To some degree or another, we are all immigrants. While our brothers and sisters of the Pokagon Band of the Potawatomi may have been the first human settlers to this region, scientists assume that Native Americans migrated to this country millenniums ago across what was then a land bridge between Asia and Alaska. We all came later.

My ancestors on my father’s side came to this country first from England. My father’s mother’s side of the family arrived here not long after the first Puritans. My best guess is their reasons for arriving may have been economic as well as to practice a religion that was not favored by the religious authorities headed by the royals in England. The paternal side of my father’s family arrived in the States shortly after the Civil War. I suppose that their reason for migrating from a rural England to the states may have been economic.

Robert L. Burgess, a Michigan native, has lived in Lincoln Township since 1993. Email: