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

Trumbull County, Ohio
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     East of the Mahoning in the southern tier of townships of this county the country for several miles presents a broken surface consisting of a succession of low hills, knolls, ridges and valleys.  From the tops of the principal elevations the observer obtains a fine view of picturesque scenery in which the results of the handiwork of Nature and man's creative industry are harmoniously blended.  Fertile fields, green woodlands and sparkling streamlets delight the eye, and the subdued sounds of industrial activity greet the ear.  At the foot of the hills are busy towns and hamlets, whence arise such dense clouds of black smoke that one would almost fancy himself near the workshops of the Titans and Vulcans of antiquity.  Toiling locomotives, dragging heavy loads of coal and ore, wend their way through the valleys, and from numerous hillsides arise the puffs of smoke and steam which attest that the coal-beds beneath the earth are being made to yield up their hidden wealth.  Everywhere the steam-engine is at work, even

     Down in the depths of the fathomless mine
          Its tireless arm doth play,
     Where the rocks never saw the sun's decline
          Or the dawn of the glorious day.

     Hubbard township contains some of the most extensive coal deposits of the Mahoning valley.  Two railroads, branches of the New York, Pennsylvania & Ohio and the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern, pass through the township, having

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their termini in Youngstown.  Numerous coal roads branch off from these and run to the various banks in Hubbard.  The coal and iron interests of this township have contributed largely towards increasing the wealth and prosperity of the inhabitants.
     Hubbard also contains much good farming land.  The soil is variable, consisting of clayey, sandy, and gravelly loams.  As the most of the surface is high and rolling, the soil is well-drained and arable.
     Little Yankee run is the chief stream in the township. Crossing the township line about three-fourths of a mile east of the northwestern corner of Hubbard, it flows southerly and south easterly, past the village of Coalburg to a point very near the center of the township and just north of Hubbard village, where it makes a U shaped turn and flows easterly a mile; then bending to the northward passes over into the south east of Brookfield township, where it enters the Shenango river.  The stream in its course through Hubbard township is very crooked; and the New York, Pennsylvania & Ohio railroad, which follows up its valley from Hubbard village, crosses the Little Yankee five times in the township.
     Hubbard township is the southeastern corner of Trumbull county, and adjoins the Pennsylvania line on the east.  Brookfield is the next township north of it; Liberty lies on the west, and Coitsville, Mahoning county, on the south.  Hubbard is the third township in the first range of New Connecticut.


     NEHEMIAH HUBBARD, JR., an original member of the Connecticut Land company, was the owner of the land of township three, range one, and it was sold out to settlers by his agent, Samuel Tylee.
The township was organized into an election district in 1806, and named after its original owner.  No records of early elections can be found.


     Hubbard was first settled by people from Connecticut, New Jersey, Virginia, and other eastern States; a few Pennsylvanians were also among the pioneers.  Very few of the original families are now represented in the township.  The growth of population was very slow.  In 1834 there were only about one hundred voters in the township.

     SAMUEL TYLEE and family were the first settlers.  They came from Middletown, Connecticut, and arrived in Hubbard Sept. 1, 1801.  Mr. Tylee chose as a site for his cabin a spot northwest of the present corners of the village, and there began the life of a pioneer.  He married Anna Sanford, and they had a family of five children when they came here.  Mr. Tylee acted as agent for Nehemiah Hubbard for the sale of the land of the township to settlers, for many years.  He was born in Litchfield county, Connecticut, in 1766, and died in Hubbard in 1845.  His first wife bore ten children, and his second, Elizabeth Ayres, one.  The names of these children were Anna, Laura, Samuel, Mary, Sanford, William, Julia, Hannah, Maria A. and Olivia.  Five are still living, viz: William, in Kansas; Hannah (Bussey), New Orleans; Maria (Clingen), Hubbard; Eliza (Hagar), Hubbard; and Olivia (Barnheisel) San Francisco. Samuel Tylee was the first justice of the peace in the township and also a very prominent business man, whose enterprise contributed not a little to the prosperity of the settlement.

     SYLVESTER TYLEE, brother of Samuel, settled on the northeastern corner lot at the cross-roads in 1802.  The village became known as Tylee's corners.  His children are all dead.  Their names were Clarissa, Samuel, Alfred, Marietta, Rebecca, and Homer.

     WILLIAM BURNETT, from Sussex county, New Jersey, settled in this township about the year 1801.  He lived to the age of ninety-four.  His son Silas, born in December, 1802, was the first white child born in the township.  William Burnett was twice married, and reared eleven children to mature years.  Those now living are:  Silas, Warren; Rachel (Bowen), Iowa; Zilla (Brockway), Iowa; Joseph, Hartford; and by his second wife, William and Peter, in Pennsylvania.

     ENOS BURNETT, SILAS, EDWARD, and STEPHEN, were also early settlers and nearly all passed their lives in the township.

     As definite dates of the several settlements cannot now be ascertained, we mention below several representatives of the pioneers, most of whom came to the township between 1802 and 1808:

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     JEREMIAH WOLF, from New Jersey, settled on lot seventy-two in the southeast of the township, being among the first arrivals.  His sons John and Cephas still live in Hubbard.  His daughter Elizabeth, now Mrs. McGill, of Poland, is said to have been the first white female child born in Hubbard.  He was a nail-maker, and made the nails used by 'Squire Tylee in the first frame house erected in the township.

     JESSE HALL, from New Jersey, was an early settler in the northern part of the township.  So many New Jersey settlers were located on the road running north from the center that it was long known as "Jersey street."  Jesse Hall, Jr., is the only survivor of the original family now in
the township.

     JOHN AYRES was another of the Jersey settlers.  His son John lived and died on the old homestead.  The family name is not represented in the township at present.

     CORNELIUS DILLEY, another of the pioneers, had two sons who passed their days in Hubbard - John on the old homestead, and Thompson in east Hubbard.

     MARTIN SWARTZWELTER and his father, of New Jersey, settled in the northwest of this township.  His son Thomas lives on part of the old farm.

     SAMUEL LESLIE, father of James, of Irish descent, or of Irish nativity, was also one of the pioneers of the northwest of Hubbard.

     MATTHEW MITCHELL, a native of Ireland, settled in the west of Hubbard in 1806, coming hither from Pittsburg.  His son, Nathaniel Mitchell, Esq., is now the only survivor of the family of two sons and three daughters.

     WILLIAM PORTERFIELD, from Washington county, Pennsylvania, was an early settler in the northwest of the township, on a place which had been somewhat improved by a man named ChamberlainRobert, the oldest son of William Porterfield, now lives on the old place.

     JOHN JEWELL, also from Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, settled in the Porterfield neighborhood.  His son, Alexander M., now living in Warren, raised his family in Hubbard.

     JOEL SMITH was among the first who located in the southwest of the township.  He moved away quite early.

     JOHN GARDNER, another inhabitant of the southwest of Hubbard, reared a family of four children, John, James, Andrew, and Elizabeth.  All lived and died in this township excepting John, who died in Coitsville.

     AMOS SMITH settled in the southwest of the township.  His sons, William, Amos, Nathan and Joel, lived in this township and reared families.

     GEORGE FRAZIER lived on the farm adjoining that of Amos Smith, Sr.  His son George brought up his family here.  Hugh died on the old place; John went West.

     STEPHEN DOUGHTON lived on a place adjoining the Porterfield farm.  His son David reared a family of four children here, and died on his way to California of cholera, in 1832.

     DAVID BAILEY, from Connecticut, settled on the south lot of the township, on the road leading to the center.  His sons were David, Seth, Tryan, and Ritter.  He also had four daughters.

     WILLIAM PARRISH was one of the early Maryland settlers.  His son John, who is one of the oldest residents of Hubbard, still lives upon the old farm.

     The ROBERTS and CLARK families were among the first of the Yankee settlers in the southern part of the township.  The names are no longer to be found among the residents of Hubbard.  Edward Bussey, about 1803, settled north of the Porterfield farm.

     A. K. CRAMER, a native of New Jersey, settled in east Hubbard in 1816.  His father, Captain Frederick Cramer, was under the immediate command of Washington during six years of the Revolutionary war.  Mr. Cramer came here a young man and married Susan Price, by whom he had four children, Elizabeth, Sarah (deceased), Naomi, and Susan.  By his second wife, Matilda Pierce, seven children were born: J. P., Hannah, S. P., A. K., J. H., Matilda, and A. W. Two of these, S. P. and A. K., reside in Hubbard and are engaged in the drug business.  A. K. Cramer, Sr., was one of the organizers and main supporters of the Baptist church.  He was justice of the peace two terms and township clerk thirty consecutive years.  In 1865 he moved to Iowa. He died in 1873 aged seventy-seven.  Mrs. Cramer died in 1877 aged seventy-three.  Of their sons, S. P., was township clerk for years, and justice of the peace one term.  A. K., Jr., has been twice elected justice and three times mayor.

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     The first frame house in Hubbard township was erected in 1808 by Samuel Tylee.  It is still standing in Hubbard township.
     The first justice of the peace was Samuel Tylee, who also served in later years. George Frazier, Joel Smith, and Thomas Robinson were also among the early justices.
     George Frazier built the first brick house in the township








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nearly all put up in haste, and many of them still stand unimproved in appearance. Main street is long and thickly dotted with houses and stores for nearly a mile and a half.
     The largest mercantile establishment in Hubbard is that of George M. McKelvey & Co., who have been in business in this place since Sept. 1, 1877.  The furnace and coal companies have an interest in the store, and from it the work men receive supplies.  Mr. G. M. McKelvey, the head of the firm, was born in Indiana county, Pennsylvania, in 1849.  He was a merchant in Youngtown ten years before coming to Hubbard.  In politics he is Republican; in religion, a member of the United Presbyterian church.  He is married, and has two children.
     D. J. Edwards, at present the clerk of the Ohio House of Representatives, is another of the successful and respected merchants of this place.
     A summary of the business of the village shows the following: twelve stores of all kinds, one hotel, numerous saloons, seven churches, one National bank, three physicians, two lawyers, one newspaper, one grist-mill, one rolling-mill, two blast furnaces, etc.


     Hubbard village, comprising a tract about one mile square, was incorporated in 1868.  It now has an estimated population of about two thousand.  The mayors, since the incorporation, have been: Nathaniel Mitchell, L. R. Prior, John Cramer, Add. Randall, Alexander Campbell, J. D. Cramer, and A. K. Cramer.  The latter is now serving his third term.  The officers consist of mayor, six councilmen, clerk, treasurer, marshal, and one street commissioner.


     Next to the coal business the manufacture of iron has contributed most to the prosperity of Hubbard.
     Hubbard furnace, number one, was erected in 1868; number two, in 1872.  Both are owned by Andrews & Hitchcock.  Eighty to ninety men are employed.  The daily capacity of both furnaces in one hundred and ten tons.
     Hubbard rolling-mill was built in 1872 by the Hubbard Rolling mill company.  It is now owned by Jesse Hall & Sons, who were partners in the firm from the start.  The mill has twelve puddling furnaces, one sixteen-inch muck train of rolls, one twelve inch bar mill, and one eight inch guy mill.  Product, merchant guide iron.  Capacity, one hundred and fifty tons of muck bar per week.  Employment is given to about two hundred men.


     This institution was organized in 1873 as Hubbard Savings bank, with A. M. Jewell president, and G. M. Dill cashier, and continued as a savings bank until 1878, when it was converted into a National bank with a cash capital of $50,000.  The present officers are A. M. Jewell, president; R. H. Jewell, cashier; and the following directors:  A. M. Jewell, D. J. Dennison, S. L. Kerr, H. H. Long, A. T. Mizner, G. H. Kerr and S. Q. March.


     The first newspaper in Hubbard was established by A. D. Fassett, and run by him from July, 1868, to November, 1872.  For a few months it was called the Standard, and was printed in the Courier office at Youngstown.  In the winter of 1868–69 Mr. Fassett bought a press and type and began the Miners' Journal, which was at first a five-column folio with but small circulation.  It afterwards attained a circulation of two thousand eight hundred, and was the organ of the coal miners of Ohio.  In Nov., 1872, Mr. Fassett bought the Courier office in Youngstown, moved his paper thither, and continued its publication, changing the name to the Miner and Manufacturer, making it a daily - the first daily published in the Mahoning valley.  The Hubbard office was sold to W. T. McGaughey, who ran a local newspaper for a time, then sold out. The paper was continued a while, then suspended.  Ford Wharton next published the Hubbard Signal for a year or two.
     The Hubbard Enterprise was started in the fall of 1877 by F. J. Horton, editor and proprietor.  In 1880 W. R. Wadsworth assumed the management of the paper, provided new type and enlarged the paper.  Under his control the circula-

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tion of the Enterprise has trebled.  The paper is a four-page seven-column sheet, largely devoted to home affairs, county matters, and manufacturing notes.  It is independent in politics.  The enterprise receives a considerable amount of advertising and turns out good job work.  The paper is neatly printed and is a very wide-awake local journal.










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     The principal cemetery of this township is located a short distance north of Hubbard village.  Interments were made here very early, as the old-fashioned grave-stones would attest, even if no inscriptions were upon them.  These stones are common flag-stones obtained from the creek bed, rudely carved and rudely lettered.  Many departures from modern methods of orthography are observable.  The oldest stone in the graveyard was erected

To the memory of
who departed this life
January 16, 1809,
aged thirty years

     Roberts was a shoemaker, and was drowned by breaking through the ice into the Mahoning river, while he was carrying a bundle of shoes.  The shoes were
found lying upon the ice, and led to the recovery of his body.
     Another of these old grave-stones chronicles the following history:

In memory of
who departed this life
February 2, 1818,
aged 45 yrs.
The first female citizen of Hubbard.

     Of early settlers buried here,
, wife of Barney Lyons, died in 1812, aged thirty-eight;
Barnabas Lyons
died in 1841, aged eighty;
Amos Ayres
died in 1817, aged fifty-two;
Samuel Price
, aged seventy-six, died in 1827;
Cornelius Dilly
died in 1824, aged fifty-three;
wife of Enos Burnett, died in 1813, aged forty-nine;
John Burnett
died in 1843, aged forty-six;
Silas Burnett,
born in New Jersey, in 1791, died in Hubbard in 1878.

     In the northern part of the township adjoining the Disciples' church is another graveyard of more recent origin.








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in 1881 with about twenty members.  Its membership is now eighty and constant additions are being made.  The society is in a most flourishing condition.  Its present officers are: E. O. Jones, C. R.; Isaac Green, sub-C. R.; W. R. Wadsworth, P. C. R.; James J. Davis, F. S., and L. E. Davis, treasurer.


     This is a small village in the northwest of Hubbard township.  It was built up by the mining business and has declined with it.  At one time Coalburg had a population of about eight hundred, several stores, and was a thriving place.  It was hastily built and has few good buildings . The population is now about three hundred.  The first store was started about 1863 by William Powers & CoJacob Sanders was the first postmaster.  Coalburg is a station on the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern railroad.






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at home with her parents, and Louisa (Veach), in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania.


     JESSE HALL was born in Hubbard township, Trumbull county, Ohio.  His father, Jesse Hall, was a native of New Jersey, and came to Ohio in 1801, and settled in Hubbard township, about two miles north of the village, and was one of the earliest settlers in the township.  He died in 1843, leaving a family of ten children, and widow—Hannah, Esther, William, Margaret, Jacob, Sarah, Elizabeth, Mary, Christian, and Jesse.  Sarah, Christian, and Jesse are the only surviving members.  Mrs. Hall died in 1861.  Both she and her husband were members of the Disciple church.  His son Jesse has always lived in the township, upon the old homestead until 1874.  He has been engaged in iron manufacture and operating in coal in addition to his farming.  He was married in 1833 to Hannah J. Sheline, daughter of David Sheline, of Carroll county.  They have nine children — Caroline, Miriam, David, Christiana, Nancy, William, Clara, Harriet, and JesseMr. and Mrs. Hall are members of the Disciple church.

     NATHANIEL MITCHELL, an old resident of Hubbard, was born in Chester county, Pennsylvania, in January, 1805.  His father, Mathew Mitchell, a native of Ireland, came to America in 1803.  He resided in Philadelphia a short time, then went to Pittsburg, and came to Ohio in 1805, and settled in Hubbard, in the western part of the township.  He cleared up a good farm and resided here till 1827, then moved to Liberty township, where he lived till his death.  He died in June, 1831.  There were five children in his family.  Nathaniel is the only surviving member.  Mrs. Mitchell died in October, 1874, in the nintey-sixth year of her age.  Mr. Nathaniel Mitchell has always lived in this township, and is one of the oldest settlers.  He has made farming his principal business.  He was married, in 1831, to Miss Elizabeth Murdock, daughter of Abram Murdock, of Coitsville.  They have had five children, two of whom are living—Mary J. and Maria. Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell and daughters are members of the Presbyterian church.  Mr. Mitchell has been a justice of the peace for thirty-six years, and is probably the oldest 'squire in the county.  He has been township trustee, town clerk, treasurer, etc.

     ROBERT PORTERFIELD, farmer, Hubbard township, Trumbull county, was born May 12, 1799, in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania.  His father, William, was a native of Cumberland county, Pennsylvania, and came to Ohio in December, 1804, locating in Liberty township, where he lived about eighteen months.  He then removed to Hubbard, where his son now resides.  William Porterfield died Sept. 14, 1831.  His wife died Oct. 7, 1838.  The family consisted of seven children—John, Robert, Jane, William, James, Sarah, and Mary. John, Jane, James, and Sarah are dead.  Mr. and Mrs. Porterfield were among the earliest members of the Presbyterian church in the township.  Robert Porterfield has resided in this township since 1806.  He was married Nov. 1, 1838, to Hannah McMurray, daughter of William McMurray, of Liberty township.  They had six children: William H., Mary A., James M., Araminta M., Hannah M., and Charlotte J.—all living at home except Mary, who is deceased.  The family belong to the Presbyterian church.  Mr. Porterfield has served as coroner in this county.

     CORNELIUS PRICE, farmer, Hubbard township, Trumbull county, was born in Hubbard township, July 8, 1812.  His father, Archibald Price, was a native of New Jersey and came to Hubbard in 1807, and settled in the northwestern part of the township, and was a pioneer of that neighborhood.  Four brothers of Archibald Price came to Ohio and settled in this county.  Their names were James, David, John, and JacobArchibald resided upon his farm until his death in 1847.  His widow survived until 1873.  The family consisted of ten children—Samuel, Frederick, Cornelius, Elizabeth, Sarah, Mary, Abram, Archibald, Hannah, and James Samuel, Frederick, and James are deceased.  Cornelius has always been a farmer, and a resident of this township.  In 1837 he married Anna Burnett, born in 1819.  They have four children—Mathias S., Harriet L., Smith B., and Clara M.  Mr. Price is a member of the Disciple church.  Politically he is a Democrat.

     LEWIS S. BURNETT, farmer, Hubbard township, Trumbull county, was born in Hubbard township, Apr, 9, 1836. Smith Burnett, his father, a

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native of New Jersey, came to the eastern part of the township at a very early date.  His father settled on what is now the Beach farm, where he passed the remainder of his days.  Smith Burnett died in the township in 1846 or 1847.  The family consisted of twelve children, whose names were Harriet Ann, Marietta, Edmund, Lucy,
St. Clair, Malinda, Jane, Lewis, Seymour, and Sarah.  One child died in infancy.  Harriet, Marietta, St. Clair, and Sarah are dead.  Mrs. Burnett died in 1870.  L. S. Burnett is a carpenter by trade, but carries on farming.  He was married Oct. 23, 1856, to Miriam Hall, daughter of Jesse Hall, of this township.   They have had seven children, six of whom are living:  Lois L., Charles S., Almon L., Hattie L., Sarah J., Loretta, and Jesse.  Sarah is deceased.  Mr. and Mrs. Burnett and their oldest daughter are members of the Disciple church.

     JUDSON RAY NOBLE, Hubbard township, Trumbull county, was born in Kent, Litchfield county, Connecticut, Mar. 17, 1805, and came to Ohio with his father, David Noble, the same year. David Noble settled in Boardman.  His log cabin stood where the Methodist church now stands.  He died in 1816, February 24th.  Mrs. Noble died in April, 1836.  Their children were Roxilana, Austin B., Judson R., William N., Calvin L., and David T., all living except Roxilana.  J. R. Noble lived in Boardman until he was about twenty-five years of age, when he went to Youngstown and worked at carpentry a few years.  He then moved to Niles, where he resided until 1870.  He married, Dec. 31, 1829, Mary Ann Robbins, daughter of Josiah Robbins, of Youngstown.  By this marriage two children were born—Sabrina S. and CalvinCalvin died young.  Mrs. Noble died in 1847.  In February, 1850, Mr. Noble married Elizabeth Price, daughter of Archibald Price.  She was born May 26, 18 14.  They have three children —Mary, Hannah, and Anna.  Mrs. Noble has been a member of the Disciple church forty- five years.  Mr. Noble united with the Disciples in 1842.  He has served as justice of the peace; was court crier twenty-four years, and constable several years in Niles.

     GEORGE W. RANDALL, farmer, Hubbard township, Trumbull county, was born Oct. 20, 1821, in Hubbard township.  John Randall, his father, was a native of Washington county, Pennsylvania, and came to Ohio with his father, William, in 1806, and settled on lot forty-eight in the southeast of the township.  John Randall began farming on lot forty-nine and resided there until his death, which occurred in 1872.  There was not a death in the family until Mrs. Randall died in 1871.  The family consists of nine children, viz : Amos, George, William W., Nancy L., Joel S., Angeline, John, Austin, and Addison.  The parents belonged to the Methodist church.  George Randall has resided in the township all of his life excepting one year which he spent in Pennsylvania.  In 1843 he married Anna M. Burnett, daughter of James Burnett.  This union was blessed with six children, five of whom survive: Ariminta, Albert O. and Orpha A. (twins), Charles M., Mary R., and Jennie M. Charles is dead. Mr. and Mrs. Randall and two of the children are members of the Methodist Episcopal church.

     G. R. STEVENSON, M. D., a well known resident of Hubbard, was born in Jefferson county, Ohio, in 1838.  His father, David, was a native of Ireland.  The family is of Scotch descent.  Mr. Stevenson studied medicine with Dr. Gibson in Illinois and graduated at Rush college in 1858, and has since been in practice in different localities.  He came to Hubbard in 1867.  He has a large and lucrative practice.  He was married in 1859 to Miss Amanda Dentler, of Lawrence county, Pennsylvania.  One son by this marriage.  Mrs. Stevenson died in 1860.  Mr. Stevenson's second marriage occurred in 1868, to Miss Ellen Bell, daughter of William Bell, of Mercer county, Pennsylvania.  Three children were born of this union.  Mr. and Mrs. Stevenson are members of the United Presbyterian church.




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