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Memorial Report of Leander S. Prouty

Memorial Report of Leander S. Prouty

S. DeHaan (View posts)
Posted: 7 Oct 1999 12:00PM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Prouty, Gibbs
This person is not related to my family and I have no further information on him. This information is from a book put together by Ruth Robbins Monteith in the 1950s, the book is at the Lansing library.
LEANDER S. PROUTY, was born at DeKalb, N.Y., January 27, 1811, and died in Cheshire, February 23, 1883, aged 72 years. Arrived in Allegan June 6, 1834, with his wife, who was the first white woman resident in Allegan. He removed to his farm in Trowbridge in 1836, where he remained until a short time before his death. His experience as a pioneer was varied and full of interest. It may be truly said of him that the latch string was always out; a cordial welcome always greeted the weary and hungry pioneer. Long will his name be associated with the early days of pioneer life in Allegan county.
Leander S. Prouty was one of the earliest pioneers of Allegan, having come here in 1834 in Company with Elisha ELY and others. A detailed account of his early experience in this section would fill a volume in itself, and one that would be read with much interest. Mr. Prouty came from Rochester, N.Y., to this place, he and his party making the journey as far as Detroit by lake, thence overland to Kalamazoo, where rafts were built and the balance of the trip finished via Kalamazoo river to Allegan, landing at a point nearly opposite the Chaffee house. Mr. Prouty and wife were first employed by the Boston company. Once when out of provisions Mr. Prouty went to Schoolcraft, a distance of forty miles, making the journey on foot and bringing the provisions home on his back. After living in Allegan but a short time Mr. Prouty removed to what is now the township of Trowbridge, where he had entered 200 acres of land, upon which he lived up to within a short time of his death. Mr. Prouty leaves a family of several children, one of whom, Mrs. Jeanette GIBBS of Kalamazoo county, was the first white infant in Allegan village.

Re: Memorial Report of Leander S. Prouty

Posted: 14 Jul 2002 6:35AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Prouty, White
I just discovered that Leander's father was Asa Prouty, from his death certificate. Possibly this Asa was the s/o Richard and Susannah White Prouty, but this isn't definite. Leander's mother was Sylvia. She is buried in the Mallery Cemetry in Trowbridge, Mich. with the rest of the family.
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