Biography of William M. Warner



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William M. Warner was born near Wooster, Wayne Co., Ohio, Jan. 25, 1822. His father, Daniel Warner, was a native of New York, his mother’s birthplace being Philadelphia, Pa.

The father of the subject of this sketch moved to Crawford Co., Ohio, when William was a mere lad of seven. He resided in this county for more than five years, when he removed to Hancock County, making it his home for the period of four years. He was, at this time, induced to go to Wood Co., Ohio, but remained only, for a short time, as he was very desirous of realizing his day-dreams of a life in the West. He soon journeyed to Missouri, and located in that State in 1838. This being the year of the Mormon war in Missouri, he found life to be almost unbearable; so very unpleasant was his sojourn there, so different from what hehad hoped, that it was very easy to accept the lures thrown out to tempt him back to Hancock County, where he eventually went, tarrying, however, in Illinois for eight months.

William M. accompanied his father in all these pilgrimages. Upon his arrival at the age of manhood he married, Nov. 12, 1844, Margaret M. Bechtel, of Wayne Co., Ohio, who has proven to be a very faithful wife, a tender, careful, and admirable mother. She was born Feb. 10, 1827. The first two years of their married life were passed in Hancock County, and in the spring of 1847 they took up their abode in Henry Co., Ohio.

In the fall of 1852 he became a resident 0f Iowa. The following year he located in Michigan, and on the 23d of May, of that year, he settled in Baltimore township, on the farm where he now resides.

Politically, he is an earnest Republican. He has never been an office-seeker, but has proved his ability to improve the ways of the people, viz., as road commissioner.

His life has been a very correct one, and among his many excellent qualities, one of the most prominent is his firm adherence to the temperance cause.

The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. William Warner has given them six children. The eldest, Daniel C. Warner, was born in Hancock Co., Ohio, Oct. 5, 1846. He married Angeline M. Morgan, March 10, 1875.

He is a man of agreeable presence, and his scholarly attainments, linked with his executive ability, have enabled him to serve the public in a variety of ways,—at one time as township clerk, treasurer, and justice of the peace.

When he was eighteen years of age he commenced teaching, instructing the youth through the winter months, and engaging in agriculture during the summer. At the present time he is superintendent of the schools of Baltimore township, where he is proving a very useful official.

Their second child, Mary E., was born Sept. 14, 1848, in Henry Co., Ohio, and died April 16, 1854. In the same county, Jan. 18, 1851, Melissa A. was born, and is now the wife of R. W. Jones, of Assyria, Barry Co., Mich. Frederick H. was born in Baltimore, Oct. 1, 1853, and married Mary A. Breakfield, of the same place, Aug. 25, 1878. They are the parents of one child. Adella A. was born Nov. 1, 1859, and married Frederick Jones, of Barry County.

Their youngest child, William M., was born August 18, 1866, and is now living with his parents.

Mr. and Mrs. Warner are yet early in life’s afternoon, and not only by their children, to whom they have ever been devoted and faithful parents, but by the community at large, are they greatly esteemed; and it is the universal wish that they may be long spared among the pioneers of Baltimore.

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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