Mary <I>Hough</I> Hubbard

Mary Hough Hubbard

Delaware County, New York, USA
Death 2 Jun 1906 (aged 93)
Alba, Antrim County, Michigan, USA
Burial Vermontville, Eaton County, Michigan, USA
Memorial ID 155763851 · View Source
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'A Remarkable Woman - A Sketch of Mrs. Mary Hubbard of Chester, One of the Earliest Pioneers of Eaton County - Has Lived In Chester Sixty-Three Years. A story of Her Early Pioneer Days.'

Composed by Jeannette Field Hubbard, published in the "Charlotte Republican," 28 October 1904: Transcribed at (copy/paste this link into your browser):

Contributed from the genealogical records (18 Feb 1989) of Robert Rolfe Phillips, her great great grandson:

Mary Hough claims she was born in Colchester, Delaware County, New York, which is located in the Delaware River Valley as it comes out of the Catskill Mountains. She was born on October 5, 1812. She claims her father was serving in the war of that year and that after the war, the family moved to Unadilla, Otsego County, New York. This is about 30 miles north of where she was born, and is in the Susquehanna River valley. She was raised on a farm located about half way between present day Sidney and Unadilla, NY, on NY State Route 7. The house, built in 1816, still stands as a land mark home in the area.

Mary Hough, in an article in the Charlotte Republican, dated October 28, 1904, stated she was then the only survivor of nine children of John and Susannah Hough.

She married James Hubbard (b. March 10, 1806), who she described as “a young Englishman” while visiting her older sister in Danby, Thompkins County, New York. Danby is located about five miles south of present day Ithaca, NY. She states, too, that James Hubbard was then living in Owego, NY and helped build the first railroad in the state. There is a valley connecting Ithaca and Owego, NY, and Danby is located in that valley. The exact date of their marriage in uncertain, but is presumed to be in the 1820s or early 1830s. She states that they lived in New York for several years before moving, with her sister’s family, to Lotsville, Warren County, Pennsylvania, which is located in the far western part of the state, just below the New York state line.

In the fall of 1841 they moved to Michigan, settling in Chester Township, Eaton County. They arrived on September 18, 1841, having traveled ten days without entering a house or shelter.

After living in Michigan for eight years, gold was discovered in California (1849), and James Hubbard, along with this neighbor, Charles Wood, went there. Hubbard was gone for eight years, except for one trip back that lasted for a year. There is no evidence that they had any success in their search for gold. While in California, Woods wife died, leaving five children in the care of Mary Hubbard, in addition to her own.

Mary Hubbard states that her husband went to Walla Walla, Washington in the winter of 1882/83 to visit their son, William, and she joined him in the summer of 1883 and they returned home together.

Mary survived her husband, who died in 1893. She died in 1904 while living with her youngest daughter, Clara Scott Tuttle, in Alba, Michigan located on U.S. Highway 131, between Traverse City and Petosky, Michigan. She would have been 92 then.

This generation of Americans began with the emigration to the U.S. of a young Englishman and the birth of a woman at the beginning of the War of 1812. They met in New York, married, and were among the early settlers of Eaton County, Michigan. During their lives they developed and farmed the land, taking out some time to prospect for gold. James Hubbard seems to be a restless sort--Mary is a real pioneer.

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Gravesite Details Mary Hough Hubbard's remains were sent by train from Alba to Gresham Cemetery.

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