Settling our Area
perhaps 10,000 years primitive tribes lived in or passed thru our area.
the new correct spelling of the word thru, which is spelled the way it
be. Languages such as English do
Settlers came from many
Warren had settlers from many European countries. They spoke German, Dutch, Flemish, French, Belgium, Irish, Welsh, Swedish and a few even spoke
although Warren pioneers were known to have a slight German
accent. The Local priest kept his
records in Latin. I know I had to
translate those records for this history.
By the way they are in the St Clement folder on the CD. Language is critical to human culture,
understanding and peace.
There were no roads
close to rivers and lakes were settled first.
You can’t drive a wagon thru the woods and get very far. Detroit under European domination grew from a small
settlement in 1701 with ever-stronger forts to an ever-bigger village.
followed the Indian trail called the “centre line” what is now Sherwood Ave. Some Indian
families may have lived here then. What was the “centre line”? There were several Indian trails in the
1700’s. One trail followed the shoreline
From Detroit to Port Huron. It was
called the Huron trail probably because it led eventually the Huron River (later named the Clinton River) and on to the Lake Huron. One trail went from Detroit to Saginaw. In the middle
was the “centre line trail” as it was called by the French. It ran along what is now Sherwood. It was named the Center Line Road or State Road and even later the part of it in Macomb County was named Sherwood.
The Territorial Road Van Dyke became known as the Center Line
the businesses at Kunrod’s corners moved over to Van Dyke to be near
built there in 1854.
Spanish Attacked Michigan
In 1781 The Spanish attacked Michigan
at Fort Miami. If you would like to know more about this so
a search on Google.
Tucker was probably the first European person speaking the English
ever brought into this region, [probably about 1760] who afterward
within the county. See the file the
first settler on the CD.
settled first by canoe
is likely that the area of Warren Village, Beebe’s corners, was settled just a little
Kunrod’s Corners because the settlers could get there by water which
primary method of travel at that time.
Bear Creek had a tributary leading to the Centre Line Road which explains the zigzag where Sherwood
Center Line settled
earliest settlers probably settled along this route. They may have
means of lake St Clair to the Huron river (now Clinton) to Red Run creek to the Creek Road. This route
entailed less tramping thru the dense wilderness than the treck from Detroit. If they had or rented wagons they could
the Moravian plank road that the peaceful Christian Moravian Indians
built. The centre line trail became The
State Road with use and was planked in 1856.
It was the main North-South road for many years. It became a
company road and had planks 10 feet wide.
Many years later in 1890 when the
had became rotten the road was condemned, then repaved with gravel.
main settlement in what was to become Warren was beginning. Van Dyke (then called the
road and became known as the Center Line Road) was soon built.
Macomb County was organized in January of 1818. A base line had been set up across the state
and the various future main roads drawn on maps. It
was the third county in Michigan. The federal government started selling land
in Macomb County. In 1819
the county of Oakland was subtracted and in 1820 the county of St Clair was subtracted from Macomb County. Romeo further
north wasn’t beginning to be settled until 1821.
1825 Erie Canal
completion of the Erie
Canal in 1825 ushered
in an active period of emigration. It was
only four feet deep and 42 feet wide.
It linked the Hudson
River with Lake Erie. (363 miles). This made
it easier and faster for immigrants to come here. And
there were thousands of immigrants about
to head west. Why? What
was the Erie Canal? What was
1825 patient on tin cans but not in common use
1826 Warren and Center Line was still a heavily
area. The Moravian road was still only a
federal government was selling land to raise money.
Land was for sale for only $1.25 an acre. In
1836. 4.1 million acres were purchased in Michigan. The settlers usually came by boat to Detroit and then by canoe along the Huron River to Red Run Creek or they came over land by
or on foot from there. The main settlement in the area that was to
become Warren occurred after 1830.
1825-37 immigration from eastern States increased rapidly.
By 1836 500-700 arrived on a single
boat. There were long lines at the land
Michigan has had its share of wild weather. In 1816 ice formed every month of the
year. In 1853 there was no rain until
Oct 21. On April 20, 1871 ice ¼ inch formed. In 1886 there was
snowfall. In 1887 there was 107 degree
heat. (Farmer p46, 47) Since Silas Farmer noted the above better
records have been kept. When time allows they will be listed here.
discourage settlers rumors had been spread that Warren area was as an impassable swamp.
Getting to the homestead site was a major task. In Warren
one could come up the Red Run river.
There were no roads or bridges only dense forest and swamps. Wagons just
could not make it thru the woods or swamps or cross most streams.
arrival first made quick shelters for protection from the wolves,
and other wild cats, mosquitoes, rain and cold.
Survival was most important. All the time keeping alert against
by Indians or raiders. Then they made a
room cabin which took about fifty to sixty logs all of which had to be
hand. Then the settlers dug wells,
felled the trees, made tables, made chairs, tilled the land, planted
drained wet areas. These were unbelievably though tasks.
Keep in mind that they only had an axe to
work with. There were no stores or fast
food places and no neighbors. They had
to make everything they needed themselves. Oh and let’s not forget the
present mosquitoes. They were everywhere
at all times. most pioneers suffered a bout with malarial fever (better
as the “ague”). One slogan warned: “Don’t go to Michigan, that land of ills. The word means AGUE,
chills.”* Imagine being awoke by the
sound of your only pig squealing and to see it being carried off by a
The pioneers came with few tools and
terrific odds and met with determination what modern people would term
impossible problems. They came with
clothes on their back and a few tools.
Imagine for a moment being left
completely on your
own in a forest wilderness with no: insect repellent, no water, no pop,
food, house or shelter no super markets, no showers no electrical
appliances, no telephone, no power saws, no gas heat, no running waters
cars, tractors or trucks, no machines, no radios, TV or entertainment,
canned foods, pop, beer, no paper products, no bottled milk, or other
foods, no street lights or even streets, no police, no coffee, no
no job, no ready made bread, no toilets no toilet paper or wards
catalogue. The courageous pioneers felled
drained wet areas, constructed log cabins, and tilled the land.