Original Highland Township Landowner
Alvah Tenny (Tenney)
Alvah Tenny (also sometimes spelled "Tenney") was born September 1, 1802, at Norwich, New London County, Connecticut, the son of Asa a/k/a Amos and Temperence (Smith) Tenney. He married July 4, 1824, Rebecca Crouch Holdridge, the daughter of Gershom and Rebecca (Crouch) Holdridge. The couple joined other family members who moved to the Genesee region of western New York, where Alvah Tenny appears on the 1830 Census for Chili, Monroe County.
In 1832 Alvah and his older brother, Rufus Tenny, came to Michigan and purchased land in Sections 30 and 31 of Highland Township before returning home. Durant's History of Oakland County, Michigan, states that "Alvah's wife's friends were opposed to his coming, so he sold his interest to his brother Jesse." Alvah Tenny died in New York shortly thereafter on June 8, 1834. His widow, Rebecca (Holdridge) Tenny, married second, in 1835, William Johnson.