Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan
Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan




William Yule was born January 11, 1835 in New York. He served in the Civil War in the 14th Infantry Regiment of New York. William married Louisa Clune in 1877. Louisa was born on April 10, 1845 in New York. Louisa's parents were Michael and Ann McIntyre Clune and they lived in Chenango, Broome County, New York.


William and Louisa had the following children:

  1. Twin - John R. Yule was born June 21, 1878 in Richland Township, Saginaw County, Michigan. He married Elizabeth “Lizzie” Burns on November 21, 1900.

  2. Twin - Male Yule was born and died on June 21, 1878 in Richland Township, Saginaw County, Michigan.

  3. James Yule was born July 10, 1880 in Lakefield Township. James married Agnes Moulton on August 10, 1903. James died on January 27, 1961 and is buried at St. Andrew Cemetery, Saginaw County, Michigan.

On November 5, 1878, the United States General Land Office (Homestead Certificate 1112 Application #3054) in accordance with the Homestead Act of May 20, 1862 granted William Yule the tract of land of the west half of the northeast quarter and west half of the southeast quarter of Section twelve, in township eleven north, of range one east, in the district of land subject to sale at East Saginaw, Michigan, containing One hundred sixty acres (160). The document was signed by President Rutherford B. Hayes.

William Yule was appointed or elected to the following Lakefield Township Offices:

  1. April 8, 1876 -  Elected as the first Lakefield Township Treasurer

  2. April 8, 1876 -  Elected for 2 year term, Justice of the Peace

  3. April 2, 1877 -  Elected to Treasurer

  4. April 1, 1878 -  Elected Drain Commissioner

  5. April 1, 1878 -  Elected to Fill Vacancy of Justice of the Peace

  6. April 7, 1879 -  Elected to Treasurer

  7. April 4, 1881 -  Elected to Justice of the Peace

  8. April 3, 1882 -  Elected to Fill Vacancy of Justice of the Peace

  9. April 3, 1882 -  Appointed Overseer of Highways District #1

  10. April 7, 1884 -  Elected Treasurer

  11. April 6, 1885 -  Elected Treasurer

  12. April 5, 1886 -  Elected Supervisor

  13. April 4, 1886 -  Elected Supervisor

  14. April 1, 1889 -   Appointed Overseer of Highways District #1

  15. April 13, 1889 - Appointed Board of Review

  16. April 7, 1890 -   Appointed Overseer of Highways District #1

  17. April 6, 1891 -   Appointed Overseer of Highways District #1


According to the June 1, 1880, Michigan Agriculture Census shows William A. Yule owned 15 acres of tilled land and 25 acres of woodland and forest in Lakefield Township. In the 1894 Census Soldiers in the Civil War, states that William Yule lived in Lakefield Township.


Louisa died on September 8, 1919 and William died on October 8, 1920. They are both buried at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Hemlock, Saginaw County, Michigan.


SOURCES: 1880, 1900, 1910 Michigan Federal Census; 1850 New York Federal Census; William Yule military headstone application and Civil War Records; Lakefield Township Records, John and Male Yule birth record; Male Yule death record; James Yule birth record; John Yule marriage record; James Yule Marriage Record and obituary, William Yule's obituary and Louisa Yule's death record.



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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