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Question - New York to Michigan

Carol (View posts)
Posted: 9 Oct 2003 4:23AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 8 Jan 2007 9:22AM GMT
I have a couple of branches of my tree who migrated from upstate NY (Wayne, Monroe, Orleans counties) to Michigan. I don't know 'Michigan-where'? Was the whole state open and being settled in the 1840's and 1850's? What counties in MI were becoming actively populated with travelers from the eastern Great Lakes region?
Any help and ideas appreciated.

Re: Question - New York to Michigan

Wayne Francis (View posts)
Posted: 25 Oct 2003 11:33AM GMT
Classification: Query
There was substantial migration in the 1800-50 period, mainly connected with the building of the Erie Canal and the need for large farming families in New York to find more land at a good price in Michigan. My ancestors with the surname of Cross moved from NY to Clinton County Michigan between 1843 and 1846. There were six children plus two yet unborn. My problem is the opposite of yours. I cannot determine where in New York they lived, since in the 1840 census only the names of the heads of families are given (ie "John Cross" is quite common). Is there a better way?

Re: Question - New York to Michigan

Bob Hodges (View posts)
Posted: 21 Oct 2004 12:22AM GMT
Classification: Query
Several of my ancestors migrated from western NYS to MI in the mid 1800s. A Town Histotian from Orleans County NY told me there were basically 3 routes to MI: 1) the most direct route was across Ontario to Detroit. There were swamps at both ends of this trek (near NY and near MI) so the best time of year was in mid-winter when the ground was frozen. My David Hodges made this trip with his Archer relatives in March 1837, and it took them one month. They went by Ox wagons with all their farm animals and implements. From Detroit they went to Ingham Co., MI and were settlers in Bunkerhill Township. 2) overland through PA and OH, and 3) by canal barge. Most likely they went via the Erie Canal either from Lk. Ontario, or from many points through western NYS, including Wayne Co., Monroe Co., Orleans Co., Niagara Co. to Lk Erie (canal opened about 1825). But they may also have gone from Lk. Ontario to Lk. Erie via the Welland Canal in Ontario, Canada. The 1st Welland opened in 1829. It by-passed the Niagara Falls escarpment. The canal was widened and deepened in 1846, again in 1887 and again in 1932. Interestingly, the Erie Canal crossed over the Genesee River many feet in the air in an aqueduct at Rochester. That must have been quite a sight. While (Gov.) "Clinton's Ditch" was being constructed, almost all of the work was done by man- and horsepower (there was only one steam-poweres shovel operating on the entire canal, and it was in a fixed position. Thye canal offered steady work, and many farmers gave up farming, took their horses and went to work on the canal. The NYS Archives in Albany has excellent records of the work and workers.

Bob

Re: Question - New York to Michigan

Posted: 15 Apr 2005 2:28PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 21 Aug 2005 3:31PM GMT
My family left Livingston Co., NY for Michigan @1835, before it was a state. I know they landed at Detroit and took an old post road through Wayne & Washtenaw Counties to Lenawee County, where they settled on a new farm. The original settlers of Lenawee County & nearby Monroe, Jackson & Washtenaw Counties had a significant number of immigrants from Western NY, especially Livingston Co. Hope this helps.

Re: Question - New York to Michigan

Posted: 4 Sep 2006 3:11PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you, so much, for posting this information. I have been looking for migration routes for my NY to Wisconsin and NY to Michigan ancestors for quite a while.

This inforamtion gives me more places to look for them.

Re: Question - New York to Michigan

Posted: 17 May 2011 1:48PM GMT
Classification: Query
Have you tried looking at the names of Michigan neighbors (especially those who were born in NY) and tracking them back in the census to New York - the so-called cluster approach?
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