05 May 2013

Obituary Of Huldana Squier Henry

From Obituary, memorial sermon and tributes of regard : on the occasion of the death of Mrs. Huldana Squier Henry : born at New Haven, Vt., July 22, 1811, and died at Detroit, Mich., May 3, 1880:


The memory of such a life is a great legacy, more precious than gold, and the meditations upon it represented by the tributes of these pages is an interest in which I am thankful to bear a humble part.


The funeral of Mrs. Huldana Squier Henry took place May 5, 1880, from her late residence, 125 Lafayette Ave., Detroit, Mich. 

She was the daughter of Hon. Wait Squier, of New Haven, Vermont, born July 22, 1811. She was born also into the deeply-religious life which pervaded the home of her parents. And, when twelve years old, her mother was taken from the earth, Huldana was not in danger of losing her Christian type of character. 

January 9, 1833, at the age of 22, she was married to Mr. W. G. Henry of Bennington, Vermont, where the home was fixed, and their two first children born, and where she united by letter with the Congregational Church. 

In September, 1836, the young household removed to what was then the far West, a journey of twenty days, to a settlement just commenced in Michigan, which is now the city of Grand Rapids. 

In the winter of 1839 and 1840, amid the excitement of the Patriot Rebellion in Canada, Mr. and Mrs. Henry visited their friends in Vermont, going the whole distance in a sleigh with two small children, passing through Canada, sending their team for crossing sixteen miles down the river from Detroit, while they 
crossed at the city, partly by small boat, and partly on cakes of ice. 

In 1867 they removed from Grand Rapids to Detroit... .

Those of her immediate family who survive her, are her husband, Mr. W. G. Henry of Detroit, and her children, Mr. Wm. W. Henry of Big Rapids, Mich., Mrs. Gen. R. A. Alger of Detroit, Mrs. Rev. Frank Russell of Mansfield, Ohio, Miss Fay Henry, and Mr. Albert M. Henry of Detroit, besides Miss Naina Henry, a granddaughter, who is more a daughter, having lived as one from three years of age, and scarce knowing any other mother, and other grandchildren.

A letter to her granddaughter was included.

Huldana Squier Henry and my grandkids' ancestor, Wait Squier, were siblings.

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