| MEDINA COUNTY,
formed in 1812, and attached to Portage County until
organized in 1818, embraced Sullivan Township within
its limits. Upon the formation of Lorain, in
December, 1822, the township became included in that
county. The township was organized on the 27th
of May, 1819.
Population in 1830....................206
Population in 1840....................782
Population in 1850..................1102
Population in 1860..................1056
Thus it will be observed
that Sullivan is one of the few townships in the
county the population of which increased during the
BY S. PARMELY.
have any idea of the privations and hardships the
pioneers endured in the early settlements of these
now populous towns. These large,
well-cultivated fields were, a few years since, (not
half a century,) covered with forest trees.
The majestic oak,
the beautiful poplar, the graceful elm, the hardy
beech, black walnut, chestnut, and the detectable
maple, interlaced with iron-wood, dog-wood, boxwood,
crab-apple, wild cherry and plum, covered these
beautiful fields; and the deer, the wolf, and the
bear were in inhabitants. Herds of these wild
animals roamed fearlessly through the thick forest
Where, but a few years since, nothing was to be seen
but the wild woods stretching far and wide in rude
magnificence, unbroken by the hand of man, and
naught was heard but the songs of winged choristers
hymning notes of praise to their Creator, mingled
with the howlings of wild animals, and the fierce
yells of the savage, may now be seen -
"The sheltered cot, the cultivated farm,
brook with busy mill,
The decent church,
that tops the neighboring hill!"
While the busy hum of cheerful
industry echoes in every direction. The songs
of grateful praise and adoration ascend from many a
hearth-stone, and pleasing converse bespeaks the
intelligence, virtue, and happiness of the people.
What, indeed, hath not the land of toil wrought~
What may not patient, persevering industry
accomplish! nor is this all; as the footsteps
of civilization have advanced, the mists and vapors
of ignorance have been dispelled, and the brilliant
rays of truth have broken upon the mind with power,
illuminating our path with knowledge, and guiding us
through the intricate labyrinths of science.
township was surveyed in 1816 by Esq. Baldwin,
of Newburg, Cuyahoga County, assisted by myself
and others. We commenced the survey in the
month of October - camped in the woods two weeks,
thee being no settlement nearer than Harrisville
east, and Elyria north; no road but a line of marked
threes. A road was laid out in the time of the
war of 1812, nearly parallel with the present, but
had never been marked. Game was very plenty.
Business of importance recalled Mr. Baldwin
to Newburg; being absent longer than was expected,
the county not having very comfortable quarters, I
started after him, there being no mode of
communication but by messengers. I traveled on
foot the whole distance by the aid of marked trees
and trail not very well defined after I left
On the eighth of November, a very heavy fall of snow
obstructed my walking very much; it was about a foot
deep in the woods, but I went through. After
all this fatigue and delay, I was obliged to return
without him. On my return night overtook me,
and I was unable to follow the trail; but, nothing
disheartened, I sat down on a log and waited for the
moon to rise. It was still very difficult to
follow the trail, and I could only do so by feeling
the marked trees. As good fortune would have
it, I was not very
itants will recollect the large two-story building,
nearly west of my residence, which was converted
into two large rooms below and four above to rent,
some twenty years ago. Frequently as many as
six families lived in it.
I recollect at one time I went six miles south, to get
my horse shod, through the woods, with only a foot
path, which was nearly obscured by the falling
leaves. On my return it became so dark that my
horse could not follow the path, and I was obliged
to dismount and lead him. The only way I could
keep the path was by the breaking of sticks under my
feet when I got out of it. Twice in my efforts
to find the old path, I turned round, and went back
a quarter of a mile to a certain place I knew I had
passed, and you may imagine how difficult it was to
get along, when I tell you it took me all night to
get home over the distance of two miles. About
this time a large party of Indians came from
Sandusky into town on a hunting expedition; making
rather too free use of fire-water, they were quite
quarrelsome, and had frequent disturbances among
themselves. At one time they got into a
quarrel, and in their affray killed one of their
number. This affair shortened their affray
killed one of their number. This affair
shortened their stay, and they left, to the great
joy of the inhabitants, who dreaded their presence;
indeed, they were rough neighbors, and sent terror
to the hearts of every family.
A child of Mr. Durfee went out just at dusk with
his uncle; he sent him back while he went into the
woods to hunt some hobs. On his return he
found the little boy did not go home. They
immediately searched for him, and continued it for
several days, but found no trace of the missing
child. The next spring his bones were found by
the side of a log, where doubtless he had perished
the first night.
Of the whole number, eighteen survive; nine are still
living in town; Jesse Chamberlain, widow
Thomas Rice, widow Whitney,
Chamberlain and myself are living on the same
farms. In 1833 there were 50 voters, now 230.
The township was organized about 1818.
There are 4
churches, 1 Masonic Lodge, 1 steam saw-mill, 2
taverns, 1 dry goods and grocery store, 2 shoe
shops, 2 carriage shops, 1 blacksmith shop, 1
four - Methodist, Baptist, Disciple, and
Congregationalist. Of these it has only been
practicable to obtain a full report of the history
condition of but one - the Baptist - which will be
published in another form. Rev. Mr. Jones
is the pastor of the Methodist, Rev. Mr. Sweet
of the Baptist, Rev. J. P. Mann of the
Disciple, and Rev. Q. M. Bosworth of the
SULLIVAN LODGE, No. 313.
of Masons was chartered Oct. 20, 1859. Charter
members: Harlow P. Sage, George W. Kilburn, De
Witt Prince, Alexander Masters, Henry Summers, James
Buver, John Campbell, A. H. Palmer, Thomas Parker,
Shadrach Bryan, Calvin Bryan, Leonard Brown, C. B.
Houck, Daniel Campbell, and Hiram Thurston.
The present number of members is thirty-five.
Harlow Sage, W. M.
END OF CHAPTER XXII.