Gaines Township, Genesee County, Michigan

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Gaines Township is a civil township of Genesee County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 6,491 at the 2000 census.




Gaines Township in Genesee County has a Supervisor-Board form of government. In this form of government, three members of the Board of Trustees are executives: Supervisor (being the township's chief executive), Clerk and Treasurer. There are additional 2 trustees elect to the board.


The first settler, Hartford Cargill, moved into the township section 36. Other early settlers settled in an area called Fletcher's Corners. Philander McLain's family in what is now the City of Swartz Creek. The Village of Gaines did not see a settler until 1856. The first passenger train passed through the future village site on July 4, 1856. A post office was established that same year.[1]

Philander McLain build on previous claimed land as the first settler in the geographically Gaines Township in 1838.

Ephraim Fletcher came to Gaines from New York in 1836 and settled on Van Vleet Road (section 16).[7] Additional settlers move near by the Fletcher home and the area was label "Fletcher's Corner". Joshua Dart and Suzanna Stebbins Dart, his wife, with their children move from New Haven, Connecticut to this area in 1839.[8]

A settlement name Ryno Settlement after Aaron B. and Catherine Ryno settled to the west of Miller's Settlement south of Lyons and north of Fletcher's Corners on the future Nichols Road.[9]

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