Our Hidden Settlement

Atherton to Burton, then and now.

by Mona Ballge Miron



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/7/2023

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 262
ISBN : 9798385003419
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 262
ISBN : 9798385003433
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 262
ISBN : 9798385003426

About the Book

My journey goes back in time to Burton, Michigan’s history, when it was still the “Atherton Settlement” (1835-1855). Genesee County was formed in 1836, Michigan wasn’t even a state, until 1837. This was an exciting time for new families to settle here, finding land of their own, for the first time, freedom of religion and new adventures. I’ll be going through the yearly traditions behind the holidays and inventions along the way. I hope you enjoy my historical journey. Learning about the settlers on Thread River was a lot of fun, how they made the Atherton Trail; the four Atherton families working together to survive the cold winters. They built strong shelters, saved food and wood for the winter, with the help of the natives. In 1835 the Atherton Settlement was established; the Atherton families built a strong community over the next twelve months with thirty families. They built their homes, barns, wagons, three churches, a mill, and a trading post. The first school in the settlement was founded in 1836, the Atherton School, was a one room schoolhouse built on the corner of Atherton Trail and Center Road where the Burton Memorial Library sits now. Betsey Atherton was the first teacher. Throughout my research, we have a lot to be thankful for; especially the four Atherton men that were brave enough to stay and never give up on the settlement. As more people joined the settlement for the next 20 years, some had military backgrounds, and mostly coming from New York. With all manner of trades to prosper as the community, when more schools were needed, the farmers would build one in each area for the children. 1855 Atherton Settlement combined with other farms to become Burton Township; the second largest township, but without a post office so, “HIDDEN.”

About the Author

Rev. Mona Ballge Miron graduated from Rhema Bible College, 1996 and American Broadcasting School, 2004 receiving her FCC license, member of American Women in Radio & Television. Youth Pastor and attended SAGU and Mott College for business. Moved back home to Michigan in 2005. Sharing the “Good News” of God’s healing power from depression and a brain stem injury 1986, after a car accident. Mona shares her faith in Jesus’ name, through prayer, Ephesians 6. Focusing on God’s thoughts and peace, having the mind of Christ explained in Philippians 4. Sharing God's Love through music, film, and storytelling. M&M Ministry International Inc., her nonprofit. Always being kind is her motto! As a photojournalist traveling and writing on family genealogy. As founder of the Burton Area Historical Society Inc. public speaking, while writing a history column in the local paper, and writing her first book. Member of National Storyteller Network, VFW, USO and TED. Angel Studio, ICVM, Christian Worldview Film makers, Guilds. National Religious Broadcasters, supporter. Born and raised in Burton Township, Michigan, married 37 years, raising five children to be their best by helping others