Sebewa Township, Michigan

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Sebewa Township is a civil township of Ionia County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the township population was 1,202.

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Early settlers

The first permanent white settlers in the township were John F. Terrill, Charles W. Ingalls, and John Brown from Vermont, who arrived in 1838. An earlier settler by the name of Jones had arrived in 1836 with his wife, but did not remain in the area. Terrill located on section 25 and Ingall and Brown in section 36. In 1843, Terrill, along with Anson W. Halbert, built a sawmill on the Sebewa Creek, just west of "The Corners" located where the corners of four sections met along the eastern township line. Halbert had arrived in 1841 and married one of Terrill's daughters and carried out some trade at the Corners.[6] [7]

Jacob Showerman had been to the area in 1836 looking for land and found only Jones in section 1. Showerman entered a claim for 160 acres (0.65 km2) of land in section 22 and returned in 1839 with Eleazer Brown and their families. They lodged at in the small one-room cabin of Terrill's along with Terrill's and that of William Hogle and his son-in-law John Brown. The twenty people in the four families passed four weeks together until a path to Showerman's property could be cut. Eleazer Brown settled on land he bought in section 26.[8]

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