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Biography of Grant. Decker, Michigan (New Jersey, New York)

History of Genesee County, Michigan
Philadelphia, Everts & Abbott; 1879
Between pages 144 & 145; Retrieved 1/25/2010 from

http://books.google.com/books?id=KxgVAAAAYAAJ&dq=decker%20biographical&lr=&pg=PA143#v=onepage&q=&f=false
 

Grant Decker


As a pioneer of the city of Flint, Mr. Decker is entitled to a special mention; as a business man, he was among the early merchants and lumbermen; in the church he was one of the founders of S. Paulís Episcopal church; upon the organization of the city of Flint, he was chosen its first mayor.

Mr. Decker was formerly from New Jersey, his ancestors locating in the village of Deckertown before the Revolution.  There he was born, February 4, 1814.

In 1824 his father moved to Western New York, where Mr. Decker was reared to manhood.  In 1838 he was married to Miss Elizabeth Stevens.

In 1839 he came to Flint, and engaged in the mercantile and lumbering business with two of his brothers-in-law, A. C. and Sherman Stevens.  This firm continued a few years when it was dissolved, and Mr. Decker continued in business alone or with other partners.  Since that time he, with Artemas Thayer, built a large flouring-mill, which was subsequently destroyed by fire.  Mr. Decker has been particularly unfortunate from fires; eight times has he suffered serious loss by this element, and although the aggregate of his loss has been many thousand dollars, he has always paid on hundred cents on the dollar, and at this time is carrying on an extensive manufacturing business with his son-in-law, H. C. Hascall.

Mr. Deckerís first wife died in 1844.  He was again married, to Mrs. Julia I Clark, formerly Miss Julia I. Fenton.  He has reared a family of six children, - five daughters and one son.  The son enlisted in the 5th Michigan Cavalry and served in the war of the Rebellion; was taken prisoner at Gettysburg, and died in Andersonville prison.

On all questions of morality or Christianity, Mr. Decker has ever thrown his influence upon the side of right and justice.  He was vestryman of St. Paulís church, of Flint, more than thirty years, and has served for many years and to the present time as senior warden of that organization.

See also:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grant_Decker (new window) and also the History of Genesee County - First City Officers (new window)


January 25, 2010