Biography of Aaron K. Tedrow



Van Buren County

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Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]

This gentleman, who was another of those who stood bravely up to do battle with the wilderness of Bloomingdale, and carve therefrom a home, deserves honorable mention. He was born in Somerset Co, Pa., Dec. 3, 1S27, and was the third in a family of seven children. At an early age he was deprived of his mother, and was thrown upon his resources at a time when many, in like circumstances, would have despaired. He learned the trade of a stone-mason, and worked at that and on the farm until he was twenty-seven years of age. In 1855 he married Catharine Koover, also a resident of Somerset Co., Pa., and having accumulated a few hundred dollars, he determined to emigrate, with his wife, to the West, settling finally on an eighty-acre tract which he purchased in Bloomingdale township, Van Buren Co., Mich. A log house was first erected, and the work of clearing and improving was commenced; and life was begun in earnest by this pioneer couple. To his first purchase Mr. Tedrow afterwards added three hundred and sixty acres, and resided upon the farm until his death, which occurred March 12, 1876. Although he held some local offices, he preferred to devote most of his time to his own business. Although he did not live to enjoy fully the results of his labors, he left a competence for his family, - a blessing not always bequeathed by a departing husband and father. To Mr. and Mrs. Tedrow were born the following children, viz.: Amanda, May 10, 1857; Elerann, March 1, 1860; Charles A., Nov. 5, 1862; John F., April 7, 1865; Sarah A., June 28, 1868; Florence, Nov. 5, 1871. All are living at or near home. Mr. Tedrow died comparatively young, but his memory will long be cherished by the relatives and friends who survive him.

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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