Apr. 25, 1831 Farmington Oakland County Michigan, USA
Jul. 6, 1911 Ellington Tuscola County Michigan, USA
Charles M. Delling, farmer, was born in Farmington, Oakland County, Mich., April 25, 1833. When about eighteen years of age he came with his uncle, Mr. S.P. Sherman, and pre-empted 160 acres of land in sections 27 and 28 in Almer.
On February 14, 1858, he arrived with his family and goods to settle on his chosen forest home. He had been married December 1, 1857, to Miss Martha June, also of Oakland County. She was born in Farmington June 13, 1833. They have one living son, Harvey E. Delling.
After settling on his place Mr. Delling at once engaged in clearing and improving his lands, and, where then the stately trees of the forest held unrivaled domain, he now has over 100 acres under cultivation, with a large fruit bearing orchard of the best varieties of apples, plums, peaches, pears, quinces, cherries and email fruits. He has a commodious dwelling and other farm buildings. Thus they now enjoy a most desirable home. In the summer of 1879 he raised 1,647 bushels of wheat on about thirty-six acres of land, and from year to year he and Mrs. Delling are reaping rich reward for their heavy toils and pioneer encounters in early days. He also deals largely in graded stock and with good success.
He has at different times been elected to office, but has always declined to qualify or serve. They record some hard times and many disadvantages of pioneer days. Once he carried two bushels of seed potatoes from south of Watrousville to his home, a distance of twelve miles, only putting them down twice in the journey; and he has gone fifty miles to mill with oxen to get flour for himself and neighbors.
But they say they also had some good times, and times of enjoyment then as well as now; yet they record with pleasure their present convenience of schools and religious services now immediately near them. Religiously they are Episcopal Methodists, and find pleasure in supporting charitable and religious enterprises.
The son, Harvey E. Delling, was married October 13, 1880, to Miss Sarah Ann Guilds, of Caro. They have one daughter, Emma, born October 10, 1881.
(History of Tuscola and Bay Counties, Mich. with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of their Prominent Men and Pioneers. Chicago: H.R. Page and Company, 1883.)
ONE OF THE FIRST SETTLERS OF ALMER TWP.
Chas. M. Delling Came to Tuscola County in 1858 and Lived Here 53 Years
Charles M. Delling died Thursday, July 6,  at the home of his son, H.E. Delling, 4 miles west and 1 ½ miles south of Cass City. The funeral was held Sunday, Rev. Hiser officiating and the remains were interred in Almer Cemetery.
Mr. Delling was born in Farmington, Oakland Co., in 1831 and moved to Almer in 1858 where he lived until about 12 years ago when he moved to Ellington where he died. He was one of the first settlers of Almer, having moved there when the place was a forest. On Dec. 1, 1857, he was married to Miss Martha June.
He leaves a wife, one son, Harvey E. Delling, and a sister, Mrs. M. Richards, of Caro.
Mr. Delling united with the Methodist Episcopal Church when a young man and remained an active member until his health failed.