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Alden Hewitt, one of the oldest and highly respected citizens of Brooklyn village, was born Aug. 15, 1806, in Palatine, Livingston Co., N.. Y. Thomas Hewitt (deceased) was the father of Alden, and was one of the three brothers who emigrated from England to America when boys and settled in "New London, Conn., where they remained until that town was burned by the British in Revolutionary times. Thomas then moved westward, and at the time of his death was living in the tp. of Lenox, Madison Co., N. Y. Alden was the third son. He attended school at Palatine and received a common-school education. His business experience was gained on a farm, and farming was adopted as the chosen calling of his life. He came to Michigan in 1835 and settled on Government land, on sec. 21, this tp. (then Napoleon), and secured 240 acres. In 1830 he married Julia Carey, of Madison county, N. Y., who died in 1851, leaving 7 children to mourn her loss. Five of this number are still living, viz.: Aurelia, now wife of C. S. Pratt, of Jackson city; Julietta, now Mrs. N. H. King, of Jackson; Caroline, now Mrs. J. B. Stoutenburgh, of Detroit; Kate, now Mrs. D. C. DeLamater, of Jackson, and Frederick, a resident of Kansas. Mr. Hewitt married as a second wife Miss Huldah E. Howe, daughter of Jones Howe (deceased), then a resident of Royalton, Fulton Co., Ohio, March 19,1852. They have 4 children livingó Fremont, living in Adrian, this State; Charles, living in Kansas; Corey and Grace, at home. Mr. H. has been an ambitious, active and public-spirited citizen, and in early days was the organizer and leader in the State militia, having risen through the official grades from a private to that of a Colonel. He now owns a 215-acre farm on sec. 27, Columbia tp., 114 acres in Brooklyn village. Mr. and Mrs. H. are members of the Baptist Church, of longstanding.

Source: History of Jackson County, Michigan. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co., 1881, p. 798.



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