Revolutionary War soldier Jacob Hadley served in the Continental Army at the 1775 siege of Boston. His grandson, Daniel Dunbar Brockway, headed west to the Great Lakes for his own adventures.
Born in Vermont in 1815 and named for an older half-brother who had died, Daniel grew up on a farm with 15 siblings and half siblings. By 1836 he was in Michigan, where he married Lucena Harris in Kalamazoo County. The newlywed Brockways headed to New York where they spent several years farming before returning west with their daughter, Charlotte.