Waitstill H.7 Cressey
Born November 3, 1825 in Rowe, Massachusetts.
(1) 1848 Abbie C. Nichols of Orangeville, Michigan, who died in
1869 at 40.
(2) 1880 Lestina (Goodnew) Cressey, widow of
Everett J. Cressey, of Plainwell,
Michigan She died in 1904 at 61.
After her death he made his home with his son,
Irving L., of Hastings, Michigan. Mr. Cressey's parents left
their old home in Rowe, Massachusetts in 1842 and took up 320
acres of land in the wilderness. The first schoolhouse in
Orangeville township, Michigan was built of logs on this farm.
He attended school at the Slater Indian Mission in Prairieville,
Michigan, and was well acquainted with Noonday and Mascoh,
Chief and Sachem of the Ottawas at the mission. He learned the
trade of cabinetmaker, was appointed postmaster by President
Grant, served as town clerk eight years, and was justice of the
peace. He was a loyal member of the Baptist Church, and his
work contributed largely to the erection of a church in
Orangeville. His grandfather,
was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and was a member of
Washington's bodyguard for three years.
Waitstill died June 10, 1919, in his