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 Censuses of Pittsfield Township, Michigan (MI)

Note: Summaries of various censuses will be included here. At present, only a summary of the 1850 Population Census (see below) has been prepared for mounting on this website.

1850 Census for Pittsfield Township

by Marcia Ticknor

The following are excerpts taken from the 1850 Census for Pittsfield Township. It lists and identifies the occupations of Township residences.

Resident Occupations:

  • 1 Surveyor: Charles S. Woodard age 28
  • 1 Tailor: William Taylor age 72
  • 1 Woolen Mfr: James Morris age 68
  • 1 Baker: Jacob Kohler age 35
  • 1 Soldier: Jacob Crist age 78
  • 1 Clergy: Jonathan Post age 67
  • 1 Miller: Samuel Kisisley age 60
  • 1 Peddler (sic): William Robinson age 26
  • 1 Paper maker: James White age 36
  • 1 Poor Master: Giles W. Ticknor age 31
  • 2 Cooper: Darius Douglas age 53, Sidney Burham age 24
  • 2 Potter: Paul B. Garrison age 62, Robert L. Garrison age 23
  • 3 Shoemaker: Daniel Ostrander age 28, Rubin Babbit age 25, Richard Allchin age 45
  • 3 Physician: Nathan Webb age 42, Asa Goow age 79, Orin Bonsteel age 25
  • 4 Blacksmith: John Wade More age 22, Alexander Cooper age 50, Philo A. Prichard age 46, Charles E. Prichard age 20
  • 4 Student: Benjamin F. Collins age 25, Birus E. Holmes age 17, Everett Clark age 18, Peter Burgoduz age 16
  • 6 Mason: Orvil Lathrop age 49, William Clausey age 19, Elijah Lathrop age 74, Hector K. Harris age 32, Samuel Kleinfield age 38
  • 11 Carpenter: John Post age 22, Edwin Ford age 20, Henry Stuck age 29, Henry? age 38, N. R. Rowley age 35, Isach Clark age 21, Henry Eddy age 29, Daniel Williams age 26, Abram Williams age 21, Chancey Burgorduz age 22, M.B. Corey age 46
  • 18 Laborer: Levi R. Dunn age 23, Luther Boylan age 42, William Clark age 30, Guarhard Hile age 34, Joseph Canfield age 24, Richard Low age 44, William Low age 17, Jonathan Post age 23, John Gatens age 48, John Becker age 20, ? Snell age 49, Thomas Bolwer age 80, John Madigan age 57, Walter Ryan age 27, Thomas Harper Age 47, Philip B. Long age 51, Barney Harkins age 55, John Edwards age 57
  • 307 Farmers: List too large to include

Farmers were working 9,279 acres of improved land and also owned 5,858 acres of unimproved land. This total acreage of 15,137 out of a total acreage of 23,040 for a township left 9,903 acres that were used other then for farming.

Joseph Crane had 205 acres of improved land and 95 acres of unimproved land with a total value of $6,400. He had on his farm 2 horses, 6 milch cows, 4 working oxen, 4 other cattle, 40 sheep, 13 swine with a livestock value of $398. He produced 1,000 bushels of wheat, 500 bushels of Indian corn, 500 bushels of oats, 210 lbs. of wool, 100 lbs. of Irish potatoes, 500 lbs. of butter, 50 tons of hay, 20 bushels of clover, 10 bushels of flaxseed and 30 lbs. of beeswax and honey. Joseph's property was in section 1 on the 1840 plat map along the edge of what is Washtenaw Ave. today.

Joseph Merritt had 6 acres of improved land and 60 acres of unimproved land with a total value of $3,000. He had 2 horse, 4 milch cows, 3 other cattle, 24 sheep, and 4 swine with a livestock value of $225. He produced 110 bushels of wheat, 110 bushels of Indian corn, 50 bushels of oats, 80 lbs. of wool, 20 lbs. of Irish potatoes, 200 lbs. of butter, 20 tons of hay. Merritt's land is located on Thomas Road in the 1856-plat map.

Langford Sutherland had 140 acres of improved land and 180 acres of unimproved land with a total value of $4,500. He had 5 horses, 4 milch cows, 2 working oxen, 5 other cattle, 65 sheep, and 3 swine with a livestock value of $502. He produced 740 bushels of wheat, 200 bushels of Indian corn, 60 bushels of oats, 178 lbs. of wool, 40 lbs. of Irish potatoes, 60 bushels of buckwheat, 200 lbs. of butter, 100 lbs. of cheese, 20 tons of hay, 6 bushels of clover seed. The Sutherland farm is the Sutherland-Wilson Farm on Textile Road; the building site is owned now by Pittsfield Township.

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