Original Highland Township Landowner
Luther Parshall was born March 22, 1810; one of seventeen children born to Asa and Suannah (Keeney) Parshall of Chemung, Chemung County, New York. His older brother, Isaac Parshall, settled in what would become Parshallville, Hartland Township, Livingston County, Michigan.
Luther Parshall's patent indicates he was a resident of Oakland County at the time he purchased land in Highland Township in November, 1832, but it is unclear whether he ever actually resided on the parcel. He apparently returned briefly to Chemung, New York, where he married March 6, 1834, Emma Roberts, born April 26, 1814. The couple appear to have settled in Livingston County, Michigan, where Luther owned several parcels in both Brighton and Green Oak Townships. The 1840 Census shows him as residing in Green Oak, while the 1850 Census shows him in Brighton. By 1860 he had moved to Farmington, Oakland County, but he apparently returned to Brighton where he died January 29, 1870.