ALVIN HUTCHINS, who reside on section
36, Saugatuck township, Allegan County, is one of the substantial
farmers of that county, and is indebted to his own industry and
perseverance for the position which he now holds. He owns
one hundred acres of
highly improved land, which is devoted to fruit growing and general
farming. His parents, David and Sally (Burnell) Hutchins, were
natives of New York and Connecticut, respectively. Alvin was b.
Rutland County, Vermont April 5, 1809. He was brought
up to the occupation of a farmer, and while a boy worked for years in
the cotton and woolen mills. As he was the oldest son, he was
obliged to assist his father in the support of the family and remained
with him until he was twenty four years of age, when he started a life
<> Mr. Hutchins arrived in Allegan County, Michigan, August 26, 1844 at the age of 35 with but twenty five cents as his entire capital. This is the same date recorded for the birth of their 4th child, Cornelia, b. August 26, 1844. By the kindness of his brother Harrison, whose sketch appears elsewhere, Alvin was given shelter for his family, this being in Section 1 of Ganges Township, Allegan County. David, was b. here October 27, 1846. >Alvin went to work in the lumber camps at such other occupations as he could
Alvin and Clois's Children:
Sarah, married James H. Miller and died September 5, 1852, One daughter Allie.
Minerva, 1st married Milo Barber, 2 daughters, Elsie and Almira; 2nd married David Barrington, children Edward and Clois and resides in
William Waterman, "Wat", had no children, he 1st married Hettie W. Wilson who d. August 11, 1911; 2nd married Roxie Starkey. Wat was a mechanic in Fennville where he owned and operated a general repair shop and furniture salesroom. William was killed in an auto accident May 7, 1914.
Cornelia, became the wife of Walter Pullman, 2 sons, Alvin and Walter Alvin. cornelia d. June 14, 1924. They lived in
David, d. September 5, 1852;
Horace, married Lessetta Walter, four children, Cloyd Elmer, Orrina Emera, Asa Earl and Ora. His occupation was farmer. He d. November 10, 1925.
Orrin, married Luella Mills who was b. September 17, 1858. one child Clois C., who married Warren L. Duell. At one time they resided with his father, assisting him to conduct the farm. Orrin d. January 29, 1929.
Hattie E. married Fremont N. Arnold on September 15, 1877. He was b. October 23, 1857 and d. December 24, 1924. they resided inChildren of Fremont and Hattie Arnold:
Eva, b. July 4, 1879, md. Glen Richards 1899.
Lillie, b. May 29, 1884, md. 1st Roy Bale, 2nd Arnold Walter.
Floyd, b. March 6, 1882, md. Ella B. Whiting 1915, on 1 daughter. Evelyn.
Clare, b. May 4, 1889, md. 1st Nina Bale who d. 1901, 2nd Marcia Bassett, 3rd Bernice __.
Glenn, b. Dec. 1893, md. Beryl D. Corcoran 1919.
Alvin was a fine example of what may be accomplished by a brave spirit
in the face of overwhelming discouragement's and won the respect and
esteem of all who know him by his upright, honest life. In
politics, Mr. Hutchins was a Republican relating to the progress of his
township and county. They were all honored and respected citizens of
grand children of Alvin and Clois Hutchins have settled mostly in
western Allegan County while the descendants of Harrison and Laura
Hutchins have migrated to the four corners of America. The
Hutchins family of Allegan county is primarily the posterity of Alvin.
From: The Hutchins Family in Allegan County.
By Evert O. Hutchins.
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