The Highland Township Historical Society
Highland, Oakland County, Michigan

Original Highland Township Landowner

Amos Walterhouse

E 1/2 of SW 1/4 of Section 36

Per the History of Livingston County, Michigan, Everts & Abbott, Philadelphia (1880), p. 380:

Amos Walterhouse came to Detroit in the fall of 1835, stayed in the township of Dearborn, Wayne Co., until the spring of 1836, and then settled in Highland, Oakland Co.  In January, 1842, he moved into Oceola.  He is a native of New Jersey, and came to Michigan from Genesee Co., N.Y.

Amos Walterhouse appears on the 1830 Census for Stafford, Genesee County, New York, and thereafter on the 1840 Census for Highland Township as Amos "Waterhouse."  The 1850 Census for Osceola, Livingston County, shows him as age 45; thus born circa 1805.  Also in the household is his wife, Susan, likewise age 45, born in Connecticut.  She died April 24, 1851, at age 46 and is buried at Riddle Cemetery, Osceola, Livingston County, Michigan.  Amos Walterhouse subsequently married second, June 21, 1855, Louisa Blood, the widow of Russell Blood of Livingston County.  died on December 7, 1886, and is buried with his first wife in Riddle Cemetery, Osceola.

Given their their unusual last name and purchase of adjoining parcels, it seems certain Amos Walterhouse was related to the John W. Walterhouse who also bought land in Section 36 of Highland Township.  Based on their respective ages it seems likely they were brothers, but this has yet to be established with certainty.


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