|Samuel M. and Simeon E. Andrews|
SIMEON E. ANDREWS. One of the most successful farmers in Genesee Township, Genesee County, [Michigan] is he whose name appears above. He was born in Rensselaer County, N. Y., September 23, 1820, and is a son of Samuel M. ANDREWS, a native of Connecticut, who was born in New Haven. He served in the War of 1812. Our subject's father spent the first twenty years of his life in his native place and then went to New York state, where he was engaged at his trade, that of a carpenter and joiner. He followed that trade all his life and contracted himself in marriage to our subject's mother while in Rensselaer County. His wife was in her maiden days Miss Nancy STUART. The family lived in various places, wherever the father could command the largest wages.
In 1826, Samuel ANDREWS with his family came by way of the Erie Canal from Albany to Orleans County [NY] and settled on a little place on the canal called Medina. Thence he removed to Carlton, [Orleans County] N. Y., all the time following his trade. He was killed by the falling of a block which was thrown from a window.
Our subject's mother lived to be eighty-three years old and died in this county [Genesee County, MI], in the house where our subject now resides. Mr. Andrews's maternal grandparents were James and Dolly (Kindle) STUART, natives of Massachusetts. The former was a carpenter and joiner and also a farmer. The original of our sketch was one of ten children, there being five daughters and five sons. All but three grew to manhood and womanhood, and there are four still living. They are Polly, Jeremiah, Simeon and Samuel. Our subject is the fourth child and third son. He was reared in his native place and remained with his father until his death. He then took care of his mother until he was twenty years of age, when he started out in life for himself, coming to Michigan in 1841. He first settled in Jackson County, remaining there for one year, then spent four years in Wayne County, where he was engaged in farming, thence came to Genesee County and settled in the township where he now lives, coming here in 1848.
Our subject's first two years in this district were spent on a rented farm, his location being made on his present place in 1848. There were then no improvements whatever. He built a house of logs which was 18 x 26 feet in dimensions, cutting the logs himself. He now has eighty acres of well-improved land, all the improvements of which have been made by himself. Mr. Andrews was first married in Orleans County, N. Y., February 21, 1841, to Miss Amy HICKS. She was born in Farmington Township, Ontario County, in 1813. Mrs. Amy Andrews died June 21, 1886, and was interred in the Genesee County Cemetery. They were the parents of ten children, all of whom grew to manhood and womanhood. They are Homer J., Edwin E., Wealthy J., Chloe L., Amos E., Mary S. and George W. [sic - who were the other three?].
Mr. Andrews was married a second time, his bride being Mrs. Samantha (WITTOM) ALEXANDER. The nuptials were solemnized September 21, 1887, in Franklin. September 1, 1891, Mrs. Samantha Andrews also died and was interred in Otisville [in Genessee County, MI] beside her first husband, William ALEXANDER. She was born in Vermont and came to Michigan with her parents in 1836, being at the time about ten years of age.
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