William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan
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Lake Township (Mich.) Stray Book, 1846-1885
Meg Hixon, March 2013
Lake Township (Mich.) Stray Book
Lake Charter Township (Berrien County, Mich.)
The Lake Township (Mich.) Stray Book contains descriptions of marks used by the township's farmers to identify their livestock.
The material is in English
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The University of Michigan
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Lake Township (Mich.) Stray Book, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan
The township clerks of Lake Township in Berrien County, Michigan, recorded descriptions of the marks that local farmers used to identify their livestock in the mid- to late 19th century.
Collection Scope and Content Note
The Lake Township (Mich.) Stray Book has 17 pages of descriptions of marks that farmers in Lake Township used to identify their livestock. The entries are dated April 10, 1846-October 2, 1880, and describe cuts made to animals' ears. The township clerks who recorded the descriptions were Comfort Pennell, Ebenezer P. Morley, Joel W. Blakeman, Henry Lemon, John H. Nixon, R. L. Dudley, H. W. Hawley, Milton J. Morley, Solomon Maudlin, John Loop, Marshall C. Travor, Oliver P. Miller, William Williams, and Wesley W. Beattie. The final page has a note about stray sheep who wandered onto W. H. Whipple's farm on December 14, 1885. The volume has the bookplate of Louis P. Neck and a brief note about Oliver P. Miller.
- Lake Charter Township (Berrien County, Mich.)
- Livestock brands.
- Beattie, Wesley W.
- Blakeman, Joel W.
- Dudley, R. L.
- Hawley, H. W.
- Lemon, Henry.
- Loop, John.
- Maudlin, Solomon.
- Miller, Oliver P., 1832-1919.
- Morley, Ebenezer P.
- Morley, Milton J.
- Nixon, John H.
- Pennell, Comfort.
- Travor, Marshall C.
- Whipple, W. H.
- Williams, William.
Additional Descriptive Data
The Oliver P. Miller Account and Copy Book pertains to Oliver P. Miller and to legal cases in Lake Township, Michigan, in the early 1870s.
History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan. With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers. Philadelphia: D.W. Ensign & Co., 1880.