BY LEVI ROWE
RECORD OF JESSE ROWE. - He emigrated from Virginia to Ross County, Ohio, in 1803, with his family,
consisting of nine children, four boys and five girls: John, Jesse, Jr., William, and
James, Elizabeth, Mary, Jane, Susan,
Jesse Rowe, Sr., served as a private in the revolution; he lived in
Ross County three years and emigrated to now Fayette County
in 1807, and located on Little Wabash, now
Green Township; his
children accompanied him. Soon after
the organization of the county in 1810, he was elected first justice; he served
four terms; he also served as trustee and the other township offices; he was a
class leader and exhorter in the M. E. Church to the close of his life. The first class meeting and church
organization was held at his cabin.
He gave to the M. E. Church a liberal
legacy in his will, the interest to be paid annually for its benefit. He is truly called the father of
Fayette County. He died
in 1845, at a ripe old age, respected and regretted by relatives and friends.
JOHN ROWE, his oldest son, settled on
the land which his father gave him on the Little Wabash. He was the father of eleven children,
eight sons and three daughters; sons all living in the county but one. He held several important offices in
the township. He was in the war of
1812 and did his duty; he died in 1863.
Jesse Rowe, Jr., settled in
Green Township, living there five
years, and moved to Concord Township. He held the office of trustee and
other trusts, and when war was declared he volunteered his services, after
General Hull’s surrender, under
General Beatal Harrison, in defense
of his country. He was the father of
two sons, Levi and Sanford; Elizabeth A. and Mary. William Rowe emigrated to Ross County,
and died in Bournulle, a hotel keeper.
James Rowe moved to the South
at an early day; he was a preacher.
He moved to Huntsville,
Alabama, and married, and went into a select high school; he
continued in the school until the death of his wife. At the division of the church he took
the side of the South, and preached up to the time of the rebellion; he then
came to the North, where he remained until the close of the war; he then
sick and died. He had two sons,
Henry B. Rowe.
Andrew was educated; he married and
moved to the State of Illinois; after the close
of the war he moved to Alabama,
where he still lives.
Henry B. Rowe enlisted in the regular
army, and was killed.
Elizabeth married and raised a large family.
Jane married, and died at 65.
Sarah married; she still lives, aged
Levi Rowe is living on his farm, in Concord
Township, near Stanton. He still owns
the farm given him by his father, on Sugar creek.
He married Eliza A. Davis, by whom he has Oliver W., Welsey
H., Maller E., and Rosa R. Rowe.
Levi Rowe has held the office of assessor for ten years; township clerk, seven years;
and school board director. He is a
large farmer and stock dealer.
Jesse Rowe’s record; children, 9;
grandchildren, 56; great-grandchildren, 250; great-great-grandchildren, 107;
Names of early
pioneers handed in by Levi Row, Esq.;
Peter Mark, a farmer; he was in the war of 1812;
George Fear, farmer, was in the war
of 1812; Lenard Bush, Sr.,
Peter Brown, Powell Newal, A. and C. Newman, Beryman Allen, were all tillers of the soil
and good citizens.
William Thompson, first justice of
Eli West, James Evans, J. Mark, James
Wright, from Ireland,
farmers; Jacob and Josiah Wright were
Jacob had five sons, all dead but one, who lives in the county. He was the father of eight girls, who
married the following men: John McGahin,
John W. Pumphrey, A. W. Wright, William McLean, Manly Fox, John Rowe, George
Kreidier, and William Martin;
they all raised large families.
A. W. Wright is a prominent farmer in
the township, much respected; he has served in the office of justice, and in
several other important township trusts; a man of note and influence.
William McLean, a neat and excellent
farmer; a good man; he has now retired, and lives near
George Kreidier lives on his farm, in
Township, a good neighbor.
William moved to the West and died.
J. W. Pumphrey, dead;
John Rowe was a farmer, but is now
John McGraffan emigrated to the West and died.
Among the first pioneers to the township was
Adam Taylor; he settled on Sugar
creek; he erected the first flour and saw-mill in the township on Sugar creek,
also the first distillery; it was a public place of resort. The site is now the property of
Eli Rowe; a large bed of gravel is
near the mill-site.
Daniel Carmaine, farmer, raised a large family, and did his share towards improving the
James Maddox settled on Sugar creek,
and raised a large, promising family; he was the father of
T. H. Maddox, first blacksmith in the township.
T. H. Maddox was, in his day,
a class leader in the M. E. Church,
and was a license preacher by the United Brethren; he was a Christian, and a man
of true piety; he emigrated to the West.
Jonathan Mark settled on
Rattlesnake Creek; he was a farmer; he raised a large and respectable family.
L. C. Coffman, James Holms, Elias Purdy, and Aaron Purley all moved West, and were working men.
Anderson Iron, farmer and
surveyor, emigrated to the West.
O. H. Wright, mill-wright and first
carpenter and farmer; Caleb Johnson emigrated to California, made his pile, returned and married; he was in
the one hundred days’ service; he now is none of the acting trustees of the
Joeb. McCoy, farmer, and one of the
trustees; Milton Sever, a life-long
treasurer, a farmer, and a very popular man in his township.
J. N. Rowe, private in company C, 54th
regiment; was a prisoner in the famous Anderson
prison, and suffered untold privations – hunger, and almost death; he is the
popular clerk of the township, and a merchant in
Eli Craig is now treasurer and
postmaster of the township, merchant and farmer; has held several important
township offices to entire approval.
Rev. Sam’l Allen, assessor of the
township ten years, a farmer.
M. P. Sheilds, acting constable, a
farmer and trader.
Robert Worthington, a large farmer
and cattle dealer and shipper.
Rev. D. S. Craig, wholesale and
retail merchant; several years postmaster in Stanton.
Peter Brown, a great land
speculator, moved from Chillicothe and settled on the farm of Latham; here he realized a
great fortune; he died in 1858; his house was the home of the M. E. preachers;
he was very benevolent and liberal in his donations to colleges, churches, and
institutions having for their object the welfare of our race; his death was
unlooked for and very sudden. Having
gone out in the evening to feed his cattle, and not returning, search was made
for him, and he was found next morning in his field, frozen stiff; supposed he
died from a rush of blood to heart or head, as he was corpulent.
Isaiah Brown married and moved to the
West. Hearing of the death of his
father, he moved back to settle up his large estate; he is a large stock dealer
and pike contractor; he is a resident of
Matthew W. Mark, was a farmer, stock
grazer, and pike contractor; a man of business, energetic and full of
enterprise; a useful citizen in society.
Fielding Teagans, a large
farmer and great horse dealer, kept fine bloods, raised a large family.
John Brinkley, John Adams, Thomas Adams, Benona Clifton, and
Jesse Williams were all good farmers
George Johnson was a farmer; he served as a justice several terms, belonged to the
school board; and is at present a justice of the township.
Isaac Sollars, a farmer and trustee;
much of a gentleman.
David Presinger, a large farmer; has
served as trustee, and is called the richest man in the township.
Wells Jones, a farmer, was in the war
Peter McVery, a farmer, has served as trustee.
Wm. McVery, a farmer.
Francis Waddle, farmer and large
William Waddle, farmer, and
class-leader in the M. E. Church.
John Bonecutter and
Eli Corner, good citizen and neat
Thomas Corner, a good farmer and school director.
C. Bonecutter, a good citizen.
Clement Pavy, farmer and stock
Gideon Fuer, railroad man.
John Fuer, farmer and stock dealer.
J. C. Beatty, a neat farmer.
J. M. Beatty, a neat farmer and stock
raiser, and one of the present justices; a man of note and influence in the
William Long, hog raiser.
S. W. Stukey, merchant;
Mr. Stukey was a captain in the 90th
regiment O. V.
Dr. Matthews, a popular, skillful, and successful physician.
T. H. Mark, school teacher, clerk of
the township, and a neat farmer.
M. M. Owens,
Esq., justice, a good farmer and
Andrew Rowe, farmer and stock raiser.
John Rowe, a farmer and noted hunter;
he takes care of his aged mother (good).
H. A. McCarty, boot and shoemaker.
Rev. T. H. Hide, pastor M. E. Church,
John Rester, wood-worker.
John Mitchiner, carpenter.
Peter Duff, justice and wagon-worker. Col. Wm. Craig, farmer and merchant.
T. J. Craig, peddler in notions.
Daniel Blair, farmer.
M. Hinkle, merchant and farmer
Peter Snyder, a justice and
J. Jones, farmer.
J. P. Cox, Esq., stock man.
David Rowe, farmer and hog packer.
Amos Goldsbery, farmer and stock
trader; a good neighbor and citizen.
meeting-house was built in
Stanton. First school house on the bank of
Sugar creek. The first school
teacher was Wm. Sweet; second
teacher, J. D. Moon.
There was an
Indian grave found on Eli Lyon’s
farm. Skeletons and bones have been
James B. Rowe was the first noted
hunter. There are no earth-works in
The number of
school-houses in the township, seven; number of meeting-houses, two; they belong
to the M. E. Church.
Nathaniel A. Jones moved to the West,
and then moved back, not being pleased with it.
He is by occupation a farmer and stock dealer.
John Murphy emigrated from
Ireland, and is a railroad engineer.
Sunday School in Stanton is largely attended. It has excellent and efficient
Rev. S. Allen and Rev. L. Morris organized
the Pleasant Valley Sunday School and Church.
living in the township in Mrs. Wood Munce,
aged 84. Her husband was in the wars
of 1776 and 1812.
John Rosebrook was in the war of
1812; his widow, Nancy Rosebrook, is still living, in advanced age, in Stanton, in rather indigent circumstances.
BY PETER VANPELT, SR.
VANPELT FAMILY –
Tunis Vanpelt emigrated from Tennessee
with his father, a resident of New York, and
from Tennessee to Ohio, in 1804, and served in the revolutionary war. He died in Adams County,
prior to the war of 1812. His
children were Peter, Charles, and
Peter emigrated to Ross
County in 1817, and in 1828 he moved to Fayette, Concord Township. His family
record: Charles, Andy B., Eli, Russell, William W., Sanford, Simon, Peter, Jr., Oliver. Perry Vanpelt was killed in the
last war, 54th regiment.
Simon was in the last war, 73d
Peter Vanpelt and wife are still
BY LEVI ROWE.
Vanpelt, a neat farmer, has held the office of road commissioner; a useful
Charles Vanpelt, school teacher and merchant; a good financier; has accumulated an ample
fortune; is a large stock dealer in
O. E. R. Vanpelt emigrated to
and made his pile by honest, hard work; he returned home and married
Miss Rowe. He now lives in Washington.
Andrew Vanpelt has moved to Green
county, and engaged in farming; he married
Simon Vanpelt lives with his aged
parents; he served as a musician in the 73d regiment.
Oliver Vanpelt, youngest son of
Peter Vanpelt, Sr., was in the 54th
regiment; was wounded in battle, brought home, and died much lamented; he was a
young man of talent and promise.
William Vanpelt emigrated to California
[The above is a brief
record of a brave family, whose war record runs from 1776 to 1861.]
George McDonald, farmer, although
unlettered, is very intelligent and learned in the history of our country; his
recollection of what he hears and sees is remarkable.
John Stuckey, farmer, served as Captain of Militia during the militia musters in Ohio,
and was also trustee of Concord Township; a prominent man in society.
George Hidy, a farmer and honest man.
Joseph Mark, held the offices of
clerk, trustee, and county commissioner; a large, neat farmer, and a man of
Samuel Marks was in the war of 1812;
a farmer, and was treasurer.
Banner Marks, preachers in the M. E. Church in Iowa.
Samuel Sprinkle, a large farmer and
good man; he was a man of great enterprise, accumulating much property; he died
at a good old age, much respected and lamented.
J. W. Williams, school
teacher, justice and clerk of the township for several years; he is still living
and enjoys good health; he retains all his faculties in an eminent degree; he
oversees and superintends his owns affairs, and enjoys the company of his
of Fayette in 1750, were as follows:
The Shawnees, Piquas, and Chillicothe
tribes. The animal occupants were the bear, black, and yellow; buffalo, or
bison; wolf, panther, black and gray fox.
Of these animals that are carnivorous and herbiferous, are the opossum,
raccoon, polecat, and mink; the wood-chuck or ground-hog; rabbits are
herbiferous; black, gray, stripped, and fox squirrels; red and flying squirrels;
beaver, weasel, porcupine, otter, elk, deer, snakes – two kinds – rattle and
black snake; two kinds water snakes, copperheads and garter; spotted snake,
called cabin or house snake; lizards, three kinds.
that one of Daniel Boone’s hunters,
in 1783, in Kentucky and the western forest of the great
Northwest, was Alex. Cupper. He and
Daniel Boon were taken prisoners at the Three
Islands by the Indians, and got within seven miles of
Daniel made his escape.
Cupper was taken to
Old Town, was tried by an Indian council, and condemned to be
burned. He was put in a close cabin,
and watched by the two largest Indians in the camp. The night prior to the execution, he
was brought out to run the gauntlet.
A circle was formed, and he was let loose; running a short distance, he broke
the circle, distanced his pursuers, and penetrated the deep forest of now
Concord, and took refuge on the waters of Little Wabash, where he remained
secreted until he made his escape to Three
Islands on the Ohio.
BY A. W. WRIGHT.
JOHN WRIGHT emigrated to Scioto Valley
in 1798, and settled on the waters of Paint, with his father’s family, and lived
with the family until 1807, when he married, and emigrated to Fayette in 1808. Two years before the organization of
the county, the whole country was one unbroken forest, inhabited only by
Indians, wolves, bears, deer, and other smaller game. The last wolf was killed in 1848, on
the waters of Sugar creek, by Daniel
Carmaen. Gabriel Wright, father
of John Wright, emigrated from
New Jersey to Hampshire County,
Virginia, at an early date, and from Virginia to Kentucky, and settled near Big Bone
Lick, and remained there seven years, when he removed to the
Northwest territory in 1789.
His family were Deborah Ball, by whom he had Jonathan, David, Joeb,
John, Hosea, and Caleb Wright; Sarah,
Anna, Rhody, and Charity. John, the subject of this record,
was in the war of 1812, under Capt.
Kilgore and Gen. Wm. H. Harrison. He first went out under a draft
for forty days. He next was in the
general call, under General McArthur
and Colonel Wm. Clark. He married
Miss Ann Cook, by whom he had Anthony W., Amos, Allen
L., Susan, Isabel, Margaret, and Rachel; all dead but Anthony and
John Whright held the office of trustee and several other
Mr. Wright was by occupation a
farmer, having cleared and improved his and from a dense forest; he was a man
much respected and beloved by all who had the honor of his acquaintance. The following beautiful and merited
tribute, we extract from a Washington
paper one week after his death, which was in 1833:
Died at his
residence, in this county, on the 7th of April, 1833,
Mr. John Wright, in the 52d year of his age. His
disease was consumption; a long, painful, lingering, and in the end, fatal,
consumption. He bore his afflictions
with fortitude, and with Christian humility he heard and obeyed the summons. He is now realizing what happens to
immortality in the eternal world, whither we must shortly follow him, and, like
him, engage in a new and endless course of being and existence there. Let us be watchful; let us be ready. The deceased was an honest man, a
good neighbor, a kind husband, and an affectionate father. He has left a wife and seven children
to deplore his loss – a loss which to them can not be repaired. Let them, however, not despair; for
that good Being who has summoned the father away will be to the orphan a better
father, and to the widow a kinder husband.
Let them confide in him.
Anthony Wayne Wright, who is the
possessor of the old forest homestead, and the author of this brief record,
hands in the relic below described:
A fawn-skin purse, made by his father and used by him during the war of 1812,
when he was in the black swamps defending his country.
MOTTO OF JOHN WRIGHT.
There is nothing purer
than honesty, nothing sweeter than charity, nothing warmer than love, nothing
richer than wisdom, nothing more steadfast than faith. Those united in one mind form the
purest, the sweetest, the warmest, the richest, the brightest, and the most
Mrs. John Wright was a woman of
enterprise, industry and business habits.
During the war of 1812, her husband being a soldier in that campaign,
she, with the help of a small boy, cultivated and gathered nine acres of corn,
amounting to four hundred bushels; the boy plowed the corn, and
Mrs. Wright hoed it. She died in 1852, regretted by all.
Mrs. Wright was a kind and benevolent woman; good to the poor; she was attentive to the
sick and afflicted, and an excellent nurse; the sick had confidence in her
prescriptions and advice. She was
proberbial for her charities and beneficence; her latch-string was always out;
at her bountiful table the hungry were fed; she was a kind companion, an
affectionate mother, and an obliging neighbor and true christian.
ANTHONY WAYNE WRIGHT.
was born March,
1812, and is in his 60th year.
Mr. Wright married
Sarah Wright February, 1833, by whom he had three children,
Margaret, Jasper, and
Samantha Jane. Mrs. Wright died October 19th,
1840. In 1843 he married
Mary Caylor, daughter of
Jacob Caylor, by whom he had one son,
J. A. Wright, who married
Jane Deriens July 20th,
Jasper Wright, son of
Anthony Wayne Wright, was in the late
rebellion as one of the hundred day men.
HE lives on the east side of Sugar creek; he married twice, and has one
child by each wife, Mary G. and Essie C.
Amos Wright, son of
John Wright, is dead; he lived on the
northeast bank of Sugar creek; he married
Susana Rankin; their children were
Emily R., Maria L., Theodore L., Alice A., William Wallace, and
Cyrus R. Wright. Allen L. Wright married
Ary Turner, by whom he had four
children, Huldy A., Heson, Chas. W.,
and John A. Wright. Margaret married
Harry Iron, and moved to Kansas;
both dead; had six children, five living and one dead.
Aaron Hyer; she is dead, leaving one
daughter; lived on Sugar creek.
Isabel is living in Jay County;
her husband, Abraham Medsker, is
David Wright was an early emigrant; he was in the war of 1812; is dead.
Hosea Wright, farmer, was in the war of 1812; he came to his death by the falling of a
Wright was a son of Gabriel Wright,
and was a noted hunter of Kentucky
and the Northwest. His hunting
excursions were on the head-waters of Paint and Rattlesnake. He killed buffaloes, elk, bears,
wolves, panthers, deer, and other game in abundance. He was the companion of
Governor Heath, Witzell, Wolff, Boggs,
Stoner, McKay, and other celebrated hunters.
He was a brave scout, fearless and daring; he settled on Indian creek,
and died about 1805.
Caleb Wright emigrated to Fayette County in 1807.
He was a single man; when the war of 1812 was declared by Congress, he
volunteered as an Indian spy, and continued in that critical and dangerous
capacity, traversing the hills, plains, valleys, and swamps for one year; his
living was wild meat, his hiding-places, the black swamps, his covering, the
blue sky, and his raiment was the wild hunters’ costume; he was brave, fearless,
and daring, penetrating the camp and secret hiding dens of the savages and the
Jas. Beatty, Joseph
Marks, David Persinger, Milton Seiner, Nathan Marks, Lewis Coffman, Isaiah
Sellars. John Seiner, Eli Craig, Aaron Hire, William Bitser, William Long,
Martin Rowe, John Stukey, Thomas Worthington, Thomas Connor, Samuel Allen, John
T. Cox, John House, George McDonald, Matthew Owens, Samuel Marks, James
Holbrook, James Homes, Elias Priddy; D. M. Craig, J. W. Craig, J. B. Cole, L.
Hany, Wm. Darick, M. Craig, John Mitcheler, J. N. Rowe, Joseph Beatty, David
Rowe, Levi Burnett, Amos Goldsbery, George Hidy, A. M. Wright, J. C. Connor, Eli
Conner, Jacob McVey, Joseph Seiner.
STAUNTON BUSINESS DIRECTORY.
Dry goods, Craig Bros. and J. N. Rowe;
boots and shoes, James Holbrook and
Church, M. P.;
Wood Shop, R. B. Cole and John Rusler;
P. R. Craig, John Mitchener, Joseph Beatty, and
Grocery, Elias Priddy;
R. B. Cole and
and practice of medicine, James Matthews
and L. J. McCorkle;
David Ellis and Mr. Norton;
Yankee notions, wagons, William Gray
and T. J. Craig;
Cloth manufacturer, James Holmes;
Undertaker, John Mitcher.