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George Lord (1815-1893) & Calphurnia Fay (1820-1886)
Natives of Madison Co., N.Y., lumbering business, mayor of Bay City.

1883 Biography. Added July, 2009.

History of the Lake Huron Shore, H.R. Page - 1883.


George Lord, one of the pioneers of Bay County, and one who has done much to advance its prosperity, settled in Lower Saginaw, now Bay City, in the Winter of 1854. He was born in Hamilton, Madison Co., N. Y., March 17, 1815. Attracted by the lumbering interests of the Saginaw Valley, he emigrated westward, and reached this then wilderness in February, 1854. He built the mill known as the Keystone Mill on the west side and operated it until 1860, when he sold out and went into the drug business on the corner of Center and Water Streets, which he continued until burned out in 1865. After the fire he started another store which he continued a few years, when he sold out and went into the insurance business. Subsequently he became ticket and passenger agent of the Michigan Central Railroad Company, and continued in that capacity until the present year. His present business is insurance. He was supervisor of the township of Hampton before Bay County was organized. The township of Hampton at that time comprised what is now Bay City, West Bay City and all the shore counties as far north as the Sable River, so that his constituency was scattered over quite an expanse of territory. After Bay City was incorporated be was elected comptroller, which office he held for five terms; was chairman of the Board of Supervisors four terms, and mayor of the city one term. At the expiration of his term of office as mayor, he was nominated on the Democratic state ticket for commissioner of state land office, but was defeated with the rest of the ticket. He was also candidate for state senator against Hon. H. H. Jerome, since Governor, but was again defeated. Mr. Lord was married in 1840 at Hamilton, N. Y., to Miss C. D. Fay, sister of W. L. Fay, of Bay City. They have three children living, two boys and one girl. Mr. Lord was one who entered into the pioneer life in all its phases with great activity. There are few records of jokes and lively experience in the early times in which he does not appear as a participant. Some of these appear in another part of this work. But while enjoying these episodes of life he has ever been an active participant in the industries and prosperity of the city and county.

1886 Death of Mrs. Lord. Added July, 2009.

Michigan Historical Collections, Michigan Historical Society, 1888

Bay County Memorial.


Mrs. George Lord, whose maiden name was Calphurnia D. Fay, died in Bay City, June 12, 1886. Mrs. Lord was born in Hamilton, Madison county, N.Y., February 1820; was married to George Lord in 1840; came to Lower Saginaw, now Bay City, in 1854, and had resided here 32 years. She lived to see the place increase from a few inhabitants to a population of 40,000. She was always noted for her charity to the poor. She leaves a husband and three children two boys and one girl. She was a lady who will be greatly missed for her many acts of charity. She was a sister of Hon. Wm. L. Fay, whose memorial is published in vol. 7, page 344.

1893 Death of Mr. Lord. Added July, 2009.

Historical Collections of Michigan - 1894.

Bay County Memorial


George Lord, the pioneer resident of Bay City died April 30, 1893, at his home, 922 Harrison street. He had been ill for a long time and the end was hastened by his extreme age.

George Lord was born in Madison county, New York, March 17, 1815. He came to Bay City in 1854 and engaged in the lumbering business. A short time afterward, in company with J. P. Whittemore he built the Keystone mill in what is now known as the first ward of West Bay City. After operating it for five years he sold it and entered the drug business at the corner of Center avenue and Water street. He continued there until the fire in 1865, when he was burned out. He immediately opened another store, but sold out in a days and entered the insurance business. He was also ticket agent of the Michigan Central, but most of his time from then on was devoted to his insurance affairs. Politically he was a Democrat, and served the people in many different positions during his residence here. He was mayor of the city for one term and comptroller for five terms. He was also supervisor, justice of the peace and alderman at different times, and owes many friends to the honest and straightforward course always pursued by him, both in business and politics.

In 1840, Mr. Lord married Miss. C. D. Fay, in Hamilton. Three children were the result of the union, which proved to be a very happy one. They are Mrs. H. W. Jennison and William H. Lord, of Bay City, and Fred H. Lord, of Chicago.

1890 Genealogy, Mrs. Lord. - Added July, 2009

Genealogy of all Torreys in America, 1890


Calphurnia Delphia Fay, born February 24, 1820, in Hamilton, N. Y., died June 12, 1886, in Bay City, Mich. Married George Lord, October 23, 1840 in Earlville, N. Y., living April 1890, in Bay City, Mich., son of William and Clarissa (Brainard) Lord. Their children, the first two born in Oneida County, N. Y., the last two in Bay City, Mich., were: Frederick H., born Dec. 12, 1849; William, born Aug. 14, 1852; Geroge R., born Aug. 21, 1855, died infant; Jessie Benton, born Sep. 23, 1858, and married to Henry Waller Jennison, of Bay City, where both reside April, 1890. No Children.

The father of George Lord came from Connecticut. He was a man of distinction, fought in the war of 1812, and was a member of the New York Legislature. Our subject received a common school and academic education, and began life as a school teacher. He was subsequently in commercial business, and in 1854 removed to Bay City, Michigan, where he followed different pursuits prosperously, and was also elected to various public officers, including the mayoralty of his city. Hearty good nature and sturdy integrity are his strong characteristics.

Additional Notes.

    1850 - Census: Paris, Oneida, New York.

  • Lord, George - b. 1851, New York.
  • Carphurnia, wife - b. 1820, New York.
  • Frederick, son - b. 1850, New York.

    1870 - Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.

  • Lord, George - b. 1815, New York.
  • Calphurnia, wife - b. 1820, New York.
  • Fred, son - b. 1850, New York.
  • William, son - b. 1853, New York.
  • Jessie, daughter - b. 1859, Mich.
Related Pages/Notes

George R. Lord, son.

Related Pages:
Fay, William L.
Hart, Julius B.
People Referenced
Brainard, Clarissa (mother #1)
Fay, Calphurnia D. (Subj. #2)
Fay, William L. (bro. #2)
Jennison, H.H. Mrs.
Jerome, H.D. Gov.
Lord, Frederick H. (son)
Lord, George (Subj. #1)
Lord, George R. (son)
Lord, Jesse B. (dau.)
Lord, William H (Father #1)
Lord, William H (son)
Whittemore, J.P.
Subjects Referenced
Au Sable River, MI
Bay City, MI
Bay Co, MI
Chicago, IL
Earlville, NY
Hamilton, NY
Hampton Twp., MI
Keystone mill
Lower Saginaw (Bay City)
Madison Co., NY
Michigan Central RR
Oneida Co., NY
Saginaw Valley, MI
West Bay City, MI
WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.