Original Highland Township Landowner
Adam Coonradt a/k/a Conrad, Coonrod, etc., is said by one family researcher to have been born October 18, 1793, at Brunswick, Rensselaer County, New York, the son of Phillip A. and Hannah (Hydorn) Coonradt. He married Elizabeth Cogsdell, born circa 1797, and came to Michigan circa 1835, initially settling on his purchase in Section 32, Highland Township, Oakland County. He subsequently appears on the 1840 Census for Highland as Adam "Conrad;" on the 1845 Michigan State Census for Highland as Adam "Coonrod;" and on the 1850 Census for Highland as Adam "Conrod." He relocated sometime thereafter, however, since the 1860 Census shows Adam "Coonrod" living in Milford, Oakland County. In 1867 he purchased 80 acres of Section 19, Howell Township, Livingston County, to which he moved and where he died in 1875. His widow, Elizabeth (Cogsdell) Coonradt, survived him by three years, dying in 1878.