The Highland Township Historical Society
Highland, Oakland County, Michigan

Original Highland Township Landowner

Eber Adams

E 1/2 of NE 1/4 of Section 22         E 1/2 of SE 1/4 of Section 22        NW 1/4 of SW 1/4 of Section 23         W 1/2 of NE 1/4 of Section 29         NE 1/4 of NW 1/4 of Section 29         W 1/2 of NW 1/4 of Section 29        SE 1/4 of NW 1/4 of Section 29

Eber Adams was born May 7, 1802, the son of Asa Adams.  He grew up in Parma, Monroe County, New York, where he married February 6, 1828, Freelove Dunham.  The couple came to Oakland County, Michigan, with other members of their respective families circa 1835.  Eber Adams probably settled on his purchase in Section 29, where he is said to have built the first frame house in Highland Township.  He also secured patents to lands along Pettibone Creek in Sections 22 and 23, but made no effort to take advantage of their potential as mill sites.  One of his purchases (i.e., the E 1/2 of NE 1/4 of Section 22) was made jointly with his brother, Madison Adams.  Eber Adams and his wife also bought parcels in Sections 12 and 26 of Hartland Township, Livingston County.

Sometime after 1840 Eber Adams and his family sold their holdings in Highland and moved to Atlas Township, Genesee County, Michigan.  There, on April 2, 1843, a group of Baptists met at the Eber Adams home, elected him chairman and organized the first Baptist church in Atlas Township.  

Note that Eber Adams' first name is given in some records and accounts as "Heber," e.g., the 1840 Census of Highland.  Some family histories also call him "Ebenezer."   He should not be confused with another, different Eber Adams who was an early innkeeper at Adrian, Lenawee County, Michigan.


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