George W. Halsey, farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Onslow; born in Oneida Co., NY, in 1830. He was married to Caroline Dickinson, of Oswego Co., NY. Came to Jones Co. from Oswego, NY, Jan. 1858, and settled in Wyoming Twp.; also lived in Madison Twp. about 3 years; he settled on his present farm in the fall of 1862; has 8 children—Maggie A., Ella F., John W., Henry G., Mary C., Julia E., Bertha C. and Catherine. Mr. Halsey’s farm contains 185 acres of land; is engaged in dairying and stock-raising.
History of Jones County, Iowa, 1879, page 655, Scotch Grove Twp. biographies

from Roberts' "History of Remsen":
GERSHOM HINCKLEY, born in Stonington,Conn., August 28, 1763, was descended in the sixth generation from Samuel Hinckley, of Tenterden, Kent county, England, who emigrated with his family to America in the ship "Hercules," in the early spring of 1635. He settled at Scituate, in the Province of Massachusetts Bay, where he remained until 1639, when he removed to Barnstable, being one of the first settlers there. He died in that part of Barnstable called Great Marshes, now West Barnstable, October 31, 1662. The line of descent from Samuel Hinckley--who is said to have been the progenitor in America of all bearing this surname--to Gershom Hinckley, a pioneer of Remsen township, is as follows: Thomas, John, Samuel, John and Gershom. The latter, a son of John and Elizabeth (Breed) Hinckley, was born September 4, 1730. He married Catherine Wightman, of Norwich, Conn., and removed to Pittstown, Renssalaer county, N. Y., in 1768, and thence to Rome, N. Y. Gershom, son of Gershom and Catherine (Wightman) Hinckley, came to Pittstown with his father's family, and, in 1789, married Prudence, daughter of Caleb Tennant, of Glastonbury, Conn., born August 8, 1770. He had served for a time in the revolutionary war.
Within a few years after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Hinckley moved to Remsen, settling at what was later known as Fairchild Corners as early as 1793 or 1794. He was the resident agent here of Henry Remsen, of New York city, proprietor of the Remsenburgh Patent, and being a land surveyor by profession, laid out the township into lots, and opened many of the earlier highways in the township. He was elected supervisor in 1799, which office he filled for ten years, and also was a justice of the peace for many years. He was an active member of the Masonic fraternity, and at one time was master of Rising Sun Lodge, before its removal to this place, when its meetings were held in Trenton. Both Mr. and Mrs. Hinckley were members of the Baptist Society of East Remsen, which was organized in 1809, and are said to have been "earnest Christian workers in the church." Their children were Daniel W., born February 11, 1790, died in infancy; John, born January 17, 1791, married Rhoda Ball, and removed to Silver Creek, Mich.; Anna, born February 7, 1793, married first, French Fairchild, second, Zebina Ball, and third, Jacob Stafford; Caleb, born October 20, 1794, died in infancy; Catherine, born January 15, 1798, married Mile Mitchell, of Remsen, in 1819, and died January 11, 1829; Harriet, born May 19, 1801, married Evert Dyckman; Daniel, 2d., born November 30, 1803; Henry R., born July 20, 1805; Hiram, born June 10, 1807, married Sarah M. Smith; Tennant, born January 13, 1810, married
Malonia Stiles; Stephen, born March 29, 1814, married Emily Sears, of Schroeppell, N. Y.; and Moses, born January 20, 1812, married Maria Van Alstyne.  In 1819 Mr. Hinckley removed to the township of Salina, Onondaga county, bought a farm on Seneca river, about three miles north of the village of Liverpool, where he died February 20, 1848. His widow died there April
3, 1852. Both are buried in the Liverpool cemetery.

    Senator Hutchinson was born in Remsen, Oneida county, in 1810, and is of Scotch-Welch extraction.  He was bred and remains a farmer.  His parents were natives of Connecticut, and settled in Oneida county about the comencement of the present century.  In 1816 they removed into what is now Orleans, then Genesee county, and located on the same farm that their son
now improves.  His father died in 1820 when he was only ten years old, by which sad event the duty of fitting him for the great business of life, devolved upon his mother.  After going through the course usually taught in district schools, he was sent to an academy where he spent some time in perfecting his studies, preparatory to undertaking the arduous duties of teaching; to which he devoted the winter season for several years, working on the farm in the summer.  He was a member of the Assembly in 1867, '58 and '59, and proved himself a capable and efficient legislator.  In politics he was, formerly, a Whit; afterwards a prominent Liberty man; and is now an earnest and influential Republican.  He married Miss Mary G. Short in 1845, and is a member of the Congregational church.     In person Senator Hutchinson is above medium height, large boned, rather spare, somewhat muscular, with large, coarse features.  His hair is brown and rather thin; his whiskers modest.  In his manners and dress he is plain, and in his mode of speaking, unassuming.  He enunciates clearly; and without any apparent effort is distinctly heard in every part of the Senate Chamber or Assembly.  Scarcely any question is mooted, giving rise to debate, in which he dies not participate; and though he never makes a labored effort, he generally throws a good deal of light on the subject in hand.  He speaks easy, is always ready and always understood.  He attempts no oratorical flight, but is a plain matter-of-fact speaker, contenting himself with stating and enforcing his argument in language easily comprehended, and not liable to be misinterpreted or misapplied.  A pleasant vein of humor runs through is remarks, giving zest to the discussion, and relieving his hearers from the tedium generally experienced, when on in the habit of "much speaking" has the floor.  Though he speaks often what he says is to  the purpose, and when he is done he has the good sense to -- stop.     While in the Assembly, Mr. Hutchinson served in 1857, on the Committee on Public Lands; in 1858on that of Colleges and Academies, and in 1859 was
Chairman of the Committee on Canals, one of the most important committees in the House.  Since he has been a member of the Senate, he has occupied the position of Chairman of the Committee on the Manufacture of Salt.     Senator Hutchinson is, emphatically, a working man, and his Senatorial course will be recorded as on of great industry, energy and usefulness.
Possessing uncommon natural sagacity, he is not liable to be deceived as to measures, nor by the art often resorted to , to  change the character of a bill by a doubtful or complex phraseology, which is intended to read plausibly, but to deceive surely.  He is generally correct in his interpretation of language, and does not fail to detect any attempts to mystify, or conceal the real object in view.  He advocates or opposes any measure with the same earnestness, and seems to legislate for the public
welfare only.  He is always busy, giving close attention to the duties imposed upon him, whether in the committee room or in his place in the Senate.  It may truly be said of him that, though neither eloquent or learned, he makes no pretension to exhibit  himself for more than he really is, either in his person or of his attainments; and not withstanding he is deficient in the art of appearing to better advantage than he deserves, he nevertheless possesses the best qualifications for a useful Senator, that of sterling common sense.  With this gift he is largely endowed; and hence what he lacks in outward show, is more than made up by substantial service.
From BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES of the STATE OFFICERS and MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATURE of the STATE OF NEW YORK  In 1862 and '63 By Wm. D. MURPHY Printed in Albany for the Author 1863 pages 35-37
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James L. Hitchcock. The business circles of Tuscola County acknowledge a worthy representative in the subject of this biographical notice, who is a hardware merchant in Cass City. Having come to this place about twenty years ago he has become a familiar figure to his fellow-citizens, and by his honest dealings has gained a large trade, and, what is better still, has won the esteem of all with whom he has come in contact. It is to such as he that the county is indebted for its present high standing among other counties of Michigan, for it has ever been his aim to promote by his influence and  means all enterprises calculated to develop the resources of the commnmty. Our readers will be pleased to peruse the following account of his life and to notice on another page a view of his stores.
James L. Hitchcock was born January 10, 1830, and educated in Oriskany Falls, Oneida County, N.Y. He is a son of Hiram and Lucinda (Greenleaf) Hitchcock, of the same county and State. Hiram, born November 24, 1797, was the son of Amos, whose birth occurred August 29, 1771, in the town of Oxford, now a part of New Haven, Conn.. Samuel, born in 1741 in the same place,, was a descendant of Malachi Hitchcock, whose name appears on the enrollment list of New Haven, 1643. He probably was born about date 1623 and was a son of Samuel Hitchcock, who with his family and two brothers, David and Austin, emigrated from England in 1639, becoming among the first pioneers of Connecticut and serving as its defenders in the Revolutionary War. When our subject became of age he learned the tinsmith's trade of his uncle A. M. Hitchcock a practical workman and dealer in hardware. September 10, 1858, he purchased from the Government one hundred and twenty acres in what is now known as Koylton and Dayton Townships, Tuscola County. February 2, 1859, he purchased his first bill of merchandise in the State, of Messrs. Buhl & Ducharm of Detroit. Moving on his land, he built a log cabin which he covered temporarily with sheet iron (afterward made into camp kettles and sold to the Indians). He was the pioneer hardware man in Central and Northern Tuscola, his shop being located in a dense forest,which abounded in
bears, deer, wolves and other wild animals, he built the first frame house for miles around and manufactured tinware and other goods in his line, such as Indians and the few white settlers required. His goods he sold largely through A. K. King and Norman Barrows, United States mail carriers between Port Sanilac and Vassar. The manufacture of those articles occupied his evenings and rainy days, while in pleasant weather he was busily engaged in improving his place.
Mr. Hitchcock was married in Edinburg, Portage County, Ohio, to Miss Carrie M. Turnbull, of North Jackson, Ohio, a daughter of Robert and Margaret Turnbull. Mrs. Hitchcock attended Hiram College when James A. Garfield was its President, and completed her education at the Female Seminary in Steubenville, Ohio. After she was married she taught school two years in Tuscola County, walking two miles to and from school both night and morning. On March 21, 1864, Mr. Hitchcock moved to Wahjamega, erected a store and residence, and while he worked at his trade his wife acted as clerk. After residing there nearly eight years, he removed, September 6, 1872, to Cass City, where he has since been engaged in building, farming and merchandising. He purchased a wooden store building and residence, which he utilized until he erected his three-story brick block, where he now conducts his large business. This when completed will have a frontage of
ninety-four feet on Main Street and one hundred feet on Leack Street. Mr. Hitchcock also purchased eighty acres which is now in thc corporate limits of the village; through this land the Pontiac, Oxford & Northern Railroad runs and its buildings are located on land given by Mr. Hitchcock as a bonus. Nearly forty acres of his land has been platted for village purposes, and the town hall adjacent to the Hitchcock Block was erected on land which he gave for that purpose. He and his wife have four children: George L.. born in Dayton November 6, 1864; Amos A., in Wahjamega, October 24, 1867; Carrie E., in the same place July 6, 1870, and Iris, in Cass City, October 1, 1879. Since the advent of Mr. Hitchcock in CassCity, he has identified himself closely with its advancement and contributed materially
to its welfare.In his political views Mr. Hitchcock is a stanch Republican and has held the office of Justice of the Peace, Road Commissioner, School Inspector of
Dayton Township, as well as Treasurer of Cass City and Councilman, which office he held many years. Through many of the early days of his business here he was compelled to haul his goods from Saginaw to this point, which made his work heavy indeed. However, he has lived to enjoy the result of the arduous toil of former years and now in the possession of a comfortable competency and surrounded by a large circle of loving relatives and friends, he is passing his declining years, undisturbed by dark poverty or irksome cares.
"1892 Portrait & Biographical Album of Genesee, Lapeer & Tuscola Counties, Chapman Bros", in Michigan.