At the beginning of the 1800s, the Bliss family was living in Massachusetts, the Daniells and the Winegars had settled in New York State, and the Stephensons were living in Lincolnshire, England. By 1855, all four families had relocated to Clinton County, Michigan. What made this migration possible was the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825. This opened up the “West” for development.
Click on the link on the right side of the page labeled Routes to Michigan for an interactive map showing the paths the four families traveled. You can click on both the markers and the lines to get information about the families and the routes they traveled.