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A Pioneer Gone

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Royal Wheelock the subject of this sketch was born in West Bloomfield, Ontario County State of New York,on the lóth day of April 1801' aud died at his home in Washtenaw county' ou Thursday the 21st day of December 1876, thus being at the time of his death 75 years, 8 months and 6 days oíd. He came to Michigan in the fall of the year 1825 and located a farm on section 2-A and 25 in the township of Salem, on what has since been known as "Wheelock's Plains." This losation was one of the very first made in that township. He did not however settle on his land until the year 1827. On this farm he lived from that time until the day of his death, or neariy fifty years. In 1829 he was appointed Justice of the Peace for Wash tenaw County, by Lewis Cass, who was theif Governor of Michigan Territory. This office he held for mauy consecutivo years. In 1832 he was married to Miss Mary Ann Pinckney, of Salem, who survives her husband. The results of this alliance were üve children ; one son and four daughters. All of these children are now living excepting Elizabeth, the youngest daughter, who went to her rest several years since. Mr. Wheelock had many amiable qualities ot miad and heart and he soon won the respect, couiidence, and affection of the people of his township and that he retamed them in an eminent degree is evinced by the fact that he was called to positions of trust and responsibility almost continuously for a long series of years. These positions (including that of Supervisor) he fiïled with credit to himself and profit to the people. But I need not stop to catalogue his many good qualities ; I could but feebly sketch them ïf I did. That his home iu olden times was a pleasant ons, and that the etranger was made welcoine thore, the writer of this aiticle can testiiy, and has reasons to retnember with gratïtude. He was a man of strict mtegrity, a waim friend, a good neighbor and useful citizen. The wife ot his youth whum he has lelt behind him, to finish life's journey bereft of his sympathy and protecting care, the surviving children and other fíLtnily relatives, feel their loss keenly and of course will be the chief mourners, but many an old associato of the deceased, many a colaborer with him in pioneer liïe, will shed the tear of sorrow when he remembers that Royal Wheelock is uo more. But mourning friends dry up your tears, A few more ruiling, fleetiug years, The friend you've lost y ou II see again, Beyond the reach of toil or pain.