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William Morin (1840-?)
Born in Canada, Civil War veteran, and hotel owner.

Biography, 1891. (Added March, 2011)

History of Saginaw and Bay Counties, Michigan - 1892


William Morin, the general proprietor of the Morin House, is one of the representative Frenchmen of West Bay City. He was born in Quebec, Canada, September 14, 1840, and is the son of Peter Morin, a native of France. The father of our subject being an agriculturist, William was reared to perform many of the duties pertaining to a farmer's boy and remained under the parental roof until fourteen years of age when he came to the states and worked for eight years in the woods of Maine. He then returned home, remaining there for one year and early in 1867 came to West Bay City.

William Morin was married November 2, 1868, to Miss Grace St. Lawrence, of Bay City. The next year he established in business as “mine host” in Bay City and four years later erected his present hotel, which is now the leading one in the city. He has made this city his home since first locating here and his business has been more than ordinarily successful, being one of those whole-souled, genial men who make friends of all who meet them.

Our subject was the originator of the summer resort at Bellevue, Mich., but sold his interest to S. O. Fisher and it has since been honored for two years with the office of Alderman of the First Ward and at the present time (January, 1892) is a member of the Board of Public Works. In religious matters he is a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church, being one of the earliest members of that body in Bay City.

To Mr. and Mrs. Morin have been granted a family of thirteen children, six of whom are living and who bear the respective names of Louisa, Flemming, Eva, Bella, Adele and Minnie. Louisa is the wife of Louis Erie and is the mother of one child, Blanche. Mr. and Mrs. Morin are the center of a true and genuine hospitality and use their influence in every way for the up building of society and the forwarding of the interests of morality and religion. Mr. Morin served three years in Company G., Fifteenth Regiment Infantry, of Maine, under Gen. Banks.

Additional Notes.

    Family Genealogy.

  • William Morin was born at Green Island, Quebec, Canada.
  • His father, Peter, married Felicia Cameron.

    1873 – Directory, Bay City, Mich.

  • (Advertisement) Morin House, Wm. Morin, Prop'r, Main Street, Banks, Mich. This House is new and throughly furnished throughout, with a good barn in connection. Parties wishing comfortable accommodations should not fail to pay a visit here.
  • Belamor, Miss Flevica - wks Morin House.
  • Morin, William - proprietor Morin House, s s 2d, bet Bangor and Frank. See ad'vt.
  • St. Larra, Miss Neice - wks Morin House.

    1880 – Michigan Deaths: West Bay City.

  • Joseph Morin, born 1880, died Apr. 10, 1880, son of William and Grace Morin.

    1880 – Census: West Bay City, Mich.

  • Morin, William – b. 1840 Canada, Hotel Keeper
  • Garcieux, wife – b. 1845 Canada
  • Louisa, dau. - b. 1871 Mich.
  • Philomen, dau. - b. 1873 Mich.
  • Ava, dau. - b. 1874 Mich.
  • Sophia, dau. - b. 1877 Mich. (died Apr. 8, 1881)
  • Rezina, dau. - b. 1880 Mich. (died Apr. 10, 1881)

    1893 – Directory Bay City, Mich.

  • Morin William - hotel, 1014 Washington, res same.

    1900 – Census: West Bay City, Mich.

  • Morin, William – b. Sep. 1840 Canada, hotel., est. married 1869
  • Grace – wife, b. Dec. 1848 Canada.
  • Phileman – daughter, b. 1872 Mich.
  • Minnie – daughter, b. 1887 Mich.
  • Leon – son, b. 1877 Mich.

    1910 – Census: Bay City, Mich.

  • Morin, William – b. Canada, immigration 1860
  • Mary G, wife – b. Canada, immigration 1870
  • Phyllis, dau. - b. Mich.

Related Pages/Notes

Related Pages:
Local Civil War History
People Referenced
Banks, General
Belamor, Flevica
Cameron, Felicia (mother)
Erie, Blanch (g-dau)
Erie, Louis
Fisher, S.O.
Morin, Adele (dau)
Morin, Joseph (son)
Morin, Leon (son)
Morin, Louisa (dau)
Morin, Minnie (dau)
Morin, Peter (father)
Morin, Phileman (dau)
Morin, Rezina (dau)
Morin, Sophia (dau)
Morin, William (subject)
St. Larra, Neice
St. Lawrence, Grace (wife)
Subjects Referenced
15th Maine Infantry
Bay City, MI
Civil War
Morin House (hotel)
Quebec, Canada
St. Mary's Church
West Bay City, MI
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