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Ionia is the largest city in, and county seat of, Ionia County, in Michigan.
The Grand River, (the largest river in the state), and it’s tributaries, the Maple, Flat, and Looking Glass, are rivers that have seen the development of the land from the days of the Chippewa, Pottawatomie, and Ottawa Indians who lived along their banks to the coming of the first white settler in the 1830s, Samuel Dexter, who started the town of Ionia.
  • 1831 - First settled by settlers from New York led by Samuel Dexter
  • 1841 - Platted
  • 1865 - Incorporated as a village
  • 1873 - Organized into a city

Items of Interest

Souvenir of Ionia Michigan by Chas. J. Seely, Publisher 1907  (This publication is 73 pages in its entirety, and may take a moment or two to load) Click on the title link to view this interesting publication!

Visit the Ionia County Historical Society.  (The following is an excerpt taken from the Ionia County Historical Society website) The present Ionia County Historical Society was first organized in 1974 specifically to "purchase, restore, and preserve the John C. Blanchard House." During the first few years, exterior renovations were completed, and room-by-room restoration was begun. The work continues, funded by local contributions, grants, and income from special events such as the annual Historic Ionia Home Tour each spring.

Visit Ionia County Genealogical Research Guide "Early History of Ionia County" (regarding Samuel Dexter).

Another website source that you may wish to visit regarding Samuel Dexter is from the website and a page therein titled: "" page thread; Samuel Dexter...