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MEMOIRS OF LENAWEE COUNTY BIOGRAPHICAL - CONTINUED
man and established himself in business in Utica. For a time he served in the United States navy. Both parents passed away in 1859, leaving- two children, Charles L. of this sketch, and Sarah M., the wife of John Simpson. Mr. Blake attended the public schools of Utica and finished the courses prescribed for the grade schools. When but seventeen years of age he started out to earn his own living and found employment in woolen mills and various occupations in the Empire state. On Nov. 1g, 1864, he enlisted as a private in Company K, Eighteenth New York cavalry, rose to the rank of corporal, and was mustered out on Nov. 19, 1865. During his term of service he saw some hard campaigning and was laid up two and a half months in a hospital. After the war he engaged in farming, and in 1867 came to Ogden township, where he found employment with Samuel Hopkins, who later became his father-inlaw. Later he purchased his present farm, cleared and drained the land and made all the improvements on the property. Some months ago he gave up the active management of the place, which is now carried on with the same degree of excellence as before by his son Raymond S. Fraternally and socially Mr. Blake is affiliated with David Becker Post, No. 25, Grand Army of the Republic, and Ogden, Lodge, No. 269, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Of the first named order he is now serving his tenth year as treasurer, and has served one year as post commander. In the matter of politics he is aligned with the Republican party. and has served two years as town treasurer and two years on the school board. On Jan. 1, 1868, Mr. Blake was united in marriage to Miss Jennie Hopkins, daughter of Samuel and Susannah (Loar) Hopkins, of Preston county, West Virginia. Mr. and Mrs. Hopkins came to Ogden township in 1855 and purchased 120 acres of land, upon which they lived until within a few years of their respective deaths . They were the parents of eleven children, and four of the daughters beside Mrs. Blake live in Lenawee county. They are Mary, the widow of W. Wrillett Fisher, living in Palmyra; Margaret, the widow of Henry Dawson, living at 0--den Station; Zila, wife of Enos T. Huev, a farmer of Ogden township; and Rose, the widow of Hamilton Hoag. To Mr. and Mrs. Blake was born a son, Raymond S. He' married Miss Lydia E. Sebring, daughter of George A. and Clarissa (Crockett) Sebring, old and respected residents of Ogden township, and then have four children, Arlie C., Carey G., Doris E. and Morris F., all of whom make their home with the subject of this review, the son having the active conduct and management of his father's farm. Fletcher J. Bishop, who is now living retired in the village of Morenci, where he has an attractive home, is one of the loyal sons of the republic who went forth in its defense in the climacteric epoch of the Civil war, and in the "piping times of peace" he has manifested the same fidelity and loyalty and has gained victories which stand equally much to his credit and honor. Mr. Bishop was born in Northumberland county, Pennsylvania, May 13; 1837, a son of Cornelius and Catherine (Jones) Bishop, the former of whom was a native of England, and the latter of whom was born and reared in the old Keystone State of the Union, where their marriage was solemnized. Cornelius Bishop was a gun-smith by trade and he followed this vocation about thirty years, at the expiration of which he came from Pennsylvania to Ohio and located in Williams county, whence he later removed to Fulton county, where he became a substantial farmer and where he wielded due influence as a citizen of sterling character and high order of intelligence. Both he and his wife continued to reside in Fulton county until their death, and the names of both merit a place upon the roll of the honored pioneers of that section of.the

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