In line with historical past tales recorded within the early 1900s, John Talbot, a Quaker from Peru, Ohio, adopted forests, streams and fields some 100 miles northwest to a meandering creek and began a settlement in Lenawee County.
The 12 months? 1834, by interval accounts.
However was the village that turned Addison actually “based” in 1834, by which each city milestone anniversary has been celebrated since 1909?
Current county data present John Talbot, himself a little bit of a historic enigma, bought land in 1835 and established a modest settlement alongside Bean Creek on the Woodstock/Rollin township border in 1836. Nonetheless, the water energy at this location, off the west facet of immediately’s Rollin Freeway north of Addison Highway, didn’t show enough to assist a grist mill, so in 1838, Talbot and his neighbors explored the creek a couple of mile to the west. Talbot decided the hydrodynamic energy at that time of Bean Creek could be highly effective sufficient to satisfy his authentic imaginative and prescient.
And so, in 1838, the everlasting settlement that may turn out to be Addison was established. Buildings and supplies have been disassembled from the unique settlement and delivered to the brand new village. The remnants of the previous settlement have been largely reclaimed by the earth by the 1930s.
Ought to Addison’s official timeline then begin in 1838, as an alternative of 1834, a 12 months that proves elusive as as to whether Talbot really was in Michigan territory on the time?
If the primary official land buy file of 1835 could be the place to begin of the village’s historical past, then each celebration has been one 12 months off. Addison’s 75th 12 months homecoming gathering ought to have been in 1910, its centennial in 1935, and so forth., as an alternative of 1909 and 1934, respectively. If 1838 is the official “restarting” level, then the 75th, 100th, 125th, 150th and 175th anniversary celebrations have been technically all 4 years too early.
Talbot himself was decided to construct and develop a neighborhood of Quaker Mates, which included famed abolitionist Elizabeth Comstock. Nonetheless, Talbot lived a life “underneath the radar,” so to talk. There may be little recorded about his life, apart from a number of interactions with different non secular and pacifist leaders. He disappears from the county tax rolls after 1859, and his land falls underneath the possession of David Talbot.
Talbot died in 1863 on the age of 73 and was buried within the Rollin Mates Cemetery. A couple of decade in the past, researchers discovered his discarded gravestone within the brush alongside the cemetery’s edge. Burial data on the church present Talbot and his spouse, Rachel, have been exhumed from the Rollin Mates Cemetery in 1933 and relocated to Canada. No motive is given within the burial file notes for such a transfer, and no burial websites have been entered into Canadian burial entries on-line. No interval obituary may be discovered that particulars his life and accomplishments, leaving historical past questions as to when precisely he began the primary Addison village, and whether or not the village’s 200th anniversary needs to be celebrated in 2034 as custom based mostly on the widely accepted timeline would have it, or if 2035 or 2038 could be extra genuine.
Planners, a few of whom should still be kids immediately, have a number of years to make that call.