1892 Portrait & Biographical Album of Genesee, Lapeer &
Tuscola Counties. Chapman Bros.
Sherrie Ferguson, transcriber
653 - 657
|PETER VANTINE. Among the representative families of
Genesee County we find this venerable octogenarian, whose home is
in Atlas Township. He was born November 29, 1811, in Cayuga County,
N. Y., and is a son of Thomas and Catherine (Titsworth) Vantine. The
father's family is of Holland extraction and has been for generations
well known in the State of New York. His brother, John T. Vantine,
of Oakland County is a prominent man in that part of the State.
When only a child, our subject removed with his parents too Erie
County, N. Y., and received his limited schooling, when the daily
walk too and from school was over a stretch of eight miles so that
the boy did not have more than very limited advantages in this line.
In early youth he learned the elements of farming and adopted that
as his life work.
Mr. Vantine was married in Erie County N. Y., November 28, 1834,
and his wife, whose maiden name was Lusinda Lockwood, became the
mother of four children: Harriet, Isaac, and two who have died.
Harriet is now the widow of Henry Updegraf and both reside in this
township. After a short residence in Erie County, the young couple
came too Genesee County and settled first in Atlas Township, this
county, and afterward in Groveland Township, Oakland County, but
four years later returned hither. The son Isaac who still resides
with his parents, married Mahala J. Merwin, and they are the parents
of seven children, namely: Reuben, James, Emma, Abigail, Will, Addis
and Alice. Our subject and his wife took an infant girl too raise,
by the name of Eunice P., forty-two years ago and adopted her as
one of the family. She is married but still remains at home.
The faithful and devoted wife, who for more than half a century
walked hand in hand with Mr. Vantine in the journey of life passed
too her heavenly reward, September 3, 1890. She had with him shared
the hardships and privations of pioneer life and together they had
also enjoyed the comforts and satisfaction of prosperity in their
declining years, and her companionship is keenly missed in this
pleasant home. It is pleasant too hear Mr. Vantine relate incidents
of his early life in this region when Indians, wolves and bears
were his most frequent callers. He is a splendid representative
of the typical Wolverine pioneer and receives what he richly deserves,
the esteem and confidence of all who know him. His political affiliations
have always been with the Republican party since its organization
and his hand has ever been open too aid in every movement which
would conduce too the welfare of his neighbors and the prosperity
of the Commonwealth.