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Welcome to
Belmont County
OHIO

HISTORY OF
BELMONT COUNTY, OHIO
AND REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS
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EDITED AND COMPILED BY
HON. A. T. McKELVEY
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PUBLISHED BY BIOGRAPHICAL PUBLISHING COMPANY,
GEORGE RICHMOND, PRESIDENT     C. R. ARNOLD, TREASURER
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS.
1903

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CONTENTS:

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CHAPTER I.

DAWN OF CIVILIZATION IN THE COUNTY - pg. 11
  The Northwest Territory - Gen. George Rogers Clark - A Revolutionary Hero - Indian Occupation of the County - The Tragedies at Yellow Creek and Captina - The Disastrous" Dunmore War - The Foremost American Heroine - Siege of Fort Henry - "Whistling to Start the Tunes" - Killing of William Cochran - The Tragedy near Kirkwood's Block-House.

CHAPTER II.

INDIAN TRAGEDIES, AND LIFE OF THE EARLY PIONEERS - pg. 28
  The Indian Summer - Anecdotes of Lewis Wetzel - "Hunting the Cows" - "The Gobbler Indian" - The Early Settlers - Gathering the Pioneer's Crops - The Pioneer's Dress - Business Methods - Law and Morality - Amusements and Games - The Mechanic Arts - Superstitions of the Pioneer Age - Changes in the Weather - The Horrors of Slavery.

CHAPTER III.

CIVIL GOVERNMENT - pg. 46
  Organization of the County - Proclamation of Governor St. Clair - The First County Seat - The First Court - The First Constables and Election Supervisors - A Unique Way of Raising Money - The First Meeting of the Supreme Court in Belmont County - A Bit of Unwritten History - A Tribute to Governor St. Clair - County Seat Removed to St. Clairsville - The First Murder Trial - Bounties - The First Court House and Goal - The Evolution of the Townships. - pg 87

CHAPTER IV.

GROWTH OF BELMONT COUNTY - pg. 55
  Propulation of Belmont County for a Century - The "Old Court House" - The Second Jail - The Third Jail - New County Projects - The County Seat War - The New Court House and Jail - List of County Officials for a Century - Representatives in Congress - State Senators - Representatives to General Assembly - Sheriffs - Treasurers - Clerks of the Courts - County Commissioners - Auditors - Prosecuting Attorneys - Probate Judges - Recorders - Coroners - Infirmary Directors - Vote for Governor.

CHAPTER V.

THE ROADS OF BELMONT COUNTY - pg. 68
  Early Thoroughfares - The National Road - Consetoga Wagons - The Old Taverns - The Old Stage Coach - Passing of the National Road - Telegraph and Telephone Lines - Other Pikes.

CHAPTER VI.

THE RESOURCES OF BELMONT COUNTY - pg. 74
  Agricultural Resources - Grain, Live Stock and Farm Products - Fruit Culture - A Unique Character - A Remarkable Apple Tree - Fruit Yield - Price of Farm Products in 1902 - Value of Farms and Live Stock - Mining Resources - The Depth of the Several Coal Veins - The Pioneer Coal Shipper - The Mines in Operation in 1902 - The Undeveloped Coal Lands - Manufacturing Industries.

CHAPTER VII.

SOME MEMORABLE STORMS AND FLOODS - pg. 83
  The Cyclone of 1887 - A Remarkable Hail Storm - The Hardesty Flood - The Floods of 1866, 1881 and 1888 - Floods along the Ohio - The Great Flood of 1884.

CHAPTER VIII.

PEN SKETCHES OF SOME PROMINENT BELMONT COUNTY MEN AND WOMEN - pg. 87
  The First Abolitionist, Benjamin Lundy - Isabella Thoburn - Senator William Windom - William Dean Howells - Gen. Benjamin Rush Cowen - Gen. Thomas Thompson Eckert - Gen. David A. Hollingsworth - Rev. Dr. James Moffat - Bishop James M. Thoburn.

CHAPTER IX.

THE BENCH AND BAR OF BELMONT COUNTY - pg. 100
  Charles Hammond - Gov. Wilson Shannon - Senator Benjamin Ruggles - Judge William Kennon, Sr. - Hon. Benjamin S. Cowen - Judge D. D. T. Cowen - Hon. Lorenzo Danford - Other Lawyers of Distinction - The Justices and Judges of the Courts of Belmont County - The Attorneys Admitted to Practice.

CHAPTER X.

THE SOLDIERY OF BELMONT COUNTY - pg. 110 - PARTIALLY DONE ON 5/30/2014
  The War of 1812 - The Mexican War - A Remarkable Military Career - The Civil War - A Laughable Incident - The 15th Ohio at Chickamauga - The Soldiers of Belmont County in the Civil War - The Duty of Belmont County to Her Soldiers, Living and Dead.

CHAPTER XI.

THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS - pg. 138
   

CHAPTER XII.

SOME RECOLLECTIONS OF THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD - pg. 141
   

CHAPTER XIII.

HISTORY OF THE BELMONT COUNTY MEDICAL SOCIETY - pg. 143 - FINISHED 5/30/2014
  Organization of the Society - The Original Members - Some Eminent Physicians of Pioneer Days - Nature of the Organization Changed - Present Membership - Some of the Physicians of Later Days.

CHAPTER XIV.

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP - pg. 154
  The First Settlement - Organization of the Township - Township Officers - Schools - The Towns: Farmington, Colerain, Pleasant Grove, Maynard and Barton - The Settlement of Friends - The Mining Industry  - Pikes - Churches

CHAPTER XV.

PULTNEY TOWNSHIP - pg. 159 - PARTIALLY DONE
  Population and Township Officials - Organization of the Township and the First Settlers - The Mining Industry - Rock Hill Presbyterian Church - High Ridge United Presbyterian Church - The Towns: Steel, West Wheeling and Shadyside- The City of Bellaire - Increase in Population - City Officials - The First Settlers - A Town Incorporated - The First Mayor and His Successors - The Waterworks and Electric Power - The Banks and Loan Companies - The Manufacturing Interests - The Railroads Entering the City - The Schools - The Churches - Secret and Fraternal Organizations - Spangler Post, G. A. R. - The Newspapers of Bellaire - The Bellaire Cemetery Association.

CHAPTER XVI.

PEASE TOWNSHIP - pg. 216 - PARTIAL
  Township Organization - Increase in Population and Wealth - The First Settlements - The Old Mills and Meeting Houses - Coal Mining - Fruit - Township Officers - The City of Martin's Ferry - Its Population - A Sketch of Ebenezer Martin - The Post Office - Incorporation, and List of Mayors and Officials - The Churches - The Schools - The Bank - The Manufactories - Secret Societies - Thoburn Post, G. A. R. - The Press - The Bridge Over the Ohio - A Notable Character - The City of Bridgeport - The First Bridge - The Incorporation - The Mayors and City Officials - The Postmasters - The Aetnaville Bridge - The Manufacturing Interests - The Banks - Dr. Affleck and Dr. Todd - The Churches - The Schools - Secret Societies - Branum Post, G. A. R.

CHAPTER XVII.

WARREN TOWNSHIP - pg. 238 - PARTIAL
  The First Settlers - The First Mills - The First Child - Wild Game - The Society of Friends - The First Churches and Schools - Organization of the Township - Tobacco and Berry Culture - The Population and Township Officers - The City of Barnesville - A Sketch of the Founder - Municipal Officers - The Post Office - The Manufactories - The Bank - Dr. Carolus Judkins - Hon. John Davenport - The Churches - The Schools - Secret Societies - Robert Hilles Post, G. A. R. - The Press - The Cemeteries - The Belmont County Children's Home - The Board of Charities.

CHAPTER XVIII.

RICHLAND TOWNSHIP - pg. 89
  Some of the First Settlers - Undiscovered Ore Mines - The Population - The First Election - Township Officials - The Towns: Glencoe, Loydsville and Stewartsville - St. Clairsville, the County Seat - The Incorporation and First Official - The First Taverns and Market House - The First Officials - The First Taverns and Market House - The First Business Houses - The First Court House and the "Old Court House" - The Population and Municipal Officers - The Great Fire - Some Old Citizens - The Oldest Building - St. Clairsville's Railroad Facilities - The Postmasters - The Banks - The St. Clairsville Schools, Past and Present - The Churches - The St. Clairsville Cemetery Association - Belmont County Agricultural Society - Secret Societies - Drummond Post, G. A. R. - The County Infirmary.

CHAPTER XIX.

UNION TOWNSHIP - pg. 262
  The Soil - The First Settlers - The First Company from the County in the War of 1812 - The Population and Township Officials - Morristown - The Militia Muster - The Town Officials - The Postmasters - The Churches - The Schools - Secret Societies.

CHAPTER XX.

KIRKWOOD TOWNSHIP - pg. 267
  The First Settlers - The Stillwater Valley - Distinguished Citizens - The Only Execution in a Century - The Population and Township Officials - Kirkwood Coal Lands - Hendrysburg - The First Mills - The Schools - The Methodist Episcopal Church - Secret Societies - Sewellsville - The Kirkwood Methodist Episcopal Church - School No. 11

CHAPTER XXI.

FLUSHING TOWNSHIP - pg. 272
  Township Organization - Township Officials and the Population - The Eearly Settlers - Reminiscences - The Churches - The Village of Flushing - Village Officers - The Schools - The Banks - The Churches - Secret Societies - The Flushing Hospital - The Press

CHAPTER XXII.

WHEELING TOWNSHIP - pg. 279
  Township Organization - Population and Tax Levy - Numerous Mills of the Pioneer Days - Some of the Early Settlers - The First Elections - Township Officials - Fairpoint - Coal and Oil Development - Uniontown - The First Tavern and Foundry - The Process of threshing Fifty Years Ago - The Schools - The Churches

CHAPTER XXIII.

SMITH TOWNSHIP - pg. 283
  The Highest Point in the County - The Early Settlers - Township Officials and Population - Jacobsburg - Reminiscences of Pioneer Days - The Schools - The Methodist Episcopal Church - Centreville - The Schools and Churches - Free Masons - Some Distinguished Son - Warnock's Station - The First Settlements and Mills - Knights of Pythias - The Churches and Schools - An Old Time Temperance - Resolution - Lamira or Lewis' Mills

CHAPTER XXIV.

GOSHEN TOWNSHIP. - pg. 290
  Capture of Lewis Wetzel and His Brother - The First Settlements - Spinning in the Olden Time - Early Settlers - Township Officials and Population - Goshen Township in the Civil War - Belmont Village - The School - The Industries- Natural Gas Developments - Odd Fellows - The Banks - The Churches - Bethesda - The Epworth Assembly - The Chautauqua Assembly - The Growth of the Village - The First National Bank - The School - The Bethesda Methodist Episcopal Church.

CHAPTER XXV.

MEAD TOWNSHIP. - pg. 298
  Col. David Lockwood - The First Settlers - The Mining Industry - The Milling Industry - The Population and Township Officials - Bethel - Mount Summit Park - The Bethel Presbyterian Church - Businessburg - Old Citizens - The Great Flood of 1884 - The Schools and Churches - Canning Factory - Reminiscences - A Bloody Tragedy - An Incident of Pioneer Days - An Anecdote of Lewis Wetzel.

CHAPTER XXVI.

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP - pg. 303
  The First Settlements - Deprivations of the Pioneers - The First Settlers - The Population - The Industries - The Mineral Resources - The First Mills - Township Officials - Armstrong's Mills - The Churches and School - Eminent Citizens, Hon. Isaac Welsh and Leroy Welch.

CHAPTER XXVII.

YORK TOWNSHIP. - pg. 307
  The First Election - The Battle of Captina - The First Squatters - An Indian Village - Another Indian Massacre - The Early Mills and Distilleries - Township Officials and Population - Powhatan - Town Officials - The Flour Mills - The Schools - The Churches - Free Masons - The Ferries.

CHAPTER XXVIII.

SOMERSET TOWNSHIP. - pg. 314 - PARTIAL
  The First Families - The Industries - The First Mills - Township Officials and Population - Somerton - Some Old Citizens - The Schools - The Belmont Bank - The Churches - Secret Societies - Taylor Post, G. A. R. - Boston and Temperanceville - The Churches - The Oil Field - The Warrick Murcer

CHAPTER XXIX.

WAYNE TOWNSHIP. - pg. 319 - PARTIAL
  The First Settlers - Some Old Citizens - The Soil - Coal Lands - New Castle and Hunter - The G. A. R. Hall - The New Castle Methodist Episcopal Church - The Hunter Disciples' Church - Noted Hunters.
BIOGRAPHICAL - pg. 323
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