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Find A Grave Memorial# 126215041 While looking for more Flint relatives I had Helen down as daughter of Sgt. Francis Flint & Orpha Abbe, but I see you have Helen's parents as: "Daughter of Isacc M. and Lois (Wetmore) Flint of Battle Creek, Michigan." I was just searching Isacc/Isaac's name to find out if he might be related to Francis and I found the below article from "Portrait And Biographical Album of Calhoun County, Michigan". You have probably already seen it but I thought I would offer this information. I esp. liked the part of the "tea party" gang LOL. Was hoping it was a "new found relative" but sadly I don't think so, yet. Thank you, Connie (Cross) Krueger Find A Grave member #47328642 ~~~~~~~~~ "Portrait And Biographical Album of Calhoun County, Michigan" "ISAAC M. FLINT. Among the men who are I actively engaged in the practice of law in /|i Battle Creek is he whose life history it is our purpose to present to our readers. The fact that in the face of a large Republican majority he was elected Justice of the Peace in 1885 and held the office continuously until 1890, furnishes abundant evidence of the estimate of his mind and character that is held by his fellow-men. The Flints were first represented in America just prior to the Revolution, one of the three brothers who founded the family having assisted in throwing the tea overboard in Boston Harbor. The brothers located in Connecticut, whence one of them removed to what is called the Holland Purchase, in New York. To this branch of the family our subject belongs. Mr. Flint opened his eyes to the light November 25, 1834, iu Herkimer County, N. Y., being one of the nine children born to Isaac M. and Lois (Wetmore) Flint. The other members of the family circle now living are: Mrs. Eliza L. Hall, whose home is in Eaton, this State; Mrs. Adelia C. Hodges, who lives in Battle Creek; Mrs. Helen C. Brackett, residing in Lansing; Abijah M., an attorney at Lake Odessa, Ionia Gounty; and Forest W. W., a carpenter in Battle Creek. The father was born in the Empire State August 4, 1808, and was a carpenter, joiner and canal contractor as long as he lived in his native State. In 1842 he built a couple of iron bridges in Orleans County, this being about the last work he did in New York, as he soon afterward came to this State and located in Battle Creek. He carried on the work of a carpenter here until 1856, then engaged in the feotel business in Eaton County. In 18G5 he exchanged his hotel for a farm near Bellevue, whence he subsequently removed to Nashville. His death occurred in Briar Hill, St. Lawrence County, N. Y., September 26, 1890. His first wife, the mother of our subject, had died in 1881. She belonged to a New England family, members of which occupied a conspicuous place in the history of Connecticut. The subject of this sketch was brought up to the trade of a carpenter under his father's instruction, but drifted into teaching, taking his first school in Kalamazoo County, this State, when but seventeen years old. He afterward read law, was admitted to the bar in 1861 and began the practice of his chosen profession in Ionia County. The Civil War having broken out, he devoted himself for some time to securing mechanics for the Government, then resumed teaching in which he continued to expend his energy until 1869. At that time he again turned his attention to the legal profession, combining with his practice the real-estate business. His reputation as a teacher, however, was such that his services were called for, and finding it hard to entirely abandon pedagogical work he taught a number of terms after he began law practice. Mr. Flint resided in Vicksburg, Kalamazoo County, ten years, and although his chief attention was given to his legal work he at the same time owned and controlled an hotel. He returned to Battle Creek in 1881 and had a place in the store department for the Grand Trunk Railroad two or three years, after which he gave himself entirely to professional work in connection with the office of Justice of the Peace. He is now actively engaged in the law, in the knowledge of which he is accurate and thorough, while in practice he is skillful. The pleasant home of Mr. Flint is under the capable management of the lady who became his wife August 18, 1856, and who prior to that time was known as Miss Mary Hodges. The happy union has been blessed by the birth of nine children, but the parents have been called upon to part with three, who have preceded them to the silent land. The survivors are Isaac W., Frank H., Lewis R., Nina M., Lucina A. and Mary. Lewis is proprietor of the City Hotel and Frank is a printer; Nina is now the wife of Paris W. Rice. Mr. Flint belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Patriotic Order Sons of America. In politics he is a Democrat with liberal tendencies, voting for the man rather than the party. He has been an unsuccessful candidate for divers political honors, having generally been found with the minority. In the lodges to which he belongs he has occupied various chairs. He is held in good repute both as a lawyer and a man, and has made many true friends during his progress through life."