Michael Kissane was born March 15, 1868 in Tarbet, Kerry Ireland. His parents were John and Mary Mahoney Kissane. He came to the United States in 1873 with his parents and siblings. He lived with his family in Zilwaukee, Saginaw County, Michigan, then moved to a small farm out Bay Road in Saginaw County. In 1877, the family moved to the Thumb (Sheridan, Huron County, Michigan) where they survived the great Tuscola-Huron-Sanilac County fire which swept 60 miles in two hours destroying everything.
The Kissane's moved to Lakefield Township around 1881. By 1896, Michael owned and operated a 40 acre farm on the south side on Lakefield Road in Section 21 of Lakefield Township. His neighbors were his brother Edward Kissane; brother-in-law and sister, Frank and Nora Baker; Edward Miller; Orin Bow; Jeanette Parker; Alex Ogilivie; William Beird; James Clark; and the Tester brothers.
In 1900, Michael's parents, John and Mary Kissane were living with him in Lakefield Township.
On May 17, 1901 Michael died at the age of 33 years old. He was buried on May 20, 1901 in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Lakefield Township.
SOURCES: 1896 Lakefield Township Plat Map; 1880 and 1900 United States Census; Michael Kissane's birth and death record; Find-A-Grave Website and newspaper article of John Kissane Jr.
Pioneers of Lakefield Township - Left to Right: Jacob Brown, Lawrence Dubay, Alva Hinterman, David Dubay, Mr. Harris, George Easlick, Calvin Harris; Ray Rowell standing towards the top of photo and his daughters, Mildred, Dorothy, and Carrie Rowell, sitting on the wood pile. Carry Rowell later married Fred Honaman. photo from John and Linda Honaman Johnson.
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