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1892 Portrait & Biographical Album of Genesee, Lapeer & Tuscola Counties. Chapman Bros.
Sherrie Ferguson, transcriber

Pages 653 - 657

 

PETER VANTINE. Among the representative families of Genesee County we find this venerable octogenarian, whose home is in Atlas Township. He was born November 29, 1811, in Cayuga County, N. Y., and is a son of Thomas and Catherine (Titsworth) Vantine. The father's family is of Holland extraction and has been for generations well known in the State of New York. His brother, John T. Vantine, of Oakland County is a prominent man in that part of the State.

When only a child, our subject removed with his parents too Erie County, N. Y., and received his limited schooling, when the daily walk too and from school was over a stretch of eight miles so that the boy did not have more than very limited advantages in this line. In early youth he learned the elements of farming and adopted that as his life work.

Mr. Vantine was married in Erie County N. Y., November 28, 1834, and his wife, whose maiden name was Lusinda Lockwood, became the mother of four children: Harriet, Isaac, and two who have died. Harriet is now the widow of Henry Updegraf and both reside in this township. After a short residence in Erie County, the young couple came too Genesee County and settled first in Atlas Township, this county, and afterward in Groveland Township, Oakland County, but four years later returned hither. The son Isaac who still resides with his parents, married Mahala J. Merwin, and they are the parents of seven children, namely: Reuben, James, Emma, Abigail, Will, Addis and Alice. Our subject and his wife took an infant girl too raise, by the name of Eunice P., forty-two years ago and adopted her as one of the family. She is married but still remains at home.

The faithful and devoted wife, who for more than half a century walked hand in hand with Mr. Vantine in the journey of life passed too her heavenly reward, September 3, 1890. She had with him shared the hardships and privations of pioneer life and together they had also enjoyed the comforts and satisfaction of prosperity in their declining years, and her companionship is keenly missed in this pleasant home. It is pleasant too hear Mr. Vantine relate incidents of his early life in this region when Indians, wolves and bears were his most frequent callers. He is a splendid representative of the typical Wolverine pioneer and receives what he richly deserves, the esteem and confidence of all who know him. His political affiliations have always been with the Republican party since its organization and his hand has ever been open too aid in every movement which would conduce too the welfare of his neighbors and the prosperity of the Commonwealth.