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his parents moved when he was a child. He became a student at Hills-
dale college, graduating in 1873. He took up his residence in Marshall
and was admitted to the bar in 1875. In 1876 he was elected circuit
court connnissioner, and served two terms. He was also prosecuting at-
torney for the county two terms. When Calhoun county was set aside
as the thirty-seventh judicial circuit, he was appointed circuit judge by
Gov. Bliss, April 4. 1901. He is now engaged in the active practice of
his profession at ^Marshall.

John E. Foley was born at Homer, February 28, 1852. He attended
school in Homer and for a time in Hillsdale College. In August, 1875,
Mr. Foley entered the law- office at Miner and Stace, at Marshall, and
was admitted to the ])ar in Jlarch, 1877. He liecame a member of the
firm of Geer and Foley in 1878. Mr. Foley ser\'ed as city attorney


several years. He i^as elected justice of the peace and pi-osecuting
attorney. He now resides in the city of Detroit..

John C. Stetson was born in Bangor, Franklin county, New Yoi-k,
October 30, 1845. He studied law in Marshall with Joseph G. Lodge
and completed his studies with John C. Fitzgerald. Mr. Stetson was
county clerk for three terms. In 1871 he was admitted to the bar and
in 1877 began the practice of his profession. He later removed to
Chicago where he still resides.

Edward J. Dennison was born at Marshall September 29, 1874. He
studied law in the office of R. S. Lockton and later with John C. Pat-
terson. He wa.s admitted to the bar in 1900 and immediately began
the practice of his profession at Marshall, where he resided until 1911,
when he removed to the state of California and is now located in Los
Angeles. He was a Democrat in politics. Mi'. Dennison was justice of
the peace and also city attorney for two years.

Jesse Monroe Hatch was born in the township of Lee, in Calhoun
county, Michigan, May 27, 1858. He was educated in the public schools
of Marshall and studied law in the office of Willis S. Geer. He gradu-
ated from the law school of the university of Michigan in the class of
1880. After completing his course he continued his law studies in the
office of Judge Woodruff in the city of Marshall and after one year open-
ed an office and has been engaged in the practice of law ever since. He
is now associated with his two sons, Jay Warren Hatch and Blaine Wil-
lard Hatch, two young lawyers. Mr. Hatch was elected prosecuting at-
torney two terms and served one term in the state legislature.

Louis C. Miller was born in Marengo township, Calhoun county and
■educated in the schools of Marshall and the law school at Ann Arbor,
from which he graduated in 1882. He immediately entered the practice
■of law in Marshall. He was appointed county clerk, serving from 1SS2 to
1888, and as circuit court commissioner one term, alderman of the city
for three terms and supervisor of the first ward of the cit.y four years.
He was elected as chairman of the board of supervisors one year. He
died in 1911. Mr. Miller was a man of large ability and had a strong
and earnest personality.



The Celebratkd C'kdsswuite Affair — Caliioin County Veteran
Battalion (by II. II. ^Iiller. Colonel) — C. Colegrove Post No. 166,
G. A. R. (BY II. II. ]\Iiller. Post Patriotic Instructor) — Di'lcenia

IIo.Mli (BY W. .1. DlBBI.K).

In tliis rhaptcr mic grouped a cfleliralctl slavery rase, wliieli long pre-
I'l'ded the Ci\il wai'. Yarious iiiilitarY and patriotie matters, and the
founding of a splendid benevolence by a CiYil war woman.

The Celebr.vted Crosswhite Aff.mr

About the year eighteen hundred, there was born in Bourlion county,
Kentucky, a mulatto child, the son of a slave mother by her master, who
was a white farmer. Su])sequently the father of the child gave hiin to
his half sister, a Miss Crosswhite, who named her slave brother Adam
Crosswhite. Some time after, Miss Croswhite married a slave owner
named Stone, who sold young Adam for two hundred dollars to P"'rancis
Giltner, a planter in Carroll count.v, Kentucky.

In 1843, at which time Adam had a wife anil four children, lie learned
that his master contemplated selling part of his family. He thei-eupon
determined to attempt escape with his wife and children. He succeeded
in getting them all across the Ohio river, but twice they narrowly avoided
capture by pursuers, which was only prevented by the friendly
aid of some Quakers, who got them aboard of the "Underground Rail-
road," and started on their way north. In making their escape, the
family became separated, but later all came together at Marshall. -Michi-
gan, where the.v lived a quiet, industrious and frugal life, and were
gr,flduall.v paying for the little cabin home in which they lived, situated
in the eastern part of the city, not far from the line of the present Inter-
urban railroad.

Something of their past becoming known, an unfiiendl.v s]iirit re-
ported their whereabouts to their master in Kentucky, whereupon lie took
measures to see if the report was indeed true. It was in tiie late fall
of 1846, that the slave owner's emissary arrived in Marshall. By false
pretenses, he gained access to the home and the confidence of the Cross-
whites, wliere be satisfied himself that the occupants wei-e. with the ex-
ception of a babe boi'n in Marshall. tln> fugitives he was looking for.



Returning to Kentucky with his information, Giltner authorized certain
persons to proceed to ilarshall, arrest the escaped slaves and bring them
to their master.

It was in the early morning of January 26, 1847, that one, Trout-
man, a nephew of Giltner, and three other Kentuckians, accompanied
by a deputy sheriff named Dickson, went to the Crosswhite home and
proceeded to carry their puri^ose into effect. During the parley about
going before the justice, and while the mother was getting the children
ready to go out on the cold winter morning, it had become noised around
the town and people began to gather aliout the Crosswhite cabin. The
number increased until, according to testimony later given in a United
States court, there had assembled from one hundred and fifty to three
hundred people, and numbering among them some of the foremost
citizens of the place. In the crowd were several negroes, who threatened
to resist by force the taking of the Crosswhite family, brandishing clubs
and kiiixcs and assiuniug menacing attitudes toward the Kentuckians,
wlieriMi|>(iii the lattci- drew their pistols and prepared for defense. The
deputy slici'itt arrested several, and the excitement increased as the crowd
grew in number. During the turmoil it was proposed by someone in the
crowd to give the visiting Kentuckians two hours in wliicli to leave town ;
someone else suggested that they be prosecuted for house-breaking and
kidnapping if they did not go, and still another that tlie\- should he tarred
and feathered if they remained.

Troutman, Giltner 's nephew and principal agent, a l>rinlit , young
lawyer, caught the attention of the crowd and iiieseutTKR OK t'u.■^T

Oliarles Huughtoii; lank. Privab' 1 ; coiniiuuKl. 20 .Mirli, inft.; service,
5 1110.

Franklin Billings; rank. Private C ; command, 1'4 Midi. Lilt.; serv-
ice, 4 mo.

Wm. IL Bordine : rank. Private II; command 2 Mo. C'av. : service,
11-. mo.

Stanley Brooks; rank, Corii. E; cuinmand ti Midi. Inft.; service,
13 mo.

John Cuzzins; laiik. ('a|it. Co. I; command, 5(1 Ills. Inft.; service.

3 yr., 10 mo.

Geo. Cushman ; rank. Private Co. A; command. 2') Midi. Lift.;
service, 3 vrs.

Henry" A. Clute; rank. Private Co. A; eomniand, II. .Merrills' Horse;
service, 34 mo.

Jas. Caffrey: rank. Private Co. E.; eoiniiiaiKl. l'4 .Midi. Inft.; siTviee,

4 mo.

R. Z. Case: rank. Private Co. II; eoiiiiiiainl. V2 .Mi.-li. Iiifl.; service,
4 yrs. 5 mo.

Frank \V. Dickey; rank. .Maj.; commaiid. 2(1 .Midi. Cav. ; service,
20 mo.


Chas. Doty.

John Detric-h : rank. Private A; eoiiiniaud. 11 Mich. Cav. ; service,
24 1110.

Cyremus Dalley.

Leonard Engelter; rank, Corp. 1); eoiniiiand, 28 llieh. luft. ; serv-
ice, 18 mo.

Chas. L. Pish ; rank. Private I ; coinniand 6 ilich. Inft. ; service
50 mo.

George A. Gibbs; rank, Private C; command, 57 and 128 Ohio Int't. ;

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