The first pioneer was a man by the name of James Thorington, and he came to Washington Township in 1818, two years after it was surveyed. James was a native of Rhode Island, and his wife, Sarah Phillips, was a native of Vermont. They had a son named Elijah, and he was seven years when they moved to Michigan. James first settled in Oakland County, and later relocated to Shelby Township. They wouldn’t stay in Shelby Twp. for long though, the next spring the family relocated once again, to Washington Township. James Thorington lived in Washington on a 240 acre farm district until the day he died, on January 18th, 1836. James’ son Elijah would take over the farm, and his families legacy in Washington Township.