Original Highland Township Landowner
Charles Porter was born in 1812 in County Donegal, Ireland, and died in February, 1903, at White Lake Township, Oakland County, Michigan. He came to the United States in 1830 and first located in the State of New York, but the following year settled in Bloomfield Township, Oakland County, Michigan. After a few years he moved to a farm in White Lake. It is said he belonged to the militia that was mustered out during the so-called "Toledo War" (1835-36) over the disputed Michigan-Ohio boundary. He later held a variety of township offices, including highway commissioner, justice of the peace, and 25 years as White Lake Township clerk. He married at White Lake April 13, 1839, Elizabeth Arthur, daughter of David and Elizabeth (Arthur) Authur. She was born December 1, 1819, and died in December, 1887. See: Biographical Record, Containing Biographical Sketches Of The Leading Citizens Of Oakland County, Michigan, Biographical Publishing Co. (1903) pp. 413-414.