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Col. John WINDER

Col. John WINDER

Male 1804 - 1897  (92 years)

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  • Name John WINDER 
    Prefix Col. 
    Birth 24 Nov 1804  Uniontown, Fayette, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1850  Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    federal 
    Census 1860  Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    federal 
    Occupation 1860  Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    clerk, U.S. district court 
    cemetery Sep 1897  Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Elmwood Cemetery 
    Military Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Detroit militia 
    Military Uniontown, Fayette, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    local militia 
    • While a young man
    Death 26 Sep 1897  Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    obituary 27 Sep 1897  Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Detroit Journal 
    • HE FELL ASLEEP / The Gentle and Painless Death of Good Old Colonel Winder / Over Four Score and Ten / The History of His Early Life and Work
      One of Detroit's oldest, best known and most respected citizens closed his eyes upon earthly scenes yesterday afternoon at the advanced age of nearly 93 years.
      Col. John Winder arose as usual yesterday morning, breakfasted with his family, read the morning papers, commented upon the news of the day, and was apparently as well as he had been for some months past. At 3 o'clock he laid down upon a couch to rest, dropped off into slumber, and at 3:20 his son discovered that he had ceased to breathe. Death had come painlessly and without warning.
      John Winder was born in Uniontown, Fayette county, Ohio, November 24, 1804, and at the age of 16 entered the office of a prothonotary as clerk, subsequently becoming a clerk in the office of the register of deeds. At the age of 19 he came to Detroit with Maj. Thomas Rowland, who held the various offices and positions of United States marshal, pension agent, clerk to the county court, secretary to the county commissioners, justice of the peace, and trustee of the city of Detroit.
      Winder's mission was to collect and collate statistics relative to the Indians of this territory. He arrived at Detroit October 3, 1824, but not, as stated by a contemporary, "with 50 cents in his pocket and a pair of saddle bags."
      Two years later he was appointed clerk to the supreme court of the territory, and held that position until Michigan was admitted to the union in 1837. Then Michigan had a state supreme court, and Winder was its clerk until 1841. When Michigan became a state, he was made clerk of its circuit and district courts, but in 1848 he resigned the clerkship of the district court. He remained clerk of the circuit court until 1870, when he retired, full of years and honors.
      As a citizen of Detroit, which he lived to see grow from a village of 1,500 people to a city of 200 times as many people, he had held the offices of clerk, 1832-6, and was a member and president of the Brady Guard. He acquired this title of colonel from being upon the offical staffs of Governors Mason and Porter.
      Col. John Winder was a gentleman of the old school, courteous, polite and suave. His polished exterior was never ruffled by anger, and fretful words never fell from his lips. He was twice maried; first to a daughter of Gen. John R. Williams, and his second wife was a daughter of Judge E.B. Strong, of Rochester, N.Y. A widow, one son, J.E. Winder, and a daughter, Miss Cornelia Winder, survive him.
      The funeral services will be held at the family residence on Woodward Ave, tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock, and in accordance with the wishes of the deceased, will be private. The services will be conducted by Rev. Dr. John Reid, of the Fort street Presbyterian church, and the Interment will be at Elmwood.
    obituary Oct 1897  Uniontown, Fayette, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Contributed by Robert L. Winder (June 2000) 
    • DEATHS OF THE DAY
      COL. JOHN WINDER
      Word is received here of the death of Col. John Winder, a wealthy and prominent citizen of Detroit, Mich., and a native of Uniontown. It occurred at his home in Detroit, Sept. 26, 1897, at the age of nearly 93 years. Deceased was born in Uniontown, PA, Nov. 24, 1804, his father having come from Virginia. At 16 he was clerk in the prothonotary's office here, and, afterwards in the registrar's office. When 19 years old he left for the west, arriving in Detroit Oct. 3, 1824, with 50 cents in his pocket. In 1826 he was appointed clerk to the supreme court of Michigan territory and held this place 11 years, until Michigan became a state. He was then made state supreme court clerk and served until 1841. He was also clerk of the U. S. circuit and district courts from 1837 to 1845, and held the circuit court clerkship until 1870. He was a substantial businessman, having about 40 years ago bought a tract of land which is now in the heart of the city and very valuable. A few years ago when John W. Wood of this place [Uniontown] was at the encampment he called to see Col. Winder at his beautiful residence, and says the colonel owned a corner block for which he had been offered $90,000. Deceased had one son, Elisha Winder. He had also six sisters: Eliza A., married to Ashbel Cruson; Nancy, wife of James King; Mary Ann, wife of James Smith; Julis, wife of Anderson Jolliffe; Elizabeth, wife of _____ McLean; Margaret, wife of A. J. Swain, all deceased. Miss Mary A. Getzendanner of this place is a cousin, their mothers having been sisters. Col. Winder visited Uniontown several times.
    Religion Presbyterian Church 
    _UID CA52BFE66ED74FC6AC1E60CA4B6309EFB5B9 
    Person ID I3134  WinderWonderland
    Last Modified 5 Dec 2014 

    Father James WINDER,   b. Abt 1769, Shepherdstown, Frederick, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 22 Nov 1839, Uniontown, Fayette, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 70 years) 
    Mother Mary VAN HOUTEN,   b. , Hunterdon, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Yes, date unknown 
    Marriage 1796  [2
    Family ID F5251  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Elizabeth Cornelia WILLIAMS   d. 1834 
    Children 
     1. WINDER,   b. Abt 1834   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 28 May 2006 
    Family ID F1320  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Martha Cornelia STRONG,   b. 18 Apr 1818, Rochester, Genesee, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 19 Jan 1901, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 82 years) 
    Marriage 19 Sep 1836  Rochester, Monroe, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Catherine WINDER,   b. Abt 1838, , , Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 1864 (Age ~ 26 years)
     2. Julien Elisha WINDER,   b. Oct 1839, , , Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 1913 (Age ~ 73 years)
    Last Modified 7 Mar 2006 
    Family ID F1321  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsCensus - federal - 1850 - Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - federal - 1860 - Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - clerk, U.S. district court - 1860 - Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Mapscemetery - Elmwood Cemetery - Sep 1897 - Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary - Detroit militia - - Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 26 Sep 1897 - Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Mapsobituary - Detroit Journal - 27 Sep 1897 - Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    John Winder Death Certificate
    John Winder Death Certificate

  • Notes 
    • Page copied from unidentified source by Detroit Public Library, Barton Historical Collection (marked 3-30-1902):
      Col. and Mrs. John Winder.
      Col. Winder was born at Uniontown, Pa., 1805. In 1824 he was employed as clerk by Maj. Thos. Rowland, then United States marshall for the territory of Michigan. He succeeded K.C. Trowbridge as county clerk and occupied also the offices of justice of the peace and pension agent. In 1826 he was appointed clerk of the United States Circuit Court, and in 1837 clerk of the United States District Court for Michigan. He held both offices until 148, and that of the Circuit Court until 1870. He was particularly identified with the state militia, occupying the office of aide de camp with rank of colonel on the staffs of Gov. Mason, Gov. Horner and Gov. Porter. He was also a member of the Brady Guards. Col. and Mrs. Winder lived for many years in the old homestead surrounded by beautiful grounds on the corner of High street and Woodward avenue. Winder street is named for him. Mrs. Winder was Miss Martha Cornelia Strong, daughter of Judge Elisha Strong, born April 18, 1818, and was married to Col. Winder September 19, 1836.
    • (Research):Index to Col John's death wrongly gives his mother as Elizabeth; actual document names Van Houten.

  • Sources 
    1. [S134] http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi, Find A Grave.

    2. [S466] Colonel John Winder, (Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library, Nov 1956).

    3. [S955] FamilySearch, Michigan Deaths and Burials Index, 1867-1995, accessed 7 Dec 2013). (Reliability: 3).


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