|Grandmother Grace (Knight) Ruesink was very proud of her New England heritage and often told her grandchildren that it was important to remember what our forebearers did and what they stood for. She knew, for example, that some of her ancestors had contributed financially to the founding of Harvard University. And she told us of their early days in Michigan in the 1830s, when a passing Indian might poke his head in through the cabin window to see what her grandmother and the children were doing inside.
The information presented here was gathered from very many sources. Dozens of relatives contributed what they knew, and dozens of web sites have been consulted. In addition, I personally visited research libraries in Massachusetts, New York, and Michigan, and obtained access to several rare publications through interlibrary loan while at the University of Illinois.
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