2nd GGUncle Roswell Harmon Post, brother to 2nd GGFather John Franklin Post, Jr.
The following obituaries were discovered by Dan Houser, a 'cousin' to whom much credit is due for his years of dedicated work on our Post family tree. Countless hours and untold expense were involved as he combed library microfiche, acquired official documentation piece by piece, and visited long-abandoned graveyards. Thank you, Dan!
Post, Roswell Harmon
The Detroit News, Dec 15, 1934, Page 3, (Detroit Lib)
Death Ends Long Career of Covered-Wagon Baby
A covered-wagon baby whose life spanned the development of Detroit and Michigan
Following a brief illness, Roswell H. Post, building contractor for 45 years,
died Friday afternoon in his home, 949 Alexandrine avenue west.
Mr. Post, who was 88 years old was the youngest of seven sons of John Franklin
Post, pioneer Monroe lumberman, and was born July 4, 1847 in a covered wagon
while his parents paused for the night on the banks of the Miami River in Ohio,
during their long wagon trek from New York State to
The family proceeded to Monroe, where Mr. Post's father cut a homestead out of
the forest and established a mill. When the boy was 14, the Civil War broke out
and he worked far into the night firing the furnaces of the mill while
thousands of feet of lumber were converted into stocks for the guns of Union
In later years, Mr. Post became a builder and among the buildings he
constructed were the present Union Station at Third avenue and Fort street; the
old Peninsular Stove Works, several Detroit churches and the early giant grain
elevators at Duluth. His office and shop stood on the site of the present
Detroit Trust Co. on Fort street west.
Mr.Post's ancestors were prominently identified with the early days of the
Republic. His great-great-grandfather was a captain in the Revolutionary War
and his great-grandmother was a niece of Benjamin Franklin. He leaves his wife,
who was Mary Trueman, of Indianapolis.
He was a member of Zion Lodge No.1, F & A.M: Monroe Chapter, No 1,R.A.M;
Monroe Council, No. 1 R & S. M.; Detroit Lodge No. 128, and Michigan
Encampment, No. 1, I.O.O.F, and Mabel Rebekah Lodge No. 44.
Funeral services to be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday. will be under suspects of
members of Zion Lodge. Note--> There is a picture with this notice.
The Monroe Evening News, Monroe, Michigan (Monroe H.S. & Ellis Lib.)
Dec 17, 1934 Page 7
ROSWELL POST DIES IN DETROIT-Son of Pioneer Monroe Family Was Born in Covered
Wagon-Roswell Post, 88 years old, building contractor in Detroit for 45 years,
whose father Franklin Post was a pioneer Monroe lumberman, died in his home at
949 Alexandrine avenue in Detroit, Friday.
Mr. Post, who died after a brief illness, was born July 4, 1847 in a covered
wagon while his parents paused for the night on the Miami River in Ohio, during
their long wagon journey from New York State to Michigan. The Post home here
was at the northwest corner of Washington and Fifth streets. The house is now
owned by Mrs Winifred Sisung.
When the family reached Monroe, Mr. Post's father cut a Homestead out of the
forest and established a mill here. When the Civil War broke out the boy was 14
years old and he worked far into the night firing the furnace of the mill while
thousands of feet of lumber was converted into stocks for the guns of Union
Mr. Post constructed a number of the larger buildings in Detroit and several
Mr. Post's ancestors were prominently identified with the early days of the
republic. His great-great-grandfather was a captain in the Revolutionary War
and his great-grandmother was a niece of Benjamin Franklin.
Mr. Post leaves his widow. He was identified with the Masonic Lodges of
Detroit, and Encampment No. 1, I.O.O.F. Funeral services were to be held this
afternoon in Detroit.