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Source:
The County of Williams
A History of Williams County, Ohio,
from the Earliest Days with Special Chapters on Various Subjects,
including Each of the Different Townships;
Also a Biographical Department
By William Henry Shinn
PART 1 of 2
Published
Madison, Wis.
Northwestern Historical Association
1905

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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CHAPTER 1 - WILLIAMS COUNTY ANTIQUITIES 17
   - The Mound Builders
 - Their works in Williams County
 - General Description of mounds
 - Implements made by the extinct race
 - Conflicting theories
 
CHAPTER 2. - EARLY JURISDICTION 29
   - Title to lands
 - Treaty of 1783
 - Virginia's claim of sovereignty
 - The Greenville treaty
 - The county of Wayne
 - Representatives in first legislative assembly
 - Under the jurisdiction of Montgomery, Miami, and Shelby counties
 - Claims of the Indians
 - Cessions of territory by the Red Men
 - Formation of Williams county
 
CHAPTER 3. - THE FORMATIVE PERIOD 43
   - Organization of the county
 - First county officials
 - Different sessions of the board of county commissioners
 - The selection of Defiance as the first permanent seat of justice
 - Election of county officers in the fall of 1826
 - Defalcations of certain county officials
 - Opening of roads in the present county limits
 - Personal mention of prominent men
 - Organization of townships in the present Williams county
 - Character of the population
 - "County-seat fight," and the removal of the seat of justice to Bryan.
 
CHAPTER 4. - THE BOUNDARY DISPUTE 63
   - Importance of the question
 - The origin of the difficulty
 - Mitchell & Bradley's map
 - Exception clause in first State constitution
 - The Harris line
 - The Fulton line
 - The Wabash and Lake Erie canal
 - Attack upon official surveying party
 - Major Stickney and his connections with the boundary dispute
 - Removal of the obstreperous Acting-Governor Stevens of Michigan
 - Dispute finally settled by Congress
 - Legal phases of the question
 
CHAPTER 5. - FROM 1841 TO 1861 78
   - Seat of justice at Bryan
 - Reduction in size of county by erection of Defiance and Fulton counties
 - Efforts to remove the county seat
 - the embryo village of Bryan
 - First session of the commissioners at Bryan, and their first official acts
 - The old log court-house
 - Difficulties in building the brick courthouse
 - Early railway projects
 - The building of the Southern Michigan and Northern Indiana road
 - Early postoffices
 - History of efforts to establish newspapers
 - Census of 1860.
 
CHAPTER 6. - THE COUNTY'S WAR RECORD 94
   - Period of peace
 - War with Mexico
 - The sectional strife
 - Opposition to the government's policy
 - First organization of troops
 - The Fourteenth regiment
 - The Thirty-eighth, Sixty-eighth, One Hundredth, One Hundred and Eleventh, One Hundred and Forty-second regiments of infantry
 - The Third and Ninth regiments of cavalry
 - Field and staff officers furnished by Williams county.
 
CHAPTER 7. - THE LAST FORTY YEARS 108
   - Chronological record of events from the close of the war to 1905
 - Census of 1900
 
CHAPTER 8. - POLITICS AND OFFICIAL HONORS 121
   - Political history of the county, beginning with 1824, and including a roster of National, State and county officers, brought down to date, with biographical mention of many of the favored individuals.  
CHAPTER 9. - RESOURCES AND EARLY ENTERPRISES 136
   - Industry and agriculture
 - Topography and geology of the county
 - The drift deposit
 - Agricultural products
 - Agricultural societies and fairs
 - Patrons of husbandry
 - Primitive manufactures
 - Early mercantile establishments
 - Statistics of 1904.
 
CHAPTER 10. - EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT 152
   - Early schools and schoolmasters
 - Description of the primitive schoolhouses
 - Old-fashioned spelling-schools
 - School books
 - Statistics concerning the present day schools in the county.
 
CHAPTER 11. - BENCH AND BAR 163
   - List of associate judges under the old Constitution, with SKETCHES of some of them
 - Early court of common pleas
 - First sessions of court in William county
 - Common pleas judges with sketches
 - The district court
 - Prosecuting attorneys
 - Probate court and judges
 - Clerks of the courts
 - Sheriffs
 - Members of the bar.
 
CHAPTER 12. - THE MEDICAL PROFESSION 177
   - Afflictions of the pioneers
 - The ravages of malarial fever
 - SKETCHES of early physicians
 - County medical society
 
CHAPTER 13. - ST. JOSEPH TOWNSHIP 183
   - Afflictions of the pioneers
 - The ravages of malarial fever
 - SKETCHES of early physicians
 - County medical society
 
CHAPTER 14. - PULASKI TOWNSHIP 190
   - The second oldest township
 - Boundaries
 - Topographical features
 - First settlement
 - Progress of the township
 - City Cemetery
 - Social organizations.
 
CHAPTER 15. - SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP 198
   - Organization
 - John Stubbs and other pioneers
 - Village of Stryker
 - Church notes
 
CHAPTER 16. - BRADY TOWNSHIP - Started 6/7/2019 204
   - Natural features
 - SKETCHES of pioneers
 - Their homes and schools
 - West Unity
 - Mills and stores
 - Churches
 - Lockport
 
CHAPTER 17. - CENTRE TOWNSHIP 211
   - Organization
 - The first settlers
 - Schools and churches
 
CHAPTER 18. - FLORENCE TOWNSHIP 215
   - Organization
 - Natural features
 - SKETCHES of early settlers
 - Edon
 - Columbia M. E. Church
 - Other churches and social organizations
 - Blakeslee
 
CHAPTER 19. - JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP 224
   - Erection of township
 - Creeks
 - Notable pioneers
 - A Revolutionary soldier
 - The Schamp murder
 
CHAPTER 20. - BRIDGEWATER TOWNSHIP 231
   - Antiquities and natural features
 - Bridgewater center and Ainger
 - The Smith settlement
 - SKETCHES of pioneers
 - Mills, schools, and churches
 
CHAPTER 21. - MILLCREEK TOWNSHIP 237
   - Theron Landon and other early settlers
 - The village of Hamer
 - The first election
 - Town of Alvordton
 - Churches and schools
 
CHAPTER 22. - SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP 240
   - Organization
 - Cosmopolitan population
 - Natural features
 - George Bible, the deerhunter
 - Other early settlers
 - Montpelier
 - Churches and social organizations
 - Hiram Louden Post G. A. R.
 
CHAPTER 23. - NORTHWEST TOWNSHIP 250
   - Natural advantages
 - Aaron Burr Goodwin, the Knights, and other pioneers
 - Religious history
 - Early industries
 - Columbia
 
CHAPTER 24. - MADISON TOWNSHIP 258
   - Chapter of country
 - Pioneer SKETCHES
 - Early schools
 - Industries
 - Pioneer and Kunkle
 - "Basswood" church and others
 
  BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES, arranged in Alphabetical Order, beginning 263

 

 

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