The Highland Township Historical Society
Highland, Oakland County, Michigan

Original Highland Township Landowner

Daniel Row (Rowe, Roe), Jr.

W 1/2 of SE 1/4 of Section 29         NW 1/4 of NE 1/4 of Section 32

Daniel Row (also spelled Rowe or Roe), Jr., was born circa 1781 at Granby, Connecticut, the son of Daniel and Charlotte (Griffin) Rowe.  He married circa 1803 at Stephenstown, New York, Mary (Polly) Crossman, the daughter of Phineas and Alice Crossman.  Soon after the birth of their first child in 1804 the couple began heading west.  They initially settled in Camilus, Onongada County, New York, where their next two children were born in 1811 and 1815.  By 1820, however, they had moved on to Clarkson, Monroe County, New York, not far from the town of Parma, where their last two children were born.

In or around 1835 Daniel Row elected to move his family one final time to a new home in Highland Township, Oakland County, Michigan.  According to one account , Daniel Row and his son Nelson drove a team and wagon across Ontario hauling the family's household effects, while son Squire W.   Rowe brought his wife, mother and other family via boat.  See:   Frank C. Roe, Some Descendants of Hugh Roe, typewritten manuscript (1972), pp. 27, 34, posted as a PDF file at

Daniel Row died at Highland in 1853.  His wife Polly (whom it is claimed always preferred the spelling "Roe") died in 1851.  See the Rowe Family Photo Album for more on this family.


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