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James A. Cheeseman - St. Clair Co., MI (bio)
Posted by: Stephanie Sampson Date: February 28, 2002 at 13:15:04
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Biographical sketch of JAMES A. CHEESEMAN 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: 568-569

JAMES A. CHEESEMAN

The late James A. Cheeseman, who was one of the most respected farmers of Brockway township, was a native of Canada, where he was born January 28, 1848, and was a son of Robert and Elizabeth (Dacens) Cheeseman, who were born in England. On coming to America they located in Canada, but, after the close of the Civil war, came to St. Clair county, and settled on a farm in Brockway township. Mrs. Elizabeth Cheeseman died in 1898, and Robert Cheeseman, who had always been a farmer, passed away in 1900. Both parents were members of the Methodist Protestant church, and in politics the father was a Republican.

James A. Cheeseman was united in marriage, October 12, 1874, with Miss Hannah Walker, a daughter of George and Charlotte (Appleford) Walker, the former of whom was born in England and was but three years of age when taken to Canada by his father. Mrs. Charlotte (Appleford) Walker was born in the New Dominion. George Walker came to St. Clair county, Michigan, in 1870, and purchased a farm of one hundred and twenty acres, which he improved. He and wife had twelve children, viz: William, now deceased, was a farmer and married Euphemia Ross, of Ann Arbor; Hannah, the subjectís wife; Carrie, the wife of Rev. Robert Brown, of Yale; Martha, wife of James Rath, a farmer; Mary, who was married to Thomas Hickey, a farmer and grain buyer, but both of whom are now deceased; Sarah, wife of John Strievel and living in Yale; Philip, a grain buyer, also in Yale, and married to Mattie Brown; John, Lottie and James, all three of whom died young; Lizzie, who is the wife of Robert Warner, a farmer, and Bert, still at home. Mr. Walker is a member of the Disciples church, at Yale, and in politics is a Republican. To Mr. and Mrs. Cheeseman were born three children: Lottie, who died in infancy; William, who was born in 1880, is now managing the home place, and Cora, also at home.

Mr. Cheeseman was the owner of eighty acres of excellent land at the time of his death, which occurred December 12, 1890. This land, located three and one-half miles southwest of Yale, he himself cleared and improved, and placed nearly all of it under cultivation. He was a successful agriculturist and conducted mixed or general farming, including the breeding and handling of cattle and hogs. He was an industrious man and earned a competency through his personal labor and his prudent and skillful management. He was a Republican and was active in promoting the partyís interests although he was never ambitious of becoming an office-holder. As a member of the Disciples church, in the faith of which he was called away, Mr. Cheeseman was sincere and faithful. He was likewise a liberal citizen and ever ready to promote such measures and local improvements as tended to add to the convenience and comfort of his fellow citizens. A gentleman of the strictest integrity, he was honored and respected by every member of the community in which he had passed so many years of his useful life. Mrs. Cheeseman still resides on the homestead, which she conducts with masculine energy and success, and is also honored as one of the most worthy of the lady residents of Brockway township.

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