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Charles A. Crary, one of the earliest residents of Columbia tp., was born Aug. 11, 1811, in the town of Lenox, Madison Co., N. Y. His father, Aaron, was of Scotch descent and a native of New England. Charles A. received his schooling in the town of Lenox, and there learned the woolen manufacturer's business. He came to Michigan in 1835, and located on a tract of 160 acres of Government land, on sec. 22, Columbia tp., in the present village of Jefferson. In 1858 he purchased an interest in the water-power at that point, and commenced making woolen cloth, and spinning. Owing to an unexpected lack of power to run his factory, he sold out, and the machinery was removed to Ann Arbor, Washtenaw Co. Since that time Mr. Crary has devoted his time to farming. He married Miss Caroline Howe, in 1836, daughter of Moses Howe, a resident of the town of Smithfield, Madison Co., N. Y. They have 1 son, Byron, who assumes the responsibilities of the farm etc. He married Miss Nancy White, daughter of Tenny White, a carpenter of Columbia tp., and they have 2 children óCharley and Addie L.

Source: History of Jackson County, Michigan. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co., 1881, p. 798.

 

 

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