PORTRAIT & BIOGRAPHICAL ALBUM
GRATIOT COUNTY, MICHIGAN
CHICAGO: CHAPMAN BROTHERS, 1884
JOHN A. PASINGER
John A. Pasinger, farmer, section 24, New Haven Township, was born in Lawrence County, New York, April 1, 1825. His parents were of Dutch descent and lived and died in the State of their son's nativity. The occupation of the father was that of a mechanic, which vocation the son followed in after years.
Our subject remained under the parental roof-tree assisting his father until he attained the age of 13, when he began to learn the trade of a carpenter and joiner, under the instruction of his father, and worked with him at the trade until 18 years of age. He then set out to battle with the trials of life alone, and followed his trade, which he had completed, engaging a portion of his time in a sawmill and lumber interests in Ontario, in the vicinity of the Ottawa River.
Returning to his native county, he engaged in various occupations for a period of four years, when he was married in that county, June 17, 1849, to Miss Lucy A. North, a native of the same county as Mr. Pasinger, where she was born June 16, 1829, and where she lived with her grandparents until her marriage.
Six children have been born to their marriage, four of whom, Henry W., Eugene C., Hannah M. and Anna L., are living, the two, Franklin and Orson, are deceased.
After their marriage in New York, Mr. P. followed his trade for some 18 years, also being engaged in the lumber business. In 1865 he came to this State and purchased 80 acres of wild land in Clinton County. He made some improvement on this land and returned to New York. In 1873 he returned to his land in Clinton County, and made a permanent settlement. He added 80 acres to his original purchase, and then sold 40 acres, leaving him 120 acres. Of this, he improved 70 acres, erected a house and in 1881 sold the entire tract preparatory to going West to start a new home. Before moving his family, he changed his mind, and came to this county and purchased 140 acres of land on section 24, formerly owned by a Mr. Shepherd. His farm as a large orchard, which is in fine bearing condition.
Mr. Pasinger has held the office of Highway Commissioner and is identified with the best interests of the township. Politically, he is a staunch Democrat.