Posted By:Marilyn LeVeque
Subject:Timothy J. Walling died February 1855 in Monroe County, MI age 44.
Post Date:May 27, 2010 at 09:12:23
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I found this on David Vanleuven who married Catherine (Katie A. Walling) and mentions her parents and death of her father, Timothy J. Walling of English descent who died February 1855 age 44 in Monroe County, Michigan
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David Van Leuven, general farmer, section 10, New Haven Township, was born in Pleasant Valley, Livingston Co., Mich., March 21, 1834. His parents, John (a farmer) and Anna Eliza (Dietz) Van Leuven, were natives of Albany Co., N. Y., and came to Michigan in a very early day, crossing Lake Erie on the vessel " Walk-in-the-Water," on its first trip, and the first ever made by steamer, across that Lake. Owing to adverse winds, they were five weeks on the lake. Arriving in Detroit, then a village of but a few log huts, Mr. V. found he had but sixpence. After settling for a time in Wayne County, near Detroit, he moved to Livingston Co., Mich.

David, the subject of this biographical notice, was 11 years old when the family moved with him back to Wayne County, locating 17 miles from Detroit. Here he lived until the death of his father in the spring of 1864; one year later his mother died, both aged 61. To him, then 30 years old, was left by will the homestead, then of 74 acres, which he continued to manage for 15 years; then, in 1875, he rented this farm, came to Gratiot County and settled upon his wild tract of 120 acres, which he had purchased in 1862. Three years later he returned to Wayne County, and soon afterward sold his farm there, returning to his farm in this county, where he has since resided.

The first year he improved 90 acres from the stump. He erected saw-mills, etc., and induced other enterprising parties to settle around him, thus accelerating the rise of the value of real estate in his vicinity. Indeed, his noble ambition led him to over-exert his physical energies and injure his constitution. He is still enthusiastic. Politically, he belongs to the Republican party, and socially to the Masonic Order, being a Master Mason in the lodge at Elm Hall, No. 257.

July 9, 1869, Mr. Van Leuven was married in Wayne Co., Mich., to Miss Katie, daughter of Timothy and Sarah (Choate) Walling, the former a native New York state. Mr W. (Walling) was of English descent, and died in Monroe County, Mich., in February 1855, aged 44 years. Mrs. W (Sarah Choat Walling) was a second cousin of the eminent Boston jurist and Senator Rufus Choat. Mrs. W (Walling) is now living with her daughter and retains her usual good health.