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Wilbert, Carl F. / History of the town of Mequon
([ca. 1990?])

Early settlers


who was married March 1, 1838, claims that his marriage
was the first one to occur in the county. He reported
that the first male child born in the Town of Mequon was
Gideon Bigelow and the second child was Watson Woodworth.
Woodworth relates that in the summer of 1838, he and his
wife reaped their first crop of wheat with case knives
and in the fall he made a trip with a borrowed oxen to
the mill at Kilbourntown, now a part of Milwaukee and
thence to Harts mill on the Menomonee River where he
succeeded in getting the wheat ground. This is said to
have been the first grist of wheat to a mill from the
Town of Mequon.
The survey of the land in the Town of Mequon was made
in 1834 to 1836. The head surveyor was a man by the name
of Brink. From 1833 to 1841 the Township began to show
signs of white race settlements. In 1833, Joseph Wood,
his brother Ephram Wood, Peter Thurk, Reuben Wells,
Ishman Day, and several Irish families made settlements
in the Town. The pioneers followed the Indian trails
north of Milwaukee until they reached Pigeon Creek, where
they erected some shanties. In 1838t Peter Thurk set up
a saw mill. The next saw mill was built by Reuben Wells.
He also established a grist mill. John Weston had entered
160 acres which he sold to John Willet. John Weston then
bought a quarter section in what is now the Village of
Thiemsville. This he sold to John Henry Thien.


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