Flushing Township, Michigan

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Flushing Charter Township is a charter township of Genesee County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 10,230 at the 2000 census.

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Communities

  • The city of Flushing is surrounded on three sides by the township, but is administratively autonomous. The Flushing ZIP code 48433 also serves the entire township.[3]
  • Brent Creek is a small community within the township at 43°07′04″N 83°53′12″W / 43.11778°N 83.88667°W / 43.11778; -83.88667 (Brent Creek, Michigan)[4] on Mt. Morris Road between Nichols Road and Seymour Road.[5] Retiring after twenty years of U.S. diplomatic service in Spain and Portugal, Thomas Ludwell Lee Brent, a nephew of Virginia Congressman and Senator Richard Brent and grandson of Virginia colonial statesman Thomas Ludwell Lee, bought a large tract of land here and settled on it. In 1837, his workers built a mill on the Charlotte Creek, which was named for his daughter, but was later renamed Brent Creek. A post office named Brent Creek was established on November 2, 1888 with Frank J. Browne as the first postmaster. The spelling was changed to Brentcreek on June 25, 1894.[6]

History

In the fall of 1835, Rufus Harrison was the first settler in the future Flushing Township.[7] Flint Township was organized in 1836 and included the township areas of Burton, Clayton, Flushing, Mt. Morris, Genesee, Thetford, Vienna and Montrose. Genesee and Flushing Townships where split off on March 6, 1838.[8] Flushing Township originally included survey townships of 7 & 8 North in Range 5 East and the west half of 7 & 8 North in Range 6 East. A early organizationally meeting at the Ezekiel R. Ewing's house came the selection of Dover as the township's name and was proposed by Ebernezer French. With another Dover Township already existing in the state the Michigan legislature chose Flushing. With a loss of early records only the identity of the first clerk is know: Abiel C. Bliss. In October 1838, the Township was divide into 5 school districts with the school inspectors appointed being Abiel C. Bliss and Jarvis Bailey.[9] Thomas L.L. Brent was a prominent early settler coming before 1836 and purchased up to 70,000 acres (280 km2) of Michigan land. He build a saw mill and dam in Section 3 on the Flint River, which was destroyed by a freshet. In the 1840, the "English Settlement" started to form in the Township's northwest area with settlers from England. The Village of Flushing was platted that same year.[7] Clayton Township (survey township 7N 5E) was split off in 1846. In 1855, the West half of survey township 8 North in Range 6 East was reunited with the East half to form Mt. Morris Township.[8]

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