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Van Wert County, Ohio
History & Genealogy

Source:
History of Van Wert County, Ohio

and Representative Citizens
Edited and Compiled by Thaddeus S. Gilliland,
"History is Philosophy Teaching by Examples."
Published by Richmond & Arnold
Chicago, Illinois
 - 1906

CONTENTS:

  PAGE
CHAPTER I. - INDIAN WARS IN NORTHWESTERN OHIO 17
  - Pontiac's Conspiracy
- Massacre of the Moravians
- First Legislation by Congress on the Indian Question
- Harmar's Expedition
- St. Clair's Defeat
- Wayne's Successful Campaign
- Battle of the Fallen Timber
- The Scout, Capt. William Wells
- War of 1812
- Siege and Relief of Fort Meigs.
- Dispossession of the Indians.
 
CHAPTER II. - THE TOLEDO WAR 31
  - The Famous Dispute over the Northern Boundary of Ohio
- Armed Troops Dispatched to the Scene of Trouble by Both Ohio and Michigan
- Aggression on the Part of Michigan
- What Changed the Sentiment of the People of Toledo
 
CHAPTER III. - TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES - Canals and Railroads 37
     
CHAPTER IV. - NORTHWESTERN OHIO AND THE BLACK SWAMP 72
  - Description and History of the Counties of Allen, Auglaize, Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Lucas, MErcer, Paulding, Putnam, Williams and Wood
- Life Among the Pioneers
- The Indian Character, Customs and Religion Described
- Corn Fields and Gardens of the Red Men
- A Game of Indian Foot Ball
- Indian Wars
- Famous Chiefs
- Story of the Notorious Girtys
- Battles and Incidents of the War of 1812
- Famous Generals of the War
- Discovery of Oil and Gas
- The Grand Reservoir
- Population Statistics
 
CHAPTER V. - ORGANIZATION AND EARLY HISTORY OF THE COUNTY  
  - Origin of the County's Name
- Early Proceedings of the Board of County Commissioners
- Indian Relics and Graves on Sugar Ridge
- Enumeration of the County's Inhabitants
- Early Marriages
- Van Wert Immigration Society
- A Country Spelling School
- An Early Election
- The Vote on Two Important Propositions
- Bonds Issued by County for a Railroad
- Van Wert County Infirmary
- The Grange
- Influences That Have Developed for County
- Common Pleas Judges
- Roster of County Officials
- Population Statistics
 
CHAPTER VI. - WILLSHIRE TOWNSHIP 95
  - The Life of Its Founder, Capt. James Riley
- His Terrible Experience in the Great Desert Among the Arabs, After being Ship-wrecked on the Coast of Africa
- His Final Deliverance and His Later Life as a Surveyor in Western Ohio
- Ansel Blossom and His Eccentric Ways
- First Occurrences in the Town of Willshire
- The Baptist Church
- William White and His Wonderful Physical Development
 
CHAPTER VII. - RIDGE TOWNSHIP - PARTIALLY FINISHED 5/10/2021 135
  - Settlement of the Township
- Incidents of Life Among the Pioneers
- Two Large Trees
- An Irishman Scares Away a Wolf
- A Wild Cat Hunt
- Early Elections
- As Indian Tragedy
- Indian Method of Writing
- Experiences With Indians
- Indian Remains
- "Johnny Appleseed"
- Some Recollections of the Gilliland Family and Early Day Anecdotes
- The Gilliland and McCoy Families
- Smith Hill
- The Ridge and Gilliland Methodist Episcopal Churches
- The First Sunday-School
 
CHAPTER VIII. - PLEASANT TOWNSHIP - PARTIALLY FINISHED 5/10/2021 153
  - Organization
- The First Residents
- Some of the Original Land Entries
- Marks and Brands for Stock
- Enumeration of Youths
- Early Elections and Officials
- Early Township Finances
- The Kear Family
 
CHAPTER IX. - YORK TOWNSHIP - FINISHED 6/15/2016 160
  - Organization
- First Settlers
- An Early Election
- Some of the Original Land Entries
- Jonestown
- Incidents of Pioneer Life
- Pioneer Recollections
 
CHAPTER X. - JENNINGS TOWNSHIP 166
  - Organization
- First Arrivals
- Names of Voters in 1841
- Some of the Original Land Entries
- Magill, the Wolf Hunter
- The Villages of Monticello and Venedocia
- The Welsh Settlement
 
CHAPTER XI. - HARRISON TOWNSHIP 173
  - Organization
- First Settlers
- List of Electors in 1840
- Some of the Original Land Entries
- Pioneer Reminiscences
- An Indian Sherlock Holmes
- An Early Marriage in Harrison Township
- A Pioneer Methodist Church
- Harrison Baptist Church
- St. Thomas' Lutheran Church
- German Evangelical St. Paul Church
- The Hertz Family
- Henry Showalter
 
CHAPTER XII - TULLY TOWNSHIP 181
  - Organization
- First Settlers
- Names of Voters in 1840
- Some of the Original Land Entries
- Pioneer Reminiscences
- The Bear Swamp
- Dixon
- Notes on Tully Township and Convoy Village
 
CHAPTER XIII. - HOAGLIN TOWNSHIP 187
  - Organization
- First Settlers
- Names of Voters in 1844
- Some of the Original Land Entries
- Indians Steal a Horse
- A. A. Griffin's Address on "Van Wert and the Country"
- St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church
- Sketches of Some of the Pioneers
 
CHAPTER XIV. - LIBERTY TOWNSHIP 195
  - Organization
- First Settlers and First Events
- Names of the Electors in 1840
- Some of the Original Land Entries
- Sketches of Some of the Pioneers
- Wild Game in the Early Days
- Interesting Pioneer Incidents
- Railroad
- Public Highways
- The Ohio City Oil Field
- Pipe Lines in Liberty Township
- Churches
- Towns in Liberty Township
 
CHAPTER XV. - WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP 205
  - Organization
- First Settlers and First Events
- Early Elections
- Some of the Original Land Entries
- Incidents of Pioneer Times
- Middlepoint
- The City of Delphos, Its Founder, Settlement, Industries, Newspapers, Hotels, Postoffice, Railroads, Public Schools and Churches
 
CHAPTER XVI. - UNION TOWNSHIP 219
  - Organization
- Names of Voters in 1850
- Some of the Original Land Entries
- Pioneer Incidents
- A Daring Deed
- Lost in the Woods
- A Bear Hunt
 
CHAPTER XVII - JACKSON TOWNSHIP 224
  - Organization
- First Settles and Four Events
- Names of Voters in 1850
- Some of the Original Land Entries
- Pioneer Incidents
- The Anderson Murder
- Sketches of Some of the Pioneers
 
CHAPTER XVIII - THE CITY OF VAN WERT 228
  - The Town Platted
- Deed of Peter Anghenbaugh & Company to Van Wert County
- First and Second Sales of Lots
- Building of the Gaol
- Early Settlers
- The First Store-keepers
- Some Recollections of the Early Time
- Early Taverns
- First Sawmills and Tanneries
- Other Early Industries
- First Schools and School Houses
- Some Pioneer Incidents and Stories
- Some Notorious Characters
- The Town Incorporated
- Mayors
- The Fire Department
- Newspapers
- Stave Factories
- The Anderson Piano Company
- The Union Mills
- Warehouses and Elevators
- Merchants
- Banks
- Light, Power and Telephone Companies
- Natural Gas and Oil
- The Brumback Library
- The Gleason Family
 
CHAPTER XIX. - EARLY RECOLLECTIONS OF VAN WERT BY ANDREW J. GLEASON 259
  - Life Among the Pioneers
- The Van Wert of 60 Years Ago Described
- Stories and Incidents of the Early Days
- General Muster
- Indians as Frequent Visitors
- Early Teachers, Doctors and Lawyers
- The Early Industries
- Schools and Churches
- Camp Meetings
- Odd and Notorious Characters
 
CHAPTER XX - INSURANCE COMPANIES 279
  - The Central Manufacturers' Mutual Insurance Company
- The Farmers' Mutual Aid Association of Van Wert County
 
CHAPTER XXI. - THE BENCH AND BAR OF VAN WERT 282
  - The common Pleas Bench
- The Van Wert Bar, Past and Present
- The First and Second Murder Trials
- Two Anecdotes of the Early Courts
 
CHAPTER XXII. - PHYSICIANS OF VAN WERT 292
CHAPTER XXIII. - THE CHURCHES OF VAN WERT 294
  - The First Presbyterian Church
- The First Methodist Episcopal Church
- The First Baptist Church
- Churches of the Evangelical Association of North America in Van Wert and Vicinity
- St. Mary's Catholic Church.
 
CHAPTER XXIV. - FRATERNAL AND BENEVOLENT SOCIETIES 308
  - Free and Accepted Masons
- Independent Order of Odd Fellows
- Grand Army of the Republic
- Improved Order of Red Man
- Royal Arcanum
- Ancient Order of United Workmen
- Knights of Pythias
- National Union
- Knights of the Maccabees
- Modern Woodmen of America
- The Home Guards of America
- The Trewnav Club
- Fraternal Order of Eagles
 
CHAPTER XXV. - MILITARY HISTORY OF THE COUNTY 317
  - The County's Contribution to the Suppression of the Rebellion
- A Brave Deed
- The Strange Case of Hugh Thompson
- The Squirrel Hunters
- The Volunteers for the Spanish-American War
- Van Wert's Militia Company
 
BIOGRAPHICAL 349

 

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