|Birth: ||Jan. 6, 1811|
|Death: ||Jun. 25, 1887|
Son of Cornelius & Sophia (Smead) Luce. Married Lucy Orena Fisher on 30 Mar 1833 in Clermont, Columbia Co, NY.
Name: Henry T. Luce
Death date: 25 Jun 1887
Death place: Tecumseh, Lenawee, Michigan
Age at death: 76 years 5 months 19 days
Estimated birth year: 1811
Birth place: Pennsylvania
Marital status: Married
Father name: Cornelius Luce
Mother name: Sophia Luce
Film number: 2363633
Digital GS number: 4209093
Image number: 790
Reference number: p 166 rn 755
Collection: Michigan Deaths 1867-1897
Southeastern Michigan Pioneer Families:
LUCE, HENRY T. born 6 Jan. 1811, Penn., married in Clermont, Columbia Co., New York to LUCIA O. FISHER who was "born and reared" in New Hampshire. They were early settlers to Manchester, Washtenaw Co., Mich.; but in the 1840 census index were listed in Albion*, Calhoun Co., Mich. In 1858, they moved to Napoleon, Jackson Co., Mich., where he died 25 June 1886, and she was residing in 1888m age 74. There were 3 sons & 3 daughters, and mentioned was the youngest, C.W. (preceding). Ref: P&BA-Len pg. 246-7 (*Albion is about 15 miles west of Jackson, Napoleon about 15 miles southeast of Jackson)
The Tecumseh Herald
Tecumseh Michigan, Thursday 30 June 1887
Page one, column 3.
Henry T. Luce, was born in the state of Pennsylvania, Jan 6th, 1811. He was the youngest of a family of ten children. His father, who was a physician, died in Pennsylvania, and when Henry was eight years of age, his mother and family moved to the state of New York. On the 30th of March 1833, he was united in marriage to Miss Lucy Fisher. Mr. and Mrs. Luce came to Michigan in 1839. They lived two years in Sharon, seventeen years in Manchester, sixteen years in Napoleon, and thirteen years in in Tecumseh. Their family consists of three sons, and three daughters, all of whom were present during the last illness, and death of their father. The death of Mr. Luce is the first death in the family. Mr. Luce was an intelligent, honest, and respected citizen, his most intimate acquaintances are those who esteem him most. In the year 1842 Mr. Luce made a public profession of religion and united with the Methodist Episcopal church, and he remained a faithful member of it until his death. After a brief illness he died at his home in Tecumseh, on Saturday morning, June 25th. Funeral services consisted of the reading of the 90th Psalm by Rev. Dr. L. Barnes, music by the choir, prayer by Rev. W. Q. Burnett, and a brief discourse by T. G. Potter, pastor of M. E. church. All the funeral arrangements were under the direction of Dr. R. B. House. The pall bearers were E. Coryell, Jas. Potter, Sr., J. S. Kinney, J. W. Ayres, S. M. Smith, and J. L. Remington. Mr. Luce passed away in great peace and in confident expectation of a blessed immortality.
Memoirs of Lenawee Co. Michigan, Richard I. Bonner, Ed. Vol. II. Western Historical Assoc. Madison, Wisconsin 1909.
Henry T. Luce- A live of signal usefulness and honor was that of the subject of this memoir, who was one of the sterling pioneers of Michigan, to which the state he came in the year following that of its admission to the Union, and it was his to aid materially in the development and progress of the great commonwealth in which he elected to continue his residence until the time of his death, which occurred in the village of Tecumseh, June 25, 1887. He was not only successful in the sense in which the world commonly views success, but was also able to attain to that greater reward which comes in the respect and confidence given to one whose life was ordered upon a lofty plane of integrity and honor. In both the paternal and maternal lines Mr. Luce was representative of families which were founded in New England in the Colonial era of our country's history, and the name has been one honored in the various sections in which it has found representation as one generation has followed another on to the scene of life's activities. Henry T. Luce was born in the state of Pennsylvania, Jan. 6, 1811, and was a son of Dr. Cornelius and Sophia (Smead) Luce, both of whom were reared in Massachusetts, where the father studied medicine and became a successful physician. He removed to Pennsylvania in the opening years of the Nineteenth century, and there his death occurred in 1813. His widow later removed with her family to Livingston County, New York, where she passed the remainder of her life. Henry T. Luce was reared to maturity in the county last mentioned and after there availing himself of the advantages of the common schools, he prosecuted more advanced studies in a well ordered institution of learning at Ithaca, N. Y. Throughout life he continued to be a discriminating reader and student of the best literature, and he was a man of wide and exact information, a gentleman of culture and exceptionally gracious personality. In his youth he learned the carpenter's trade, and to the same he devoted his attention to a greater or less extent for many years, though he made farming his principal vocation. In 1838 Mr. Luce followed the tide of immigration from New York to the new state of Michigan, and for seventeen years thereafter he was a resident of Washtenaw county, where he became a pioneer and where he followed his trade in connection with agricultural pursuits. He then purchased a farm in Jackson county where he developed a fine property and accumulated a competency.
He was a man of signal business ability and this was conjoined to energy and progressiveness in such a way as to gain to him definate success in the various lines of enterprise represented in his farming operations. In 1874 he disposed of his property in Jackson county and came to Tecumseh, Lenawee county, where he lived virtually retired until he was summoned to the life eternal. His wife survived him by nearly twenty years, and her death occurred Jan. 21, 1905, at which time she was ninety-one years of age. Mr. Luce was originally a Democrat in politics but upon the organization of the Republican party he aligned himself in its ranks, ever afterward continuing a staunch and intelligent supporter of its principles and policies. He was a man of broad mental grasp and took much interest in the issues and questions of the hour, as well as in local affairs of a public nature. He rendered yeoman service in the cause of his political party but never consented to become a candidate for public office. He and his wife were earnest and consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal church and exemplified their faith in their daily lives. In March 1833, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Luce to Miss Lucy O. Fisher, who was born in Clairmont, New Hamsphire, a daughter of Abram and Orena (Goss) Fisher, both of whom were natives of New Hampshire and both of whom passed away the closing years of their lives in Livingston county, New York. Mr. and Mrs. Luce became the parents of six children, all of whom are living except one, and their names are entered in order of their birth: Elvira S., Eliza, George, Julia, Manley (deceased), and Chester.
Cornelius Luce (1761 - 1813)
Sophia Smead Luce (1775 - 1850)
Lucy Orena Fisher Luce (1814 - 1905)
Elvira S Luce (1835 - 1923)*
Elizabeth Ann Luce Borst (1837 - 1918)*
George Washington Luce (1839 - 1916)*
Julia Luce (1841 - 1931)*
Manley A. Luce (1844 - 1902)*
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Originally Created by: Deb Hayes-Wolfe
Record added: May 04, 2009
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