Old Belknap Farm Burial Ground (Defunct)

Munith, Jackson County, Michigan, USA Add to Map
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The burial area is on what was once a large dairy farm in Munith Michigan which was once owned by Frederick Farrand, Jr., born into a Quaker family in the London area of England in 1816. Frederick Farrand, Jr. was trained as a carpenter by his father Frederick Farrand, Sr., a builder and architect in the London area, who was married to Rebecca Steevens.

Fred came to America about 1840 with his younger brother, Joseph Steevens Farrand (born in 1817). Fred soon married his first cousin Eliza Robinson whose mother Elizabeth Steevens was a sister of Rebecca Steevens Farrand. Eliza's parents lived in Hudson, Columbia County, New York and Fred settled there. Eliza soon died and Fred remained a widower for many years and worked in the grain and brewery business with his former father-in-law who was also his aunt's husband.

Eventually Fred went to Munith because he had acquired the property of the old dairy-stock farm. He remarried late in life to a woman much younger than himself and they had a son Frederick Farrand III who died at the age of 15.

Around 1890, Frederick Farrand, Jr.'s nephew William Peake Farrand (a son of Joseph Steevens Farrand and a twin of Frank Farrand) left Hudson, New York and went to Munith, Michigan to become associated with his uncle in the running of the farm. WPF eventually came into ownership of the farm where he ran a very successful business until a fire in the barn, or barns, brought the business to ruin.

Find the location of the old farm and you have the general location of the old burial area. It may be close to the area where the house was.

Written by Mrs. Barbara Farrand Doxey, a granddaughter of Frank Farrand through his son Frank Freeland Farrand.

  • Added: 17 Nov 2002
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #1709885