Selected Families and Individuals


John Stead

worked on his father's farm in Utica and married Mary Brabb, a native of Yorkshire, in 1840. He inherited a portion of his father's farm and died on it 1 August 1878.

Joseph Stead

Came to Utica, Michigan c1817. 1820 census shows Joseph, Mary(wife), and 7
sons under 16 and 1 daughter under age 18. Bought land from President
Monroe. Land is now Shelby Township(most of section 33)

When Joseph and his family arrived in New York in 1820, they bought a wagon and a pair of horses and traveled to Buffalo. From there they embarked on the Walk-in-the-Water to cross Lake Erie. This was the first steamboat on Lake Erie. They arrived in Detroit in the early summer of 1820.

Joseph Stead was tall and slim, being about five feet and eleven inches in height, well proportioned, with a light complexion and brown hair and blue eyes. He had a rather aristocratic and dignified manner and was a trifle pompous. He was an honorable man and a good citizen. He was married in England to Mary Anna Hill, whose father was a teacher in a private school. She inherited an annuity of $200 a year.

In an advertisement in the Detroit Gazette of May 31, 1825, Bain & Gagnier Tailors advertised that Joseph Stead, son of Joseph, was apprenticed to them in the tailoring business and had run away. In close proximity to the advertisement was another signed by Joseph Stead who said that his son, Joseph, had never been apprenticed to Bain & Gagnier, but had worked for them by a stated price and without any restrictions. It also stated that he was perfectly satisfied with his son's reason for leaving their employment.

Joseph inherited farm land from his brother, Benjamin, and bought more land adjacent to it. As a farmer, he did very little work but was active in superintending the labor done on his property and was quite prominent in the little settlement. He was appointed Justice of the Peace by Governor Cass and confirmed by the fourth legislative counsel on 11 Aug 1830. He continued in this office until Michigan became a state in 1837.

Old residents of Utica and members of the Stead family remember him as clean shaven and wearing a tall hat, ruffled shirt and black stock, like all men of social consideration at that time. He never hunted, although the bears would sometimes come into his barnyard and kill his chickens. He was quiet and a skillful gardener. He always wore a morning gown around his home in the early part of the day, but was always in grand garment when he went into the village.

Joseph Stead died at his home in Utica on 27 June 1842 at the age of 60. The house was occupied by his grandson, Benjamin Stead, for awhile. His wife preceded him to the grave in 1840 at the age of 63. In the graveyard of Utica there now rest about 35 Steads who are all descendants.

Mary Ann Hall

have seen d as 12/1/1846 have seen name spelled as HILL

Henry J Stead

lived on the parental farm until he was of age. He purchased a farm at Plumb Brook three miles from Utica and was building a house on it to be occupied by himself and his promised wife but died on 11 August 1835 at the age of 27.

Fredrick Stead

died on the Cass Farm in Detroit of fever on 1 August 1821 at the age of 10.

Caroline Stead

died on the Cass Farm in Detroit on the same day as Frederick at the age of 8.