Have this note on my Dutcher/Harkness connection.McCauley is also a family which was in Delaware Co., NY where my Harkness folks came from.May or may not be a connection.Let me know if you find one!
THE TALL & LONG LIFED DUTCHERS
Charles Dutcher was born January 9, 1800 of German parentage, and his wife Adelia was born May 17, 1808/9, of French descent.Charles died December 18, 1873 and Adelia died in 1889, both are buried in the Daniel’s Cemetery.
Charles and Adelia had three children, David, Wesley and Mamie, who married William Jackson. Wesley settled in the rich muck land near Byron Center.He and his wife Lodema had four sons, Fred, George, John and Arthur, and daughter Ella LaClear.Fred was very tall, standing 6 feet and 7 inches.Ella, too, was unusually tall.Mamie Jackson had four sons and three daughters.Her husband William disappeared on a shopping trip to Grand Rapids and was thought to have met with foul play.
David W. Dutcher was born in Randolph, Cayuga County, New York, June 29, 1832.He went to Euclid, Cuyahoga County, Ohio with his parents.In Ohio he married Lucy F. Johnson October 20, 1853, the daughter of Abraham and Sarah (Devore) Johnson born in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, July 4, 1836.In 1854 they came to Kent County and bought 80 acres of land in Section 14 of Cascade Township.In that era when horses were the source of power he operated a blacksmith shop on the Whitneyville Creek.His wife Lucy ran the Whitneyville Hotel.Their children were Alverado, Charles J., Clarence E., Howard and Sarah who became Mrs. Chan Kellogg.Charles married Lydia Rosenberger.They had two sons, Guy and Maynard.Guy had one son, Wayne, who has sons Tom and Jim.
Alverado Dutcher and his wife Iva had no children.
Clarence Dutcher was wed to Elizabeth Harkness, a teacher.Their sons were Alger and Minor and they had a daughter, Wila, married to Joe Laughlin. Wila had a daughter, Joan Moore, who has four daughters and a grandchild. Alger’s wife was Leona Ellis.They have a son Maurice, and two daughters and grandchildren.
Minor’s wife was Mary Croninger.They have sons David, an attorney; and Bruce, a realtor; and a daughter, Alice, a singer of note.David has two sons and Bruce has several daughters.
The senior Dutchers now living in the East Caledonia area are Maynard and Celesta (Oldt) Dutcher.They live at 8128 Whitneyville Avenue on the Centennial Farm, in the family since 1855, and sleep in the bedroom in which Maynard was born.They were married May 25, 1916 and celebrated their sixty-first anniversary in 1977. Maynard managed the lumberyard for the Farmers Elevator Co. for 23 years.He was the Caledonia Township building inspector for 12 years and served the Daniels School District as a director for 13 years. Celesta was a former teacher and also gave many piano lessons.She still writes her weekly news column for the Sun and News.They are members of the Whitneyville Grange and Life Members of Caledonia Chapter O.E.S. Maynard received his fifty year pin for membership in the R.C. Hathaway Masonic Lodge in 1976.
Their children are Elvis Sheehan, Donald, John and Frank. Iva died in infancy.They boast thirteen grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren.
The Dutcher’s are a long-lived race. Alverado died at 88 years, Charles at 97 and Clarence at 82.All were farmers, staunch Republicans and Methodist, members of the East Caledonia Methodist Church.
Charles Dutcher had a fine collection of Indian relics, found mostly on his own farm.His finest piece was a peace pipe carved of stone in the form of a beaver.He had battle-axes, flints, shinning stones and knives as well as many arrowheads.Each tribe had a distinctive design of arrowhead.
[Welcome Back From the Attic – Yesteryear around Caledonia Station.No. 12, 1977, page 90.]