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Benjamin Cushway (1808-1881)
Native of Detroit, and pioneer resident of Saginaw Valley.

1881 biography. (Added Nov., 2008)

History of Saginaw County, Michigan - C.C. Champman & Co. (1881)


Benjamin Cushway (deceased) was born in Grosse Point (now a part of the city of Detroit), Michigan, February 7, 1810, and was a son of John B. Cushway, a native of Canada, and of French parentage. Mr. Cushway worked on his father's farm until 17 years old, and his education was obtained by attending the night schools, then taught in Detroit. At the age of 17 he began to learn the blacksmith's trade with Harvey Williams, so well known in the early history of Saginaw, and who still resides in Saginaw. He remained with Mr. Williams for seven years. In 1832 he came to Saginaw, remained a short time and returned to Detroit. In 1834 he received the appointment as Indian blacksmith at Saginaw, and he accordingly came on that year and entered upon duties as such. He was removed by the treat of 1837 to Bay City, where he remained in the same situation until 1844. While there he purchased large tracts of land, and a great deal of property in Bay City, and grew wealthy. He own the property and resided on the corner of Court and Hamilton streets, in Saginaw, where the First National Bank now stands, until 1866, when he purchased the Wendell farm near the city on Mackinaw road. He reside on this farm several years, and then returned to the city. Mr. Cushway, at one time, owned the Brockway farm and vast tracts of land in different parts of the State. He was married July 15, 1833, to Miss Adelaide Delisle, by whom he had 14 children, 9 boys and 5 girls. Mrs. Cushway was born in Detroit in the year 1812, and was a cousin of the Campeaus, who were the first settlers in Saginaw Valley. Her first visit to Saginaw was in 1827, when there were but two house on the present site of Saginaw, and they were block houses. She returned to her home in Detroit, after a visit of some months, and remained until after her marriage with Mr. Cushway. Mr. Cushway died May 25, 1881, in Saginaw, where he had resided for many years. He was well know and much respected for his hospitality and social merits.

1881 obituary. (Added Nov., 2008)

Pioneer Collections, Report of the Pioneer Society of Michigan, Vol. VII, 1884


Old residents of Bay City will be pained to hear of the death of Benjamin Cushway, which took place at Saginaw City, Wednesday morning (May 25, 1881). He was one of the pioneers of the valley, having been a resident here for thirty-nine years. He had been confined to his bed more or less for the past eight weeks, but, though he was able to be up Tuesday, he was taken suddenly worse about 5' o'clock Wednesday morning and died, as stated, of paralysis of the heart. Mr. Custway was born in Detroit in 1809, and was therefore seventy-two years of age. He was a blacksmith by trade, and in 1832 was appointed by Gen. Cass, then Territorial Governor of Michigan, as United States blacksmith for the Chippewa Indians, with headquarters at Saginaw City, which position he held for thirty years. 1834 he married Adelaide Robins, of Detroit. She died three years ago. The house was in Fort Saginaw on the block where the Taylor House now stands. In 1836 his headquarters were changed to Bay City, then Lower Saginaw, where he remained for ten years. Returning to Saginaw City he built a house where the Miller block now stands, in which he lived several years. Since 1866 he has not been engaged in active business. He had a wonderful memory, and within the last few weeks has recounted many incidents of early life in the valley. He seemed to feel that his end was near, and, in a conversation with a friend recently, expressed the opinion that he could not last long.

Four children, Mrs. Alex C. Andre, and Frank, Alfonso and Charles Cushway are left to mourn his loss.

The funeral will occur this morning at 8 o'clock from St. Andrew's Church, Saginaw City.

Additional Notes.

    1860 - Census: Saginaw, Saginaw, Mich.

  • Cushway, Benjamin - b. 1810 Mich.

    1880 - Census: Saginaw, Saginaw, Mich.

  • Andre, Mary L. - b. 1836 Mich - widow.
  • Alexander, son - b. 1861 Mich
  • Charles, son - b. 1862 Mich.
  • Fred, son - b. 1871 Mich.
  • Lillie, daughter - b. 1874 Mich.
  • Louis C., son - b. 1876 Mich.
  • Benjamin, father - b. 1810 Mich.
Related Note & Pages

Benjmin Cushway

Adeline (Delisle) Cushway

Cushway (Andre), Mary
People Referenced
Andre, Alex C. Mrs.
Andre, Alexander (g-son)
Andre, Charles (g-son)
Andre, Fred (g-son)
Andre, Lillie (g-dau)
Andre, Louis C. (g-son)
Andre, Mary L. (dau)
Cass, Lewis Gen.
Cushway, Alponse (son)
Cushway, Benjamin (subject)
Cushway, Charles (son)
Cushway, Frank (son)
Cushway, John B. (father)
Delisle, Adelaide (wife)
Williams, Harvey
Subjects Referenced
Bay City, MI
Brockway farm
Detroit, MI
Groose Point, MI
Lower Saginaw, MI
Saginaw City, MI
... First Natl. Bank, Saginaw
... Fort Saginaw
... Miller Block
... St. Andrews Church
... Taylor house
... Wendell farm
Saginaw Valley, MI
U.S. Indian Blacksmith
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