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Brooklyn in Jackson County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Brooklyn's Founder

 
 
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By Joel S., September 22, 2013
1. Brooklyn's Founder Marker
Inscription. This village was founded by the Rev. Calvin Swain, who filed the first land claim on June 16, 1832. Elder Swain, who had been a chaplain in the War of 1812, was a Baptist minister and the postmaster in Adamsville, New York, before coming to Michigan at the age of 54. By 1833 he had established a settlement and a sawmill here. The town was called Swainsville until August 5, 1836, when the name of Brooklyn was adopted by a vote of the town meeting. Mr. Swain was the postmaster until 1841. He founded Baptist churches at Brooklyn, Woodstock, and Napoleon. He died in 1856 and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery in Napoleon.
 
Erected by Michigan Historical Commission. (Marker Number L29.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 42° 6.366′ N, 84° 14.873′ W. Marker is in Brooklyn, Michigan, in Jackson County. Marker is at the intersection of Michigan Route 50 and Chicago Street, on the left when traveling south on State Route 50. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brooklyn MI 49230, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Brooklyn Presbyterian Church (about 600
Brooklyn's Founder Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., September 22, 2013
2. Brooklyn's Founder Marker
feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Michael and All Angels Church (approx. 3.8 miles away); St. Joseph's Church / St. Joseph's Shrine (approx. 5.4 miles away); Woodstock Manual Labor Institute (approx. 8.7 miles away); W. H. L. McCourtie / W. H. L. McCourtie Estate (approx. 9.2 miles away); Grass Lake / Michigan Central Railroad Depot (approx. 10.2 miles away); Manchester War Memorial (approx. 10.3 miles away); Ella Sharp Museum (approx. 11.5 miles away).
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Settlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 165 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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