What is now Livingston County started out as a portion of Wayne County when the Territory of Michigan was formed in 1815. Over time the area was included in the different counties as they were separated from the original.
1818 saw the establishment of Macomb County.
1820 saw the creation of Oakland County.
1822 saw the creation of Washtenaw and Shiawassee Counties. What is now Livingston County was divided between these two counties: Green Oak, Hamburg, Putman, Unadilla, Iosco, Marion Geona and Brighton in Washtenaw and Hartland, Ocola, Howell, Handy, Conway, Cohoctah, Deerfield and Tyrone to Shiawassee County.
21 Mar 1833, Gov. George Porter approved the creation of Livingston County, to include the Shiawassee and Wastenaw townships listed above. Many of the counties that were formed during this timeframe, were named for members of President Andrew Jackson's cabinet. Livingston County was named for Edward Livingston, who was President Jackson's Secretary of State.
24 Mar 1836, Michigan Legislature passes final approval of Livingston County.
The county seat is Howell, which is also the largest city, as of the 2010 Census. Brighton is the only other city in Livingston county. The rest of the population areas are towns, villages and townships. Most of Livingston County is rural farmland.
I'm your host, Nancy Bliven. My paternal grandfather (Martin Henry Bliven) and both of his parents (Fred Franklin & Maude (Houghtaling) Bliven) were born and raised in Livingston County. I have a lot of family information that I will be adding to the site as I get it transcribed. If you have any information that you'd like me to add as well, please feel free to email me and I will add it.
IT IS THE GOAL OF THIS WEBSITE TO CONTINUALLY ADD NEW DATA AND I WILL BE ADDING WHAT I CAN, BUT THE GROUP IS UNABLE TO DO PERSONAL RESEARCH.
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