Biography of Albert C. Stonebreaker
This biography appears on page 792 in
"History of Kent County (Michigan)"
Chas. C. Chapman & Co., 1881.
Albert C. Stonebreaker was born in Hartwich, Otsego Co., N. Y.; is son of Peter M. and Juliette
(Reed) Stonebreaker, the former of German Parentage, born in Huntington, Pa., the latter in
Hartwich. N. Y.; of mixed Scotch, English and German lineage. His maternal grandfather was one of
Washington's staff officers, and received a pension. His parents moved to Wisconsin about 20 years
ago where his father died about 1871; his mother still survives. They had seven children five of
whom are living. Mr. Stonebreaker is the oldest. He received only a common-school education and had
his own way to make in the world. In 1848 he came to Michigan and bought 80 acres of land in Grand
Rapids, on sec. 36. It was perfectly wild, and he built a shanty for a home and practiced
self-denial, economy and perseverance until his possessions reach an aggregate of 320 acres. He has
cleared in all, himself, about 150 acres. He was married to Esther Pinock, of Mansfield,
Cattaraugus, Co., N. Y. They have two children. Seth is married and lives on an adjoining farm; has
four sons. Constant the only daughter is the wife of Franklin Cole, of Shiawassee Co. Mr.
Stonebreaker is a Democrat in politics. His portrait appears on another page of this volume.