1805 ; Marie, born September 28, 1807 ; Robert Allen, born Feb- 
ruary 8, 1810. Mrs. Kinzie had a daughter, Margaret, by her 
first marriage, who became the wife of Lieut. L. T. Helm. {See 
Life of John Kinzie, Chicago's Pioneer by Eleanor L, K. Gordon; 
Hubbard and O'Flynn abstracts). 

57. Mrs. Catharine Provincal was the widow of Pierre Bour- 
geat dit Provincal, a blacksmith, of Detroit, who died and was 
buried October 7, 1796. At the time of the fire, Mrs. Provincal 
had five children; only two, James, born 1785, and Mary Ann, 
born 1787, were old enough to receive donation lots. The mother 
had already built upon lot No. 49, section 1, in the old plan, lot 44 
in the new, but did not receive this as her donation. Her lot be- 
fore the fire was on St. Joseph Street, 48 feet front by 57 feet 



176 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

deep. (Hubbard and O'Flynn's abstracts; Denissen's genealo- 
gies). 

58. Mrs. Louis Peltier (Teresa Catharine Renaud) was born 
at Detroit, December 10, 1776. She married Louis Theophile 
Peltier at Detroit, July 19, 1802. He was the son of Jean Bap- 
tiste Peltier and was born April 7, 1775. They had thirteen chil- 
dren, only three of them born before the fire: (1) Teresa, born 
April 17, 1803, married (first) Charles Stephen Duchene, (sec- 
ond) James Randall; (2) Elizabeth, born April 6, 1804, married 
Jean Baptiste Deshetres; (3) Ann, born May 26, 1805; (4) Fe- 
licity, born June 20, 1807, married (first) Joseph Aubin, (second) 
Joseph Campau; (5) John Mary, born April 20, 1809; (6) Mary 
Ann, born May 22, 1810; (7) JuHa, born February 18, 1812, was 
buried February 6, 1814; (8) Archange, born April 18, 1813, 
married Augustin Chapoton; (9) Louis, born November 19, 
1814; (10) Peter, born April 24, 1816; (11) Julia, born Decem- 
ber 19, 1817; (12) Justine, born December 24, 1819; (13) Fran- 
cis, born February 19, 1821, married Mary Matilda Lauson. 

Mr. Peltier's name fell into the second class, showing that he 
was only a tenant in the town. In 1803 he was keeper of the com- 
mon jail or prison of the county. He died and was buried April 
9, 1855. His wife was buried December 19, 1864. {See Denis- 
sen's Genealogies). 

59. Ann Provincal. {See note 57). 

60. Antoine Peltier, a cousin of Louis Peltier was the son of 
James Amable Peltier and Magdelene Levasseur, born at As- 
sumption, February 13, 1774, and married at Detroit, November 
5, 1800, to Monica Delisle. He was neither a proprietor nor a 
tenant in the old town. {Denissen's Genealogies; Original Manu- 
scripts) . 

61. James Provincal, oldest child of Mrs. Catharine Provin- 
cal. {See note 57.) 

62. Mary Anne Grefard, wife of Michel Monnette. Michel 
Monnette was in Detroit as early as 1799, when he bought a sup- 
ply of beef in October and November and paid for it by ''carting." 
He rented a small house on the commons of John Askin, for 
which he paid on October 30, 1801, one pound rent for one 
month. On March 27, 1806, he bound out his son Louis to Jean 
Baptist Piquet to learn the silversmith trade. The contract was 



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revoked in 1809. (See Manuscript, Volume 100, page 13; 
Ledgers 112, page 37, and 226 page 193, Burton Library). 

63. Probably Mrs. Agnes McLean, wife of David McLean, 
who died January 1, 1816, leaving his widow, Agnes, and the fol- 
lowing children : Agnes, who married Jacob Smoke ; Mary, who 
married Willard Hall; Prudence, the wife of John Young; 
Rachel, the wife of William Young; Elizabeth, the wife of John 
Murphy; Martha, who married a man named Roy and was a 
widow in 1840 ; John McLean left home about 1830 and nothing 
was heard of him afterwards ; Solomon McLean. David McLean 
received lots 61 and 62, section 3, after the fire. A law-suit arose 
in connection with this property some years after his death 

• (1840). (See Wayne County Chancery Court File 399). 

64. Catherine McNiff was a daughter of Patrick McNiff, who 
figured quite prominently in the early days in Detroit. He was 
one of the first surveyors, and came to Detroit while the British 
were still there. His wife, Catherine McNiff, was born in 1753 
and died December 17, 1838. Patrick died some time between 
1801-1804. They had at least four children: 

(1) Robert, who lived in Detroit at the time of the fire and 
whose house was the only one not destroyed He was born 1784 
and died April 16, 1844. 

(2) Margaret, who married Porter Hanks, January 7, 1807. 
Lieutenant Hanks was in command at Mackinac at the time of it 3 
surrender to the British and Indians in 1812. He was paroled 
and came to Detroit, where he was tried by court martial. During, 
the trial, August 15, 1812, a cannon ball penetrated the court rooni 
and killed Hanks. His wife died December 14, 1869, aged 83 
years and 3 months. For many years she lived in a house on the 
north side of Jefferson Avenue, between Bates and Randolph. 

(3) Eleanor married Lieut. Jonathan Eastman, October 16, 
1808. 

(4) Catherine was born in 1788. She lived in Detroit at 
the time of the fire and received her donation lot. She married 
Thomas Rowland, July 26, 1814. They had one son Lewis Cass 
Rowland, who died December 16, 1834, aged 8 years and 7 
months. Thomas Rowland died August 13, 1849, aged 65 years. 
He came to Detroit from Pennsylvania after the War of 1812. 
Mrs. Rowland died May 20, 1853, aged 65 years. Thomas had a 
sister, Sarah Griffin, who lived in Detroit and died there Augusi 



178 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

15, 1846, aged 54 years. Col. Isaac Rowland, adjutant general of 
Michigan, an older son of Thomas Rowland by a former mar- 
riage, married Catherine Armistead Mason, sister of Gov. S. T. 
Mason, September 10, 1839. They had four children : Elizabeth 
M. Rowland, Catherine M. Rowland, Thomas Rowland and John 
Mason, *'as baptised, was never called by the name of Rowland." 
They were all minors in 1851. Isaac was born in 1811 and died 
Jmie 14, 1850, aged 39 years. C. M. B. 

65. John Meldrum was son of George Meldrum and just old 
enough to receive a donation. {See Note 8.) _ 

Q>%. Mrs. Nowlan. {See Note 52.) 

67. Isidore Peltier was an older brother of Louis Peltier, 
born in Detroit, January 13, 1773 ; married there to Sophia Salo- 
mon' on October 8, 1798, and buried in Detroit March 28, 1815. 
Mr. Peltier's name fell into the third class, showing that he was 
neither a proprietor nor a tenant. {See Denissen's Genealogies; 
Original Manuscript), 

68. Cecille and Renette were sisters and daughters of Louis 
Reneau and Mary Anne Casse dit St. Aubin. Cecille was born 
at Detroit, May 6, 1785, and married Francis Giifard, November 
15, 1808. She was buried at Detroit July 29, 1837. Renette 
(Irene or Reine) was born at Detroit, March 18, 1783, married 
John B. Tremblay, August 3, 1818. She died of the cholera and 
was buried at St. Antoine, River Raisin, September 24, 1834. 
{See Denissen's Genealogies). 

69. Mrs. Mary Robinson received her donation and made her 
mark upon the receipt, but there is no deed to her found on file. 
She was probably the same Mary Louise Hubert who married 
John Robinson at Montreal. They were married by an English 
minister and came to Detroit to live. They had two daughters, 
Victoria, born August 29, 1806, and Matilda, born July 1, 1808, 
both baptized by the Catholic priest of Detroit. John Robinson 
was classed among the men who were heads of families but not 
proprietors of land, in the second class. He rented a house in the 
old town and was therefore entitled to a donation lot. His wife 
was in the third class. They probably had other children who 
were not baptized in the Catholic Church. John died sometime in 
the late '20s and Hugh Robinson, Archibald Craig and Hugh R. 
Martin were trustees of his estate. {Ste. Anne Church Records; 
O'Flynn and Hubbard's abstracts; Original Manuscripts) . 



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70. Mrs. Mary Ann Scott, wife of William McDowell Scott, 
daughter of George Meldrum. {See Note 8). 

71. Mrs. Richard Smyth; Prudence Brady before marriage. 
{See Note 22). 

72. Mrs. Maria Thibault (Marie Genevieve Deleil), wife of 
Joseph Thibault. 

73. Louis Thibault, Jr., son of Louis Thibault, who died and 
was buried November 28, 1800, and of Marie Anne Mainville, 
who was buried July 19, 1802. 

74. Joseph Voyer, Jr., was the son of Joseph Voyer and 
Catharine Charier. Joseph, Sr., died and was buried August 24, 
1805, his wife dying a few days before him, August 16, 1805. He 
left a brother, Charles Voyer, of Quebec, and a sister, Marie 

Therese, who married Ecuyer, devisees in his last will, 

together with Joseph Voyer, Jr., and William Smith, of Amherst- 
burg. Charles Voyer also had a son, Joseph, who came to live 
in Detroit about the same timie. He married Catharine Godfroy, 
August 29, 1810, and she was buried November 30, 1811, aged 
about 22 years. Their only child, Lucy, was buried December 3, 
1811, aged 10 days. {Ste. Anne Church Records, Detroit; Tan- 
guay; Records of Governor and Judges, page 111). 

75. Mrs. Agnes Varnet (this name appeafs in the records 
Vernier, Value, Valney, Vernet, Varnet, Vadney, Vadnait and 
Vadenai). She was the wife of Nicholas Varnier. {See Ste. 
Anne Church Records; Rough Minutes of Governor and Judges, 
No. 2A). 

76. Mrs. Catharine Watson, wife of John Watson, a tailor, 
in Detroit. He went from this place about 1821, leaving children 
behind him. {Michigan Pioneer Collections, Vol. 8, p. 556). 

77-. Mrs. Elizabeth or Betsy Welch, wife of Thomas Welch, 
a blacksmith who came to Detroit as early as 1799, and rented a 
place to carry on his trade on the Macomb plantation. {See 
Manuscript, Volumes 923, page 125, and 926, page 179, Burton 
Library.) 

78. Margaret or Peggy Welch was the daughter of Thomas 
and Elizabeth Welch. She married Benjamin Packard. {Hub- 
hard and O'Flynn abstracts). 

79. William Watson was at this time unmarried, but soon 
took Victoria Pearson for his wife. They were married by a 
justice of the peace. William came from Lexington, Ken- 



180 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

tucky. Victoria was the daughter of John Fearson, who 
was born in England, November 11, 1753, emigrated to Salem, 
Massachusetts, and came to Detroit as early as 1793. While in 
Salem he was captain of a whaler and continued to follow the 
occupation of captain on the lakes. He died at Detroit June 11, 
1835. He married a French lady from Canada, Maria Amable 
Lajumodiere, who was killed by lightning while sitting in front of 
her fireplace August 14, 1820. Captain Fearson had other daugh- 
ters besides Victoria : Clemence Fearson, who married Joseph 
Andre dit Clark; Felicite, who married George Johnston, of 
Green Bay, Wisconsin; Julia, who married William Whistler, 
ensign in United States regulars, and son of Maj. John Whistler, 
a brother of Mrs. Sarah Abbott. William and Victoria had five 
children: (1) John, born January 23, 1808; (2) an unnamed 
child, buried April 19, 1809; (3) William, born November 2, 
1811; (4) James, born September 2, 1814; (5) Marianna, born 
February 11, 1817, who married Cornelius O'Flynn, March 30, 
1837', and was the mother of the late Cornelius J. O'Flynn. {See 
Bench and Bar of Detroit, by R. E. Ross; Ste. Anne Church Rec- 
ords; Data from C. J. O'Flynn; Manuscripts in Burton Library), 
William Watson was one of those who signed the protest against 
the conduct of Col. Henry Proctpr in February, 1813. In 1815 
he served on the jury that acquitted A. E. T. Vidal, arrested in 
Detroit for rioting. {Michigan Pioneer Collection, Volume 36). 

80. There were two Willermys in Detroit at this time, Mau- 
rice (Morice, Morris) and Etienne. They were both in the list 
of property owners in Detroit in 1806. Etienne was in Detroit as 
early as 1804 and as late as 1820, when he was a witness at a 
wedding. He was one of the first to make application for a dona- 
tion lot, making it through Gabriel Richard on October 3, 1806. 
In Hull's report of those persons who had drawn their donations 
before December 31, 1806, **Morice Willermy" appears to have 
drawn lot 55, section 6. When the plan of the town was changed 
this became lot 64. On August 16, 1819, Maurice Willermy, who 
had in the meantime made his home in Monroe County, petitioned 
for his donation lot. On March 23rd, 1821, he made another ef- 
fort to get his donation lot and this time it is recorded as refused. 
{Ste. Anne Records; Record of the Governor and Judges as Com- 
missioners; Original papers; Hubbard and O'Flynn Abstracts), 



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81. Mrs. Harvey (Sally Wilson), wife of John Harvey and 
sister of Thomas Wilson. She died after a long illness at Jefifer- 
sonville, Indiana, September 19, 1822. 

82. John Harvey was born in Birmingham, England, about 
May 17, 1751. He married Mary Penrice in 1782 and had three 
daughters : Mary Penrice Harvey, christened October 10, 1783, 
married to Benjamin Pierce and died 1852 ; Ann Reynolds, chris- 
tened in January, 1786, married to William Hart, July 14, 1805, 
and buried August 18, 1863 ; Mary Yorke, probably born in 1792, 
left England October 23, 1822, to join her father in Jefferson- 
ville, Indiana, and resided with him until his death, December 5, 
1825. Harvey is supposed to have left England in 1792, just 
before his youngest daughter was born. He was a peddler in 
New York City for a time and then came to Detroit as early as 
1799. In 1801 he was established as a baker in the town of 
Detroit and had a bake shop located near the southeast corner of 
Shelby Street and Jefferson Avenue (or Ste. Anne and St. Honore 
Street). The fire of 1805 is supposed to have been started in his 
bake-shop. On September 24, 1807, he took the oath of allegiance 
becoming a citizen of the United States at Detroit. He was very 
active in municipal affairs ; served on the grand jury several 
times. In September, 1809, he offered a room in his house free 
of cost for the use of the court. Sally Wilson appears in the 
records of the governor and judges as the wife of John Harvey. 
She received a donation lot as his wife on December 18, 1808, 
and lived with him until her death, September 19, 1822. In 1809 
Harvey and his wife, Sally, sold part of their lands and in 1810 
or 1811 started for England. When they reached New York 
Mrs. Harvey refused to cross the ocean and they returned west, 
settling at Jeffersonville, Indiana, where Harvey hoped that a 
projected canal would soon build up a great city. Here they were 
both aft'ected by the climate and later died. After Mrs. Harvey's 
death, Maria Yorke Harvey came from England to live with her 
father. On May 18, 1825, she married Edwin Reeder, and on 
April 18, 1828, she died, leaving no children. John Harvey had 
died December 5, 1825, and Edwin Reeder was appointed, on 
July 13, 1826, administrator of his estate. Shortly after Mrs. 
Reeder's death he came to Detroit and lived upon the Harvey 
estate until his death. The property later became the subject of 
the famous Crane-Reeder suits. {See Manuscript, Burton Lib- 



182 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

rary. Volumes 96, page 96 ; 934, page 151 ; 954, page 44 ; 956, 
pages 90 and 223; C. M. Burton in Gateway, April, 1910, pages 
38 and 39 ; also Michigan Reports, Vols. 21 and 22). 

83. Peter Chatron (Chatran, Sharton) came to Detroit as 
early as 1802, when he had some bills for whiskey. In 1803 he 
was imprisoned for debt and begged for the privileges and bene- 
fits allowed debtors. He was a baker in 1806 and was probably 
baking for John Harvey, as he frequently ran bills for him as late 
as 1810. He received his donation lot and sold it to John R. Wil- 
liams for $10.00 on April 7, 1816. His losses in the fire were 
inventoried at 31 pounds. While Harvey and his wife were in 
Jeffersonville, Harvey wrote Solomon Sibley on December 18, 
1821, that many people were dying of "typhus" ; that Chatron 
was with him-and had suffered so with illness that he would never 
be able to do anything more. {Michigan Pioneer Collections, 
Volume 1, page 347 ; Manuscripts in Burton Library; Ste. Anne 
Church Records). 

84. Mrs. Audrain, Margaret Moore, wife of Peter Audrain. 
They were married in the east, came to Detroit about 1796 and 
from that day until his death he held nearly all the important 
offices of a clerical nature in the town. Peter was born in France 
in 1725 and came to Pennsylvania during the American Revolu- 
tion. Pie took the oath to support the Commonwealth of Penn- 
sylvania, becoming a citizen of the United States, October 2, 
1781. He lived for a time in Pittsburg and later came to Detroit, 
where he was appointed prothonotary and judge of probate and 
nearly all the early records of the settlement are in his beautiful, 
clear handwriting. He was justice of peace, register of the land 
office, secretary of Michigan Territory and held other offices. 
Their children were : James H., born in Bucks County, Pennsyl- 
vania, December 29, 1781 ; Elizabeth, born in Bucks County, 
Pennsylvania, November 14, 1783 ; Maria Caroline, born in Bucks 
County, Pennsylvania, September 24, 1785 ; Peter Duponce, born 
in Pittsburg, November 26, 1787 ; Margaret A., born in Pittsburg, 
January 24, 1790 ; Francois, born in Pittsburg, November 10, 
1791; Fany, born in Pittsburg, July 13, 1793; Peter, born in 
Pittsburg, April 13, 1795 ; St. Clair, born in Detroit, May 6, . 

Peter, Sr., was removed from office when 94 years old on ac- 
count of incompetency and old age, in the year 1819. He died 
October 6, 1820. His daughter, Margaret, was married February 



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15, 1806, to George Hoffman, who* came here as postmaster of 
Detroit, having been appointed July 29, 1805. Another daughter, 
EHzabeth Frances, on July 24, 1798, married Robert Abbott, son 
of James Abbott. {See Manuscript in Burton Library; Farmer's 
History of Detroit and Michigan; Campau Genealogy, Detroit 
Tribune, August 20, 1905; Gateway, March, 1910, page 36. 

85. The name John Anderson appears in old ledgers in De- 
troit as early as 1802, when he bought leather at James Henry's 
tannery. 'In 1805-6 John Askin mentions two John Andersons in 
his ledgers, one a trader in the Maumee region and the other a 
saddler in Detroit. The latter is undoubtedly the same young man 
whose name appears in the third class claim.ants for a donation 
lot after the fire, and in some of the records is marked "doubtful." 
However, he appears to have drawn lot 27, old plan, 28 new plan, 
section 8. A deed was ordered January 21, 1807, and was filed, 
unexecuted. Later on, December 19, 1808, another deed was 
ordered, but there is no record of this on file. {Hubbard and 
O'Flynn). It is quite likely that this is the same John Anderson 
who again appears in the records. He was born in the east (either 
Vermont or Connecticut) and attended the West Point Military 
Academy from October 9, 1806, to December 9, 1807, having 
received his appointment from Vermont. He served as second 
lieutenant of artillery in Detroit as early as June, 1809, as appears 
in an old account book of that year. In 1811 he purchased of 
William McDowell Scott, lots 52 and 54, section 3, the site of the 
Mariners' Church on Woodward Avenue. The same year he was 
appointed executor of the estate of Christopher Tuttle. He served 
in the War of 1812, at Detroit, and was made prisoner when Hull 
surrendered. He made an exploring trip into the northwestern 
and western country soon after, and in 1815-16 surveyed Lakc^ 
Champlain. In 1817 he was engaged in constructing the military 
road from Detroit to the Maumee River. In 1818 he was in 
Washington, D. C, when it was reported that he had died. This 
v/as later denied and on August. 21, 1818, he married Julia Ann 
Taylor, a Quakeress of that city. They returned to Detroit in 
September and in 1819 he surveyed Grosse Isle. They lived 
where the old Mariners Church now stands. Major Anderson 
took an interest in the affairs of the town and was very much 
liked. In 1821 he was elected vice-president of the Moral and 
Humane Society and in 1823 he bought a share in the Library of 



184 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

Detroit. In 1826 he was ordered to survey sites and fortifications 
on the New England coast, Hudson River, and Taunton and Wey- 
mouth Canal, Mass. During this absence from Detroit he was 
breveted lieutenant-colonel for faithful service, ten years in one 
grade. In 1833 they again returned to Detroit and Colonel An- 
derson made a survey of the shores of the northwestern lakes. 
He died September 14, 1834, at Detroit, Mich., aged 59 years. 
His widow, Julia Ann Taylor Anderson, died October 29, 1842, 
leaving her property in trust for a church, the Mariners' Church, 
at the death of her sister Charlotte. Thomas Anderson; of Potts- 
dam, St. Lawrence County, N. Y., and E. Rood, of Detroit, were 
among the heirs of John Anderson. (Detroit Courier, 1834 ; Cul- 
lum's Biographical Register of the United States Military Acad- 
emy; Historical Register and Dictionary of the Army, 1789-1903 ; 
Wayne County Probate Files, No. 19 ; Original Manuscripts in 
the Burton Library). 

86. Louis Benjamin drev/ lot 47 (old plan), 46 (new plan), 
section 6 and the deed was executed March 18, 1809. There is no 
conveyance on record nor on file nor is there any receipt by 
Benjamin on file. On January 20, 1846, Commissioner on claims 
recommended issuing of deed to them. February 1, 1846, a quit 
claim deed was executed to Louis Benjamin and his legal heirs 
and representatives in trust for rightful owners of the lot. (Hub- 
bard and OFlynn Abstracts, page' 229). 

87. There was a Jean Baptist Allard who was on the Brig 
Adams about this time. On January 22nd, 1789, a Jean Baptiste 
Allair, son of the defunct Pierre Allair and Therese Rochefort, 
married Magdelain'e Tremble. (Ste. Anne Church Records; 
Manuscripts in the Burton Library). 

• 88. Peregrin Bantrim (Banthan) was a private in Captain 
Thompson's company at Detroit from 1798-1800. He obtained 
the deed to his donation lot February 17, 1809. The lot passed 
by purchase into the hands of Maj. Joseph Farwell, who sold it 
for $5.00 (the- price he paid Bactrim) to George McDougall, on 
February 13, 1812, who in turn sold it to Charles Jackson (Manu- 
script, Volume 425, page 13, Burton Library; Ledger 282, page 
11, Burton Library). 

89. Widow Isabella Cloutier, possibly Elizabeth, widow of 
. Rene Cloutier, as the name Isabella and Elizabeth were confused 



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in the records of the Cloutier family. (Ste. Anne Church Rec- 
ords, Detroit). 

90. Dennis Campau was the youngest of the 12 children of 
James Campau and Catharine Menard. His sister, Mary Cecilia, 
born September 11, 1764, married first on May 7, 1781, Thomas 
Williams and became the mother of John R. Williams. Her sec- 
ond husband was James Lauson (Lozon), whom she married 
May 1, 1790. She died June 24, 1805. Another sister, Catherine, 
born June 13, 1779, married Louis Vessiere dit Laferte on June 
16, 1800, and was buried October 17, 1854. Dennis Campau's 
brothers were James, Louis, Joseph, Toussaint, Nicolas Amable 
and Barnaby. The other children of James Campau died young. 
James was born February 7, 1766, married on November 26, 
1789, to Susanne Cullierie dit Beaubien and died at Detroit, Octo- 
ber 5, 1838. Louis was born July 26, 1767, married at Detroit, 
October 26, 1789, to Teresa Moran. About 1800 he settled on the 
Clinton Riyer, where he had a general store. He attained much 
prominence in the locality in his interest in public affairs and 
was buried at Cottrellville, Michigan, May 13, 1835. Joseph was 
born February 25, 1769, and married May 18, 1808, to Adelaide 
DeQuindre. His descendants are among the Chapotons, Campaus 
•and Palms of Detroit. Joseph died at Detroit, July 26, 1863. 
Toussaint was born October 28, 1771, and was buried March 3, 
1810. He never married. Nicolas Amable was born October 20, 
1773, never married and was buried September 23, 1811. Barna- 
by was born June 12, 1775 ; married first. May 18, 1808, Teresa 
Cicot; and next, February 26, 1821, Archange McDougall. He 
was the father of eleven children. By his second marriage he 
had Alexander Macomb Campau, who died April 1, 1908. Bar- 
naby died October 8, 1845. Dennis Campau was born October 
10, 1781 ; married Felicity de Joncaire dit Chabert May 8, 1812, 
who was buried February 16, 1814. Dennis committed suicide 
December 17, 1818, being partially deranged at the time. (See 
Denissen's Genealogies; Manuscript, C. M. Burton). 

91. Mrs. Alice Connor, wife of John Connor. (See Note 
No. 34:). 

92. Mrs. Elizabeth Curry, wife of Charles Curry, formerly 
wife of Hugh Callahan, married Charles Curry, December 25, 
1804, and after his death, which occurred before the fall of 1810, 
she married James Chittenden. In 1824 William Woodbridge 



186 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

wished to get her testimony for a case and he wrote a friend that 
Mrs. Chittenden was sick and infirm and Hving at the house of 
Capt. James Chittenden on Grosse Isle. (Manuscript, Volume 
961, page 23, Burton Library). 

93. As early as 1790 Peter Curry was a ship carpenter on 
the Detroit River and in 1792 was cutting timber on land on the 
Rouge River to build vessels for Meldrum and Park and the 
Northwest Company. Previous to July 1, 1796, he had made 
and enclosed a small garden on this same land and had erected 
sheds and huts for the use of men working on the vessels. He 
entered claim for this land as private claim 340 and it was 
granted. On May 23, 1810, the property was sold to David 
Beard. Peter was captain of the Schooner Tracy in 1806. He 
drew up his will June 3, 1810, witnessed by Richard H. Jones, 
John Bently and Augustin Langdon and died the same year. He 
left everything to Catherine Donaghey, formerly Catherine Mil- 
ler. (See Note 209; American State Papers; Manuscripts in 
Burton Library; Records of the Supreme Court, 1805-1814; 
Wayne County Probate File 70). 

94. Presque Cote was the son of Presque Cote and Magde- 
lene Lafevre, who came to Detroit in the summer of 1771 and 
resided on St. Joseph Street. Presque, Sr., was a carpenter by 
trade and died before the fire. Precque, Jr., was born in Detroit, 
May 21, 1772, never married, and was buried in Detroit July 17, 
1845. His sister, Magdeline Cote, received lot 42, section 6, as a 
donation lot. His mother, Mrs. Magdelene Cote, received as 
donation lot 61, section 2, on May 9, 1809, and upon extinguish- 
ing her claim in the old town received lot 101 in section 2 on May 
5, 1807. She died and was buried at. Detroit April 6, 1815. 
Presque Cote, the son, lived for many years in his house on 
Woodward Avenue between Louis Davenport's house and a 
vacant lot on the northwest corner of Larned Street. (Denisscn's 
Genealogies; Palmer's Early Days in Detroit.) He bequeathed 
this lot to Ste. Anne's Church, which still owns it. 

95. Bazile (Basil) Crequi, son of John Baptiste Crequi and 
Magdelene Duchene, was born on the farm in Grosse Pointe in 
1781 and married at Detroit February 18, 1806 to Verpnique 
Renaud, daughter of Louis Renaud and Mary Ann Ca^se, dit 
St. Aubin. Veronique died and was buried at Detroit May 23. 



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1823, and Bazile married February 12, 1827, Cecilia Greffard, 
widow of Ambrose Tremblay. {Denissen's Genealogies.) 

96. Elizabeth Cooper, formerly Elizabeth Crown, wife of 
Alexander Cooper, was the mother of David Cooper. David was 
born in Montreal, Canada, November 25, 1789. His father died 
when he was a young boy, and he and his mother came to Detroit 
in 1799. He was bound out to James Henry until he became of 
age and his mother went to Michilimackinac, where she married 
a second time. David married Lovicy Mack, daughter of Col. 
Stephen Mack, in 1820, and had five children, one of them being 
the Rev. David M. Cooper, of Detroit. David Cooper died in 
Detroit, a very wealthy man, July 27, 187G. He was buried in 
Elmwood Cemetery. (C M. B.) 

97. Joseph Cote was buried March 13, 1.834, aged about 58 
years. This date exactly corresponds with the death of one 
Antoine Cote given in Denissen's Genealogies, who was born on 
January 19, 1776. It is quite possible that Joseph was christened 
Antoine. Instances of this kind are continually coming to light 
among the old French families of Detroit. Joseph was confirmed 
by the Bishop of Quebec in Ste. Anne's church, Detroit, July 2, 
1801, when 24 years old. His sister Madeleine was confirmed 
a few days earlier, aged 26 years. On August 16, 1801, Joseph 
was appointed on a committee to build the new Church of Ste. 
Anne. (See Ste. Anne Church Records, Denissen's Genealogies, 
Manuscripts.) 

98. Jane Dodemead was a thrifty, energetic woman. Her 
husband, John Dodemead, is supposed to have come to Detroit 
either with Robert Rogers or very soon after the British took pos- 
session. He was married to Jane — at Detroit, December 1, 

1780. Their children were : 

(1) Alice, born August 22, 1783 ; died in 1850. She became 
the wife of Dr. Joseph Wilkinson, Jr., and was. living at Fort 
Edward, 111., in 1835. (See notes 44 and 127.) 

(2) James, born March 27, 1785; died in 1818. 

(3) Elizabeth, born June- 10, 1787; married Charles Jouett 
(government Indian agent.) She died in 1809, leaving a daugh- 
ter, Jane H., who married Samuel Nothingham Sept. 4, 1823, and 
died in Christian County, Ky., in 1839. Mr. Jouett was the first 
Indian agent in Chicago. In 1812 he was appointed judge of 
Mercer County, Kentucky. In 1815 he returned to Chicago as 



188 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

Indian agent and remained there until 1818, when he resigned and 
accepted the appointment of judge of the United States courts for 
Arkansas. He died in 1834. 

(4) Ann was born January 5, 1789, and died 1850. On Jan- 
uary 25, 1807, she married Capt. Samuel Dyson, United States 
Army, commanding the garrison at Detroit. During the war of 
1812, Captain Dyson was in command of Fort Washington, Dis- 
trict of Columbia, and through a mistake in instructions aban- 
'doned his fort and permitted the English to take the City of Wash- 
ington. He was tried by court martial and dismissed from the 
army November 17, 1814. He returned to live in Detroit, where 
he died, leaving his widow and two children, Samuel T. Dyson 
and Jane Dyson, in later years lovingly called **Aunt Jane Dyson." 
After Captain Dyson's death Ann married Charles Jackson and 
had one daughter, Ann, who married, first, Leonard Watkins, 
and second, Jonathan Thompson. 

(5) John George, or John, Jr., was born July 10, 1791, and 
died, unmarried, in 1813. 

(6) Isaac was born July 8, 1793, and died, unmarried, in 
1818. 

(7) Mary, born March 29, 1796, went to live with her sister, 
Catherine Varnum, in Chicago, where she died in the spring 
of 1820. 

(8) David was born May 25, 1798, and died in 1836. 

(9) Catharine was born April 6, 1800, and when 19 years old, 
■on August 8, 1819, was married to Jacob B. Varnum, factor in 
the Indian Department at Chicago. In 1833, they were living in 
Petersburg, Virginia. (Manuscript, Vol. 4:25, page 6, Burton 
Library.) 

(10) Robert was born April 18, 1803, and died in 1828. 
John Dodemead, Sr., was extensively engaged in a mercantile 

business and at the time of the fire was one of the wealthiest 
citizens of the town. He lost everything in the destruction of 
the town and never seemed to recover from the shock. He was 
one of a committee of citizens who were requested by the gov- 
ernor and judges to draw up a classified list of the citizens of 
Detroit which would satisfy both the people and the government 
in distributing the donation lots. This list was handed in October 
18, 1806. After the fire he built a large hotel or boarding house 
-on Jefferson Avenue, where Shelby Street cuts through. It was 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 189- 

a favorite resort of the soldiers, and court was frequently held 
there. After Mr. Dodemead's death in 1812 his wife continued 
to run the house. There is a tradition in the family that when 
Hull sought to surrender Detroit he snatched a table cloth from 
Jane Dodemead's table to use as a flag of truce. Mrs. Dodemead. 
died August 15, 1822, in the sixty-fourth year of her age. (De- 
troit Gazette, August 16 ,1822.) John Dodemead was very 
active in the affairs of the town, was coroner from 1797-1801 ; 
trustee of the town when Detroit was incorporated in 1802 ; judge 
of the Court of General Quarter Sessions in May, 1803 and 1804; 
inspector of customs at Detroit in 1802, and in 1801: had charge 
of enforcing the ordinance for protecting the city from disorder 
and fire. {Original Manuscripts Burton Library, Vol. 425 ; Scrap- 
Books 4 and 5, Burton Library.) 

99. Mrs. Dyson, Ann Dodemead, wife of Capt. Samuel 
Dyson. {See Note 98.) 

100. There was a Durocher, volunteer soldier, in Detroit whO' 
rented a small house of Todd and McGill in 1800 and later of 
Askin. He may have been the Michel Durocher who drew this 
donation lot. The deed was executed February 17, 1809, and. 
recorded February 12, 1810. On March 8, 1811, he sold his lot to 
Joseph Cote for' $10.00. {Burton Library Ledgers 213, page 277 ;, 
and 226, page 149 ; City Records.) 

101. Donovan. {See Note 27.) 

102. Victoria Fearson. {See Note o.n William Watson,. 
No. 79.) 

103. Charles Guoin, jr., son of Charles Francis Gouin and 
Susanne Boyer, was born at Detroit July 17, 1787, and was 
buried July 31, 1835. His father was a small boy during Pon- 
tiac's siege of Detroit and gave an account of it which is pub- 
lished in the Michigan Pioneer Collections, Vol. 8, pages 344-351. 
The Gouins were among the early settlers of Detroit. The 
grandfather of Charles, jr., Claude John Thomas Gouin was born 
at Ste. Anne de la Perade June 6, 1710, and married at Detroit 
June 13, 1742, Mary Josephine Cuillerier dit Beaubien. The 
Gouin farm is private claim 12 and lies east of Woodward Ave- 
nue between Russell and Riopelle. It was claimed by Charles, 
sr.. Charles, Jr. was living in the town at the time of the 
fire and therefore claimed a lot in the third class. {American 
State Papers, Land Claims; Denissen's Genealogies'.) 



190 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

104. Robert Glass came originally from River Raisin and, at 
the time he was in Detroit, was not married. He returned to 
River Raisin, where he was married April 11, 1810, by Israel 
Ruland, justice of the peace, to Lucinda Tibetts. During the 
war of 1812 they were driven from their home. Robert enlisted 
in the United States service for 18 months and Lucinda went to 
Wayne County, Ohio, where she resided in her brother-in-law's 
family. They again went to housekeeping but this time in Clinton 
County, Ohio, and remained there until Robert's death in Decem- 
ber, 1815. He left a widow and one daughter in her fifth year. 
In August, 1819, Lucinda married Daniel Corliss in New York 
City. She made no effort to claim Glass's property in Detroit 
until January 22, 1826, when she petitioned for his donation lot 
or its equivalent. Henry S. Cole applied as trustee and obtained 
lot 67, section 8. {Original affidavit in City Hall, Detroit; Hub- 
bard and O'Flynn Abstracts; Manuscripts Burton Library, Vol. 
930, page 163 ; see note 164^.) 

105. Angelique Godfroy was a daughter of Gabriel Jacques 
Godfroy and his wife, Marie Catherine Couture. She was born 
October 12, 1781, married February 9, 1807, to Francis Lacelle, 
and was buried at Detroit June 1, 1808, which makes it unlikely 
that she received a deed in her maiden name at the time this 
deed was ordered, December 1, 1808. In one of the original 
reports giving the list of donations confirmed and deeds ordered, 
the name appears "Archange Godfroy." It is more probable that 
it was Archange who received the lot. She was a younger sister 
of Angelique, born on March 14, 1786, and married March 1, 
1810, to Joseph Bondy. She probably lived in Detroit until 1816 
as her husband was buried there November 11 of that year. She 
died an(| was buried at St. Antoine, River Raisin, May 1, 1823. 
{See Denissen's Genealogies.^ 

106. This name is found in the records Gobe, Gobeil, Go- 
beille, Gobeye, Gobey. John Francis, called Francis Gobeil, was 
born at Montreal in 1736, married before October 23, 1773, 
Mary Rose Fortier, who was also born at Montreal, in 1740. He 
was in Detroit as early as April 23, 1772, accompanied by his 
brother Joseph. Francis and his wife lived in the old town of 
Detroit, part of the time on St. Joseph Street and later on St. 
Louis Street. Francis was buried in Detroit March 17, 1818, 
and his wife May 7, 1819. Their children were: 



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(1) Mary Rose, born September 24, and buried October 5, 
1775. 

(2) Dominic, born June 27 and buried June 31, 1776. 

(3) Mary Frances, bofn June 20 and buried June 28, 1777. 

(4) Francis Xavier, born November 29, 1778, married Au- 
gust 1, 1818, Mary Louise Gagnier, who was born at Detroit May 
6, 1782, widow of Gregory Belanger, daughter of Isaac Gagnier 
and Mary Louisa Valle. Francis died before 1827. 

(5) John Baptiste, born December 19, 1779, was buried there 
October 3, 1848. 

(6) Charles, born at Detroit July 23, 1781, married before 
civil magistrate, Richard Smyth, February 15, 1810, Sarah La- 
gore, born at Montreal in 1796, daughter of John Lagore and 
Mary Robert. This marriage was ratified at Detroit April 24, 
T815. Charles died before 1821 and his wife was buried at 
Detroit, January 23, 1840. 

(7) Mary Louise was born at Detroit August 1, 1782, mar- 
ried there July 30, 1796, Peter John Desnoyers. (See Note 43.) 
Mary Louise was buried December 14, 1857. 

(8) Magdelene Gobeil born at Detroit November 2, 1786, 
was buried there September 24, 1808. {See Denissen's Gene- 
alogies. ) 

107. Mrs. Rachel Hatch drew lot 44, section 6, old plan, as 
her donation. In the new plan this was lot 43. The lot was 
sold to John Harvey. She was the wife of Roswell (Roswold) 
Hatch. 

107a. Miss and Mrs. Hall were mulattos. {See Hull's orig- 
inal report.) 

108. Jean Baptiste Picquet (Piquet), a silversmith, was born 
at Montreal in 1781, married at Assumption, Sandwich, Ontario, 
January 31, 1809, Eleanora Descomps dit Labadie, who was boni 
at Assumption. The couple lived in Detroit, where their children 
were born. Jean Baptiste died and was buried at Detroit April 
25, 1813. He was the son of Charles Amable Piquet and Jogetta 
LeDuc. After his death his widow married Duncan Reid, who 
died November 30, 1819, and was buried December 2. He was 
30 years old at the time of his death and was buried with Masonic 
honors. Their home at this time was on Jefferson Avenue. On 
August 28, 1825, Mrs. Reid was married by Rev. Gabriel Richard 
to Thomas C. Sheldon. Eleanor Labadie Sheldon died and was 



192 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

buried at Detroit June 5, 1853. Her husband, Thomas C. Shel- 
don, died June 13, 1854, and was buried at Elmwood Cemetery. 
Mrs. Sheldon had two sons by her first marriage, John Baptiste 
Piquet, who was born at Detroit, September 29, 1809, married 
Angelique Campau, daughter of Barnaby Campau, September 
16, 1834, and was buried August 25, 1851, and Charles Piquet, 
who was born February 4, 1813. By her third marriage she had 
four children : Rose Charlotte Sheldon, who married Henry Au- 
gustus Geisse, of Philadelphia; Alexandrine Macomb Sheldon, 
who married, first, John Barnaby Campau and, second, Richard 
Storrs Willis ; Thomas P. Sheldon and Eleanor Ann Sheldon. 
(Diary of Detroit, Manuscripts in Burton Library; Denissen's 
Genealogies, Manuscripts; Genealogical Scrap Book, Vol. 3, page 
195, Burton Library.) 

109. Daniel Lasselier (Lazaliere) was a brother of WilHam 
L. Lazaliere and a son of Jacob Lazaliere, who died in Morris 
County, New Jersey, in 1808. He was born in Richmond County ». 
New York, and was several years older than his brother William. 
He must have been in Detroit before the fire as both he and his 
wife were classed in the second class, tenants in the town at the 
time of the fire. Daniel left Detroit and on November 5, 1822,. 
made application for his donation lot, which he deeded to Abra- 
ham Lazaliere. Abraham deeded it to J. O. Howland. Abraham 
also owned lands in Washtenaw and Monroe Counties. In 1824 
Daniel Lazaliere was living in Junius, Seneca County, New York. 
(Index to Deeds; Affidavit of William L. Lazaliere made May 
22, 1824; Original Manuscripts in Detroit City Hall.) 

110. George Smart, a brother of Robert Smart (See Note 
No. 11) had been a citizen of the United States since 1794. He 
served on a jury in Detroit in 1801 and was living in 1807, when 
he signed a petition requesting the governor and judges to grant 
a lot for a Presbyterian Church. He died before his brother 
Robert, who became the administrator of his estate. (See Trans- 
actions of Governor and Judges, February 25, 1809, this volume; 
Hubbard and O'Flynn Abstracts; Manuscripts in Burton 
Library.) 

111. In Governor Hull's report of those who had drawn their 
donations before December 31, 1806, Zachariah Battles is desig- 
nated as being "at Mr. Bentley's." The deed for this lot was 
made out to John Luckett on March 23, 1808, and a power of 



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attorney from Luckett to Battles. (Hubbard and O'Flynn Ab- 
stracts. ) 

112. Charles F. Girardin was the father of Jacques Girardin 
{See Note 21) and outlived him at least a year or two. He was 
a master baker and kept a bake house in the '90s, supplying the 
troops and townspeople. He was born at Pointe Aux Trembles 
of Quebec, August 22, 1739. He married Mary Louisa Lecerf 
dit Lachasse at Montreal. She died before 1785 and Charles 
Francis came to Detroit where, on September 14, 1785, he mar- 
ried Mary Louisa Leclerc. He was one of the associate justices 
in the Court of Common Pleas when it was first established, and 
a member of the first board of trustees of Detroit, serving two 
terms, until 1803. His second wife was buried in Detroit Octo- 
ber 24, 1788. {Ste. Anne Church Records; Denissen's Gene- 
alogies, Manuscripts.) 

113. Thomas Carr died before March 2, 1809, and William 
McD. Scott was administrator of his estate. 

114. Agnes Crequi, wife of Jean Baptiste Comparet, was 
born at Detroit, January 13, 1777, and married there August 17, 
1795. She was buried at Detroit, January 7, 1809, and her heirs 
were Jean Baptiste (her husband), Frances and Margaret. They 
obtained the deed to this lot in 1822. {Denissen's Genealogies; 
Hubbard and O'Flynn Abstracts.) 

115. Francis Clair claimed lots 61 and 62, section 3 (these 
lots were also claimed by David McLean. See Note 63) for his 
ground in the old town and lot 27 old plan (28 new plan), sec- 
tion 7 and section 8 were accredited to him for donation lots. 
{Hubbard and O'Flynn Abstracts.) 

116. According to Hull's report of December 31, 1806, Louis 
Ducheneau had drawn among the third-class citizens, lot 83, sec- 
tion 7, old plan, or lot No. 46, section 7, new plan. On April 7, 
1807, Dr. Brown applied for the deed but the board ordered that 
Louis Ducheneau attend the meeting and satisfy them of his 
being an American citizen. A year later the deed was ordered 
to be made out to Dr. Brown. There was a Louis Duchaineau 
who died at Detroit and was buried by the priest on December 
15, 1807. He was about 60 years old and seems to have left no 
relations. {See Transactions of Governor and Judges, April 2, 
1807 ; Hubbard and O'Flynn Abstracts; Ste. Anne Church Rec- 
ords.) 



194 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

117. Pierre Galerno (Gallernau), a volunteer soldier in 1798- 
1799, became a wood merchant in 1800. He drew as his dona- 
tion lot No. 48 old plan (47 new plan), section 6. It contained 
6000 square feet and was subject to have 150 square feet taken 
from the southeast corner for an alley. {Hubbard and O'Flynn 
Abstracts; Ledger 213, page 83, and Ledger 197, year 1798-1799, 
Burton Library.) 

118. Lydia Hullibert (Hallibert) was 17 years old at the 
time of the fire and an inmate of the family of Sol. Sibley. Her 
birthday was either the 18th or 28th of December. Mr. Sibley 
entered a petition for her donation lot. {See original petition 
and affidavit by Mrs. Sibley, City Hall, Detroit.) 

119. George Welch (Wech) was a son of Bridget Belcher by 
her first husband. She was probably a widow at the time of the 
iire and had three children: George Welch, Catherine Welch (or 
Kittie Belcher, as she was sometimes called), and William Bel- 
cher. Mrs. Belcher died in 1815. Catharine was married three 
times ; first, to a Mr. Seymour, who did not live in Detroit. After 
Seymour's death she returned and married Lieutenant Bailey, 
who was killed by the Indians. She next married Elijah Willets 
at Birmingham, Michigan, in 1817 or 1818. George Welch was 
about 18 years old when Detroit was destroyed by fire. Catha- 
rine was 16 or 17, and William 12 or 14. George became a mer- 
'Chant and on November 28, 1814, was married by Rev. Stephen 
Lindsley, chaplain U. S. A., to Jane Jemison. (C. M. B.) 

120. Archibald Lyons was the son of George Lyons, an Eng- 
lishman, who was born in 1753, and Elizabeth Chene, who were 
married at Detroit in 1782. George was a trader and he and his 
family lived for some time on Hog (Belle Isle) Island. He 
owned land in the town on the north side of Ste. Anne Street 
and a cross road opposite St. Honore Street, but at the time of 
the fire this had passed into other hands and his wife, married a 
second time, was living outside of the village. He also owned a 
lot on the south side of Ste. Anne Street, between St. Honore 
Street and MacDougall Alley. He died of pleurisy in December, 
1794, on the Jones farm. West Detroit. George Lyons and his 
wife, Elizabeth, had five children : George, Archibald, Rose, 
Elizabeth and Catharine. Rose married Joseph Campau, Janu- 
ary 11, 1814; Catharine married John B. Cochois, January 17, 
1815 ; Elizabeth became a teacher in the Young Ladies Academy, 



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established in Detroit in 1804 by Gabriel Richard. After the 
tire she and Angelique Campau taught school at Spring Hill, 
two miles southwest of Detroit, where the temporary Church of 
Ste. Anne was located. The school opened September 9, 1808. 
Archibald Leo Lyons was born at Detroit July 30, 1783. He 
was an early trapper and spent much time in the woods in Sagi- 
naw County. He married a half-breed, French and Indian wo- 
man, who was present at the treaty with the Saginaw Indians. 
His Indian name was Wa-she-ba-ga and his Indian wife's, 
''Catharine." He had one daughter by this marriage, Elizabeth, 
born July 15, 1811, and baptized at Detroit May 31, 1813. This 
child was brought up in the family of Rose Campau, her aunt. 
Elizabeth's Indian name was Mokitchenoqua. At the treaty of 
Saginaw a piece of land was set aside for her, and out of this 
grew a suit in the Chancery Court. {See Walker Chancery, page 
123.)^ Elizabeth was married twice. On November 12, 1833, she 
married Bellamy Lachapelle, who died the following year, and on 
January 18, 1846, she married John Baptiste Sequin dit Lade- 
route, who died September 16, 1850. Elizabeth died and was 
buried July 13, 1871. Archibald Lyons married for his second 
wife, Elizabeth Lydia Roy. By this marriage he had five chil-' 
dren : Archibald, born 1826, died in Libby Prison in 1863 ; Ann 
(Nancy) born 1828, married. May 15, 1854, Henry William 
Deare; Catharine, born 1829; George Thomas, born 1831; 
Charles, born 1835. 

, Archibald was supposed to have been drowned near Bay 
City, Michigan, in 1837, and his body never recovered; however, 
when his daughter Elizabeth was married in 1833 he was spoken 
of as ''defunct." Mrs. George Lyons, his mother, after the death 
of her husband, married George Knaggs in 1795. {Michigan Pio- 
neer Collections, Vol. 26, page 524 ; History of Saginaw County, 
1881, page 162; Ste. Anne Church Records; Original Docu- 
ments.) 

121. Charles Curry was a merchant in Detroit as early as 
1798, as at that time his right to vote was contested and he was 
described as only "lately arrived, has no property known." For 
a while he represented the Albany firm of Robison and Martin 
in Detroit and must have been related to both men, as is inferred 
from the personal and familiar way in which he writes his busi- 
ness letters to them. He soon became one of the prominent mer- 



196 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

chants of the town and acquired property. He was elected one 
of the trustees of the town in 1803 and served as county com- 
missioner the same year. On December 25, 1804, he married 
EHzabeth Callahan, widow of Hugh Callahan, who also owned 
property in Detroit. At the time of the fire he was one of those 
who suffered and when the town was replatted obtained property 
to cover these losses. This property was lot 1, section 3, known 
as Curry's Corner, and from it all the measurements of the new 
plan were taken. It was located on the southwest corner of 
Woodward and Jefferson Avenues. On February 6, 1806, he 
was appointed quartermaster to the Legionary Corps of Michigan 
Militia. On September 30, 1807, he applied to become a citizen 
of the United States and was admitted. He died and his will 
was probated in September, 1810. His wife soon after married 
James Chittenden and is mentioned by J. R. Williams in a letter 
written in 1813 as Mrs. Chittenden, late Mrs. Curry. {See Note 
92 ; Manuscripts Volumes in Burton Library; Supreme Court 
Records, 1805-1815 ; Farmer's History of Detroit and Michigan; 
Michigan Pioneer Collections.) 

122. Hugh Callahan (Callaghan, Calligan) is described in 
1798 as having "no freehold, is about purchasing a home." He 
is mentioned in that year as having driven a herd of branded 
cattle from Hamilton to Detroit, with the assistance of Peter 
Dillon. He took contracts for furnishing candles and pork for 
the government, sending them to Fort W^ayne and the other 
stations in the northwest. He had a large contract on hand at 
the time of his death, which was between March 14 and May 
13, 1801. His wife was administratrix of his estate. He owned 
land in the old town located on the southwest comer of St. Anne 
Street and McDougall Alley, which ran through to St. Louis 
Street. His estate, consisting of two lots, at the time of the fire 
was valued at $382. {See Michigan Pioneer Collections, Vol. 36 ; 
Manuscript Volumes Burton Library; Hubbard and O'Flynn 
Abstracts; Report on Sibley's Election, 1798.) 

123. Hugh R. Martin, of New York State, was one of the 
land owners in Detroit before the fire. He was also a stock- 
holder in the first Detroit Bank, owning five shares. In 1809 he 
was on a grand jury which was paneled to investigate into Gov- 
ernor Hull's official conduct. In 1807 he was made quarter- 
master with the rank of lieutenant in the Legionary Corps. He 



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filed his petition for a donation lot November 25, 1806, request- 
ing the lot adjoining Charles Curry's fronting on Main Street. 
He had already built a dwelling house and barn upon the lot. 
For a time Hugh Martin was in partnership with Curry, repre- 
senting the firm of Robison and Martin, of Albany. He returned 
to New York State and served in the war of 1812, was appointed 
captain of the Thirteenth Infantry March 12, 1812, and major of 
the Twenty-second Infantry September 12,, 1814. He was honor- 
ably discharged June 15, 1815. In 1821 and 1822, while residing 
in Schenectady, he wrote Sol. Sibley asking him to use his influ- 
ence to get him the appointment of postmaster at that place. 
(Manuscripts in Burton Library; Petition for donation, City 
Hall; Ledgers in Burton Library.) 

124. Louis Lognon (Lonion) was one of the residents of 
Detroit at the time of the fire, owning property. He drew as his 
donation, lot 1, section 3, which was also drawn by Charles Curry. 
He finally received lot 5, section 1. Louis was born in Quebec 
in 1765 and married in Detroit January 30, 1814, to Mary Louisa 
Drouillard. He died and was buried at Detroit, January 9, 1823, 
leaving four minors : Louis, Gilbert, Lucy and Moses. He was 
owner of the Lognon farm, land at Harrison and National Ave- 
nues in Detroit. His widow Mary married Gilbert Bagnall. 
(C M. B.; Denissen's Genealogies; Ste. Anne Church Records.) 

125. Mrs. Margaret McNeal (Neil) was the wife of Daniel 
McNeal. Before the fire the McNeals owned a lot on old St. 
Joseph Street, between the house of the Welch heirs and Francis 
Gobeil. The lot was purchased of James May on May 15, 1802. 
{Manuscript, Vol. 34, page 68, Burton Library.) At the time 
of the fire Daniel McNeal's losses were inventoried at $480, 
besides the value of his lot, which was $266. On June 7, 1807, 
he purchased of James May lot 64, section 4. He was among 
the men who petitioned the governor and judges for a lot for a 
Presbyterian Church in 1807 and signed the protest against the 
sale of the Detroit Commons in 1811. {Manuscript, Vol. 450, 
page 146; Michigan Pioneer Collections, Vol. 36.) Both Mr. and 
Mrs. McNeal were* dead before 1817, at which time the sons, 
Daniel, a soldier in the United States Army, and John, a master 
Mason, of Quebec, P. Q., sold the Detroit property. In these 
deeds Mrs. McNeal is called ''Catharine," but is undoubtedly the 



198 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

same as "Margaret." (Manuscript, Vol. 34, pages 62-64, Burton 
Library.) 

126. Mrs. Julia Legard, wife of Jean Legard (see note 24), 
claimed this lot as built upon on December 1, 1808. Legard peti- 
tioned for his wife and himself for lots 57 and 58, section 3. He 
had previously petitioned on November 16, 1808, for lot 66, sec- 
tion 1. On the 13th of December, 1808, he petitioned to be 
allowed to locate his donation on lot 57, section 3, the same lot on 
which Mrs. Sarah Abbott claimed to have made improvements 
"for three years back and continued." (Hubbard and O'Flynn 
Abstracts). 

127. Dr. Joseph Wilkinson, jr., married Alice Dodemead, the 
oldest daughter of John . Dodemead (see note 98). He was 
trustee of the town in 1805 ; coroner in 1804 ; collector of customs 
in 1805-1806 ; was appointed lieutenant in the First Regiment of 
Militia September 17, 1805, but declined and the position was 
filled by Benjamin Chittenden. In 1806 his customs accounts 
were questioned. He was imprisoned and released after an order 
of June 6, 1809. His bondsman was James Abbott. (Michigan 
Pioneer Collections, Vol. 37 ; Farmer's History of Detroit and 
Michigan, Vol. 1.) 

128. Francois Lapage came from the Parish of the Island 
of Perrault, diocese of Quebec. He married Catherine Mette on 
November 18, 1806. (Ste. Anne Church Records.) 

129. Abner P. Ackley claimed this lot as built upon. On 
May 9, 1809, the deed was executed to William Scott, adminis- 
trator of Ackley's estate. . (See Hubbard and O'Flynn Ab- 
stracts. ) 

130. Catharine Godfroy was daughter of Gabriel Jacques 
Godfroy and Marie Catherine Couture. Her sisters, Angelique 
and Archange, were also entitled to donation lots. She was born 
in Detroit March 12, 1789, married August 29, 1810, to Joseph 
Voyer, and was buried at Detroit November 30, 1811. (See 
Denissen's Genealogies.) 

131. This lot (104, section 3) was on the water's edge on 
the corner of Griswold Street. Peter Bezeau did not receive it 
because of a ruling of the board in September, 1806, that no 
donations should be granted on Main Street or between Main 
Street and the water, as these lots were generally required to 
adjust old claims. At that time Bezeau and others had already 



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built upon these lots and their buildings and materials were 
ordered sold at auction. Peter was probably the oldest child of 
Joseph Bezeau and Mary Ann Plessis dit Belair, who were mar- 
ried at Montreal September 10, 1781, and seem to have come to 
Detroit about 1792. Joseph was a. carpenter and in 1798 rented 
a house belonging to John Askin, near Mr. Campau's house. 
Joseph's wife died and was buried at Detroit November 3, 1803. 
There is no record of the burial of Joseph or Peter in Ste. Anne's. 
A young daughter, Archange, was buried October 1, 1808, at 
St. Antoine, River Raisin. The family may have gone there to 
live as the name is found there. (Dcnissen's Genealogies; 
Ledger ^IZ, pages 72, 77, 319, Burton Library.) 

132. Monique F. Labadie v/as daughter of Pierre Descomptes 
Labadie, who built the old Labadie house on the Labadie farm, 
now called the Porter farm. Her sisters, Josette, married 
Whitmore Knaggs and Margaret, married James May. Monique 
was born at Detroit June 2, 1787, and married Antoine Beau- 
bien on February 23, 1829. She taught school with Elizabeth 
Lyons and Elizabeth Williams (sister of John R. Williams) in a 
building which stood on the east side of Randolph Street between 
Earned and Congress Streets. Elizabeth Williams was among 
the earliest applicants for a donation lot for a girls' school,, 
having applied on October 3, 1806, together with Angelique 
Campau. Monique died at Detroit, December 22, 1851, and was 
buried in Mt. Elliott Cemetery. {See Denissen's Genealogies; 
Knaggs' Genealogy, pages 15, 17, 26.) 

133. Nancy Thorn Geel was the wife of Abraham Geel (Gill,. 
McGill), a blacksmith in Detroit before the fire. Mr. Geel was 
one of those who signed the petition requesting a lot for a Pres- 
byterian Church in 1807. In 1812 he was serving in the war 
with the rank of first lieutenant. He was sent to River Raisin 
that year on duty. He died some time before July 26, 1814. In 
1833 the city made plans to open Earned Street across Randolph, 
cutting off some of the property held by his heirs. His daughter 
Caroline married Jefferson Morrison, February 17, 1836. 
(Michigan Pioneer Collections, Vols. 8 and 26; Manuscripts in 
Burton Library; Common Council Proceedings for year 1833.) 

134. William Allen was a tanner in Detroit as early as 1800. 
In 1802 his taxable property, a house and lot 50 feet front by 1 
arpent in depth, was valued at 100 piasters. He was the son of 



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John Allen and Marguerite Healy, of Maryland, Protestants. 
On September 21, 1801, he married at Detroit, Clair Rhode 
(Rode), a daughter of Girard Rhode and an Indian woman. 
Clair was baptized when 8 months old, on June 17, 1785. At 
the marriage, Allen promised to allow the children to be brought 
up in the Roman Catholic faith. Their children were all born in 
Detroit; Joseph, born March 23, 1803; Catherine, born March, 
1805 ; Margaret, born October 22, 1807 ; Charles, born October 
20, 1809. There was also at Detroit a William Allen, who mar- 
ried Elizabeth Fleming. They were both Protestants. Their 
daughter, Mary Allen, was born July 5, 1815, and baptized later 
in the month, neither parent being present. (Ste. Anne's Church 
Records; Dennisen's Genealogies). 

135. Robert Abbott was a brother of Judge James Abbott 
and son of James and Mary Abbott {See Note 23). Robert was 
the third treasurer of the Territory of Michigan, and as such be- 
came the treasurer of the Detroit Fund from 1813-1830. He was 
the first auditor general of Michigan, 1836-1839 ; county com- 
missioner, 1819. When the Town of Detroit was incorporated in 
1802 he was assessor and in 1803 he was trustee. He lived some 
time in Mackinac, where his brother Samuel was interested in the 
fur trade. He died in Detroit in 1852. 

136. Mrs. Cook (Jane Thorn). {See note on Abraham 
Cook, No. in). 

137. Isaac Day and his wife, Mary, came to Detroit some- 
time before the fire and seem to have been employed about the 
tannery of James Henry. On May 1, 1805, they were paid by 
him for seven months' services. Isaac was a sort of jack-of-all 
trades. He was keeper of the old block house on Jefferson Ave- 
nue between Brush and Randolph Streets, used as a jail. Part 
of this structure was used for a public weighing house and Day 
was weighmaster and also auctioneer. He had a son, Moses 
Day, well known in later days. Dr. Whiting said that Day was 
called "General" and that he was very precise and military look- 
ing. In 1818 Day was appointed chimney sweeper by the board 
of trustees. He was also at one time crier of the Territorial 
supreme court. He resided in the new town many years. {Scrap 
Book 3, page 100, notes by R. B. R., Burton Library ; Ledger in 
Burton Library No. 247). 



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138. John Dilhet was a Sulpitian priest who came to America 
about 1796. In 1797 he was sent west with Gabriel Richard to 
succeed Levadoux in his ministry in and about Detroit. Dilhet 
went to the River Raisin, where he remained some time as a mis- 
sionary priest and Richard to Detroit. In 1802 he seems to have 
spent some time in Detroit and in 1804 he came to Detroit in 
order to help Richard with his many duties. He also started a 
clerical school, which he continued up to the time of his departure 
and then left it in the hands of Richard. He left Detroit on 
October 14, 1805. The deed for his lot never seems to^have been 
recorded. {See Hubbard and O'Flynn Abstracts; Dilhet' s Manu- 
script Account of the Catholic Church in America, Burton Lib- 
rary; Ste. Anne's Church Records). 

139. Thomas Coles' (Cowles) name was among the people 
in Detroit who were entitled to a donation lot, but neither pro- 
prietors nor tenants. At the time his donation was drawn he was 
at Mackinac and J. Anderson appeared as his attorney. From 
some accounts it would appear that he was a tinsmith. Later he 
settled in Monguagon where, in 1826, he died. Abraham C. 
Truax and John A. Rucker were commissioners of his estate. 
{Detroit Herald, June 9, 1826; Manuscripts in Burton Library.) 

140. Albert Hill appears among the third class citizens. The 
word "dubious" follows his name in the records, questioning his 
right to a donation. However, he was allowed to draw a lot and 
did so December 31, 1806. In one record his name appears 
"Abraham" Hill. 

141. Benjamin Chittenden claimed lot 38, section 8 (new 
plan), as built upon and by some error the deed was made out 
lot 35. He was not a proprietor nor the head of a family at the 
time of the fire. Judges Woodward and Bates placed him in 
fourth class. His name was omitted in the report handed in by 
Dodemead and others. Benjamin was a carpenter and had a 
cabinet shop next to Louis Lognon's bakery. He was in business 
in Detroit as early as 1802 and was still living here in 1822. 
{Michigan Pioneer Collections, Volume 31, page 582 ; Manu- 
scripts in Burton Library) . 

142. Robert Monroe was in Detroit as early as 1803, when 
he was fined for keeping a "stove pipe," which at that time was 
an offence against the fire protection ordinance. He refused to 
pay his fine, but upon removing the "nuisance" was excused. He 



202 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

was agent of the public stores and attorney to settle the estate of 
John Francis Hamtramck. In 1805 he wrote Governor Harrison 
an account of the fire. He left Detroit in 1806, traveling to 
Washington, D. C, New York City and finally went to Kingston, 
Jamaica, where he visited a brother, a practicing lawyer, whom 
he had not seen for twelve years. He again returned to America. 
He died at Washington, D. C. His will was proved and allowed 
May 14, 1819. The executors named in the will were James 
Kincaid and John Murdock. Munroe left two sons, Robert and 
James, who were in Pennsylvania in 1827. (Sibley Papers; 
Farmers' History of Detroit and Michigan, Vol. 1, page 490). 

143. John Skeiggs; this name appears in the records Skeggs, 
Skaggs, John S. Keggs. 

144. Col. Henry Burbeck, colonel of artillery and engineer 
department, honorably discharged June 15, 1815, died October 2, 
1848. 

145. Gen. Henry Dearborn, secretary of war, 1801-1809; 
commander of the Army of the Northwest during the War of 
1812 ; president of the court martial in the trial of Gov. William 
Hull for the surrender of Detroit. 

146. Antoine Nevue dit Francoeur was born at Montreal in 
1783 and married at Detroit, April 29, 1806, Geneveva Houde, 
who was born at Detroit, November 10, 1788, daughter of 
Michael Houde and Mary Lemay (Meny, according to Denis- 
sen). Geneveva died of cholera and was buried at Detroit, Aug- 
ust 18, 1834. Between the 1st and 20th of August that year 189 
persons died of cholera in Detroit. Antoine was buried at 
Detroit, June 30, 1850. He was a house carpenter and purchased 
lot 74, section 1, of Solomon Sibley, May 26, 1817. This lot had 
formerly been the property of William Flanagan who, upon his 
death, left it to his father, Barnabas, who in his turn deeded it to 
Sol. Sibley. {Denissen's genealogies ; Abbott papers, Vol. 34,. 
page 59, Burton Library; Ste. Anne Church Records). 

147. Benjamin Woodworth, the famous hotel-keeper, came 
to Detroit from Scituate, Massachusetts, about 1806. He was a 
carpenter by trade and was soon engaged in building. He erected 
a house for himself on the northwest corner of Randolph and 
Woodbridge Streets in 1807 and subsequently enlarged it into the 
noted Steamboat Hotel. Here he lived until 1846, except during 
the years 1812-1813. On July 26, 1807, he was married by the 



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justice of the peace, George McDougall, to Rachel Dicks. She 
came from Grosse Isle and died in 1856. They had two sons and 
two daughters. One of the sons was drowned at the foot of 
Randolph Street ; the other, Samuel, helped his father for many 
years in the hotel. He finally bought a boat, of which he was the 
captain, and was killed in an explosion on the vessel. The 
daughters both married ; one before 1830. The other, Ann, mar- 
ried Simon Brown, who became colonel of Michigan cavalry. 
The hotel burned down in 1848. (Palmer's .Early Days in De- 
troit; Case of Farmers' and Mechanics' Bank vs. City of Detroit, 
File 294, Chancery). 

148. Conrad Seek was stolen, with a younger brother, from 
their home in Kentucky, by a band of Indians from the frontier. 
Later he was purchased by a trader and taken to Montreal, where 
he learned the tailor's trade. His brother remained with the 
Indians until his death in 1826 or 7. Conrad was in Detroit 
some time before the fire and owned a lot on the south side of 
St. Louis Street, west of Campau Alley, very near the Merchants' 
Wharf, and valued at $123.50. He followed his trade as a tailor 
and inventoried his loss at the time of the fire at 260 pounds. He 
was appointed collector of the town in 1802 to fill the place 
vacated by William Smith. In 1804 he was appointed. constable. 
On October 2, 1805, he was appointed lieutenant in the First 
Regiment. He was one of those who protested against the sale 
of the commons in 1811 and he signed the resolutions against the 
orders of General Proctor, February 1, 1813. He married Mary 
Morrison, and their children were: (1) Nicholas, who died at 
Fort Meigs, February 1826, aged 25 years; (2) Elizabeth, born 
1805, married at Detroit, August 30, 1825, Charles Rousseau ; 
Elizabeth was buried at Detroit, August 16, 1826; (3) Mary, 
born September 23, 1806, baptized November 7, 1807, married 
by civil magistrate to Martin Story on January 29, 1826; (4) 
James, born at Detroit, April 21, 1808; (5) Robert Helvin, born 
at Detroit, January 25, 1810; (6) Catherine, born at Detroit,. 
March 9, 1812, buried there September 30, 1812; (7) a son born 
at St. Antoine, Raisin River, December 13, 1816, buried Decem- 
ber. 14, 1816. {See Denissen's Genealogies; Diary of Detroit,. 
Volume 5, page 64; Manuscripts in Burton Library). 

149. Oliver W. Miller was a merchant in Detroit in 1806, 
.He came from Salt Springs Point, Onondaga County, New York. 



204 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

He was married December 15, 1813, to Pelagie Maisonville, by 
Stephen Lindsley, chaplain, U. S. A. Oliver died and his will 
was probated December 20th, 1830. He left all of his property 
to his wife, Pelagie, and a son, William Warner Miller, born 
October 2, 1814. James Abbott and Elon Farnsworth were the 
executors of his will. {Manuscripts, Burton Library). 

150. Michael Fox was a butcher in Detroit. Hugh R. Mar- 
tin was his attorney in settling for his donation lot. (Manu- 
scripts, Burton Library). 

151. Israel Hunt was an early shoemaker in Detroit. On 
December 17, 1803, he was appointed inspector of the fire regu- 
lations. After the fire he went to New York City and had some 
correspondence with Solomon Sibley in settling his affairs and 
getting his donation lot. (Manuscripts, Burton Library). 

152. Mrs. Richard Smyth. 

153. Elizabeth McBride or Mrs. Betty McBryde. 

154. Henry Bird built old Fort Lernoult in 1777, when the 
British held Detroit. He was a leader in the Indian incursions 
in the Ohio country in the revolution and was said to be the 
leader at the Massacre of Wyoming. He owned a large piece 
of land, including Congress Street, west of Griswold. He died 
on an expedition to Egypt in 1801 after serving 37 years in the 
•army, leaving his America property to his son, Henry, and an- 
other son. He was survived by a widow and twelve children. 
On March 14, 1807, his heirs claimed a lot lying on the upper 
side of lot 73, in section 2, in the center of the section. The deed 
was confirmed February 17, 1809. (Michigan Pioneer Collec- 
tions, Volumes 24 and 25 ; Notes by C. M. Burton; Hubbard and 
O'Flynn Abstracts) . 

155. The present Jefferson Avenue cut through the Brush 
farm. 

156. Reuben Atwater, son of Reuben Atwater and his wife, 
Mary Russell,, was born May 11, 1768, and lived for some time 
in Wallingford, Ct. He married first, Eliza Willard, and second 
Sarah, daughter of Gen. John Lamb and Catharine Jandine. 
Reuben, Jr., was secretary of the Territory of Michigan from 
1808-1814 under Gen. William Hull, and during the same period 
was collector of the port of Detroit. The census of the territory 
in 1810 was taken under his direction. In 1811-1812 he was act- 
ing governor. He also acted as land commissioner until Feb- 



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ruary, 1811. Atwater Street was named in his honor. He died 
in February, 1831. He had two children, Catharine and Clinton 
Edward. (Michigan Pioneer Collections, Volume 37, page 449). 

157. Jean Simare (Simar, Simard, Simmard) served on a 
jury in 1803 and was appointed an axman in the early fire depart- 
ment, September 26, 1803. Part of his land fell in the street 
adjoining Solomon Sibley's ground. He died January 2, 1814, 
aged about 55 years, and was buried on the 4th of the month in 
the presence of Gabriel Richard and Etienne Roussel, his nephew. 
His sister, Pelagie Simare, married Joseph Roussel. She was a 
native of the parish of St. Francois, diocese of Quebec. {Ste. 
Anne Church Records; Transactions of the Governor and 
Judges). 

158: Abijah Hull was probably a relative of Governor HulU 
and was by him appointed his aide-de-camp with the rank of 
major in militia. He was also surveyor of the Territory of 
Michigan and justice of peace in the District of Michigan. He 
resigned August 2, 1808, and left the territory. {Michigan Pio- 
neer Collections). 

159. James May, a native of Birmingham, England, came to 
Detroit in 1778, aged 22 years. {Sheldon's History of Michigan 
gives a short sketch of him in the preface and his picture appears 
in the volume on page 364). He held many important positions, 
was the first chief justice of the court of common pleas, 1800- 
1807; marshal of the Territory; justice of peace; colonel of 
militia. On September 30, 1797, he married Margaret Labadie, 
who was 18 years old. He was a heavy loser in the fire, his 
losses being inventoried at $1,000. After the fire he collected the 
stones which composed chimneys of the old houses and built a 
house, which in 1836 was used as a hotel, the Mansion House, 
on Jefferson Avenue. He was a very large man, weighing 340 
pounds. His eighth child, Augusta Caroline, married Alexander 
D. Frazer, of Detroit, when she was 15 years and 2 months. 
Mr. May died January 19, 1829, aged 73 years. {Gateway, 
November, 1909, page 41 ; Michigan Pioneer Collections, Volume 
36, /)a^^ 137). 

160. Jane McClemens, later Jane Purdy. 

161 Conrad Ten Eyck, of Dutch extraction, was born about 
1782 and came to Detroit in 1801, when 19 years of age. His 
father was Abraham Ten Eyck, of Albany, New York, and his 



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mother Ann. Mr. Ten Eyck, upon coming to Detroit, set him- 
self up as a merchant. After the fire he located on Jefferson 
Avenue, near Woodward, and remained there many years. He 
was one of the prominent citizens of the town ; was at one time 
county treasurer and at another United States marshal. At 
Hull's surrender of Deroit he was ordered to leave the city, but 
returned after Perry's victory. He had several children: 
William, Charles B., Caroline, Mrs. Maria Schloss of Dear- 
born, Mrs. Sarah Thompkins of Dearborn, Mrs. Jane Fisher 
(wife of Merrit Fisher) of Grosse Pointe, and Mrs. Helen Rob- 
erts of Grand Rapids. Mr. Ten Eyck died at Dearborn, August 
.23, 1847. His brother, Jeremiah Van Rensselaer Ten Eyck, was 
.also a prominent Detroiter. (Winder's Memoirs.) 

162. William Flanagan, of Boston, was sent to Detroit in 
1806 by eastern capitalists to be cashier of the Bank of Detroit, 
-of which they were promoters. He was a stockholder, holding 
250 shares. He died intestate September 1, 1815, and Solomon 
Sibley was appointed administrator of his estate. His father, 
Barnabas, was his only heir and in 1818 seemed to be living in 
Westminister, Massachusetts. (Manuscripts, Burton Library). 

163. Joseph Hosford was the Detroit agent for Sanders & 
Ogden, of Albany, New York, before the fire. He went into 
business for himself in 1807. (Sander's letters, Burton Library). 

164. Angus Mcintosh was one of the early Indian traders in 
the northwest and factor of the Hudson Bay Company. In 1788 
he married Archange de St. Martin. Their daughter, Ann, mar- 
ried Henry Jackson Hunt and Catharine (Kitty) became matron 
•of St. Luke's Hospital and Church Home. At the time of Jay's 
treaty Mcintosh elected to remain a British subject. He owned 
property in Detroit, but lived at Sandwich in a house called the 
old Moy house. Late in life he fell heir to a landed estate called 
Moy, Scotland. He died at Moy Hall, Scotland, January 25, 
1833, his wife died at Sandwich and was buried there July 13, 
1827. (Denissen's Genealogies; The Township of Sandwich, 
Past and Present, by Fred Neal, page 8). 

164a. Robert Glass had drawn lot 67, section 8, as his dona- 
tion and a deed for that lot was ordered December 19, 1808. By 
some error, lot 70, section 8, was entered on the journal as deeded 
to him. When Henry S. Cole applied for the lot for Mrs. Corliss, 
formerly Mrs. Glass, it had been sold to Thomas Palmer. She 



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relinquished her claim to lot 70 and a deed to lot 67 was made out 
to her. (Hubbard and O'Flynn Abstracts) . 

165. James McGill, a merchant in Montreal and founder of 
McGill College, Montreal, and Isaac Todd, an Irish gentleman, 
also of Montreal, were partners in a mercantile business. They 
both owned property in Detroit, which they obtained through 
their agent, John Askin. (Michigan Pioneer Collections, Volume 
37, />a^^440). 

166. Thomas Parker, was a negro and at one time was em- 
ployed in the Hull family. 

167. William Robertson was an early merchant who settled 
at Detroit in 1782. When the Americans took Detroit he elected 
to remain a British subject and moved across the river. He 
was prominent in public affairs and was justice of the court of 
common pleas in 1788. He was appointed member of Simcoe's 
first executive council, but had by that time settled in England 
and does not appear to have returned to Canada again. (Ontario 
Bureau of Archives Report, 1905, introduction) . 

168. Andrew Dexter, Jr., son of Andrew and brother of 
Samuel Dexter, of Boston, was one of the original stockholders 
of the Detroit Bank and owned 1,000 shares. Both his father 
and brother came to Detroit authorized to co-operate with the 
Detroit people in organizing a bank. The elder Andrew was an 
older brother of Samuel Dexter, Secretary of War in 1800 and 
Secretary of the Treasury. Andrew, Sr., was a merchant in Bos- 
ton. Andrew, Jr., was a lawyer and banker. He built the Bos- 
ton Exchange, was president of the Boston Bank about the time 
he was negotiating for the bank in Detroit. He was the founder 
of Montgomery, Alabama, and died there of yellow fever, No- 
vember 2, 1837. It was his cousin. Judge Samuel W. Dexter, son 
of Samuel Dexter, Secretary of War, in whose honor Dexter, 
Michigan, was named. (See Dexter Genealogy, New York, 
1904). 

169. Mary, or Polly Ball, was a waiting maid for James 
Henry. She was 30 years old when James Henry put in an appli- 
cation for her donation lot, October 15, 1806. (Original manu- 
scripts. Petition No. 17, etc.). 

170. John Burnett was the second son of William Burnett 
and Kakima (Cakima), an Indian princess, sister of Chief Top- 
inabee. His father was an Indian trader and he gave his children 



208 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

all the best advantages of the day, sending them to Detroit to be 
educated. John was an ensign in the militia in 1805 and second 
adjutant with the rank of lieutenant in 1807. His sister Rebecca 
was educated in the May family and remained there 23 years. 
Her daughter, Martha, married Francis Palms. Rebecca Burnett 
was buried at Detroit, May 17, 1841, aged 50 years, in the pres- 
ence of Francis Palms. (Michigan Pioneer Collections, Volume 
30 ; Denissen's Genealogies) . 

171. Abraham Cook was born in Trenton, New Jersey, in 
1774, son of a farmer. Tradition says that the became a drummer 
in the regular army when 20 years old and probably came to 
Detroit in 1796. He came here as an orphan with no relatives 
except a sister, Mrs. Dickson, of Ypsilanti. He was quite suc- 
cessful in the lumber business in Detroit and in general trade. 
He married Jane Thorn (See Note 51) and kept a boarding 
house in Detroit. At the time of the fire he lost everything. An 
inventory of his losses totaled $897.50. After the fire he built a 
house upon land which proved to be lot 10, section 1, and a deed 
of this lot was made out to him after some controversy. He was 
enrolled in the militia during the war of 1812 and lost a finger 
on his left hand in a skirmish. When Proctor ordered many of 
the citizens to leave the city, he was passed over. He acquired a 
great deal of land in Hamtramck Township between 1811 and 
1818, moved his family there and took up his residence. In 1826 
his wife died and he moved into the city on the north side of 
Atwater Street, between Rivard and Riopelle. He afterwards 
married Mrs. William Thorn, whose maiden name was Elizabeth 
Cottrell. Mrs. Thorn was the widow of a brother of the first 
Mrs. Abraham Cook. Mr. Cook died at his Atwater Street resi- 
dence, December 28, 1847. His children, all by his first marriage, 
were : Henry Snelling Cook, who died in boyhood ; Richard Cook, 
who died unmarried; John Cook, who died unmarried in Cali- 
fornia; Otis Cook, unmarried; James H. Cook; Joseph Cook; 
Eliza Cook, who married first Thomas S. Knapp, and second, 
John, Owen; and Jane Cook, who married John Owen. (Ste- 
phen's Elm Park subdivision abstract, Abraham Cook's estate. 
Probate File 1432; Scrap Book 5, page 55, Burton Library). 

172. Angelique Cadoret, daughter of Mrs. Ursule Cadoret, 
was born at Detroit, March 11, 1786, married February 10, 1807, 



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Joseph Chulde dit Belair, who was born in 1764. His first wife 
was Jean Revau dit Lajeunesse. (Denissen's Genealogies). 

173. Henry Jackson Hunt, the eldest son of Col. Thomas 
Hunt, of Revolutionary famfe, was born at Watertown, Massachu- 
setts, in 1788, and went west with his father to Wayne County, 
Indiana, in 1798. They soon came to Detroit. Thomas Hunt 
died at Belle Fontaine, Missouri, August 18, 1809, leaving seven 
sons and four daughters for Henry to help bring up. He became 
one of the leading merchants of Detroit and also held many pub- 
lic offices. He started to practice law with his bl-other-in-law, 
Abraham Edwards, after the war of 1812. In 1826 he was 
elected mayor of the city, but died September 15, 1826, before 
the expiration of his term. His wife was Ann Mcintosh, daugh- 
ter of Angus Mcintosh, of Sandwich. In 1836 she became en- 
gaged to marry Capt. Daniel Baker, U. S. A., but he died before 
they were married. She died at Detroit, December 14, 1856. 
(Scrap Book No. 3, pages 156-7, Burton Library; Gateway, 
February, 1905, page 33). 

174. George Hoffman was the son of Christian and Anna 
Hoffman. Christian was born October 7, 1757, and Anna, Aug- 
ust 6, 1765. Their children were: Peter, born July 15, 1779; 
George, born January 29, 1783; Joseph, May 27, 1784; John, 
June 22, 1786; Rachel, January 18, 1789; Daniel, July 27, 1791; 
Abraham, September 16, 1794; Adam and Catharine, March 4, 
1797; Margaret, November 21, 1798; David, November 10, 1804. 
George was postmaster at Woodstock, Virginia, in 1801-2 and 
was appointed postmaster at Detroit, Michigan, July 29, 1805. 
He was admitted to the bar after coming to Detroit, September 
17, 1805, and served, in 1806, as collector of customs and in- 
spector of the post at Michilimackinac. On February 15, 1806, 
he married Margaretta Audrain. He died March 2, 1810, leav- 
ing a widow and a son, George Washington Hoffman. His 
widow was married December 2, 1813, by Stephen Lindsley, 
chaplain U. S. A., to Col. Samuel Welles. (Michigan Pioneer 
Collections, Volumes 36, 37; Manuscript records. Burton Lib- 
rary). 

175. Dr. William McCoskry was a brother of Dr. Samuel 
Allen McCoskry, of Revolutionary fame, and uncle of Bishop 
Samuel Allen McCoskry, of Detroit. He was born in Carlisle, 
Pennsylvania, about 1763, and upon the formation of the legion- 



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ary army under Gen. Anthony Wayne in 1792, was appointed 
surgeon mate, in the second sub-legion and followed the army 
for more than two years. He accompanied the army of Wayne 
to Detroit in 1796 and there remained army surgeon for some- 
time. He resigned his position in 1803 and then took up private 
practice. On September 21, 1814, he married Felicite Chambers. 
They lived in a house on the corner of Woodbridge and Randolph 
Streets, opposite the Steamboat or Woodworth's tavern, and Wil- 
liam died there May 16, 1831, leaving his wife, Felicite, a daugh- 
ter, Caroline, and a son, Alfred. (Michigan Pioneer Collections, 
Volume 36 ; Detroit Free Press and Michigan Intelligencer, May 
19, 1831.) 

175a. Theophilus Mette, son of Joseph Mette and Catherine 
Dufour, was born on the Ottawa coast or the south side of the 
Detroit River on the morning of November 24, 1764. He mar- 
ried at Assumption, Sandwich, May 14, 1787, Catherine Peltier, 
who was born at that place July 30, 1771, daughter of Andrew 
Peltier and Catharine Meloche. {Denissen's Genealogies). 

176. Joseph Pinard was a hired man in the Abbott family. 
He died August 14, 1814, aged about 60 years, and was buried on 
the 15th in the presence of Francois Gobeil and Etienne Dubois, 
chanter. {Ste. Anne's Church Records; Original documents) . 

177. Andre Raimon was an inhabitant of the town at the 
time of the fire and was living with William McD, Scott, on 
October 31, 1806, when he petitioned for lots for himself and 
wife. He died before 1824 and Melvin Dorr was administrator 
of his estate. (Hubbard and O'Flynn abstracts; Original peti- 
tions). 

178. These were "Park lots." 

179. Patrick Fitzpatrick was a mariner and figured in a law 
suit, tried by Sibley, as early as 1800. He remained in Detroit 
for some years, his name appearing in Ste. Anne's Church rec- 
ords as late as July 31, 1822. (Sibley Papers). 

180. George McDougall was the son of George McDougall 
and Mary Frances Navarre. He became one of the prominent 
men of Detroit and held many important offices. He was admit- 
ted to the bar October 11, 1811, and was actively interested in 
the war of 1812. He never married. He spent his declining 
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and died there in 1833. (Michigan Pioneer Collections, Volume 
36, pages 210-211 ; Sketch of McDougall by C. M. Burton). 

181. John Palmer was an Irishman, who came to Detroit 
about the time of the fire and kept an inn. He was married by 
civil marriage to Archange Trembly. They had six children. 
At the time Palmer's estate was probated, February 28, 1831, 
four of the children, Thomas, Oliver Perry, Ruthy Ann, Mary 
Ann, were under fourteen years of age. Palmer died in Decem- 
ber, 1826, and his wife married William Simmons. There was 
another John Palmer, brother of Thomas and Friend Palmer, 
who came to Detroit about the same time. (Ste. Anne Church 
records; C. M. Burton). 

182. Jacob Sanders was the son of John Sanders, of the firm 
Sanders & Ogden. John Sanders lived at Scotia, near Schenec- 
tady, New York. Jacob came to Detroit for a few months to 
look after the business of the firm during the illness of Robert, 
his brother, who was agent from 1806-1810. {Sanders letters, 
Burton Library). 

183. Daniel Stevens was a blacksmith in Detroit. He pur- 
chased these lots and also a piece of land on the Cote de Poux of 
James May. He was in the employ of James Henry and William 
Russell in 1808-1809. {Manuscripts, Burton Library). 

184. John R. Williams, son of Thomas Williams, first mayor 
of Detroit. {Sketch of life in Farmer's History of Detroit and 
Michigan, Volume 2, page 1031). 

185. Major John Whipple came from Massachusetts to the 
Northwest Territory shortly after 1796. He was an officer in the 
United States army, stationed at Detroit and was a friend of 
Hull's, through whose influence he received an appointment as 
associate judge of the territorial district court in 1809. In 1818 
he was proprietor of the Mansion House and kept this until 1824. 
He was register of deeds from 1826 to 1830 and in that year was 
appointed keeper of the lighthouse at La Plaisance Bay. In 1800 
he married Archange Pelletier and had a large family of children. 

(1) Charles Wiley, married Margarite Anne Brooks, daugh- 
ter of Col. Edward Brooks and Margaret Ann May, daughter 
of Judge James May, February 2, 1836. Judge Charles Whipple 
died at Niles, Michigan, October 25, 1855, aged 50 years. 

(2) George Askine, born August 20, 1807. 



212 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

(3) James Burbick, born 1803, married Sophia Godfroy, 
daughter of Col. Gabriel Godfroy and Theresa Bondy, January 
8, 1828. After the death of his wife, Mr. Whipple married Anne 
Audrain, November 2, 1843. At the time of this marriage he 
was 41 years and she 43. 

(4) Henry L. Whipple, born August 24, 1816 ; died at Lan- 
sing, Michigan, October 26, 1849, aged 33 years. His wife was 
Caroline A. Bulkley. They were married November 19, 1845. 
She married Harvey Mixer, June 1, 1864. 

(5) Eliza Susan, born September 3, 1824, married Charles 
Conaghan (Conahan). 

(6) Elizabeth Whipple (name found in the records of Ste. 
Anne's Church). 

(7) Mary Anne Walcott, born April 6, 1820, died unmar- 
ried. 

(8) William L. Whipple married Louisa Fairchild, June 9, 
1851. He. died November 16, 1862, aged 41 years. At the time 
of his death in Nashville, Tennessee, he was a lieutenant colonel 
in the American army. 

(9) Caroline Hull Whipple died November 10, 1878, unmar- 
ried. 

(10) Sophia Whipple, born April 24, 1818, died January 3, 
1839, aged 19 years. 

(11) Sophia Catherine Whipple, born May 10, 1830, married 
Edwin Adolphus Skinner, September 6, 1848. 

(12) Margaretha Torry Whipple married Charles Hyde, 
May 11, 1854. 

(13) Samuel Whipple married. 

(14) John L. Whipple married Ann Eliza , who was 

bom in 1820 and died October 4, 1869. He died April 13, 1873, 
in his seventy-third year. 

(15) Ann Hunt Whipple married Peter Desnoyers, April 
10, 1837. He died in 1880. She was his second wife. {See 
Note 223). She died June 23, 1877, aged 65 years. (C. M. B.) 
186. The ten thousand acres of public lands included what 
is now called the "Park lots" and the "Ten Thousand Acre 
Tract." The Park lots were lots lying on both sides of Wood- 
ward Avenue and extending northwards for nearly two and a 
half miles from Adams Avenue. The governor and judges were 
ordered to have these surveyed and James McCloskey, surveyor,, 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 213 

was instructed ''to commence his survey northwest of the street 
which runs through Grand Circus, parallel with the same street 
and to begin with lots of five acres, and increase the size of lots 
as he proceeds. The Ten Thousand Acre Tract was not, how- 
ever, surveyed until 1816, and then by Joseph Fletcher. 
(Farmer's History of Detroit and Michigan, Volume 1, pages 25 
and 26). 

187. Captain James Anderson figures in a law suit with 
George Meldrum as early as 1802 and buys, brandy in Detroit in 
August and September, 1805. He was appointed captain in the 
first regiment, October 4, 1805. He appears to have built upon 
lot 10, section 4, and to have settled with William Alien, who 
drew the lot as his donation. There is some confusion in the 
original records over James Anderson and John Anderson. John 
Gentle, in his articles printed in the Pittsburgh Commonwealth 
at the time, says that Captain Anderson was not a resident of 
Detroit. He was, however, retained by Sibley in a case, August 
5, 1806. In 1807 he signed the petition for a lot for a Presby- 
terian Church. (Original manuscript ledgers, etc., Burton Lib- 
rary). 

188. William Smith, of the firm of Forsyth & Smith, mer- 
chants. (Supreme Court Records of Michigan, 1805-1014, pages 
169-170). 

189. "Rough Minutts" No. 2B contains no reference to land' 
transactions. It contains only the proceedings of the governor 
and judges in their legislative capacity. There is no record of 
the governor and judges meeting again in their capacity of land 
commissioners until January 16, 1811 (Rough minutes, C-3), and 
they continue their meetings at irregular times through August 
12, 1812. (Rough minutes Z)-4). During the war there are no 
records and the land commissioners did not meet again until 
November 6, 1815. 

190. Governor Cass assumed the responsibilities of the office 
of governor of Michigan Territory in October, 1813, and held 
that office for eighteen years, when he was appointed Secretary 
of War in Jackson's cabinet. 

191. (See Note Id). 

192. Hon. Josiah Meigs was a younger brother of Return 
Jonathan Meigs, of Revolutionary and Indian War fame. He 
was an educator and scientist. He was appointed commissioner 



214 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

of the general land office of the United States in 1814, and held 
that office until his death in 1822. {Appleton's Cyclopedia of 
American Biography) . 

193. Edward Tiffin (born 1766 and died 1829) was the first 
governor of Ohio. He graduated in medicine. In 1812 he was 
appointed the first commissioner of the general land office. {Ap- 
pleton's) . 

194. Aaron Greeley was born at Hopkinton, New Hamp- 
shire, April 25, 1773.- He was a school teacher in his early days, 
but later learned surveying and became one of the government 
surveyors. He came to Detroit in 1807 to survey private claims 
and remained here during the war of 1812. He was taken pris- 
oner at Hull's surrender and through the efforts of his wife 
obtained his freedom. He returned to New Hampshire until 
after the war, and then went to Canada. He died January 17, 
1820, on a surveying expedition and only the Indians knew his 
resting place. He was married at Murray, Canada, September 
11, 1803, to Margaret Rogers, daughter of Col. James and Mar- 
garet (McGregor) Rogers. {See Greeley Genealogy, 1905, page 
194). 

195. Col. Joseph Wampler came from Tuscarawas County, 
Ohio. Not very much can be learned of him, but he was com- 
monly understood among the early settlers to be a Methodist 
preacher. He was appointed deputy surveyor-general and as- 
signed a contract to survey the Territory of Michigan. The con- 
tract bore the date of October 18, 1816, and comprised the sub- 
divisional survey of eighteen townships in eastern Michigan. He 
entered upon his work the following February. In 1821 Tiffin 
gave him another contract to survey in Michigan, this time Oak- 
land County. {Michigan Pioneer Collections, Volumes 17 and 
36). 

196. Austin E. Wing, son of Enoch and Mary (Oliver) 
Wing, was born at Conway, Massachusetts, February 3, 1792. 
He came as a lad with his father to Marietta, Ohio. He g-adu- 
ated from Williams College, Massachusetts, in 1814, and imme- 
diately married Harriet Skinner of Williamstown, Massachu- 
setts. Returning to Marietta, he entered the law office of Gov. 
William Woodbridge, and from that time began a close friend- 
ship, which lasted for years. He accompanied Woodbridge and 
Cass to Michigan and there spent the remainder of his life. He 



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was sheriff of the Territory for a number of years ; United States 
marshal for the southern division of the state; representative in 
congress, 1825-1829 and 1831-33, and regent of the University 
of Michigan. While in Detroit he resided on Bates Street. Later 
he moved to Monroe and was representative in the state legisla- 
ture in 1842. He was an early member of the first Presbyterian 
church of Detroit. He died at Cleveland, August 24, 1849. He 
had one son, Talcott E. Wing, of Monroe and two daughters, 
Eliza Whittier, of Monroe, and Harriet Mitchell, of Hillsdale, 
Michigan. {See Wing's History of Monroe County, Michigan, 
page 151). 

197. William Woodbridge, one of the most prominent of 
Detroit's early lawyers, secretary of the Territory of Michigan, 
collector of Detroit, governor and senator, came to Detroit in the 
summer of 1814. 

198. Col. Stephen Mack, founder of Pontiac, was born in 
Connecticut in 1763, married Temperance Bond, of Gilsum, New 
Hampshire ; settled in Tunbridge, Orange County, Vermont, and 
engaged in mercantile business. In 1810 he closed up his Ver- 
mont business and came to Detroit, where he again became a mer- 
chant. During the war of 1812 he attained the rank of colonel. 
When the Pontiac Company was formed he became a stockholder 
and business manager. From that time he made his home in 
Pontiac. He died in November, 1826. {See History of Oakland 
County, Michigan, Philadelphia, 1877, pages 70-71). 

199. This order was rescinded on October 24th. Colonel 
Hunt's lots in that section were 35 and 36, northwest corner of 
Woodbridge and Wayne Streets, at that time on the edge of the 
water. {See this volume under date October 24th, 1816). 

200. Gen. Alexander Macomb was the seventh child of Cath- 
arine Navarre and Alexander Macomb, who were married in 
1778. He entered the army as cornet of cavalry in 1799 and rose 
to general-in-chief, U. S. A. He was author of several works on 
military subjects and of "Pontiac" or ''Siege of Detroit," a 
drama. Alexander, Sr., was a brother of William Macomb 
{See Note 15), whose son, John, married Isabella Ramsay. John 
died June 29, 1815. 

201. John R. Walker (part Indian) was the second husband 
of Mrs. Archibald Horner. He died at Brownstown, Michigan, 
in January, 1826. His will was probated {File 322, Probate 



216 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

OMce) and his wife was left administratrix February 11, 1826. 
They had two children : Catharine, who married Robert Wag- 
staif, and died at Trenton in 1846, and John. These lots had been 
purchased by Archibald Horner in 1809. (See Note 54). 

202. Richard Pattinson was a merchant in Detroit, owner of 
land in the old town and drew as his donation lot number 3, in 
section 1. He was married twice, his first wife being Judith de 
Joncaire de Chabert, who was born in Detroit, November 21, 
1783, daughter of Philip Daniel de Joncaire de Chabert and 
Judith Gouin. Judith Pattinson was buried at Assumption, 
Sandwich, May 21, 1804, and Richard married Phyllis Elinor 
(Nelly, Ellen) Askin, daughter of John Askin, an early resident 
of Detroit. Richard Pattinson died in Albany, New York, and 
his will was probated there March 3, 1818. It was probated in 
Detroit, November 13, 1833, and mentioned three children, Mary 
Ann, daughter of the first marriage, Richard and Ellen Phyllis. 
Hugh Pattinson, an early trader at Detroit, was a half brother 
of. Richard. (Probate File No. 565; Denissen's Genealogies). 

203. John S. Roby did an extensive forwarding and com- 
mission business at the foot of Shelby Street. He died in 1825 
and an account of his estate was heard November 26, 1825, and 
the will probated June 4, 1827. The Roby lot on the south side 
of Jefferson Avenue was sold at auction subject to dower of 
Hannah Roby, his widow. Besides his widow he was survived 
by three sons and one daughter. Henry Roby, his oldest son, 
married Mary Palmer, daughter of Thomas and sister of Thomas 
W. Palmer, and lived at Monroe. Ruel and John were the other 
sons. The widow died in August 1834, a victim of cholera. 
Sarah C, the daughter, died December 8, 1834. (Friend Pal- 
mer's Early Days in Detroit; Detroit Courier, 1834). 

204. See proceedings of the board, December 31, 1816, this 
volume. 

205. Gabriel Richard was born in Saintes, France, October 
15, 1767 ; left that country April 9, 1792, and landed in Baltimore, 
Maryland, June 24 of the same year. He was sent to Kaskaskia, 
Illinois, as a missionary to the Indians, where he remained six 
years. He came to Detroit in 1797 and took charge of the 
Church Ste. Anne. In 1804 he established a ladies' seminary and 
a school for young men. When Detroit was burned in 1805 the 
church v/as also destroyed. After the fire he built another church 



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and started a new school for girls. He was always closely con- 
nected with educational movements and it was through his efforts 
that a university was started, which later became the University 
of Michigan. He purchased the Elliott property to use as an 
academy for young ladies. He was representative in congress 
from 1825-1829, and died of cholera September 13, 1832. (See 
Gateway, June, 1904, page 26 ; Farmer's History of Detroit and 
Michigan) . 

206. Matthew Elliott was born in Ireland between 1735 and 
1740, and came to America in 1761. He was a soldier in Bou- 
quet's expedition which relieved Fort Pitt at the time of the 
Indian Conspiracy in 1763. After the Indian wars he became an 
Indian trader, making his headquarters at Pittsburgh. During 
the Revolution, on one of his trips to Detroit, he was arrested as 
an American spy. He cleared himself and in 1778 was appointed 
captain in the Indian Department at Detroit. He served through- 
out the war on the British side and when peace was established 
he remained in Detroit, where he obtained a city lot for -his ser- 
vices in the war. He also obtained 3,000 acres of land .near Fort 
Maiden, or Amherstburg, and subsequently another grant of 
1,000 acres. Elliott removed to his Canadian property some time 
before the fire, was appointed assistant agent of Indian affairs 
and finally superintendent of Indian affairs. He took a promi- 
nent part in the war of 1812 and died May 7, 1814. His wife was 
Sarah Donovan, daughter of Matthew Donovan. (C. M. B.; 
^ee Note 27). 

207. Catholic Church property. {See Mullett's map or 
Woodward's plan of city after fire of 1805. 

208. This burial ground was located in section 9, and in- 
cluded lots 29 to 33, 63 to 71, on the south side of Madison Ave- 
nue, near John R. Street. 

209. Mrs. Catherine Donahoe (Donaghey), wife of George 
Donahoe, was formerly Catharine Miller, devisee in the will of 
Peter Curry. She and her husband were appointed administra- 
tors of the estate of Peter Curry in default of John Gentle and 
Aaron Greeley, and filed their bonds August 25, 1814. This lot 
was in section eight. {See Note 93; file 70, Probate Office). 

210. The old Indian Blacksmith Shop, alluded to, is supposed 
to have stood on the part of lot 52 (or 51 and 52), section 4, not 
•conveyed away by the governor and judges and to have been con- 



218 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

nected with the carpenter shop near the northwest corner of Ran- 
dolph and Woodbridge Streets of today. (Hubbard and O'Flynn 
abstracts). 

211. Maj. Abraham Edwards, the eldest son of Capt. Aaron 
E(|wards,v was' born at Springfield, New Jersey, November 17, 
1781, and licensed to practice medicine in 1803. In June, 1804, 
he was appointed by President Jefferson, garrison surgeon, and 
by General Dearborn, Secretary of War, was ordered to Fort 
Wayne, Indiana, where in June, 1805, he married Ruth Hunt, 
eldest daughter of Col. Thomas Hunt and sister of Henry Jack- 
son Hunt. Dr. Edwards was appointed surgeon of the Fourth 
United States Infantry by General Hull, and also had charge of 
the medical department of the army as hospital surgeon during 
the war of 1812. He was paroled by Brock after the surrender 
of Detroit and returned to his home, which had been at Dayton, 
Ohio. In November, 1813, he again returned to Detroit, and 
from there was ordered to Albany to Hull's trial. After the war 
he removed to Detroit, where he held many military and civil 
offices. He was president of the first legislative council, 1824. 
In 1831 he was appointed register of the United States land office 
for the western district of Michigan. He removed to the western 
part of the State of Michigan in 1828 and in 1834 settled in Kala- 
mazoo, where he lived until his death, October 22, 1860. He had 
three sons. Colonel Thomas, Henry and Oliver and four daugh- 
ters, Mrs. James Walter, Mrs. M. Joy, of Kalamazoo; Mrs. 
Thomas Atlee, of Washington, and Mrs. Alice Campau, who- 
later married James Scott, of Detroit. (See Michigan Pioneer 
Collections, Volume 5, page 373-375 ; Edwards' Manuscripts, 
Diary of Detroit, Volume 3, page 626). 

212. Thomas Rowland and Mrs. Hanks. (See Note 64). 

213. Section three. 

214. Abraham Wendell was born in 1791. He and his brother 
Tunis came from Albany, New York, about 1812, and established 
themselves as merchants. Abraham's name appeared on the 
highway tax roll for district five in that year. In 1819 he was a 
trustee of the town and also its treasurer. From 1833-1843 he 
served as collector of customs at Michilimackinac. He married 
Mary Geneveva (Mariah Ann Jane) Meldrum, daughter of 
George Meldrum. (See Note 8; Michigan Pioneer Collections).. 

215. See Note ^OS. 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 219 

216. The Protestant burial ground was in section 1, lots 61 
and 62, on the east side of Woodward Avenue, between Larned 
and Congress Streets, and is probably the same as that shown on 
the maps of 1749 and 1796. In 1818 it was known as the English 
burying ground. On July 26, 1819, the governor and judges 
granted lands to the first Protestant Society which included lots 
58 to 62 (covering cemetery ground). The deed was executed 
December 9, 1825, and recorded December 21, the same year. 
{Farmer^ s History of Detroit and Michigan; Hubbard and 
O'Flynn's abstracts). 

217. Shubael Conant was a bachelor and came from Ver- 
mont. He was at one time of the firm. Mack & Conant, mer- 
chants, and at another Emerson, Mack & Conant. He owned 
stock in the Pontiac Company and property on the southwest 
corner of Griswold and Jefferson Avenue, where he lived in a log 
house until shortly before his death. In 1826 he was appointed 
division quartermaster of militia. He died at Detroit, July 16, 
1867, and was survived by a brother. Dr. Horatio Conant; two 
sisters, Eliza Sackett and Caroline Hawley; three nieces, Mrs. 
Martha C. Tillman, wife of J. W. Tillman ; Helen M. Armitage, 
and Sarah Hogarth ; and three nephews, John S. Conant, Harry 
A. Conant and Austin B. Conant. (Probate File 5461 ; Michigan 
Pioneer Collections). 

218. John Stockton was one of the early settlers of Mt. 
Clemens, going there in 1817. He married Mary Allen, a step- 
daughter of Judge Christian Clemens, while the family was living 
at Detroit. The lot here purchased (lot 5) was in section 3, but 
was relinquished because it fell in the public garden. He died at 
Mt. Clemens, November 26, 1878, aged 88 years. {History of 
Macomb County, 1882, page 239 ; Hubbard and O'Flynn ab- 
stracts) . 

219. Charley Larned, later Gen. Charles Larned, was the son 
of Simon Larned, of Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He was born at 
Pittsfield ; graduated from Williams College in 1806 and in 1812 
went to Kentucky to* study law in the office of Henry Clay. 
Instead of studying he joined the Kentucky regiment as an officer 
and under General Winchester was in the battle of River Raisin. 
After the war Larned settled in Detroit, where he practiced law. 
Early in 1816 he went to Washington, where he married Sylvia 
Colt and returned to Detroit. For a while they lived with Mr. 



220 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

and Mrs. Austin E. Wing, but shortly purchased a cottage on the 
southwest corner of Woodward Avenue and Larned Street. He 
died of cholera, August 14, 1834. His wife died August 24, 
1845. Their children were: Sylvester; Catharine, wife of John 
G. Atterbury ; Julia, wife of Lewis C. Allen ; Jane, wife of Gen. 
Alpheus S. Williams ; Mary, wife of Alexander K. Howard, son 
of Col. Joshua Howard, U. S. A. ; Harriet, wife of William Rum- 
ney, son of R-obert Rumney. {Friend Palmer's Early Days in 
Detroit; Early Bench and Bar of Detroit, page 113). 

220. Benjamin Stead was born in Leeds, England, October 
12, 1776; married Frances Morley, of Nottingham, April 19, 
1798, and came to America in 1804. He came to Detroit in Sep- 
tember, 1815, where he carried on a tailoring business until 1820. 
He then sold out and moved to a farm in Macomb County, where 
he spent the remainder of his life. He died in Detroit, Septem- 
ber 25, 1821, while on a visit to the home of Major McKinstry. 
Mrs. Stead died June 14, 1818. Their children were as follows : 
(1) Mary, born 1799, died in infancy in Nottingham; (2) 
Thomas, born in 1800, died in infancy in Nottingham; (3) Mary, 
born at Nottingham, October 5, 1802, married Shadrack Gillett 
at Detroit January 27, 1825, died at Detroit, April 17, 1872; (4) 
Thomas Jefferson, born at London, England, May 1, 1804, and 
died at Providence, Rhode Island, May 2, 1866; (5) Frances, 
born at Eastport, Maine, April 28, 1807, married Rev. Lucries C. 
Rouse, May 1, 1839, died at Colorado Springs, March 4, 1888 ; 
(6) Benjamin Franklin, born at Boston, Massachusetts, January 
12, 1809, died at Plattsburg, New York, July 13, 1814; (7) John 
Hampton, born at Hartford, Vermont, October 10, 1810, and 
died there the following December; (8) John Milton, born at 
Hartford, Vermont, September 16, 1811, and died at Whampoa, 
China, October 20, 1829; (9) Benjamin Franklin, born at Pitts- 
burg, Pennsylvania, February 22, 1815, and died at Astoria, 
Long Island, February 15, 1879; (10) Ann Gazzam, born at 
Detroit, April 26, 1817, married Samuel Zug, August 3, 1843, and 
died at Detroit, June 10, 1891, leaving two children, Robert M. 
Zug and Mrs. Mary G. Nichols. (See Gateway, February, 1905, 
page 35 ; Michigan Pioneer Collections, Volume 36, page 412). 

221. John Palmer. {See Note ISl). 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 221 

222. Water lots: These water lots were in section 3, and 
included land which has been reclaimed at the foot of Griswold 
Street and extending from there to Cass Street. ' 

223. John L. Leib and his wife, Margaretha Vioner, came 
originally from Philadelphia, where Mr. Leib had a brother, Dr. 
Michael Leib. Mrs. Leib was a Quakeress. They lived on a 
farm adjoining the Hunt's, across Bloody Run and their resi- 
dence was situated near where Berry Brothers' varnish factory 
now stands. Mrs. Leib died February 23, 1836, aged 58 years. 
Mr. Leib died April 16, 1838, aged 71. Their children were: 

(1) George, who married Emily Desnoyers, December 25, 
1821. She was the daughter of Peter Desnoyers and died aged 
32, on May 10, 1838. 

(2) James Ronaldson, who died unmarried October 8, 1842, 
aged 37 years. 

(3) Milicent D., who married William B. Hunt, April 29, 
1824. She died February 26, 1841. 

(4) Caroline J. B., who married Peter Desnoyers. After 
her death he married Ann H. Whipple. {See Wayne County 
Probate OiUce File 578 ; Wayne County Chancery File 606 , 
Friend Palmer's Early Days in Detroit). 

224. George B. Larned was a brother of Charles Larned and 
in 1816 married Emily Watson, daughter of Elkanah Watson, of 
Erie Canal fame. She died January, 1817, and Elkanah came 
to Detroit that summer. Larned carried on a mercantile business 
with his brother-in-law, George E. Watson. He died January 27, 
1825. 

225. Lieutenant Otis Fisher was born in Massachusetts. He 
served in the war of 1812 and lost an arm in the j^attle of Bridge- 
water. Later he was stationed at Detroit as quartermaster of the 
Fifth Infantry. He was about to retire when engaging in a duel 
with Capt. John Farley, U. S. A., he was killed at Sandwich, 
May 3, 1820. He owned a farm on the River Rouge. (Heit- 
mans Historical Register and Dictionary of the Army; Michigan 
Pioneer Collections, Volume 4, page 473). 

226 Dr. Sylvester Day went to Michilimackinac as surgeon's 
mate at the garrison as early as 1810. He and his family resided 
on Astor Street at the time of the surrender of the fort. He had 
one son named Hannibal, who later became Gen. Hannibal Day^ 
U. S. A. After leaving Michilimackinac they resided at Detroit. 



222 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

Dr. Day was a Mason and master of Zion Lodge, No. 62, in 
1817. The same year he subscribed $250 toward the University- 
Fund. (Michigan Pioneer Collections; Annals of Fort Mack- 
inaw by Kelt on, p. 46.) 

227. Peter Van Avery (Every) was a mere boy when he 
volunteered in the war in 1812. He was made prisoner at Hull's 
surrender, taken to Montreal, and there paroled. He returned 

to Detroit and must have married about 1815, Amy . In 

1816 he purchased property at the Grand Marais, where the 
waterworks are now located. The land had formerly been occu- 
pied by Charles Chovin and his wife, Louise. Van Avery added 
to the building already on the land and made it into a tavern. 
He also built a distillery. Here the Van Averys lived until 1837, 
when they went to Franklin, Oakland County, Mich., where 
Colonel Van Avery erected a tavern, a mill, distillery and potash- 
ery. He died December 23, 1859. {Oakland County History, 
1877, pages 270 and 325.) Mrs. Van Avery came to Detroit in 
August, 1805, when about ten years old. She was living in 1872 
and gave testimony in a law suit at that time. {See File 79, Su- 
perior Court, suit begun August 7, 1872 ; Palmer's Early Days 
m Detroit.) 

228. Robert Gouie was a British subject and after living on 
the American side of the Detroit River for some time, moved to 
Sandwich. He was engaged in trading with the Indians, Gabriel 
Hunot being his agent. He was in Major Baby's company of 
militia in 1805 and during the war of 1812 served in Capt. Pierre 
Labute's company. He owned private claim 670 in Springwells. 
(Askin Papers, Burton Library.) 

229. Sylvanus Blackmar was a farmer and in 1806 rented a 
farm of Macomb northwest of the town, situated on the water 
front. On September 3, 1811, he was appointed marshal of the 
District of Huron and in 1819 was clerk of the Woodward Ave- 
nue Market. (Manuscripts, Burton Library.) 

230. David C. McKinstry, a citizen of Detroit and Ypsilanti, 
Michigan, was engaged in various enterprises. He was the con- 
tractor, who with Thomas Palmer, erected the State Capitol at 
Detroit and received for it the larger part of the Ten Thousand 
Acre Tract. The capitol was in process of erection from 1823 
to 1828. In the meantime he opened a hotel at Ypsilanti in 1826. 
He was extensively engaged in furnishing amusement for Detroit 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 223 

people. In 1837 he had a building which he called "The Circus" 
but which he leased to Warren P. Wing and Andrew Mack for a 
planing mill. He died at Ypsilanti in 1856, aged 78 years. 
(C. M. B.) 

231. Adna Merritt, who had a contract for the mason work 
on the jail in 1819 and on the court house, and Peter Willard, his 
partner. Adna Merritt served as city marshal in 1824, 1825, 
1829. In 1831 he was clerk of the Woodward Avenue Market. 

232. Her husband was Benjamin Packard. 

233. Peter Berthelet, a native of Savoy, came to Montreal, 
Canada, and then to Detroit, at an early date. He was interested 
in the fur trade with Astor. He also built himself a pottery at 
the mouth of the Savoyard River, near the intersection of West 
Jefferson Avenue and Third Street. He soon acquired a great 
deal of land along Randolph Street running down to the river. 
His son, Henry, was closely associated with him in business. 
Henry lived in a plain unpainted house on Atwater Street and 
was on the tax roll in 1802 when he declared that he owned two 
lots i^ arpent in front by ^ arpent in depth, two houses, one 
water mill and one horse. He was trustee of the town in 1804 
and 1807. In 1819 he applied to build a wharf at the foot of 
Randolph. He seems to have failed in business about this time 
and transferred all his property to his father, who was probably 
his creditor. He did not build the wharf and in 1824 his father 
applied for the contract and carried out the project. One of 
the conditions was that he should build '*a good and sufficient 
pump" at which all the people of Detroit should have the right 
to draw water free. The pump was also built and was used 
until May 19, 1835. Another condition attached to the building 
of the wharf was the giving of a city lot upon which he should 
build a market. Peter died in 1829 and was said to be one of the 
richest men in Canada. His will was probated in Montreal, Jan- 
uary 22, 1830, and named his son, Antoine Oliver Berthelet as 
executor. Henry and his family were not mentioned as heirs. 
{Farmer's History of Detroit and Michigan; Will of Peter Berth- 
elet, Detroit Free Press, May 10, 1885.) Henry owned private 
claims 269, 270 and 655, and was farming in 1821. 

234. John Robinson. See Transactions of the Governor and 
Judges, December 12, 1818, this volume. 

235. See Note 185. 



224 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

236. Joseph Andre (Andrew) dit Clark had a rifle shop and 
dwelHng house on the east side of Randolph Street north of 
Jefferson Avenue. He was a justice of the peace in 1815 and in 
1814 was one of a company of volunteers raised by Cass to drive 
off the Indians, who camped too close to the town and stole the 
cattle. On October 16, 1804, he married at Assumption, Sand- 
wich, Ontario, Susanne Drouillard, who was born there Novem- 
ber 5, 1783, daughter of Francis Drouillard and Mary Ann 
Villers. Susan died and was buried at Detroit, January 31, 1813. 
Joseph married again at Detroit, July 29, 1813, Clemence Fear- 
son. She was the daughter of Capt. John Fearson and was born 
November 3, 1794. She was buried at Ste. Anne's, Detroit, Feb- 
ruary 22, 1866. {Ste. Anne Church Records; Detroit News- 
papers.) 

237. Jean Baptist Belanger was the son of Philip Belanger, 
who came to Detroit January 13, 1771. He was born in Detroit, 
January 29, 1784, and married there, August 20, 1804, Marga- 
reta Prudhomme dit Nantais, who was also born in Detroit, July 
23, 1788, daughter of Jean B. Prudhomme dit Nantais and Mary 
Ann Dellard. Jean B. Belanger was buried at Detroit, October 
28, 1818. His wife paid a license fee for a tavern in 1820. Their 
children were: 

Jean Baptist Belanger, born at Detroit, May 13, 1805. 

Anthony Belanger, born at Detroit, April 23, 1807. 

Oliver Belanger, born at Detroit, April 3, 1809. 

Mary Frances, born at Detroit, August 2, 1811, buried at 
Detroit, November 11, 1813. 

Frances, born at Detrgit, June 17, 1814, married at Detroit, 
November 20, 1834, Joseph Daily. 

Mary, born at Detroit, July 19, 1816, married Thomas Wil- 
son, buried at Detroit July 5, 1844. 

Margaret, born at Detroit, February 7, 1819. (Denissen's 
Genealogies. ) 

238. Jean Baptist Durette. (See Note 26.) 

239. John Askin was born at Strabane, near Belfast, Ireland, 
about 1741. His father was James Askin (Erskine) and his 
mother Alice Rea. John Askin came to America during the 
French and Indian war and was in the British army at Ticonde- 
roga. He was engaged in business with Robert Rogers at Albany 
and followed him to the Northwest Teri^itory during Pontiac's 



PROCEEDINGS ,OF LAND BOARD 225 

war. His first wife was an Indian woman by whom he had three 
children, John ; Catherine, married, first, WilHam Robertson, and 
second, Robert B. Hamihon ; Madelaine married Dr. Richardson, 
a Scotch gentleman, an officer of Simcoe's well-known Rangers. 

On June 21, 1773, Askin married for his second wife, Marie 
Archange Barthe, daughter of Charles Barthe and Therese Cam- 
pau. Nine children were born : 

Therese, born 1774, married Thomas McKee. 

Archange, born 1775, married Capt. David Meredith. 

John, born 1779, died 1780. 

John, born 1783, died in infancy. 

Adelaide, born 1783, twin of John, married Elijah Brush, of 
Detroit. 

Charles, born 1785, was in the war of 1812 on the British side. 

James, born 1786, also served on the British side in the war 
of 1812. 

Elinor (Nelly, Phyllis Helene), married Richard Pattinson. 
She died at Riviere a la Tranche (River Thames), October 12, 
1813, aged about 24 years. 

Alexander David, born 1791, was also in the war of 1812. 

In 1796, when Detroit was surrendered to the Americans, 
those who wished to remain British subjects so declared them- 
selves. Askin was among the number. He did not leave Detroit 
until 1802, and then built a home on the Canadian shore near 
modern Walkerville, which he called Strabane. Here he died 
in 1818. (Denissen's Genealogies; Wacoiista; Mrs. Simcoe's 
Diary; Manuscripts in Burton Library.) 

240. The Classical Academy was in the University Building, 
the cornerstone of which was laid September 24, 1817. The 
building was 24 by 50 feet and was located on the west side of 
Bates Street near Congress Street. Ste. Anne's Church was 
located in the center of the section and east of the Academy. 

241. David Beard was a contracting agent for the army at 
Detroit as early as 1810. He also served in the war of 1812, 
Augustus Porter, Esq., of New York State, being the contractor. 
In 1814 Beard had removed to New York to live and gave tes- 
timony in Hull's trial. During his residence in Detroit he pur- 
chased Peter Curry's farm, private claim 340. {See Memoir of 
Hull, page 77; Manuscripts in Burton Library.) 



226 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

242. The ^'Vincent lot" took its name from James Vincent, 
one of the early settlers of Detroit, who elected to become a Brit- 
ish subject after the revolution. He lived on the American side 
for many years and ran a ferry between Detroit and the Canadian 
shore, having applied for a permit in 1800. At the time of the 
fire his property was inventoried at $144. He drew lot 64, sec- 
tion 4, old plan as his donation lot, which was also drawn by 
Conrad Seek. In the list of townspeople made out by Dodemead 
and his committee, Vincent's name is in the first class but is 
marked "dubious, inquire of Mr. Henry." (Manuscripts in Bur- 
ton Library; Diary of Detroit, Manuscript.) 

244. This was probably Toussaint Anthony Adhemar dit St. 
Martin, who was born in Montreal and came to Detroit as early 
as August 24, 1769. He settled there about 1772, trading with 
the Miami Indians and practicing medicine among them. Part of 
the time he resided with his family in the Indian village. He 
married Geneveva Blondeau and had eight children. (Denis- 
sen's Genealogies.) 

245. Andrew G. Whitney was one of the first stockholders 
in the Bank of Michigan in 1818. He held many offices in the 
town, being secretary of the land board from 1822 to 1824, city 
registrar 1822 to 1823, judge advocate in 1823, chairman of the 
board of trustees of the town, secretary of the legislative body 
1823-1825, United States attorney 1824-1827, and appointed to 
the legislature from the first district early in 1826. He was also 
director of the Sunday school in 1819. On April 3, 1820, he mar- 
ried Ann Eliza Tallman, daughter of John Tallman, at one time 
mayor of Hudson, New York. Her sister was Mrs. John L. 
Whiting. Mr. Whitney died October 5, 1826, aged 39. He was 
much loved and the Rev. Mr. Cadle, of St. Paul's Church, wrote 
a poem in memory of him. (Michigan Herald, October 11, 1826 ; 
Farmer's History of Detroit and Michigan.) 

246. The Ridley lot fronted on Ste. Anne Street of old 
Detroit at the corner of St. Peter Street and was bounded on the 
rear by St. James Street. It was across St. Peter Street from 
the Ste. Anne Catholic Church and not far from old Pontiac gate. 
It was owned by Edward Ridley and James Bennett. 

247. From this it would appear that Virginia Street was that 
street which ran from the present (1915) Farmer Street to Ran- 
dolph Street on the northwest side of the central police station, 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 227 

which is today called Bates Street. At that time (1818) Bates 
Street continued north on the present Farmer Street. There was 
another street called Virginia in section 1, but this was converted 
into building lots when Congress Street was extended east of 
Bates. {See Hubbard and O'Flynn Abstracts.) 

248. In 1820 Harvey Williams had a blacksmith shop where 
the Russell House stood and where the Pontchartrain stands 
(1915). His dwelling house stood on the same lot east of his 
shop. The year before this he worked in a blacksmith shop 
owned by Colonel Mack. In 1832 he built the first sawmill in 
Detroit on land at the foot of Hastings Street, purchased from 
Antoine Beaubien by Josiah R. Dorr, C. C. Trowbridge and E. A. 
Brush, who were interested in the project. In 1847 he was resid- 
ing at the mouth of the Kawkawlin River in Saginaw Valley 
with his wife and her two nieces. Mr. Williams died at Saginaw 
in 1883. (Michigan Pioneer Collections, Vol. 18, page 440 ; Vol. 
28, page 596.) 

249. In 1817 John P. Sheldon and Ebenezer A. Reed started 
the Gazette, the first number appearing July 25. Sheldon was a 
native of New York and was born in 1792. He was a practical 
printer in Ogdensburg in 1812 when he enlisted in the New York 
militia. During the war he gained the rank of major. He was 
a journeyman printer with Thurlow Weed at Utica for some time 
and then established the first newspaper published in Rochester. 
Early in 1817 he came to Detroit and established the Gazette. 
Ebenezer A. Reed was originally associated with Sheldon in the 
publication of the paper but this partnership soon ceased. Shel- 
don remained editor and proprietor for the next thirteen years. 
He was editor of the Free Press when it was first established. 
In 1833 he was appointed assistant superintendent of the lead 
mines on the Upper Mississippi River and registrar of the United 
States land offices at Mineral Point, Wisconsin. Between 1840 
and 1850 he was a clerk in one of the departments at Washing- 
ton, and in 1850 was appointed clerk of the committee on pen- 
sions of the United States senate. He resigned in 1861 and 
removed to Winfield, Illinois, where he spent his last years with 
a daughter. He died January 19, 1871, aged 79 years. Thomas 
C. Sheldon was his brother and Sheldon McKnight, a nephew. 
(Scrap Book 2„ page 29, Burton Library.) 



228 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

250. Jonathan Eastman, husband of Eleanor McNiff. {See 
Note 64.) 

251. {See Note 216.) 

252. Maurice Willermy. {See Note 80.) 

253. According to his petition for a donation lot drawn 
up in 1822, Rufus Hatch was a resident of Detroit at the time 
of the fire, 1805, at which time he claims to have been seventeen 
years old. He received lot 4, section 7. He seems to have lived 
in a number of places. In 1817 he was a justice of the peace for 
the District of Huron, in 1818 for the County of Macomb. In 
1819 he was one of the committee of citizens who endorsed Wood- 
bridge for delegate to congress. The same year he took a con- 
tract to furnish cord wood for the use of the steamboat Walk-m- 
the- Water. He was a Protestant and had a pew in the Protestant 
church which he offered for sale in 1821. In 1824 he removed 
to Oakland County with the expectation of receiving the appoint- 
ment of county clerk. Disappointed in this respect, he left the 
place and may have returned to Detroit. When it was decided 
to build a lighthouse at Fort Gratiot he applied for the position 
of keeper, and was appointed. He was at Fort Gratiot when the 
lighthouse was completed and had charge of it from August 8, 
1825, until his death in September, 1825. He was succeeded by 
George McDougall. He was styled "major" and had formerly 
been quartermaster of the U. S. A. His wife was Harriet M. 

. {Michigan Pioneer Collections, Vol. 36, pages 4T0, 474 

and 475; Detroit Gazette, 1825; Original Manuscripts.) 

254. In 1819 Horatio Ball surveyed the road to Pontiac from 
the causeway built by the troops under Colonel Leavenworth in 
1818. He was a son of Daniel Ball and a brother-in-law of Ziba 
Swan. Hervey Parke was one of the party on this occasion. 
Horatio finally settled near Pontiac. {Michigan Pioneer Col- 
lections. ) 

255. Robert Forsyth, son of William Forsyth, was born at 
Grosse Pointe May 10, 1774. When the Americans finally took 
Detroit in 1796, Forsyth elected to remain a British subject, but 
he evidently changed his mind as he lived on at Detroit for many 
years, owning property and having interests there. On July 14, 
1801, he obtained a grant of land in Sandwich. In 1808 he was 
engaged in business in Chicago with his half-brother, John Kinzie. 
On April 20, 1809, he was appointed vice-marshal for the Dis- 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 229 

trict of Huron and Detroit. At Hull's surrender he was made 
prisoner and was paroled. Proctor accused him of violating his 
parole, or even worse than that — of being in the American army 
while a British subject. Woodward had some spirited correspon- 
dence with Proctor regarding Forsyth and proved by the records 
of the Supreme Court that Forsyth had been admitted to citizen- 
ship on May 15, 1812. According to some accounts Forsyth was 
married twice, but there are no records of either marriage. His 
first wife was Mary Scott, and their children were : 

(1) Maria, who married Benjamin B. Kercheval. He was 
born in Winchester, Virginia, April 9, 1793, came to Detroit 
where he held many important offices in the territory and state, 
and died in Detroit March 23, 1855. They were married Jan- 
uary 18, 1821. Maria was born in January, 1801, and died 
February 10, 1882. 

(2) Robert Allen Forsyth (who is mentioned in this rec- 
ord) was born in 1798, married Maria Howa'rd, sister of Henry 
Howard, November 6, 1826. She died October 4, 1890. Howard 
was elected mayor of Detroit in 1837. Robert Allen Forsyth is 
said to have been the first school teacher in Chicago. He was a 
cadet at West Point 1814-1817, major in the U. S. A., and died 
at Detroit, October 21, 1849. 

(3) Alice Marion Forsyth married Lieut, (later major) 
Thomas Hunt, September 29, 1821. She died in Detroit at the 
residence of her daughter, Mrs. Tripler, and granddaughter, Mrs. 
Robinson, June 18, 1888, aged 85 years and six months. Thomas 
Hunt was the brother of Henry Jackson Hunt {see Note 173), 
who was mayor of Detroit in 1826, and of John E. Hunt, of 
Toledo. 

Robert Forsyth's second wife was "Nancy" or Jane Little. 
They were married about 1808 or 09, and had one child, Jane 
Cameron Forsyth, who married Charles R. Brush, son of Elijah 
Brush and Adelaide Askin, October 15, 1833. Robert Forsyth 
died in Ohio in 1813, and his half-brother, John Kinzie, was 
appointed administrator of his estate. Three years later Kinzie 
was removed and Robert A. Forsyth, Jr., was appointed to fill 
the place. May 3, 1819. {See notes by C. M. Burton; Original 
Manuscripts, Burton Library.) 

256. Warren Howard was appointed supervisor of roads 
and highways over Springwells, January 8, 1818, and jailer in 



230 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

Detroit in 1820. (Michigan Pioneer Collections, Vol. 8, page 
660; Proceedings of Common Council of Detroit.) 

257. In 1817 Robert Smart's house and barn were on the 
east 'side of Woodward Avenue and the south side of Larned. 
This was in section 1. (Scrap Book 24a_, page 59, Burton 
Library. ) 

258. Many of the names of those who petitioned for dona- 
tion lots in the first, second and third classes do not appear in 
these Journals. Their claims were either ratified before October 
24, 1808, or were rejected. In the first class were Mrs. Coates, 
who had a tavern in 1803 and 1804, and Gabriel Godfroy, Jr. 
They both applied for their donation lots in 1807. In the second 
class is Mrs. Eberts, wife of Dr. Herman Eberts, who was born 
in Augsburg in 1753, came to America as a surgeon with a 
Hessian regiment. As Marie Francoise Hue she married the 
doctor about 1780 and came to Detroit in 1791, where they 
became naturalized- by the terms of Jay's treaty. He served as 
coroner and sheriff at different times. After the fire he built a 
house on the other side of the river, at Windsor, and there he 
died, March 4, 1819. Late in 1804 Mrs. Eberts applied for a 
divorce from Dr. Eberts. A separation for two years was 
allowed and Mrs. Eberts went to live with relatives in Montreal. 
She never returned. At this time they had seven children living, 
one of these, Therese, obtained a donation lot in the third 
class. Thomas Welch was another applicant in the second class. 
His wife Elizabeth and daughter Peggy both received donation 
lots. (See Notes 77 and 78.) Thomas applied for his lot October 
4, 1806, and at the time stated that he had two daughters, one 
of age. 

In the third class were : 

Baker (at Godfroy's). 

Bateite (at Donovan's). 

Michel Bernier. 

Robert Conn, a contractor's agent for the army stationed at 
Detroit. He drew on the contractors for his gambling debts and 
got into trouble. 

Patrick Conoly (lived with John Connor, shoemaker; died 
before Hull's report of December 31, 1806, and left no heirs). 

Joseph Cooper, a negro (he does not appear to have drawn). 

Francis Drake, age doubtful. 



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Dennis Dougerty. 

Therese Eberts, daughter of Dr. Eberts. * 

Charles Fouche, under age. 

Reney Gamash (no such name among the deeds). 

John Go if (applied for a lot for a school). 

Ephraim Jones (name of Richard Hall Jones substituted). 

William Keene (Keren, Keeney) lived with W. McD. Scott 
and filed his petition in 1806. His name was finally struck out. 

' James Kirby filed his petition in 1806 and stated that he was 
a citizen of the United States and 28 years old. 

Labelle (no such name among the deeds). 

John Lupton (name struck out). 

Thomas Mahony. 

Polly McLean (later Mrs. Mary Armstrong). 

Francis McCloud. 

James McDonall (said to be a British citizen). 

Maria Ourno. 

George Pare (or Pier, applied in 1807). 

David Ross. 

Mary Roy (claim rejected). 

Stephen Rogers (struck out). 

James Riley, Jr. 

Charles Stewart. 

Michel Trombley (Tromble). 

Henry Teeze, a hired man in the family of Matthew Donovan. 
No lot seems to have been assigned to him. 

Anthony Wayne (a lot was drawn — file marked unknown). 

There were several negroes in the town who were entitled 
to donation lots : 

Cato (Dodemead's negro). 

Harry and Hannah, doubtful as to age (Dodemead's negroes). 

London and Mary, his wife, at the Watson's (probably John 
Watson). 

Margrett (at the Voyer's). 

Susan and Nell, under age (at Mrs. Abbott's). 

Hannah (Mrs. Coate's negro). 



232 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

COPIED FROM ORIGINAL PAPERS IN THE CITY 
HALL, DETROIT, MICH. 

No. 24. Petition of Oliver W. Miller for lot or lots filed 10 
September, 1806 : 

To the Honorable, the Legislative Board of the Territory of 
Michigan : 

Gentlemen: As the absolute necessity of my absence from 
Detroit will debar me the honor of personally waiting on the 
honorable board, I take the liberty of stating to them that I 
should be happy to procure from government, the corner lot on 
the opposite side of Court House Avenue (or cross street) from 
Dr. Wm. McD. Scott's house, or if that lot should be previously 
•disposed of, some other eligible situation worth of v'he expense 
•of erecting large and costly buildings thereon, and I also beg 
leave to state to them, that as my line of business will require 
the occupancy of a water lot, I should also wish to procure the 
water lot opposite to Messrs. Abbott's store house. 

I have requested my friend, Capt. C. Tuttle to wait upon the 
honorable board and any negotiation that he may think proper 
to make or enter into with them shall be sanctioned by and bind- 
ing on my part. 

Gentlemen, your very obedient and very humble servant, 

Oliver W. Miller. 

No. 22. Petition of Gab. Richard for himself and as attorney 
of J. D. for Jno. Dilhet and Etienne Willermy, filed 3 October, 
1806, for 3 donation lots : 
To the Legislature of the Territory of Michigan : 

Gabriel Richard for himself and attorney for John Dilhet and 
Etienne Willermy pray that three donation lots be given on the 
East and West Avenue as near as possible to the Military Square. 

Detroit, October 2, 1806. G. Richard. 

No. 21. Petition of Thos. Welch for himself, wife and two 
daughters for donation lots: 

Petition of Thos. Welch, filed 4th October, 1806. 

Detroit, Territory of Michigan, October 3, 1806. 
To the Honorable Governor and Judges of said Territory : 

The subscriber humbly petitioneth your honors to grant him 
and his family, which were sufferers in the Town of Detroit in 
the time of the fire, viz., myself and wife and two daughters, one 
of which was of age, such lots as by acts of congress are granted 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 233 

to the like sufferers by law, and your petitioner or petitioners 
humbly prayeth that the lot I now have in my possession may be 
one and a part of the aforesaid lots allowed the aforesaid act and 
that all other lots, if any there should be allowed me or any part 
of my family, may be granted to me adjoining the aforesaid lot. 
That the honorable congress will take into consideration the 
above petition is the prayer of your humble petitioner. 

Thos. Welch, by 
Elizabeth Welch, his wife. 

No. 21. Petition of Mrs. Eberts and her daughter, Therese, 
for two donations, 4th October, 1806 : 
To the Legislature of the Territory of Michigan : 

Mrs. Eberts and her daughter, Therese, pray for two dona- 
tion lots as sufferers by the late conflagration of Detroit, agree- 
able to the acts of congress. 

For Mrs. Eberts, 

Detroit, 4th October, 1806. Peter Audrain. 

No. 20. Petition of Roswell Platch for two donations, 6 
October, 1806 : 

To the Honorable Governor and Judges of the Territory of 
Michigan : 

The subscriber humbly petitioneth the honorable board, he 
being a sufferer in the Town of Detroit at the time of the fire, 
having a family containing a wife and three children. That you 
will grant the subscriber such lot or lots of ground in the afore- 
said town as by act of congress allowed which is the sincere 
prayer of your humble petitioner. 

Detroit, October 6, 1806. Roswell Hatch. 

No. 5. Lydia Plallibut petition for lot of ground, etc., being 
a sufferer by fire on the 11th of June 1805, filed 6th December, 

1806: 

To His Excellency, the Governor, and the Honorable the Judges 

of the Territory of Michigan, acting in their legislative 

capacity : 

Lydia Plallibut, of the age of twenty years, living within the 

town of Detroit, on the eleventh day of June, A. D. 1805, when 

said town was consumed by fire, humbly prays that a lot of 

ground of five thousand square feet may be assigned to her to 

hold the same to her, her heirs and assigns in pursuance of the 



234 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

act of congress in that behalf made and provided and as in duty 
bound will ever pray. 

Solomon Sibley, 

Agent for Lydia Hallibut. 
Detroit, October 8, 1806. 

No. 17. Polly Ball. Petition for donation lot filed 25th 
October, 1806: 

His Excellency, the Governor, and the Honorable the Judges of 
the Territory of Michigan, acting in their Legislative 
Department : 
Polly Ball, aged thirty years, a citizen of the United States 
and resident in the Town of Detroit, on the eleventh day of June, 
A. D. one thousand eight hundred and five, and one of the suf- 
ferers by the fire which consumed the said town, prays that a lot 
of ground may be assigned her in the City of Detroit in pur- 
suance of the law of the United States, providing for citizens suf- 
ferers by said fire, and as in duty bound will ever pray. 
, Jas. Henry, 

Agent for Polly Ball. 

City of Detroit, October 15, 1806. 

No. 17. Jacob Nado. Petition for .donation lot filed 25th 
October, 1806 : 

His Excellency, the Governor, and the Honorable the Judges 
of the Territory of Michigan, acting in their Legislative 
Department : 
Jacob Nado, aged forty-five years, a citizen of the United 
States and resident in the Town of Detroit, on the eleventh day 
of June, A. D. one thousand eight hundred and five and one of 
the sufiferers by the fire which consumed the said town, prays 
that a lot of ground may be assigned him in the City of Detroit 
in pursuance of the law of the United States, providing for citi- 
zens sufferers by said fire. And as in duty bound will ever pray, 

James Henry, 

Agent for Jacob Nado. 
City of Detroit, October 15, 1806. 

No. 16. Petition of Wm. M. Scott for donation lots for Mrs. 
Scott, A, r*.aimond, Wm. Keene and John Meldrum filed 1st 
November, 1806 : 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 235 

To the Honorable, the Governor and the Judges of the Territory 
of Michigan: 

The subscriber most regretfully sheweth that he was a house- 
holder in the late Town of Detroit on the eleventh of June, A. D. 
1805, that by the act of congress making provision for the suf- 
ferers on that day, he presumes himself entitled to a donation 
lot. That last fall, he purchased a lot under the faith of our 
government using their influence with the general government to 
obtain those lots for the benefit of the purchasers. That under 
these considerations, he expects the lot on which he has improved 
as his donation. He also prays for one for Mrs. Mary Ann Scott, 
agreeable to said provision. Also, for Wm. Keene, who then 
lived with him. Also, one for Andre Raimond, then an inhabi- 
tant of said town, at present residing with the subscriber. And 
one for John Meldrum, living in the old Town of Detroit and 
qualified according to the said act. 

And as in duty bound. 



Wm. M. Scott. 



Detroit, 31st October, A. D. 1806. 



No. 13. Petition of Matthew Donovan, Esq., for five dona- 
tion lots, himself, wife, Mary, Sarah and H. Teeze, filed 10th 
November, 1806, allowed on the 11th. 
To the Honorable, the Legislature of the Territory of Michigan : 

Matthew Donovan, owner of two lots in the old Town of 
Detroit, in one of which he lived at the time the said town was 
burnt, prays for four donation lots pursuant to the act of con^ 
gress, to wit: 

One for himself. 

One for his wife. 

One for his daughter, Polly. 

One for his daughter, Sally. 

Your petitioner further prays for another donation lot for one 
Henry Teeze, who did live with him on the 11th June, 1805, had 
lived with him several years before and is still in his service. 

And your petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray. 

Matthew Donovan. 

Detroit, 6th November, 1806. 

No. 10. Mr. Peter Audrain, secretary of the legislative 
board, filed 15th November, 1806, petition of Mr. Pearson, his 



21^ GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

wife and his daughters, Mary, Victoire and Hannah Pearson, peti- 
tion for donation lots : 

To His Excellency, the Governor, and the Honorable the Judges 
of the Territory of Michigan : 
The petition of the subscribers humbly sheweth that your peti- 
tioners, having been inhabitants of the old Town of Detroit on 
the eleventh day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand 
eight hundred and five. And that by virtue of an act of congress 

of the United States passed the day of , eighteen 

hundred and six, granting to every inhabitant of the old Town of 
Detroit (on the said eleventh day of June) above the age of sev- 
enteen years and not owing or professing allegiance to any for- 
eign power a donation lot of five thousand square feet of ground 
in the new town. 

We therefore pray that agreeable to the said law of congress, 
donation lots may be assigned to us. And your petitioners as in 
duty bound will ever pray. 

Mary Amable Fearson. 

Victoire Fearson. 

Hannah Fearson. 

Detroit, November 14, 180G. 

To His Excellency, the Governor, and the Honorable Judges of 
Michigan Territory: 

Gentlemen : The application of your petitioner sets forth 
that as in his humble opinion the compensation allowed by your 
honorable board for the drafting a deed and trouble attending 
the execution thereof is not by far a full compensation for said 
service, he prays that your honors will take the same into con- 
sideration and if consistent with your ideas grant an increase of 
compensation. 

Your petitioner further prays that as two deeds for the bank 
have already been drafted and executed by express orders from 
your board and that as the alterations taken place with respect 
to the numbering of the sections and lots renders them void and 
null, that your honors may find it but just that he should be com- 
pensated for his trouble in drafting and recording the aforesaid 
two deeds, and as in duty bound shall ever pray. 

City of Detroit, this 15th November, 1806. 

J. Watson. 



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P. S. Your honors will please to remark in taking the above 
into consideration that none or very few mortgages or bonds will 
be requisite, the fees being thereby reduced to almost nothing, 
every reasonable person will with cheerfulness pay the reason- 
able compensation. 

Endorsed : To the president of the honorable legislative board 
in session in the City of Detroit. 

Jos. Watson's petition for increase of compensation. 1806. 

No. 8. Petition of Augustin Francoeur for a donation lot, 
filed 31st November, 1806. 

Augustin Francair, above the age of seventeen years and liv- 
ing in the Town of Detroit at the time of the fire prays for a 
donation lot. 

Ab. Hull, 

Attorney for Petitioner. 

To the Honorable, the Governor and Judges of the Territory 
of Michigan : 
Endorsed, 

P. Audrain, Esq. 

Copy of the claim of Elijah Brush, Esq., trustee for Alexan- 
der McKee, the younger : 

On the 20th December, 1804, E. Brush filed notice of the 
above claim with the Register of the Land Office, at Detroit. 

On the 19th of November, 1805, John Laughton was brought 
forward as a witness in behalf of the claimant, who being sworn 
deposed and said that he believes the late Alexander McKee 
acquired this lot by gift from the British Government through 
their officers, either Governor Hamilton, or Colonel DePeyster, 
that the said Alexander in his lifetime, to wit, about the year 
1786, erected on the premises a large and commodious dwelling 
house at his own expense. The deponent estimated the cost of 
the said building at two thousand pounds at least. 

George Meldrum was also brought forward as a witness in 
behalf of the claimants, who, being sworn deposed and said that, 
previously to the departure of Colonel DePeyster from Detroit, 
which he had for sometimes communicated, the commander-in- 
chief at Quebec, transmitted to the said DePeyster, as this Depo- 
nent then understood, letters of confirmation for all his official 
conduct during his said command, not only ratifying his Military 



238 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

conduct, but also giving a general sanction to everything done in 
his civil department, as respected lands, the Deponent always 
believed that the grant of said lot was made by authority of 
those to whom the necessary power had been delegated by the 
British Government. The deponent well recollects that the large 
and convenient dwelling house at present on the lot was built by 
the late Alexander McKee in the year 1786 and supposes he must 
have expended in the erection thereof the sum of two thousand 
pounds. 

I certify that the foregoing is a true extract from the Register 
No. 5, pages 115 and 116, in my office. 

Detroit the 22nd November, 1806. 

Peter Audrain, 

Register United States 
Land Office at Detroit. 

1806. Copy claim (in 1805) made by E. Brush for Alex. 
McKee, Jr. 

No. 7. Petition of Hugh Martin for a donation lot, filed 25th 
November, 1806. 
To His Excellency, the Governor of the Territory of Michigan: 

The petition of Hugh R. Martin humbly sheweth that your 
petitioner having been a proprietor of a house and lot and inhabi- 
tant of the old Town of Detroit on the 11th day of June, 1805. 
And that by virtue of an act of the congress of the United States 
passed the day 1806 granting to every inhabitant of the old Town 
of Detroit on the said 11th day of June, 1805, and not owing or 
professing allegiance to any foreign power — Five thousand 
square feet of ground as a donation. 

Your petitioner therefore prays that the lot adjoining Mr. C. 
Curry's and fronting on the main street on which he has built a 
dwelling house and barn may be assigned him as a donation and 
your petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray, etc. 

No. 1. Report on the petition of Joseph Watson, filed 6th 
December, 1806 : 

The committee to whom was referred the application of 
Joseph Watson, praying for additional compensation for prepar- 
ing and recording deeds, etc., reports the following resolution: 
Resolved, that the fees aforesaid be increased fifty per centum 
and that he be paid for drawing deeds for the bank lots, which 
were not regular. • 



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The application of Mathew Donovan, filed 8th December, 
1806: 
Territory of Michigan, ss., City of Detroit: 

Elijah Brush, attorney for Mathew Donovan, maketh appli- 
cation for the confirmation of a lot of ground in the old Town of 
Detroit situated in St. Louis Street, containing seventy-two feet 
English measure front and rear by — bounded in front by said 
St. Louis Street, in rear by the Chemin-de-ronde on the northeast 
side by a cross street that formerly was without any name, and 
on the southeast side by a lot owned by Wm. Robertson. 

Also one other lot of ground in the old town situated in St. 
Ann Street of — feet front and rear by forty-five in depth, 
bounded on the northeast side by a cross street that was on the 
south by a lot formerly owned by Chas. Wallen in front by St. 
Ann Street and in rear by St. James Street. 

E. Brush, 

Attorney for Mathezv Donovan. 

The lot which was first claimed by Mr. Donovan by this appli- 
cation was deeded by me to him. 

Jas. McDonald. 

No. 36. 

James Anderson's Memorial to the Honorable Land Board, 
Detroit, filed 22nd January, 1807, claiming lots 4 and 49 S. 4 and 
protesting against their being deeded to Audrain and Campau. 
To the Honorable the Land Board, now in session in Detroit : 

The memorial of James Anderson humbly sheweth : That in 
the fall of the year 1805 your memoralist, being destitute of a 
house to accommodate himself and family and being desirous of 
building in the new Town of Detroit, appliejd to his Excellency, 
the governor and the honorable, the judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, for the assignment of a space of ground for the pur- 
pose. In pursuance of which application two lots were assigned 
him, the one number 10 in subdivision fronting the main street, 
the other in rear of said lot, and both fronting an alley of 50 feet 
wide, leading from said main street to the water. The two 
lots being so assigned your memoralist commenced buildings 
therein fronting the same upon said cross street, and dig a well 
in said cross street for the accommodation of his family. In the 
fall of 1806 your memoralist was informed that the plan of said 
Detroit was altered, and that the contemplated cross street would 



240 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

be disposed of in lots, being possessed of this information and 
feeling that his property would be materially injured by the con- 
templated alterations, he waited upon the Honorable Land Board 
and stated the peculiar hardships he must suffer provided said 
cross street would be shut up, and said lots granted to other per- 
sons than himself. His representations were immediately taken 
under consideration and the subject of complaint finally adjusted 
by the Honorable the Land Board to the satisfaction of your 
memoralist. The decision of the board as your memoralist un- 
derstood, was that he should receive a deed for said lots, paying 
for the ground at the rate of Two cents for each square foot 
which he agreed on his part to do, and ever has been and still is 
ready to meet according to the settled terms of payment. Which 
agreement so settled the Honorable Board directed the Secretary 
to enter since which time your memoralist has called upon the 
said Secretary to see said entry, but was informed that no entry of 
said agreement was made. He therefore prays the Honorable 
Board, that the Secretary may be directed to make the entry now, 
that he may be admitted to the full benefit of said agreement 
Your memoralist therefore feels it a duty he owes to himself and 
family to protest against all right, title and claim in Peter 
Audrain, Esq., to receive a deed of lot No. 10 in section No. 4 ; 
also against all right, title, claim or demand, in John Baptist 
Campau, Jr., to a deed of lot No. 49 in section No. 4. The same 
two lots, by virtue of said agreement with the Honorable Board, 
of right belongs to him the said James Anderson, for himself 
and in trust for Christopher Tuttle, Esq. 

Therefore, he prays a hearing in vindication of said right 
and claim by him set up, in and to said two lots, when it shall 
please the Honorable Board to grant it to him, etc., and as in duty 
bound will ever pray, etc. 

James Anderson. 

Detroit, January 20, 1807. 

No. 36. 

Petition of Charles Lafleur's claim to the lot sold Wm. Brown, 
filed 28th January, 1807 : 
To the Honorable the Legislature of Michigan : 

The petition of Charles Lafleur humbly showeth that your 
petitioner did last year purchase a lot on the main street upon 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 241 

certain conditions of payments. That the said lot has been as- 
signed as a donation lot to Dr. Brown. 

The reason assigned for depriving your Petitioner of the said 
lot was because he had signed a paper making his election to 
remain a British Subject. Your petitioner begs leave to observe 
that it is true he signed the paper but his signature was considered 
as null by the Court of the general quarter sessions of the peace,. 
as having been made too late, etc. 

Your petitioner prays redress in the premises and in duty- 
bound will pray, etc. 

Chs. Poupard. 

22nd January, 1807. 

No. 35. 

Jacob Smith's Petition to the Land Board for a deed for lot 
4, S. 2, to himself and James Dodemead, January 22, 1807, filed 
23rd January, 1807 : 

To the Honorable, the Commissioners of the Land Board, now 
sitting at Detroit. 
Jacob Smith humbly sheweth that in the latter part of the 
summer of 1805 he entered upon building a House in Detroit upon> 
lot 4, in section 2, with Mr. James Dodemead, with whom he then, 
contemplated entering into a general co-partnership in merchan- 
dizing in said Detroit. They proceeded upon their joint account 
with said house, thro the residue of the summer and the ensu- 
ing fall, and until the same was completely covered in, one chim- 
ney erected., etc., when he was obliged to visit the Indian Country 
on business where he was some time detained. On his return, 
much to his surprise^ he found John Dodemead and family in 
possession of said House, and he, presuming by the consent of the 
said James, in which said House the said John has ever since 
owned, contrary to the wishes of the said Jacob. The said Jacob 
further states that in erecting said House, in furnishing material,, 
employing mechanics, laborers, etc., about the same, he has ex- 
pended a large sum of money, to wit : between five and six hun- 
dred dollars. The said Jacob further states that he has repeat- 
edly applied to the said James on the subject of the said house- 
and for a settlement and has been as repeatedly put off by the 
said James, sometimes referring him to the said John Dodemead, 
and sometimes assigning other reasons for his refusal, which cir- 
cumstances induced the said Jacob to believe that the same James 



242 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

and John have combined together to defraud the said Jacob out 
of his interest in said House by obtaining a deed of the lot and 
immediately transfering the same to some other person. Added 
to the circumstances which have come under the view of the said 
Jacob, he has been informed that the said James has procured a 
provisional assignment of said lot, as his donation lot without 
even disclosing the interest of the said Jacob in the house thereon 
erected. Therefore the said Jacob, acting on the equity of his 
case, and that this Honorable Board will cause justice to be done 
in the premises, protests against any right in the said James, to 
receive a deed of said lot in his own name and to his own indi- 
vidual u.se. The said Jacob therefore prays this Honorable Board 
that a deed of said lot and premises may issue to the said Jacob 
and the said James, to hold the same to them and their heirs as 
tenants in common, under such regulations and restrictions upon 
the said Jacob as to the payment of a moiety for said Lot as to 
said Land Board shall seem meet and proper, and as in duty 
bound will ever pray, etc. 

Sol. Sibley, 

Attorney for Jacob Smith. 
Detroit, January 22, 1807. 

Sol. Sibley, for estate of McComb, filed 13th April, 1807 : 
To the Honorable, the Land Board: 

Alexander McComb and the heirs of William McComb, de- 
ceased, in right of their father, claim title to four several lots or 
parcels of ground situated in what is called the Old Town of 
Detroit, which they pray may be confirmed and adjusted, to wit: 
one lot of 30 feet in front by 54 feet in depth, French measure 
(miore or less), bounded in front and rear by St. Ann and St. 
James Street, on the east northeast by house and lot tenanted by 
A. Cook, on the 11th of June, 1805, on the west southwest by the 
alley leading to the fort called New St. Germain Street ; Also one 
lot of 30 feet in front by 65 feet in depth, French measure (more 
or less), bounded in front and rear by St. James Street and St. 
Joseph Street, on the west southwest by New St. Germain Street 
and on the east northeast by a lot and house belonging to United 
States, called the Clothing Store, the same being purchased by 
said A. McComb and W. McComb and Sampson Fleming; Also 
one lot of land bounded in front on St. Ann Street, in rear on St. 
James Street, on the east northeast by lot in possession of John 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 24.^ 

Conner on the 11th of June, 1805, and on the west southwest by 
Small Street or lane being 40 feet, French measure, in front and 
rear by the depth from St. Ann to St. Joseph Street ; Also one lot 
of ground situated in said town of — feet in front by — feet in 
depth, bounded in front by St. Ann Street, in rear by St. James 
Street, on the east northeast by house and lot of G. Godfrey, Jr., 
on the west southwest by lot in possession of John Conner on 
11th June, 1805, being the same formerly purchased of Wallace 
Sharp & Company, which said several lots and parcels of ground 
the said Alexander McComb and heirs of William McComb in 
right of their father, pray may be confirmed to them to hold as 
tenants in common and as in duty bound will ever pray for. 

Sol. Sibley, 

Attorney for Alexander McComb 
and the heirs of IV. McComb. 
Detroit, April 13, 1807. 

Certificate of Thomas Smith, surveyor, in favor of A. Lon- 
gon, filed 13th April, 1807: 

Mr. Longdon purchased a lot at auction on the west side of 
the cross street and by mistake erected a building some inches 
over the line on a lot intended for Mr. Gouie, but Mr. Gouie's 
renouncing his claim and to cover Mr. Langdon's improvement, 
Mr. Bates and myself, on the application of Mr. Landon gave 
our consent that he should take possession of that lot intended 
for Mr. Gouie subject to the approbation of the Honorable Legis- 
lative Board. 

Given under my hand this 12th day of April, 1807. 

Thos. Smith. 

Petition of Augustus Longan, filed 14th April, 1807, for a lot 
purchased by him, adjoining Gouie's, to be deeded him, adverse 
claim, Robert Smart. 

To His Excellency, the Governor and the Honorable, the Judges 
of the Territory of Michigan : 

The petition of your petitioner humbly showeth that in as 
much as his case with Mr. Robert Smart is now drawing to its 
close, he thinks fit respectfully to recall to your memories, facts to 
which he presumes if due weight is given will or at least ought 
evidently to show that his claim is founded upon the broad basis 
of equity and justice : It is as well known to yourselves as to 
your petitioner, that a certain part of the ground in question was 



244 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

first of all reserved for the extinguishment of the ground of Mr. 
Gowey in the old town, and that either owing to its inferiority or 
more likely to the unfavorable opinion that everyone formed of 
it, Mr. Gowey declined taking it, it is likewise known to your 
honors that about this time a number of lots were put up at Pub- 
lic sale, amongst others was the lot or as it then was an over- 
flowed marsh which in the eyes of every one but those of your 
petitioner appeared more calculated for the swine to wallow in, 
than for any improvements, notwithstanding this general opinion, 
notwithstanding the toil he must unavoidably undergo in draining 
off and filling in the same, notwithstanding the scoiTs and mock- 
ery of the Public, your petitioner purchased this lot, adjoining 
the one then in reservation for Mr. Gowey, went industriously to 
work and by the sweat of his brow and a steady perseverance 
overcame all the difficulties that offered themselves in the draining 
and filling up of the same, he then went on to erect a house 
thereon ; shortly after this if he is correct, the Governor and Chief 
Judge actuated by laudable sentiments of compassion left this for 
the City of Washington in order to represent the state of the poor 
inhabitants of Detroit and to obtain from Government something 
favorable to their interest not long after this Mr. Smith, the then 
surveyor (as appears by his certificate) in running over the lots 
discovered that your petitioner had through a mistake to which 
his non-acquaintance with the plan of the town subjected him, 
put his house somewhat over the line of Gowey's lot and in con- 
sequence of the representations of your petitioner and of the in- 
dustry he had shown in changing a mere marsh into a fine and 
valuable piece of ground, and thereby not only adding to the em- 
bellishment of the town, but saving the inhabitants of this quarter 
of the town from the pernicious effects of marshes and stagnated 
water, in consequence of this does he say, Judge Bates who then 
acted under certain restricted powers, which the honorable Board 
has in divers instances acknowledged to have given him, thought 
fit, Mr. Gowey having previously relinquished his claim, to 
grant to your petitioner the said lot, under the encouragement 
given by Judge Bates and the full assurance of his title being at 
least as good and if not more so than any other, he picketed it in ; 
as for what has since occurred and how and on what principle 
Mr. Smart comes forward and claims the same, your honors are 
better informed of than your petitioner. Your' petitioner will 



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not undertake to comment on the great injustice of depriving 
him of what he humbly conceives he is justly entitled to, nor on 
the slightness and invalidity of Mr. Smart's claim, but rests the 
whole on the equity and justice of his own, joined with the dis- 
position of your honors to do full justice to all, and to give 
encouragement where encouragement is due and as in duty 
bound your petitioner ever will pray. 

AUGUSTIN LONGAN. 

City of Detroit this 14th April, 1807. 

James May's Deposition. . 

Territory of Michigan, to wit: Personally came before me, 
Robert Abbott, one of the Justices of the Peace in. said territory 
at my chamber in Detroit, the twenty-seventh day of April in the 
year of our Lord, one thous^md eight hundred and seven, James 
May, of lawful age, who being duly sworn, on the Holy Evan- 
gelist of Almighty God, deposith and saith that he hath a per- 
fect knowledge that Thomas Cox, formerly of Detroit, did own 
and possess the lot which is now applied for by William Robert- 
son, situated in St. Louis Street and extending to the chemin-de 

ronde containing feet in front and rear and bounded on the 

North East side by George Meldrum and on the South West by 
John Dodemead, so early as the year one thousand seven hundred 
and seventy-nine and that he sold and conveyed the same to 
William Macomb, who sold and conveyed the same to William 
Robertson, I think, in the year one thousand seven hundred and 
eighty-five, and that William Robertson has ever since been in 
the possession thereof. 

Detroit, 27th April, 1807. James May. 

Sworn before Robert Abbott, J. P. D. D. 

Deposition of James MacDonnell, filed the 1st June, 1807. 

I, James McD/)nnel, of Detroit, in the Territory of Michigan, 
of lawful age under my corporial oath, do certify that in the 
year of our Lord, 1785, I came up from Montreal as a clerk to 
Mr. Wm. Robertson, then merchant at Detroit, where I arrived 
in November in the year last aforesaid. A few days after my 
arrival William Robertson purchased the house and lot then 
situated in St. Louis Street and extending down to the Chemin- 
de ronde, bounded on the northeast side by a lot now owned by 
Geo.' Meldrum, and on the southwest by one owned by John 
Dodemead, of the late Wm. Maccomb, for which he paid twelve 



246 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

hundred pounds N. Y. C. Y., all which sum of money I paid the 
said Wm. Maccomb with my own hands at different times for the 
said Wm. Robertson and when I made him the last payment he 
delivered me the title deeds, which I delivered unto Wm. Rob- 
ertson, who hath, I believe, ever since been the owner and pos- 
sessor of the said lot; further, I have-nothing to say. 

Jas. McDonald. 

Sworn and subscribed to before me at my chambers in De- 
troit, this 27th of April, 1807. 

James Abbott, No. D. D. 

Petition of J. Luckett praying for a donation lot, filed the 
22nd of May, 1807. 
To the Honorable the Legislature of the Territory of Michigan : 

The Petition of the Subscriber humbly sheweth: That he 
was an inhabitant of the old Town of Detroit on the 11th day of 
June, 1805, at the time of the conflagration and that by virtue of 

an Act of Congress passed the — day of , 1806, granting 

to each Inhabitant of said town a Donation Lot in the new Town 
of Detroit not exceeding five thousand square feet of ground, 
prays that a lot may be assigned to him agreeable to said act. 
And your Petitioner, as in duty bound, will ever pray. 

Jno. Luckett. 

I certify that the above subscriber was born in the State of 
Maryland and has ever been a citizen of the United States, and 
was in the old Town of Detroit on the 11th June, 1805. 

Detroit, May 22, 1807. 

Samuel T. Dyson. 

Endorsed : 
To the Honorable, the Legislature of the Territory of Michigan. 

Application of E. Brush, for Alex. McKee and Mathew 
Elliott, filed the 1st of June, 1807. 

To His Excellency, the Governor, and to the honorable, the 
Judges of the Territory of Michigan: 

Elijah Brush, of Detroit, Trustee to Alexander McKee, the 
younger, who is son and heir to Thomas McKee, who claims, 
under Alexander McKee, the elder, deceased, maketh applica- 
tion to this honorable board for the adjustment and confirma- 
tion of a certain messuage and tenement in the Town of 
Detroit and now occupied by Henry Berthelett, containing ninety- 
three feet in front upon the River Detroit and eighty-two and 



PROCEEDINGS OF . LAND BOARD 247 

one-half feet in rear, bounded on the northeast 303^ feet by 
Henry Berthelett and on the southwest 297 feet by a messuage 
and tenement owned and claimed by Mathew Elliott. As attor- 
ney for Mathew Elliott I do apply for an adjustment and con- 
firmation of his claim next adjoining unto the aforesaid claim, 
containing the same quantity of ground as by a plot of both 
pieces or lots hereunto submitted will appear the evidence of the 
possession and improvements on both those lots except such im- 
provements as have been made by Mr. Bjush are hereunto sub- 
mitted. 

By E. Brush, 
Trustee to Alexander McKee and 
Attorney for Mathew Elliott. 
Mary Young's, alias Ryan, notice. Postponed. 

Detroit, the 16th November, 1808. 
To Joseph Watson, Secretary. 
To the Commissioners under the Act of Congress of the 21st 
April, 1806 : 
Sir: Mary Young, alias Ryan (by her attorney, William 
McDowell Scott), an inhabitant of the Town of Detroit on the 
11th June, 1805, and at that time above the age of 17 years, puts 
in her claim to a donation lot. 

Wm. Scott. 

Petition of Widow Girardin, concerning her donation lot, etc. 
Filed with the Commissioners the 28th November, 1808. 

Jos. Watson, 

Secretary. 

To the Honorable the Governor and Judges of the Territory of 
Michigan, acting as Commissioners under the Act of Con- 
gress, relating to the Town of Detroit : 
The petition of Josette Girardin, widow and relict of the 
late Jacques Girardin, humbly sheweth unto your Honors That 
your petitioner is intitled to a Donation Lot under the said Act of 
Congress, upon which she understands Richard Smith, Esq., hath 
made improvements in the rear of his present dwelling house in 
the City of Detroit. 

Your petitioner as an Inducement to your Honors, to take her 
case into your immediate consideration states that she is incum- 
bered with a large family of young children, four of whom are 



248 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

now confined to their Beds with lingering Fevers, who for some 
time past have been supported by her Charitable Neighbor, on 
whose liberality; she would not have to trespass provided this 
Honorable Board of Commissioners would put your petitioner in 
possession of her said Donation or pay her the value thereof. 

Your petitioner further states that this Honorable Board are 
further indebted to her Husband's Estate in the sum of thirty- 
three pounds, twelve shillings. New York Currency, being the es- 
timation of Alexis Coquilliard and Isidore Peltier, two stone ma- 
sons under oath of a certain stone well, and the workmanship of a 
stone chimney including the lime, the property of your petitioner, 
agreeably to their affidavit herewith, sworn to before James 
Abbott, J. P. D. D., on the first day of September, A. D. 1805, 
which this Honorable Board undertook to pay on her agreeing to 
exchange her lot in the old Town, foot for foot, for an equal 
quantity of land in the new City of Detroit. That your petitioner 
has in consequence of the aforesaid agreement settled herself 
and built on a lot in the new City, containing 5,000 feet, for which 
she solicits a deed, and she claims 520 feet of land which your 
petitioner humbly solicits, she may be allowed to locate on any 
remnant of a lot in the main street of the said City, as still 
remains at the disposal of your Honors, her lot in the old Town 
exchanged as aforesaid, containing 5,520 square feet. And your 
petitioner, as in duty bound, will ever pray. 

Detroit, 28 November, 1808. 

JOSETTE GiRARDIN, 

Veuve de Jacques Girardin. 

The application of Joseph Campau, confirmed. 
To the Honorable the Legislative Board of Michigan: 

Joseph Campau, who was an inhabitant of the old Town of 
Detroit on the 11th of June, 1805, entereth his claim for his 
donation lot where the Indian Council House formerly stood in 
the old Town of Detroit, and prayeth the honorable board will 
•confirm the same to him. 

Detroit, December 1, 1808. 

By his attorney, 

E. Brush. 

A. Geel, for lot 63, section 1, as donation lot of wife, rejected. 
To the Commissioners for the City of Detroit : 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 249 

The Humble petitioner, Abraham Geel, sets forth in his 
memorial that His wife is entitled to a Donation Lot in the City 
of Detroit, and that he now occupies No. 63 in section No. 1 ; 
that he has made considerable improvements on said lot. He 
likewise understands that Sol. Sibley, Esq., agent for Isaac Hunt, 
Late a citizen of Detroit, has located on said lot, your petitioner 
further States that He is of opinion that He ought to be allowed 
a preference of Said lot, as he is now an Inhabitant and has made 
Large improvements in this city and will continue so to do, and 
should the Honorable Commissioners be of opinion that the Lot 
which he occupies ought not to be granted to his Wife, she being 
entitled only to Draw in the second or third class. He will in that 
case agree to pay to the Detroit Fund the sum of twentyfive 
dollars as a difterence of Quality between the Lot which He occu- 
pies and those in the second or third class, and your petitioner, 
as in duty bound, etc etc. 

December 20, 1808. 

Abraham Geel. 

Abraham Geel's notice for lot 63, section 1. 
To the Honorable Commissioners for settling claims of land 
in the City of Detroit: 

The petition of Abraham Geel humbly prayeth that the Com- 
missioners will Grant to Mrs. Geel the Lot numbered 63 in sec- 
tion No. 1 for Her Donation lot, as said Lot is now occupied 
(and has been for a Space of time past) by Abram Geel, Hus- 
band of Mrs. Geel, and as it has been practicable for the Hon- 
orable Commissioners to Grant to persons Entitled to Donation 
Lots, all Lots which they may have in possession by improve- 
ment, and as the Said Geel is now in possession of said Lot he 
therefore prays that a Deed may Issue to Mrs. Geel for her 
donation and as in Duty bound shall ever pray. 

Detroit, 28th, 1808. 

Abraham Geel. 

Return relative to claims in the old Town of Detroit : 

Return of individuals whose claims in the old town have not 
been adjusted; as far as can be ascertained from documents in 
possession of the Commissioners under' the Act of Congress of 
the 21st April, 1806: 

James Dodemead ; no deed to his lot. 

Peter Desnoyer. 



250 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

i^ngus Mc. Mackintosh. 

Estate of James Girardin ; says he has more ground. 

James Vincent ; let it by, no agreement. 

Richard Pattinson; Mr. Brush will (if he has not) make a 
deed. 

Mathew Donovan; connected with Vincent. 

Heirs of William McCombs, deceased; surveys made. 

Catholic Corporation. 

Return of individuals who have entered into arrangements 
for the adjustment of their claims and some of whom have 
already signed relinquishments of their old ground, and some not : 

Jean Baptiste Picquet, Gabriel Godfroy, Elijah Brush, R. and 
J. Abbott, Charles Curry, James May, David McClain, Conrad 
Seek, John Watson, James Henry, Mary Abbott, estate of Wil- 
liam Robertson, deceased. 

Detroit the 6th March, 1809. 

Jos. Wats.on. 

John Baldwin, to part of Jos. Campau's lot in O. T. near the 
Church, granted by Governor and Judges to Charles Poupard, 
and by Poupard assigfned to Baldwin. 

To the Governor and Judges of the Territory of Michigan. 

Gentlemen : The undersigned respectfully requests and prays 
you to set in your capacity as commissioners under the act of 
Congress, in order to decide that which is right and just in his 
case, the circumstances of which are, that on the 26th day of 
December, 1808, the Commissioners confirmed and granted part 
of Joseph Campau's lot in the old town near the Church to 
Charles Poupard, alias Lafleur, and that on the 5th May, 1809, 
the said Poupard conveyed his right and title in and to the said 
lot to the undersigned, and that it since appears that although a 
deed has been made out to said Campau for ground in lieu of 
said lot, he has not thought fit to relinquish in writing the same 
to the Governor and Judges, which operates much to the injury 
of the undersigned, who flatters himself that such measures 
will be taken as may secure him in a good title to the said lot. 

Detroit the 12th September, 1810. 

John Baldwin. 

Petition for deed for lots 32, 33, 34 and 35, Geo. McDougall, 
June 3rd, 1811. Presented and granted, deed ordered. 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 251 

To His Excellency the Governor, and Honorable Judges of the 
Territory of Michigan, acting as Commissioners under the 
Act of Congress dated April 21, 1806 : 

The Memorial of Geo. McDougall 
of the City of Detroit 
Humbly sheweth, 

That your Memoralist became a purchaser of lots No. 32, 33, 
34 and 35, at public auction, on the 6th March, 1809, and duly 
paid to Wm. McD. Scott, twelve dollars fifty cents, being the 
first payment thereon, but finding shortly after that the sale of 
these lots, being part of the Detroit Commons, gave almost gen- 
eral offense to the Proprietors in the old Town and in the Coun- 
try, your Memoralist did not apply for a deed at the time, nor 
did he give his notes, for the last payments, in hopes that a peti- 
tion to your Honors then in circulation on the subject of said 
lots, would be the means of frustrating the same. He neverthe- 
less tendered the amount of the second payment to the Treasurer 
on the 7th September, 1809, and again on the 6th March, 1810, 
$37.50 as the same and last payment thereof, which Mr. Brush 
declined receiving inasmuch as the second payment was not 
offered in season, as may be more fully seen, reference being 
had to Certificates herewith handed in. 

Your Memoralist having on this day paid to E. Brush, Esq., 
aforesaid, Treasurer of the Detroit Fund, his receipt ready to be 
produced, forty dollars forty-two cents, being the balance and 
interest due on said four lots, in conformity to a late resolution 
of the Board, humbly trusts that a deed for the same may be 
made to him by your Honors without loss of time, and as in duty 
bound will ever pray, etc. 

City of Detroit April 23, 1811. 

Geo. McDougall. 

Petition of Robert Smart, filed with the Secretary of the 
Land Board, November 27, 1815. 

Lots 61 and 62, section 3. A. E. Wing. 

To His Excellency the Governor, and the Honorable the Judges 
of the Territory of Michigan : 
The petition of Robert Smart, of Detroit, humbly sheweth 
that as the assignee of Catherine Briely, assignee of John Mur- 
phy, assignee of David McLean, late of Detroit, deceased, he the 
said Robert, claims to have deeded to him in fee simple, two ccr- 



252 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

tain lots of land, lying and being in the City of Detroit, and on 
the plat thereof numbers 61 and 62 in section 3. Which said 
lots were granted to David McLean of said City on or about the 
day of by the Governor and Judges. The one for ac- 
count of his donation under the Act of Congress relating to said 
City, and the other in exchange for a lot of ground owned by said 
McLean in the old Town of Detroit. Your petitioner has 
acquired the title and interest of the said McLean in and to said 
lots, by regular conveyances of the same. Your petitioner fur- 
ther states that he is informed and advised that the original deed 
if ever executed by the Governor and Judges for said lots, are not 
to be found. That if executed the same were not delivered and 
if delivered have been lost. Your petitioner holds in his posses- 
sion an acquittance of said McLean of the lot by him claimed in 
the old Town, that conveys the same to the Governor and Judges, 
and which he is ready to deliver, said Governor and Judges and 
the execution and delivery to him of deed for the lots above men- 
tioned, with authority to do any act or thing that may be consid- 
ered necessary and proper in the premises. Therefore the said 
Robert Smart prays that the subject matters contained in his 
petition may be taken into consideration, and that deed may issue 
to him for said lots 61 and 62 in section 3 as above mentioned, 
and as in duty bound, etc. 
October 29, 1816. 

For Robert Smart, 
Sol. Sibley, Attorney. 

Mr. Louis Lognon, son lot de Donaison allouer par le Gouver- 
neur et les Juges du Territoire Michigand du Detroit, 26 Juin, 
1809. 
. At a session of the Commissioners under the Act of Congress 
of the 21st day of April, 1806, at the City of Detroit on the 22nd 
day of December, 1808. 

On motion of the governor: Ordered, "That deeds be granted 
to Charles Curry and his wife, formerly the wife of Hugh 
Calaghan, for lot No. 1 in the 3rd section and four thousand 
feet of lot No. 4 in the same section, being the residue said lot, 
one thousand feet of which has been deeded to Hugh R. Martin, 
he paying thirtyfour dollars and 86/100 towards satisfying Mr. 
Louis Lognion's donation before the 1st day of January, next, 
and relinquishing seven thousand two hundred and fifty-seven 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 253- 

feet of ground in the old town, which was formerly the propert)r 
of the Estate of Hugh Calaghan. 

June 26th, 1809. 

A true copy from the Journals. 
Jos. Watson, 

Secretary. 

Received at Detroit, August 28, 1816, of Mr. James Chitten- 
den, in behalf of his wife, late Widow Calaghan, at Brush's treas- 
ury Note No. 36 for $10 dated 1st August, 1808. 

Interest thereon $4.80 to the date, is $14.80. 

Bank Notes to the amount of 36. is $50.80. 

In full of the within $34.86 

and 7 years and 8 months interest to this date 15.94 



$50.80 
Geo. McDougall, 
Attorney for Louis Lognon. 

List of lots granted and ordered by the Governor and Judges 
since the 8th of October,' 1816 : 

Lots 28 and 29, out lots, to John R. Walker for heirs of Hor- 
ner, October 15, 1816. Subject to the opening of streets, lanes, 
alleys, etc. 

Certain lot or parcel of ground to Catholic Church, October 
17, 1816. Beginning at the western and southern corner of a lot 
granted to P. Audrain, now the property of J. Campeau, and run- 
ning thence on the course north 30 degrees, west 200 feet ; thence 
south 60 degrees, west 132 feet; thence south 30 degrees, east 
200 feet : thence north 60 degfrees, east 132 feet to the beg:inning, 
containing 26,400 square feet, more or less, reserving the alleys, 
etc., etc., and all private claims, according to the original plan. 

Lots 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, section 1, to- 
Catholic Church, October 17, 1816. 

Lots 40, 41, 84 and 85,, section 1, to Catholic Church, October 
17, 1816. Proviso, that in that part of the said lots 40, 41, 84, 85, 
which is now used as a public communication, nothing shall be 
erected which shall intercept the said communication, continuing 
to the 17th day of October, 1831, unless another communication 
be previously opened. 

The interior and central triangle, section 1, to Catholic Church, 
October 17, 1816. For the erection of a church, provided if a 



254 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

church be not erected and maintained thereon the use of the said 
ground shall revert to the public, and provided that the church 
be not erected on or before the 1st December, 1818, and provided 
further, that no interments be made after 1st June, 1817. 

Lot 73, section 4, to Catharine McNiff, October 18, 1816. The 
lot on which she now lives. 

Lot 50, section 3, to Richard Smythe, October 18, 1816. 

Lot 4, section 3, to Mrs. Chittenden, December 19, 1816. 
With the exception of 10 by 100 feet bounding on lot No. 3 in the 
same section. 

A lot; Benj. Woodworth, December 19, 1816. Part of a lot 
adjoining him on which the Indian Blacksmith Shop formerly 
stood. 

Lots 27, 31, 32, 33, 63, 64, 65, 66, 68, 69, 70, 71, section 9, 
Catholic Church, November 5, 1816. Together with the use of 
the streets and alleys between them for a burying ground. 

Lots 19 and 20, section 3, to H. J. Hunt, November 25, 1816. 

Lots 6 and 7, out lots, to James Abbott, November 25, 1816. 

Lots 68 and 69, out lots, to John R. Williams, November 27, 
1816. 

Lot 57, section 4, to John R. Williams, November 27, 1816. 

Lot 41, section 4, to Solomon Sibley, December 17, 1816. As 
assignee of Jacob Fairman. 

Lot 36, section 8, to Mrs. Scott, December 17, 1816. 

Lot 82, section 6, to Sarah Knowland, December 17, 1816. 

Lots 61 and 62, section 3, to Robert Smart, December 17, 1816. 

Lots 82 and 83, out lots, to Solomon Sibley, December 18, 
1816. At the request of James May. 

Lots 37, 38, 39, 66, 67, 56, 57, 58, out lots, to James May, 
December 18, 1816. 

Lot 78, section 7, to Margaret Hanks, December 19, 1816. 

Lot 81, out lot, to John Palmer, December 19, 1816. 

Lot 51, section 3, to Rich. Smythe, December 19, 1816. 

Lots 70 and 71, out lots, to Abraham Cook, December 19, 
1816. 

A lot to John S. Roby, December 31, 1816. The lot on which 
he now lives to be retained by Sol. Sibley till Robert Innis files 
relinquishment for all claims of Matthew Donovan to land in 
the old Town of Detroit. 



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Lots 12 and 13, section 2, to Joseph Thibault, December 31, 
1816. Parts of lots. 

Lot 15, section 2, to Benj. Stead, December 31, 1816. To be 
retained by S. Sibley till Robt. Gouie files relinquishment to all 
claims in the old town and till Stead pays $50 to Treasurer and 
secures by his note the payment of $100 in 2 annual install- 
ments, with interest till paid. Relinquishment filed by S. S. 13 
November, 1817. 

Lot 50, section 8, to Catharine Doneghy, December 31, 1816. 
Donation of lot of Peter Curry. 

Lots 63, 64, 65, out lots, to Dr. Wm. McCroskey, December 
31, 1816. 

Lot 41, section 6, to Dr. Wm. McCroskey, December 31, 1816. 

Lot 81, section 10, to Dr. Sylvester Day, December 31, 1816. 

Lots 24, 25, 26, 27, out lots, to Benj. Woodworth, December 
31, 1816. 

Lot 53, section 4, to Benj. Woodworth, December 31, 1816. 
To be retained as an escrow title he conveys to the U. S. the lot 
whereon the new Indian Blacksmith shop is built. 

Lot 74, section 8, to Mrs. Agnes McLean, November 11, 1817. 

Lot 21, out lot, to Jacob G. Sanders, December 9, 1817. 

Lot 99, section 2, Mary Longdon, delivered to A. Long'n. 
December 29, 1817. Signed May 9, 1809. 

Lots 83, 75, 13, 87, 88, section 1, to John Whipple, J. B. Pel- 
tier, heirs of A. Gill, J. Andre, J. B. Belanger, and J. B. Durett, 
December 30, 1817. Parts of lots between Brush and Randolph 
streets, ordered to be granted on conditions of certain payments. 

Lots 101, 102, 103, 94, section 3, to Thomas Smith, December 
30, 1817. Deeds delivered to S. Sibley. 

Lot 77, section 8, to Mary Donovan, December 30, 1817. 
Deed delivered to S. Sibley. 

Lot 68, section 8, Sarah Elliott, December 30, 1817. Deed 
delivered to S. Sibley. 

Lot 176, 175, 172 and part of 171, section 4, to Solomon Sib- 
ley, December 30, 1817. 

Part of lots 77, 80, 81, 75, 78, 79, section 4, to Solomon Sibley. 
December 30, 1817. As assignee of Gabriel Richard. 
Appraisement for Mrs. Chittenden's well: 



256 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

We, the undersigned, having been called on to appraise the 
well in the old Town claimed by Mrs. Chittenden do say that the 
same in our opinions is worth one hundred and thirty dollars. 

Detroit, 19th October, 1816. 

James Abbott 
James Dodemead. 
RiCHD. Smyth. 

Petition of Stephen Mack, Shubael Conant, Henry J. Hunt, 
and Abraham Edwards, relating to sundry lots for erecting a 
steam mill, etc. 

Presented and filed December 20th,, 1816. 

A. E. Wing, Secretary. 
To the Governor and the Judges of the Territory of Michigan: 

Gentlemen : Believing that a manufactory of flour in the City 
of Detroit, by the agency of steam, would be of great advantage 
to the Territory at large and particularly to the City of Detroit, 
we have agreed to make the experiment if assured of the patron- 
age of the local Government. 

In order to the prosecutions of the establishment with suc- 
cess, both as regards the public and the proprietors, the items of 
expense must be kept steadily in view, and such measures adopted 
as are best calculated to reduce these as low as possible. The 
location of the works is therefore of primary importance in rela- 
tion to the transport of stock, fuel, etc. A position upon the 
margin of the river, of sufficient extent for erecting the mill 
house, as well as other necessary buildings, is deemed indispen- 
sable by the Company. Such an extent of ground cannot be pur- 
chased of individuals within the city. The only alternative is 
the application we now make, for a grant of lots Nos. 164, 165, 
166, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175, 178 and 179 in 
section 4, or so much thereof as are at the disposition of the 
Governor and Judges. 

The lots here mentioned, if granted, can be filled in and made 
convenient to answer the views of the Company. It is expected 
that they will be conveyed on early and liberal terms. 

We are now prepared to enter upon the negotiations, and to 
close a contract of purchase, whenever convenient to the Gov- 
ernor and Judges, presuming that the conditions of sale will be 
liberal. We are anxious for an early decision — arrangements 
will be made by the Commissioner for filling in the lots imme- 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD ^7 

diately on receiving a deed. A detached view of the objects ia 
contemplation by the Company will be given if required. 
With sentiments of respect we are, gentlemen, 

Your most obedient servants, 
December 20th, 1816. 

Stephen Mack, 

Shubael Conant, 

Henry J. Hunt^ 

A. Edwards, 

Agents for the Company. 

Protest of the corporation of the City of Detroit to certain? 
water lots being sold by the Governor and Judges sitting as a. 
Land Board. 

To His Excellency the Governor, and the Hon. the Judges of the: 
Territory of Michigan, Present : 

Gentlemen : The undersigned, trustees of the city of Detroit, 
are informed that it is the intention of the Governor and Judges- 
to sell the grounds covered with water, lying in front of the City 
of Detroit, and that they will be sold as comprising a part of the 
ten thousand, acres of land, donated by the United States for the 
purpose of erecting a Court House and jail in said City. 

The trustees, on inspection, are of the opinion that the ground 
in question is not embraced in that grant, that the same being 
covered with a navigable water, and embracing the front of the 
City. The exclusive use thereof is a fit subject to be regulated 
by the corporation, if however, it should be determined that the 
corporation have not now authority to use or regulate the use of 
said ground such an authority ought to exist, the necessary meas- 
ures will be adopted by the corporation at the ensuing session of 
Congress to obtain a grant, embracing the whole of the docks in 
front of the City. The trustees, on behalf of the City, request 
that the intended sales of the lots, lying in front of the City of 
Detroit, and below high water mark, may be suspended until the 
experiment may be made with Congress for a grant to the cor- 
poration of said grounds. 

With sentiments of high respect we are. Gentlemen, 
Your obedient servants, 

A. Edwards, Chairman^ 
S. Mack, 



258 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS . 

Peter J. Desnoyers, 
Oliver W. Miller. 



*Note. — This paper is not dated, but is probably 1817, as 
Edwards was chairman at that time. (C. M. B.) 



Petition of Mrs. Isabelle Macomb, March 3, 1817. 

To the Governor and Judges of the Territory of Michigan : 

The petition of Isabella Macomb, widow, humbly sheweth: 
That on the 17th day of January, 1816, William Macomb, by 
his deed of the same date, executed and delivered your petitioner 
for a valuable consideration therein expressed, conveyed to your 
Petitioner to hold to her and her heirs, her rights and interest in 
and to certain, lots of ground, situated in the Town of Detroit, 
derived and acquired under the will of his deceased father, Wil- 
liam Macomb. Your petitioner is advised that the Governor and 
Judges have adjusted the title to said lots so claimed, and have 
ordered other lots located on an equivalent, and that deeds are 
directed to he made out and delivered the said William and 
David, upon certain conditions expressed in said order instead 
of the said David and your petitioner, which said order if acted 
upon as it now will, as your petitioner is advised, materially 
effect and prejudice the interest of your petitioner acquired under 
the conveyance of the said William as above stated. Therefor 
for in as much as your petitioner has acquired by purchase the 
right and interest of the said William Macomb, in and to said 
lots in the Town of Detroit, for which said lots are offered as an 
equivalent, she prays that the order of the Board may be altered 
and amended in such manner as that the deeds of the Governor 
and Judges may be made to your petitioner and David Macomb 
and not to David and William Macomb as by the order now 
entered is contemplated, and as in duty bound will ever pray. 

For Mrs. Isabella Macomb, 

Sol Sibley, Attorney. 
March 3, 1817. 

(Copy.) *'Know all men by these presents that I, William 
Macomb, of Detroit, Michigan Territory, in and for the consid- 
eration of the sum of five hundred dollars lawful money of the 
United States of America, have bargained, sold, enfeoffed and 
confirmed and by these presents do bargain, sell, enfeoff and con- 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 259 

firm to Isabella Macomb, all my right, title and interest in certain 
lots situate, lying and being in the Town of Detroit, to have and 
to hold the same to herself and her heirs forever. 

Also I do hereby transfer all my right, title and interest to a 
certain claim for damages done to the old farm, now the Town 
of Detroit, being the one third of said damages, in the whole 
amounting to four thousand, three hundred and forty-eight dol- 
lars and ten cents, in witness whereof I have hereto set my hand 
and seal this 17th day of January, 1816. 

Wm. Macomb. 

Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of : 

Alex. Macomb. 
T. Smith's advice contained in Sundry Enclosed Letters re- 
lating to Surveys of the City. 

Memo. — Mr. Smith has began to draw a map of the City on 
a large scale in separate sections in order for to preserve the 
numbers and the length of the lines, and he thinks it would be 
necessary to have also a map drawn upon a smaller scale for the 
engraver, with an Index of reference for the loss of the original 
would be attended with evil consequences. Capt. McCloskey 
would be a proper person for to complete these draughts. 

T. S. 

City of Detroit, 30 Dec. 1817. 
To H. E. the Gov and the 
Hon the Judges of Michigan. 

Schedule of papers left Mr. Wing by T. Smith, 31 December, 
1817. 

City of Detroit, 31 December, 1817. Received of Thos. Smith 
the following public papers, viz : 

One blue case containing the following public papers : 

1. A mortgage of the city. 

2. Book of Sections, by Mr. Hull. 

3. A map of the City, by Mr. Hull. 

4. Plat and description of the ground between Brush line 
and Randolph Street, together with the claim of Berthelet and 
Sibley. 

5. Plat and description of the old jail (Girardin lot). 

6. Six descriptions of the claims between Brush line and 
Randolph Street, of Whipple, Peltier, Westbrook, Ballangy, 

Clarke and Durette. 



260 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

7. T. Smith received for services up to 31 Dec, 1817. 

8. Sketch of Detroit as it stood before 1796. 

9. Sketch of the 10,000 acres. 
10. Schedule of City, by Miller. 

12. Copy of Fletcher's survey. 

13. Copy of survey of the 10,000 acres. 

14. Field notes of 10,000 acres by Fletcher, ditto J. R. Wil- 
liams, one of the corporation, one fast drain made for the city 
lots. 

City of Detroit, 31 December, 1817. Received of Thos. Smith 
the following papers, viz : ' ' 

A blue case containing, viz : • 

1. Map of the city, by T. Smith from the survey of T. Smith 
in 1806. 

2. Book of sections by Mr. Hull (exhibiting errors). 

3. A map by sections of the City from an original of T. 
Smith (exhibiting errors). 

4. Plat and description of the ground between Brush line 
and Randolph street, together with the claims of Berthelet and 
Sibley. 

5. Plat and description o>f the said jail (Girardin lot). 

6. Six descriptions of the claims between Brush line and 
Randolph Street, Whipple, Peltier, Westbrook, Ballangy, Clarke 
and Durett. 

7. T. Smith's acct. for services up to 31 Dec, 1817 — audited 
to which is to be added 10 dollars of error and cash in the treas- 
ury, $56.25, paid in per receipt of Mr. Abbott. 

8. Sketch of Detroit as it stood before 1796. 

9. Sketch of the 10,000 acres. 

10. Schedule of lots granted under the administration of 
Governor Hull. 

11. Plan of the park lots by Surveyor Miller. 

12. Copy of Fletcher's survey. 

13. Fletcher's survey of the 10,000 acres. 

14. Fletcher's field notes, ditto J. R. Williams, one of the cor- 
poration, one fast drain made for the use of the city. 

Description of Westbrook and Clark's Claims. 1817. 
Westbrook, part of lot No. 83 in section No. 1, between Brush 
line and Randolph Street. 2553 square feet. 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 261 

Description: Beginning on Brush line at the boundary of 
Clarke ; thence south 60 degrees west 48 feet to Randolph Street ; 
thence north 30 degrees west and north, following the border of 
said street to the boundary of Peltier ; thence south 60 degrees 
east 44 feet to Brush line; thence south 26 degrees east on said 
line 53 feet to the place of beginning, containing 2553 square feet, 
more or less, being part of lots 83 and 75, reserving what may be 
cut off by the continuation of Larned Street. 

Thos. Smith. 

City of Detroit 31 December, 1817. 



Clarke, part of lot No. 75 in section No. 1, between Brush line 
and Randolph street. 2688 square feet. 

Description: Beginning on Brush line at the boundary of 
Ballangy; thence south 60 degrees west 47 feet to Randolph 
Street ; thence north 30 degrees west at the line of said street 56 

feet to boundary; thence north 60 degrees east 48 feet 

to Brush line; thence on said line south 26 degrees east to the 
place of beginning, containing 2688 square feet, more or less, 
being part of lot No. 75, section No. 1, reserving what may be 
cut off by the continuation of Larned Street. 

Thos. Smith. 
31 December, 1817. 



Smith to Board. Letter. 
To His Excellency, the Governor and the Honorable Judges: 

Mr. Smith, being about settling his son in business was ne- 
cessitated to meet his little matters, and to make it convenient 
he made an arrangement with Mayor Mack in respect to what is 
due to him by the treasury, by which, and taking into considera- 
tion his expenses and disbursements, his allowance will not 
exceed three dollars per day. 

When he purchased the lots he requested an order on the 
treasury, but not obtaining it, he had to pay the first instalment in 
lots 102, 103. In December, 1817, his account was liquidated for 
that and the preceding year, and as he would had interest to 
pay the treasury, he presumed that what is owing to him by the 
treasury ought to be reciprocal, all which, however, he respect- 
fully submits. 



262 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

Detroit, 9 December, 1818.* 



*Note. — This is in the handwriting of Thom<Ls Smith. (C. 
M. B.) 



Protest, December 12, 1818. Th. Rowland for J. Eastman. 

Filed in my office December 12th, 1818. 
To the Honorable the Governor, and Judges of the Territory of 
Michigan : 

The undersigned would respectfully represent that on the 
ninth day of January, 1812, water lots 176, 177, 178 and 179 in 
section four in the City of Detroit were granted to Jonathan East- 
man, then of Detroit, by a resolution of your honorable Board, at 
the rate of one third of a cent for each square foot and that sub- 
sequently on the 12th day of August, 1812, a deed was signed and 
delivered to said Jonathan Eastman, he having previously signed 
a mortgage to secure the payment of the sum of fifty one dollars 
and 33J4 cents in conformity with your resolution of the 18th 
January, 1812, that the deed so signed and delivered to said 
Jonathan has been lost during the late war, that the said water 
lots have since been sold at public auction, therefore the under- 
signed begs leave to protest, and does hereby protest against any 
transfer which has been made or may be intended to be made of 
the said lots as thereby manifest if justice would be done to the 
said Jonathan Eastman. 

Detroit, 11th December, 1818. 

Thomas Rowland, 
Agent for J. Eastman. 
James May's Report filed 12th May, 1819. 
To the Governor and Judges of the Territory of Michigan : 

The undersigned, in obedience to your request of yesterday 
respecting Benjamin Woodworth's account of extra work, done 
on the new Jail, begs leave to report that the following Items, 
in his opinion, are and ought to be considered as Extra work, as 
not included in his contract, viz : 

Planking the sides, and laying the floors of eight cells on the 
first floor. 

Laying the floors of eight cells, in second story. 

Ditto the floors of large hall. 

Ditto the floors of Debtor's Hall. 

Putting up a partition in debtor's apartments. 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 263 

Making two doors and frames for ditto. 

Putting in irons for ditto. 

Making a closet for kitchen. 

N. B. — It was originally intended that the Walls of the cells 
should be plastered, and the floors laid with Brick, also the front 
and debtor's Hall, were to have been laid with Brick, and was 
part of the Mason's contract it was judged proper to have the 
Walls lined and the floors laid with oak and pine plank, which 
reduces so much of the Mason's work, and must be deducted 
from their contract. 

Detroit, May 13, 1819. 

James May, 
Superintendent. 

Thos. Smith's Deposit, May 13, 1819. 

Detroit, 13th May, 1819. 

Sir : From the conversation I heard yesterday I am induced 
to lay the followmg statement before the Governor and the Leg- 
islative Board and that in justice to me they will be pleased to 
allow it to be filed with the archives of the City. 

Detroit was laid off in the year 181— according to an idea sug- 
gested by Mr. Justice Woodward which required more than ordi- 
nary pains to be rendered practicable. Lots were granted on that 
plan, and afterwards on a second plan by Mr. Abijah Hull, but 
after the late war the principal documents were lost «,nd no 
memorandum left of the lots that had been ceded. This caused a 
third plan unavoidable and being without a date it subjected the 
present Board to give away lots that had been already granted. 
This is the only inconvenience that I can perceive except the 
deviation of Mr. Hull from the principles of the plan which has 
thrown one lot into the grave yard, and made an alteration in 
some of the courses near the Public wharf, and in the few in- 
stances where the numbers deviate from the grant both numbers 
are inserted in the new Plan, which together will show that every 
attention was paid on my part to regularity. 

As to the new prison, it will not stand the criticism of an 
architect, its proportion is lost, and is not fire proof which 
might have been with very little more expense, and therefore 
the Plan was not followed. And lest any reflection might be made 



264 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

on me by those unacquainted with circumstances, I stand ready 
to answer. I have the honor to be, sir, 

Your most obedient servant, 

Thos. Smith. 
To Austin E. Wing, Esq., Secretary. 

Smith Communication to the Board. 1819. 
To the Honorable, the Members of the City Land Board at 
Detroit : 

September 15, 1819. 

Gentlemen: I attended two Boards to explain some appar- 
♦^ent errors in the City Map, but nothing appeared as imagined, 
although from the confused state of materials I had to work 
upon and the hurry to get the business through it would not be 
surprising to find some trifling errors, but I do not know of any, 
nor were any shewn to me except such as before existed. The 
apparent errors arise from the irregularity of the numbers — two 
deeds of different numbers for the same lot, and consequently 
both numbers were necessarily inserted. On 1;he other hand I 
was bound by an erroneous plan of Mr. Hull sanctioned under 
the authority of a former Board — and to conform to the series of 
numbers on the granted lots I had to place two numbers on 
some of the ungranted but that is of no consequence, as it is as 
easy to describe a lot with two numbers, as one, such as I have 
frequently seen in the course of my operations. 

In the Range adjoining the English Grave Yard Mr. Hull or 
some other surveyor made the lots 50, and some 60 feet for which 
deeds have been issued, but I found that they could not be more 
than 50 without encroaching on the Graveyard which is already 
too contracted — and in which Range I discovered a vacant lot or 
one for which no claimant has yet appeared. 

The book of sections could not be found for some time and 
as I had neglecteid taking a receipt for the public documents it 
gave me some uneasiness, although it would have been as well 
if it never had been found, for to follow the unalterable propor- 
tions of the Plan it was impossible to conform precisely to that 
book. 

During a week stay in town I discovered that the idle talk 
about the errors originated with designing Persons ; and that 
those pretended errors might appear more plausible ; two of Ber- 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARJD 265 

thelet's lots were described in the River by a formal Plan ; two 
lots of Col. Richard Smyth, and Robert Smart in the center of 
a section, and one lot claimed by Mr. Audrain on the Military 
Square reported 1,300 feet more or less than it contained, and 
presented in that state to the Board for confirmation and further 
to prove that there was malice and design, the Theodolite I sent 
over expressly for the use of the Town, and left in charge of 
Mr. Ball is purposely mutilated and damaged so as to be utterly 
useless, and which cost me 150 dollars. 

I have searched into the pretended difficulties and found none 
but what were caused by the alterations of former Surveyors, 
and which were put into a train to be got over. The Plan is 
practicable but it will not admit of Innovation without destroy- 
ing its mathematical beauty and symmetry, and therefore, I was 
always adverse to the 200 foot streets, and the center streets 
with the recesses at the angles as a deformity and a nuisance; 
or any other theoretical Improvement as tending to lose sight of 
the principle. 

It would seem that there were some reflections (respecting 
the Plan) but they were ungenerous, and without cause; for so 
great was the confidence of the Public ; that lots were sold 50 per 
cent higher than they would have done before I undertook the 
then existing difficulties — and I believe that on Investigation I 
have not disappointed them, so far as it was practicable. 
I have the honor to be, very respectfully. 

Your most obedient servant, 

Thos. Smith. 

P. S. — If my opinion was of any weight, it would be to take 
40 feet off on each side of the 200-foot streets, close the center 
streets, and sell the land to the adjoining Proprietors ; to grant 
no lots in the center area of sections, but reserve them for public 
gardens to be leased, which would produce a perpetual revenue, 
as well as conducive to the health of the Inhabitants and a place 
of depot in case of fire. The greatest fault is the smallness of the 
lots, which has prevented some from building decent houses, and 
which could not be remedied otherwise than by lengthening the 
base and augmenting the proportions. 

These suggestions, I respectfully submit to your considera- 
tion, feeling an interest in the prosperity of a town in which I 



266 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

had no little share in its construction, deduced from the ideas of 
Mr. Justice Woodward. T. S. 

Addressed to A. E. Wing, Esq., Secretary. 

Petition to Governor and Judges by S. Sibley in behalf of R. 
Forsyth ; lot 18 and part of 17, 37 and 38, section 3, 1820. 
To the Governor and Judges of the Territory of Michigan, act- 
ing under the Act of Congress of the 21st of April, 1806, 
providing for adjusting the title of land in the Town of 
Detroit, etc. : 

Robert A. Forsyth, administrator de bonis non, which, were 
of Robert Forsyth, late of Detroit, claimed for and on behalf of 
the creditors, heirs and legal representatives of the said Robert 
Forsyth, deceased, humbly showeth, 

That the said Robert Forsyth in his lifetime, together with 
one William Smith, being then partners made a purchase of one 
George Sharp, of a house, lot and premises in the City of Detroit, 
to wit : on the 30th of September, 1798. 

That the said George Sharp by deed of said date conveyed 
said property to John Kinzie, half brother of said Robert in trust, 
to hold the same to the use and for the benefit of said Forsyth 
and Smith, their heirs and assigns, and by said Kinzie Bond of 
same date to said Forsyth and Smith is made evident. That said 
Forsyth and Smith entered into possession of said property and 
continued to possess and occupy the same until the year 1805, 
when being embarrassed in business, it was agreed the said 
property should be sold for the benefit of the creditors of said 
Forsyth and Smith, and accordingly was sold at auction by 
James May, Esq., and by the deceased purchased in through Jona- 
than SchefTelin, his friend and agent, and permitted to remain 
in the name of said Kinzie for the use of said deceased, without 
any conveyance being made in pursuance to said sale at auction. 
And that the said Robert, deceased, from the time of such sale 
at auction for his own use possessed, occupied and enjoyed said 
premises, receiving the rents and profits thereof to his use and 
benefit until ejected and turned out of possession by the British 
Army in 1812. That in 1805 the dwelling house, etc., were 
burned and afterwards rebuilt by the said deceased at his own 
expense. That the said Robert Forsyth died in the State of Ohio 
in the year 1813. That after the death of the said Robert, they 
named John Kinzie with a view to injure and defraud the credit- 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 267 

ors and heirs of the deceased in violation of the trust reposed in 
him by the deceased did undertake to exercise ownership over 
said property and to sell the same to one Richard Pattinson, since 
deceased, whose legal representatives make claim to said lot,, 
claims under said sale, which your petitioner avers to be f raudu- 
leiit, null and void, as having been made by collusion and without 
legal authority in the said John Kinzie. Wherefore for inasmuch 
as the legal and equitable estate in and to said lot and premises 
belongs to the creditors, heirs and legal representatives of the 
said Robert Forsyth, deceased, and not in the said Kinzie or his 
assigns your petitioner prays that the said title to said lot may be 
adjusted and that a deed for the same may be made to the legal 
heirs and representatives of the said Robert, deceased. 
January 13, 1820. 

R. A. Forsyth, 

Administrator to the Estate 
of Robert Forsyth, deceased. 

On motion to the Board ordered that the deposition, William 
Forsyth, be taken at Sandwich before a Magistrate or other per- 
son to take depositions relating to the matters set forth in the 
petition this day filed by Robert A. Forsyth, it being suggested 
that the said Wm. Forsyth is dangerously ill, and not likely to 
live. On giving notice of the taking of such deposition to the 
parties concerned. 

1820. R. A. Forsyth. Petition. Filed in my office Octobei 
23, 1820. 

A. E. Wing, 

Secretary. 

To the Governor and Judges of the Territory of Michigan : 

The memorial of Robert A. Forsyth, administrator de bonis 
non, of Robert Forsyth, late of Detroit, deceased, humbly show- 
eth that the said Robert Forsyth in his lifetime was the rightful 
owner of a lot of ground with a valuable dwelling house and 
outbuildings thereon erected, situated in the City of Detroit. 
That the said lot of ground was held in the name of John Kinzie 
in trust for said Forsyth and one William Smith, and afterwards 
by said Kinzie in trust for said deceased. Your memorialist is 
informed that the said John Kinzie since the death of said Robert 
Forsyth pretends right and claim in and to said lot, and has 



268 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

moved your Honors for a deed for said lot and premises in 
of the trust reposed in him by the deceased. Where- 
fore your memorialist in right and behalf of the heirs, creditors 
and legal representatives of said Robert Forsyth, deceased, ap- 
pears and protests against the claims of said Kinzie to said lots 
and says that a deed for the same ought to issue to the heirs of 
the said Robert, deceased, and not to said John Kinzie, which he 
is ready to prove before this honorable board. 
Sol. Sibley, 

Attorney for R. Forsyth, Administrator. 
Detroit, October 23, 1820. 



Requisition, T. Smith, 1821 : 

It would appear that the public looks to Mr. S. for to rectify 
the errors that have crept into the survey of the city, but surely 
they cannot suppose that he is accountable for the several changes 
made by different surveyors during sixteen years without his 
knowledge. 

Required that the city chain be sent to the blacksmith to be 
adjusted — one hundred cedar pickets — half a toise of rubbish 
stone. The chain man to be appointed and sworn, who may be 

wanted for a week or fortnight. One stone of a foot 

square to be set in the line of Jefferson Avenue at the angle of 
the principal base, 5 or 6 feet in length. The general plan and 
the back plan wanted for inspection. 

N. B. — The above requisition is in case more than one bound- 
ary is wanted. 

A wheel plough for one or two days to turn a furrow around 
the sections. As to the original diagram it is the same, but as to 
the alterations made in the interior arrangement Mr. S. would 
not like to proceed without written instructions, and every sec- 
tion drawn by itself and signed by the board. Mr. S. feels this 
an indispensable duty he owes to himself. 

List of deeds on file. Not executed. Made 15th July, 1823. 

Deeds ordered by the Governor and Judges, but not executed. 
Grantee. Date. Year. No. Sec. 

Thomas Smith 50 4 

Pompey blackman 24 7 

Governor Hull 2600-1600-1024 Total 5304 



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Catherine McNiff 59 2 

John Conner 5 1 

Mr. Frerot 22 7 

Robert and James Abbott ... 40 3 

Sarah Abbott 75 7 

Sarah Town 52 6 

Robt. Fleming 100 2 

Catherine Mettez 45 1 

Ephraim Town 53 6 

John Palmer ". . 81 park lot 

Betsey Horner Mar. 28 1807 50 7 

J. B. Comparet Jan. 22 1807 50 4 

Francais Cobeille Jan. 21 1807 8 1 

Urselle Cadorette Jan. 21 1807 51 4 

Peter Desnoyer Feb. 23 1807 57 4 

Baptiste Allard Mar. 28 1807 71 fe 

John Dillet Feb. 4 1807 35 7 

Andrew Dexter (duplicate) . . Mar. 13 1^09 11, 12 1 

Mrs. La Foy Jan. 28 1807 31 7 

United States of America. . . Feb. 11 1807 12 4 

Solomon Sibley No date 40, 70, 80 park lot 

Therese Peltier Jan. 28 1807 29 8 

Jos. Watson Jan. 9 1812 104 4 

Sarah Sibley No date 66 1 

Catherine McNiff Jan. 9 1802 72 4 

Blank No date 66 7 

" " 63  1 

" '' 9 1 

'' " 8 1 

" " 182 4 

(t i( u 7 1 

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Blank No date 6 1 

" " 2 1 

" " " 10 8 

" " 62 2 

♦' " 61 2 

" " 64 2 

Sarah Abbott No date ' 57 3 



270 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

Jos. Watson " " 5304 sq. ft. 

James Henry Apr. 7 1809 17160 sq. ft. 

Israel Hunt No date 6 1 

Mary A. Scott Mar. 28 1807 35 8 

John Harvey Jan. 9 1807 3 4 

Abijah Hull Aug. 28 1807 40, 41 1 

Joseph Voyer Mar. 28 1807 50 8 

Elizabeth Curry Mar. 28 1807 33 7 

Robt. and Jas. Abbott Jan. 22 1807 41 3 

John Anderson Jan. 21 1807 27 8 

Abijah Hull Aug. 8 1807 84,85 1 

Archibald Horner heirs No date 28, 29 park lots 

John Palmer No date ' 20 12 

Francis Gouin December 1816 Blank 

Mary Longdon December 1816 99 2 

Thos. Carr December 1816 51 7 

Morris Williams 1821 54 6 

John S. Robey Oct. 30 1820 10 8 

Thos. Smith 1800 101 3 

Memorial, filed April 11, 1825 : 

To the Governor and Judges of the Territory of Michigan, sitting 
as a Land Board under the Act of Congress, to settle and 
adjust titles to land in the City of Detroit : 

The petition of the undersigned, citizens of the City of 
Detroit, respectfully represent that they understand a fractional 
lot, so-called, lying between the lots of O. and L. Cook and 
Joseph Campau, in section 2 of said City, is advertised to be sold 
this day at auction ; that the said supposed fraction of a lot has 
always been used, occupied and enjoyed as a public alley of the 
said City, in the same manner as the alley on the opposite side of 
Jefferson Avenue, over against the said supposed fraction ; that 
the present occupants of the lots adjoining the said fraction, pur- 
chased with the understanding that the same was an alley, to the 
use of which as an alley they, as well as the Citizens of Detroit, 
had a right. 

They therefore pray that the sale of the said fraction may be 
suspended this day that time may be given to those interested to 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 271 

make inquiry or take such steps in the premises as may be deemed 
convenient and proper. 

Adna Merritt. Melvin Dorr. 

Eleanor Reid. Pe^er J. Desnoyers. 

3IM0N POUPARD. ^^^^^^ 3^^^ 

John Hale. 
E. Converse. 



C. S. Payne. 



Jos. Campau. Levi Brown. 

Levi Cook. John Palmer. 

Joseph Watson's certificate respecting Catharine Godfroy. 
Donation lot. Claimed by Major Torrey, 28 October, 1829. 

I certify that I well recollect that whilst I was acting as secre- 
tary to the Governor and Judges of Michigan as Commissioners 
under the act of the 21st April, 18G6, a deed was prepared by me 
and signed by them to Catharine Godfroy, afterwards Mrs. 
Voyer, for a donation lot to which she Jiad been decided to be enti- 
tled under the aforesaid act. I also well recollect that in all cases 
where the quantity contained in a lot exceeded five thousand feet, 
which was often the case in consequence of the shape of the 
sections, the deeds in such case were retained by me until the 
surplus was paid, for, either at two cents per foot for lots in 
sections one and two or of one half of a cent per foot for those 
in the other sections, and if Catharine Godfroy's lot contained 
an excess as in my impression the deed was retained for this 
reason. An impression also rests on my mind that the excess of 
those lots arranged to the third class by the Committee appointed 
in 1807 to adjust the titles to lots was by resolution of Commis- 
sioners released on account of a disproportion in value, but with- 
out reference to the records, I cannot recollect to which class 
Catharine Godfroy was arranged. 

Jos. Watson. 

Detroit, 28 October, 1829. 
Certificate in favor of Ira Waite, administrator on estate of 
Obed Waite. 

It is hereby certified that on a final settlement of the account 

of Ira Waite, administrator on the estate of Obed Waite, de- 

' ceased, for the said Obed, superintending in the erection of a 

Court House in the City of Detroit, agreeably to the provisions of 

the Act of Congress of April twenty-first, one thousand eight 



272 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

hundred and six, there is due to the said Ira Waite, as adminis- 
trator aforesaid, or to bearer, one hundred dollars of which this 
certificate is given in evidence, and which shall entitle him or 
bearer at any public sales of the land granted by the said Act of 
Congress, to bid thereupon to that amount, provided, however, 
that the Governor and Judges for the Territory of Michigan, re- 
serve the right of fixing a minimum value upon the said land 
offered and provided also, that no interest be allowed upon this 
certificate. By order of said Governor and Judges. 
Detroit, 12 November, 1829. 

Lewis B. Sturges, 

Secretary. 

It is hereby certified that on a final settlement of the account 
of Ira Waite, administrator on the estate of Obed Waite, de- 
ceased, for the said Obed, superintending in the erection of a 
Court House in the City of Detroit, in the Territory of Michigan, 
agreeably to the provisions of the Act of Congress of April 
twenty-first, one thousand eight hundred and six, there is due to 
said Ira Waite, as administrator aforesaid, or to bearer, two hun- 
dred and twenty-two dollars, of which this certificate is given in 
evidence, and which shall entitle him or bearer at any public sales 
of the land granted by the said Act of Congress, to bid thereupon 
to that amount, provided however, that the Governor and Judges 
for said Territory reserve the right of fixing a minimum value 
upon the said land offered, and provided also that no interest be 
allowed upon this certificate. By order of said Governor and 
Judges. 

Lewis B. Sturges, 

Secretary. 

Detroit, 12 November, 1829. 

Letter to Major Biddle on the subject of the public Building, 
etc. Filed November 30, 1829 : 

Copy 500 words 5/ — 

To the Hon. John Biddle : 

We, the common council of the City of Detroit, beg leave to 
call your attention to the subject of getting a law passed by Con- 
gress for the transfer of the residue of the Military property in 
this place to the corporation of this city ; the importance of the 
measure particularly with a view to a speedy removal of the 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 273 

Magazine is too well known to you to need any comment from 
us. The site selected by Capt. Perkins to be received by the 
United States in exchange for their property here and which 
appears to be the most eligible for Military purposes is Spring- 
wells, and as there is a difficulty in obtaining a valid title for 
that property, we would suggest the propriety of ascertaining 
whether Congress would pass a law authorizing the taking of so 
much of it as may be wanted for Military purposes, we paying 
the amount for which it may be appraised. 

We have understood that there might be some opposition to 
the removal of the quartermaster's department from this place 
and consequently of the transfer of so much of the property 
owned by the United States as is occupied by that department, 
we think it would be best to get a transfer of the whole of the 
property if practicable but we would not strenuously insist upon 
it. We would also suggest the propriety of having a proviso in 
the law authorizing the conveyance of the property to any indi- 
vidual in case of a failure on the part of the corporation to com- 
ply with its requirements. We have here given you our general 
views on this subject and rely with the most perfect confidence 
on your judgment and ability for the accomplishment of the ob- 
ject as shall be most for the interest of this city. 

The Common Council are most solicitous for the immediate 
removal of the magazine now situated in the City. You are fully 
aware of the apprehension of most of our citizens on this sub- 
ject. The Common Council several years since executed a bond, 
which has been accepted by the war department for the amount 
deemed sufficient for the erection of a magazine agreeably to the 
provision of the Act of Congress, approved May 20, 1826, and we 
trust, even if you should fail in procuring the exchange above 
mentioned, that you will procure an appropriation for the pur- 
chase of a site for a magazine without the limits of the city, so 
that a building may be immediately erected, and the old magazine 
removed. 

Abstract of lots to be examined: 

- LOTS TO BE EXAMINED. 

Section 1. 
51 56 Next to Methodist Church. 

63 69 See Dr. Brown. 

64 70 See Dr. Brown. 



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42 


49 




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274 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

Section 2. 
6 Jeff. Avenue, next to No. 5, corner of Jeff. Avenue 

and Griswold Street. 
T See Apendix Catholic Church. 
Cut through by Griswold Street. 
Cut through by Griswold Street. 
On Larned Street, rear of 6 and 7. See Apendix 
Catholic Church. 
69 On Larned Street, rear of 7. See Apendix Catholic 

Church. 
80 Larned and Wayne. 
84 to 92 Supposed to be in Military Reservation. 
94 Cut through by Griswold Street. 

Section 3. 
46 On Woodbridge Street and W. of G. Meldrum, 
which is 45. 

Next to 45, Charles Larned. 
Rich. Smythe. 

Corner of W. Ave., and Wood. St., opposite J. An- 
derson. 

On Wood. Ave., next S. of 55. 

Mary Seek. Deed executed May 11, 1807, and re- 
corded. Relinquished by Gabriel Godfroy, Junior. 
Next south of 108. 
41 108 On W. A., next to 56. These 4 lots are together on 
W. A. 107 is corner of W. A. and Atwater St. 

Section 4. 
52 56 Deed executed February 11, 1807. Donation to Ann 
Coates for lot No. 52 and recorded in book No. 1, 
P. 13, February 13, 1807, A. C. December 13, 1809, 
conveyed said lot to Francis Lapage with the follow- 
ing boundaries : ''being lot No. 52 in section 4, be- 
ginning at the most southwestern corner and running 
thence north 60 degrees, east 50 feet; thence north 
30 degrees, west 80 feet; thence south 60 degrees, 
west 50 feet; thence south 30 degrees, east 80 feet 
to the place of beginning, containing about 4,000 
SQuare feet. 

1811, June 26. Frank Lapage and Catharine Mete 
dit Lapafe assigned the deed to Antoine Lasselle, 





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PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 275 

1817, February 21. Antoine Lasselle conveyed the 

lot to Louise De Valcourt. 

The new plan of the city was adopted April 7, 1807. 

57 61 Gabriel Godfroy lots. These lots on the new plan 

58 62 are the same as 57 and 58, old plan. 

These lots corner on W. A. and W. St. 
76 75 and 77 are conveyed to S. Sibley, assignee of 
Gabriel Richard. Enquire of J. R. Williams. La- 
douceur or Meldrum & Park. 
188 Fraction sold to Elliot Gray, October 1 J, 1834. 
189 to 195 Water lots unsold. 

Section No. 6. 

55 54 Maurice Willermy, Deed Executed Dec. 17, 1808. 
March 23, 1821. Application made by M. Willermy 
for the renewal of a deed of this lot formerly 
granted him as a donation and claim rejected. Deed 
on file unexecuted. Adv. last fall and not sold. 

81 79 See abstract to whom does this lot belong, one 
granted to Joseph Pinard and then to Jacob Nado. 
John Farmer and Carpenter. 

Section 7. 
Advertised last and not sold. Charles Gouin, Jr. 
Marian Monette. See Journal. 
Marian Monette. See Journal, pp. 65, 70. 
Thos. Mahony. Relinquished. Sold. 
Adv. last fall and not sold. 
Sold to R. Gillett. last fall and not paid for. 
E. Curry. Deed recorded. 
See Journal, Ps. 70-100. 
Cecil Renau. Sarah Abbot. Enquire. 
Sold at auction to John McDonell, P. 223. Was it 
paid for? 

Section 8. 
2 See Journal, P. 221-246. Thos. Palmer, September 

9, 1831. 
8 Deed to Pierre Bezeau. Chas. Larned claims, P. 
268. 
36 37 Sold to B. Campeau, P. 210. 



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30 


31 


31 


32 


22 


23 


35 


36 


42 


42 


33 


34 


34 


35 


72 


75 


32 


33 





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28 


39 


40 



276 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

41 42 Margaret Welch. Chas Larned, claimant. Adv. & 

not sold. 

George Welch. N. Prouty, claimant, p. 268. 

Adv. last fall and not sold. Wm. Scott, etc. 

Deed ordered to John Anderson. 

Sold at auction to E. Converse, P. 223. Adv. last 

fall and not sold. 
44 4G Relinquished by Farnsworth, P. 269. Enquire of 

E. F. 

Section 9. 

4 Thomas Palmer. Palmer has a deed of this lot, 
P. 98-140-142. Enquire of Palmer. 

5 Thomas Palmer, P. 88, July 25, 1834. Enquire of 
Palmer. 

67 Advertised last year and not sold. 

Section 10. 

All disposed of. 
11 Enquire of Palmer at what time he got his deed. 
13 Enquire of Palmer. 25 July, 1823. 

Section 11. 
13 Adv. last fall and not sold. 
17 See when Palmer got his deed, 25 July, 1823. 
19 See when Palmer got his deed, 25 July, 1823. 
22 See when Palmer got his deed, 25 July, 1823. 
24 See when Palmer got his deed, 25 July, 1823. 
26 See when Palmer got his deed, 25 July, 1823. 

28 See when Palmer got his deed, 25 July, 1823. 
These deeds on January, 1824. 

65 Adv. last fall and not sold, fraction. 

68 Not in the Brush line. Do. 

69 Do. Do. Fraction. 

66 Do. Do. 

61 Do. Thos. Palmer has a deed. 

Section No. 12. 
' 12 Adv. last fall and not sold. 

29 Thos. Palmer. See when he got deed, 25 July, 1823. 

30 No conveyance. 

31 When did Palmer get deed, 25 July, 1823. 
68 Do. . 23 July, 1829. 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 277 

09 Adv. and not sold. 

70 Palmer. See date of deed. 20 July, 1831. 

71 Do. Do. Do. 

Section 9. 
57,58,59,60,61,62. July 29, 1831. 
Abstract of lots to inquire about: , .: ... 

ABSTRACT OF LOTS UNACCOUNTED FOR. 

01d.^^'New:'^ ■^"•- --•■■•"■^■■';S^ctibii'NoV-l;''--'-^ r:vD5:;/-^i-r 

Woodward, Jefferson and Mic^iigan Avenues, and 
Brush line. , \7 ■, 

51 56 Next to Methodist Church on A^ Avenue. 

Adv. last fall and not sold. ..*, ./ .^.: 
63,^64 ^ 69, 7^6;^^See Dr. Brw ^g to these ys:';'"''' 

For proceedii^gs with Catholic Church, sjee page 278. 

Jeff., Wood., Larhed;i .iWayhe/r.©|-isw61d, Camp. 
Martius. j^* .:^>^: ■:^^-viM^Q-^^^; t^O ':■> -n 

Section No. 2. *^-;'?^i' 

6 On Jefferson A venues next W.-i^fiN<x '5, '^ <^:\ 
P. 148, 7 Corner of Griswold Streets? iFoHo; 2 (upper);. . 
P. 150 Quaere. These two lots supposed to be sold to Palmer 

and Mclnstry, April 25, 1825— Jour., p. 148. 

No. 18 is a fractional lot corner of Jeff. Avenue 

and Wayne Street, and sold to Gdvernor Cass. 

Military Reservation. ' 

Military Reservation. ^ 

Military Reservation. 

Mihtary Reservation. , . ,i / 

Military Reservation.; - " 

Military Reservation.- , 

Military Reservation. 

Military Reservation. 

Parts, of 43, 44 & 45 to heirs of Wm. Robertson; 

thisjs a rnistake. These lots are in Jour. No. 3, 

psflW, 19b. 

These lots are not on Farmer's Map. , 

This lot ditto. ' 

Ciitthrbugh by Griswold St., near Fort St. ' 





19 


17 


20 


18 


21 


19 


22 


25 


29 


26 


30 


27 


31 


28 


32 




33 




44 


41 


48 


42 


49 



278 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

68 On Larned street west of No. 67, corner of Gris- 

69 wold street. Lot supposed in Catholic Church. 

80 Not numbered on the map. Supposed to be corner 
of Larned and Wayne. 
84 to 93 Not on the map. Supposed to be Military Reserva- 
tion. 
94 See Journal, pages 251, 253. 

Section No. 3. 
Bounded north by Jefferson Avenue, east by Wood- 
ward Ave., South by the River and west by the 
Military Reserve. 

Nos. 19 and 20 lie west of Wayne Street, and corner 
on the Reserve on Jeff. Avenue. H. J. Hunt's lots. 
Not on the map and belong to the Military R. 
On east side of Shelby, 44 is corner of Shelby and 
Woodward street. Wm. Robertson. 
See pages 195 and 196. 
On Woodbridge Street. 

Corner of Woodward Ave. and Woodbridge street. 
Street. 

On Woodward Avenue. 
Military Reserve. 
Public wharf. 

Section No. 4. 
North by Jeff. Avenue, east. Brush line; S, River; 
W. Woodward Avenue. No. 1, corner of Jeff, and 
Wood. Aves. 
16 to 50 inclusive. Brush line. 
52 56 D. B. Cole in possession. L<)t 52 granted to Ann 
Coats, February 11, 1807; A. C. Francis Lapage, 
F. and D. A. Lasselle, A. Laselle and Louise Deval- 
court. 

On Wood. Ave. 

Corner of Wood. Ave. and Woodbridge street. 
On Woodbridge street, second lot above Bates St., 
south side. 
Sold to E. Gray. 
Watef lotg appear not to have beetl sold. 



21 to 34 


43, 


44 


46, 


47 




55 




56 


75 to 89 


88, 


89 



57 


61 


58 


62 




76 




188 


189 to 195 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 279 

Section No. G. 

South by Michigan Ave., Monroe Ave. and Brush 

Hne. 
55 54 Maurice Willermy. Advertised last fall and not 

sold. 
81 79 Deed ordered to J. Nado, December 15, 1808. 

Quaere, was it ever granted ? 

Section No. 7. 
Monroe Ave., Wood. Ave. and Miami Ave. 
21 21 Charles Gouin, Jr. Advertised last fall and not sold. 

30 31 Enquire. 

31 32 Enquire in Journal, pp. 65 and 70 ; No. 23, also relin- 

quished. 
35 36 Enquire. Adv. last fall and not sold. 
41 42 Sold to R. Gillett Nov 25, 1833. Payment not made. 

53 55 Methodist Church. Enquire, see ps. 32 and 68; 

deed signed and delivered. 

54 56 Methodist Church. Enquire, see ps. 32 and 68; 

deed signed and delivered. 
72 75 Cecile Reneau, Sarah Abbott. Enquire. 

34 Relinquished by Teunis Wendell. Enquire. 

35 Relinquished by Teunis Wendell. Enquire ; pp. 100, 
255, 260, 70. 

28 Lewis Davenport claims a deed of this lot for Obed 
Wait, see p. 282, also p. 223. 

Section 8. 
Woodward, Michigan and Washington Avenues. 
2 Deed to Wm. Scott, Sarah Macomb page 221 and 

Thos. Palmer, page 246. Enquire. 
8 Deed to Pierre Bezeau, Chas. Earned, claims, page 

208. Enquire. 
37 Thos. Palmer. Enquire. Sold to B. Campau, P 
210. 
41 42 Margaret Welch, Chas. Earned, claim. Adv. & not 
sold. 
81 George Welch. N. Prouty. Claims. P. 265. 

Section 9. 
Miami and Madison Avenue & Brush line. 
P. 98, 4 Thos. Palmer. Enquire. See p. 239. 



280 



GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 



See p. 88, 25th July, 1823. 
Deed recpt by T. P., 29th 



5 Thos. Palmer. Enquire. 
8 Thos. Palmer. Enquire. 
July, 1831. 

55 Brush farm. Enquire. 

56 . Brush farm. Enquire. 

73 to 77 P. 98. Thos. Palmer. Enquire part Brush line. 

67 Adv. and not sold. Situated among the lots granted 
to the Catholic Church, but is not in the deed. 

^ . ' Section No.- 10. :: 

Washington, Michigan, Macomb Avenues and Cass 

line.  '^ - '■'■■■ '^y^"-'' > 

33 Enquire. Conv'd. Thos. Palmer. 48^9, July 22. 

P. 193. ' ' > 

62 Enquire. Conv'd. Thos. Palmer. 1829, July 22. 

^'- 78 Enquire. Conv'd. Thos. Palmer. 1829, July 23. 
P. 194. 

Section No. II. 



12 
13 

17 
19 
22 
24 
26 
28 
62 
63 
64 
65 
66 
68 
69 



Thos, Palmer. S^e^his receipt. 
Thos.. Palmer. See his receipt. 
Thos. Palmer. See his receipt. 



Madison and Adarns^ A.^& Briish line. •!. ;, 

Part Brush line. Enquire. . v : ; ,, 

Enquire. Advertised last . iaW and not sold. 

tion. 

Enquire. 

Enquire. 

Enquire. 

Enquire. 

Enquire. 

Enquire. 

Enquire. 

Enquire. 

Enquire. 

Enquire. 

Enquire. 

Enquire. 

Enquire. 



Frac- 



Thos. Palmer. 
Thos. Palmer. 
Thos. Palmer. 
B. Hne. 
B.line. ' ' 
B. line. 

Adv. & not sold. 
Adv. & not sold. 
Adv. & not sold. 
Adv. & not sold. 



See his receipt. 
See his receipt. 
See his receipt. 



Fraction. 
Fraction. 



Section No. 12. 
Macomb & Adams, Aves. and Cass line. 
Donation 11 Enquire. Hannah, black woman.. • In Heu of 51, 
sec. 6. See Journal, p. 31, 32. 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOAUIj 



281 



27 
39 



No. 

4 

5 

6 

7 

8 

9 
10 
11 
12 
13 
14 
15 
16 
17 



12 Enquire. Adv. & not sold. 
30 Enquire. 

69 Enquire. Adv. & not sold. 
Park Lots. 
All sold. 

Ten Thousand Acres. 
All sold ; not certain. Examined. 
As to lots 35, 38, 52, 54, all receipted by Palmer. ] 
All dated July 25, 1823. 

Section 8. Lots omitted. 

20 A Deed on file purporting to have been executed to 
Wm. Scott, Admr. of Abner C. Ackley Donation.' 
Advertised last fall and not sold. . ' '' 

28 Deed ordered to John Anderson. Adv. and' not 
sold. „. 

40 Advertised and not sold. Sold at auctioil tb ,E. Con- 
verse Sept. 9, 1829. See page 223. ' ^ "i ^ ' ^ 

46 Relinquished by Farnsworth, P. 269. 

The abstract made by Brush is brought down to* 
Dec. 1825, Ps. 152, 154. ^ 

Attended October 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24^ 
25, 27, 28, 29, 30, Nov. 1, 3, 1, 5, 6, 13, 14, 15. 

:..'■ Section No. 9. 

ABSTRACT OF LOTS SOLD BY THE GOVERNOR AND JUDGES. 

s  

Thomas Palmer, part of (Brush line, part of). Enquire. 



it it 



Francis Gowen. 

Thomas Palmer. Deed receipted by T. P. 



page 203. 



282 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

18 Thomas Palmer. 



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29 to 33 inclusive. Catholic Church. 

34 Part of Brush line. 

35 to 54 inclusive, Brush line. 
55 Part of Brush line. 

56 

57 T. Palmer. 

58 T. Palmer. 

59 " " 

60 " 

61 " 

62 " 

63 to 71 inclusive, Catholic Church. 

72 Brush line. Fraction. Not sold. 

73 " " Thomas Palmer Fraction. Not sold. 

NA tl tt (f tt 

75 

76 Brush line. 

77 " " to T. Palmer. 

78 to 82 inclusive. Brush line. 

Section No. 10. 

ABSTRACT OF LOTS SOLD BY THE GOVERNOR AND JUDGES. 

1 and 2. Charles Larned. No. 2, Thos. Palmer reconveyed, 
page 246. 

3 Jno. S. Roby. 

4 Thomas Rowland. 

5 " " 
6 

IV tt ft 



{PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 283 

8 

9 
10 Thomas Palmer. 
11 

12 Thomas Palmer reconveyed, page 246. 
13 
14 

15 to 28 Alexander Macomb. 
29 and 30 Deed ordered to T. Palmer. 
31 and 32 T. Palmer. 
33 T. Palmer. 
34, 35, 36 T. Palmer. 

37 Part Cass line, T. Palmer. 

38 to 50 Cass line. T. Palmer fraction of each, No. 38 and 50. 

51 Part of Cass line, J. R. Williams. 

52 Jno. R. Williams. 

53 T. Rowland. 

54 J. R. Williams. 

55 T. Rowland. 

56 T. Rowland. 

57 to 61 T. Palmer. See page 172. 

62 T. Palmer. See his receipt for deed. 

63 to 66 T. Palmer. 

67 Alexander Macomb. 
68, 77 T. Palmer. 

78 Fraction T. Palmer. 

79 Jno. R. Williams. 

80 " " 

81 Sylvester Day. 

82 Cass line. 

Section No. 11. 

ABSTRACT OF LOTS SOLD BY THE GOVERNOR AND JUDGES AS 



DONATIONS. 



1 to 12 Brush line. 

12 Part of Brush line. 

13 Governor and judges. 

14 T. Palmer. 

15 T. Palmer. 

16 " 



284 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 



17 
18 






See receipt. 


19 
20 






See receipt. 


21 




a 




22 
23 






See receipt, 


24 
25 


T. 


Palmer. 


See receipt. 


26 

27 


T. 


Palmer. 


See receipt. 


28 
29, 






See receipt. 












Sr ' Brtisli line (part of ) t:Paifner.;^''^ / ' ' '^^ "^^ 

31 T. Palmer. '' ' ^' 

32 a 41 Brush line. 
42 a 60 Brush line. 

61 Brush line, T. Palmer. 

62 Brush line, part of. 

63 Brush line. 

64 Brush line. ^J* -''"^ 

65 Gov. and Judges. Adv. and not sold. ' " ,' ! 

66 Brush line, part of Gov. and Judges, not sold, ' 

67 T. Palmer. ' ' " '"' ' 

68 a 80 Brush line. 68 & 69 are not in the Brush line. 

Section No. 12. * ^- 

ABSTRACT OF LOTS SOLD BY THE GOVERNOR AND JUDGES. 

1 a 10 Cass line. 

11 Cass line (part of) Hannah (black woman). 

12 Adv. and not sold. 

13 T. Palmer. 

14 T. Palmer. ' '~ ■' 

15 Sold to S. Mack. 
16 

17 Sold to S. Mack. ; '\ . 

18 Sold to S. Mack. * '\ ' ' 

19 " '' Dr. McKoskry. 

20 John Palmer. 

21 Jno. R. Williams. 

22 " " 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND P,OARO 285 

23 Jno. Palmer. 

24 Sold to Dr. McKoskry. 

25 Sold to S. Mack. 

26 Sold to S. Mack. 

27 Sold to S. Mack. 

28 " '' " " 

29 Thomas Palmer. 
30 

31 T. Palmer. 

32 Thomas Palmer. 
33 

34- Cass line (part of) T. Palmer. ' 

35 a 60 Cass line. No 35 fractional. T. Palmer. 

61 part of Cass line T. Palmer (within the Cass line entire). 

62 part of Cass line T. Palmer (within the Cass line entire). 

63 part of Cass line T. Palmer. 

64 T. Palmer. 

65 T. Palmer. 
QQ T. Palmer. 

67 T. Palmer. 

68 T. Palmer. 

69 Adv. and not sold. 

70 T. Palmer. 

71 T. Palmer. 

72 Cass line, part of T. Palmer. 

73 a 84 Cass line 

Mem. of balances dues to the Detroit Fund. 

Due by James Anderson $ 80.00 

Conrad Seek 23.00 

*James Henry 100.00 

*Benj. Woodworth 21.20 

*Jean Simare 100.00 

*Jean Bte. Picquet 85.90 

E. Brush on lot 9, section 1 62.04 

*G. Godfroy, Jr., by note 18.18^ 

*Mary Abbott 17.08 

*R. and J. Abbott 62.04 



$589.54^ 



(Not?. Handwriting of Joseph Watson.) 



286 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

No. 53. 

Abijah Hull acct, Territory of Michigan, payable from the 
Detroit Fund. 
Territory of Michigan, 

To Abijah Hull, Dr. 
To my services as a surveyor from the first of May, 1807, to 
the last of September following, at the rate of 250 dollars per 
year, is $104.16. 

Treasurer's Office, 

Detroit, October 1, 1807. 
I have examined the above account of Abijah Hull against 
the Territory and have audited the same at one hundred and four 
dollars sixteen cents and do certify that there is that sum due 
him, payable from the Detroit Fund. 

E. Brush, 

Treasurer. 
Warrant on the Treasurer, No. 53 : 

E. Brush, Treasurer of the Territory of Michigan, is author- 
ized and required to pay to Abijah Hull, one hundred four dol- 
lars, sixteen cents, according to the Certificate hereunto annexed. 
Given under my hand and the seal of the Territory, the 22nd 
day of December, 1807. 

By the Governor, 
S. Griswold, 

Secretary of Michigan Territory. 
Reed at the Treasurer's office, Dec. 22, 1807, one hundred 
dollars on the within account. 

Abijah Hull. 

Received also, April 22, 1808, the further sum of four dollars 
on this account. Abijah Hull. 

E. Brush, treasurer, in account with the Detroit Fund, com- 
mencing April 5, and ending September 30, 1808. 

No. 4. 

The Detroit Fund, in account current with Elijah Brush, 
Treasurer, commencing April 1, and ending September 30, 1808, 

1808. Dr. 

April 22. To cash in warrants, Nos. 32-3 and 4, paid 
to Abijah Hull for his services and advances 
made in surveying, as per his accounts and 
warrants Nos. 35-57 $ 7 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 287 

Aug. J. To do. paid Stanley Griswold* in do., Nos. 
35-6 for three toise of stone for the use of 
the wells on the common as per his accounts 
and warrants 30 

Sept. 30. To balance in the hands of the Treasurer car- 
ried to new accounts 11.96>^ 



$48.96% 
♦No voucher. 

1808. Cr. 

April 1. By balance brought from old account of 

March 31, 1808 $11.96>4 

April 22. By amount of Warrants issued to Abijah 
Hull, Nos. 32-3 and 4, for his services and 
advances made for surveying 7. 

Aug. 1. By amount of do 35 and 6, issued to Stanley 
Griswold for three toise of stone furnished 
for the use of the wells on the common 30. 



$48.96% 
Treasurer's office, City of Detroit, September 30, 1808. 

E. Brush, 

Treasurer. 
Detroit Fund with Aaron Greeley, May 9th, 1809 : 
The Detroit Fund, 

1809. To Aaron Greeley, Dr. 

To surveying and bounding on the domain $ $ 

86 lots from 5 to 10 acres each, 1930 
chains at $3, per 80 chains, or $3, per 

mile 72.27% 

Making plan for the same 8. 

39 certificates for the same at $.62% each. . 24.37% 
53 certificates for city lots at $.62% each. . 33.12% 

Attendance on the Board 6. 

Assistance to Mr. Watson 2. 145.77% 

$145.77% 
Detroit, 9th May, 1809. 

Aaron Greei^ev, 
Deputy Surveyor. 



288 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

Received the above amount in an order on the Treasurer of 
the Detroit Fund, which when satisfied will be in full of all de- 
mands to this day. 

Witness my hand at Detroit this 9th May, 1809. 

Aaron Greeley. 

Letter from the treasurer of the Detroit Fund, October 10, 
1816: 

Detroit, 16th October, 1816. 

The Treasurer of the Detroit Fund hath the honor of trans- 
mitting his Account to the Legislative Board from the 1st May 
last, down to this date, by which it appears there is a balance 
in the fund of $235.86^, subject however to a deduction of $50 
which will be due him on the 9th next month for his sallary as 
Treasurer of the Detroit Fund, all which is most respectfully sub- 
mitted by the board's most obedient servant, 

Robert Abbott. 

Treasurer's Report of the Detroit Fund placed on file October 
16, 1816. 

Addressed to the HonbL, the Legislative Board, Detroit. 

Note. B. Stead and A. Edwards to the Detroit Fund for $125 
payable 26th day of May, 1818, interest from 26th Nov., 1817. 
1817. 

Cancelled. R. Abbott, Treas. 

On or before the twenty-sixth day of May next (1818), we, 
the undersigned promise to pay to the Governor and Judges of the 
Territory of Michigan acting as commissioners under an Act of 
Congress entitled "An act to provide for the adjustment of Titles 
of Land in the Town of Detroit and Territory of Michigan and 
for other purposes." The sum of one hundred and twenty-five 
dollars with interest at the rate of six per cent per annum, until 
paid, to be computed from the 26th day of November last 
(1817), being one-fourth part of the purchase money of lot num- 
bered fifty in section numbered three, in the City of Detroit, pur- 
chased from said commissioners at auction on the said 26th 
Nov., 1817. In witness whereof we have hereto set our hands 
and seals at Detroit this 31st day of December, A. D. 1817. 

B. Stead. 
A. Edwards. 

Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of 
Geo. McDougall, 
Witness. 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 289 

Certificate of Board of Commissioners, $100 in lieu of dona- 
tion lot, cancelled May 12, 1819 : 

This certifies that there is due from the Detroit Fund to the 
Rev. Gabriel Richard the sum of one hundred dollars in lieu of a 
donation lot to which he, the said Richard, was entitled pursuant 
to the Act of Congress in this behalf made and provided. Signed 
at Detroit, this third day of July, A. D. 1811, in obedience to an 
order of the Commissioners under the aforesaid Act of the Con- 
gress. 

James Witherell, 

President of the Board of Commissioners. 

Note, McKinstry and Wing, due 31st December, 1822 : 
$250 

On or before the thirty-first day of December next, for value 
received, we, jointly and severally, promise to pay to Robert 
Abbott, Esquire, Treasurer of the Detroit Fund, or to his suc- 
cessor in the office, the sum of two hundred and fifty dollars, 
with interest at the rate of six per cent per annum from the 
twenty-first day of March present. 

Detroit, March 25, 1822. 

David C. McKinstr\. 
A. E. Wing. 
See lot No. 49, sec. 3. Paid by S. Conant, Nov. 

Note, McKinstry and Wing, due 1823 : 
$250. 

On or before the thirty-first day of December, one thousand 
eight hundred and twenty-three, for value received, we, jointly 
and severally, promise to pay to Robert Abbott, Esquire, Treas- 
urer of the Detroit Fund, or his successor in office, the sum of 
two hundred and fifty dollars, with interest, at the rate of six per 
cent per annum, from the twenty-first day of March present. 

Detroit, March 25, 1822. 

David C. McKinstry. 
A. E. Wing. 

See lot No. 49, section 3. Paid. 

Note, McKinstry and Wing, due 1824. 
$250. 

On or before the thirty-first day of December, one thousand 
eight hundred and twenty-four, for value received, we, jointly 
and severally, promise to pay to Robert Abbott, Esquire, Treas- 



290 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

urer of the Detroit Fund, or his successor in office, the sum of 
two hundred and fifty dollars with interest at the rate of six per 
cent per annum, from the twenty-first day of March present. 
Detroit, March 25, 1823. 

David C. McKinstry. 

A. E. Wing. 

See lot No. 49, section 3. 

Theodore Ilolden, W. W. Petit to Robert Abbott, Treasurer, 
Note : 
$17.25. 

On the thirty-first day of December next, we promise to pay 
to Robert Abbott, Treasurer of the Detroit Fund, or to his succes- 
sor in said office, seventeen dollars and twenty-five cents, with 
interest at the rate of six per cent per annum from this date until 
paid for value received. 

Detroit, April 22, 1822. 
$17.25. 

One-half of lot 60 in section 7. 

Theodore Holden. 
W. W. Petit. 

On the thirty-first day of December, 1823, (twenty-three), we 
promise to pay to Robert Abbott, Treasurer of the Detroit Fund, 
or to his successor in office, seventeen dollars and twenty-five 
cents, with interest at the rate of six per cent per annum from 
this date until paid, for value received. 

Detroit, April 22, 1822. 
$17.25. 

Theodore Holden. 
W. W. Petit. 

Schedule of debts due the Detroit *Fund, 25th April, 1823 : 

Schedule of debts due the Detroit Fund are : 

Thomas Coquillard, bal. due $ 121.75 

Theodore Holden and Wm. Petit, 4 notes 69.00 

A. G. Whitney and Peter J. Desnoyer 135.00 

A. G. Whitney and Jas. McCloskey, bal 44.32 

Theodore Holden and Wm. Petit, 4 notes 50.00 

Calvin Baker and Thos. Palmer's note 361.89 

Thomas Rowland and John Hunt 95.00 

Thomas Rowland and John Hunt 70.00 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 291 

D. C. McKinstry and A. E. Wing, 4 notes 1000.00 

Jas. McCloskey and H. J. Hunt's note 800.00 



$2746.90 
Detroit, 23d April, 1823. 
Robert Abbott. 

Theodore Holden, W. W. Petit, to Robt. Abbott, Treas. Note, 
$17.25. Int. to 22d December, $15.18 

69.00 



$84.18 
On the thirty-first day of December, 1824 (twenty- four), we 
promise to pay to Robert Abbott, Treasurer of the Detroit Fund, 
or to his successor in office, seventeen dollars and twenty-five 
cents, with interest at the rate of six percent per annum, from 
this date until paid, for value received. 

Detroit, April 22, 1822. 
$17.25. 

Theodore Holden. 
W. W. Petit. 

On the thirty-first day of December, 1825, (twenty-five), we 
promise to pay to Robert Abbott, Treasurer of the Detroit Fund, 
or to his successor in office, seventeen dollars and twenty-five 
cents, with interest at the rate of six percent per annum, from 
this date until paid, for value received. 

Detroit, April 22, 1822. 
$17.25. 

Theodore Holden. 
W. W. Petit. 

Dr. Wm. Brown, statement respecting E. Brush's Estate, Jef- 
ferson Avenue, 27 August, 1829 : 

I was present with Col. Elijah Brush, late of Detroit, at the 
time he made an entry in his book as Treasurer of the Detroit 
Fund against the Fund, for land falling within the continuation 
of Jefferson Avenue. Col. Brush stated that the Board tiad 
agreed with him to pay him, for the ground falling within the 
street, a certain quantity of land elsewhere — to pay him for 
removing certain buildings, and to continue the street through. 
That the Board had neither continued the street, nor paid him for 



292 GOVERNOR AND JUDGES' RECORDS 

the ground taken by them, and he therefore considered it just 
that he should charge the Board for the land. Col. Brush con- 
sulted rne upon the subject of making the charge, and I advised 
it. I considered it at the time a fair charge, and told CoL 
Brush that under similar circumstances I should make it. I am 
satisfied that if Col. Brush had lived, no part of that charge 
would ever have been paid by him, under existing circumstances. 

He also said, that Colonel Proctor had demanded the public 
property in the hands of citizens here, and that if he did not now 
secure his claim he should lose it. He apprehended that he would 
be called upon by the Commanding Officer for the balance ap- 
pearing against him, and that it was better to settle his claim at 
once, and avoid paying anything to the British Government. And 
in this opinion I concurred. 

Wm. Brown. 

Detroit, August 27, 1829. 

Abstract of lots unsold : 

Park lots and Ten Thousand Acre Tract, April 2, 1835^ 
Detroit Fund. 

All the park lots conveyed. Also the ten thousand acre tract. 

Statement of lots belonging to the Fund at this date, April 2,. 

Section No. 1, lot No. 56. Hathon says this lot contains 25 feet 

in front after filing the deed executed. 

July 1. Sold to Young Mens Society. 

Section No. 3, lot No. 108. James Abbott in possession. 

104. Claimed by Campau. 

114. Not sold. See Journal 1831, P. 232.. 
Sold by the Corporation for 25 years. 

Section No. 4 lot No. 76. Judge Sibley says this lot was granted 
George Meldrum. I find no conveyance of it. 

Deed has been granted for lot in front of J. Hale to carry 
his lot to the channel of River. 

Deed has been granted for lot in front of O. Cook ta 
carry his lot to the channel of River. 

Deed has been granted for lot in front of J. Roberts to 
carry his lot to the channel of River. 

Deeds are ordered for Cook and Hale. Consideration not 
paid. 



PROCEEDINGS OF LAND BOARD 293 

Section No. 7— Lots Nos. 21, 31, 42, 27, 61, 62 claimed by Mrs. 

Dubois. 
Section No. 7, Lot No. 33. is probably the property of the Fund. 
Section No. 8, Lots No. 8 and 42. Claimed by C. Larned. Claim 

allowed. 

Lots Nos. 20, 28, 40, 46 and 67. 

Lot No. 81 claimed by N. Prouty. Allowed. 
Section No. 9. Lots No. 72, 73. (Fractions). On the Brush line. 
Section No. 11. Lots No. 13, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69. Deeded to Thos 

Palmer. 
Section No. 12. Lots No. 12, 30, 69. 



295 



Ind 



ex 



Abbott, Elizabeth 164 

family 172 

Frances 164 

James.. 6, 39, 51, 61, 66, 72, 
73, 75, 77, 81, 90, 94, 110, 
117, 164, 168, 173, 183, 
198, 200, 204, 210, 246, 
248, 250, 254, 256, 269, 

270, 285, 292 

Mrs. James 20 

Messrs. J. & R 232 

Mary (note) 15, 51, 164, 

200, 231, 250, 285 

Pompey (colored) 47, 172 

Robert. .. .7, (note) 30, 39, 
56, 98, 108, 121, 125, 141, 
164, 167, 183, 200, 245, 
250, 260, 269, 270, 285, 

288, 289, 290, 291 

Samuel 164, 200 

Sarah (note) 18, 51, 168, 

180, 198, 269, 275, 279 
Abstracts of lots to be ex- 
amined 274 

Abstracts of lots sold by the 

Governor and Judges 281 

Abstracts of lots unaccount- 
ed for 277 

Academy, see buildings 

(note) 105 

Ackley, Abner P 

29 (note), 52, 198, 281 

Act of Congress, 1806. 148 

Act to build Council House 
at intersection of Wood- 
ward and Adams aves 161 

Adams, Brig. 184 

Charles S 158 

Adhemar, Antoine (note)... 113 
dit St. Martin, Toussaint 

Anthony 226 

Allard, Baptiste (note) 23, 

43, 269 

Allair, Jean Baptiste 184 

Pierre 184 

Allen, Catherine 200 

Charles 200 

John 200 

Joseph 200 

Lewis C 220 

Margaret 200 

Mary 200, 219 

William 

(note) 29, 199, 200, 213 
Alley (public), see Streets.. 135 
American House (see Build- 
ings 150 



Amusements in Detroit 222 

Anchorville 156 

Anderson, J 201 

James. . (note) 51, 213, 239, 

240 285 
John (note) 23, 183, 184, 

213, 270, 274, 276, 281 

Julia Ann Taylor 184 

Thomas ..184 

Andre, Joseph (dit Clark) 
(note) 100, 142, 180, 224, 255 

Armitage, Helen M 219 

Army of the Northwest 202 

Armstrong, James A 158 

Mary .231 

Askin (Erskine) 

Adelaide 166, 225, 229 

Alexander (Alick) 165 

Alexander David , .225 

Archange -. 225 

Catherine 225 

Charles 225 

Elinor (Nelly, Phyllis Hel- 

ene) 216,225 

(family) 165 

James 224, 225 

John., (note) 102, 165, 166, 
176, 183, 189, 199, 207, 

216, 224, 225 

Madelaine 225 

Therese 225 

Assumption Church (see 

Buildings 165 

Astor, John Jacob 223 

Atlee, Mrs. Thomas 218 

Atterbury, John G 220 

Attorney-General (note) 19 

Atwater (Attwater), Cath- 
erine 205 

Clinton, Edward 205 

Reuben, 10 (note) 38, 39, 

41, 42, 85, 204 

Aubin, Joseph 176 

Auction sales. . .39, 72, 77, 78, 
82, 92, 93, 96, 104, 130, 

131, 132, 134, 136 
Auction of Ten Thousand 

Acre Tract 96 

Auctioneer 93, 94 

Audrain, Anne 212 

Elizabeth 164, 182 

Elizabeth Frances 183 

Fany 182 

Francois .182 

James H 182 

Margaret (note) 28, 113, 

143. 182, 209 



296 



INDEX 



Margaret A 1S2 

Maria Caroline 182 

Peter ..5, 65, 68, 75, 76, 

164, 182, 233, 235, 237, 

238, 239, 240, 253, 265 

Peter Duponce 182 

St. Clair 182 

Baby, Francois 164 

James 164 

Major 222 

Bacon, David 156 

Bagnall, Gilbert 197 

Bailey, Lieut 194 

Baird, Louise 170 

Baker 165, 181, 182, 230 

Calvin 290 

Daniel (Capt.) 209 

Bakery 201 

Baldwin, John (note) 14, 18, 

160 

Ball, Daniel 228 

Horatio (note) 136, 141, 

228, 265 

Col. John S 150 

Mary (Polly) 

(note) 47. 207, 237 

Mr 140, 143 

Nancy 150 

Ballangy, see Belanger. 

Bank Act 169 

Bank of Detroit 206, 207 

Banks, see Buildings. 
Bantrim (Bantham) 

Peregrin... (note) 23, 36, 184 

Barkle, Mary 164 

Barnard, Henry 170 

Barthe, Charles 225 

Marie Archange 225 

Bateite 230 

Bates, Frederick, Judge.. 3 
(note) 11, 42, 43, 47, 150, 

166, 201, 243, 244 

Thomas Fleming 150 

Battle of Fallen Timbers 154 

Battles, Zachariah 

(note) 25, 36, 192, 193 

Beard, David 

60, (note) 108, 186, 225 

Beaubien, Antolne 199, 237 

Genevieve 174 

Lambert 174 

Mary Joseph Cullierie dit. .189 

Susanne Cullierie dit 185 

Begras dit Flauvel, Urcelle..l67 
Belair, Joseph Chulde dit... 209 

Mary Ann Plessls dit 199 

Belanger 261 

Anthony 224 

(Ballangy) claim 260 

Frances 224 



Gregory 191 

(Belonger) Jean Baptist 

(note) 100, 142, 224, 255 

Margaret 224 

Mary 224 

Mary Frances 224 

Oliver 224 

Philip 224 

Belcher, Bridget 172, 194 

"Kitty" 194 

William 194 

Belonger, John Bt., see 
Belanger. 

Benjamin, Louis 

(note) 23, 43, 184 

Bennett, James 226 

Bentley, Fanny 172 

John 

(note) 21, 25, 31, 172. 186, 192 

Mary 172 

Sally 172 

Sarah 172 

Bernier, Michel 230 

Berry Brothers' varnish fac- 
tory 221 

Berthelet claim 259, 260 

Antoine Oliver 223 

Henry 156, 223, 246, 247 

lots 265 

Louis Benjamin 223 

Berth elette (Berthelet) 

Peter (note) 95, 223 

Bezeau, Archange 199 

Joseph 199 

Peter., (note) 29, 42, 198, 

199, 275, 279 

Biddle, Major John 272 

Bird, Henry (note) 37, 204 

Blackmarr, Sylvanus 

(note) 81, 133, 140, 222 

Blacksmith 199 

shop, Indian, see Buildings 

Blackstone, William 28 

Blockhouse used as jail. .161, 162 

Blockhouse 167 

Blondeau, Geneveva 226 

Bloody Run 221 

Bond, Temperance 215 

Bondy, Joseph 190 

Theresa 163, 212 

Bouquet's expedition 217 

Bourdeau, Catharine 171 

Veronica 174 

Bourgeat dit Provincal 

Pierre 175 

Boyer, Eleanor 156 

Susanne 189 

Brady, Prudence 163, 179 

Briely, Catherine 251 



INDEX 



297 



British troops destroy rec- 
ords 58 

Brock, Gen. Isaac 218 

Brooks, Col. Edward 211 

Margaret Anne 211 

Brown, Levi 271 

Simon 203 

William, Dr.. . (note) 11, 12, 
81, 152, 153, 174, 193, 
240, 241, 273, 277, 291, 292 

Brownstown 42 

Brush, Alfred B 166 

Charles R 166, 229 

Edmund A... 134, 166, 227, 281 
Elijah (note) 18, (note) 
19, 28. 33, 37, 38, 40, 45 
48, 104, 166, 167, 168, 225 
229, 237, 238, 239, 246, 
247, 250, 251, 253, 285, 

286, 287, 291, 292 
farm.. 61, 99, 142, 162, 166, 
204, 278, 279, 280, 282, 

283, 284, 293 

line 261, 276 

Semantha 166 

Academy (note) 105 

American House 150 

Bakery 3 

Bank of Detroit. . (note) 19, 
27, 28, 45, 152, 153, 160, 

166, 169, 196. 236 

of Michigan 153, 161, 226 

Peoples State Bank of De- 
troit ....174 

Blacksmith shop, Indian 
(note) 676, 85, 217, 227, 

254 255 

Block House 162, 167, 200 

Cabinet shop , . .147 

Capitol building .222 

Carpenter's shop for Indian 
Department .... .32, 218 

Churches 
Assumption church ...... .165 

Church at time of fire 156 

Mariners' church. .... .183, 184 

Methodist church. 273, 277, 279 

Presbyterian church 152, 

160, 173, 193, 197, 199, 213 

St. Anne's church 60, 

(note) 65, 96. 105, 152. 

156. 216. 217, 225, 226, 

• 253. 254, 274, 277, 278, 

280, 282 

St. Paul's church 226 

Citadel 3 

Classical Academy 225 

Clothing store 242 

Council house 92, 96, 137. 161 



Court House. . (note) 15. 17, 

54, 55, 75, 94, 96, 104, 115, 
116. 118. 138, 156. 167. 257. 

271. 272 

First House in Detroit 5 

Fort Gratiot Light House... 228 
Hotels and Taverns 

American House 150 

Mansion House. ...... .205. 211 

Pontchartrain Hotel 227 

Russell House 227 

Saginaw Hotel 163 

Steamboat Tavern ........ 210 

Tavern kept by Van Avery. 222 

Tavern 224 

Houses and Improvements.. 37 
Indian Council House (In old 

town) 248 

Indian Blacksmith Shop, see 

Blacksmith shop. 
Jail, (note) 15, 17, (note) 54, 

55, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 93, 94, 
96, 97, 98, 104, 105, 106. 
107, 109, 112, 115. 116, 118, 
119, 121. 122. 123. 125, 129, 
130, 131, 138, 146. 162. 167, 
176, 200. 223. 257. 259, 260. 

262, 263 
Magazine in Military Re- 
serve 273 

Market Buildings 222 

Metropolitan Police Head- 
quarters 172 

Moy house 208 

Rifle shop . .224 

St. Luke's Hospital and 

Church House 206 

Sawmill, first In Detroit 227 

Schools 165, 195 

Young Ladies' Academy. . .194 

University of Mich 

105, 153, 157, 161 
Warehouse 95 



Bulkley, Caroline A 212 

Burbeck, Colonel Henry 

(note) 32, 202 

Burnett, John 

(note) 47, 207, 208 

Martha 208 

Rebecca 208 

William 207 

Burton, C. M. Sketch of 

Woodward 154 

Cadle, Rev. Mr 226 

Calaghan, Widow 253 

Cadorette (Cadoret), Ange- 

llque (note) 47, 208 

Frances 168 

Ursula. . (note) 18, 167, 168, 

208, 269 



298 



INDEX 



Callahan (Calahan, Callag- 

lian, Calli£?an), Hugh 

(note) 26, 27, 63, 67, 68, 

83, 185, 196, 252, 253 

Elizabeth 196 

Campau 30 

Alexander Macomb 185 

Alice 218 

Angelique 192, 195, 199 

Barnabas (Barnabus, Bar- 

naby) 48, 77, 185, 

192, 275, 279, 292 

Catherine 185 

Dennis (note) 23, 47, 185 

Genevieve 174 

James 1S5 

John Barnabus 192 

John Baptist 239, 240 

Joseph. . .29, 31, 51, 65, 70, 
74, 176, 185, 194, 199, 248. 

250, 253, 270, 271 

Louis 185 

Mary Cecilia 185 

Mary Felicity 174 

Nicolas Amable 185 

Rose 195 

Simon 174 

Therese 225 

Toussaint. . . (note) 23, 47, 185 

Campaus 185 

Carpenter 201, 202, 275 

Carr, Thomas. . (note) 26, 41, 

193, 270 

Cass farm 158, 222, 259, 

280, 283, l'S4. 285 
Lewis. ..(note) 53, 75, 120, 
148, 153, 165, 213, 214, 224 
Casse dit St. Aubin, Mary 

Anne 178 

Catharine, an Indian 195 

Catholic Corporation 

65, (note) 71, 250 

Cato (Negro) 231 

Cemeteries 133, 135, 217 

Catholic (note) 65, 71, 

13 L 254 
Protestant. . (note) 71, 133, 

219, 264 
Chabert, Felicity de Joncaire 

de 185 

Judith de Joncaire de 213 

Philip Daniel de Joncaire 

de 216 

Chambers, Felicite 210 

Col. Stephen 159 

Chapoton, Augustin 176 

Mary Catherine Angelique. 156 

Chapotons 185 

Charier, Catherine 179 

Chatron (Chatran, Sharton) 
Peter (note) 23, 40, 182 



Chene, Elizabeth 194 

Chimney 32, 248 

sweep 200 

Chittenden, Benjamin 

(note) 30. 35. 198, 201 

Elizabeth 63, 66, 67, 68, 

83, 90, 254, 255, 256 

James (Capt.) 83, 185, 

l86, 196, 253 
Mrs. James (see Elizabeth) 

68, 186 

Cholera 202, 217, 220 

Chovin, Charles 222 

Louise 222 

Christlancy, Isaac S 161 

Chulde dit Belair, Joseph 209 

Church at time of fire. . .156, 216 
Churches, see Buildings. 

Cicot, Teresa 185 

Circus (Grand) 161, 223 

City chain 268 

Claimants divided into three 

classes 8 

Clair, Francis (note) 26, 193 

Clark, Jane (widow) 26 

Joseph Andre dit. . . (note) 

100, 180, 142 

Levi S 125 

Clarke 261 

(Clark) claim 259, 260 

Classical Academy (see Build- 
ings) 225 

Clay, Henry 219 

Clemens, Christian 219 

Cloutier family 185 

Mrs (note) 23 

Rene 184 

Widow Isabella or Eliza- 
beth 36, 184 

Coates, Ann. . . .230, 231, 274, 278 
Cobeille, Francais, see Go- 

beille 269 

Cochois, John B 194 

Coddington, Ann 152 

Cole, D. B 278 

Cole, Henry S 170, 190, 206 

Coles (Cowles), Thomas 

(note) 30, 201 

Colt, Sylvia 219 

Comparet, Frances 193 

Jean Baptiste. .38, 43, 193, 269 

Margaret 193 

Mrs (note) 26 

Commissioners to dispose of 
Ten Thousand Acre Tract. . • 
53, 56 
Conaghan (Conahan), 

Charles 212 

Conant, Austin B 219 

Harry A 219 

Horatio 219 



INDEX 



299 



John S 219 

Shubael (note) 72, 77, 

88, 94, 97, 98, 112. 119. 
120. 123. 169, 219, 256, 

257, 289 

Congress, Act of 1805 3 

Act of 1806... 5, 6, (note) 

11, 15, 53, 54, 57, 58, 59 

Conner (Connor), Alice 

(note) 23, 40, 185 

John .... (note) 18, 34, 

167, 168, 185, 230, 243, 269 

Conn, Robert 230 

Conoly, Patrick 230 

Conspiracy of 1763 217 

Converse, E 271, 276, 281 

Cook, Abraham. . . (note) 47, 208 
Mrs, Abraham. . . (note) 20, 
48, 61, 62, 83, 172, 242, 254 

Eliza 208 

Henry Snelling 208 

James H 208 

Jane 36, 172, 200, 208 

John 208 

Joseph 208 

Levi 270, 271 

Mrs (note) 30 

Orville '270, 292 

Otis 208 

Richard 208 

Cooper, Alexander 187 

David 187 

David M. (Rev.) 187 

Elizabeth... (note) 24, 36, 187 

Joseph (see Negro) 230 

Corliss, Daniel 190 

Mrs. Lucinda 206 

Coquilliard, Alexis 248 

Thomas 290 

Cote, Antoine 187 

Joseph, .(note) 24, 43, 46, 

53, 187, 189 

Magdelein... 24, 35, 51, 

186, 187 

Prisque (note) 24, 47, 186 

Cottrell, Elizabeth 208 

Cox, Thomas 245 

Council house, see Buildings. 
Court House, see Buildings. 
Couture, Marie Catherine . . . 

190 198 

Craig, Archibald '.178 

Crane-Reeder suits 181 

Crequi, Agnes 193 

Bazlle (Basil)... (note) 24, 

35, 186, 187 

John Baptiste 186 

Veronique 25, 35 

Crette, Angelique Charlotte. .155 
Crier of the Courts 200 



Crown, Elizabeth 187 

Cuillier dit Beaubien, Mary 

Joseph 189 

Cullierle dit Beaubien, Su- 

sanne 185 

Curry, Charles (note) 26, 

51, 167, 185, 195, 197, 238, 

250, 252 

Curry's corner 31, 196 

Curry, Elizabeth (Mrs.) 

(note) 23, 35, 51, 185, 252, 

270, 275 

Peter (note) 23, 72, 84. 

186, 217, 225, 255 

Daily, Joseph 224 

Dartmouth College 166 

Davenport, Anne E 174 

Lewis (Louis) 173, 186, 279 

Day, Hannibal 221 

Isaac (note) 30, 40, 200 

Isaac W 103, 119 

Mary (note) 30, 40 

Moses 200 

Sylvester (note) 80, 85, 

221, 222, 255, 283 

Dearborn, Gen. Henry 

19, (note) 32, 157, 202, 218 
Deare, Henry William 

(Judge) 195 

Deer Park 172 

Dejean, Philip 155 

Delegate to Congress 217 

Deleil, Marie Genevieve 179 

Delisle, Francois 47 

Monica 178 

Dellard, Mary Ann 224 

De Peyster, Col. Arent S 237 

DeQuindre, Adelaide 185 

Louis 170 

Descomps dit Labadie, Elea- 

nora 191 

Deshetres, Jean Baptiste 176 

Desnoyer (Denoyer), Ann 

Caroline 170 

Charles Chrysologus 170 

Charles Robert 170 

Elizabeth 170 

Emily 170. 221 

Francis Xavier 170 

Josephine Silvanie 170 

Mary 40 

Mary Antoinette 170 

Mary Magdelene 170 

Mary Louise Rose 170 

Mrs 20 

Peter (Pierre) .. (note) 20, 
69, 162, 169, 170, 191, 212. 
221, 249. 258. 269, 271, 2TJ0 
Peter John. 69, 162, 169, 170, 
191, 249, 258, 269, 271, 290 



300 



INDEX 



Victoria 170 

Detroit Bank (see Buildings) 
(note) 19, 27, 28, 45, 152, 
153, 160, 166, 168, 196, 206, 

207, 236 

Detroit burned in 1805 3 

Commons 152, 156, 165, 

173, 197, 251 

Commons, wells on 19 

discontent of the people... 5 

first house in 5 

Fund 15, (note) 18, 19, 

26, 30, 32, 33, 38, 39, 40, 
46, 47, 51, 56, 58, 60, 72, 
73, 74, 76, 78, 84, 85, 92, 
94, 101, 102, 104, 105, 106, 
108, 110, 111, 112, 114, 
117, 119, 120, 122, 123, 
124, 129, 130, 131, 132, 
133, 136, 141, 142, 146, 
166, 167, 200, 249, 251, 
285, 286, 287, 288, 289, 

290, 291, 292, 293 

Gazette Ill, 131, 227 

laid out by Woodward 263 

plan of 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 

43, 50, 58, 62, 67, 125, 126, 154 

plat ordered 18 

River 78 

Schools (see Schools) .216, 217 

De Val court, Louise 275, 278 

Dexter, Andrew 207, 269 

Andrew, jr (note) 45 

Samuel 207 

Judge Samuel W 207 

Dexter, Mich. 207 

Dicks, Rachel 203 

Dickson, Mrs 208 

Dilhet (Dillet), John (Jean) . 

(note) 30, 36, 201, 232, 269 
Dillon, Peter (school 

teacher) ..196 

Distillery 222 

Doctors 84, 85, 198 

Dodemead, Alice 187, 198 

Ann 188, 189 

Catherine 188 

David 188 

Elizabeth 187 

Isaac 188 

James... 25, 42, 43, 66, 90, 

187, 201, 226, 241, 242, 256 
Jane (note) 24, 43, 60, 

116, 187, 189 
John. 7, 25, 43, 161, 171, 187, 

188, 198, 231, 241, 242, 245 

John George 188 

John, sr 189 

Mary 188 

Mr 30 

Robert 188 



Donaghey (Donahue, Don- 

eghy), Catherine (note) 

66, 72, 84. 186, 217, 255 

Donahoe, George 217 

Donation lots 7, 8, 162, 167 

lots, not to be sold 16 

Donovan (Donavon, Duna- 

ven) .189 

Catherine 166 

Mary (Polly) . (note) 24, 43, 

101, 102, 166, 235, 255 

Mary Fullerton 166 

Matthew, (note) 16, 18, 32, 
84, 165, 217, 231, 235, 239, 

250 254 
Sarah (Sally) ... (note) 24, 
36, 43, 101, 102, 166, 217, 235 

Donovan's 230 

Dorchester, Lord (Guy Carle- 
ton) 155 

Dorr, Josiah R 227 

Melvin 156, 210, 271 

Dougerty, Dennis 231 

Dousman, Michael 170 

Drain for use of city 260 

Drake, Francis 230 

Dring, Sarah 158 

Drouillard, Francis 224 

Joseph 163 

Josette 162, 163 

Mary Louisa 197 

Susanne 224 

Dubois, Mrs 293 

Etienne 210 

Duchaineau, Louis 193 

Duchene, Charles Stephen . . . 176 

Magdelene 186 

Ducheneau, Louis, (note) 26, 193 

Duel 221 

Dufour, Catherine 210 

Dunevan, see Donovan 64 

Durette, Archange 165 

claim ..259, 260 

Frances Elias .165 

Gabriel 165 

Jean Baptiste. . . (note) 16, 
(note) 100, 142, 165, 224, 255 

Mary 165 

Mary Ann 165 

Theresa 165 

Victoria 165 

Duroche (Durocher), Michel. 

(note) 24, 35, 189 
Dyson, Ann... (note) 24, 40, 188 

Jane 188 

Samuel 188, 189 

Samuel T 188, 246 

E. A. B. — Edmund A. Brush. 134 

Earl of Traquair 151 

Eastman, Jonathan 

(note) 133, 177, 228, 262 



INDEX 



301 



Eberts, Dr. Herman 230 

Mrs. Marie Francoise. .230, 233 

Therese 230, 231, 233 

Ecuyer, Maria Therese 179 

Therese 52 

Edwards, Aaron 218 

Abraham (note) 69, 76, 

77, 78, 141, 209, 218, 256, 

257, 258, 288 

Henry 218 

Oliver 218 

Thomas 218 

Elliott, Mary 166 

(Elliot), Matthew.. 

(note) 64, 166, 217, 246, 247 

Sarah 101, 102, 166, 255 

Emerson, Mack & Conant...219 
Ennis, Robert, see Innis, Rob- 
ert. 

Fairchild, Louisa 212 

Fairman, Jacob 48, 82, 254 

Farewell, Joseph 108 

Farley, John . •. 221 

Farmer, John 275 

Farmer's Map 277 

Farnsworth 276, 281 

Farnsworth, Elon 204 

Farwell, Joseph (Maj.) 184 

Faulkner, Eliza 168 

Fearson, Clemence 180, 224 

Felicite 180 

Hannah 52, 236 

John 180, 224, 235 

Julia 180 

Mary Amable 236 

Victoria (Victorie) ..(note) 

24, 35, 179, 180, 189, 236 

Fence around jail 123, 129 

Finch, James 118, 120 

Fire Department 201, 204, 205 

Protection 50 

Fisher, Jane 206 

Merrit 206 

Otis (note) 79, 161, 221 

Fitzpatrick, Patrick 

(note) 48, 210 

Flanagan, Barnabas 202, 206 

William (note) 42, 44, 

169, 202, 206 
Flauvel, Urcelle Begras dit..l67 

Fleining, Elizabeth 200 

Robert. . (note) 13, 15, 157, 269 

Sampson 242 

Fletcher, Joseph 213 

Fletcher's Survey 96, 260 

Forsyth & Smith 213 

Alice Marion 229 

Jane Cameron 166, 229 

Maria 229 



Robert (note) 144, 228, 

229, 266, 267, 268 
Robert Allen. 144, 229, 266, 267 

William 174, 228, 267 

Fort Gratiot light house 228 

Road 165 

Fort Lernoult 204 

Fort Wayne, Ind 218 

Fortier, Charles 155 

Mary Rose 170, 190 

Fouche, Charles 231 

Fox, Michael (note) 34, 204 

Francoeur, Antoine Nevue 

dit 202 

( Francair ) , Augustin 237 

Frazer, Alexander D 205 

Free Press 227 

Frerot, Mr 269 

Genevieve, .(note) 20, 44, 171 

John Francis 171 

Fuller, Abraham 149 

Sarah 149. 

Gagnier, Isaac 191 

Mary Louise 191 

Galerno (Gallernau), Pierre 

(note) 26, 37, 194 

Gamash, Reney 231 

Gaol, see Jail. 

Garden, public 71, 82, 219 

Geel (Gill), Abraham 

34, 199, 248, 249, 255 

Caroline •. 199 

Mrs. Nancy, .(note) 29, 31, 

199, 248, 249 

Geisse, Henry Augustus 192 

Gentle, Adam 16& 

John 7, (note) 18, 168, 

213, 217 

Martha 168 

Thomas 168 

William 168 

Giffard, Francis 178 

Gill, see Geel. 

Abraham 99, 142 

Gillett, Reynolds 275, 279 

Shadrack 220 

Girard (family) 163 

Girardin, Charles F..(note) 

25, 32, 40, 193 

Jacques 32, 162, 163, 

193, 247, 24g 

James 250 

Josette 247, 248 

Widow Josette (note) 15 

Girardin lot 259, 260 

Glass, Lucinda 190, 206 

Robert (note) 24, 

(note) 44, 190. 206 
Gobeil (Gobeille, Gobeye, Go- 
bey, Gobe, Cobeille) 190 



302 



INDEX 



Baptiste (note) 24, 35 

Charles (note) 24, 40, 191 

Dominic 191 

Francis 190, 197, 210 

Francals 269 

Francis, jr (note) 24 

Francis, sr 110 

Francois 35 

Francois, sr 31, 41 

Francis Xavler 191 

Jean Francis 170, 190 

John Baptiste 191 

Joseph 190 

Magdalene, .(note) 24, 35, 191 

Mary Frances 191 

Mary Louisa 170, 191 

Mary Rose 40, 191 

Mrs (note) 24 

Godfroy, Angellque 

(note) 24, 40, 190, 198 

Archange 190, 198 

Catherine (note) 29, 44, 

179, 198, 271 
Gabriel, jr 6, 230 

Gabriel.... 61, 163. 212, 243, 

250, 274, 275, 285 

Gabriel Jacques 190, 198 

Jacques 161 

Josette 163 

Mary Joseph 163 

Pierre 161 

Sophia 212 

Susan 161 

Goff, John 231 

Gouie, Robert. . (note) 81, 84, 

91, 222, 243, 244, 255 
Gouin, Charles, jr.. (note) 24, 

189, 275, 279 

Charles Francis 189 

Claude John Thomas 189 

farm 189 

Francis 99, 270 

Judith 216 

Governor & Judges disagree. 9 
Governor and Judges (Hull, 
Bates, Griffin, Witherell) 

(note) 11 

Gowey (Goule) , Robert 244 

Gowen, Francis 281 

Grand Avenue 127 

Circus 17, 126, 213 

Marals 222 

Parade 14 

Grant (family) 165 

Gray, Elliot 275, 278 

Greely, Aaron (note) 58, 

130, 131, 133, 134, 214, 217, 

287, 288 
Grelnerville 165 



Grefard (Greffard, Grlffard), 

Mary Anne 176 

Cecilia 187 

Francis 103 

Griffin, Cyrus 151 

John (Judge) 5, (note) 

11, 33, 39, 41, 42, 150, 151, 

161, 165 

Louisa 151 

Mary 151 

Dr. Samuel Stuart 151 

Sarah 177 

Maj. Thomas 151 

Grlswold, Rev. Stanley (Sec- 
retary) 3, 5, 286, 287 

Hale, John 271, 292 

Hallburton, Anne 174 

William 174 

Hall, Miss (note) 25, 44, 191 

Mrs (note) 25, 44, 191 

Willard 177, 234 

Halllbut (Humbert), Lydla.233 

Hamilton, Gov. Henry 237 

Robert B 225 

Hamtramck, John Francis . . . 202 

Hand, William 164 

Mary 164 

Hanks, Margaret. .36, 69, 83, 254 
Mrs. Margaret (wife of 

Porter Hanks) 218 

Porter 177 

Hannah (see Negroes) 116 

Harry (see Negroes) 231 

Hart, William 181 

Harvey, Ann Reynolds 181 

John... 3, 7, (note) 23, 31, 

181, 182, 191, 270 

Sally 181 

Mary Penrlce 181 

Mary (or Maria) Yorke...l81 

Mrs. Sarah (Sally) 

(note) 23, 25, 41 

Hatch, Harriet M 228 

Rachel (note) 25, 40, 191 

Roswell (Roswold) . . . .191, 233 

Rufus (note) 136, 228 

Hathon, Anson E 292 

Hawley, Caroline 219 

Healy, Marguerite 202 

Helm, L. T. (Lieut.) 175 

Henry .Abraham 159 

Ann Mary 159 

Anna Wood 159 

Benjamin West 159 

Betsey 159 

D. Farrand 160 

James... (note) 14, 23, 52, 
159, 166, 171, 187, 200, 207, 
211, 226, 234, 250, 270, 285 
John Joseph 159 



INDEX 



303 



Dr. Julien 159 

Mary 159 

Matthew 159 

Dr. Stephen Chambers. 159, 160 

William 159 

Hickman, Harrison H 149 

Hill, Abraham 201 

Albert (note) 30, 44, 201 

Hoffman, Adam 209 

Abraham 209 

Anna 209 

Catharine 209 

Christian 209 

Daniel 209 

David 209 

George, (note) 47, 150, 183, 209 

George Washington 209 

John 209 

Joseph 209 

Margaret 209 

Peter 209 

Rachel 209 

Hog (Belle Isle) Island 194 

Hogarth, Sarah 219 

Holden, Theodore 290, 291 

Holly, Jesse 163 

Horner, Archibald, (note) 21, 
34, 36, 47, 48, 173, 174, 216, 

253, 270 

Betsey 269 

Elizabeth. .25, 36, 173, 174, 215 

Mariah 174 

Sarah 173 

Hosford, Joseph., .(note) 42, 

44, 206 
Hotels and Taverns, see 
Buildings. 

Houde, Geneveva 202 

Michael 202 

Howard, Alexander K 220 

Henry 229 

Joshua 220 

Maria 229 

Warren... (note) 147, 148, 229 

Howland, J. O 192 

Hubert, Mary Louise 178 

Hue, Marie Francolse 230 

Hudson Bay Co 206 

Hudson, Henry, (note) 18, 20, 

30, 31, 44, 48, 167 
Henry's dwelling house and 

store house 78 

Mary 41 

Mrs 25 

Hull, Abijah..(note) 39, 205, 
237, 259, 260, 263, 264, 

270, 286, 287 

Abraham Fuller 149 

Ann Binney 149 

Hull's house 150 



plan of Detroit 157 

surrender.152, 157, 162, 166, 

206, 214, 218, 222, 229 
trial 152 

Hull, Gen. Wm. (Governor) . . 
3, 4, (note) 11, 33, 126, 
150, 153, 155, 165, 168, 
180, 183, 189, 192, 193, 
196, 202, 204, 205, 207, 
211, 218, 225, 230, 268 
Humbert (Hallibert, Halll- 
but), Lydia. . (note) 26, 36, 194 

Hunot, Gabriel 222 

Hunt, Elizabeth Cass 166 

farm 221 

Henry Jackson. . . (note) 47 
and 61, 69, 72, 75, 88, 91, 
94, 97, 98, 106, 122, 143, 
206, 209, 215, 218, 229 

254, 256, 257, 278, 291 

Isaac 249 

Israel (note) 34, 204, 270 

John 112, 290 

John E 229 

Ruth 218 

William B 221 

Thomas 209, 218, 229 

Huron and Detroit, District 

of 50 

Hyde, Charles 212 

Indians — 

Blind Chief 159 

Catharine 195 

Wa-she-baga 195 

Indian Blacksmith Shop 

(note) 67, 85, 217, 227, 254, 255 
Carpenter Shop for Indian 

Department 32 

Council House 248 

Department 32 

Treaties 153 

Innes, Margaret 166 

(Ennes), Robert, (note) 64, 

84, 166, 254 

Interior triangle 105, 253 

Jackson, Ann 188 

Jackson Charles 184, 188 

Jackson's Cabinet 213 

Jail, see Buildings. 

old 103, 105 

Jandlne, Catharine 204 

Jay's treaty 206, 230 

Jefferson Ave 96, 115, 137, 

149, 153, 157 
Jefferson, Pres. Thomas. 154, 218 

Jemison, Jane 194 

Jennings, Martha 168 

Johnson, Samuel 152 

Johnston, George 180 



304 



INDEX 



Joncaire de Chabert, Felicity 

de 185 

Judith de 216 

Philip Daniel de 216 

Jones, Asa 5 

Ephraim 171, 231 

farm 194 

Isaac (note) 19, 33, 169 

Richard Hall. . . . (note) 20, 

. 44, 169, 171, 186, 231 

Jouett, Charles 42, 43, 48, 187 

Jane H 187 

Journal (note) 11 

• Continuation of.... (note) 53 

Joy, Mrs. M 218 

Kakima (Cakima).... 207 

Kawkawlin River 227 

Keene (Keeney, Keren), Wil- 
liam 231, 234, 235 

Keggs, John S, see also 

Skeiggs 202 

Kerch eval, Benjamin B 229 

Kincaid, James 202 

Kinsey (Kinzie, Kinsie), 

Eleanor 175 

Elizabeth 175 

Ellen Marlon 175 

James 175 

John., (note) 21, 35, 44, 61, 
76, 143, 144, 174, 175, 
228, 229, 266, 267, 268 

John Harris 175 

Marie 175 

Robert Allen 175 

William 175 

Kirby, James 231 

Knaggs, Elizabeth 170 

George 151, 155, 195 

Whitmore 199 

Knapp, Thomas S 208 

Knowland, see Nolan, Now- 
land, Nowlan. 
Sarah... (note) 21, 41, 172, 

178, 254 
Labadie, Eleanora Descomps 

dit 191 

farm 199 

Josette 199 

Margaret 199, 265 

Monique F. . (note) 29, 41, 199 

Pierre Descomptes 199 

Labute, Pierre 222 

Labelle 231 

Lacelle, Francis 190 

Lachapelle, Bellamy 195 

Lachasse, Mary Louisa Lecerf 

dit 193 

Laderoute, John Baptists 

Sequin dit 195 

Ladouceur, Philip .275 

Lady Christiana 151 



Lafayette's visit 152 

Laferte, Louis Vessiere dit.. 185 

Lafevre, Magdelene 186 

Lafleur, Charles Poupard dit. 
(note) 21, 29, 30, 174, 240, 241 

Lafoy, Augustin 39, 171 

Mrs. Catharine. . (note) 20, 

52, 171, 269 
Lagard, see Legard. 

Jean (note) 15 

John 18 

Lagore, John 191 

Sarah 191 

Lajumodiere, Maria Amable. .180 
Lajeunesse, Jean Revau dit. .209 

Lamb, John 204 

Sarah 204 

Land Board 11 

Lane, John 19, 33 

Langan, Augustin Harrison. .173 
Bevelly (Beverlley) 

Tailor (Taylor) 173 

Jerusha 173 

John Coulture 173 

Patty 173 

Susanne 173 

Langdon, Augustin 186 

Euphania Sutton 173 

Margaret Rebecca 173 

Susanna 173 

Sylvester Larned . 173 

William Woodbridge 173 

Lapage, A. C. Francis 278 

Francois 198 

Larned, Catharine 220 

Charles (note) 73, 77, 80, 
94, 99, 147, 219, 221, 274, 

276, 279, 282, 293 

George B. (note) 79, 221 

Harriet 220 

Jane 220 

Julia 220 

Mary 220 

Simon 219 

Sylvester 220 

Larned St 147 

Laselle, A 278 

Lasselier Lazaliere) , Daniel . .192 

Lasselle (Laselle), Antoine. . 

274, 275, 278 

D. A 278 

F 278 

Lasselliere, Mr. (note) 25 

Laughton, John 237 

Lauson (Lozon), James 185 

Mary Matilda 176 

Lazaliere, Abraham 192 

Jacob 192 

William L 192 

Leavenworth, Colonel. . .145, 228 



INDEX 



305 



Lecerf dit Lachasse, Mary 

Louisa .193 

Leclerc, Mary Louise 193 

Lecuyer, Philip 112 

LeDuc, Josetta 191 

Legal Opinion 28 

Legard, see Lagard 51 

Jean 164, 165, 198 

Julia, Mrs . . (note) 24, 198 

Mrs 36 

Legionary Corps of Michigan.196 
Legislature of Michigan . . 28 

Leib, Caroline Josephine 170 

Caroline J. B 221 

George 170, 221 

James Ronaldson 221 

John L ....(note) 78, 221 

Michael (Dr.) 221 

Milicent D 221 

Lemay, Mary 202 

Lepage, Catharine, Mete dit. 274 
(Lapage) (Francis) Fran- 
cois (Frank) (note) 29, 

31, 274 

Levasseur, Magdelene 176 

Levadoux 201 

Lewis, Sally 151 

Llgot, Isaac 36 

Light house 210 

Lindsley, Stephen (Rev.)... 

194, 204, 209 

Little, Jane (Nancy) 229 

Lockwood, James (note) 112 

London (see Negroes) ...... .231 

Longdon (Langdon, Longan, 

Langan, Longon) Augus- 

tin.(note) 21, 29, 47, 52, 

99, 172, 173, 243, 245, 255, 270 

Mary, 29, 52, 99. 173, 197, 

255, 270 

Lognon farm 197 

Lognon, Gilbert 197 

(Lonion) Louis (note) 27, 
34, 167, 197, 201, 252, 253 

Lucy 197 

Moses 197 

Luckett, John 192, 193, 246 

Lyons, Ann (Nancy) 195 

Archibald... (note) 26, 36, 194 

Archibald Leo 195 

Catharine 194, 195 

Charles 195 

Elizabeth 194, 195, 199 

George 194 

George Thomas 195 

Rose 194 

Thomas 163 

Lytle, John (Col.) 175 

Sarah 156 



McBrlde, Elizabeth (note) 36, 

21, 204 

McBryde, Betty 204 

McChesney, John 163 

McClain (McLean) David... 

31, 70, 250 

Mrs. (note) 21, 44 

McClemens, Jane (note) 40, 

114, 115, 116, 205 

McCloskey, Elizabeth 161 

James (note) 14, 30, 33, 38, 
42, 44, 91, 98, 161, 166. 

212, 259, 290, 291 
William, see McCoskry. 

McCloud. Francis 231 

McClure. Thomas 34 

McCoskry, Alfred 210 

Caroline 210 

Samuel Allen 209 

(McCloskey, McCroskey, 
McKoskry), William (note) 
17, (note) 48, 49, 79, 83. 

84, 209, 255, 284, 285 
MacDonnell (McDonnel, Mc- 
Donald, McDonell, McDon- 
all) James... 231, 239, 245, 

246, 275 
McDonell. Alexander Dallas. 155 

Ann Smith 155 

Catherine Ann 155 

Charles Stuart 155 

Donald Lundy 155 

John 155 

John Smith. 155 

MacDougall Alley 194, 196 

McDougall, Archange 185 

George (note) 49, 64, 89. 93. 
103, 105, 117, 184, 203. 
210, 228, 250. 251. 253. 288 

McGill College 206 

McGill, James (note) 44, 207 

McGregor, Col 154 

Mcintosh ( McMackintosh ) . 
Angus ..61, 72, 206, 209, 250 

Catharine (Kitty ) 1:06 

Mclnstry (McKinstry). David 

C 277 

Mcintosh. Ann 206. 209 

McKee. Alexander. .237. 238. 

246, 247 

Thomas 225, 24« 

McKenzie. Elizabeth 175 

Isaac 175 

John 174 

Margaret 175 

McKillip, Daniel (Capt.) . . . .175 

Eleanor Lytle 175 

Margaret 175 



306 



INDEX 



McKlnstry, David C. (note) 
87, 89, 91, 106, 130, 131, 132, . 
161, 220, 222, 289, 290, 291 

McKnlght, Sheldon 227 

McKoskry (McCoskry), Wil- 
liam (note) 17 (note) 48, 
49, 79, 83, 84, 255, 284, 285 

McLean, Mrs. Agnes 

90 177 255 

David 177, 193, 25l', 252 

Elizabeth 177 

John 177 

Martha 177 

Mary 177 

Polly 231 

Prudence 177 

Rachel 177 

Solomon 177 

McNeal, Catharine 197 

Daniel 197 

John 197 

Margaret (note) 27, 

35 197 198 
McNiff, Catherine (note) 21, 

44, 66, 83, 254, 269 

Eleanor 177, 228 

Margaret 177 

Patrick 177 

Robert 177 

Mack, Andrew 223 

Mack and Conant 119, 121, 

122, 124, 125, 219 

Mack, Lovicy 187 

Stephen (note) 61, 69, 77, 
79, 81, 88, 94, 97, 98, 107, 
112, 118, 119, 120, 123, 
124, 136, 143, 145, 187, 
215, 227, 256, 257, 261, 

284, 285 

Mackenzie, John 174 

Mackintosh, Angus (note) ... 43 
Macomb (McComb), Alexan- 
der (note) 63, 80, 113, 115, 
124, 125, 158, 215, 242, 

243, 259, 283 

Anne 158 

Catherine 158 

David 15, 30, 78, 258 

David B...73, 113, 114, 115, 

129, 158 

Eliza 158 

Isabella . .63, 113, 114, 258, 259 

Jane 158 

John 15, 158, 215 

John W 73, 158 

Mrs. John.. 86, 87, 89, 90, 158 

Sarah 279 

Sarah Dring 158 

William (note), 13, 15, 43, 
03, 73, 78, 86, 87, 113, 



114, 115, 124, 158, 160, 
215, 242, 243, 245, 246, 

250, 258, 259 

William, heirs of 43 

farm 61, 74, 159, 179, 222 

purchase 158 

Madison, James, Pres 3 

Magazine in Military Reserve.273 

Mahony, Thomas 231, 275 

Maisonville, Pelagie 204 

Main Street 137 

Mainville, Marie Anne 179 

Mansion House, see Hotels.. 

205, 211 

Manufactory of flour 256 

Map of Detroit 

126, 259, 260, 264 
Map of Detroit by T. Smith. 260 

Map Michigan Territory 128 

Margrett, Negress 231 

Mariners' Church, see Build- 
ings 183, 184 

Market. See Buildings. .222, 223 

Marsh in Detroit 244 

Marshal (note) 19 222 

Marshal, City 223 

Martin farm 159 

Martin, Hugh R.7, (note) 26, 
34, 35, 42, 44, 178, 196, 

197, 204, 238, 252 

John 116, 138 

Mary, Negress .231 

Masons 119 

Mason, Catherine Armistead.178 

John 178 

Stevens T. (Gov.) 178 

Massacre of Wyoming 204 

Matthews, Major 154 

May, Augusta Caroline 205 

James, (note) 48, 49, 75, 82, 
83, 96, 98, 112, 118, 121, 
123, 125, 136, 161, 162, 
197, 199, 205, 208, 211, 
245, 250, 254, 262, 263, 266 

Margaret Ann 211 

Mayet, Michel 21, 36 

Meigs, Hon. Josiah (note) 56, 

57, 58, 213 

Return Jonathan 213 

Meldrum, David 156 

Meldrum farm 156 

Meldrum, Felicity 156 

George. ..(note) 12, 16, 40, 
41, 51, 52, 155, 156, 178, 
179, 213, 218, 237, 245, 

274, 292 

James 156 

John (note), 21, 35, 95, 156, 

178, 234, 235 
Maria Ann Jane 156 



INDEX 



307 



Mary Ann 156 

Mary Geneva (Marlah Ann 

Jane) 218 

Mary Geneveva 156 

Mr 30 

Nicholas 156 

Meldrum and Park 186, 275 

Robert 156 

William 156 

Meloche, Catharine 210 

Menard, Catharine 185 

Mercer, Hugh 151 

Merchants' wharf (note), 16, 

157, 166, 203 

Meredith, David 225 

George S 167 

Merrit and Willard 

123, 125, 129, 135 
Merritt, Adna (note), 88, 93, 
98, 106, 107, 109, 119, 123, 
131, 132, 135, 136, 223, 271 
Meny, Mary (see Mary 

Lemay 202 

Mete dit Lapage, Catharine. .274 

Methodist preacher 214 

Metropolitan Police headquar- 
ters 172 

Mette, Mrs. Catharine. . .171, 198 

Joseph 210 

Mrs (note) 20, 44 

Theophilus (Printer) 

(note) 48, 210 

Mettez, Catherine ^9 

Michigan Legislative Council 

153 
Michigan records destroyed 

by British 58 

Military land in Springwells 

278 

Military lands 19 

Military Property, Sale of 2T2 

Military reserve (note) 13, 
32, 50, 55, 74, 124, 157, 

171, 274, 277, 278 
Military square.. 6, 128, 232, 265 

Miller, Catherine 186, 21T 

Oliver W..(note) 33, 34, 69, 

203, 204, 232, 258 

Surveyor 260 

William Warner 304 

Mitchell, Harriet 215 

Mixer, Harvey 212 

Mokitchenoqua (Indian) 195 

Monnet (Monette), Marianna 

(note) 21, 37, 275 

Louis 176 

Marian 275 

Michel 52, 176 

Monroe, James 202 

Robert 201, 202 



Moore, Margaret 182 

Moran, Teresa 185 

Moras, Mary Ann 156 

Morley, Frances 220 

Morrison, Jefferson 199 

Margaret 37 

Mary 203 

Mosher, Philip 33 

Mt. Clemens 219 

Moy Hall 206 

Murdock, John 202 

Munroe, Robert (note), ..31, 42 

Murphy, John 177, 251 

Nado, Jacob., (note) 20, 44, 

171, 234, 275, 279 
Nantais, Jean B. Prudhomme 

dit 224 

Margareta Prudhomme dit. 224 

Navarre, Catharine 215 

Mary Francis 210 

Negroes — 

Abbott, Pompey, see Ab- 
bott 47, 172 

Cato ..231 

Cooper, Joseph 230 

Hannah 116, 231, 280, 284 

Harry 231 

London 231 

Margrett 231 

Mary 231 

Nell ....231 

Parker, Thomas (note), 44, 207 
Pomp, Pompey Abbott 

(note) 20, 47, 172, 268 

Susan 231 

Nellerney (Willermy) Mor- 

rice (note) 135 

Nelson, Elizabeth 166 

Jonathan 166 

Nevue, Antoine (note) 32 

Nevue dit Francoeur, Antoine 

202 

Newspapers 

Detroit Gazette 

94, 111, 131, 227 

Free Press 227 

Pittsburg Commonwealth . . 

168, 213 

Pittsburg Mercury 114 

Newspapers in other places. . 96 

Nichols, Mary G 220 

Nolan, Thomas 172 

Nothingham, Samuel 187 

Northwest Co 186 

Nowlan (Knowland, Nolan, 
Noland), Sarah (Sally)... 
(note) 21, 41, 172, 178, 254 

Noyes, Abraham 172 

O'Flynn, Cornelius 180 

Cornelius J 180 



308 



INDEX 



Order of Immaculate Heart of 

Mary 163 

Ourno, Maria 231 

Owen, John 208 

Packard, Benjamin 179, 223 

Margaret, (note) 94, 99 

Page, Enoch. . . .38, 42, 46, 51, 157 

Palmer, Friend 211 

Mary 216 

Mary Ann 211 

John., (note) 49, (note) 73, 
79, 83, 211, 220, 254, 269, 

270, 271, 284, 285 

Oliver Perry 211 

Ruthy Ann 211 

Thomas 151, 161, 

206, 211, 216, 222, 276, 
277, 279, 280, 281, 282, 

283, 284, 285, 290, 293 

Thomas W 151, 216 

Palms 185 

Francis 208 

Pare or Pier, George 231 

Park lots. . (note) 17, 37, 166, 

210, 212, 281, 292 

Park, William 155 

Parke, Hervey 228 

Parker, Thomas (note) 44, 207 
See negro. 

Pattee, Ellas 174 

Patterson, Richard (note) ... 64 

Pattlnson. Ellen Phyllis 216 

Hugh 216 

Judith 216 

Mary Ann 216 

Richard 216, 225, 250, 267 

Payne, Chauncey S 271 

Pease, Maria H 153 

Peltier 261 

Andrew 210 

Ann 176 

Antolne (note) 21, 35, 176 

Archange 176, 211 

Catharine 171, 210 

Elizabeth 176 

Felicity 176 

Francis 176 

Isidore., (note) 21, 37, 178, 

248 

James Amable 176 

Jean Baptlste 

99, 142, 176, 191, 192, 255 

John Mary 176 

Julia 176 

Justine 176 

Louis 176, 178 

Mrs. Louis (note) 21 

Louis Theophlle 176 

Mary Ann 176 

Peter 176 



Theresa 41, 176, 269 

Peltier claim .259, 260 

Penrlce, Mary 181 

Peoples' State Bank of De- 
troit, see buildings 174 

Perkins, Capt 273 

Perry's victory 206 

Petit, Wm. W 290, 291 

Petite Cote 154 

Physicians 187 

Plcquet (Piquet) Jean Bap- 
tiste..(note) 25, 85, 170, 

176, 191, 192, 250, 285 

Pier, or Pare, George 231 

Pierce, Benjamin 181 

210, 275 

Pinard, Joseph 

(note) 48, 210, 275 

Piquet, Charles 192 

Charles Amable 191 

John Baptlste. . (note) 25, 
85, 170. 176, 191, 192, 250, 285 

Pittsburg Mercury .114 

Pittsburg Commonwealth 

168, 213 

Plan of city, new 275 

Plan of Detroit 61, 123, 

125, 244, 265, 268 

Plans of Detroit, lost 263 

Plan of Detroit to be engrav- 
ed 125 

Plat and description of ground 
between Brush line and 
Randolph St. ...... .259, 260 

Plat and description of old 

jail ..259, 260 

Plessis dit Belair, Mary Ann 

199 
Plough to mark sections. . .268 
Pomp, Pompey, Pompey Ab- 
bott (negro) (note) 

20, 47, 172, 268 

"Pontiac" 215 

Pontlac company 215, 219 

Pontiac gate 226 

Pontiac's siege 189 

Pontiac's war 224 

Pontchartrain Hotel 153 

Porter, Augustus 225 

Porter farm 199 

Post Master 150, 183 

Potashery 222 

Pottery 223 

Poupard, Charles, alias La- 
fleur..(note) 21, 29, 41,174, 

240, 241, 250 

Poupard, Charles Francis 174 

Mary Magdalene . . .174 

Simon 174, 271 



INDEX 



309 



Presbyterian church, see 

buildings, 152, 160, 173, 192 

Printer in Detroit, early 171 

Private claim 18, 156 

Proceedings of the governor 
and judges for 1811, 1812 

110 

Proctor, Gen. Henry 152, 

157, 166, 171, 180, 203, 

208, 229, 292 
Protestant burying ground 

(See cemeteries) 264 

Protestant Religious Society 

of Detroit 133, 219 

Prouty, Nathaniel. ..276, 279, 293 
Provincal, Ann, Anne, (note) 

21, 36, 176 

Catharine (Mrs.) 175, 176 

Jacques 35 

James (note) 21, 176 

Mary Ann 175 

Mrs. (note) 21, 23 

Pierre Bourgeat dit 175 

Widow 156 

Prudhomme dit Nantais, Mar- 

gareta 224 

Prudhomme dit Nantais, Jean 

B 224 

Public garden 

43, 74, 75, 82, 94, 265 

Public wharf 74, 263, 278 

Pump 223 

Purdy, Jane.. 114, 115, 116, 205 

Puthuff, W. H. (Major) 155 

Quakers at Detroit in 1793.. 159 
Raimond (Raimon), Andre 

(note) 48, 210, 234, 235 

Ramsay, Isabella 215 

Rancour, Genevieve 171 

Randall, James 176 

Randolph St 

99, 100, 142, 149, 153 

Rea, Alice 224 

Reid, Ebenezer A (note) 

123, 227 

Reeder, Edwin 181 

Register of the Lots of the 

city of Detroit 126 

Reid, Mrs. Duncan 85, 191 

Eleanor 271 

Renaud (Renau, Reneau), 

Louis 165, 186 

Mary Ann 165 

Veronique 186 

Cecllle (Cecil, Cecile) 

(note) 21, 103, 178, 275, 279 
Irene (Reine, Renette) . . . .178 

Louis 165, 178, 186 

Renette (note) 22, 36 

Theresa Catharine 176 



Revau dit Lajeunesse, Jean.. 209 

Revolution (American) 164 

Reynolds, Sir Joshua 159 

Rhode (Rode), Clair 200 

Girard 200 

Rice, Levi 130 

Richard, Gabriel (note) 

64, 101, 105, 121, 122, 135, 
157, 167, 171, 180, 191, 
195, 201, 205, 216, 232, 

255, 275, 289 

Richardson, Dr 225 

Ridgely lot, see Ridley.. 138, 139 

Ridley, Edward 226 

Ridley lot (note) 

115, 138, 139, 226 

Riley, James, Jr 231 

Rivard, Genevieve 156 

River Raisin 9 

Roads 125 

Road from Detroit to Chi- 
cago 161 

Road from Detroit to Miami. 161 
Road to Ten Thousand-Acre 

Tract 118 

Road through the Ten Thous- 
and-Acre Tract 114 

Robert, Mary 191 

Roberts, Helen 206 

John 292 

Robertson, William. .. (note) 
45, 157, 207, 225, 239, 245, 

246, 250, 277, 278 

Robinson, Hugh 178 

John., (note) 96, 115, 116, 
137, 138, 139, 178, 216, 223 

Mary (Mrs.) (note) 

22, 45, 178, 229 

Matilda 178 

Victoria 178 

Robison and Martin 195, 117 

Robison, William 157 

Roby, Hannah 216 

Henry 216 

John S., 79, 80, 84, 125. 
136, 137, 146, 216, 254, 

270. 282 

Mr (note) . . 64 

Ruel 216 

Sarah C 216 

Rochefort, Therese 184 

Rogers, James 214 

Margaret (McGregor) 214 

Robert 187. 224 

Stephen 231 

Roman Catholic burying 

ground 134 

Roman Catholic Church, see 
buildings 96. 152. 156 



310 



INDEX 



Roman Catholic Church peti- 
tion 99 

Rood, Ezra 184 

Ross, David 231 

Root, Chester 81 

Rough Minutes No. 2 A 42 

Rough Minutes No. 2 B. . .53, 213 

Rough Minutes C-3 213 

Rough Minutes D-4 213 

Rouse, Lu cries C. (Rev.) 220 

Rousseau, Charles 203 

Roussel, Etienne 205 

Joseph 205 

Rowland, Catherine M 178 

Elizabeth M 178 

Isaac (Col.) 178 

Lewis Cass 177 

Thomas (note) 

69, 79, 80, 90, 106, 133, 
177, 178, 218, 262, 282, 

283, 290 

Roy, Elizabeth 177 

Elizabeth Lydia 195 

Martha 168 

Mary 231 

Rucker, John A 201 

Ruland, Israel 190 

Rumney, William 220 

Robert ....220 

Russel, Anne E 174 

George B. (Dr.) 174 

George H 174 

Russell House 153 

Russell, Mary 204 

William 160, 211 

Ryan, Mary 247 

Sackett, Eliza 219 

Saginaw Hotel, see buildings 

163 

Saginaw Valley 227 

Ste. Anne's Church. .105, 135, 

155, 157, 163, 186, 187, 195 
Ste. Anne's Church cemetery 

135, 155 
Ste. Anne's Church records . . 210 
St. Anne St.. 113, 181, 194, 196 
St. Aubin, Mary Anne Casse 

dit ..178 

St. Clair, Gov. Arthur ......160 

St. Croix, Miss ...164 

St. George, Louis 161 

St. Honore St ....181, 194 

St. James St ..113 

St. Joseph St.. 156, 175, 186, 190 
St. Louis St...... 156, 190, 196 

St. Martin, Archange 206 

Salary of Secretary 144 

Saloman, Sophia .178 

Sanders, Jacob. . (note) 49, 211 
Jacob G........70, 90, 94, 255 



John .211 

and Ogden 161. 206, 211 

Robert 211 

Sandwich 154 

Saucier, Julia .156 

Savoyard River 223 

Scheffelin, Jonathan .266 

Schloss, Maria 206 

School, see buildings 

195, 199, 217, 231 

School in Detroit in 1794 165 

School in Detroit in 1804 201 

Young Ladies' Academy.. 

see buildings 194 

Schooner Tracy .186 

Sciota Land Company 169 

Scott, James ...172, 218 

John 172 

Mary 229 

Mary Ann.... 179, 234, 235, 

254, 270 

Memorial Fountain 172 

Mrs (note) 22, 36 

Mrs. Nancy 69 

William ....41, 52 

Wm. McDowell 

6, 39, 49, 82, 156, 163, 
168, 179, 183, 193, 198, 
210, 231, 232, 234, 235, 

247, 251, 276, 279, 281 

Scrip issued by city 110 

Section No. 3 69 

Section No. 4 68 

Seek, Catherine. 203 

Conrad (note) 

32, 203, 226, 250, 271, 285 

Elizabeth ....203 

James 203 

Mary 203, 274 

Nicholas 203 

Robert Helvin 203 

Seargeant-at-arms (note) 13 

Sharp, George 266 

Sheldon, Alexandrine Mac- 
comb 192 

Eleanor Ann . .192 

John P (note) 123, 227 

& Reed 123 

Rose Charlotte 192 

Thomas C. ..... . .191, 192, 227 

Thomas P.. 192 

Shipyard.... 16, 156 

Shoemaker 204 

Sibley claim. 259, 260 

Sibley, Alexander Hamilton. .158 

Augusta Ann 158 

Catharine Whipple 158 

Ebenezer Sproat ...... 158 

Frederick Baker .158 

Henry Hastings 158 



INDEX 



311 



Mary C 158 

Mrs. Sarah. . (note) 15, 47, 269 
Sarah Alexandrine .......158 

Solomon (note) 13, 38, 42, 
49, 53, 69, 70, 76, 78, 79, 
137, 157, 197, 202, 204, 205, 
206, 210, 213, 234, 242, 
243, 249, 252, 254, 255, 
258, 266, 268, 269, 275, 292 

"Siege of Detroit" .. 215 

Simare (Simar, Simard, Sim- 

mard), Jean (note) 

39, 45, 205, 285 

Pelagie 205 

Simcoe, Gov...... ....207 

SImcoe's Rangers 225 

Simmons, William 211 

Skeiggs (Skeggs, Skaggs), 

John (note) 31, 41, 202 

Sketch of Detroit before 1796 

260 
Skinner, Edwin Adolphus. . .212 

Harriet 214 

Smart, George (note) 25, 38 

Robert (note) 13, 15, 38, 

70, 76, 77, 130, 131, 133, 
134, 141, 230, 243, 244, 

245, 251, 252, 254, 265 

Smith (Smyth) 6 

Ann .155 

Catharine 155 

Charles 155 

Jacob ....241, 242 

Richard, see Smyth (note) 
15, 49, 66, 77, 117, 204, 

247, 254, 256, 265, 274 

Thomas (note) 

11, 34, 60, 61, 63, 66, 68, 
75, 77, 114, 119, 120, 129, 
134, 155, 243, 244, 255, 259, 
260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 

265, 266, 268, 270 
William.... (note) 52. 203, 

213, 266, 267 

Smyth, Mrs 

(note) 22, (note) 35 
Richard, see Smith. . (note) 
15, 49, 66, 77, 117, 204, 

247, 254, 256, 265, 274 

Sproat, Ebenezer 157 

Katherine 157 

Sarah Whipple. 157, 158 

Stead, Ann Gazzam. 220 

Benjamin Franklin (note) 
73, 77, 81, 119, 120, 131, 

132, 220, 255, 288 

Frances 220 

John Hampton 220 

John Milton.... 220 

Mary 220 



Thomas 220 

Thomas Jefferson . , 220 

Steamboat Hotel 202 

Steamboat tavern 210 

Steam Mill 256 

Stevens, Daniel (note).. 49, 211 

Stewart, Charles.. .231 

Stockton, John. . . (note) 73, 219 

Stone, David (note) 20, 41 

Stone to mark survey of city . 268 

Store house 232 

Story, Martin 203 

Streets and Alleys 50, 63 

Adams Ave. ...... .78, 116, 280 

Alley, public 270 

Atwater St.... 101, 205 

Bates St 76, 116, 278 

Campau Alley 203 

Chemin-de-ronde 239, 245 

Citadel Alley 74, 78 

Court House Ave. ...... .6, 232 

Court House Circus 37 

East and West Ave 232 

Esplanade 37 

Grand Circus ....... 67, 78 

Griswold St 76, 162 

Griswold St. opening. .274, 277 

Jefferson Ave 

70, 78, 116, 162, 287 

Larned St. 199, 278 

Macomb Ave 280 

Madison Ave 279, 280 

Main St 6, (note) 38, 

39, 162, 197, 198, 238, 239, 

248, 279 

Michigan Ave .280 

Randolph St ........278 

Ste. Anne St. 226, 239, 242, 243 

St. Germain St 242 

St. James St. 226, 239, 242, 243 

St. Joseph St 197, 242, 243 

St. Louis St. .157, 203, 239, 245 

St. Peter St.... 226 

Shelby St....... 278 

Virginia St 

(note) 116, 226, 227 

Washington Ave 279, 280 

Wayne St. 278 

Woodbridge St.. 70, 76, 78, 278 
Woodward Ave. 74, 76, 154, 279 

Sturges, Lewis B...... 272 

Surveys 15 

Surveying of city 268 

Survey of Ten Thousand Acre 

Tract 55 

Surveyor 11, 214 

Susan, see Negro 231 

Swan, Ziba ..228 

Sweeney, Denis.. 41 

Tailor 203, 220 



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INDEX 



Tallman, Ann Eliza 226 

John 226 

Tanner 199 

Tavern .163 

Taylor, Charlotte 184 

Julia Ann 183 

Teeze, Henry .231, 235 

Ten Eyck, Abraham 205 

Ann 206 

Caroline 206 

Charles B 206 

Conrad, .(note) 42, 44, 45, 

91, 106, 205, 206 
Jeremiah Van Rensellaer.. 

163, 206 

William ....206 

Ten Thousand Acre Tract... 
(note) 17, (note) 50, 53, 54, 
55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 96. 104, 
118, 136, 140, 146, 149, 154, 
167, 212, 213, 222, 257, 260, 

281, 292 

Terry, Mary Jane. 167 

Theodolite, for surveying. . . .265 

Thibault 74 

Joseph 78, 82, 84, 179, 255 

Louis 48, 179 

Louis, jr ..(note) 22 

Mrs. Maria 179 

Mr. 23 

Mrs. (note) 22, 45 

Thorn, Jane 172, 200; 208 

Mrs. William ., 208 

Thompson, Capt 184 

Jonathan 188 

Tibetts, Lucinda 190 

Tiffin, Edward 

(note) 57, 58, 59, 214 

Tillman, J. W 219 

Martha C 219 

Tinsmith 201 

Todd, Isaac (note) 45, 207 

Todd & McGill 189 

Tompkins, Sarah 206 

Topinabee, Chief 207 

Torrey, Major 271 

Town, Ephraim..22, 48, 107, 269 

Sarah 22. 48, 107, 269 

Traquair, Earl of .151 

Trees planted in Protestant 

burying ground 71 

Tremblay (Tremble, Trem- 
bly), Ambrose 187 

Archange 211 

John B.. ..178 

Magdelaine 184 

Tripler, Mrs. Eunice 229 

Trombley (Tromble), Michel. 231 
Trowbridge, Charles C. .158, 227 
Truax, Abraham C 201 



Trustee of Village 223 

Turnpike road. 125, 146 

Tuttle, Christopher. 183, 232, 240 

United States of America 269 

University Building ..... 225 

University of Michigan, see 

Buildings. . . .105, 161, 217, 222 
University of Michigan Trus- 
tee 153, 158 

University of Michigania 

105, 161, 217, 222, 225 

Valle, Mary Louisa . .153, 191 

Van Avery, Amy 222 

Van Avery (Every), Peter. . . 

(note) 81, 129, 222 

Van Dyke, James A 170 

Varnet (Vernier, Valney, Ver- 
net, Vadney, Vadnait, Va- 

denai) 179 

Agnes 179 

Mrs. (note) 22 

Nicholas 52 

Varnier, Nicholas 25, 179 

Varnum, Catherine .188 

Jacob B 188 

Venealin, Benjamin 139 

Vernet, Agnese 41 

Vessiere dit Laferte, Louis. . .185 

Vidal, A. E. T. . . . . . . 156, 180 

Villers, Mary Ann. 224 

Vincent, James 226, 250 

Vincent lot (note) 111, 226 

Vioner, Margaretha 221 

Virginia St. ......... . (note) 116 

Voyer 231 

Mrs. Catherine 271 

Charles .52, 179 

Joseph ....179, 198 

Joseph, jr (note) 22, 41, 

42, 52, 270 

Lucy ..179 

Marie Therese 179 

Mrs 22 

Wagstaff , Robert 216 

Mrs. Robert 174 

Waite, Ira ....271, 272 

Obed 271, 272, 279 

Walk-in-the-Water 228 

Walker, Catherine 216 

John 174, 216 

John R (note) 63, 215, 253 

Wallace, Sharp & Co 243 

Wallen, Charles 239 

Walter, Mrs. James 218 

Wampler, Joseph., (note) 58, 214 

War Department 19, 32 

War of 1812 

58, 150, 153, 156, 168, 171, 

183, 190, 199, 202, 208, 221 
Warehouse, see Buildings. ... 95 



INDEX 



313 



Wa-she-ba-ga, see Indian 195 

Water lots. . .61, 68, 69, 74, 75, 
76 (note) 77, 78, 92, 108, 
109, 118, 221, 232, 262, 275, 278 
Water lots sold as part of Ten 

Thousand Acres 257 

Watkins, Leonard 188 

Watson, Catharine 179 

Elkanah 221 

Emily 221 

Eugene WInslow 152 

George E.. 221 

James 180 

James Bolivar. . . .152, 179, 180 

John 231, 250 

Mrs. John 32 

Joseph... (note) 11, 39, 51, 
53, 108, 109, 110, 112, 126, 
148, 152, 236, 237, 238, 247, 
250, 253, 269, 270, 271, 285, 287 
Joseph Valentine Beaman. .151 

Marianna , 180 

Mary ..167 

Mrs (note) 22 

Sarah 152 

William, (note) 22, 41, 179, 180 

Watts, Samuel (note) 22, 41 

Wayne, Anthony 169, 210, 231 

Wech, see Welch. 194 

George, see Welch, Geo . . . 
(note) 26, 45, 194, 276, 279 

Weed, Thurlow 227 

Weighing house 200 

Welch, Catherine (or Kittle). 194 

Elizabeth 230, 233 

Elizabeth or Betsy. ... .36, 179 

George (note) 26, 

45, 194, 276, 279 

Heirs 197 

John 52 

Margaret or Peggy. . (note) 
22, 37, 94, 99, 179, 230, 276, 279 

Mrs (note) 22 

Peggy 230 

Thomas 179, 230 232, 233 

Welsh, Mrs. Catherine (in 

Ireland) 90, 166 

Well for jail.. 89, 91 

Wells 32, 66, 67, 248, 256 

Wells (Public Wells) 19, 39 

Well, Mrs. Chittenden's. ..... 90 

Welles, Samuel (Col.) .209 

Welsh's house 74 

Wendell, Abraham 

(note) 70, 156, 218 

Catherine 139 

John H 139 

Teunis (Tunis) 218, 279 

West, Benjamin 159 

Wharf 223 



Public 74 

Wing's 118 

Westbrook claim 259, 260 

Whipple, Ann Eliza.. 212 

Ann Hunt .170, 212, 221 

Caroline Hull 212 

Charles Wiley 211 

claim ..259, 260 

Eliza Susan 212 

Elizabeth 212 

George Askine 211 

Henry L .212 

James Burkick 212 

John (note) 50, (note) 

99, 144, 211, 255 

John L 212 

Margaretha Torry 212 

Mary Anne Walcott 212 

Samuel ...212 

Sophia 212 

Sophia Catherine 212 

William L 212 

Whistler, John (Maj.) 

164, 168, 180 

Sarah 164, 168 

William 180 

Whiting, Dr. John L. ...... .200 

Mrs. John L.... 226 

Whitney, Andrew G. 

(note) 114, 226, 290 

Whittier, Eliza 215 

Wilkinson 6 

Alice........ (note) 20, 41, 171 

Joseph (note) 29, 35 

Joseph, jr. (Dr.) . .171, 187, 198 

Willard, Eliza 204 

Peter... (note) 88, 93, 98, 
106, 107, 109, 119, 123, 

125, 129, 223 

Willermy, Etienne. 180, 232 

Maurice (Morice, Morris) . 

180, 228, 275, 279 

Morice (note) 22 

Willets, Elijah 194 

Williams, Alpheus S 220 

Elizabeth .......199 

Harvey (note) 123, 227 

John R...7, (note) 49, 50, 
68, 76, 77, 79, 80, 81, 95, 
96, 98, 110, 111, 113, 132, 
133, 134, 154, 157, 161, 
182, 185, 196, 199, 211, 

254, 260, 275, 283, 284 

Mary ..157 

Morris 270 

Thomas 96, 185, 211,224 

Willis, Richard Storrs. 192 

Wilson, Sally 181 

Thomas 181 

Winchester, General 219 



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Wing, Austin E. . . . (note) 59, 
60, 61, 64, 66, 68, 69, 71, 
75, 76, 80, 81, 86, 95, 98, 
103, 111, 112, 114, 116, 
118, 129, 137, 142, 144, 
145, 214, 220, 251, 256, 
259, 264, 266, 267, 289, 290, 291 

Enoch ..214 

Mary (Oliver) 214 

Talcott E 215 

Warren P....... 223 

Wing's wharf 118 

Witherell, Benjamin F. H. . . .151 

Judge James (note) 11, 

33, 39, 41, 42, 46, 96, 112, 
122, 141, 150, 151, 152, 289 

Sarah Myra 151 

Wood, Ann 159 

Wood merchant 194 

Woodbridge St 101 

Woodbridge, Judge William. . 
(note) 61, 104, 110, 151, 185, 

214, 215 



Woodward, Judge A. B. . . . , . 
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, (note) 
11, 45, 62, 71, 112, 118, 
121, 148, 150, 153, 154, 
161, 165, 168, 169, 175, 

201, 263, 266 

Jan 153 

John 153 

Woodward Ave. 133, 147, 154, 157 

Woodwardville 154 

Woodworth, Ann 203 

Benjamin (note) 32, 33, 

35, 49, 67, 85, 88, 94, 97, 
98, 122, 148, 202, 254, 255, 

262, 285 

Samuel ..203 

Wood worth's tavern 210 

Wyoming, Massacre of.. 204 

Young, John 177 

Mary 247 

William 177 

Young Men's Society 292 

Zion Lodge (Masons) 222 

Zug, Robert M. 220 

Samuel 220 



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