The Highland Township Historical Society
Highland, Oakland County, Michigan

Original Highland Township Landowner

Crocker a/k/a Zaccheus Crocker Hastings

NW 1/4 of NE 1/4 of Section 19

Zaccheus Crocker Hastings, more often called simply Crocker Hastings, was born June 2, 1810, at Wilmington, Vermont, the son of Otis and Clarissa (Kellogg) Hastings.  The family moved to Ogden, New York, where Crocker married April 13, 1834, Emily Huntly.  She was born February 25, 1814, the daughter of Erastus George and Betsey (Church) Huntly.  

Shortly after their marriage the couple settled in Michigan.  In October, 1835, Crocker Hastings purchased 40 acres in Section 24, Hartland Township, Livingston County.  Two years later he purchased 40 acres just across the line in Section 19 of Highland Township, Oakland County.   The family appears on the 1840 Census for Highland, but by 1850 had moved to Milford, Oakland County, where Crocker Hastings worked as a blacksmith.  When the Village of Milford was incorporated in 1869 he was elected one of the first members of the village council.  He died February 10, 1887, and is buried at Oak Grove Cemetery, Milford, Michigan.  His wife, Emily (Huntley) Hastings, died on March 18, 1896, and is likewise buried at Oak Grove Cemetery.  See: Timothy Hopkins, The Kelloggs In The Old and New World, (1903), Vol. 1, pp. 305-306, as well as a Crocker family history at


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