I just wanted to let you know that there is a Wallin book on E-bay:Here is some information on it. (I am cutting and pasting this from the page.I'm not related but I thought some of you might be
Title: The Michigan Wallins, A History
Author: Van A. Wallin
Publisher: Toren Printing Co., Grand Rapids, MI
Description: Hard cover book with dust wrapper, 144 pages, illustrated. The Title Page states: "From Stratford-on-Avon 1791 to Wallinwood-on-the-Grand 1933."
Quote from the Introduction: "The southern half of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan is well nigh covered by the valleys of three large rivers, the St. Joseph, the Kalamazoo and the Grand. These rivers head east of the middle of the state and, flowing west, they empty into Lake Michigan. With these three valleys, successively, in the order as named, the history of the Michigan Wallins has been identified for nearly a century.
A considerable amount of information is at hand regarding that branch of the Wallin family that moved from Gilbertsville, New York, to Michigan in 1836, information which I fear may be lost and forgotten unless it is compiled in some form which may be readily placed in safe keeping. Chief among the records available, of the very early days in Michigan, is a typewritten folio of 17 pages, written in 1904 by my uncle, Thomas Strongitharm Wallin, which he has captioned, "Brief Family History of the Michigan Wallins." I also have copies of 23 documents, mostly letters, collected by Thos. S. Wallin, which relate to the Wallin and Strongitharm families covering a full half century from 1803 to 1852. The originals of these were in the possession of Uncle Thomas when he had the copies made in Elgin in 1906.
Uncle's "Brief Family History" only carries the record of the Wallins to Chicago, and to the establishment there of the firm of C. C. Wallin & Son in 1851. In transmitting the papers to me, he expressed the hope that my father would complete the History, and would include the later years that followed the return of Father to Michigan from Chicago in 1853. Father, however, was never inclined to take up the work though he was the member of the family most familiar with the facts incident to the half century that followed the re-establishment of Wallins in Michigan, first at Saugatuck and later at Grand Rapids.
Thomas Strongitharm Wallin in my boyhood and early manhood was nearer to me than any other person excepting only my father. From my school days on I was often in his home, more than once living there for months at a time. He was my business mentor in youth and my business associate in later years. He was the namesake and favorite grandson of Thomas Strongitharm, of whom much will be said later in this brief history. To his grandfather and to his other intimate associates in his youth he was "Tom," but to about a score of the children and grandchildren of his brothers and sister he was always "Uncle Thomas," and in this account I shall, with affection, so refer to him."
Condition: The book is very good+. The dust wrapper has chips and the back flap has a large tear at the fold.