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 History of Trumbull & Mahoning Counties, Ohio
Published:  Cleveland: H. Z. Williams & Bros.

Trumbull County, Ohio

  DR. R. M. BEEBE.  Robert McEwen Beebe was born in Winchester, Connecticut, Apr. 28, 1811.  His parents were James Beebe, a prominent citizen of Litchfield county, Connecticut, five times a member of the Legislature of that State, and Abi McEwen Beebe, a sister of the Rev. Dr. Able McEwen, of New London, Connecticut.
     He was a member of Yale college class of 1835, but did not finish his course for want of means.  Soon after leaving he commenced the study of medicine with Dr. Benjamin Weich, Jr., in Norfolk, and continued his medical studies in Yale and Berkshire Medical schools, graduating from the latter in the class of 1836-37.  In 1837 he married Miss Huldah Case, of Norfolk, and in 1838 removed to Hartford.  Here he entered immediately on a large and successful practice of medicine, which he continued till his death, Nov. 16, 1864.  Few physicians ever enjoyed more of the love and confidence of the community where they lived, or have been more deeply mourned in their death.
     The following is taken from a letter written by Hon. I. C. Jones, who was a resident in Hartford at the time Dr. Beebe came to the township, subsequently was a student in his office, and continued to live in the place till 1862:
     Professionally Dr. Beebe almost at once took rank among the first physicians in the vicinity.  Among his brethren his thorough scholarship and learning in his profession,  his urbanity and courtesy, rapidly won for him their good will and high esteem.  They soon learned to know that his judgment and conclusions in critical cases of disease were of the highest value, and as a necessary consequence he was oftener called in consultation than any other physician in this part of the county.
     As a citizen he was active and zealous in all matters of public interst, and always, notwithstanding the great demands upon his time by his large practice, took a leading part in civil and political affairs.
     Among the most marked traits in his character were his liberality and self-sacrificing labors to the poor.  The needed relief, both professional and pecuniary, was prompt and ready, cheerful, and without evasion or excuse.
     To his self-sacrificing labors in his profession may be attributed in a great degree his early death.  He died in the height of his usefulness, in the prime of his life, with the harness on, leaving behind him a reputation for honor, integrity, professional skill, second to none in the county of his residence, which is remembered by none better than the writer, to whom he was the valued friend and counsellor, the sincere and constant friend."
     He left a family of four children, one of whom, Robert, follows his father's profession, and resides in Cleveland.  Lizzie G. (Mrs. J. Jones) was a poetess of considerable local reputation.
Source:   History of Trumbull & Mahoning Counties, Ohio - Published:  Cleveland: H. Z. Williams & Bros. - VOLUME II - 1882 - Pg. 285
  THE BORDEN FAMILYAmong the pioneers who came into Hartford during 1804 were Asahel Borden and his sons Asahel, Jr., and Sylvester.  They left Hartland, Connecticut, May 29th, and arrived at their destination journey, traveling with an ox team.  A few years later Russel Borden, a brother of Asahel Borden, Sr., and their mother, Widow Mary Borden, also came.  She was born in 1731, and was probably, at the time of her death, the oldest pioneer.  She died in 1818, at the age of eighty-seven.  Asahel Borden and his son Asahel, Jr. settled on lot twenty-four on the diagonal road.  He died July 26, 1826, and his wife Jemima (Jones) Borden died Dec. 22, 1818.  Asahel Borden, Jr. and his wife Phebe (Bushnell) Borden continued to reside at their first location nearly seventy years, and will long be remembered as social and hospital pioneers.  "The latch-string of their log cabin was always out,"  and in later years their residence was as freely opened to their numerous friends.  They out-lived all their pioneer associates, he dying in 1869, at the age of eighty-seven, and she in 1875, at the age of ninety-one, being the last one of the early settlers.
     They were members of the Methodist Episcopal church nearly half a century.  They were always active and energetic people.  In early times they are said to have made journeys to Pittsburg and Beaver with oxen, taking their cheese and farm produce to exchange for family supplies; often making journeys to Warren, Ohio, and Mercer, Pennsylvania, on horseback to trade.  Once Mrs. Borden made a trip to Mercer and back in one day, the round trip being a journey of over forty miles, bringing home on her horse a tea-set of crockery, groceries, and other articles for the family.  Their children were all daughters.  Eliza (who was bought a baby on the long journey from Connecticut) married Richard Gates, Elsa married Paul Wellman, Phebe married George Hallock, Jemima married Daniel Loomis, Hannah died at the age of fourteen, Polly married Abel Whitney, Maria married Abner Banning, and Deborah L. still remains at the old home with her sister, Mrs. Banning.
     Sylvester Borden
married Amoret Bushnell, daughter of Daniel Bushnell, and their children were John, Edmund, Truman, and Amelia, wife of Rev. Robert Crane, of Green.
     Russel Borden settled on the farm now occupied by the Thompson family, on the diagonal road, where he died in 1813.  His family consisted of Captain Philo Borden, a resident of the township over fifty years, a prominent man in the Congregational church, a teacher many years, and a respected citizen, who married first in Connecticut, Miss Betsy Priest, and second Abigail Thompson; Florilla, with of Seth Thompson; Fannie, wife of Alva Hart; Polly, died in 1813; and Catharine, wife of Robison Truesdale. and Catharine, wife of Robison Truesdale.  This name of worthy pioneers, once so familiar, is now almost extinct in the township.
Source:   History of Trumbull & Mahoning Counties, Ohio - Published:  Cleveland: H. Z. Williams & Bros. - VOLUME II - 1882 - Pg. 279
  EDWARD BROCKWAY.  The Subject of this sketch, one of the three pioneer settlers, formerly resided in Branford, Connecticut.  He removed to Hartland about 1786, and emigrated to New Connecticut in 1800, having in company with Brainard and Jones visited the township, purchased his land, and with them commenced a clearing in August, 1799.  He arrived with his family June 19, 1800.  He had purchased of the proprietors, Root & Holmes, nearly thirty-two hundred acres of land.  At the present time over one hundred families are residing on this property.
     He first settled on lot twenty-two, but soon after removed to lot eight.  He was a soldier of the Revolution, taking part in the battle of Saratoga.  He died Mar. 4, 1813, aged seventy-seven years.  He had a family of seventeen children.  Three of his sons, Aaron, Titus, and Philemon, settled here.  Aaron Brockway first settled in Vernon in June, 1798, with his family, where his wife is said to have lived seven months without seeing the face of a white woman.
     Three years later he removed to Hartford.  At five different times during his life he shouldered his axe and started anew to make a home for himself and family in the woods, making, as we think, a practical pioneer.
     He died in Forest county, Pennsylvania, in 1848.  Eight of the daughters of Edward Brockway married and settled in this township.  Five of this number married into the Jones family.
     Titus Brockway settled in little south of the center, where he resided until his death, Sept. 6, 1840, at the age of sixty-five.  He served as postmaster, justice, member of the Legislature, land agent, and was a prominent member of the Congregational church.  He had but two sons, Edward, and Daniel Webster, and five daughters, Maria, Julia, Melissa, Martha W., Sophronia, and Caroline.
Source:   History of Trumbull & Mahoning Counties, Ohio - Published:  Cleveland: H. Z. Williams & Bros. - VOLUME II - 1882 - Pg. 274
  BUSHNELL FAMILYAmong the early pioneer families of Trumbull county the Bushnells are probably the most numerous.  Captain Alexander Bushnell, the immediate ancestor of the family, emigrated with his descendants.  He was born in Lyme, Connecticut, Dec. 2, 1739, and was a descendant of Francis Bushnell, one of the first settlers of Guilford, Connecticut, who landed in Boston about 1630.
     He married Chloe Waite, of the same place, Feb. 12, 1761.  She was a descendant of Thomas Waite, member of Parliament, one of the judges who signed the death warrant of King Charles I, the Waite family coming to America soon after the restoration in 1660.  Their descendants are numerous, and very many of them reside in Trumbull county.  They had ten children, all of whom were married in Connecticut, and these families all emigrated about the same period to Ohio.
     He was a captain in the Continental army during the Revolutionary war, receiving his commission while serving under Washington.  After the close of the Revolution the tide of emigration first set toward northern Connecticut, and he with many others moved to Hartland, Hartford county, in that State, about 1784.
     In 1800 the tide of emigration started towards "New Connecticut" in Northern Ohio, and this now greatly increased family were swept by the torrent to the Western Reserve, the first one coming in 1801 and the remainder following soon after.  He died March 8, 1818, in Hartford, Ohio.  Captain Bushnell's children were Thomas, Daniel, and William, who with their families settled in Hartford; Chloe, the wife of Obediah Gilder, one the pioneers of Gustavus, where their descendants still reside; Alexander, Jr., who with his family settled in Pittsburg; Sterling G., who with his family first settled in Vernon and in 1820 removed to Richland county, Ohio; Mary, the wife of Hon. Calvin Cone, who was one of the pioneers of Gustavus in 1804, but in 1817 removed to Hartford, where some of their descendants still reside.  He served as member of the Legislature from Barkhamsted, Connecticut, previous to his emigration, and was State Senator in Ohio from 1806 to 1809.  Hannah was the wife of Davis Fuller, who was a pioneer of Hartford; Lucy  was the wife of Aaron Brockway, who was one of the first settlers of Vernon.  They soon removed to Hartford, and about 1835 again removed to Forest county, Pennsylvania.  Phebe was the wife of Asahel Borden.  They settled on lot thirty in Hartford in 1804, where they both lived to a good old age, she dying at the age of ninety-one, and was the last of this family of pioneers to pass away.
     Thomas Bushnell, eldest son of Captain Alexander and Chloe (Waite) Bushnell, was born in Lyme, Connecticut, Jan. 11, 1762.  He served during the last years of the Revolution in the father's company.  He married Rebecca Andrews, of Hartland, Connecticut, and emigrated with a family of ten children to Ohio in 1804.  He located first on lot twenty-four, and in a few years re-located on lot seventeen.  He only lived to endure the hardships and privations of pioneer life, not long enough to enjoy its pleasures which follow.  He died of fever Apr. 10, 1817.  His was the first death in his father's family.  He was greatly respected in the community and much beloved by his numerous relatives, and his death was a severe shock and a great loss to his own family.
     His children were General Andrew Bushnell; Rebecca, wife of Colonel Horace Flower who settled first in Hartford, and afterward in Bloomfield; Jerusha, wife of Linus Hayes; Hannah, wife of Colonel Asa Hutchins and mother of Hon. Wells Hutchins, of Portsmouth, Ohio; Matilda, wife of Lester Hayes; Lorena, wife of
Dr. Cullin Wilcox; Thomas, Jr., who lived for many years in Bloomfield; Amanda, wife of Samuel Corning; and Eli, who lived and died in Hartford.
     General Andrews Bushnell, eldest son of Thomas, was born in Hartland, Connecticut, Aug. 14, 1782, married Sarah Lane, of the same place, and immediately started for New Connecticut as it was then called.  He settled on lot twenty-four, in Hartford, where he died June 17, 1851.  He was an extensive farmer and one of the pioneer breeders of blooded cattle in northern Ohio.  He was also in early life an efficient and accurate surveyor; was for four years sheriff of Trumbull county, and held various other positions of trust and honor.  He held a lieutenant's commission in the War of 1812; commanded a company at the Thames where Tecumseh was killed, and did brave and honorable service in the defence of Fort Erie, where he was wounded by a musket ball through the left lung, for which he received a pension the remainder of his life.  He was an able and well drilled officer, and after the close of the war was made brigadier-general of militia, which position he held with honor many years.  He was a member of the Congregational church, and a Whig in politics until the formation of the Liberty party, which he supported until his death.  His children were Jerusha, who died at the age of nineteen years, a young lady highly esteemed and sincerely regretted by the community; David E., who is supposed to have died in Palestine in January, 1840.  He was intelligent young farmer of great originality and very studious habits, fond of historical reading and investigation.  Restive of farm life he laid extensive plans for foreign travel and research, for which work had had remarkable qualities.  He accordingly left home in December, 1838.  He landed a Liverpool traveled through England, France, Switzerland, and Italy, spent some time in Egypt, traveled up the Nile to Abyssinia, visited the missionaries at Beyroot, and left that place Jan. 8, 1840, with a guide, intending to visit Jerusalem and other points in Palestine.  The guide soon returned and reported that Bushnell was short of money and had gone on alone, since which time no tidings were ever received, and it is supposed he was killed by his guide for his money.  General Bushnells next child was Mary, wife of Simon R. Estabrook, of Warren; and the youngest, Seth A., for many years a resident of Hartford, now of Oberlin, Ohio.
Source:   History of Trumbull & Mahoning Counties, Ohio - Published:  Cleveland: H. Z. Williams & Bros. - VOLUME II - 1882 - Pg. 406
  FOWLER FAMILY.  The first settler in the township of Fowler was Abner Fowler, formerly a resident of Southwick, Massachusetts.  He was a brother of the proprietor of the township, Hon. Samuel Fowler, of Westfield, Massachusetts, for which place the township was first named; this name afterwards being changed in honor of the proprietor to the name it now bears.  In 1798 he came to the township in the employ of his brother as surveyor of his western lands; finally located and remained till death, Feb. 18, 1806, his death being the first in the township.  Abner Fowler, Jr., born July 25, 1782, married Miss Esther Jennings, Aug. 18, 1807, in Fowler.  She was from Fairfield, Connecticut, and a descendant of the Rev. Peter Bulkley, who came to America in 1635.  Their children were Julia, who married Thomas J. Collins; Ira, Sarah, Abner, Harvey, James, and Rhoda, who married Daniel ParsonsMr. Fowler remained in Fowler till 1816, when he changed his location to Brookfield, where he resided till his death Apr. 23, 1843.  He was a very intelligent farmer, a man of the utmost integrity, and of high Christian character.  He was identified with the Methodist church in Fowler at its first organization, also, after his removal, with the Brookfield church.
     In politics he was a Whig till the formation of the Liberty party, when he took his stand on the side of humanity, and was one of the first five voters of that party in Brookfield.  His son Ira Fowler, born in Fowler township, Jan. 21, 1810, married Miss Sarah Ann Williams, May 6, 1840, and settled on lot twenty-three, on the south line of Hartford township, where he now resides.  She died May 15, 1841, leaving one daughter, ElizabethMr. Fowler was again married, to Miss Lovina Wheeler, and they have one son, Harvey.
     James Fowler, born Feb. 1, 1820, married Miss Lucina Miner; their children are Esther L., Addison J., Dwight A., Albert R., James C., Sicily, and Ida.
     These Fowler brothers, sons of Abner Fowler, Jr., are both residents of Hartford; intelligent farmers, courteous, worthy Christian gentlemen, and highly respected citizens, in whom the virtues of their ancestors are perpetuated, Ira Fowler and family being connected with and among the leading members of the Methodist Episcopal church near his place, and Mr. James Fowler long having been an elder in the Disciple church at Hartford center.
     The Fowler family have a long line of ancestors in America, the first of which, William Fowler, was one of the company which came from London with Rev. John Davenport, Governor Eaton, and others, and arrived in Boston June 26, 1637, and settled in New Haven in 1638.  He was a prisoner in Bridewell, England, with other Puritans in 1592. He was at the famous meeting in Mr. Newman's barn in New Haven, where the peculiar constitution and policy of Mr. Davenport, which afterwards characterized the New Haven colony, was agreed upon, and Mr. Fowler subscribed to that agreement.  In 1639 he was elected one of the “seven pillars” of the church of Milford, Rev. Peter Pruden pastor.  He was elected magistrate yearly till 1654.

History of Trumbull & Mahoning Counties, Ohio - Published:  Cleveland: H. Z. Williams & Bros. - VOLUME II - 1882 - Pg. 283
  DAVIS FULLER.  Davis Fuller, one of the pioneers of Hartford, emigrated from Hartland, Connecticut, in 1806, and settled on lot twenty-five.  He was a saddle and harness-maker, and pursued that vocation during his life.  He was a solder in Colonel Hayes' regiment in the War of 1812; an active member and deacon of the Congregational church, also a prominent man in the anti-slavery movement.  He died May 5, 1855, at the age of seventy-three.  His wife, Hannah (Bushnell) Fuller, died in 1849, at the age of seventy-one.  As an incident of pioneer life it may be related that the first Sunday after moving into their log cabin a peculiar hissing sound was heard under the floor, which was recognized as that of a rattlesnake.  "Uncle Davis" having removed a puncheon, discovered the intruder, and with an old fashioned fire-shovel struck the snake and held him fast while his wife got down under the floor and cut off his head with a butcher-knife.  The snake had eighteen rattles and was five feet long.
     The children of Davis and Hannah Fuller were Eunice, Samuel, Henry (who died of fever when eighteen years of age, in 1828), Chloe, Harvey, and Alexander.  of this family only Samuel is a resident of the township.  He married Eunice Holcomb, and their children were Emeline, who died at the age of five years; Jerusha, wife of Albert Rathbun, and died in Chicago Oct. 27, 1868, at the age of thirty-three; Emeline, wife of Warren Bates, and Lieutenant Davis C. Fuller who died Oct. 13, 1870, at the age of twenty-nine, from disease contracted in the army

History of Trumbull & Mahoning Counties, Ohio - Published:  Cleveland: H. Z. Williams & Bros. - VOLUME II - 1882 - Pg. 280
  HAYES FAMILY.  If it is fair to judge a man by the impression he has produced upon the minds of those of his contemporaries who survive him, then Colonel Richard Hayes, who came to Hartford from Hartland, Connecticut, in the spring of 1804, must have been a man of remarkable energy and power.  He early engaged in trade, and was one of the first to see that the new country must pay its debts in a currency which could transport itself, and he therefore organized the cattle trade with Philadelphia, sending over the mountains droves from three to five hundred head.
     When there was any doubt as to the price which ought to be paid, the people would frequently tell him to take their stock along, sell them, and pay what he could afford, and such was his reputation for probity and fair dealing that it is said his returns were never questioned.
     When the War of 1812 came on, the Third regiment, Fourth division, Ohio militia, was called out, and we find him in command.  The order calling out the regiment came late on Sunday night, and the colonel at once mounted his two sons, Seth and Alvin, as messengers, to notify the captains to report on Monday for orders.  All preparations were completed on Tuesday, and on Wednesday morning the regiment marched for the frontier.  When we consider that the regiment had to muster from a territory ten by thirty miles in extent, and that stores and transportation had to be provided, the military reader will see that the achievement was a remarkable one.  The late Joshua R. Giddings, who was a private in the regiment, once gave the writer a graphic sketch of the colonel as a commanding officer, which we regret that we cannot reproduce, but he described him as a man who could be in more places and think of more things at once, than any man he had ever met.
     After the war he held the position of county commissioner and associate judge of court of common pleas, and although not a lawyer, it is said that his decisions were marked by great good sense and fairness.  He often used to ride to Warren over a winter road, remain all day in court, and ride home at night, making thirty-six miles in the saddle besides his day's work in court.  This life of a pioneer had told upon him, and he died in 1837 at the age of sixty-five years.  He left three sons - Seth, Alvin, and Richard, of whom only the last named is living.  All of them were active business men and inherited the old colonel's sturdy uprightness of character.  Seth Hayes was a member of the Ohio Legislature in 1836.  He was for many years engaged as a merchant, and was noted for his public and private generosity, and had an enviable reputation as an honorable business man, and as a worthy Christian gentleman.  He died Mar. 9, 1865.
     Alvin and Richard Hayes were never in public life.  The former died in 1880, nearly eighty five years of age, leaving a reputation for integrity and uprightness which any of his descendants may be proud to emulate.
     There is a soldier streak in the family.  Titus Hayes, the father of Colonel Richard Hayes, wintered with Washington at Valley Forge, and at least three of his sons, Richard, Titus, and Lester, were in the War of 1812, and when the war of 1861 came on, it "cropped out" in the

History of Trumbull & Mahoning Counties, Ohio - Published:  Cleveland: H. Z. Williams & Bros. - VOLUME II - 1882 - Pg. 274
  SULLIVAN HUTCHINS is the second son of Hiram and Eliza (Lane) Hutchins, and grandson of Samuel Hutchins, who was one of the pioneers of Vienna township.  Samuel Hutchins was born in Bolton, Connecticut, Aug. 30, 1777, and was raised by Colonel Holmes, the original proprietor of Vienna and Hartford townships, in Hartland, Connecticut.  He came to Vienna with Uriah Holmes, Jr., and his company of surveyors in 1798, and for his assistance in surveying Mr. Holmes gave him his choice of a farm in Vienna, which farm was located in lot four in that township.  He married Miss Freelove Flower in Jan., 1803.  They ale said to have been the first couple married in Vienna.  She and her half sister were the first white women to arrive at this new settlement.  The teams with which the family came not being able on account of bad roads to proceed farther than Youngstown, they continued the journey on foot alone through the unbroken wilderness to Vienna settlement to procure assistance, and, strange to say, arrived safely and were received with great astonishment and pleasure.
     Samuel and Freelove Hutchins' children were: Hiram, born Mar. 24, 1804, who married Eliza Lane; Aurora Amoret, wife of Richard Treat; Mary Amney, wife of Augustus Fuller; John, married Rhoda Andrews and was Representative in Congress from 1859 to 1863; Serena, wife of Augustus M. Reed; Urial H., married Emily Bennett; Lucia, wife of L. Cotton, who died and she again married Norman Andrews; and Betsey, wife of Larman B. Lane, who went as missionary to Siam.
     Hiram and Eliza (Lane) Hutchins first settled in Vienna and afterwards removed to Vernon.
     Their children who lived to maturity were: Sullivan, Lovisa, John L., and Elmer.
     Sullivan Hutchins was born in Vienna Feb. 26, 1834, and married, first, Hannah Akins, of Vernon, Apr. 6, 1859.  She died Apr. 7, 1875, and left one child, Hiram Howard, born August 10, 1874, died Aug. 8, 1875.  Mr. Hutchins was again married, to Martha Bushnell, of Johnson, Ohio, May 10, 1876.  They have Grace Adel, born June 18, 1877.  Mr. Hutchins is the only descendant of Samuel Hutchins bearing the name residing in Trumbull county.

History of Trumbull & Mahoning Counties, Ohio - Published:  Cleveland: H. Z. Williams & Bros. - VOLUME II - 1882 - Pg. 285
  THE JONES FAMILY.   All the Jones families now residing in Hartford, with the exception of one, are descendants of the same family.  The earliest account of this family in America which we have been able to obtain is of Benjamin Jones, who was a resident of Enfield, Connecticut, and in 1706 removed to Somers, Connecticut, and was the first settler in that township.  His grandson, Israel Jones, removed from Enfield to Barkhamsted, Connecticut, and was the second settler in that township in 1759, fixing his home on East mountain.  This farm is now, by regular descent, the property of his great-grandson, Hon. Edwin P. Jones.
     The children of Captain Israel Jones were Samuel, Thomas, Colonel Israel Jones, Jemima (wife of Asahel Borden, Sr.), Mrs. Joshua Giddings, Mrs. John Billings, William, and Isaac.  Many of this family, like their ancestors, became “first settlers,” Isaac, William, and Jemima, also Elam, son of Samuel, being pioneers of Hartford; others of this family, including Samuel, Jr., and the Giddings family, being pioneers of Ashtabula county, Ohio.
     Isaac Jones, youngest son of Captain Israel Jones, was the first to emigrate, coming from Barkhamsted, Connecticut, with his family in the spring of 1800, and settling on lot twenty-two, near Burg Hill.  He was one of the three first settlers in the township.  His wife, Abigail, was the daughter of Edward Brockway, who came at the same time.  Their children were Mrs. Asahel Brainard, Mrs. Abner Moses, Mrs. Aaron Rice, Selden, John, James F., and Mrs. George Hewit, the most of them residents of Hartford many years.
     James F. Jones was the only son of Isaac and Abigail Jones born in Hartford, and is now the oldest man living who is a native of the place.  He was born Jan. 31, 1804, resides on lot eleven, and married first Sarepta Wilson, second Mrs. Mary Pfouts.  Their children are Malinda, Asahel, Albert, Mary Ann, Lorinda, Florus, Mandana Juliett, Arial Gordon, Calvin Judson, and Willie Dayton.
     William C. Jones, son of Captain Israel Jones, emigrated from the same place in 1802, and located on lot twenty-seven, and on the farm now occupied by Amos Fell, where he died in 1841, at the age of eighty-one years.  He was a veteran of the Revolutionary war, having taken part in the battles of Bunker Hill and Saratoga.  His children were William, Jr., Selden C., Dr. Asahel Jones, Amelia, Sallie, and Allen.  From this family are descended Philander Jones and Asahel Jones, Esq., of Youngstown, Ohio; Dr. Allen Jones, of Kinsman, Ohio; R. C. Jones, of Burg Hill; William C. Jones, of Hartford, and Edward B. Jones, of Orangeville.
     William C. Jones, son of Selden C. and Laurinda (Brockway) Jones, was born in Hartford, June 29, 1817, and married Elvira Gates, of the same township, Dec. 27, 1843.  She was born Dec. 27, 1823.  Their children are:  Eliza Laurinda, born Oct. 13, 1844, and married James D. Burnett, June 21, 1866; Alice Minerva, born Aug. 25, 1846, and died Nov. 8, 1854; Edna Luella, born July 21, 1850, died Nov. 22, 1854; Asahel Hallock, born Jan. 15, 1852, and married Clara L. Sponsler, May 16, 1875.
     Edward B. Jones, also son of Selden C. and Laurinda (Brockway) Jones, is a resident of Orangeville.   He was born on the farm where he now resides, May 8, 1822.  This farm has been in the possession of his ancestors since 1799, his grandfather, Edward Brockway, having purchased the same of the original proprietors of the township.  He first married Miss Mary E. Leonard, Oct. 24, 1850, who died Sept. 8, 1851; she left one son, Edward M. born Sept. 8, 1851, and died Oct. 14, 1852.  He was again married to Ellen D. Jones, of Sheffield, Massachusetts, May 14, 1856.  She was born Aug. 26, 1827.  Their children are:  Lizzie E., wife of Willard C. Hull; Ivah L., and Hattie L.
     These brothers, William and Edward, early left fatherless, learned lessons of industry, perseverance, and economy, which have enabled them each to acquire a competency, and they are among the most prosperous farmers in the township.
     Elam Jones, son of Samuel, and grandson of Captain Israel Jones, was born at the old Jones home, on East mountain, Barkhamsted, Sept. 29, 1774. He was a man of more than ordinary education and acquirements for his day, having received private instructions of Rev. Aaron Church, of Hartland, Connecticut, and followed the profession of a teacher for many years in his native State.  He married Sarah Hyde, of Hartland, Apr, 27, 1801.  They emigrated from Barkhamsted in 1805, making the journey in six weeks. T hey settled on lot twelve in Hartford, Ohio.  Their children were: Sarah, wife of Jarvis Gates, a resident of Hartford; Harriet, wife of Linus Parker, a resident of Kinsman; Electa, wife of Eli W. Bushnell, a resident of Hartford; Eunice Lemyra, wife of George Hezlep, for many years a merchant of Gustavus; Hannah, wife of Dr. Edward Best, who died at Freedom, Ohio, Oct. 2, 1838; and Hon. Lucian C. Jones, a resident of Warren, Ohio.  In 1828 he built the first public house at the center of Hartford.  He was for many years postmaster, and held the office of town clerk twenty years, in early days.  He was a surveyor in early life. He served in the War of 1812 in Colonel Hayes' regiment.  He died Dec. 2, 1851, at the age of seventy-seven.  Mrs. Sarah Hyde Jones died Sept. 30, 1870, in her ninety-fifth year.

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  KEPNER FAMILY.     John Kepner, the pioneer settler of the south eastern portion of the township of Hartford, and the ancestor of all the Kepners in this vicinity, was born Oct. 7, 1784, in Cumberland, Cumberland county, Pennsylvania.  In 1805 he made his first journey to Ohio on foot, and immediately purchased a tract of six hundred and thirty-six acres of land, being lot nine in the township of Hartford.  He brought the gold and silver coin to pay for the same, in two small, home made linen bags.  He soon made a small clearing and erected a log cabin which was burned.  This accident was occasioned by Indian fires running in the woods.  After this he returned home and spent the winter, but returning in the spring of 1806 he built a second log house, in which for a time greased paper performed the office of glass in the windows.  A second time he returned home for the winter and married Elizabeth Dubs, who was born in Cumberland Sept. 4, 1785.
     Early in the spring of 1807 they emigrated to their new home in the forest, coming with large Pennsylvania covered wagons over the Allegheny mountains, camping out wherever night found them, and arrived at their new home in time to put in spring crops.  Content and prosperity took up their abode with them, and on this farm they lived and died.  Their children were: John, born Feb. 15, 1808, and married Lucinda Hull; Sallie, born Sept. 2, 1809, married John Carnes; Benjamin, born Aug. 9, 1811, and died in infancy; Jane, born Mar. 13, 1813, married Eli Myers; Mary, born May 22, 1815, and married Alex. Spencer; Jacob, born June 12, 1818, married Eliza Parsons, and then Mary McKnight; Catharine, born Mar. 18, 1821, and married Charles Banning; Elizabeth, born Mar. 7, 1823, and married John VanGorder, David, born May 23, 1825, and married first Mary Bates, second Laura Simons; Ruhama, born June 20, 1827, and married John Bates; Henry, born May 23, 1825, and married Adaline Lynch.
     The father of this large family, as faithful to his country as to his children, served in the War of 1812, in Colonel Hayes' regiment.  In the spring of 1833, while assisting to re-roof his barn, he fell and received fatal injuries from which he died March 20th.  He and his wife were members of the Lutheran church.  She was a woman of uncommon executive ability, and after her husband's death faithfully performed her duty to the large family thus left in her care.  She lived to see them all married, and in her last days resided with her youngest son on a portion of the original estate, and died July 6, 1862, at the advanced age of seventy-eight years.
     John Kepner, the eldest son of the pioneer, settled on a portion of the original property.  His son Lucious, Lorenzo, and Luzerne each have homes and reside on the original Kepner farm.
     Jacob, second son of the pioneer, resides on the farm, and in the house formerly occupied by the pioneer, Asahel Brainard, on lot eighteen.  He married, first, Eliza Parsons, who died soon, leaving one son - Allen Parsons Kepner.  He then married Mary McKnight, and their children are Thomas Eugene, Linda, Florence, Frankie, Emory, Adell, Maud, and Frederick.
     David Kepner is a resident of the northwestern part of the township.
     Henry, youngest son of John and Elizabeth Kepner, also retains a portion of the original estate, and his residence stands near the home where his pioneer parents resided.  He married Adaline Lynch Mar. 22, 1859.  Their children are Sanford H., William L., and John H.
     These Kepner brothers, sons of the pioneer, are all industrious and wealthy farmers and respected citizens of the township.

History of Trumbull & Mahoning Counties, Ohio - Published:  Cleveland: H. Z. Williams & Bros. - VOLUME II - 1882 - Pg. 282
` McFARLAND FAMILY.     Robert McFarland, the first settler in the east part of Hartford, was from the north of Ireland, and of Scotch descent.  He came from Washington county, Pennsylvania, in the fall of 1803, with one son and one daughter.  He built a cabin about seventy rods from the State line, and west of the present residence of his grandson, Thomas W. McFarland.  In the spring of 1804 the remainder of the family followed to the new home prepared for them in the wilderness of Ohio.  He only lived to see his family well
established, as he died in May, 1814.  Mrs. McFarland's maiden name was Martha Burnside. She lived until 1836, and died at the age of eighty-six.  They were members of the Presbyterian church.  Their children were Martha, Robert (who was killed by lightning in Washington county, Pennsylvania), Archibald, Jane, Margaret (who was blind and died soon after her father), John, and Polly.
     The three sons all settled in the township, John remaining at the old home, Thomas settling a short distance south on the same road, and Archibald locating on lot thirty-seven, in the southwest part of the township.  They all lived and died on the farms they had labored so faithfully to clear of trees and convert into fruitful fields, and these farms are each occupied by their descendants.  Thomas and Archibald both served as soldiers in the War of 1812, in Colonel Hayes' regiment.
     Thomas McFarland was born Sept. 24, 1785, and died Oct. 27, 1862, at the age of seventy-seven.  He married first Martha Fell, and second Mrs. Agnes McKnight.  Their children were Nathan, Robert, Smith, George, Cynthia, Thomas F., Phebe, and Amelia.
     Thomas F., son of Thomas and Agnes McFarland, was born Apr. 13, 1828, and married first, Parthenia Leslie, who died Sept. 23, 1871; and second, Alice B. Brockway.  Their children were Wright D., born Feb. 17, 1854, and married Rosie Wallahan; Julia M., born Sept. 17, 1855, wife of Scot Bates; Mary Florence, born July 2, 1857, died Aug. 19, 1871; Selma A., born June 22, 1859, wife of Wright Banning; Bertha, born May 13, 1864; and Agnes Jane, born June 15, 1873.
     John McFarland, youngest son of Robert and Martha McFarland, married Esther Fell.  Their children were Mary, Archibald, Thomas W., Eliza, Harnet, and Lucinda.  He died in 1857, at the age of sixty-five.
     Thomas W. McFarland son of John and Esther McFarland married Olive Brockway, and resides at the old ancestral homestead of the family, where Robert McFarland first settled nearly eight years ago.  The family of McFarland includes some of the most thrifty and enterprising citizens of the township.
Source:   History of Trumbull & Mahoning Counties, Ohio - Published:  Cleveland: H. Z. Williams & Bros. - VOLUME II - 1882 - Pg. 282
  WILLIS REEDER was born in Brookfield, Ohio, Oct. 28, 1830, and was the son of Washington and Caroline (Mattocks) Reeder, and grandson of Benjamin Reeder, who came from Geneva, Cayuga county, New York, and settled on lot twenty-nine, in Hartford, July 9, 1817.  When he was a boy of thirteen he found employment on the Erie extension canal.  In 1845 the family removed to Louisville, Kentucky, and soon he secured a situation on a flat-boat as cook; subsequently he became a pilot on a coal boat, and continued on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers in that capacity until the outbreak of the Rebellion, when the business becoming unsafe it was discontinued and coal was transported by steamers.  In 1862 he became a licensed steamboat pilot running between Pittsburg and New Orleans, and during the last three years of the war of the Rebellion was engaged in the transportation service.  After the close of the war he took command of a tow-boat until failing health caused him and retired from river life, and in 1871 he settled on lot forty-three, in Hartford, where he now resides.  He married Maryett Bartholomew Aug. 8, 1854, who was a descendant of Seth Bartholomew, on of the pioneers of Vienna township.  their children are Charlie Willis, Ruby Ann, and Frank CarlyleMr. Reeder has served two terms as served two terms as trustee of the township, and three years as justice of the peace.  He is a member of Jerusalem lodge No. 19, Free and Accepted Masons, also a member of Mahoning chapter No. 66, Royal Arch Masons.  The first ancestor of this family in America, Joseph Reeder, came from London, England, and settled on Long Island some time previous to 1700 and according to tradition in the family his wife and sister to William of Orange, who superseded James II on the throne of England.  Their son s were Joseph, Benjamin, and William. Joseph settled in New Jersey, and his son Jacob settled in Pennsylvania, and his eldest son, Benjamin, who was born May 15, 1769, with his family settled in Ohio.  Thus families follow the "star of empire" westward.
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GEORGE SNYDER, SR.  George Snyder, Sr., was born Mar. 9, 1799, in Mahatonca, Dauphin county, Pennsylvania.  His father, Thomas Snyder, dying when he was about four years of age, he was raised by his maternal grandfather, John Kepner, till he was fourteen years of age, when he went to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to learn the trade of a cabinet-maker.  Although in a school-room but three days in his life, he acquired a fair education.  He came on foot to Hartford, Ohio, in 1817, and purchased seventy acres of land of his uncle, John Kepner, in lot nine, near Messersmith's corners, for the consideration of $300, on which he immediately built a house.  when he was only nineteen years of age he married Elizabeth Carnes, daughter of Godfrey Carnes, a Revolutionary soldier and pioneer of Mercer county, Pennsylvania.  Here he erected a shop, and was the first cabinet-maker in the township; also working at the carpenter business part of the time for some years.  Their children, all born on this farm, were Mary, Margaret, Jane, Ruhama, James, A. C., Uriah, and George W.
     In October, 1835, he purchased an addition of two hundred and thirty-seven acres of land lying east of his original purchase, for the consideration of $1,513. On this land he erected a saw-mill, which was run by water for twenty years, when he purchased an engine and run the mill by steam till 1858, when he sold the mill and seventy-nine acres of this land to his son James, and the remainder of this tract to his sons, Uriah and Cornelius Snyder, and in 1861 sold his old home of seventy acres, where he first settled, to Benjamin Messersmith, and removed to the center of the township, purchasing the store and property formerly owned by G. L. Woodford, where he resided for a time, and carried on a grocery store. This property he sold to Dr. Daniel Artherholt, and removed to Brookfield township, where he resided for a time, but being afflicted with paralysis he sold his Brookfield property to his son George, spending the remainder of his days with his children, dying Mar. 8, 1880, aged eighty-one years.  Mrs. Snyder was born in 1795, and died June 6, 1859, aged sixty-four years.
     George W. Snyder, the youngest son, was born in 1839.  He spent his early life on his father's farm, and attended district school till he had reached the age of eighteen years.  He then spent three years in Hartford academy, and one term in Folsom's Commercial college, Cleveland.  He began the study of law in Hartford, in the office of L. C. Jones, now of Warren.  He enlisted under the first call for volunteers, in 1861, being the first man in Hartford to offer his serices, but the quota having been filled, he, like many others, was discharged without being mustered in.  In 1862 he again enlisted in the Eighty-fourth Ohio volunteer infantry, and served with that regiment four months.  In 1867 Mr. Snyder was admitted to the bar, and opened an office in Orangeville.  He has been elected mayor of the village five successive times, and since 1879 has been postmaster.  Though his whole family belonged to the Democratic party, Mr. Snyder, in 1860, cast his first vote for Lincoln, and has been an active Republican ever since. He has been a member of every county convention and several State conventions since attaining his majority.  He married, in 1871, Julia A. Wilson, daughter of Nathaniel Wilson, of Orangeville.  Their family consists of three children, Sharlie L., Blaine Carlisle, and Vera E.

History of Trumbull & Mahoning Counties, Ohio - Published:  Cleveland: H. Z. Williams & Bros. - VOLUME II - 1882 - Pg. 284


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