Original Highland Township Landowner
Abel Buck was born circa 1802, the son of Asahel Buck of Cayuga County, New York. He married August 16, 1832, in Cayuga County, Sarah Lanning, the daughter of Hiram Lanning, who was born in 1814. Soon after their marriage Abel, his father Asahel, brother William and other family members came to Michigan. They initially settled in Salem, Washtenaw County, where Asahel died at the home of son William Buck and became one of the first to be buried in the old cemetery in South Lyon, Oakland County.
Abel and Sarah (Lanning) Buck soon relocated to Highland Township, Oakland County, where they raised a family of thirteen children. Abel Buck died on June 20, 1860, at age 58 years, 3 months, 12 days. His widow survived another 26 years, dying December 20, 1886, at age 72 years, 9 months, 4 days.
First Land Owners of Oakland County says that his purchase on June 17, 1836, is shown by Oakland County Records as having been made June 16, 1836.