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Col. Henry Raymond (1802 -1889)
Native of Woodstock, VT, lumbering buisness in Bay City.

1883 Bio (Long paragraphs edited for easier viewing.) Added June, 2005.

History of the Lake Huron Shore, 1883, H.R. Page, Chicago, IL
Bay County



COL. HENRY RAYMOND was one of the early lumber manufacturers, and for many years a prominent citizen of Bay City. He was born at Woodstock, Vt., in 1802.

After spending two or three years in the vicinity of Detroit, he came to Bay City in 1849, and the following year associated himself with Mr. James Watson, and they built the saw mill afterwards owned and operated by James Shearer.

He was connected with various business interests and was the first representative of Bay County in the Legislature.

During the war he was one of the provost-marshal’s staff, and for several years was collector of internal revenue.

In 1870 his health had so far failed that he was obliged to seek a different climate, and since that time he has been a resident of California.

Col. Raymond was married August, 1827, to Miss Mary Alvord, of Massachusetts. Six children were born to them, four of whom are still living — Mrs. Benjamin Whipple, Mrs. Frank Crandall and Mrs. H. C. Moore of Detroit, and Col. Henry S. Raymond, of Bay City.

The latter has been a resident of Bay City since 1851. In 1862 he went into the army with Company F, Twenty-Third Infantry, and served with distinction until the close of the war. He enlisted with the rank of captain, and by promotion reached the rank of lieutenant-colonel. He held the office of postmaster from 1861 to 1870. Since 1862 he has been in the news and stationery business. His store is now at 810 Water street. He has a wife and two children.

1889 Death bio. (Added Feb., 2009)

Historical Collections, Michigan Historical Society,

Col. Henry Raymond.

Col. Henry Raymond, who was identified with much of the early history of Michigan, died at the residence of his son-in-law, Henry C. Moore, in Detroit, April 13, 1889. He was born in Woodstock, Vt., August 29, 1804, of Puritanic descent, who trace their connections back as far as John of Beverly, 1654. He was married in Utica, N. Y., to Mary Alvord, a native of Greenfield, Mass. They came to Michigan in 1829 residing in Detroit and vicinity over twenty years. The had six children. His wife and three children survive him.

In 1850 Col. Raymond came to Lower Saginaw, now Bay City, and engaged in the manufacture of lumber, erecting a mill at the foot of Water street. His family followed him in May, 1851. He soon became indentified with the growth and prosperity of the Saginaw valley.

Col. Raymond had implicit faith in the future of his adopted city, and embarked in numerous enterprises indicative of that faith. He was a man to secure the confidence of those with whom he came in contact, and this was manifest in the public trusts imposed upon him. He was Bay county's first representative in the State legislature, and in lookin after her interests made a record that is worthy the emulation of more modern statesmen. During the war he was one of the provost marshall's staff, and for several years he was collector of interenal revenue. It was in 1870 that disease forced Colonel Raymond to abandon the active life to which he was so naturally inclined and much of the time since he had spent in California with a hope of restoriing his health or at least prolonging his years.

Those who recall Colonel Raymond in the prime of life will remember a magnificent specimen of manhood. He was about six feet three inches in height, finely proportioned, straight as an arrow, active, strong and full of life.

Excerpt from History of Detroit. - Added Nov., 2010.

History of Detroit, a Chronicle of its Progres - 1912.

Page 913. (Henry Clay Moore)

Mr. Moore was a Republican in politics, and a respected member of the Christ church at Detroit. He was married to Miss Amelia Mack Raymond, a daughter of Henry and Mary (Alvord) Raymond. Her father was a pioneer settler of Michigan, living at Bay City for many years. He later went to California, and then came to Detroit, where he died. His first advent in Michigan was in 1829, coming from the state of New York just after being married and he owned a fine farm near Detroit, at what is now Grosse Isle. He later engaged in the lumber business at Trenton, where he had a large saw mill. In 1850 he went to Bay City in the lumber business. During the Civil war he was employed by the government, having an office at Lansing, Michigan. When he came to Detroit it took twenty-five days to get here from New York. Upon his arrival at Detroit he stopped at the Mansion House, then the finest hotel in Detroit, of which Colonel Mack was the proprietor. Many of the best families of Detroit were fellow guests.

Detroit was very small at that time, as can be seen from the fact that Colonel Mack's carriage, the first owned in Detroit, rarely went more than four or five blocks without getting into the country. Mrs. Raymond desired to take a ride. In company with other ladies she started out on Jefferson avenue, but soon came to the end of the street. Returning they drove out Woodward as far as to where the Pontchartrain Hotel now stands, when they were informed by the coachman they could go no further, as they would be stalled.

Mr. Moore was married to Miss Raymond at Bay City, December 9, 1863, and as the result of this union three children were born to them: Henrietta Frances Raymond Moore and Mary Raymond and Katherine Patten Moore, twins now living at home. Mrs. Moore was born at Grosse Isle and has lived in Michigan all her life. The family are members of the St. Paul's church and live in handsome residence on Edmund Place, which was built in 1887.

Additional Notes.

    1850 - Census: Detroit, Mich.

  • Raymond, Henry - b. 1806 Vermont
  • Mary, wife - b. 1809 Mass.
  • Hellen, dau. - b. 1831 Mich. (m. Benjamin Whipple)
  • Amelia, dau. - b. 1833 Mich. (m. Henry C. Moore)
  • Henry, son - b. 1838 Mich.
  • Mary, dau. - b. 1840 Mich. (m. Raymond Crandell, died 1916 Hawaii)
  • Henretta, dau. - b. 1846 Mich.

    1880 - Census: Bay City, Mich.

  • Moore, Henry Clay - b. 1831 N.H. - lumberman
  • Amelia M., wife - b. 1833 Mich.
  • Henrietta F., dau. b. 1865 Mich.
  • Mary, dau., b. 1868 Mich.
  • Katherine, dau.- b. 1868 Mich.
  • Raymond, Henry,- b. 1805 Vermont - (Amelia's father)
  • Mary, wife - b. 1810 Unk. (Amelia's father)
Related Pages/Notes

Related Pages:
Raymond, Henry S. (son)
Watson, James
Raymod & Watson Mill
Residents of Bay Co., 1847
Contested Election, 1861
People Referenced
Alvord, Mary (wife)
Crandall, Frank (s-inlaw)
Mack, Col.
Moore, Henrietta F. (g-dau)
Moore, Henry C. (s-inlaw)
Moore, Katherine P. (g-dau)
Moore, Mary R. (g-dau)
Raymond, Amelia M. (dau)
Raymond, Henrietta (dau)
Raymond, Henry (subject)
Raymond, Henry S. (son)
Raymond, Mary (dau)
Shearer, James
Watson, James
Whipple, Benjamin (s-inlaw)
Subjects Referenced
Bay City, MI
Bay Co., MI
Civil War
Detroit, MI
Greenfield, MA
Grosse Isle, MI
Internal Rev. Collector
Lansing, MI
Lower Saginaw, MI
Mansion House
Michigan legislature
New York
Pontchartrain Hotel
Representative, MI
Saginaw valley, MI
Saw mill
St. Paul's church
Trenton, MI
Utica, NY
Woodstock, VT
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