Biography of John Sebring



Van Buren County

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Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]

This gentleman was born Aug. 4, 1818. His ancestors emigrated early from Germany, and settled in the State of New Jersey. The tide of emigration which swept westward to Central and Western New York carried them as far as the Holland Purchase, in that State, and they chose a location in the county of Genesee. John Sebring, at the age of sixteen, after the death of his father, began life for himself as a journeyman cooper, and at nineteen was married to Betsey A. West, of Oneida Co., N. Y. In 1853, Mr. Sebring entered the mercantile business at Walworth, Wayne Co., N. Y., continuing until 1857, when he removed to Kalamazoo, Mich., and established a business-locally, and "on the road"-in company with his son, J. L. Sebring, now a prominent citizen and produce merchant at that place. Mr. Sebring's wife died July 23, 1864, leaving eight children, who are all, except one, now living in Van Buren and Kalamazoo Counties. In 1865, Mr. Sebring was married to Clarissa S. Hall, and in 1866 retired from business and located upon a farm in the township of Porter, Van Buren Co. In the spring of 1867 he removed to Bloomingdale township, in the same county, where he now resides, an engraving of his home appearing in this work.

History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.

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