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Hugh Seed
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Birth: Apr. 1, 1831
County Down, Northern Ireland
Death: ???. 16, 1916
Cass City
Tuscola County
Michigan, USA




Elected Justice of Peace at First Township
Election Held in Elkland in 1858.

Another name is stricken from the ever lessening roll of Elkland's old settlers by the death of Hugh Seed, Sr., who passed away Tuesday morning at his home in Cass City. Mr. Seed has been feeble for two years and has been seriously ill since August.

Funeral services were held at the residence Thursday afternoon. Rev. J. W. Hamblin, pastor of the Presbyterian church of which society Mr. Seed had for many years been a member, preached the sermon. Mr. Seed was born in Down County, Ireland, 85 years ago. He came to this country when a young man and made his first residence in Oakland county, being there employed at farm work.

His first visit to Tuscola county was in 1854, drawn here as were hundreds of other first settlers by the lumbering operations, then becoming active throughout this county. He spent, two winters in the logging camps of Cooper & Wright, in what is now Elkland, working on the farm in the summer. In May, 1855 he selected and entered a piece of land in section 27, and soon after commenced chopping and clearing. In 1858 he journeyed to Huntington county, Pennsylvania, where on April 28 he married Esther Orr and brought her with him to his forest home. At that time there were no roads, except the "tote" roads and logging roads, and such few tracks as the settlers made to connect with them. Supplies were mostly brought from East Saginaw by the lumbermen's teams. Grain had to be taken to Wahjamega or Vassar for grinding.

Mr. Seed was one of the 14 free holders who signed the petition to the
board of supervisors for the organizatio of the Township of Elkland in
1857 and at a special torch meeting on June 23, 1858, at the house of H. F. Cooper, he was elected one of the first justices of the peace chosen in that voting precinct.

Mr. Seed was one of the first trustees of the "First Presbyterian Society of Cass City and at the time the church of that denomination was built he gave the ground necessary for its erection. He also gave to the M. E. church society two lots adjoining, one of these being used several years as a parsonage site by this society. Sixty years have seen many changes and a portion of the Village of Cass City is now on land which in 1855 was entered by Mr. Seed, and where there were unbroken forests are now well tilled farms.

Seven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Seed. Two sons and one
daughter preceded the father in death. Mrs. Seed died on Thanksgiving Day of 1892. Mr. Seed was married the second time to Mrs. Carrie Ale in 1903. Mrs.
Seed died on Oct. 27, just 20 days preceding the demise of her husband.
Deceased is survived by four sons, George and James E. Seed of Cass City, Hugh Seed, Jr., of San Diego, Cal., and Chas. Seed of Rochester,
Mich., and a brother and a sister, both living in Ireland.

The following poem was read at the funeral~ by Rev. Hamblin:
When the Spring-time touch is lightest,
When the Summer-eyes are brightest,
Or the autumn sings most drear;
When the Winter's hair is whitest,
Sleep, old Pioneer!
Safe beneath the sheltering soil,
Late enough you crept;
You were weary of the toil
Long before you slept.
Well you paid for every blessing,
Bought with grief each day of cheer;
Nature's arms around you pressing
Nature's lips your brow i:b@ressing,

Sleep old Pioneer!
When the hill of toil was steepest,
When the forest-frown was deepest,
Poor, but young, you hastened here:
Came where solid hope was cheapest--
Came:--~a pioneer.
Made the western jungles view
Civilization's charms;
Snatched a home for yours and you~
From the lean tree-arms.
Toil had never cause to doubt you
Progress' path you helped to clear;
But Today forgets about you,
And the world rides on without you~
Sleep--Old Pioneer!
Careless crowds go daily past you,
Where their future fate has cast you,
Leaving not a sigh or tear;
And your wonder-works outlast you~
Brave old Pioneer!
Little care the Selfish throng
Where your heart is hid~
Though they thrive upon the strong,
Resolute work it did.
But our memory-eyes have found you,
And we hold you grandly dear:
With no work flay woes to wound
(~With the Peace of God around you)
Sleep Old Pioneer!
Family links: 
  Esther Emily Orr Seed (1830 - 1892)
  William Francis Seed (1859 - 1911)*
  Andrew Seed (1861 - 1913)*
  Lydia Seed (1865 - 1866)*
  Hugh W Seed (1869 - 1930)*
  Charles Sumner Seed (1872 - 1949)*
*Calculated relationship
Elkland Township Cemetery
Cass City
Tuscola County
Michigan, USA
Created by: Bob Orr
Record added: Feb 06, 2013
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