Biographies: Alexander Clapsaddle and Family

Source: Sanilac County (Michigan ) History Book

Alexander Clapsaddle, farmer, section 4, Moore Township is a son of George and Elizabeth (Quaid) Clapsaddle. His parents were natives of the State of New York, his father having been born in 1804, in Herkimer County. they moved to Ontario, Can, in 1836 and now reside there. Mr. C. was born May 1828 in Niagara Co. N.Y. and at 19 years of age he decided to learn the business of a tanner and currier, in which he was engaged three years. At the expiration of that time he became a farmer, and later on he became an assistant in a saw-mill, which pursuit he followed some years. In 1871 he came to Sanilac County and located on the farm on which he now resides. It comprised about 130 acres of land with 60 acres under fine improvements. He passed through the scourge of flame that devastated the county in 1881, losing all his buildings and loos farm property, amounting in the aggregate to ??,300. He is an adherent to and supporter of the Republican party. His marriage to Celicia Snell occurred Dec 12, 1859. She is a daughter of Jacob and Philonia (Wares) Snell, and was born March 5, 1832. Her parents were born in the State Of New York. Seven children have been born of this marriage as follows; Elizabeth P., June 5, 1861(died 1870); Francis A., Oct 15, 1862; Ida M. Sept 11, 1864; William May 30 1866 Harvey July 7. 1868; Carrie B. April 14, 1870 (died Aug following); Alexander B. May 10, 1875(died the same year).

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