Abram Laraway

Male Abt 1805 - 1869

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  • Name  Abram Laraway 
    Born  Abt 01 Aug 1805  New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Birthdate calculated from age at death.
    Gender  Male 
    Died  12 Dec 1869  Paris Twp, Kent Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
      Date of death: 0--1869
      Ledger Page: 331
      Record Number: 12
      Place of death: Paris
      County of Death: Kent
      Sex: Male
      Race: White
      Marital Status: Married
      Age: 64 years 4 months 11 days
      Cause of Death: Palsy
      Birthplace: State Of Ny
      Occupation: Farmer
      Father's Name: Laraway, David
      Father's Residence: Ny
      Mother's Name: Last name not recorded, Mary
      Mother's Residence: Ny
      Date of record: 21-May-1870

      History of the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan
      Albert Baxter; Munsell & Company, Publishers; 1891
    • Paris is next to the oldest township in the county. As long ago as the year 1833, Barney Burton, Edward Guild, Joel Guild, Daniel Guild, and James Vanderpool located within its present limits. Benjamin Clark and Abram Laraway settled in the year 1835; Jacob Patterson, Miner Patterson, James Patterson, Orleans Spaulding and Philanzo Bowen, in the year 1836; Nicholas Carlton in the year 1837; Hiram H. Allen in the year 1838. Among the other early settlers were De Witt Shoemaker, Clinton Shoemaker, Robert Shoemaker, Alvin W. Wansey, Jared Wansey, James Ballard, Stephen Hinsdill, Abram Laraway and Robert Barr. We would here also make special mention of "Captain Davis" as he was familiarly called, who was the father of Ezekiel W. Davis, commonly known as "Judge." He settled in the township in the year 1834, and remained a resident up to the time of his death, which occurred some twenty-five years ago.

      At one time in the winter of 1835 and 1836, the cries of what was supposed to be a man were heard in the vicinity of Mr. Burton's residence. He answered, horns were blowed, and other noises were made to attract his attention, with no result. About the same time a grey horse came to the residence of Abram Laraway, not many miles away, which none of the settlers claimed. Early in the spring a saddle was found by Robert Barr in the woods not far away. Still later the body of a man was found on what is now called the Penny property, in the Third Ward of the City. Its appearance indicated that death had taken place some months previously. A few dollars in money, a watch, and some papers were found on his person, the latter indicating the name of the man to have been Moore. Nothing further was ever ascertained in regard in the matter. He probably lost his way in the pathless woods, wandered about for several days, perhaps lost his horse, and finally starved to death; or, overcome with weariness and down to rest, and perished by the excessive cold.
      !History and Directory of Kent County, Michigan, Containing a History of Each Township and the City of Grand Rapids, Compiled and Published by Dillenback and Leavitt, County History, Directory and Map Publishers, Grand Rapids: Daily Eagle Steam Printing House, 1870.

      Abram Laraway and Benjamin Clark settled in the town of Paris in 1835, having previously made a temporary settlement at Grand Rapids. Samuel Gross made an actual settlement in the township of Plainfield in 1835. He brought his family with him.
      !History of Kent County, Illustrated, Chas. C. Chapman & Co., 1881, pp. 183-208.

      In 1835 came still others famous among the early settlers, including Lucius Lyon, James Clark, Jefferson Morrison, John Almy, William Hinsdill, Dwight Lyman, James Lyman, William H. Godfroy, James Marion, N. O. Sargeant, Dr. Stephen A. Wilson, Dr. Charles Shepard, David S. Leavitt, Demetrius Turner, the Reverend Andreas Viszoczky, Justus C. Rogers, Edward Feakins, Abraham Laraway, Amos Hosford Smith, Leonard G. Baxter, Alanson Cramton and Charles G. Mason
      !Etten 1926
    Person ID  I48296  Bryant
    Last Modified  28 Nov 2004 

    Family  Margaret Bouck,   b. 18 Jul 1812, Middleburgh, Schoharie Co, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  06 Jan 1831  Washtenaw Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F3221  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 01 Aug 1805 - New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 06 Jan 1831 - Washtenaw Co, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 12 Dec 1869 - Paris Twp, Kent Co, Michigan Link to Google Earth
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