The Highland Township Historical Society
Highland, Oakland County, Michigan



Portrait and Biographical Album of Oakland County, Michigan, Chapman Bros. (1891), p. 371

ALFRED HIGHFIELD, a farmer on section 3, Highland Township, Oakland County, is a son of John Highfield, a native of Ireland, who came to Canada at an early day.  His wife, Lydia Smith, was a daughter of Stephen Smith, a native of Canada.  The children of Mr. Highfield and his wife were Edwin, Edgerton, William, George, Julia and Sarah.  In 1844 he came to Michigan and lived in Macomb County for a year. He then came to Rose Township, Oakland County, where he spent the remainder of his days.  He and his wife were adherents to the doctrines of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  He was Coroner of Oakland County and Justice of the Peace for a number of years.  His death occurred in Rose Township in October 1884, at the age of eighty-one years.  His wife is still living at the age of seventy-years and makes her home with our subject.

Alfred Highfield was born May 1, 1836, in Canada and at the age of eleven years came to Michigan with his parents.  When twenty-four years old he commenced life for himself.  He bought the farm he now owns in 1889 and worked it for two years before moving on to it.  His marraige took place March 10, 1861, in Rose Township, his bride being Catherine, daughter of James and Matilda (Slocum) Johnson, natives of Pennsylvania and New York, respectively.  Her father died in that township and her mother still lives there.   She was one of four daughters and six sons.  They were highly respected people and were connected with the Methodist Episcopal Church.  At one time the father and his five sons were in the army in the late Civil War and all returned home except John who gave up his life for his country.

The children of Mr. and Mrs. Highfield are Rosalia, Ida, Lillian, Charles, and AdelbertRosalia is now Mrs. Doty and lives in Highland Township.  The home of Charles is in South Dakota.  Adelbert is employed in the Novelty Works at Clyde and the two younger daughters are at home.  Mr. Highfield now owns a farm of one hundred and five acres.  He carries on mixed farming and makes a specialty of sheep raising.  His political convictions are strongly with the Republican party but he has never aspired to any public office.  His wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Clyde, where the two daughters also find their religious home.  Mr. Highfield has done a great amount of pioneer work.  He aided in clearing his father's old farm and has also cleared part of his own.  He has made other improvements and has his farm in excellent condition.


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