WILSON WILLIAM AND SARAH CATHERINE RICKMAN/RYKMAN/ WRIGHTMAN HOUSE
Wilson William House was born on November 29, 1847 in Canada; his parents were William W. and Caroline Anchore House. He married Sarah Catherine Rickman/Rykman/Wrightman on March 13, 1871 in the Township of Walsingham in the County of Norfolk, Canada by William Thomley, a Minister of the Primitive Method Church. Wilson and Catherine came to the United States sometime after 1873 with wo of their children Josephine and William.
Wilson and Sarah's children were:
Helen Josephine House was born on December 31, 1871 in Pleasant Hill, Norfolk County, Ontario. She married Will Corbat/Corbit. Helen passed away on February 15, 1955 in Iowa.
William Wilson House was born January 6, 1873 in Pleasant Hill, Norfolk County, Ontario. He passed away on January 18, 1931 in Lakefield Township and is buried in the Lakefield Township Cemetery.
Alice Adelle House was born February 27, 1876 in Lakefield Township. She married Melvin Federspiel in 1905 in Bay City, Bay County, Michigan. Alice passed away on August 26, 1963 in Saskatchewan, Canada.
Fredrick House was born July 16, 1879 in Lakefield Township and passed away in 1895.
Nicholas House was born June 10, 1881 in Lakefield Township. He married Mary Jane Marshall on April 12, 1915 in Detroit. Nicholas passed away on January 20, 1970.
Evelyn House was born January 30, 1887 in Lakefield Township. She married Clarence Peet in 1913. Evelyn passed away on May 23, 1961 in Iowa.
Wilson owned and operated an 80 acre farm in Section 23 on the corner of Merrill and Lakefield Roads. He eventually donated the property on the NW corner of Section 23 to the Lakefield Wesleyan Church. He also owned and operated a 40 acre farm on the SW corner of Section 15, at the intersection of Lakefield and Fenmore Roads, in 1916.
Wilson served Lakefield Township in the following offices:
1. Elected Clerk on April 4, 1881; April 3, 1882 and April 2, 1883.
2. Elected Board of Review on April 21, 1883; April 25, 1885 April 3, 1887; and April 7, 1890.
3. Appointed to Overseer of Highways District #5 on April 2, 1883; April 7, 1884; April 6, 1885; April 5, 1886; April 1, 1889; April 6, 1891 and April 3, 1893.
4. Elected to Justice of the Peace on April 6, 1885; and April 4, 1887
5. Appointed to School Inspector on August 13, 1887; Elected to School Inspector on April 2, 1888; April 7, 1890; April 4, 1892; and April 2, 1894.
6. Acting Chairman for the Township Board Meeting January 27, 1890.
7. Elected as Drain Commissioner on April 19, 1890; April 4, 1892 and April 2, 1894.
8. Assistant Clerk – Polls April 3, 1893.
9. Inspector of Election April 1, 1895.
10. Elected as Supervisor on April 6, 1896.
11. Clerk of Election on April 4, 1895.
Wilson resigned on April 13, 1895 from School Inspector, Drain Commissioner and Justice of the Peace.
Wilson passed away on March 27, 1916 and is buried at the Ridgelawn Cemetery, Breckenridge, Gratiot County, Michigan.
SOURCES: 1877, 1896 and 1916 Lakefield Plat Map; 1880 and 1900 Lakefield Township United States Census; Lakefield Township Records; Alice House's birth record; Nicholas House's birth record;Evelyn Lucretia Houses birth record; Granddaughter Ellen House Walter; Granddaughter Marion House Lauer.
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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