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Abraham Cadmus (1796 - 1839)

Abraham (Abram) Cadmus
Born in New Jerseymap
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Husband of — married 1822 [location unknown]
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Died at age 42 in Lenawee County, MImap
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"Abraham Cadmus 1801-33 was born in New Jersey where the family had come in Colonial days. His family moved to New York where he met and married Johanna Van Vleet 1800-1878. They had four children when they left that state. Leaving the lake in Detroit they traveled through dense timber and chose a track of land on Section 32 of Macon Township. This land was near the creek on the opposite side of the road and east of where Percy Cadmus now lives. Here a log cabin was erected. Their children were named: Mary Miller, Peter who died a young man, Richard and John. A few months after "Abe" and his family were established in their new home he had to go to Tecumseh for supplies. He traveled by foot as was often done by the settlers. When he concluded his business in the village he started for home only to find it had turned extremely cold. He was unable to reach home and was found frozen to death just short of the present James Rundell farm on E. Monroe Road. Johanna later married Simmond Davidson. Son, Richard, stayed on the homestead and built a home on the Ridge Road where Kenneth Perry now lives. He married Elizabeth Russell and they had three children. His son, Wallace, stayed on the homestead and he has a grandson Herbert, living in Arkansas. Richard's daughter, Hannah, married G.P. Waring of Ridgeway and when she passed away Mr. Waring later married her sister, Helen. Abe's son, John 1828-53-1908, married Charity Swick 1833-53-1917 (daughter of John Swick). They lived in Raisin Township, Centennial Road and had nine children: Della Rose, Eva Bird, Sidney, Sarah (twins), Albert, Agnes (twins), Franklin, Hettie McIntyre and John D. Sarah died age 10 and Franklin died in infancy. John D. 1870-1900-48 married Mabel Wood 1871-1900-49 and lived on the homestead north west of the original log cabin. Their sons name is Percy A. Percy married Lilah Frayer. They have seven children and one child who died in infancy. [1]

"First Residence - New Jersey. Second Residence- Geneva, Ontario County, New York. Third Residence- Buffalo, Erie County, New York. Fourth Residence- Lenaee County, Michigan" [2]

"[Abraham] came to Macon township about 1833 and there was engaged in farming operations during the remainder of his active career." [3]

"He had occasion to visit Tecumseh, and during his absence the weather turned extremely cold. Upon his return he became so chilled and benumbed that he was unable to reach home, and froze to death within a half mile of those who, had they known his condition, could quickly have rescued him." [4]


  1. Britton-Macon Area Camp Fire Girls and Leaders, comp. Bygone Days. [n.p., 1971]. Spine Title: History of Britton, Michigan, 1830-1971.
  2. Cadmus - Cole Genealogy by Bell S Cadmus 1933 929.273 C114cb page 29
  3. Memoirs of Lenawee County Michigan:
  4. "Portrait and Biographical Album of Lenawee County, Michigan. Chapman Brothers, Chicago 1888.

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Abraham Cadmus is buried in the Ridgeway Township Cemetery, Lenawee County, Michigan.

Gravestone Records of Lenawee County compiled by the Daughters of the American Revolution:

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