A Pioneer Community in Southeastern Michigan
(1830 to 1870)
St Clair County (Berlin Twp.)
Lapeer County (Almont Twp. and Metamora Twp.)
Macomb County (Bruce Twp. and Armada Twp)
© 2013 by the author Douglas Lee Baldwin.
Mr. Baldwin retains sole copyright to contributions to this book.
This book is a gift from me to you
I am a local historian; a retired teacher who had the time and passion to do research and organize the results.
I was deeply motivated by my own family's genealogy. This book, when it is finished, will be a gift to regional libraries where members
of my greater community can benefit from the work.
The quote below gave me a sense of pride in the "local historian" label. I realized that I was part of a long and important tradition.
Like a lot of work done by local historians (that term is used loosely, of course!), the quote below by Malcolm Wallace contained no
publishing information and no date. It was only available in the Windsor, Ontario Public Library. Knowing when Malcolm lived, I can say
with confidence that the quote- his booklet- is over a hundred years old (I write this October, 2012).
"The picturesque element in the lives of pioneers may claim the interest of antiquarians but of few others. And yet, in the minds of
all thoughtful men there is a kind of dumb protest against the oblivion that wipes out the memory of most men's lives-their ambitions
and strivings and petty accomplishments. Tombstones are a pitiful example of the desire to build even a frail barrier against the
relentless waves of forgetfulness that flow over most human efforts, and perhaps local historians can hope to achieve no more effective
results. When the pioneers, however, were our own forbears, when their qualities of head and heart have had much to do with determining
our own lives and characters, it becomes a pious duty, in the old sense of the word, to acquaint ourselves as far as may be with the kind
of lives lived by our grandparents."
The driving force that kept me writing was knowing that this was to be a gift to the people of Lapeer, St. Clair, and Macomb Counties.
A gift also for people with Scottish ancestry, especially those with relatives in the Scottish Settlement-a gift to my family and friends, as well.
A gift to genealogy fans and history buffs.
A gift from your ancestors. They left traces of their activities and emotions in the historic record for you to discover; they want you
to remember and appreciate them.
Other retired teachers are golfing in Florida or mowing their lawns in Arizona. I get my pleasure from a winter snow storm in Michigan and the
warmth of the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University, where I write these words. I hope you find pleasure in
Douglas Baldwin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
1102 Cass Street (989-482-8386)
There is a hope<
that's been expressed in you
the hope of seven generations
and this is the faith
that they invest in you
it's that you'll do one better
than was done
A song lyric from "May i Suggest"
by Susan Werner
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