Samuel Deneen Purchases Property – February 24, 1831
- Jim Wade
- February 24, 2021
- 2 Min Read
On February 24, 1831, Samuel Hackett Deneen Jr. – James’ younger brother – purchased land in Section 4 of Almont Township, which is on the west side of Van Dyke and between Hollow Corners and Webster Roads. He also purchased land in Section 33 of Imlay Township but did not develop either parcel until later.
James Deneen, Almont’s first settler, purchased property in late 1828 and constructed his homestead. On February 24, 1831, James’ younger brother, Samuel bought property in Section 4 of Almont Township and Section 33 of Imlay Township (was part of Almont Township at the time of the purchase). He did not immediately develop either of these properties.
It wasn’t until the fall of 1832 that Samuel Jr. began construction of his homestead in Section 4. He also constructed and operated a tannery on the land in Imlay Township. The 1840 U. S. Census shows that Samuel and his wife Margaret Conley Deneen had two children, a boy and a girl. The children were both between the ages of 10 and 14 and born in Ohio. The 1850 U. S. Census shows that Samuel and Margaret had moved to Bruce Township and their children are not living with them. Niece, Melissa Boles, was living with them.
Sometime after 1850, Samuel moved to Wisconsin where he and Margaret died. His Find A Grave memorial indicates that he became a doctor. Margaret died on October 15, 1890 and Samuel died on June 30, 1891. At the time of their deaths, they were living in Eureka, Wisconsin and are buried in the Wolf Creek Cemetery in Wolf Creek, Wisconsin.