Detroit, MI

Detroit, Michigan and Surrounding Area, 1857
DETROIT, city, and seat of justice of Wayne co., Mich., occupies a pleasant and commanding situation on the west bank of Detroit river, 18 miles from Lake Erie, and 7 miles from Lake St. Clair. Between the two great lakes, Huron and Erie, upon both of which, its vessels carry on an extensive trade, through Lakes Superior and Michigan, and with Canada, Pennsylvania, and New York. It is an important metropolis of the western states, and is destined to a still higher rank than it now holds. (Fanning's, 1853)

Record Data

Place Unit Type
  City or Town
Containing Unit

Note Cards



Birthplace of

Hunt, Henry Jackson

Henry Jackson Hunt, detail
Full name
  Henry Jackson Hunt

Sibley, Henry Hastings

Henry Hastings Sibley, detail
Full name
  Henry Hastings Sibley

Wilcox, Orlando Bolivar

Orlando Bolivar Wilcox, detail
Full name
  Orlando Bolivar Wilcox
1860 residence of

DeBaptiste, George

No image yet available for this man
Full name
  George DeBaptiste
Burial place of

Wilkins, Ross

Dickinson College Alumnus - No photograph currently available
Full name
  Ross Wilkins


Contained places
Name Type
Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit, MI Location or Site


Date Title
02/18/1851 Seth Concklin to William Still, February 18, 1851
01/21/1854 Louisville (KY) Journal, "Freight on the Underground Railroad," January 21, 1854
12/18/1854 New York Herald, “A Singular Slave Case in Indiana,” December 18, 1854
08/25/1856 Charleston (SC) Mercury, "Underground Railroad," August 25, 1856
04/30/1857 Washington (DC) National Era, "The Southern Press," April 30, 1857
01/13/1859 New York Times, "A Phase of Slavery," January 13, 1859
01/14/1859 New York Herald, "A Kentucky Planter Selling His Daughter," January 14, 1859
04/02/1859 (Omaha) Nebraskian, “Ossowatamie [Osawatomie] Brown,” April 2, 1859
04/06/1859 New York Herald, “The Late Scattering Elections,” April 6, 1859
04/07/1859 Chicago (IL) Press and Tribune, “The Beginning of the Presidential Campaign,” April 7, 1859
06/15/1859 Milwaukee (WI) Sentinel, “Sleeping Cars on the Detroit and Milwaukee Railway,” June 15, 1859
09/26/1859 Chicago (IL) Press and Tribune, “Is a Bowling Alley a Nuisance?,” September 26, 1859
01/05/1860 New York Herald, "The Underground Railroad and Its Victims," January 5, 1860
01/23/1860 Boston (MA) Herald, “A Conflict of the Races in Canada,” January 23, 1860
01/23/1860 New York Times,“The Colored People and John Brown’s Widow,” January 23, 1860
02/06/1860 New York Herald, "The Colored Refugees in Canada," February 6, 1860
05/02/1860 Charleston (SC) Mercury, "Depot of the Underground Railroad in Detroit," May 2, 1860
05/19/1860 Cleveland (OH) Herald, “Enthusiasm over the Nomination,” May 19, 1860
09/05/1860 New York Times, “Senator Seward in Michigan,” September 5, 1860
01/09/1861 Savannah (GA) News, “The Governor of Michigan Advocating Coercion,” January 9, 1861
04/09/1861 Memphis (TN) Appeal, "The Underground Railroad," April 9, 1861
09/17/1862 William H. Hardwick to William Still, September 17, 1862