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Harvey L. Lashbrook - St. Clair Co., MI
Posted by: Stephanie Sampson Date: July 20, 2001 at 15:39:11
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Biographical sketch of HARVEY L. LASHBROOK from the book entitled, "Biographical Memoirs of Saint Clair County, Michigan," published in 1903 by B. F. Bowen Publishers in Logansport, Indiana.

This bio spans three (3) pages: 513-515


One of the most prosperous agriculturists of Wales township, St. Clair county, Michigan, is Harvey L. Lashbrook, who was born in Monroe county, New York, in 1842, and is a son of Marion J. and Lorinda J. (McIntosh) Lashbrook, both of whom had their nativity also in Monroe county, the former in 1822. The Lashbrook family held their residence in Monroe county, New York, until 1854, then came to Wales township, St. Clair county, Michigan, where the father engaged in farming, but also made several trips to Kansas, where he purchased other property and there resided off and on for six years. He was a stalwart man, and in his time cleared off two hundred acres of woodland. His death took place in January, 1893, leaving quite a valuable estate to his three children, who were born in the following order: Harvey L., whose name opens this record; William, who is married to Elsie Downer, is now employed in cutting spiles for docks and wharfs at ship-yards, in which business he has been engaged for the past twenty years; Freelove is married to Thomas Storey, who was formerly a farmer, but is now living in retirement at Port Huron, Michigan. In his politics Marion J. Lashbrook was a Republican, but was never an aspirant for office. He was a spiritualist as far as his religious convictions were concerned and was sincere in his belief in the intercommunication of the disembodied with the embodied elements of mankind.

March 5, 1869, Harvey L. Lashbrook was united in marriage with Miss Dora Owen, a daughter of James and Eunice (Gillam) Owen, the former of whom came from North Carolina and the latter from New York. Mr. and Mrs. Owen had been favored with six children, named as follows: Joseph, deceased; Alice, wife of George Markell, a merchant at Ellsworth, Kansas; John, a carpenter; Walter, deceased; Dora; Ezra, a plumber at Lincoln, Nebraska. The parents of this family, however, were called away while Mrs. Lashbrook was still young. The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Lashbrook has proven to be more prolific, as they have had born to them thirteen children, viz: Eunice, a dressmaker; Ezra, a painter and paper-hanger, who died December 23, 1902, aged thirty years; Alfred and Albert, twins, deceased; Lyman, deceased; Hattie, deceased; Willis, at home; Arthur, at home; Lillie, who is married to Paul Hunter, a farmer and merchant at Wales; Mabel, still at home, and one child that died in infancy, unnamed.

Mr. Lashbrook owns one of the largest, if not the largest, farms in the county, as it comprises two hundred and sixty acres under cultivation. The farm is improved in the best possible manner, with a beautiful residence and two commodious barns. Mr. Lashbrook has handled a great many common cattle, but is now turning his attention chiefly to Hereford stock, keeping about one hundred head of high grades. He formerly owned four hundred acres of land, but of this he has disposed of one hundred and sixty. For sixteen years he has been a merchant at Wales and for the same period of time has been postmaster. In religion he is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.

Fraternally Mr. Lashbrook is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic and it is but proper that here should be related the circumstances through which he secured this high privilege. In 1862 he enlisted, at Wales, in Company C, Twenty-second Michigan Volunteer Infantry. Among the greater battles in which he participated were the following: Snow’s Pond, Nashville, Ringgold, Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, and then on the campaign with General Sherman through Georgia from Atlanta to the sea, in which campaign he assisted in releasing the unfortunate Union prisoners confined in the horrible Rebel pen at Andersonville, after accomplishing which feat the Twenty-second Michigan was mustered out of the service and sent home, Mr. Lashbrook, with others, being honorably discharged at Detroit. Since his return Mr. Lashbrook has diligently pursued his vocation of farmer and stock raiser and his present estate, of which he has cleared off one hundred and sixty acres, is the result of his hard labor and skillful management, for which he is entitled to and is willingly accorded full credit by a host of warm-hearted and devoted friends.


PLEASE NOTE: I do not have any personal interest in researching the LASHBROOK surname or the St. Clair county, Michigan location. I am merely posting a select number of the biographical sketches found in the above-referenced book *upon specific written request* as a service to the genealogical community; these transcriptions are intended for personal use and are not being done for profit. Please do not contact me with regard to research interests in the above as I have no personal ties. Thank you.

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