Coopersville Observer, Jan. 1, 1915
Margaret Nemire was born in the Province of Groningen, Netherlands, April 26, 1836. On her thirteenth birthday, with her parents, two sisters and a brother, she boarded the sailing vessel at Amsterdam for New York, thence by Hudson River, Erie Canal, and the Great Lakes around to the settlement of Hollanders at the present site of Holland, Mich., arriving in October, 1849, being more than five months on the voyage.
One sister being buried in mid-ocean and the father soon after their arrival, made it very hard for the widowed mother and the subject of this sketch was left upon her own resources at the age of fourteen. She found a home with the families of Dr. Monroe and a Mr. Post, of Holland, for a number of years; then to Grand Haven with the Perry and Rice families, and later to Crockery township with the Bruce, Thompson and Lawrence families, where she met and married Asial A. Taylor, March 26, 1862,[may be 1852] and moved to a hut in the woods to make a home for themselves in Polkton township, where she resided until her deaath, December 20, 1914.
On November 13, 1884, she was left a widow by the sudden death of her husband. She once more had to bear the brunt of the trials of life, but being a person of energy and strong will-power, she brought up her family of six children to manhood and womanhood. She was a good wife, a kind, sacrificing mother and a worthy neighbor.
She left to mourn their loss the following children: Hoyt A. Taylor, M. May Sevey, Anna Toogood, Estella Toogood, and Stephen S. Taylor, besides many friends and neighbors.
One daughter, Orpha J. Vyn, passed away December 1, 1908. Those who knew her best liked her best. Surely a good woman has left us.
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