Brooklyn's Founder

Brooklyn's Founder (HM1LGW)

Location: Brooklyn, MI 49230 Jackson County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 6.366', W 84° 14.873'

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This village was founded by the Rev. Calvin Swain, who filed the first land claim on June 16, 1832. Elder Swain, who had been a chaplain in the War of 1812, was a Baptist minister and the postmaster in Adamsville, New York, before coming to Michigan at the age of 54. By 1833 he had established a settlement and a sawmill here. The town was called Swainsville until August 5, 1836, when the name of Brooklyn was adopted by a vote of the town meeting. Mr. Swain was the postmaster until 1841. He founded Baptist churches at Brooklyn, Woodstock, and Napoleon. He died in 1856 and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery in Napoleon.
Marker NumberL29
Placed ByMichigan Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, July 3rd, 2015 at 10:03am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 727553 N 4665222
Decimal Degrees42.10610000, -84.24788333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 6.366', W 84° 14.873'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 6' 21.96" N, 84° 14' 52.38" W
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Area Code(s)517
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-175 M-50, Brooklyn MI 49230, US
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