Pittsfield Township Historical Society :: Censuses of Pittsfield Township, Michigan (MI)
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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:

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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