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Subject: ABRAM SOMERS b.1848 NY m. HELEN GRIGGS 1865 to MI bio.
Date: 23 Jun 2005 17:11:31 -0600
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Surnames: SOMERS, GRIGGS, BORST, MYERS
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These are not my relatives. Information was found in the 1892 Portrait & Biographical Album of Genesee, Lapeer & Tuscola Counties, Chapman Bros. in Michigan. I hope that it helps someone with their history.
ABRAM SOMERS. This well-known farmer residing on section 25, Mundy township, Genesee County, is a native son of the Empire State, having been born in Schoharie County, January 31, 1848. At his native home his early days were passed attending the district school and helping upon the farm, until he reached the age of eleven years. The family then removed just cross the county line into Otsego County, and their made their home for many years.
Our subject came West in November, 1871, and here again undertook what had been so far for his life work, farming, and which has been his pursuit since coming here. Upon coming too Michigan he first settled in Grand Blanc township, this county, and lived their four years, before remaking to Mundy Township, and in these two townships he has made his home ever since coming too this State. He is now carrying on farming upon a splendid tract of three hundred and twenty acres, which he has in fine condition and which is yielding him crops of more than ordinary average in value and amount.
Mr. Somers was married in Otsego County, N. Y., December 19, 1865, to Miss Helen Griggs, who was born in North Norwich, Chenango County, N. Y., February 22, 1847. Mr. and Mrs. Somers are the parents of eight children: Jason E., Edwin L.; Samuel A.; Alice M.; Hiram G.; Arthur L.; Nellie B. and George A. These are all living in good health with the exception of Alice M., who passed from this life at the age of six years, after the family had removed too Mundy township.
Mr. Somers is a man who is deeply interested in matters of public import and has ever found his judgment too be in accord with the tenets of the Republican party, but he is also deeply interested in the temperance question and casts his ballot for Prohibition. Both he and his good wife are earnest and active members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and in the activities of that circle they find a broad field for work and influence.
The father of Abram Somers bore the same name as his son and the mother's name in maidenhood was Nancy Borst. They both died in Otsego County, N. Y. They were the parents of thirteen children and our subject was the eleventh in order of age. The father of the younger Mrs. Somers was Ebenezer Griggs, who died in Flint Township, and her mother, Mercy (Myers) Griggs, still resides their at the old home. Mrs. Somers is the fourth in a family of six children born too these worthy parents. She is a lady of more than ordinary intelligence and affability, and is highly esteemed in the social circles of Mundy Township. Mr. and Mrs. Somers have placed their farm in the hands of a tenant and are now somewhat relieved from the heavier burdens of life.