Clarendon Township, Michigan

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Clarendon Township is a civil township of Calhoun County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,114 at the 2000 census. The township is part of the Battle Creek Metropolitan Statistical Area.



There are no incorporated municipalities in the mostly agricultural township.

  • Bentleys Corners is an unincorporated community at 42°06′08″N 84°52′00″W / 42.10222°N 84.8666667°W / 42.10222; -84.8666667 (Bentleys Corners, Michigan) near the junction of 22 Mile Rd and T Dr. S.[3] This locale at the corners of sections 22, 23, 26 and 27 was originally known as Clarendon Centre.[4] A post office opened on June 14, 1854, with Warren L. Deming as the first postmaster,[5] though under the care of Samuel N. Bently (or Bentley) for much of the time Deming was postmaster.[4][6] The post office was moved approximately two miles to the north and renamed Clarendon in 1867 (see below).
  • Cook's Prairie in the northeastern part of the township and extending into southwest Eckford Township was one of the earliest areas to be settled in the township. The first settler reported to have settled here, Anthony Doolittle, arrived in May 1832 with Deacon Henry Cook. Cook purchased land in what became Eckford Township while Doolittle settled in section 1 of what became Clarendon Township. A post office was established on July 25, 1840, with Lewis Benham as the first postmaster. The office closed on August 24, 1858.[4][5]
  • Clarendon, at 42°07′49″N 84°51′57″W / 42.13028°N 84.86583°W / 42.13028; -84.86583 (Bentleys Corners, Michigan)[7] was a station on the Michigan Air Line Railroad of the Michigan Central Railroad, beginning in approximately 1870. The post office at Clarendon Centre was moved to the station and renamed Clarendon on May 11, 1871. The office closed on November 16, 1877, but was restored from October 4, 1883, through April 30, 1910.[5]
  • The village of Homer is to the east, and the Homer post office, with ZIP code 49245, also serves most of eastern Clarendon Township.[8]
  • The village of Tekonsha is to the west, and the Tekonsha post office, with ZIP code 49092, also serves the southwest portion of Clarendon Township.[9]
  • The city of Marshall is to the northwest, and the Marshall post office, with ZIP code 49068, also serves the northwest portion of Clarendon Township.[10]

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