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Mark Carrington
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Birth: Jul. 11, 1815
Genesee County
New York, USA
Death: Jan. 3, 1894
Huron County
Michigan, USA

Mark Carrington was one of the earliest settlers of Port Huron Mich. and was among the wealthiest in the community. He was married to Rhoda Ann Butler, daughter of Abijah and Clara Butler. Their children were Erwin E, Julius M, Miriam A, Antoinette, Evelyn, Ida A., Gertrude and Rosco E. Mark's father was Joel Carrington. D. May 12, 1865, aged 71 years, buried at Sand Beach Mich. Joel was born in Connecticut and married three times.

Huron County Earliest Settlers Chapter 2 (9-31)

Among the first settlers who came to Port Austin and helped build up the town and surrounding country we find these names: Capt. Henry Gill, John and Esther Buttars, Capt. Chas. McDonald, William Nash, Peter Buchkowski, Fred Empkie, Thomas Morrow, Mark Carrington, J. W. Kimball, Mrs. Carroll, Archie Smith, Mrs. Copeland, George Gereau, Mrs. M. Sturtevant, Jennie Sinclair and James Dufty. All of these mentioned were pioneers of the fifties. In this necessarily brief sketch it is impossible to name all of those who came early in the 60s.

An interesting page in the county's history is the story of the early settlement of Sand Beach township. Steps were taken to organize this township as early as 1853. The first town meeting was held near Port Hope in a private house and Hiram Whitcomb elected supervisor in the spring of 1853, but he objected to assuming control over such a large territory, so the town was not really organized until 1855 when John Hopson . was elected supervisor. He was instrumental in getting the first state road. The name given to the bay and beach in those early days was on account of the fine, wide, clean beach so free from rock ledge at this point. The shore below for some distance is rocky. Upon the organization of the township G. W. Pack, of the firm of Carrington, Pack & Co., who did business here, suggested that the same name be given to it. The name gave the impression that the general character of the soil was sandy and therefore valueless, so in later years the village was renamed Harbor Beach.

"Portrait & Biographical Album of Huron County Michigan" Chicago, Chapman Brothers 1884

Mark Carrington, whose name is inseparable from the history of the development of the earliest lumber interests of the business house of T. Winsor & Co., merchants and salt producers at Port Austin. He has been a resident of this section of Michigan since 1830, when his father, Joel Carrington, removed to St Clair to Sanilac County.

{see Joel Carrington}

The latter was born July 11, 1815, in the village of Genesee Co NY, and accompanied his parents in their various removals
until his marriage, which took place in 1838, being a resident of Lexington, where he was engaged
in the business of coopering. In 1850, he commenced locating pine lands in the interest of non-residents, which branch of the business he continued until 1854, he began to operate in the same direction of his own behalf, and selected 1,200 acres of valuable territory. Associated with T. K. Adams and Geo. S. Lester, he built a steam saw mill at Bay City, disposing of his claims there in the same fall. In 1855, in company with J. L. Woods, he built a mill in the township of Sanilac in the county of the same name; where they held about 1,600 acres of pine land, on which they cut timber until 1860. In that year, they removed the mill to Sand Beach, and lumbered until 1870, having more than 5,000 acres in that portion of Huron County. In 1860 Geo. W. Pack was admitted to membership in the firm at Sand Beach, which called "Carrington, Pack & Co.". They established an extensive mercantile enterprise, which they conducted in connection with their operations in other revenues, and they built a dock, which was burned in the fire of 1871. Their loss in that conflagration was about $160,000, including mill, timber, shingles, pier etc. In that previous year, 1870 the firm bought a saw-mill and pine lands of Learned & Ayres, of Port Crescent, Huron County, the consideration being $55,000. Previous to this they bought 25,000 acres of pine land situated on the Pinnepog River as a field of operation.
Feb 10, 1874, Mr. Carrington sold his claim to the remaining members of the firm and removed to Port Austin the following year, where he opened a store for traffic in general merchandise. He associated his son-in-law, Thomas Winsor, with himself; and has since continued
the prosecution of the enterprise with satisfactory results.
In 1879-80 the erected a steam salt works on an extensive scale, at an expenditure of $14,000. It was in the state of completion and ready for operations, when it was burned to the ground. The structure was immediately rebuilt. They have two wells and manufacture 150 barrels per day, employing about 20 men. They also own a saw-mill and manufacture lumber, shingles, and staves, and construct their own barrels. Mr. Carrington owns about 1,000 acres of land in Huron County.
He was the postmaster at Lexington two years, and at Sand Beach, 12 years.
He was married Oct 15, 1838, in Burchville, to Rhoda A. Bulter, who was born in South Rutland, Jefferson County New York Aug. 30, 1822, and is the daughter of Abijah and Clara Butler. Their eight children were born at Lexington. Erwin E. lives at Port Austin; Julius M. is the secretary and treasurer of the People's Gas Company at Cleveland Ohio; Miriam A. is the wife of W. V. Penoyar, who is extensively engaged in lumbering at Au Sable; Evelyn A. was married to P. H. Ketcham, of Saginaw City, in 1872, and died the following year, Oct 20; Ida A. is the wife of Thomas Winsor; Gertrude lives at home, and Roscoe is a member of the firm.
The portrait of Mr. Carrington is given on the preceding page in this volume as that as a representative citizen of Huron County, and as such will doubtless be regarded by the people generally, and the likeness welcomed in the collection selected for this album.

Message: Page 24: This was the year that "Mark Carrington's Almanac"gained notoriety with its prediction of "sixty days of sleigh in this winter" beginning in February when the thaw started and the sleighing was completely whipped" From far-off Cleveland, Mr. George Pack wrote,reproaching Mr. Carrington for issuing such a misleading report. .....

Page 41: About 11:30 a spark from the chimney ignited the cordwood which was only a few rods away and the fire ranged and spread with fearful rapidity despite the exertions of villagers who turned out to a man and did all in their power but it was soon discovered that the house occupied by the manager, Mr. Leet, well known as the Carrington house was doomed."This building, erected in 1873 by Mr. Carrington now of Port Austin, was without a doubt one of the best residences in this county. ......

Page 55: This year marked the death of two of Port Crescent's Lumber kings, and while one cannot lay the finger on the pulse of a town and at any given moment pronounce it dead --- perhaps this is as good a time as any. The first of these two "monarchs" was Mark Carrington who died January 3 in Port Austin. Though he was only a member of the "Company"for about four years and lived the remainder of his life in Port Austin,the towns were closed in so many ways and Port Crescent always thought of him as "one of our own."

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Rock Falls Cemetery
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Huron County
Michigan, USA
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