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- Joseph M. Becker Briefly Settles In Highland
[Re: Tyrone Township, Livingston County] - Joseph M. Becker, with his wife (formerly Eliza Cornell) and one child, came from Ripley, Chautauqua Co., N.Y., to Michigan in the fall of 1833, and settled in the town of Highland, in Oakland County. They lived there until the spring of 1835, and then moved to their home in this town [i.e., Tyrone] on section 28, where they arrived about the 17th of April. He built a house on the south end of his lot, about forty rods west of the quarter-post. He was a shoemaker by trade, and his services were in great demand among the settlers, who were glad to exchange work with him, and were not always careful to exact an equal amount of time.
- George Cornell Passes Through Highland Before Settling In Tyrone Township
[Re: Tyrone Township, Livingston County] - The first white resident of the town [i.e., Tyrone] was George Cornell, who has passed forty-five years of his life within its limits, and still remains a citizen of the town with whose history his name is so intimately connected... The three brothers, George, Isaac, and Henry A., came to Michigan in September, 1834, in search of a place in which to settle. In their wanderings, in company with a brother-in-law, Joseph M. Becker, they came to the timbered openings of Tyrone, and were all well pleased with their looks. They, however, returned without entering any of the land, Isaac and Henry A. going back to New York, while George and Becker stopped at the latter's home in Highland, Oakland Co. In October, George Cornell and Joseph M. Becker again visited the town, and each made a selection of an eighty acre lot. George went to Detroit, and entered his land on the last day of that month, while Becker did not make his entry until the following spring. After his return from Detroit, George and Mr. Becker came and put up a rude log shanty on his place, and this furnished him a home through the winter while he was cutting rails and preparing some of his land for the plow, he paying occasional visits to his brother-in-law's house in Highland, and bringing back each time a goodly supply of provisions.
- Highland Pioneer Michael Beach Helps William Dawson Settle In Tyrone Township
[Re: Tyrone Township, Livingston County] - William Dawson was a native of Cambridge, [Begin p. 394] Washington Co., N. Y., and came from Scipio, Cayuga Co., N. Y., to Troy, Oakland Co.,.Mich., in the fall of 1831, and made his home with his brother-in-law, Elias Daniels... In the fall of 1834, Mr. Dawson came to the town of Highland, where Michael Beach was living, and got him to accompany him in a search for land. They struck out to the westward, and in this town [i.e., Tyrone] found a piece of land that seemed to possess all the natural advantages desirable, it having some timber and some opening, a stream to furnish water, and a marsh to furnish hay, and getting a description of it, they returned home, Mr. Dawson continuing on to Detroit, where he entered the land on the 19th day of December.
Highland Pioneer Jesse Tenny Helps Norman Brainard Settle In Hartland Township
[Re: Hartland Township, Livingston County ] - Norman Brainard came with his family from Genesee Co., N.Y., in May of 1835. From Buffalo to Detroit they traveled by steamboat, his original intention being to proceed to Illinois and there purchase a farm. Meeting at Detroit a band of settlers from Highland, who extolled the advantages of Michigan, he was induced to prospect in the State. He procured a team and came via Birmingham (then rejoicing in the cognomen of Piety Hill) to Commerce and Milford. From Commerce there was no road, but the route was marked by blazed trees. No special incidents marked the progress of the party, who arrived ere long at the house of Deacon Jesse Tenney [sic] in Highland. The following day, leaving the family at this hospitable house Mr. Brainard, together with the deacon and a neighbor, departed in the search of land, and were so successful that the succeeding day Mr. Brainard repaired to Detroit and located 121 acres on section 21. He immediately began the erection of a log house, the family remaining during the interval at the house of Deacon Tenny for four weeks until its completion...
1835 - Lester Burnett Of Hamburg Township, Livingston County, Relocates To Highland
[Re: Hamburg Township, Livingston County] - Three brothers from St. Lawrence County, N. Y., viz., James, Lester, and Jonathan Burnett, came at a very early date to this county [i.e., Livingston]. Lester settled on what is now the Silsby farm, in Hamburg, but afterwards sold to the Messrs. Grisson, and moved to Highland, Oakland Co. Jonathan settled in Green Oak, where he still lives. James lived on the place, near Hamburg village, now owned by his son, George Burnett, and built the log house still occupied by the latter. He afterwards moved to the place where Jesse Bennett now lives.
- Amos Walterhouse Briefly Settlers In Highland
[Re: Oceola Township, Livingston County] - 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.
- John Powers Briefly Settles In Highland
[Re: Oceola Township, Livingston County] - John Powers, the present clerk of Oceola township, although not numbered among the early settlers of this town, is still a pioneer of the State, having come with his father, Edward Powers, from the State of Vermont in 1838 or 1839, and settled in the township of Highland, Oakland Co. His residence in Oceola dates only from the year 1866. The place now occupied by Mr. Powers was early owned by Anson Nelson, who settled upon it in the fall of 1836 or early in 1837.
1847 - Highland Pioneer Michael Beach
Helps German Immigrants Establish Frankentrost, Michigan
Highland pioneer Michael Beach came to Michigan circa 1818 and initially settled in Troy Township, Oakland County. In 1821 Beach was part of a government survey team that spent several weeks laying out ten townships between what is now Flint and Saginaw. Following this adventure into what was then still wilderness, Beach returned to Troy to resume farming. Here he remained until the early 1830's, when he relocated to what is now Highland Township. Although long-retired from surveying, new settlers occasionally sought Beach's advice and assistance in selecting land on which to settle. In 1847, for example, Beach was retained by Rev. August Craemer, leader of the German immigrants who founded Frankenmuth, Michigan. Since this was the area Beach had surveyed back in 1821, he was asked to help choose the site for the nearby town of Frankentrost; home to a second, related group of German pioneers headed by Rev. Johann H. P. Graebner. Graebner's 1890 account of this event is as follows:
However, until news from St. Louis came, which at that time mail service took about four weeks, it was decided that a parcel of land be selected upon which the Colony Frankentrost could settle as their legal property. Through Rev. Craemers arrangements we allowed the aged surveyor Beach to come. With him and Rev. Craemer one morning, I and about a dozen of my male colonists from Frankenmuth moved northward into the Michigan forest primeval.
Our settlement was to be not nearer than 6 miles from Frankenmuth. Our old surveyor next searched for the section line that ran in a northern direction. After about a two hour march through the gorgeous primeval forest our leader stood still and said, Here we are 6 miles north of Frankenmuth. From here on the quality of the land would have to be studied. Old Mr. Beach had been a leader in the state survey of this area and so he knew exactly what to look for. He taught us exactly the quality of the soil and the quality of the forestry. We should always watch where there are many sugar maples for there would be good soil. At noon we stopped at a creek with nice clear water and we made some tea. During our noon pause we decided that we would also prepare our sleeping area here tonight. We had supplies for two days and one night. In the afternoon this area was measured and for four hours we walked in all directions. Then we asked our leader to return us to the rest area we had at noon which we reached between 6 and 7 o'clock. A large fire was made, tea was brewed, and later, after we had sung several evening hymns, each one wrapped himself in his wool blanked and we slept under the protection of God and his holy angels -- our first night of quiet, soft sleep in the American forest primeval under the open sky.
As we on the next day again covered the area we were all united and agreed that
the nicest and best land which we had seen was in the surroundings of our yesterdays
rest area. So in the afternoon we again made our way back to Frankenmuth. In
the evening a meeting was held. The old Mr. Beach showed us on a
survey map where the land which we had selected for our settlement lay, and upon which
selection all of my colonists were agreed that together we purchase 2 1/2 sections of
land. The sections being considered were described by Mr. Beach in
more detail and several days later two of our men together with Candidate Flessa as their
interpreter traveled to Jackson where the land office was located at that time. Here
they were to complete the purchase. An acre of government land cost one and one
fourth dollars ($1.25). Since just at that time we could purchase Michigan
promissory notes at a fairly reasonable price and since they were valid for land purchase,
that land cost us only 82 cents per acre.
This work of surveying was continued throughout an entire week, with which all the men had to help, and which we again spent in the beautiful green forest. On the second day, just after our noonday meal, we saw a few clouds rising in the west beyond the tall timber, and our Mr. Beach said to me, Mr. Graebner, I guess this afternoon we may get some heavy rain. When I asked, Well, Mr. Beach, what ought we to do? he replied, I think we ought to fix some shelter. I apprised the men of Mr. Beachs fears and of his suggestion, and we at once set to work building a shelter of branches according to Mr. Beachs directions. Two hours sufficed for the completion of a hut 24 feet long and 14 feet wide, and scarcely was it completed when the downpour commenced. Under our tight leafy roof we smoked our pipes in comfort. This shelter stood exactly upon the spot where the parsonage was built later and served as a domicile until each had built his log cabin upon his own property.
And Jane E. (Pelton) Roselle Of Spring Mills
Jane E. [Pelton], born May 3, 1824; married Benjamin Roselle. Lived at Spring Mills, Oakland Co., Michigan, and died Apr. 13, 1863.
NOTE: The above source says she was the daughter of Alfred Pelton(7), William(6) William(5) John(4) John(3) Samuel(2) John(1) by his second wife, Abbey Ingraham. Note further that the name "Roselle" is also found as "Rosell," e.g., H. Rosell, farmer and stock grower, listed in F. W. Beers & Co., Atlas of Oakland County, Michigan (1872), p. 47.
H. S. ELLIOTT, Principal of the Public Schools at Oxford, is the oldest principal, in point of length of service, in Oakland county, and he occupies an influential position among the educators of that part of Michigan.
Mr. Elliott was born in 1858, in Cuyahoga county, Ohio, son of James and Lucy Elliott, the former of whom died in 1872, in Ohio, the latter in 1862, in Flint, Michigan, whither the family had removed in 1861. Our subject received his education in the public schools of Pontiac, taking the full course, and has been engaged in teaching ever since, his experience covering a period of twenty-three years. He began teaching in 1876, in the district schools of Oakland county, was engaged at Clyde in 1877, and in 1882 took a position at Highland Station. He also taught for a time at Waterford before coming to Oxford, in 1890.
There is an average enrollment of two hundred and seventy-five in the Oxford schools, seventy-five pupils attending the high school, and six instructors are engaged besides our subject, viz.: Mrs. A. P. Groff, high school Principal; Anna Mulvey, Assistant Principal; Lucy Thurston. Grammar teacher; Bertha Hayerman, Intermediate; Rosa Gillette, second Primary; Mabel Knapp, first Primary. Twelve grades are taught and the high school is on the Normal list. The school building is a commodious and convenient structure, well equipped, having a good physical and chemical laboratory. The library contains four hundred volumes.
Mr. Elliott is a member of the Oakland County Teachers' Association, of which he is serving as president, and of the State Teachers' Association.
Secretary of State, Census Of The State of Michigan, 1894 - Soldiers, Sailors and
Highland Township - - Arthur Forshee, Wm. Lee, Wm. E. Seaver, Wm. Beaumont, Norman L. Clark, Wm. Cook, Chas. Ward, Windham Hewitt, Wm. Martin, Wm. E. Lockwood, Frank Ball, James Gordon, John H. Predmore, Peter Copp, Chas. Openo, Cyrus Wheeler, Platt H. Lockwood, Frank Eaton, Horace N. Alexander, James Rowe, Spencer [Begin Page 202] Lee, Lewis Ott, Chas. E. Burns, Wm. G. St. Johns, Abram Mills, Wm. B. Miles, Marcus D. L. Clay, Theo. Arthur, Darwin Beaumont, James Smith, Thomas D. Bartholomew, James F. Taylor, Chas. W. Haynes, Geo. Taylor, Wm. Stiles, Chas. Porter, John F. Beaumont, N. B. Doty, Lorenzo D. Lockwood, Wm. B. Downs, Larkin Baker, Samuel McCall, Andrew J. Baker, Wm. E. Burns, Asa E. Waterman, Geo. H. Burgis, Alonzo Dean, Orlando Mills, James Ferrigan, John H. Davis, Robt. U. Taylor, Friend Horton
of Pharmacy of the University of Michigan - Register of Alumni and Annual Announcement:
Page 39 [School of Pharmacy -
Announcements for 1895-96]
TREMAINE, HENRY A. - Formerly a pharmacist in the firm of Tremaine & Co., Ann Arbor; afterwards chemist with Crouse & Co., vinegar manufacturers at Highland Station, Mich. Secretary and Treasurer of the Crouse-Tremaine Carbon Co., Fostoria, Ohio.
1. Bessie Phillips was born in Richfield Township, Genesee County, Michigan, on the same farm where her father was born, November 12th, 1882. She was graduated from Mae College, Michigan, in the Spring of 1905. She married Claude Isaac Auten at her home in Richfield, Michigan, August 25th, 1905. Mr. Auten was born at Highland, Oakland County, Michigan, April 7th, 1882. He was graduated as Civil Engineer from Mae College, Michigan, in June, 1905.
There were born to Mr. and Mrs. Auten two children, named Dorothy and Phillips George.
1. Dorothy Auten was born at Flint, Michigan. December 12th, 1909.
2. Phillips George Auten was born in Detroit, Michigan, September 16th, 1911.
Nobel G. Hurst spent his youth on the home farm of his father and obtained his education in the public schools of Wakeman...
On the 29th of November, 1876, Mr. Hurst was united in marriage to Miss Ida A. Pierce, a daughter of Elbert B. and Hattie A. (Beecher) Pierce, who were prominent pioneer settlers of Wakeman. This union was blessed with one child, Mable E., who is now the wife of Clayton E. Ford, a well known agriculturist of Clyde, Oakland county, Michigan...
NOTE: Those who subscribed to a copy of this atlas had the honor of having a short biographical sketch included in the "Patrons' Reference Directory." The Highland Township residents who did so are presented below. Abbreviations of the form "S. 8. T. Highland" means the person lived in Section 8 of Highland, while "P.O." refers to his postal address, i.e., Highland (Station), Clyde or Milford.
Allshouse, E J., Farmer, Proprietor of Pine Hurst Farm and Breeder of Bronze Turkeys, S. 8, T. Highland, P. O. Clyde. Mr. Allshouse was born in Missouri in 1870, and in 1903 settled in Oakland County, Michigan.
Armstrong, C. R., Farmer, S 33 T. Highland, P.O. Milford. Mr. Armstrong was born in Oakland County in 1842. He is married to Mary Hogan. Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong are the parents of one child.
Armstrong, C. T., Farmer, and Proprietor of Cedar Lawn Farm, S. 20, T. Highland, P.O. Highland. Mr. Armstrong was born in Oakland County. He is married to Margaret Davison.
Barrett, A. G., Farmer, Proprietor of Broad View Farm and Breeder of Merino Sheep and Polled Durham Cattle, S. 7, T. Highland, P. O. Clyde. Mr. Barrett was born in Oakland County in 1870. He is married to Ida Cole. Mr. and Mrs. Barrett are the parents of twos children, Gladys I. and Earl C.
Beach, Davis, Farmer and Proprietor of Maple Grove Farm, S. 21, T. Highland, P.O. Highland. Mr. Beach was born in Oakland County in 1835. He is married to Jennie Thomas. Mr. and Mrs. Beach are the parents of two children, U. S. and May L.
Beckwith, F. A., Farmer and Proprietcr of Tenny Plane Farm, S. 31, T. Highland, P. O. Milford. Mr. Beckwith was born in Michigan in 1869, and in 1892 settled in Oakland County. He is married to Mabel E. Tenny. Mr. and Mrs. Beckwith are the parents of five children, Bernice K., Clara M., Herbert T., Flora A. and Walter F.
Charlick, L. J., Farmer and Breeder of Hogs, Sheep and Cattle, S. 8, T. Highland, P. O. Clyde. Mr. Charlick was born in Michigan in 1874, and has resided in Oakland County since infancy. He is married to Bessie Rogers. Mr. and Mrs. Charlick are the parents of two children, Willard J. Raymond and an infant.
DeGarmo, A. D., Breeder of Short Horn Cattle, S. 22, T. Highland, P. O. Highland. Mr. DeGarmo was born in Michigan in 1845, and in 1867 settled in Oakland County. He is married to Emily C. Omstedt. Mr. and Mrs. DeGarmo are the parents of eight children, Henry J., John A., Anna M., Sarah, Dale, Elias, Clara and Irene. Their place is known as the DeGarmo Stock Farm.
DeGarmo, H. J., Farmer and Breeder of Oxford Down Sheep and Short Horn Cattle, and Agent for Page Fence Co., S. 7, T. Highland, P. O. Clyde. Mr. DeGarmo was born in Oakland County in 1866. He is married to Effie A. Lockwood. Two children blessed this union, Raymond. J. and Cornelia M. Mr. DeGarmo is proprietor of Pick Stone Farm.
Glines, C. W., Farmer, S. 6, T. Highland, P. O. Clyde. Mr. Glines was born in Oakland County. He is married to Anna Halloway.
Gonne, Albert, Contractor and Builder, S. 29, T. Highland, P. O. Highland. Mr. Gonne was born in Oakland County in 1865. He is married to Dollie Preston. Two children blessed this union, Annie E. and Triscilla M.
Gordon, Nathaniel, Farmer, S. 18, T. Highland, P. O. Highland. Mr. Gordon was born in Michigan in 1859, and in 1893 settled in Oakland County. He is married to Delia Holdforth. Mr. and Mrs. Gordon are the parents of three children, William, Lee E. and Howard N. Mr. Gordon is proprietor of Highland Park Farm.
Highland, Township, W. S. Seaver, Supervisor.
House, W. B., Farmer, S. 6, T. Highland, P. O. Clyde. Mr. House was born in Oakland County in 1869. In 1893 he was married to Mary McDonald. Two children, Leah F. and James C. blessed this union. In 1895 his wife died. In 1901 he was married the second time to Elizabeth Rixley. Two children blessed this union, Dorothy M. and Charles P. Their place is known as Oakdale Farm.
Hulbert, S. W., General Merchandise, Highland. Mr. Hulbert was born in New York in 1878, and in 1886 settled in Oakland County, Michigan. He has served as Township Clerk for three years. He is married to Lyda Davison.
Leonard, E. A., Farmer and Stockraiser, S. 29, T. Highland, P. O. Highland. Mr. Leonard was born in Oakland County in 1861. He is married to Maggie Arthur. Three children blessed this union, Iva D., Pearl and Margret C. Their place is known as South Maple Street Farm.
Leonard, Mark J., Farmer. S. 15, T. Highland, P. O. Highland. Mr. Leonard was born in Oakland County in 1863. He is married to Bertha Davison. Two children blessed this union, J. C. and B. Franklin.
Leonard, O. P., Farmer and Breeder of Short Horn and Poll Durham Cattle, S. 14, T. Highland, P. O. Clyde. Mr. Leonard was born in Oakland County in 1860. He was married to Emma Shoebridge, who died in 1902. One child, Verne E.,blessed this union. In 1905 he was married the second time to Mary Shoebridge.
Lockwood, James W., Farmer and Manager, Grove Point Summer Resort, S. 13, T. Highland, P. O. Milford. Mr. Lockwood was born in Oakland County in 1847. He is married to Emily M. Beaumont. Mr. and Mrs. Lockwood are the parents of five children, Cora S., Lorina J., John F., Locinta M. and Willard J.
Mathews, A. O., Farmer, S. 4, T. Highland, P. O. Clyde. Mr. Mathews was born in Oakland County in 1859. He is married to Lucy Middleton. Two children blessed this union, Jane A. and Ava M. Their farm is known as Hickory Hurst.
Miller, A. W., Farmer, S. 28, T. Highland, P. O. Milford. Mr. Miller was born in 1860, and in 1863 settled in Oakland County. He is married to Jessie Perry. Mr. and Mrs Miller are the parents of three children, Mable E., Walter and Perry. Their place is known as Sunnyside Farm.
Potts, George S., Farmer and Breeder of Short Horn and Poll Durham Cattle, S. 25, T. Highland, P. O. Milford. Mr. Potts was born in Oakland County in 1859. He was married to Elizabeth Crawford, who died in 1890. In 1892 he was married to Kate Kimmerlee, to which union was born one child, Kate K. His wife died the same year. Mr. Potts' present wife was formerly Carrie Austin. He is proprietor of Maple Hill Stock Farm.
Rowley, Wm., Farmer and Stockraiser, S. 10, T. Highland, P. O. Clyde. Mr. Rowley was born in Michigan in 1862. He is married to Mary E. Mills. Six children blessed this union, Harry W., Hattie, Virgil, Vera, Geo. and Earnest. Their place is known as The Rowley Stock Farm.
Ruggles, H. O., Farmer, S. 33, T. Highland, P.O. Milford. Mr. Ruggles was born in Oakland County in 1873. He is married to Mary Hecherdorn. Mr. and Mrs. Ruggles are the parents of three children, Thurman H., Sarah L. and J. Morris.
Seaver, W. S., Supeimvisor and Proprietor of Elevator, Highland. Mr. Seaver was born in Oakland County in 1854. He has served as Supervisor for 10 years. He is married to Helen L. Mathews. Mr and Mrs. Seaver are the parents of one child, Helen Margaret.
Skinner, Fred A., Farmer and Secretary of Highland Telephone Association, S. 7, T. Highland, P. O. Highland. Mr. Skinner was born in Michigan in 1847. He is married to Elizabeth Marshall. Mr. and Mrs. Skinner are the parents of three children, Floyd, Roy, and Clifford. Their place is known as Pleasant View Farm.
Stark, J. Mack, Farmer, S. 17, T. Highland, P. O. Highland. Mr. Stark was born in Oakland County.
Steinbaugh, Frank, Farmer, S. 4, T. Highland, P. O. Clyde. Mr. Steinbaugh was born in 1863, and settled in Oakland County in his infancy. He is married to Amelia McCrossen. Mr. and Mrs. Steinbaugh are the parents of two children, Fred and Manley.
Stevens, Alvin H., Dealer in Wind Mills and Supplies, S. 29, T. Highland P. O. Highland. Mr. Stevens was born in Ohio in 1860, and in 1873 settled in Oakland County. He is married to Jennie Palmer. Two children blessed this union, Lena M. and Alice L.
Treat, C. L., Farmer, S. 32, T. Highland. P. O. Highland. Mr. Treat was born in Michigan in 1861. He is married to Cora Haggerdorn. Their place is known as Maple Hurst.
Wardlow, J. M., Farmer, Proprietor of Meadow Brook Stock Farm and Breeder of Short Horn Cattle and Oxford Down Sheep, S. 14, T. Highland, P. O. Milford. Mr. Wardlow was born in Oakland County in 1838. He is married to Mary J. McGill. Two children blessed this union, Geo. M. and Bert J.