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Biography of Cecil E. Decker, New York, Michigan

(Also, Mrs. Ruth Decker (nee Convis), daughter of John D. and Submitte (Graves) Convis)

History of Gratiot County, Michigan

Chapman, 1884

Portrait and Biographical Album, p. 702, 705

[on file at the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library, Midland, Michigan]

Cecil E. Decker, farmer, section 4, Seville Township, was born June 26, 1852, in the State of New York.  He is the son of John J. and Henrietta A. (Bell) Decker, both of whom were natives of the Empire State.  The father was a farmer and wagon-maker and in 1852, removed his family and interests to Lake Co., Ohio.  In 1866 they came to Michigan and located in Ionia County, where the father died in 1873, aged 45 years.  The mother is still living, in Portland, Ionia County.

Mr. Decker was in his infancy when his parents went to Ohio, and he accompanied them to Ionia County, where he remained until 1882.  He received a good education and attended school in Portland nearly two years.  In 1882 he came to Gratiot County and located on section 10, Seville Township, where he owns 120 acres of land.  Later on he removed to his present location, where he resides on a farm comprising 160 acres of land.  He also owns 80 acres in Lincoln Township, Isabella County.  He is a member of the National Greenback party.

Mr. Decker was married in 1873, to Irena, daughter of Joseph and Rachel (Mann) Lyon.  Her parents were born in Genesee Co., N.Y.  They removed to Ingham Co., Mich., where the mother died in 1851, and the father in March 1883.  Mr. and Mrs. Decker are the parents of four children, - Arthur Jay, John Edwin, Ada May and Alva Newton.


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Patrick Brewer, farmer on section 15, Emerson Township, was born in Wicklow Co., Ireland, Jan. 1, 1825, and is the son of Richard and Ann (Kenney) Brewer, natives of the Emerald Isle, where they were small farmers.  In 1850 they emigrated to Canada, settling near Kingston, Ont., and farmed there.  Patrick, at the age of 27, left his parents and worked in Sandusky, Ohio, until the summer of 1856.  He then came to this state and county, and settled on his present farm in Emerson Township.

In this county, March 31, 1867, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Ruth Decker (nee Convis), daughter of John D. and Submitte (Graves) Convis, natives of Rhode Island and Vermont, respectively.  They were married in the State of New York, and after a number of years removed to Emerson Township, this county, where they died, the father in 1867, and the mother in 1861.  Ruth was born in Ontario, Wayne Co., N.Y., March 22, 1835; came at the age of nine to Shiawassee Co., Mich., and later to Gratiot County, where she was married.

Mr. and Mrs. Brewer have had four children, two of whom are living:  Richard S., born Nov. 21, 1870; Emma L., born Dec. 17, 1874; Mittie A., born Sept. 3, 1868, and died Oct. 3, 1868; Joseph A., born Sept. 16, 1869, and died Sept. 30, 1869.  Mr. Brewer is politically a faithful Republican.  He has held the offices of Overseer of Highways and School Director.

November 28, 2008