Where did all these early pioneers and settlers come from? When? Why did
they leave countries known for commerce and beauty? What trades did
they bring with them here to Northern Michigan? And Yes, why Northern
Michigan — so cold, so different from their homeland? How did they
build a new life in this new land?
There are so many stories to tell, each immigrant family had a story
as unique as the key to their family home. Guided by the values
they held dear, each followed a unique path in pursuit of dreams
and aspirations, taking chances and experiencing success and failure
along the way.
If you lived in a village perched at the top of a hill, typical of
those found in Scotland, Wales & Ireland in the 1850s, your return
home from the woods and fields would take you through winding forest paths and
along the many shorelines - The route would have set the pace - it
would be impossible to hurry. But that would have given them plenty of
meet people and engage in
conversation, greet their relatives, chat with their friends or just watch
their children at play.
The journey home would have mirrored their lives throughout the year, when
economic activities would be interrupted by
religious celebrations, or work-related events, at harvest or
threshing time, or when a pig was slaughtered.
With the fast pace of today, people no longer have as much time
to just slow down and enjoy the families, or no time to listen to
the stories from older members of the family - thus, this website is
dedicated to those pioneer & early settler families who have left
descendants still residing in our Northern Michigan Area.
What We Need
From You .........................
have an ancestor who was an early pioneer or early
settler arriving in the three township area
arriving between 1846 - 1900, and we don't have
their name or family name listed on this site - we
want to know about it!
have family history you would like to share on our
Elk Rapids Area Pioneer & Settler Families - by all
means send it to us. BUT, we will not do any
typing so the data must be by email or on a CD.
Please indicate what year your ancestor arrived in
the Elk Rapids Area so we can put them into the
are a direct descendant from one of our
listed early pioneer or early settler families
(1846-1900) - AND you reside in one of the three
townships listed - we want to know about it so we
can add your name and any of your family members
(who are also residing in this area) to our Acorn
remember to be proud of your heritage - share it
whenever you can and again, we want to hear about it!