James Edwin PriceBirth: 18 Oct 1830 · Washington, Macomb, Michigan
Death: 4 Mar 1905 · Roscommon, Michigan
James Edwin Price was born October 18, 1830, in Washington Township. His parents, Peter and Emma (Hopkins) Price, were old settlers in the county, coming here from New York in 1824.
In November of 1857, James married Mary Eleanor Duncan and had one child, Mary Eleanor (Ella) Price in 1858. His first wife passed in 1861.
On September 10, 1867 James married second Lucy Ann Van Blarcom, Daughter of William and Catherine A Sutton Van Blarcom of New Jersey. James and Lucy had three children born in Macomb, Michigan. According to the Michigan Births and Christenings Index, twins Lena J. and Lucy Ann were both born on July 6, 1870; however, Lena must have died as an infant because she is not listed as living with the family in the 1880 census. Their son Andrew J. Price was born on August 31, 1883. Lucy passed in 1884.
On August 12, 1885, James married his third wife, Emma Parrot and had one child, Ralph Price in 1888.
James worked as a merchant of some kind running business on his own accord.
From History of Macomb County, Michigan. 1882. Chicago: M.A. Leeson & Co.:
Peter Price came to Washington when he was seventeen years old, and married a sister of Orman W. Hopkins, of Romeo. He purchased a farm of 160 acres from the Government August 1, 1831, patented by Andrew Jackson. In 1838, he removed his family to Romeo, where he engaged in mercantile business under the firm style of Pratt & Price. This relation existed until 1844. In the spring of that year, he started a foundry in Almont, which he operated until 1850, when he moved on the old Philip Price farm, three miles south of Romeo. January 2, 1868, he went to Bronson, Branch County, where he died in October, 1873, in his sixty-seventh year. Mr. Price, of this sketch, was associated with his father in the foundry at Almont, and, in the spring of 1850, went to Rochester, Oakland County, and entered the employ of Jennings & Bro., merchants, and remained until November, 1853, when he went to California. After about two years in the gold regions, he returned, in June, 1855. He spent a few months in Wisconsin, and then returned to the employ of Jennings & Bro. at Rochester. He was married, in November 1857, to Ella Duncan, a native of this county, who died July 26, 1861. They had a daughter, the wife of Elliott R. Wilcox, of Pontiac, Oakland County. In April, 1859, he went a second time to California nd returned to his old employ at Rochester April 15, 1861, coming to Romeo September 15, 1862, going into company with O.W. Hopkins in crockery and grocer store. He sold out February 20, 1863, and afterward opened a small store in the frame building south of the Commercial House, where he did business twenty months. April 22, 1865, he bought the premises where he is now located, called the Chapman property. Here he was married again, September 10, 1867, to Lucy A. Van Blarcom, of Newton, New Jersey. The have one daughter, Lulu A., twelve years old. Mr. Price has always been a Republican. From 1870 to 1874, he was Village Trustee; resides on Chandler street.
James died in Roscommon, Michigan in 1905, though no burial is currently available.