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Henry J. Sweet - St. Clair Co., MI (bio)
Posted by: Stephanie Sampson Date: February 25, 2002 at 15:44:00
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Biographical sketch of HENRY J. SWEET from the book entitled, "Biographical Memoirs of Saint Clair County, Michigan," published in 1903 by B. F. Bowen Publishers in Logansport, Indiana.

This bio spans two (2) pages: 329-330


A prosperous farmer of Smith, Berlin township, St. Clair county, Michigan, is the gentelman whose name appears at the head of this biographical notice. He was born in the state of New York November 4, 1831, a son of Joseph C. and Polly (Clark) Sweet, of Dunham, Lower Canada, of which the father, Joseph C. Sweet, was an early settler. Joseph C. Sweet came to Michigan in the íthirties and settled in Berlin township, St. Clair county, on an eighty-acres tract of wooded land, the country at that time being one vast wilderness. He, however, crossed the line into Macomb county, where he passed two or three years, but returned to St. Clair county and purchased another tract in Berlin township, also in the wilderness. The family sheltered itself in a diminutive log cabin, that had neither fireplace, chimney, door or window, and after a great deal of hard work succeeded in clearing off the timber from the forty acres tract, to which they later added a tract of eighty acres. Joseph C. was a skillful axman, was a sure shot with his rifle, and was courageous and daring as a pioneer. He was a Democrat in politics and active in his support of his party, was a Freemason, a consistent member of the Methodist church, and passed away in this faith December 3, 1887, in his eighty-third year, his wife dying on July 12, 1892, in the eighty-sixth year of her age. To this respected couple were born nine children, namely: Melvina; Betsey, deceased; Chastina, deceased; Henry J., whose name heads this sketch; Hannah; Nancy, deceased; Edmund; Maria, deceased, and Alma, also deceased. The children all received good common school educations and Chastina and Maria became successful and popular teachers.

Henry J. Sweet assisted his father on the home farm in his early days, doing his share in clearing off the superfluous timber, and in the winter also worked in the lumber camps. At his fatherís death he took charge of the old homestead. March 6, 1860, he was married to Miss Harriet Allen, daughter of Douglas and Phebe (Conger) Allen, of Dangerfield, Oneida county, New York, who came to Armada, Macomb county, Michigan, in 1836, and reared one of the most respected families in the district. To Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Sweet have been born two children, viz: Will J., who was born September 22, 1864, and died February 25, 1901. He was a young man of great promise, was respected by all who knew him, and was the youngest member who ever served as chairman of the board of supervisors, of which he was a member at the time of his death. He had served as town clerk for some time and was supervisor for four years. His wife, Myrtle Gaskell, survives him, residing at Mount Clemens. The daughter, Effie, became the wife of Adam Mackie, who died October 29, 1893, leaving her with a daughter, Aubrey A. Mackie, aged nine years. Mrs. Mackie is now the wife of J. B. Curry.

Mr. Sweet owns a well-improved farm of one hundred and twenty acres, and has recently purchased a one-hundred-ten-acre farm at Smith, which he operates. He is an active Democrat and has served as township treasurer several terms, and was moderator of the school for twenty-one years. He has always been controlled by the spirit of industry, a virtue inherited, no doubt, in a great degree from his mother, who was an indefatigable spinner and weaver of wool, not only for her family, but very often in shares with others. She made the clothing for the household, and was one of the most respected ladies that ever lived in Berlin township.


PLEASE NOTE: I do not have any personal interest in researching the SWEET surname or the St. Clair county, Michigan location. I am merely posting a select number of the biographical sketches found in the above-referenced book *upon specific written request* as a service to the genealogical community; these transcriptions are intended for personal use and are not being done for profit. Please do not contact me with regard to research interests in the above as I have no personal ties. Thank you.

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