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Source:
The History of Clark County, Ohio:
containing a history of the county, its cities, towns, etc., general and local statistics,
portraits of early settlers and prominent men, history of the Northwest Territory,
 history of Ohio, map of Clark County, Constitution of the United States,
miscellaneous matters, etc., etc.

Chicago:  W. H. Beers & Co., 
1881
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

PART I.
HISTORY OF THE NORTHWEST TERRITORY

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

PART II.
HISTORY OF THE STATE OF OHIO

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History of Ohio 93
French History 96
Ordinance of 1787, No. 32 105
The War of 1812 122
Banking 126
The Canal System 128
Ohio Land Tracts 129
Improvements 132
State Boundaries 136
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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
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A Brief Mention of Prominent Ohio
  Generals
191
Some Discussed Subjects 196
Conclusion 200
Comments upon the Ordinance of 1878,
  from the Statutes of Ohio, Edited by
  Salmon P. Chase, and Published in the
  year 1833.
204

PART III.
HISTORY OF CLARK COUNTY

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Introduction 213
The Battle of Piqua 214
The Siege of the Old Indian Town of
  Piqua, August 8, 1780
214
Notes of the Battle of Piqua 218
Tecumseh and Piqua 220
Indian Occupancy 221
The Shawnee Indians 223
Extinction of the Indian Title 233
Original Land Surveys 234
Extent and Boundary 237
The Erection of Clark County 238
Physical Features 239
Miscellaneous Statistics for the year
  ending June 1, 1880
243
Mounds, Relics, Etc. 243
Log Cabin Song 247
The Homes and Hearths of the Pioneers 247
The Ax 253
The First White Man 253
John Paul 254
County Buildings 260
County Officials 263
Representatives to State Legislature 263
County Commissioners 263
County Auditors 264
County Treasurers 264
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County Recorders 264
County Sheriffs 267
County Coroners 267
County Surveyors 267
Clerks of Court 268
Prosecuting Attorneys 268
Probate Judges 268
County Infirmary 268
Children's Home 269
Sketch of the Bench and Bar of Clark Co. 270
 - The Bench 270
 - The Bar 273
The National Road 280
New Boston 283
Anti-Slavery Sentiments 284
John E. Layton and the Greene County
  Rescue Case of 1857
287
The Military History of Clark County 290
Training-Day Period 291
The Mexican War 293
County Military Committee 297
Provost Marshal's Department from
  1863 to 1866
297
Aid Societies 299
Clark County's Ex-Soldiers 301
Biographical Sketch of
   Gen. George Rogers Clark
333
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The Spelling of the name Clark 337
Simon Kenton 339
John Humpreys 342
David Lowry, Jr. 342
Jonathan Donnel 343
Israel Ludlow 343
Sketch of Clark County Agricultural
  Society
344
Officers of Clark County Agricultural
   Society, from 1840 to 1881 except
   Managers
348
The Clark County Medical Society 348
Clark County Bible Society 351
Clark County Sabbath School Union 359
The Grange in Clark County 360
The Mad River Valley Pioneer and Historial Association. 360
Clark-Shawnee Centennial 367
The History of Short-Horn and the Cattle 398
Table of Distances from Springfield, Ohio,
   to several Important Cities of the United
   States
474
Population of Clark County 414
Table of Distances in Clark County 419
Decennial Appraisement of Real
   Property, Clark County
420
Valuation of Real Property in Towns and
   Villages
421

PART IV.
HISTORY OF THE CITY OF SPRINGFIELD

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City of Springfield 425
La Ohonda 426
The First Settlement 426
James Demint, the Founder of Springfield 426
Original Plat of Springfield 429
Beauty of Location 430
First Commercial Enterprise 431
Character of Demint 431
Griffith Foos Arrival 432
The First Tavern 433
Picnic to Yellow Springs 433
Improvements, Mills, etc. 433
Dayton & Springfield Road 434
The City in 1804 434
The Early Settlers of Springfield 435
Robert Rennick 435
Jonah Baldwin 436
Walter Smallwood 436
Rev. Saml. Henkle 439
John Ambler 440
Cooper Ludlow 440
Pearson Spinning 440
Granny Icenbarger 441
Joel Walker 442
Little Daddy Vicory 442
James Wallace 443
Doctor Needham 443
Elijah Beardsley 443
Maddox Fisher 444
Ira Paige 444
James Johnson 445
Major Christie 445
Steady Growth of the Village 446
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The First School 449
First Church Building 449
A Seat of Justice 450
Treaty with the Indians 450
The First Brick House 452
Additional Church Edifices 453
Volunteers for Harrison 453
Smith's Academy 454
Springfield as a County SEat 454
"Old Virginia" and "Sleepy Hollow." 455
A Relic of the Mound Builders 455
A Temperance Organization 456
Werden's Tavern 456
The First Census 459
Bible Societies 459
Public Buildings 460
Lighting the Streets 461
Springfield a Town 461
The Paper Mill 461
The First Mayor 462
A Daily Mail 464
Societies 464
The Market House 465
A Visit from Henry Clay 465
The First Book Store - Nichols 465
The Cholera 466
Fire 470
Political Excitement 470
Springfield a City 473
Manufacturing Interests 474
Celebration of the Laying of the Atlantic Cable 475
Springfield in the War 476
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Assassination of Lincoln 480
Reception to Returned Soldiers 481
Return of Peace 481
Unprecedented Commercial Activity 481
The Hard Times 483
The Womens' Crusade 483
The Centennial Celebration 486
Mill Run Improvement 486
The Fine Arts 489
Frankenstein Family 493
S. Jerome Uhl 496
Present Prospects 496
Churches 500
Education 523
The Springfield High School 530
Wittenberg College 534
Industrial Interests 540
The Printing Press 559
Springfield Public Library 569
Y. M. C. A. 570
Secret Societies 572
Fire Department 582
Police Department 585
The Telegraph 585
Street Railways 586
Railroads 591
Banks 593
Home for Aged Women 595
The Old Graveyard 595
Greenmount Cemetery 595
Fern Cliff Cemetery 596
The Pioneer Dead 597
Officers and Tax Levy 598

PART V.
TOWNSHIP HISTORIES.

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SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP 605
 - The Early Officials of Springfield Twp. 606
 - Pioneers of Springfield Twp. 612
 - Lagonda 615
 - Schools 616
 - Lagonda United Brethren Church 617
 - Lagonda Free-Will Baptist Church 618
 - The Union Meeting House 618
 - Bethel Methodist Episcopal Church 623
 - Emery Chapel (Methodist Episcopal) 624
 - School Notes of Springfield Twp. by Districts, 1880 625
 - Sugar Grove 626
 - Edwardsville 627
 - East Springfield 627
 - Riceville 627
 - Chambersburg 627
 - Suburban Business 627
 - St. John Sewing Machine Company 627
 - Dugan's Lime Works 627
 - Holcomb's Line Works 628
 - Junction Mills 628
 - Benson's Mill 628
 - Leffel's Saw-Mill 628
 - Snyder's Mills 629
 - Taylor's Mill 629
 - Rubsam's Mill 629
 - Leffel's Mill 629
 - Grisso's Mill, or Rock Point 630
 - Rebert's Mill 630
 - Paden's Woolen Factory 630
 - The Byrd Cemetery 630
 - Sinking Creek Cemetery 633
 - The Perrin Cemetery 633
 - Justices of the Pe4ace 633
 - Poll Book 634
 - Votes 635
 - Springfield Township Officials 635
HARMONY TOWNSHIP 635
 - Streams 636
 - Villages 636
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HARMONY TOWNSHIP - continued  
 - Sundry Items 636
 - Pioneers of Harmony Township 636
 - Cemeteries 643
 - Lisbon 644
 - Brighton 645
 - Vienna 646
 - Harmony Village 647
 - Plattsburg 648
 - The Lisbon Baptist Church 648
 - Fletcher Chapel (Methodist Episcopal) 649
 - Plattsburg Christian Church 650
 - Harmony Methodist Church 650
 - Vienna Christian Church 653
 - Vienna Methodist Episcopal Church 653
 - Vienna Lodge, No. 345 I. O. O. F. 653
 - Harmony in the War 654
 - Schools of Harmony Township 654
 - Schools Statistics 654
 - Rural Hotels 655
 - Saw-Mills 655
 - The Early Elections, Politics & Reminiscences 655
 - Political Reminiscences - An Incident of the Campaign of 1840 656
 - Cabin Song  
PLEASANT TOWNSHIP 658
MOOREFIELD TOWNSHIP - finished 7/29/19 673
GERMAN TOWNSHIP 679
PIKE TOWNSHIP 693
 - Early Settlements 694
 - Churches 696
 - Cemetery and Graveyards 698
 - Towns 699
 - Dialton 699
 - Hotels 700
 - Toll Pikes 700
 - Mills 700
 - Physicians 703
 - Schools 703
 - General 703
   
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BETHEL TOWNSHIP - partial 12/30/2021 704
 - Bethel Baptist Church 714
 - The Old-School Mennonite Church 716
 - Cemeteries 716
 - Mills 717
 - Physicians 718
 - An Incident 718
MAD RIVER TOWNSHIP - partial 12/30/2021 719
GREEN TOWNSHIP 735
 - Pioneers 735
MADISON TOWNSHIP - partial 12/30/2021 746
 - Early Township Officials 748
 - Roads 749
 - Of the Early Settlers 749
 - Pol-Book of an Election held in Vance (Madison) Township, Clark Co., Ohio, Apr. 6, 1818 755
 - A Reminiscence 756
 - Reminiscence of the Past 756
 - South Charleston Agricultural Society 757
 - The Soldiers of 1861-65 757
 - Churches of Madison Township 758
   - Selma 762
   - Green Plain Monthly Meeting (Friends) 765
   - Orthodox 765
   - Green Plain Monthly Meeting (Hicksites) 765
   - Selma Methodist Episcopal Church 766
   - Green Plain Band of Hope 767
   - African Methodist Episcopal Church (Selma) 767
 - The Underground Railroad 767
 - South Charleston 768
 - South Charleston Official Directory 769
 - Madison Township Official Directory 769
 - Secret Societies 769
 - South Charleston Cemetery 770
 - Statistics of the Special School District of South Charleston in Madison Township.  Clark Co., Ohio, for the year ending August 31, 1880 770
 - School Statistics of Madison Township for the year ending August 31, 1880 770
 - Educational Reminiscences Furnished 771

PART VI.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES

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Springfield Township 779
Harmony Township 954
Pleasant Township 971
Moorefield Township 981
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German Township 997
Pike Township 1011
Bethel Township 1026
Mad River Township 1039
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Green Township 1048
Madison Township 1059

PORTRAITS

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Gen. George Rogers Clark Front
David Lowry (deceased) 115
George Croft (deceased) 133
John T. Stewart (deceased) 151
James Foley (deceased) 169
Rev. Henry Williams 187
Thomas Mills (deceased) 205
John Ludlow 212
J. S. Christie 225
J. S. Halsey (deceased) 235
J. L. Torbert (deceased) 245
William White 255
J. S. Goode 265
J. Warren Keifer 275
George Spence 285
William Foos 295
Samuel Barnett (deceased) 305
John H. Thomas 315
James Leffel (deceased) 325
E. G. Dial 335
A. Dunlap 345
C. Thompson (deceased) 355
George W. Hastings 365
F. Holford 366
S. Jerome Uhl 375
J. S. Crowell 385
T. J. Kirkpatrick 386
Judson Redmond 395
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Ross Mitchell 405
James P. Leffel 416
Mrs. Elizabeth Leffel (deceased) 417
E. V. Van Norman 427
Anthony Byrd 437
Samuel Wolf 447
Thomas V. Crabill 457
Harrison Rice 467
William Perrin 477
George Brain 487
Isaac C. Wood 497
Lewis Skillings (deceased) 507
Frederick Kobelanz (deceased) 517
William Coffey 527
Lemuel Hunter 537
Nathan Neer 547
Milton R. Hunter 557
Andrew Nicholson (deceased) 567
Henry Oxtoby 577
W. D. Baird 589
Mrs. Sarah M. Baird (deceased) 588
Michael Wilson, Sr. (deceased) 599
William Troxell 609
John Thorpe (deceased) 620
Mrs. Elizabeth Thorpe (deceased). 621
L. W. Haughey 631
E. T. Collins 641
R. B. McCollum 651
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William Comrie 661
William Davisson 671
David T. Colvin 681
Presley Jones 691
Reuben Shellabarger 701
W. B. Jenkins 711
J. W. Hanes 721
James Anderson 731
W. Brand Todd 741
Abraham Kitchen 753
Mrs. Matilda Kitchen 752
E. H. Keifer 763
L. N. Kitchen 773
Robert Tindall 783
A. C. McLaughlin 793
Jesse Mead 803
Senseman, H. 813
J. J. Scarff 823
Horatio Banes (deceased) 833
Jeremiah Yeazell (deceased) 843
Charles M. Clark 853
James Clark 863
John A. Marquart 875
Mary J. Marquart 874
R. Rector (deceased) 885
Eliza J. Richards 887
Joseph L. Richards 897

ILLUSTRATIONS.

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Source of the Mississippi 22
LaSalle Landing on the Shores of Green Bay 24
Buffalo Hunt 26
Trapping 28
Mouth of the Mississippi 31
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High Bridge 33
Pontiac, the Ottawa Chieftain 42
Indians Attacking Frontiersmen 55
Present Site Lake Street Bridge, Chicago, 1833 58
A Pioneer Dwelling 60
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Lake Bluff 62
Tecumseh, the Shawnee Chieftain 68
Indians Attacking a Stockade 71
Black Hawk, the Sac Chieftain 74
Perry's Monument, Cleveland 91
Niagara Falls 92

MISCELLANEOUS.

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Map of Clark County 14-15
Constitution of the United States 79
Population of the United States 203
Area of the United States 203
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Area of the Principal Countries in the World 203
Population of the Principal Countries in the World 203
Miles of Railroad in Operation 203
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Population of Ohio 202
Population of Clark County 414
Business References 1079

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