Saginaw County Michigan

Kochville Township

Kochville Township is situated in the northern portion of the county east of Tittabawassee, west of Zilwaukee, and due north of Saginaw township. Its population, as given in the census returns of 1880, is 1,768. There are five school districts and two fractional, each provided with a substantial schoolbuilding. The church buildings are four in number, comprising three Lutheran and one German Methodist. The lands of the township are as fertile as any in the Valley, the people industrious and enterprising. The appearance of the county bespeaks great progress and rehearses, as it were, the story of German perseverance. Under authority given by the Board of Supervisors, Oct. 12, 1855, the following described territory was constituted a township under the name of Kochville, viz.: Township 13 north, of range 4 east; sections 6, 7, 18, 19, and the north half of section 30 in township 13 north, of range 5 east; and sections 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 and 36 in township 14 north, of range 4 east. The application to organize was signed by 75 electors. In granting the prayer of these citizens, the board ordered that the first annual meeting for the election of township officers should be held at the house of Adam Goetz of Kochville, on the first Monday in April, 1856, and that the following named persons: G. Stengel, J. P. Weggel, and J. S. Hehelt, being three electors, be designated and appointed to preside at such election, and to perform all the duties required by the statute.

The first Kochville township election was held April 7, 1856, at the house of Andreas Goetz, with the following results: Luke Wellington, Supervisor; John C. Schmidt, Township Clerk; Andreas Goetz, Treasurer; J. G. Helmrenh, Caspar Linik, School Inspectors., Wm. Butts, Henreich Hipser and Paul Stephan, Highway Commissioners; Luke Wellington, Louis Loeffler, Geo. Hengee and Leonard Fleabite, Justices of the Peace; Geo. Hengee and Andreas Goetz, Overseers of the Poor; G. M. Geigler, Geo. Sturm, Andreas Schmidt and Mark Kranzlien, Constables.

Peter Weggel and Heinreich Hebert, were named inspectors of election; but owing to their absence, Luke Wellington and Caspar Lint filled their positions with Geo. Stengel, an inspector named in the first order. Louis Loeffler was appointed Clerk and John C. Schmidt, Asst. Clerk. The number of voters present was 59. The principal officers of the township since its organization are named in the following list:


Luke Wellington 1856 John A. Lemberger 1879-80
Louis Loeffler 1857-79 John M. Richard 1881


John C. Schmidt 1856-68 Henry Rauschert 1873-74
John A. Lemberger 1868-70 John A. Lemberger 1874-79
John C. Schmidt 1870-73 Louis Loeffler 1879-81


Andreas Goetz 1856 John M. Richard 1872-77
John A. Lemberger 1857-68 Leonard Scherzer 1877-79
Matthias Richard 1868-70 A. Hemmerbacker 1879-81
John M. Richard 1870-71 Geo. Hemmerbacker 1881
Matthias Richard 1871-72    


L. Wellington 1856 H. Rauschert 1868
L. Loeffler 1856 Louis Loeffler 1869
Geo. Stengel 1856 Luke Wellington 1870
L. Hachtel 1856 John Schnell 1871
Louis Loeffler 1857 Henry Rauschert 1872
Luke Wellington 1858 Eber Starks 1873
John Schmidt 1859 Alfred Boulden 1874
L. Wellington 1859 Louis Loeffler 1874
L. Hatchtel 1859 John Ruget 1875
Andreas Goetz 1860 Thomas Gleison 1876
Louis Loeffler 1861 John J. Schnell 1876
J. L. Hatchtel 1862 Heinrich Rauschert 1877
Luke Wellington 1863 Along Jewett 1878
John H. Schnell 1864 Erastus Purchase 1879
L. Loeffler 1865 L. Loeffler 1879
Eleazer Jewett 1865 W. D. Donnels 1879
M. Arnold 1866 John S. Schnell 1880
John C. Schnell 1867 Philip Martin 1881
Eleazer Jewett 1868    

John Meger, Commissioner of Highways; J. T.. Mueller, Town Superintendent; Erastus Purchase, Inspector; Christian Neumeyer, Drainage Commissioner; Thos. Hartlepp, Fred. Waldbauer, John Scherzer and Andreas Schwaab, Constables, with the names of 10 path masters, complete the roll of township officers.


This church is situated on sec. 15, and was organized in 1852 by Rev. Sievers. The members then were: A. D. Eischyer, Adam Schnell, Michael Schmidt, George Leitz, George Rieger, Paul Stephens, Michael Daezchlin, John G. Hearnan. The first building was erected in 1852, and was a log house 30x40 feet in which meetings were held until 1870. At this time the society built the present church, a frame building 38x70 feet, at a cost of $5,000. There are 104 members at present, under the pastorate of Rev. J. F. Miller.


The following named persons made the first entries of the township lands:

Surname Given Section PurchaseDate
A. L. and T. B. R. R.
3 1862 Dec. 1
A. L. and T. B. R. R.
5 1862 Dec. 8
A. L. and T. B. R. R.
9 1862 Dec. 1
A. L. and T. B. R. R.
11 1862 Dec. 1
A. L. and T. B. R. R.
13 1862 Dec. 1
A. L. and T. B. R. R.
23 1862 Dec. 1
ALBERTI A. 22 1854 Nov. 7
ANDREWS Wm. B. 22 1850 June 19
ATWOOD W. Q. 14 1863 Aug. 3
ATWOOD Wm. Q. 24 1863 Aug. 3
AUGUST Carl 34 1850 June 7
BARGER Thomas 34 1837 May 9
BARNES Silas 32 1837 Mar. 11
BAUER Johann S. 12 1855 Nov. 2
BEEBE Ira 9 1850 June 19
BENNETT Reuben 9 1850 June 19
BOSS John S. 6 1854 Nov. 8
BOW E. H. 14 1855 May 30
BOW E. H. 22 1854 Mar. 8
BOW E. H. 24 1855 May 30
BREMER A. P. 4 1863 Aug. 3
BRUER Johann S. 12 1855 Dec. 5
BULBS Wm. L. 26 1854 Nov. 23
BURT Henry C. 14 1863 Aug. 3
BURT Henry C. 24 1863 Aug. 3
BUTTS Abraham 27 1850 Feb. 20
CALKINS Jacob T. 11 1851 Jan. 1
CAMPBELL S. S. 2 1851 Dec. 2
CAMPBELL S. S. 3 1851 Dec. 2
CAMPBELL J. L. 24 1863 Aug. 18
CATAN Henry F. 26 1854 Nov. 8
CHAMBERLAIN C. 32 1837 Sept. 16
CONOLEY Michael 21 1850 June 19
COOK Wm. L. 26 1854 Nov. 15
COOK Wm. L. 26 1854 Nov. 23
CORNELL William J. 11 1851 Dec. 2
CORNELL Wm. J. 23 1849 Dec. 15
COYL Amby 19 1854 Nov. 9
CROFF Abner 30 1854 Nov. 9
DEBORY John 26 1850 Sept. 5
DRYSDALE John 34 1837 May 22
DUPRATS Lewis 22 1854 Dec. 1
DUPRATS Lewis 25 1853 Mar. 1
EDMUNDS J. W. 29 1836 Nov. 10
EICHINGER A. 10 1852 Oct. 19
EICHINGER A. 10 1852 July 16
EICHINGER J. A. 10 1852 July 16
EICHINGER J. A. 14 1853 Feb. 21
EICHINGER L. 14 1852 Nov. 1
EICHINGER L. 14 1853 July 27
ELLIOTT John T. 5 1854 Nov. 8
F. and P. M R. R.
3 1862 Dec. 1
F. and P. M R. R.
5 1862 Dec. 8
F. and P. M R. R.
9 1862 Dec. 1
F. and P. M R. R.
11 1862 Dec. 1
F. and P. M R. R.
13 1862 Dec. 1
F. and P. M R. R.
23 1862 Dec. 1
FARRALL Peter 21 1850 June 19
FEINAMER M. 2 1852 Feb. 16
FEINANER M 11 1850 April 22
FISHER B. F. 29 1854 Nov. 9
FISHER B. F. 30 1854 Nov. 9
FITTINGER Louis 31 1854 Nov. 8
FITZHUGH D. H. 27 1853 July 7
FITZHUGH D. D. 28 1836 June 25
FITZHUGH D. D. 29 1836 June 25
FITZHUGH D. D. 32 1836 June 25
FITZHUGH D. D. 33 1836 June 25
FREEMAN Thomas 34 1837 May 19
GANNON J. 24 1855 Aug. 7
GARY Nelson 32 1854 Nov. 9
GEHRINGER G. 4 1863 Aug. 3
GERBER Johann 34 1853 July 12
GIBSON John A. 7 1854 Nov. 9
GOETZ Andrew 1 1852 Jan. 5
GOETZ Andrew 12 1863 Aug. 3
GOTEE J. H. 7 1854 Nov. 7
GUGEL Loring 11 1854 Oct. 17
HAGEMANN E. W. 34 1850 June 7
HELMREICH John G. 3 1852 Oct. 19
HELMREICH J. G. 11 1851 Nov. 17
HELMREICH J. G. 12 1853 July 6
HERBOLDSHEIMER J. 10 1863 Aug. 3
HESS Wm. 26 1855 Feb. 20
HILL Wm. T. 4 1854 Nov. 14
HOPKINS G. S. 18 1854 Dec. 6
HORAN Charles 25 1836 Nov. 22
HUBBARD Abner 33 1854 Nov. 8
JENNISON Henry W. 4 1863 Aug. 3
JENNISON H. W. 10 1863 Aug. 3
JEWETT Eleazer 27 1854 Nov. 13
KEMP John 33 1837 May 22
KEMP Peter 33 1837 May 22
KENNEDY T. S. 5 1854 Nov. 9
KIRK David 33 1837 May 22
KOCH Bernard 2 1854 July 7
KUCH Albracht 12 1862 July 16
LAING James 33 1837 May 22
LEE Newton D. 28 1854 Nov. 9
LEINBERGER John A. 11 1855 May 14
LEWIS Charles 21 1854 Nov. 8
LEWIS George 22 1854 Nov. 9
LEWIS George 26 1854 Dec. 11
LOEFFLER Jacob 34 1849 Sept. 6
LOEFFLER Jacob 35 1849 Sept. 6
LUTZ George H. 10 1863 Aug. 3
LUTZ John G. 15 1852 July 2
MARBLE Albert 19 1854 Nov. 9
MARSAC James 24 1837 Jan. 16
MARSAC J. F. 24 1836 Nov. 22
MARSAC James 25 1836 Nov. 14
MARSAC James 25 1836 Dec. 19
MARSAC James 25 1837 Feb. 13
MARSAC J. F. 25 1836 Nov. 22
MARSAC James 36 1837 Feb. 13
McCORMICK James J. 2 1851 Dec. 2
McCORMICK James J. 3 1851 Dec. 2
McDONALD Harlem 31 1836 Oct. 11
McDONALD B. 31 1836 Oct. 11
McDONALD James 31 1836 Oct. 11
McKEEVER Peter 30 1858 Jan. 15
MERICK Hiram 35 1853 Dec. 14
MEYER B. 14 1854 July 20
MILLIGAN James 18 1854 Nov. 9
MORRIS Orville C. 6 1854 Nov. 13
NEUMEYER Martin 4 1863 Aug. 3
NEUMEYER Jacob 12 1853 July 2
NEUMEYER M. 12 1863 Aug. 3
NEWCOMBE R. 34 1854 Nov. 14
OWENS Volney 32 1837 Feb. 24
PENOYER H. S. 19 1854 Nov. 9
RANKIN Bowers 4 1850 June 9
REIF G. C. 14 1854 July 20
RENWICK Wm. 34 1837 May 22
RICHARD J. M. 10 1863 June 16
RIPLEY Henry C. 24 1863 Aug. 19
ROCKWOOD S. M. 32 1836 May 24
ROCKWOOD S. M. 33 1836 May 24
ROEGER George 4 1863 Aug. 3
SANDERS N. W. 5 1854 Nov. 9
SCHNALL G. A. 14 1852 Oct. 19
SCHULTHEISS F. 2 1852 Feb. 26
SCHULTHEISS K. 35 1849 Sept. 19
SCHULTHEISS K. 35 1850 Jan. 11
SCMIDT J. C. 2 1849 Nov. 1
SEBALD J. M. 11 1856 May 7
SEBALD J. M. 12 1856 Feb. 23
SHAW H. 34 1853 Mar. 22
SIEVERS F. 1 1848 May 5
SIEVERS F. 1 1848 July 18
SIEVERS F. 1 1850 June 19
SIEVERS F. 2 1849 Dec. 7
SIEVERS F. 2 1850 June 19
SIEVERS F. 2 1850 Aug. 15
SIEVERS F. 4 1850 June 9
SIEVERS F. 9 1850 June 19
SIEVERS F. 10 1850 June 19
SIEVERS F. 11 1850 June 19
SIEVERS F. 11 1850 Aug. 15
SIEVERS F. 15 1852 July 13
SIEVERS F. 15 1850 June 19
SIEVERS F. 22 1850 Aug. 15
SMITH John 22 1850 June 19
SMITH Hugh 30 1854 Nov. 9
STAMM Vrena 26 1850 May 24
STAUDARKER B. 4 1863 Aug. 3
STEINBAUER John 14 1863 Aug. 27
STEINBAUER J. M. 14 1863 Aug. 17
STEINBAUER Johann M. 14 1853 July 6
STEINBAUER J. H. 14 1863 Aug. 27
STENGEL George 10 1851 Dec. 9
STENGEL George 11 1851 Dec. 9
STENGEL George 11 1851 Dec. 9
STOW C. 19 1854 Nov. 9
SWEET Wm. H. 28 1854 Nov. 8
THOOLLEY Wm. 18 1854 Dec. 11
TREMBLE J. T. 15 1837 Feb. 7
TREMBLE J. T. 15 1837 Feb. 18
VAN ETTEN George H. 4 1863 Aug. 3
VAN ETTEN G. 12 1863 Aug. 3
VAN ETTEN G. H. 12 1863 Aug. 3
WARREN B. M. 23 1855 July 23
WARTES Adam 34 1853 July 12
WEBSTER Hazard 31 1836 Oct. 11
WEISS John G. 1 1849 Oct. 4
WELLINGTON J. H. 24 1863 Aug. 20
WELLINGTON J. H. 24 1864 Feb. 16
WHITMAN Nathan 24 1854 Dec. 1
WILLIAMS G. O. 2 1850 Sept. 30
WILLIAMS G. O. 2 1853 Oct. 13
WILLIAMS G. O. 3 1853 Sept. 30
WILLIAMS Gurdon O. 10 1853 Sept. 30
WILLIAMS N. G. 12 1863 Aug. 3
WRIGHT Jacob 9 1854 Nov. 8
ZAGELMEYER L. 31 1854 Nov. 9
ZSCHOERNER G. T. 21 1854 Nov. 8


In the following interesting sketches of the settlers of Kochville, the varied events connected with the township's growth are referred to:

J. W. Allison, farmer, sec. 33, was born in Scotland, Dec. 25, 1823. His parents were Robert and Jeanette (Wilson) Allison; J. W. learned the tailor's trade in his native country, and in 1848 immigrated to America, where he worked several years as a ship-carpenter. He came to this county in 1850, and since 1860 has devoted his entire time to agricultural pursuits. He owns 50 acres of fertile land. He has been twice married; his first wife was Jane Barr, a native of Scotland, who died in 1868. His present wife was Caroline F. Wickham, a native of New York, of English parentage. They have 2 children, Clara Jeanette and Margaret Christiana. Mr. Allison is a member of the Presbyterian Church of Saginaw City, and his wife is a member of the Church of England.

John Arman, farmer on sec. 17, was born in New York, June 14, 1831. When six years of age he accompanied his parents to Saginaw Co., Mich., where he received the best education afforded by the district schools of that day. His parents were John and Nancy (Davis) Arman, both natives of Vermont; father of German, mother of English, descent. In 1864 Mr. Arman enlisted in Co. C, 29th Reg. Mich. Vol. Inf., under Capt. Saunders, and was honorably discharged Sept. 16, 1865. He owns a good farm, all the product of his own labor. He was married in 1851 to Margaret McGregor, a native of this county, and of Scotch ancestry. She was born Sept. 13, 1835. They have 2 sons, Frederick Riley and Edward Alexander. Mrs. Arman is an Adventist, and her husband is a Republican.

E. H Bow, farmer, sec. 25, was born in Maine in 1827, and is a son of E. B. and Elizabeth (Haskell) Bow. He came to Michigan in 1838, and in this county received his education. He was engaged in the lumber business for 15 years, but since then has followed farming, and now owns 600 acres of land. He is serving his second term as Director of Schools, and is a Democrat. He was married in 1866 to Sarah Wellington. They have 3 children.

Philip Bow, farmer, sec. 36, was born in Maine, Jan. 16, 1833. His parents were Edmond and Elizabeth Bow, natives of Maine, and of English descent. They came to this county at an early day, and kept a hotel at Saginaw City. Philip received his educational training in this county, and in 1839 settled on the Cass river, in what is now Bridgeport tp. He is Democratic in politics; was School Director three years, and owns 40 acres of good land. He was married Feb. 1, 1868, to Adelaide Davis. Of the 11 children born to them, 10 are living—Stephen D., Rosana, Wilbert, Charles, Orrin S., Marion, Ella, Clara E., Lillian and Sarah W. Benjamin died at the age of four months.

Cyrus Chase, farmer, sec. 36, was born in Upper Canada in 1820, and is a son of Benjamin and Sarah (Parker) Chase; father a native of Vermont; of English descent; mother native of Connecticut, of German ancestry; Cyrus was educated in the common and select schools of Canada, and first commenced in the lumber business. In 1850 he started for California, but stopped in Saginaw county, where he has since resided. He first worked at clearing land where Zilwaukee is now located, and finally settled in Kochville tp., where he owns 362 acres of land, half of which is under cultivation. He is Republican in politics, and has served as School Commissioner and Justice of the Peace. He was married in 1854 to Mary Atheson, a native of Canada, and of Irish parentage. They have 5 children, 4 daughters and 1 son—Henry L.; Jane, wife of Theodore F. Casmer, Superintendent of Schools at Zillivak; Mary, Emma, Ella.

Lewis Duprats, farmer, sec. 25, was among the very first settlers in Kochville tp. He was born at Detroit, Mich., in 1807, and is a son of L. and Julia (Pomville) Duprats, natives of Detroit, and of French descent. Lewis received an average education, and in 1837 settled in Kochville tp. He owns 152 acres of land, and was once Tp. Treasurer and Justice of the Peace of Zilwaukee tp. He was married in 1828 to Phillis Marsac, who bore him 4 children, 2 of whom are living—Lewis and Jacque; and owns farms in this tp., Mrs. Duprats died and he married Islanda Houselander. They have 2 daughters, both married. Mr. D. is a Republican.

Andrew Goetz, farmer, sec. 1, was born in Germany in 1813. His parents were Michael and Barbara (Warthschreck) Goetz. Andrew received his education in Germany, and in 1848 came to America. The same year he came to Kochville tp., with $300 in money, $120 of which he had borrowed. He bought 23 acres of land on sec. 1, built a shanty 16x16 feet in size, and in company with five others, purchased an ox-team. At the end of five years he owned 52 acres of improved land, with a good house thereon, and was out of debt. He now owns 213 acres, has given some to each of his children, and $9,000 worth to one son. He was the first white settler in this part of the county, and was instrumental in the erection of the Lutheran Church (in 1848), in which he has since filled the office of Trustee. He was married in this county June 25, 1848, to Margaret Mowery, a member of the Lutheran Church. Of the 10 children sent them, only 2 are living—Anna, wife of John G. Helmreich, and John Leonard, a prominent farmer of this tp. Mrs. Goetz died Nov. 27, 1880.

Abner Hubbard, farmer on sec. 33, was born in Greene Co., N. Y., June 29, 1813. He is a son of Samuel and Margaret (Arnold) Hubbard, natives of Connecticut, of English ancestry. Abner learned the ship-carpenter and calker's trade. He assisted in building the first boat ever built on the banks of the Saginaw river. He first came to this county in 1842, and two years later made a permanent settlement in Saginaw City till 1850, when he settled on his land in this tp. He was married in Oakland Co., Mich., Sept. 22, 1835, to Amanda Hayes, a native of Grafton Co., N. H. Of their 7 children, only 1 is living, Mary Jane, wife of David Nichols. One son, Samuel Eugene, enlisted in Co. G, 23d Reg. Mich. Vol. Inf., as 4th Corporal, and was discharged as Orderly Sergeant. Mr. Hubbard and wife have been faithful members of the M. E. Church for many years.

Oscar Jewett, farmer, sec. 27, was born at Saginaw City, Mich., Nov. 3, 1837. He is a son of Eleazer and Azubah L. (Miller) Jewett, honored and respected pioneers of this county, the former a native of New Hampshire, of Welsh descent, and the latter of Vermont, of English ancestry. Eleazer Jewett died suddenly in 1875; his widow still survives, and is the oldest living settler in Saginaw county. Mr. Jewett received his literary education in the Saginaw City high school, and spent the first 10 years of his business career in the lumber trade. In 1858 he went to California, and remained in the West for seven years. While in California, he was attacked with the Panama fever, which deprived him from working for 11 long, weary months. In 1863, while in the mining region, he received the news of the death of his brother Wallace, at the battle of Gettysburg, Pa., and immediately offered himself to the Governor of Nevada, to serve in any military capacity. He was assigned First Lieut. of Co. C, 1st Nev. Cav., and after a year's service, was promoted as Aide-de-camp on Gen. Connor's staff. He was finally commissioned Captain of Co. "F," serving as such till the close of the war. The regiment was engaged in fighting Indians, and Mr. Jewett participated in that memorable battle of Tongue river, on Aug. 29, 1865. After the war, he located at Salt Lake City, where, in connection with Capt. Brown, he was engaged in corralling stock. When Dr. Robinson was brutally murdered by the Mormon, Mr. Jewett and partner, with their wives, were forced to flee for their lives. The journey from Salt Lake City to St. Louis, Mo., cost Mr. J., for himself and wife, exactly $1,020. Since returning to Michigan, he has engaged in farming on the old homestead, comprising 120 acres of land, part of which is under a high state of cultivation. He was married in 1866 to Fanny Tomlinson, who proved a faithful and loving wife to him until 1868, when she "passed passed over to the other side." He was again married, July 16, 1874, to Alice Wells, a native of New York, of English ancestry. Mr. Jewett was Marshall of Saginaw City from 1874 to 1878. His remark, "A dead Mormon is the best Mormon," is worthy of record. NOTE: This is not the view of this web site and is included only for historical purposes.

Frederic Charles Louis Koch was the son of Charles Ernestus Augustus Koch, who was foreman and manager of the Governmental mine at Gittelde, in the Lower Hartz mountains of Brunswick, in Germany, and his wife, Jane Elizabeth, nee Hellring. He was born in the mining village, Rothe-Huette, Feb. 15, 1799; received a good education at home, also at the mining school of Clausthal, and at the University of Gœttingen, Hanover; taught school for a time at the Latin College of Hanover, and returned to practical work, but spent his leisure hours endeavoring to recall a lost invention, of enameling iron pots and vessels, finally with success; he gave his invention to the world, not patenting it. In 1825 he married Miss Augusta, the daughter of John Henry Bippart, in whose glass factory he had been working; he then quit his mining office at Rothe-Huette, and took a position as comptroller and administrator of the smelting houses of one of his father-in-law's glass factories at Gruenenplan. Mr. Bippart died in 1842, and all the glass works of Gruenenplan fell into Mr. Koch's possession, and thus the latter had increased facilities for his genial experiments, and also to push the manufacture of looking-glasses, nine-tenths of which were sold in the United States at good prices. The Government soon honored him with the title of "Counselor of Mines," and bought a farm for him. Mr. Koch thenceforward prospered materially. He also enjoyed domestic duties, having, before leaving the old country, a family of wife, 3 sons and 4 daughters; he had also two family teachers and a gardener. Mr. Koch had a very fine garden and ornamental grounds, with parks and cages of wild animals. On the highest point on these paradisiacal grounds he erected a beautiful church. He continued to take a prominent part in literature and science, being a member of learned societies, and he owned a large cabinet of minerals and shells, considered the best private collection in Germany at that time.

Two of Mr. Koch's children met with serious accidents, injuring the reason of one, and ultimately destroying the life of the other; and the Revolution of 1848 came on, but Mr. Koch came through unscathed. Then he emigrated to America with his daughter Caroline, who was betrothed to Rev. F. Sievers, a Lutheran minister in the Saginaw Valley; he went to the Lake Superior region to examine the resources and conditions of mineral interest there, with a view of bringing over his old employes and friends from Germany; and although he found the resources surprisingly abundant, the art of mining was so crude, and American institutions so republican, that he decided not to bring on the immigrants immediately; he then visited the lead mines of Wisconsin and Illinois; still his decision was that it would not do to bring miners over from the old country to work in America under European control. Mr. Koch died March 12, 1862, greatly respected by all the community. The tp. of Kochville was named after him. Mrs. Koch died April 5, 1875. She was a very estimable lady, full of Christian faith and good works.

Johan A. Leinberger, farmer, sec. 1, was born in Germany, July 19, 1830, and is a son of Frederick and Catherine (Schenter) Leinberger. John received a common school education in his native land, and in 1847 emigrated to the United States. In 1848 he located land on sec. 1, Kochville tp., where he now possesses 180 acres. He is Republican in politics, and served as Tp. Treasurer 14 years, Clerk 7 years, School Director 14 years, and Assessor. He is an enterprising citizen, and was prominently identified in the movement attaching half of Kochville tp. to Bay county. He was married in 1849 to Mary Katherine Drulein. Eight children have been given them, all living. Mrs. Leinberger died March 3, 1880. She was a member of the Lutheran Church, as is also her husband. (Note: Leinberger was also spelled Lemberger in this history.)

Rev. J F. Miller, Pastor of the German Reformed Church at Kochville, was born in Washtenaw Co., Mich., May 11, 1844, a son of Charles and Rosena (Stueter) Miller, natives of Germany, who emigrated to this country in 1830, settling in that county. The subject of this sketch received his education partly at Fort Wayne, Ind., and at St. Louis, Mo. He entered the ministry in 1862, at Terre Haute, Ind., and since 1868 has occupied his present position. He was married in Lenawee Co., Mich., in 1864, to Anna M., daughter of George and Dorothy Miller, who was born in Bavaria, Germany, in 1844. They have 9 children, 8 of whom, are living: Charles A., August H., Caroline, Carl, George, Adolph, Edward and Emil F. The deceased is Emma. Rev. Miller is at present Superintendent of Schools of Kochville tp.

Erastus Purchase, farmer, sec. 19, was born in Ontario Co., N. Y., in 1838, and is a son of E. and Lura (Griffin) Purchase, father a native of Ontario county, mother native of Wayne Co., N. Y. Erastus received the greater part of his education in Michigan, and in 1856 located in Saginaw county. He was engaged in the lumber business in 1863—'5, but since then has followed agricultural pursuits. By his own exertions and perseverance he has accumulated a good farm of 170 acres, one of the best farms in Kochville tp. He was married in 1864 to Emma M. Soper. They have 4 children, 3 daughters and 1 son. Their names are Mary A., Emma A., Jennie L. and Alonzo M. Mr. Purchase believes in the principles of the Republican party.

John Riegel, proprietor of the Michigan Hotel, Frankenlust, was born in Germany in 1838, and is a son of Michael and Maggie (Stahl) Riegel. He received his education in the "faderland," and subsequently entered the Bavarian army, where he remained seven years, during this period participating in three battles. He came to this county in 1867, and operated a saw-mill for seven seasons. He is a mason by trade, but is now proprietor of the Michigan Hotel. He is a Republican in politics, owns 12 acres of land, and has officiated as Justice of the Peace. Mr. Riegel was married July 16, 1871, to Theresa Fisher. Both are members of the Lutheran Church. She was born in Bavaria, Germany, Oct. 15, 1845.

Rev. (George Christian Ernestus) Ferdinand Sievers is the son of Henry (Sigismund Frederic) Sievers, and Eleanor Lisette Florentine, nee von Borries, and was born at Lunenburg, Germany, May 18, 1816. His mother died in 1822 and his father a year later, and the outlook for the poor orphan boy was very sad; but his uncle, Rev. Ph. Sievers, took good care of him. He was educated at the University of Goettingen, 1835—'38, where he studied theology some time, then taught private school three and one-half years, studied theology again at the Universities of Berlin and Halle,, and taught private school again three and one-half years; was ordained a minister in 1847, when he emigrated to this country to take charge of Lutheran congregations here, and bought several hundred acres of land from the Government at what is now South Bay City, with missionary means from the old country. The next year a number of settlers came in from Germany and commenced to endure the privations of pioneer life. May 5, 1850, Mr. S. married Caroline Koch, in New York city, while she was en route from her home in Germany to her new home in the wilds of Michigan. She was the daughter of Rev. Fr. Koch and Augusta, nee Bippart. Of the 11 children born to Mr. and Mrs. S., 8 are living.

The settlement of Frankenlust, established by Rev. Sievers, has grown to great proportions, and there is another flourishing settlement three miles southwest, also founded by Mr. S. in 1851. This highly revered old gentleman has now enjoyed a long life of usefulness, and set an example of ministerial industry and faithfuIness that will be difficult for his successors to follow.

Fred Wellington, farmer, sec. 25, is a life resident of this county. He was born in March, 1844. He is a son of Dr. Luke and Nancy M. (Freeman) Wellington, father a native of New Hampshire, and mother of New York. Dr. Luke Wellington came to this State in 1836, locating at Flint, and in 1850 settling in Saginaw county, where he now owns 500 acres of land. Fred was educated in the public schools of Bay and Saginaw cities, and at Bryant & Stratton's Commercial College, of Detroit. He was a bookkeeper for 8 years, and is Republican in politics; has been School Inspector, Superintendent and Assessor. He was married in 1869 to Rosetta M. Lewis, who was born in Utica, N. Y., Feb. 11, 1849. Her parents were of English and Welsh descent. They formerly lived at Detroit, but now reside in Saginaw county. Two children have been given to bless this union—Mary L. and James A.; and 2 deceased, Fred L. and Martha R.



Source: History of Saginaw County Michigan, By Michael A. Leeson, Damon Clarke, Published 1881 Chas. C. Chapman & Co., Chicago pages 853-862.
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