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Welcome to
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 XI.

Canaan Township

     IT  is difficult to separate the first settlement of Canaan townshp from that of Athens, of which Canaan was originally a part.  It will have been noticed that the pioneer settlements clung pretty closely to the water courses.  In the absence of roads or any other means of communication, the navigable streams always decide the movements of emigration.  The Hockhocking was, from all accounts, a considerably deeper stream and carried much more water seventy-five years ago than now, and was easily navigable for heavily laden barges.  It thus became valuable as a means of communication and supplies, and the regions accessible by it were the first to be settled in teh county.  Accordingly, many of the first settlers of Athens township located within the present limits of Canaan, whose rich bottom lands proved very attractive.  The township was organized in 1819.
     The first election for township officers was held at the house of Edward Pilcher, on the first Monday of April in that year.  The name of Canaan was suggested by Judge Walker, of Ames township, one of the county commissioners at this time.
     The population of the township is 1820 was 356; in 1830 it was 375; in 1840 it was 800; in 1850 it was 1,142, and in 1860 it was 1,272.
     The first election for township trustees was held at the house of Edward Pilcher were judges, and Joshua Hoskinson and John McGill, clerks of the election.

Township Trustees.

1819 Parker Carpenter Stephen Pilcher George Bean
1820 Martin Mansfield " "
1821 " MArtin Boyles "
1822 Parker Carpenter " Elijah Pilcher
1823 Martin Mansfield Andrew J. Hoskinson Samuel Warren
1824 " " Philip M. Starr
1825 Joshua Hoskinson Stephen Pilcher John Boyles
1826 John C. Carico George Boyles William Hallert
1827 Stephen Pilcher Parker Carpenter John Boyles
1828 No election - old trustees acted    
1829 Stephen Philcher Parker Carpenter Joshua Hoskinson
1830 Martin Mansfield MArtin Boyles Eliljah Pilcher
1831 " " Stephen Pilcher
1832-33 Willialm Burch George Bean "
1834 " MArtin Mansfield Robert Bean
1835 Elijah Pilcher Joshua Hoskinson "
1836 Martin Mansfield " Frederic Wood
1837 Amos Miller John G. Bean Parker Carpenter
1838 Martin Mansfield Jacob Tedrow "
1839-40 Elijah Pilcher John Boyles John G. Bean
1841 E. E. C. Wright Richard Poston David Jordan
1842 D. M> Pruden, " "
1843 " Isaac Long "
1844-45 " G. N. Reade "
1846 Clayton Starr " Harrison Halbert
1847 " " D. M. Pruden
1848 William Henry N. O. Warren John Druggan
1849 David Jordan " "
1850 Richard Poston Peter Sams Peter Stalder
1851 A. Buckley George Mansfield Peter Stalder
1852-53 Peter Davis David Jordan Nathan S. PIlcher
1854 " Peter Stalder Peter Finsterwald
1855 " " Peter Finch
1856 David Jordan " "
1857 " " Peter Finsterwald
1858 Nicholas Stalder James Sams Peter Davis
1859 " Joseph Border Thomas Grosvenor
1860-61 " Henry Finsterwald E. D. Sheridan
1862 L. D. Bean " S. L. Mohler
1863 Curtis Bean " William Burch
1864 S. McLeade " "
1865 C. B. Cunningham J. W. Baird Joshua Wyatt
1866 Curtis Bean N. Warren J. W. Baird
1867 " " Peter Finsterwald
1868 " F. C. Wyatt "

Successive Justices of the Peace.

1818 - Stephen Pilcher
1819 - Martin Mansfield
1820 - William Stewart
1822 - Martin Mansfield
1823 - Stephen Pilcher
1825 - William Thompson
1827 - Stephen Pilcher
1828 - William Thompson
1830 - Joshua Hoskinson
1831 - Martin Manfield
1833 - John McGill
1834 - George Bean
1835 - John McGill
1837 - George Bean
1838 - Joshua Hoskinson
1840 - George Bean
1841 - George N. Reade
1843 - Robert Bean
1844 - George N. Reade
1847 - D. M. Pruden
1848 - A. Buckley
1850 - Nathan S. Pilcher and Aaron Hull
1851 - Richard Poston
1853 - Nathan S. Pilcher and Aaron Hull
1854 - Elijah Tucker and Thomas Grosvenor
1856 - Joseph Border, Charles C. Pruden, and Peter Davis
1859 - 1865 - David Love and J. Warren Baird
   

Personal and Biographical,
(FOR BIOGRAPHIES, CLICK HERE)
William Jackson
The Barrows Brothers
Joseph Simmons
Martin Mansfield
Peter Boyles
John Boyles
Peter W. Boyles
Samuel Gillett
Abel Miller
Captain Parker Carpenter
Joshua Hoskinson
William Henry

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