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Wells Byington

Wells Byington

Male 1808 - 1895  (87 years)

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  • Name Wells Byington  [1
    Born 16 Sep 1808  Wolcott, New Haven, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 23 Dec 1895  Barry, Barry, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Hickory Corners, Barry, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1322  Boynton
    Last Modified 7 Apr 2018 

    Father Daniel Byington, III,   b. 25 Jan 1773, Wolcott, New Haven, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Aug 1843, Camden, Oneida, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Hannah Alcott,   b. 11 Sep 1772, Wolcott, New Haven, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Dec 1835, Camden, Oneida, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F157  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Betsie Gordon,   b. 7 Mar 1809, Madison, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Mar 1898, Barry, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 6 Oct 1836 
    Children 
     1. George N Byington,   b. 30 Dec 1837, Hickory Corners, Barry, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Oct 1849, Barry, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 11 years)  [natural]
     2. Henry Mason Byington,   b. 22 Aug 1844, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Aug 1918, Hickory Corners, Barry, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 7 Apr 2018 
    Family ID F91  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 Sep 1808 - Wolcott, New Haven, Connecticut, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Hickory Corners, Barry, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Wells Byington rec patent for land White Pigeon,Prarie, Kalamazoo,Mi. 6 nov 1834 doc # 2729
      rec patent for land Bronson,Barry,Mi 10 sep 1838 doc # 5145
      copies of these original land patents are available from Bureau of Land Management bob lord

      Lived at Hickory Corners,Mich
      boynton gen p 273

      History of Allegan and Barry counties, Michigan, with illustrations andbiographical sketche s of their prominent men and pioneers.
      Page 400-401: Barry Twp.
      "Wells Byington, the other survivor of those who attended the secondtown-meeting of Barry tow nship, was born in Connecticut in 1808. He cameto Michigan first in 1831, and helped to buil d the Yorkville Mills, inRoss, Kalamazoo Co. In 1834 he traveled through Prairieville and Bar rytownships. He returned to New York, and after a stay of two years, againcame West. He enter ed a part of section 28 in the fall of 1837. "

      Page 402 Hickory Corners
      "At the town-meeting in the year 1837 36 voters were present, whose namesare given below: Hus ton Lister, William Lewis, Samuel Wickham, HiramLewis, John King, George Buck, John Hanyen, H enry Leonard, Isaac Otis,Zaphna Barnes, Aaron Fargo, Ephraim B. Cook, Thomas Campbell, Calvin Brown, Amasa S. Parker, William T. Gilkey, George Jones, Eli White,Nicholas Campbell, Linus E llison, Moses Lawrence, Wells Byington, OrvilleBarnes, John Patton, Ambrose Mills, Duty Benso n, Asahel Tillotson, GeorgeBrown, John Mills, Charles W. Spaulding, Madison Adams, Thomas S . Bunker,Slocum H. Bunker, Benjamin Hoff, Joseph Brown, and Isaac Messer."

      Page 403

      JUSTICES OF THE PEACE. 1840, Samuel Chase, Joseph Coffin; 1841, JohnBowne, Hiram Lewis, Joh n J. Nichols, Eli R. Miller; 1842, WilliamWoodard; 1843, no record; 1844, Hiram Tillotson; 18 45, Joseph Kinsley,Isaac Tolles, Samuel Case; 1846, Wells Byington; 1847, Lemuel Campbell;184 8, Win. Woodard; 1849, Harry Miller, John J. Bunnel, Allen Morey;1850, Adam Elliott, Robiso n Bush; 1851, Samuel Case, Robert Marshall;1852, A. Smith, Isaac Tolles; 1853, Isaac Tolles;

      Page 404

      DIRECTORS OF THE POOR. 1840, John Bowne, Richard Campbell; 1841,Frederick Davis, Duty Benson ; 1844, Frederick Bellenger, Griffith Place;1845, Griffith Place, Daniel Cross; 1846, Josep h Kinsley, Benjamin Dake;1847, Wells Byington, James Willison; 1848, Garitson Rogers, DanielC ross; 1849, Noah Bowker, 0. B. Pennock; 1850, Noah Bowker, A. J.Stanley; 1852, Daniel Cross , Garitson Rogers; 1853, Moses Lawrence,Daniel Cross; 1854, Daniel Cross, Jonathan Nichols; 1 855, Daniel Cross,J. J. Bunnell; 1856, E. W. Hewitt, J. B. Bowne; 1857, Wells Byington;1858 , W. M. Rice, Asaph Stanley.

      Page 408

      "WELLS BYINGTON. MRS. WELLS BYINGTON. WELLS BYINGTON. Among the venerablepioneers who by thei r own industry laid the foundation for the presentwealth they now enjoy, we offer the gentlem an whose name heads this briefhistory as an example, feeling that what is said of him is bu t a fittingtribute to his sterling worth. He was born Nov. 8, 1808, in Connecticut,was the th ird in a family of six children of Daniel and Hannah (Alcox)Byington, who were both natives o f Connecticut. When Wells was but sevenyears of age his parents moved to Chenango Co., N. Y. , where they bothdied, the mother in 1835, the father struggling against the vicissitudesof l ife until 1843, when he too was called to the unknown. His father wasa farmer, consequently h is boyhood days were similar to those of themajority of farmers' sons,-plenty of hard work, a nd but little time foreducation or recreation. When he reached his majority, he started in li fefor himself, hiring out by the month, which he pursued for three years,or until 1832, whe n he turned his face towards the far West, leaving homeand friends behind, having one hundre d dollars laid by of the wagesearned by the sweat of his brow. The first two years he worke d for Mr.Barnes, with whom he came to Michigan. In 1834 he located the farm wherehis son no w lives, section 28, Barry township, it being the second farmlocated in that town. In the fal l of 1834 he returned to New York. Oct.6, 1836, he secured a helpmeet by marrying Miss Betse y Gordon, of MadisonCo., N. Y., where she was born March 7, 1809, she being the oldest in ago od old-fashioned family of eleven children. Her father was a native ofNew Hampshire, her moth er of Connecticut, but both died in New York, thefather in 1827, the mother in 1850, and no w lie quietly resting, side byside, with naught but a marble slab to mark the sacred spot. Af termarriage, he, with his young bride, started for the West, arriving inKalamazoo County, Nov . 8, 1836, working by the month some two years onGull Prairie; then moved on their farm, loca ted in 1834, and commenced inearnest to improve their new home. Here they remained some thirt y-fiveyears, when he sold it to his only surviving child, Henry M., who is nowon the farm. Th ey never had but two children. Their oldest, George N.,born Dec. 30, 1837, died Oct. 18, 1849 . Mr. and Mrs. Byington have a finehome at Hickory Corners, Barry township, where they expec t to pass theremainder of their days in ease and comfort. Mr. Byington is in the truest sens e of the word a self-made man; starting in life his onlycapital a strong arm and willing hear t, by industry and economy he hasamassed a comfortable competency. In politics he is a Democr at, castinghis first vote for Jackson, and has represented his party at differenttimes in min or offices. Mrs. Byington is a worthy member of the BaptistChurch,his views on religion bein g liberal. Mr. Byington's grandfatherwas a native of Connecticut, and held a commission as li eutenant fromGeorge III. in the French war, but when the Revolutionary war broke outhe took u p arms with the colonies, serving through the struggle. Died inMay, 1824, at the advanced ag e of eighty-seven years."

      page 472
      Wells Byington and wife, a newly-married couple from New York, reachedPrairieville in the spr ing of 1837. They occupied the house built byYoungs Gilkey. As an illustration of the small t roubles which, as well asthe great ones, so frequently annoyed the pioneer, we may mention th atone morning, finding he had no fire and having no means of lighting one,Mr. Byington was ob liged to take a shovel and go two miles and a half tothe house of C. W. Spaulding for a few c oals of fire. Mr. Byingtonsubsequently moved to Barry township, where he still lives.

      General Land Office 1807-1907 records: Patent granted to Wells Byington,Section 11, Townshi p 1 South, Range 11 West.

      1840 Federal Census, Barry Co., MI, Yankee Springs
      Welles Byington
      1 male under 5
      1 male 30-40
      1 female 20-30

      1850 census Barry,Bary, Mich. 144 150
      Wells Boyington 40 m farmer $1,200 Ct
      Betsy 40 f ny
      Henry 5 m mich
      Charles Pennock 9 m ny
      just H Paepocks 22 f farmer $320 ny

      1880 census Barry,Barry,Mich
      Wells Byington 71 bn ctt ct ct
      Betsey 71 ny nh ct
      Almira Gordon Sis Law 63 ny nh ct

    Buried:
    • East Hickory Corners Cemetery

  • Sources 
    1. [S11] OneWorldTree, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc;).
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