Biography of Jonathan Olin Round



Allegan County

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The name of Round is associated with the earliest efforts of the patriots of 1776 to establish freedom in the colonies. The grandparents of Mr. Jonathan O. Round were George and Martha Hopkins Round. The first participated in the war of the Revolution, and the second was a sister of Stephen Hopkins, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. The father was Oziel Hopkins Round, and the mother Anna Olin, a descendant of Chief Justice Theophilus Harrington, of Vermont, who replied when requested to return a fugitive slave he harbored, " If you have a bill of sale from God Almighty, you can take this negro; otherwise, not." The foregoing names very aptly illustrate the character of the stock from which Mr. Round is descended. He was the first son in a family of fourteen children, and was born in Clarendon, Rutland Co., Vt., Oct. 10, 1809. At the age of twenty-one years he married Miss Sallie Congdon, who was born July 10, 1810, and was also a resident of Clarendon, Vt.

In May, 1834, Mr. Round followed the tide of emigration to Michigan and purchased one hundred and fourteen acres in Kalamazoo township and county. Comstock township afforded them a temporary home, where the material for a house was constructed and floated down the Kalamazoo River to its destination. To this he removed his family, having been accompanied by his brother-in-law, Erastus Congdon. In the spring of 1837, while prospecting, he became impressed with the excellence of the land in Hopkins, and Mr. Round located the southwest quarter of section 26 in that township.

A log cabin was erected during the fall of the same year, in which the family were comfortably housed the succeeding spring. Mr. Round continued his agricultural employments until the year 1877, when he retired from active labor and removed to his present home in the hamlet of Hopkins. Mr. and Mrs. Round have been blessed wit.h an old-fashioned number in their family, having nine children, who were born in the following order: Rollin C., born July 13, 1831; Avis Ann, born Nov. 1, 1832 (now Mrs. W. B. Andrews); Henry C., born July 27, 1834; Oziel H., born Nov. 25, 1836, died in his second year; Sarah Ann, born Nov. 5, 1838 (now Mrs. Wm. Kenfield); Joseph R., born Oct. 8, 1840, died while serving in the late war; Amelia S., born Dec. 26, 1842, died in her nineteenth year; Delia E., born July 1, 1844 (now Mrs. J. A. Lawrence) Olive M., born May 1, 1846 (wife of Lyman A. Atwater).

Mr. Round has been for successive terms elected supervisor, and while acting as assessor severely injured his sight by devotion to his arduous duties.

Mr. and Mrs. Round are now enjoying the autumn of their lives among their children and friends that surround them, age having no perceptible effect upon their cheerful and elastic spirits.

History of Allegan and Berry Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Their Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.

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