Original Highland Township Landowner
Evrit a/k/a Everett Hawley
Evrit a/k/a Everett Hawley was born March 19, 1805, at East Bloomfield, Ontario County, New York, the son of Jonathan and Olive (Steele) Hawley. He married Lucy Newton and subsequently moved to Michigan, initially settling in Wayne County. On January 5, 1831, a patent was issued to "Evrit" Hawley of Ontario County, New York, for a parcel in Section 3, Livonia Township. Six years later "Evrit" Hawley of Wayne County, Michigan, made his purchase in Section 27, Highland Township, Oakland County.
It does not appear, however, that Hawley ever resided in Highland. Rather, on October 3, 1837, "Everett Hawley" made an "entry" in Section 16, Farmington Township, Oakland County, just north of his property in Livonia. It appears he located on this parcel since the 1840 Census gives his residence as Farmington. Five years later the 1845 Michigan State Census shows "Evit" Hawley living in West Bloomfield.