Biographical sketch of HUGH SANDISON ATKINS from the book entitled, "Biographical Memoirs of Saint Clair County, Michigan," published in 1903 by B. F. Bowen Publishers in Logansport, Indiana.
This bio spans three (3) pages: 528-530
HUGH SANDISON ATKINS
There are few men in the United States approaching three score years of age who can boast of continuous residence in one township of fifty-eight years.The subject of this sketch, Hugh Sandison Atkins, however, can justly lay claim to that distinction.Indeed, it can trughfully be said that he never lived in any other township than the one in which he was born.He was born in Clyde township, St. Clair county, Michigan, August 8, 1844.The parents of Hugh S. Atkins were William and Margaret (Young) Atkins, who were natives of Glasgow, Scotland.The father was born March, 1809, and died January 26, 1881, and the mother died October 16, 1895.
When six years old William Atkins was apprenticed to a weaver, and learned the business thoroughly, working at it until he was thirty-six years of age.In October, 1838, he came to America, the vessel being long overdue when it reached New York.He had been married in Scotland to Miss Margaret Young and was at the time of his emigration the father of four children, one of whom died, the other three, with their mother accompanying him on his long three-months trip across the ocean.On arriving in St. Clair county, in the spring of 1839, they sought out a tract of land and found one to suit them in sections 4 and 5.Clyde township.Two brothers, Alexander and Allen (sic) Atkins, were already here, which determined his coming to St. Clair county.They were among the very first settlers of that region and at that time it was all trackless woods.A rude log cabin was quickly erected on the one hundred and sixty acres upon which they settled, and here the family found shelter and a home.Here also one of the little ones that had come from Scotland, Barbara, died at the age of ten and found a grave in the woods, and here four other little ones were born.William and Margaret Atkins were the parents of eight children, viz:William, a farmer in Clyde township; Barbara, who died aged ten years; Margaret died in Scotland; Margaret Wyler married John Kinney, a banker of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan; David Young is a retired lumberman of Port Huron; Hugh Sandison; Barbara Miller married Thomas Conlan, a farmer of Grant township, and Alexander W. is a retired farmer of Port Huron.In politics the father of this family was a Republican and for many years, the latter part of his life, was a justice of the peace of his township.He was a man who never tolerated games of chance or allowed himself to indulge in speculation of any kind.It was his boast, and those who know say it was not a vain one, that he never signed a promissory note in his life.If all were as circumspect in the use of their names to evidence of indebtedness, there would not be so many business failures.He and his wife were both members of the Methodist church.
A few months each winter for a few years was the extent of Hugh S. Atkins’ opportunities for an education.The greater part of the first twenty-five years of his life was spent at home, on the farm and in the clearing.
April 9, 1868, Mr. Atkins was united in marriage to Miss Annie Balmer, who was born in Peebleshire, Scotland, December 5, 1844, the daughter of Alexander and Isabella (Knox) Balmer, also natives of Peebleshire.Mr. Balmer was by trade a blacksmith and in 1852 came to Port Huron, Michigan.Later he moved to section 33, Grant township, where he bought eighty acres of land in the woods, built a house, equipped and opened a shop and engaged in business.He was prosperous and successful in most of his business ventures.To Hugh S. Atkins and wife six children have been born, viz:Millie Belle, who died September 1, 1887, at the age of eighteen years; Freddie died in childhood; Aggie Della died at five years of age; Jennie married Fred Klumpp, of Burtchville township, and they have one daughter; Louis J. is at home; and Margaret is the wife of Charles Grimes.
On November 7, 1870, the family located on their present farm and for seven years their homes (sic) was an old log house.In 1877 they built their present comfortable and commodious residence.The farm consists of one hundred and twenty acres and is a valuable tract of land, nearly all cleared and under cultivation and it is supplied with a good barn and substantial outbuildings.Mr. Atkins carries on mixed farming, raises abundant crops and keeps plenty of stock to consume them.In politics he is a Republican, but never sought or held office.Mr. Atkins’ life has been an active and busy one and has not failed to be crowned with success.He is a genial, companionable man, one whom it is a pleasure to know and whose friendship is well worth having.
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