Musgrove Evans, wife and six children
General Joseph W. Brown, wife and five children
Ezra F. Blood
Peter Benson and wife
Captain Peter Ingals
Turner Stetson and wife from Boston, who joined the party at Detroit.
It was Musgrove Evans who found the Tecumseh location the most desirable and it was he who interested Gen. J. W. Brown in the enterprise, and through him was able to enlist other members of the party. While Musgrove Evans was never regarded as the leader, it was Gen. Brown whom everyone relied upon.
Gen. Joseph W. Brown was born in Falls Township, Buck Co, PA on 26 Nov. 1793. At six years he removed with his parents to Jefferson Co., NY
where he worked as a farmer until 1824, when he sold his 300 acre farm and emigrated to Michigan. In company with Austin E. Wing and Musgrove Evans the land for the village of Tecumseh was purchased. In 1824 Brown and Ezra Blood, plowed the first furrows in Lenawee County. In 1817, while a resident of Jefferson County, at the age of 24, Brown was commissioned an adjutant in the regular Cavalry by DeWitt Clinton, Gov. of New York, and then in 1818 was made a captain in a rifle company of the New York Infantry. He became lieutenant-colonel on 27 March 1819.
Upon his removal to Michigan, he received numerous appointments and in 1848 Governor Shannon of Ohio made him associate judge of Lucas Co, OH. On 4 May 1858 he was admitted to the bar in Ohio. His death occurred in Toledo on 9 Dec 1880; however, he is buried in the Tecumseh Cemetery.
A number of the fifteen men who came to Lenawee Co in 1824, did not at that time become permanent settlers; among them was the Hon. Levi Baxter, Jr., who born at E. Windsor, CT 5 October 1778. He subsequently moved to Delhi, Delaware Co., NY, and then to Michigan. In 1848 Levi Baxter moved from White Pigeon to Jonesville, MI and remained there until his death in 1848.
PIERCE, Capt. Benjamin F., a native of Jefferson County NY, where he was born in 1814, came to Lower Saginaw, MI in 1839, built a warehouse and bought the first tug used for towing vessels. He was involved in several enterprises and in 1858 moved to West Bay City, MI. Married.
INGALLS, B. F. was born in Jefferson Co NY in 1846. He was a businessman at Petoskey, MI.
Sources: History of Lenawee and Tecumseh, MI; war records, vital records, newspaper records
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