Original Highland Township Landowner
Joseph Lanning is said to have been born 1810-1812 in Steuben County, New York. He came to Michigan and settled on his purchase in Highland Township, Oakland County, circa 1836-37. His wife was Mahala Haines, born circa 1824. She was the daughter of Reuben H. Haines, another original Highland landowner. Joseph Lanning appears on both the 1845 Michigan State Census and 1850 Federal Census for Highland. Mahala (Haines) Lanning is said to have died at Highland on April 10, 1861. Two of her children died that same year - one the month before and the other two weeks after. All three are buried at Oak Grove Cemetery, Milford, Michigan. Joseph Lanning is said to have died circa 1885.
It is possible Joseph Lanning was related in some fashion to Sarah Lanning, the daughter of Hiram Lanning and wife of Highland pioneer Abel Buck. As a look at the map for Section 28 will disclosed, the two men purchased adjoining parcels. It is also possible, although not yet established, that Joseph Lanning is in some way related to either Isaiah C. Lanning, born circa 1828, and/or a Benjamin Lanning; both of whom likewise have Highland Township connections.