The Highland Township Historical Society
Highland, Oakland County, Michigan

Original Highland Township Landowner

Charles S. Thrasher

SE 1/4 of NW 1/4 of Section 15

Charles S. Thrasher was born April 15, 1815, in New York, the son of John B. and Roxanna (Holdridge) Thrasher.   His maternal grandfather was Gershom Holdridge of Riga Center, Monroe County, New York, who himself purchased land in Section 15, Highland Township, adjoining that of his grandson.  Charles S. Thrasher was also the nephew of Rebecca C. (Holdridge) Tenny, whose husband Alvah Tenny was another original Highland landowner.

Charles S. Thrasher's patent indicates he was a resident of Oakland County, Michigan, at the time he made his purchase, but whether he ever actually settled on the property is unclear.   His parents eventually moved to Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois, where they appear on the 1850 Census.  It appears Charles S. Thrasher either accompanied or followed them there, since LDS records indicate he married Mary Elizabeth Beem in McLean County, Illinois, on January 9, 1848.  Charles S. Thrasher died in 1888 and is buried at Long Point Cemetery, Long Point, Livingston County, Illinois.


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