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Alonzo M. Blynn - St. Clair Co., MI (bio)
Posted by: Stephanie Sampson Date: February 25, 2002 at 16:05:46
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Biographical sketch of ALONZO M. BLYNN from the book entitled, "Biographical Memoirs of Saint Clair County, Michigan," published in 1903 by B. F. Bowen Publishers in Logansport, Indiana.

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This bio spans two (2) pages: 459-460

ALONZO M. BLYNN

Enjoying the afternoon of a well-spent life in ease and comfort, after many long years of toil and hardship, must certainly be a pleasant way of passing the time. Watching the sun of life as it gradually sinks behind the hills of time, every want supplied, and an abiding peace in possession of mind and body, could earthly reward or compensation for work well done be more gratifying? Such seems to be the situation with the subject of this sketch, Alonzo M. Blynn, of Memphis, Michigan. Daniel Blynn, the father of Alonzo, was a New Englander. He was born in Connecticut in the early part of the last century, but early in life moved to New York. There he grew to manhood, receiving a knowledge of the art of pedagogy, and also mastering the trade of carpentering and joining. During that time the construction of canals was the principal public work under way and upon these Mr. Blynn found considerable employment. He was industrious and economical, and by the time he had reached man’s estate he had saved enough to justify him in taking unto himself a wife. At Lyons, New York, he met and married Miss Filena Hovie, and was soon in the possession of a home, with domestic surroundings most happy. Daniel and Filena (Hovie) Blynn were the parents of six children, viz: Ahira, born in New York, followed the calling of his father, married well, and is prosperous; William, a farmer, was born in New York, is married, and the father of a large family, and is prosperous; Chauncy, a farmer, who was born in New York, but now resides in Canada, is also married, and has children; Julia, born in New York, is married, and resides in Ohio; Eliza, born in New York, is also married. In politics Mr. Blynn was a Democrat; in religion outside of a belief in the principles of Christian religion, he had no choice as to denominations. He was active and energetic up to the time of his death, which occurred a number of years ago.

Alonzo M. Blynn was born at Lyons, New York, November 8, 1832. His boyhood was spent like that of most of the boys of his time and region. He attended the public schools and secured a fair education, enough for all of the purposes of his position in life. He worked at boat-building for some years, and on the breaking out of the Civil war he responded to his country’s call, enlisting in Company A, One Hundred and Sixtieth Regiment New York Volunteers, and served for a period of three years and four months. When he entered the service he weighed two hundred pounds, but when mustered out he tipped the beam at only one hundred and forty pounds. Few regiments saw more active service than the One Hundred and Sixtieth New York. It was at the front soon after the opening of hostilities, and was one of the last to be mustered out. Mr. Blynn was in many of the hottest engagements of the rebellion, notably the operations in the Shenandoah valley. He was a brave and dauntless soldier, one who never shrank from duty on account of danger, and always escaped without injury. In 1866 he moved to Michigan locating in St. Clair county, where he purchased forty-three acres of woodland. This he cleared and improved, erecting upon it a comfortable home.

Mr. Blynn was married to Miss Lorinda Odle, a native of the state of Michigan, and to this union were born two sons, Edward and Charles, both now residents of Ohio. Mrs. Lorinda Blynn depart6ed this life, and a number of years later Mr. Blynn was united in married to Miss Addie Smith, of Memphis, St. Clair county, Michigan. They now reside in a comfortable, well-furnished home in Memphis, possessed of enough to supply their every modest want. Some time ago Mr. Blynn was stricken with paralysis, which to some extent affects his entire right side. This condition, to one who has always been active and energetic, is very trying, though lately he notices some improvement. HE suffers no pain, the inconvenience of getting around being the entire source of discomfort. Being unable to operate his farm, or even superintend its cultivation, he for a time tried renting. It did not prove profitable, so he sold it and invested the proceeds. He has always been a Republican in politics, takes an active interest in political movements and in the success of his party, but has never sought or filled any office. In religion he is most liberal in his views. According to his way of thinking, all churches accomplish more or less good – they are the means of attaining the end, and any means that will produce the desired result is not to be despised. He has a kindly feeling, therefore, for all religious denominations, but no special preference or liking for any. He is a man of wide experience and deep penetration, which, coupled with a fund of good common sense and an entertaining way of expressing himself, renders him very companionable. As a man and a citizen his worth is highly appreciated by the people of the entire county.

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PLEASE NOTE: I do not have any personal interest in researching the BLYNN 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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