JAMES PYNE was born in New Brunswick in 1823, and was married to Isabella Craven, of that place in 1850, and came to Alcona County in 1870. He first worked for Ives, Green & Co., at lumbering for two years, and bought eighty acres in Section 28, of Alcona Township, a part of which he cleared and commenced farming. He has a family of eight children, five boys and three girls, who are living in the township. Mr. Pyne jobbed at lumbering successfully for several seasons for E.R. Haynes & Co., of Alcona Township.
Subsequently he has lumbered for Alger, Smith & Co. at Black River, and has recently finished a large dwelling house on his farm, but did not live to enjoy the fruits of his hard labor, for on the 10th day of May, 1883, he died suddenly of disease of the heart, and was buried in Harrisville cemetery. He was a kind neighbor, a firm friend and an honest man. The large concourse of neighbors who attended the funeral attested to the respect in which he was held by the community where he had so long lived.
(Bibliography: “History of the Lake Huron Shore and Its People with illustrations & Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Pioneers”, 1883, Chicago, Page 278-279)