"Past and present of Clinton County, Michigan, by Judge S. B. Daboll, assisted by D. W. Kelley, together with biographical sketches of many of its prominent and leading citizens and illustrious dead," Sherman B. Daboll [The S. J. Clarke publishing Co., 1906], p. 48.
ROSWELL C. DEXTER
Roswell C. Dexter, who for sixteen years has been connected with the First National Bank of St. Johns, occupying the position of cashier for two years, was born in Greenbush, Michigan, October 16, 1859. His father, Chauncey Dexter, was a native of New York and at an early period in the settlement of Michigan came to this county, establishing his home in Greenbush. He married Miss Lydia Broughan, who was born in Ohio, and both have now passed away, the father's death having occurred in 1886, when he was fifty-three years of age, while his wife died when their son Roswell was only nine years of age. Having come to the west, Chauncey Dexter secured a tract of land and lived the quiet life of a farmer. In his family were two sons and a daughter: Roswell C., Mary, now deceased; and Burr, who is living upon the homestead farm at Greenbush.
Roswell C. Dexter is indebted to the common schools for the early educational advantages which he enjoyed and later he had the privilege of attending the Albion College, at Albion, Michigan, for two years, completing his course there in 1882. He then came to St. Johns, Michigan, to enter upon his business career and secured a position as bookkeeper in the First National Bank. His capability and fidelity, however, won his recognition in successive promotions and he was made teller and afterward assistant cashier, acting in the latter capacity for sixteen years, when in April 1903, he was chosen cashier. In 1885 the name of the institution on the expiration of the old charter was changed to St. Johns National Bank. The Clinton County Savings Bank was organized out of this bank in 1889 and it is the largest bank of this character in the county, being devoted to savings and investments. Mr. Dexter is also financially interested in that institution. He is a man of much practical experience, conservative in his views, of sound judgment and unquestioned integrity, and the prominent position which he occupied to-day in business circles in St. Johns is the merited reward of his earnest application, ability and fidelity.
In 1886 occurred the marriage of Roswell C. Dexter and Miss Jennie D. Davies, a daughter of William T. and Jenette M. [Levey] Davies, of Greenbush. They have two children, Florence J. and Robert C., and the social prominence of the family is that which is obtained where intellect, culture and true worth are received as the passports into good society. Mr. Dexter is a prominent member of the various Masonic bodies of St. Johns, belonging to the lodge, chapter and council, and he also holds membership with Detroit commandery and the Mystic Shrine. Viewed in a personal light he is a strong man, strong in his ability to plan and perform, strong in his honor and has a good name.
"Past and present of Clinton County, Michigan, by Judge S. B. Daboll, assisted by D. W. Kelley, together with biographical sketches of many of its prominent and leading citizens and illustrious dead," Sherman B. Daboll [The S. J. Clarke publishing Co., 1906], p. 375:
A. B. DEXTER
A. B. Dexter, an agriculturist of Greenbush township, living on section 9, was born upon this farm, April 27, 1864. His father, Chauncey Dexter, was a native of Canandagua county, New York, and was a son of Knight Dexter, one of the old residents of the Empire state. Chauncey Dexter went with his father to Ohio in his childhood days and lived there for a number of years. The grandfather afterwards came to Michigan, settling in Clinton county, where he bought eighty acres of land covered with timber and assisted by his son Chauncey he cleared and improved that property. The son was married to a Miss Lydia Brockum, a native of the Empire state, whose father came from New York to Michigan. Mr. and Mrs. Dexter became the parents of three children, all of whom reached mature years. The mother, however, died when her son, A. B. Dexter, was only three years of age. The father, however, long survived, passing away on the 21st of January, 1886.
A. B. Dexter spent his youth in his father's home and assisted in carrying on the farm until the father's death. He succeeded to the ownership of the old homestead and purchased his brother's share in the estate. His education was acquired in the common schools and he early became familiar with the best methods of tilling the soil and caring for the crops so that when he began farming on his own account practical experience enabled him to carefully conduct his business interests. On the 15th of November, 1886, he was united in marriage to Miss Ellen Post, a native of Michigan and a daughter of Hiram L. Post, who was born in Canada, and became one of the early settlers of this state. Mr. and Mrs. Dexter have three children, Blanche, Jennie and Roswell B.
Mr. Dexter has built a good farm on his place and has greatly improved the old home property until it is now a productive farm, attractive in appearance and yielding him a good financial return for the care and labor he bestows upon it. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church of Greenbush and he is a stanch republican, having supported the party since age gave him the right of franchise. He has held the office of township treasurer for one term and has been school director for nine years. He belongs to the Maccabees lodge of St. Johns and to the Royal Neighbors and is highly esteemed in fraternal circles and by the community at large for his history is familiar to his fellow townsmen who recognize in him a man of genuine worth, deserving of the regard and esteem of all with whom he has been associated.
Note: Roswell & Aaron Burr's father Chauncey Dexter, b. abt. 1834, prob. Allegany Co., NY, was the son of Rutland Co., VT, native Knight Dexter & Lucinda Mapes.