Original Highland Township Landowner
E 1/2 of NE 1/4 of Section 33
E 1/2 of NW
1/4 of Section 33 SW 1/4 of NE 1/4 of Section 33
W 1/2 of SE
1/4 of Section 33
Stephen Armstrong was born March 15, 1790, at Franklin, New London, Connecticut, the son of Lee and Edna/Ednah (Smith) Armstrong. He married first, February 17, 1811, at Franklin, Connecticut, Eunice Peck, who was born December 4, 1791. The couple soon moved to Parma, Monroe County, New York, where Stephen saw service in the War of 1812.
In 1834 Stephen Armstrong came to Michigan, purchasing seven hundred acres in both Highland and Milford Townships, Oakland County. He also bought land in the village of Milford where, from 1839 to 1853, he was co-owner of the Milford mill originally built by Stanley and Elizur Ruggles. It is said that "Highland Township was his home from his arrival in the State until his demise." He was elected township Supervisor in 1837; the second to ever hold that position.
Stephen Armstrong married second, Orpha Clark, the daughter of Ethan and Lovinia (Lockwood) Clark. He died at Milford on April 13, 1843. His second wife survived him by almost 48 years, passing away on March 25, 1891.