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BROWN COUNTY, OHIO
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

HISTORY OF BROWN COUNTY, OHIO
CONTAINING
A HISTORY OF THE COUNTY; ITS TOWNSHIPS, TOWNS, CHURCHES,
SCHOOLS, ETC.; GENERAL AND LOCAL STATISTICS; PORTRAITS OF
EARLY SETTLERS AND PROMINENT MEN; HISTORY OF THE
NORTHWEST TERRITORY; HISTORY OF OHIO; MAP OF
BROWN COUNTY; CONSTITUTION OF THE
UNITED STATES, MISCELLANEOUS
MATTERS, ETC., ETC.

ILLUSTRATED
Chicago:  W. H. Beers & Co.
1883
 


PART I
HISTORY OF THE NORTHWEST TERRITORY

Geographical Position 19
Early Explorations 20
Discovery of Ohio 32
English Explorations and Settlements 34
American Settlements 59
Division of the Northwest Territory 65
Tecumseh and the War of 1812 69
Black Hawk and the Black Hawk War 73
   


PART II.
HISTORY OF THE STATE OF OHIO.

History of Ohio 93
French History 96
Ordinance of 1787, No. 32 106
The War of 1819 122
Banking 126
The Canal System 128
Ohio Land Tracts 129
Improvements 132
State Boundaries 136
Organization of Counties 137
Description of Counties 137
Early Events 137
Governors of Ohio 160
Ancient Works 174
Some General Characteristics 177
Outline Geology of Ohio 179
Ohio's Rank During the War 182
A Brief Mention of Prominent Ohio Generals 191
Some Discussed Subjects 196
Conclusion 200
Comments upon the Ordinance of
  1787, from the Statutes of Ohio
  Edited by Salmon P. Chase, and
  Published in the year 1833
204


PART III.
HISTORY OF BROWN COUNTY

PAGE
CHAPTER I. -
  Physical Features and Pre=historic Remains 215
  Antiquities 217
CHAPTER II. -
  The Indian Owners 220
  Indian Mode of Life 223
  Character of the Indians 224
  Extinguishment of Indian Titles 224
CHAPTER III. -
  Adventures and Conflicts with the Indians 226
  Simon Kenton taken Prisoner in Brown County 226
  Logan's Expedition and Logan's Gap 230
  Killing of Amos and William Wood 231
  Neil Washburn and his Adventures 231
  A Battle with the Indians on East Fork 232
CHAPTER IV. -
  Virginia Military Titles - Titles - Surveys 236
  The Claim of Virginia 236
  The Cession and Reservation of Virginia 239
  Entry and Survey of Land Warrants 240
  Adventures of the Early Surveying Parties 241
  Want of System in the Surveys 244
CHAPTER V. -
  Pioneer History 249
  First Settlement in the Virginia Military District 250
  Progress of Settlements 251
  A Journey through the County in 1797 254
  A Pioneer's Experience in 1800 245
  A Visit in 1808 259
  Pioneer Life 260
  Character of the Pioneers 263
  The Primitive Forests 265
  Wild Animals 266
CHAPTER VI. -
  The Great Kentucky Revival and Shakerism in Brown County 270
CHAPTER VII. -
  Civil Organization 275
  Early Courts and Commissioners' Proceedings 280
  Territorial Elections 282
  The County Seat Contest 284
PAGE
CHAPTER VIII. - Updated 2/17/2022
  General Progress of the County - County Buildings 290
  Roads 291
  Turnpikes 292
  Ohio River Navigation 292
  Railways 293
  Churches 294
  The Legal Profession 299
  The Medical Profession 302
  Agriculture 303
  Horses 34
  Cattle 305
  Swine 306
  Tobacco 306
  Brown County Agricultural Society and Fairs 309
  Growth of Wealth and Population 310
  Population of Brown County 311
  Political History 311
  Anti-slavery Settlements 313
  Vote of Brown County at Various Periods 316
CHAPTER IX. -
  The Catholic Church of Brown County 318
  St. Martin's Church 318
  Theological Seminary 324
  The Ursuline Convent 324
  St. Patrick's Church, Fayetteville 326
  St. Patrick's Academy, Fayetteville 330
  Church of teh Holy Ghost, Vera Cruz 330
  St. Michael's Church, Ripley 331
  St. Mary's Church, Arnheim 332
CHAPTER X. -
  Military History - The War of 1812 334
  The Mexican War 335
  The Civil War 335
CHAPTER XI. -
  Sketches of Distinguished Citizens - General Thomas L. Harmar 343
  Elder Matthew Gardner 352
  Dr. Alexander Campbell 354
  James Loudon 355
  Nathaniel Beasley 359
  Abraham Shepherd 360
CHAPTER XII. -
  List of Officers 361-366


PART IV.
TOWNSHIP HISTORIES

PAGE
CHAPTER I. - PLEASANT TOWNSHIP
Early Settlers 371
Mills 380
Cemeteries 381
Roads 381
  Schools 382
Churches 382
Villages 384
Georgetown 385
Incorporation and Mayors 393
Grant's Boyhood 393
Morgan's Raid 394
The Press 394
Schools 399
Churches 400
Societies 403
Hotels 406
Business Interests 409
Postmasters 409
CHAPTER II. - UNION TOWNSHIP 411
Early Settlements 412
Ripley 415
Levanna 416
Hestoria 419
Churches 420
The Press of Ripley 422
The Schools, Early Teachers, etc. 425
Steamboat Building at Ripley 429
Societies 430
The Floods in the Ohio River 434
Politics 439
Pork Packing 441
The Horse Trade 442
Statistics 443
Fossil Remains and Other Curiosities 445
Cemeteries 445
Banks in Ripley 446
Underground Railroad 449
The War of the Rebellion 449
Ripley Fair 451
Ripley Gas Light and Coke Company 452
Ripley Buildings and Savings Association 452
Trades and Professions 453
CHAPTER III. - LEWIS TOWNSHIP
Pioneer Settlements 455
Schools 463
Schools of Higginsport 464
Churches 464
Early Roads 469
Cemeteries 469
Township Treasurers 470
Early Incidents, Manners, etc. 470
Mills 471
Tanneries 471
Saw-Mills 471
Higginsport 472
Feesburg 472
Societies 473
CHAPTER IV. - PERRY TOWNSHIP
Pre-historic Remains 475
Geology 475
Pioneers 476
Pioneer History 484
Mills 485
Cemeteries 486
Churches 486
Education 489
Fayetteville 491
Societies 492
CHAPTER V. - HUNTINGTON TOWNSHIP
Streams 493
Timber 494
Pioneers 494
Schools 500
Churches 501
The Great Storm of 1860 503
Cemeteries 504
Mills 505
Turnpike Roads 509
Prominent Men of the Township 509
Military 511
Villages 513
Lodges 515
General 515
CHAPTER VI. - CLARK TOWNSHIP
Political 519
Justices of the Peace 521
Settlement 521
Pioneer Biographies 521
Schools 525
Churches 525
Mills 526
Roads and Railroads 526
Hamersville 529
CHAPTER VII. - FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP 530
Early Settlement 531
Arnheim 544
Mills 545
Churches 546
Cemeteries 549
Schools 549
Franklin Grange 550
Township Officers 550
PAGE
CHAPTER VIII. - PIKE TOWNSHIP
  Improvements 554
  Early Settlers 555
  Religions 562
  Schools 563
  Secret Societies 564
  Post Offices 564
  Justices of the Peace 565
  Soldiers of the Late War 565
  Township Officers 571
CHAPTER IX. - EAGLE TOWNSHIP 574
  Early Settlers 575
  Township Officials 579
Marriages, Early 481
Mills 581
Schools 583
The Sub-School Districts 584
Churches 585
Cemeteries 586
The Fincastle Cemetery 589
  Roads 589
The Cincinnati & Eastern Railway 591
The Colored Settlement 591
Fincastle 592
The Fincastle Fairs 594
Vanceburg 594
Bernard 594
John Morgan's Raid 594
Tornado 595
Ancient Remains 595
CHAPTER X. - JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP 599
Roads 600
Saw-Mills 601
Officers 601
Early Settlers 602
Churches 610
Cemeteries 614
Schools 615
War Record 616
Societies 619
The First Fair 619
Russellville 620
CHAPTER XI. - SCOTT TOWNSHIP 622-642
CHAPTER XIII - GREEN TOWNSHIP  
Early Settlement 643
Churches 645
Schools 649
Villages 649
Industries 650
Justices of the Peace 651
Green in the War of the Rebellion 651
CHAPTER XIII. - JACKSON TOWNSHIP
Officers 655
Justices of the Peace 659
Statistics 659
Pioneers 659
Churches 662
Schools 662
Carlisle 663
CHAPTER XIV. - WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP
Early Settlement 664
Justices of the Peace 669
Township Officials 669
Churches 672
Graveyards 675
Schools 675
Mills 678
Villages 678
Tornado 680
CHAPTER XV - STERLING TOWNSHIP
Land Surveys 681
Pioneer Settles 682
Township Organization 686
Property Holders of 1838 687
Churches and Graveyards 688
Schools 691
Post Offices 692
Industries 692
CHAPER XVI - BYRD TOWNSHIP T93
Early Settlers 694
Early Times and Customs 696
Roads 697
First Mill 698
Cemeteries 698
Schools 698
Churches 699
Societies 701
Politics 701
The War Record 702
Neal 702
Decatur 702


PART V.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES
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Pleasant Township 1
Union Township 51
Lewis Township 92
Perry Township 128
Huntington Township 148
Clark Township 179
Franklin Township 197
Pike Township 213
Eagle Township 222
Jefferson Township 232
Scott Township 245
Green Township 259
Jackson Township 273
Washington Township 283
Sterling Township 294
Byrd Township 302


PORTRAITS

Barr, David 498
Biehn, John P. 237
Bifans, William A. 507
Boyd, C. W. 288
Cheymol, William, Rev. 327
Cochran, John, deceased 134
Cochran, Joseph 277
Cochran, Robert 338
Conn, Robert 518
Crosby, John R. 587
Dyer, B. F. 378
Evans, Andrew, deceased 367
Evans, Samuel 458
Fitch, E. M. 268
Flangher, E. 387
Gordon, Thomas W. 211
Harmar, Thomas L., deceased 115
Helbling, J. P. 398
Hite, Noah, deceased 647
Kantz, F. R. 228
Karr, V., deceased 427
Kimball, Henry 438
Laycock, J. W. 578
Leeds, L. B. 296
London, James, deceased 151
Mannon, Robert 607
Martin, A. B. 527
Martin, Edmund 538
Miles, L. B. 308
Moon, Alva 598
Penn, Hanson L., deceased 170
Porter, James B. 407
Purcell, Archbishop 319
Ralston, O. P. 297
Riedle, L. C. A. 518
Shaw, F. F. 347
Sheldon, S. B. 638
Single, Christian 567
Smith, F. M. 627
Tarbell, David 248
Tyler, George P. 257
Waldron, John C. 418
Wardlow, F. M. 537
Waterfield, Samuel 478
Waters, Isaac 558
West, Zechariah 447
Wills, Joseph H. 487
Young, Alfred N. 358
Young, Henry 467


ILLUSTRATIONS.

Sources of the Mississippi 22
La Salle Landing on the Shores of Green Bay 24
Buffalo Hunt 26
Trapping 28
Mouth of the Mississippi 31
High Bridge 33
Pontiac, the Ottawa Chieftain 42
Indians Attacking Frontiersman 55
Present Site of Lake Street Bridge, Chicago, 1883 58
A Pioneer Dwelling 60
Lake Bluff 62
Tecumseh, the Shawnee Chieftain 68
Indians Attacking a stockade 71
Black Haw, the Sac Chieftain 74
Perry's Monument, Cleveland 91
Niagara Falls 92


MISCELLANEOUS.

Map of Brown County 11-11
Constitution of the United States 79
Area of the United States 203
Area of the Principal Countries in the World 203
Population of the Principal Countries in the World 203
Population of Ohio by Counties 202
Population of Brown County 311
Business References 305

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