Scotch Settlement Time Line
Time Line

1800 to 1809:

1800: All the land in what was to be Michigan was held by indian tribes (Chippewa, Huron, Miami)

1810 to 1819:

1810: Population of settlers in Michigan 4,762

1820 to 1829:

1820: Population of settlers in Michigan 8,896
1827: The town of Almont was first settled by James Deneen.
1828: First purchase of land in Almont Township by Lydia Chamberlin
1829: First birth among white settlers in Lapeer County; Anna Deneen (daughter of James)

1830 to 1839:

1832: Settlers met to form the town of Bruce, naming it after the heroic Scottish King, Robert Bruce
1833: James Thompson comes to the settlement
1833: Daniel Black moves to Michigan from Genesee County, New York and builds the first house in Almont
1833: Nathaniel Smith comes to Almont
1834: Mr. Webster builds the first sawmill near Almont
1834: Six Hough families arrive in Almont
1834: The town of Almont is organized. The first name was Mia, the changed to Bristol in December 1834
1835: Lapeer County surveyed; (dedicated in 1831)
1836: The town was originally Bristol, after Oliver Bristol, the second settler. It was renamed Newburg in 1836.
1836: The state of Michigan organized
1836: First plat made of the village of Almont
1837: Chippewa nation treaty gives up land to Michigan
1837: State of Michigan enters the union
1838: Zadoc Hallock settled half a mile east of the village and cut the first road and took the first wagon eastward into Berlin Township
1838: Joshua Smith and Thomas Morton settled by the "Red Run"
1838: Adam Boles built a grist mill a half mile east of the four corners
1838: The original New Church families that founded the Scotch Settlement near Almont, Michigan came from Glasgow and Paisley Scotland
1939: David Cochrane came to America with his ten kids

1840 to 1849:

1840: Mark Farley, David and William Clark, and Virgil Parmalee moved to Belle River Settlement
1841: Scottish immigrants from Glasgow settled in Berlin Township
1842 (about): Charles Kennetts Sr. and Jr., Solon Spafford and William Nicchols came to the settlement
1842: Mark Braidwood settled in the Scotch Settlement
1842: Buildings holding the original records of Almont Township burn and all records are lost
1844: The pioneer William Wallace came to Michigan
1846: (December 11) The Scotch Settlement Almont Society was organized in Bruce Township, Macomb County. Other sources give the date for the Almont Society as 1851.
1846: James Thompson donated the town clock and had the town name changed to Almont to honor the Mexican general, Juan N. Almonte. This is questionable, since "Almont" may be of Scottish derivation.
1848; Danile Black builds the first brick house in Almont

1850 to 1859:

1850: Population of Almont about 1,000
1852: David Wallace and Catharine McEwen come to the settlement
1852: A church building was erected on Scotch Settlement Road, just north of the county line, with the cemetery just south of the church.
1853: David W. Borland comes to America at age three with parents Janet and Thomas Borland II
1854: The first pastor, the Rev Andrew Irons arrived

1860 to 1869:

1860: Population of Almont about 2,000
1861: Civil war starts. J.B. Hough is war supervisor for the next five years.
1861: Town and school records lost in a fire:

1870 to 1879:

1876: Dr. William B Hamilton wrote a history of Almont covering the years 1827 to 1876
1876: Almont village and township had a total of 162 dwellings, 10 school house, four churches (one was the Presbyterian in the Scottish Settlement), one bank, one lawyer, two drug stores, three doctors, one dentist, three saloons, two barber shops, two grocery stores, and one temperance restaurant.

1880 to 1889:

1890 to 1899:

1900 and later:

1941: A fire destroys all records and files of the Almont Herald and Almont times dating back to 1875. Major fires occurred in 1859, 1861, 1866, 1867, and 1874. Schools burned in 1881 and 1921.

1943: The church building was sold and moved away


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