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Athens County, Ohio
History & Genealogy

Source:
History
of
Athens County, Ohio
And Incidentally of the Ohio Land Company
and the First Settlement of the State at Marietta
with personal and biographical sketches of the early
settlers, narratives of pioneer adventures, etc.
By Charles M. Walker
"Forsam et hc olim meminisse juvabit." - Virgil.
Publ. Cincinnati:
Robert Clarke & Co.
1869.CHAPTER X.

Bern Township

     BERN  was originally included in Ames township and was not separately organized till 1828.  Incorporated with Ames for thirty years, much of its early history will be found in connection with that township.
     March 3, 1828, the county commissioners resolved "that the original surveyed township No. 7 in range 12 in Athens county, at present a part of Ames township, be set off, and that a township by the name of Bern be established as above described."  The electors were directed to meet at teh house of John Henry on the first Monday of April at 9 o'clock a.m. to elect township officers.
     The lands of Bern lie exceedingly well for agricultural purposes, and her farmers compare favorably with any for thrift and enterprise.  The township is well watered by the head waters of Federal creek, Sharp's fork of which traverses it from north to south.  Its population in 1830 was 233; in 18340 it was 381; in 1850 it was 819; in 1860 it was 1,022.  There are but thirty sections in Bern, the eastern tier of sections having been set off to Washington county in 1807.  Coal is known to exist here in great abundance, and salt water has been found of good quality and in workable quantity

Township Trustees.

1828-30 John Henry James Dickey John Wickham
1831-33 " David James Jeffrey Buchanan
1834 Dyar Selby, Sen. John Wickham James Dickey
1835 William J. Brown " "
1836 Matthew Henry " "
1838 " " Wm. J. Brown.
1839 " James Dickey "
1840 J. E. Vore " John Work
1841 David James Thornton Swart "
1842 " James Dickey Dyar Selby, Jun.
1843 Joseph McCune " "
1844 " " Reuben Hague
1845 David James " "
1846 Jesse Carr Dyar Selby John Work
1847 David Colvin Robert Henry Wm. Rardin
1848 " Levi Ellis "
1849 " Edward Ginn Calvin Tracy
1850 James Henry " J. E. Vore
1851 Lewis Dille Reuben Hague Calvin Tracy
1852 " Edward Ginn "
1853 Andrew Ogg Philip W. Lampson John E. Vore
1854 " J. S. King "
1855 " Philip W. Lampson David Gilchrist
1857 David James Edward Ginn "
1858 Levi Rardin J. M. Smith George Wyatt
1859 Clark Dodds Washington Endicott "
1860 Dyar Selby " H. T. McCune
1861 H. C. Selby " Warren W. Wickham
1862 Dyar Selby Thomas DIckson "
1863 Elijah Hanson " "
1864 Owen Gifford " Washington Endicott
1865 Levi Rardin " "
1866 H. C. Selby " "
1867 " H. L. Driggs Elijah Hanson
1868 S. J. Wells Elijah White "

Justices of the Peace.

1828 - Thaddeus Crippen and Wm. T. Brown
1831 - Matthew Henry and W. T. Brown
1834 - Levi Ellis and Robert Henry
1836 - David Dille
1837 - Robert Henry
1839 - Dyar Selby
1840 - Robert Work
1841 - Calvin Tracy
1843 - John Brawley and P. W. Sampson
1844 - Dyar Selby, Jun.
1846 - John Brawley
1847 - Dyar Selby, Jun.
1850 - Dyar Selby, Jun.
1852 - Philip W. Lampson
1853 - Thomas Bruce
1854 - Elijah Hanson
1855 - Philip W. Lampson
1857 - Elijah Hanson
1858 - Philip W. Lampson
1859 - Robert Henry (refused to qualify), and Sanborn Carr.
1860 - Aaron Smith
1862 - Seaborn Carr.
1863 - Watson Harris
1864 - W. W. Wickham
1866 - Watson Harris
1867 - Edwin F. Glazier
1868 - Hiram C. Selby

Personal and Biographical.
(FOR BIOGRAPHIES, CLICK HERE)
James Dickey
John Henry
John Wickham
William Rardin
Dyar Selby
Edmund Perry
Thornton Swart
David and Daniel James and Philip Lampson

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