While browsing the 1913 "History of Gratiot County" by Willard Davis Tucker I came across this biographical sketch of Charles B. Doan, son of John and Orpha (Smith) Doan of New York. I assume there is someone who will appreciate this quotation from page 1179:
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Charles B. Doan, for many years a farmer in Fulton, later in hardware trade at Pompeii for about eleven years, still later a real estate dealer in the same village, now a resident of California, was born in Fulton Township, Gratiot County, January 17, 1859. His father, John Doan, was born in New York State, February 20, 1826; was a soldier in the Civil War, and was killed in battle, June 18, 1864. His mother, Orpha (Smith) Doan, was born in the State of New York, March 3, 1835. She is now living at St. Louis, this county. They came to Gratiot County in 1854, settling in Fulton Township. John and Orpha Doan were the parents of four sons, viz.: George P. Doan, born February 23, 1857, died March 20, 1859; Charles B. Doan: Henry L. Doan, born August 16, 1862, now a resident of Pompeii. The subject of this sketch was married at Ithaca, August 14, 1881, to Effie E. Walker, oldest daughter of Nathaniel and Elvira Walker, of Fulton. Nathaniel Walker was born in Michigan, February 18, 1836, and died at his home in Pompeii, May 18, 1912. Elvira (Reynolds) Walker was born in 1838, also a native of Michigan. She died at Ithaca June 8, 1906. Effie E., wife of our subject, was born February 13, 1862. Mr. and Mrs. Doan are the parents of ten children, seven of whom are now living. Their names, birth-dates, etc., are as follows: J. Clyde Doan, born January 4, 1883, was married June 28, 1906, to Sibyl Grace, of Fulton, only child of J. W. and Arminta (Rice) Grace. They have a son-Mauriceborn August 5, 1907. Rolla A, Doan was born December 7, 1886, and was united in marriage to Margaret Taylor, of Pompeii, March 31, 1907. They now reside in Ithaca. Earl N. Doan, born December 13, 1887, died April 13, 1888. Orpha Doan, born June 5, 1890, died August 9, 1890. Altha M. Doan was born February 28, 1893. Lyle C. Doan, born June 2, 1895, is now in California. Orlo P. Doan was born April 22, 1896. Milo J. Doan, born August 27, 1899, died April 21, 1900. Ford C. Doan was born January 3, 1902. Mildred M. Doan was born February, 1906. Mr. Doan has always been classed among the leading men of his community, always taking a commendable interest in public affairs and in all matters calculated to advance the welfare-materially, morally and sociallyof his township and neighborhood. He served his township four years as justice of the peace, and was elected supervisor in 1906, '07 and '08, serving to the satisafction of his constituents. In political affiliation he is a Republican. Mr. Doan and his wife were converted in May, 1891, and united with the M. E. Church at Pompeii the following year. They are active and influential workers in church matters. Mr. Doan removed with his family to California in October, 1912. They reside at Redlands, and expect to make California their permanent home.
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