Original Highland Township Landowner
Erastus Underwood was born November 12, 1804, the son of Evander/Vander and Jerusha (Wood) Underwood of Freetown, Cortland County, New York. He married circa 1829 Laura a/k/a Lura Holmes, daughter of Roswell Holmes, a Revolutionary veteran. The family soon after came to Highland where Erastus Underwood appears on the 1840 Census. He died at Clyde, Highland Township, on September 15, 1861. See: Lucien Marcus Underwood, The Underwood Families of America, New Era Printing Co., Lancaster, Pennsylvania (1913), Vol. 1, pp. 242-243. Vander Underwood, the son of Erastus Underwood, was a soldier in the Mexican War. Albertus Underwood, another son, was a farmer at Clyde.