Original Highland Township Landowner
Robert R. Howell
Little is known about this man beyond his name and the fact his patent gives his residence as Wayne County, Michigan. He is likely the Robert R. Howell who served as a constable in Detroit in 1834, See: Friend Palmer, Early Days In Detroit, (1906) p. 890, as well as the "R. R. Howell" who served as a constable in 1835 and 1836, Silas Farmer, History of Detroit and Michigan (1884), p. 210. An old Detroit city directory shows he lived at a boarding house known as "Detroit Cottage" at 45 Woodward Avenue.
In addition to his purchase in Highland Township, Robert R. Howell also bought considerable land in Wayne, Macomb, Genesee and Shiawassee Counties. Several of these were purchased jointly with either James Weed or Edwin Jerome. The latter is most likely the Edwin Jerome, born December 24, 1805, who came to Detroit in 1828 and served as a surveyor with the Detroit Land Office. He later appears on the 1850 Census for Detroit as an attorney, age 44, possessed of a sizable estate.