Bloomfield Blossoms: p. 82-83 Creator
Smith, Kay, 1925- Institution
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FOUNDING FAMILIES AND CENTENNIAL FAMILIES
While we have only one Centennial Farm candidate, we
have many families in the Township who can qualify for
the designation "Centennial Family."
Last November the Michigan Genealogical Council
inaugurated a program under which families whose
forebears have lived in Michigan continuously for 100
years or more can apply for a Centennial certificate.
Here in the Township we also have families which we
categorize "Founding Families," present-day citizens who
trace their origins back to pioneers or founders. The criteria
is that the ancestor must have bought his land directly
from the government, not from a previous owner, even a
non-resident owner. In short, he must have bought his
land, settled on it and remained here.
Several families are eligible for this honor, with their
ancestors going back in an unbroken line to pioneer families
such as that of Polly and John Vaughan, who first bought
land in 1824, and Wilkes Durkee and Nathaniel Case, who
were also here in the early 1820s.
We have one Founding Family who can trace their ancestry
back not only to one pioneer but two. This is the Case
family who go back in a direct line to both Cases and
It's interesting to note that all through these families there
is a record of public service, with almost every generation
active in Bloomfield Township government, school boards,
and other matters of importance to a good community.
From Wilkes Durkee, who was named to office in the very
first Township board meeting May 25, 1827, we trace
active participation of many Durkees, Cases and Vaughans,
to Perry Vaughan, who was supervisor of the Township
for twenty years from 1931 to 1950, and to the present
supervisor Homer Case who's been active in the Township
for twenty years.