|.....DAVID HUTCHINS, as family tradition declares, was born in Rutland County, Vermont. the date of his birth is given as on his tombstone as September 9, 1785. He has been described as a hardy, rough and rugged pioneer. He was quiet mannered with a sense of humor typical of his New england ancestry. In his youth he was ambitious, but in his later years he became discouraged and mellowed by misfortune and frustration.|
..... In 1804 he was married to Sarah (Sally) Burnell, the daughter of Samuel and Sophia (Tucker) Burnell of Brandon, Vermont. David and Sally settled in Massena, St. Lawrence County, New York where four of their children, Sophia, Adaline, Alvin and Louisa were born. He owned a sawmill on the St. Lawrence River on the Long Sault, opposite of Long Sault Island. David lost his property by foreclosure in 1812. That year David and Sally returned to Rutland County to live with their family. There three more sons were born, Samuel, David III and Harrison and two daughters Cynthia and Sarah. Two others did not live making eleven children.
..... After the War of 1812, David and Sally settled in Antwerp, New York, then moved to Rochester where they were living in 1921, and later Watertown where daughter Sarah was born in 1825. On a hot day in July of 1836, David Hutchins, age 51, and his son Harrison, age 21, joined the throng of westward travelers when they boarded a canal boat at Rochester to go to the Michigan country. At Buffalo the two men boarded a schooner for Detroit. In Michigan, David remained in Detroit while Harrison set out over the Old Territorial Road to through Marshall, on to Battle Creek and thence to Allegan.
..... In New York, David Hutchins had worked on a farm and in the cotton mills. He was variously employed after he arrived in Michigan. He worked in the woods and operated a saw mill west of the village of Allegan, known as the Stout Mill. He did some farming, but he was a veteran woodsman and much of his time was spent hunting game in the woods. In 1837, David and Harrison took title to a tract of land in Section 1 of Ganges Township where each one built himself a log cabin.
..... Alvin Stillson, the grandson of David and Sally, stated that, "The Swan Creek Mill must have been built shortly before we moved to the woods in 1838 for it was running then. We built a house of rough logs near the northeast corner of section one. After planting our crops in the spring of 1839 we moved back to Swan Creek where grandfather was running the sawmill which he had rented. Uncle Harrison worked for him during the summer. In November we came back to the farm again. Uncle Hat (Harrison) cut the first hay in the fall of 1839 from the marsh land near Dry Lake, about two miles north and east of where Fennville now stands, and grandfather Hutchins drew it down to home with his oxen, old Pete and Larry."
..... David was followed to Michigan by his daughter, Sophia, the mother of Alvin Stillson. She had returned to Michigan with her brother Harrison, who had visited rochester in 1837. Alvin and Sarah, other children of David and Sally, came in 1878. Sally, his wife, followed David to Michigan in 1845. Here they lived in the log house which he had built on the farm of his son, Harrison, until he died on May 10, 1848. Sally lived until April 11, 1866, when she died in the home of her daughter Sarah (Hutchins) Smeed. David and Sally are buried in the old Hutchins Cemetery on the farm of their son, Harrison, in Section 1, Ganges Township.
..... From: The Hutchins Family of Allegan County. by Evert O. Hutchins
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