G: John (1839-1889)

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Circa 1865 – An etching from the west bank of the Kalamazoo River. 2

G:       John McCUTCHEON (4) (Hugh McCutcheon-3; John McCutcheon-2; Samuel McCutcheon-1) was born in 1839 in Erin Township and he died circa 1889 in Big Rapids, MI.  He was 50 years old.  He married Hadassah Hamilton about 1869 in Ontario.  Her parents were James Hamilton and Rebecca.  ♥

~CHILDREN OF JOHN McCUTCHEON AND HADASSAH HAMILTON WERE~

  • John H McCUTCHEON (5) was born in November 1869 in Saugatauk, Allegheny, Michigan.  He died on the 5th March 1951 in Michigan.  John never married.
  • Madeline R McCUTCHEON (5) was born in August 1872 in Saugatauk, Allegheny, MI.  She died on the 15th January 1930.  She never married.
  • Robert Fulton McCUTCHEON (5) was born on the 4th January 1874 in Saugatauk, Allegheny, MI.    He died on the 2nd May 1957.  He never married.

 JOHN AND HADASSAH: 

John and Hadassah moved to Saugatauk Michigan in 1868.  We have this information from the Biological Sketches Historical Atlas of County of Wellington that states; “John McCutcheon, son of Hugh, settled in Michigan, USA.”

Saugatuck, Michigan is located 367 miles directly west of Erin, Ontario.  In 1870, the area was quite settled with white settlers numbering over 8000.   By 1845 the area had a plank road that stretched from Kalamazoo to Grand Rapids, which is where John and Hadassah eventually settled.

From 1836 to 1868, when this tiny village became incorporated, it was known locally as “Kalamazoo”. The village was strategically located at the mouth of the Kalamazoo River.   However, the US postal service never called it that.  The Indian name “Saugatuck” means mouth of the river and the US postal service always applied that name to this tiny village.  So when it became incorporated, the name of Saugatuck was the official name given to the village. By 1840, the only place of public entertainment was a tavern built at the mouth of the river.

John and Hadassah were in Saugatuck, Michigan by the 1st of June 1870. Their son John was just 9 months old and was born here.  On the 1870 Michigan census, John’s profession is that of “Nursery Man”.  This was just a year before the infamous “Chicago fire of 1871” which was to have a long reaching impact on the area.  The area by 1870 was already deep into logging.  When Chicago burnt on the 8th October 1871 destroying about 2000 acres of the closely packed wooden frame buildings, a lot of lumber to re-build Chicago came from the Singapore-Saugatauk area, creating a boom in and around Saugatauk and Singapore, Michigan.  The demand for lumber was so great that the mill at Singapore, (located near Saugatauk) deforested the coastal sand dunes within 4 years; the de-forested dunes buried the city of Singapore.  The village of Saugatauk survived this on-slot.

By 1875, once the trees were gone, so were the saw mills, the lumber men and the jobs.

By the 17th June 1880, John, Hadassah, their three children and his sister-in-law, Lizzie Hamilton (a school teacher) had moved about 30 miles inland, to a farm located in the Township of Big Rapids, County of Mescota.

From 1880 to 1930, the US Federal Census place this entire family on the farm in the Township of Grand Rapids.  John is gone from our sights before the 1890 Census; Hadassah is not on the 1920 census.  None of the three children of John and Hadassah married or had children.  The only deviation from the day to day operation of the farm came on the 12th of September 1918 when Robert was drafted into the US Army.  However, since WW I ended in November 1918, it was probable the he never entered the theatre of war.

On the 1930 US census, John, Madeline and Robert were between the ages of 56 and 61.

NOTE:  All of the historical records attached to “Hadassah Hamilton McCutcheon:  are spelled in varying forms.  In 1861 her name was spelled “Hadassa”; 1870. Was spelled “Hadapah”; in 1880 “Hadassah”; 1900 “??”  It seems the census taker gave up trying to spell it; in 1910 “Hadacek”.

The correct spelling is “Hadassah” and it is a biblical name for “Myrtle Tree”. It is a feminized form of the word hadas meaning myrtle.  There is only one person in the bible named Hadassah.  It is the Hebrew name for “Esther”.  The name only occurs once in Esther 2:7.  Esther was the heroine in the Biblical Book of Esther.   She was the Queen of the Persian King Ahasuerus.

This family line of McCutcheons became extinct.

♥  Siblings Married Siblings:  Brother and sister (John and Jane McCutcheon) married brother and sister (Richard and Hadassah Hamilton).

SOURCES:

 

1               Ancestry.ca: All Births/Marriages/Deaths, Census & Immigration & travel records verified through Ancestry.ca

2                      Saugatuck Douglas Historical Society: http://sdhistoricalsociety.org/publications/NLHist/P17.php

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