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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 XII.

Carthage Township

     THIS township, originally a part of Troy, was separately organized in 1819.  The following appears in the records of the county commissioners:

     "November 10th, 1819 - Resolved, that all that part of the township of Troy included in township No. 5, in the 12th range and the east half of township No. 4, in the 13th range, be a separate township by the name of Carthage."

     And at the same session the inhabitants were directed to meet on a specified day and elect township officers.
     The first justice of the peace in Carthage was Milton Buckingham.  Joseph Guthrie and Francis Caldwell were also among the earliest.  Among the early township trustees were Stephen Buckingham, Joseph Guthrie, Francis Caldwell, Alexander Caldwell, Moses Elliott, and B. B. Lottridge.
     Joseph Guthrie
built the first grist mill in the township about the year 1820, on a small stream on his farm (near the southeast corner of section six), called after himself, and which still retains the name of Guthrie Creek.  Since that time there have been two or three small grist mills built on a little stream in the northeast corner of the township formerly called Lizzie run but now called Little Jordan.  There have also been several saw mills built in the township in later years, but all have fallen into disuse, and at present there is not a mill in the township worth mentioning.  There are nine school districts in Carthage, with nine good country school houses and five churches - two Methodist, one Presbyterian, one United Brethren, and one Christian or Campbellite.  The Methodists, as usual, were the pioneers, their society having been organized about the year 1812; the Christian church was organized about 1835, the United Brethren about 1840, and the Presbyterian in 1850.
     The early records of the township are lost, and there is no list of its officers prior to 1855.  The population in 1820 was 320; in 1830 it was 395; in 1840 it was 734; in 1850 it was 1,087; in 1860 it was 1,127.

Township Trustees since 1855.

1855 Hiram Frost, Vincent Caldwell, Caleb Wells.
1856-57 Jacob S. Coen, R. M. Wilson, Walter Glazier.
1858 " " William Mills.
1859 Cyrenus Stout, Simeon Buck, Asa P. Jeffers.
1860 Walter Glazier, James Buck, "
1861 " S. H. Lottridge, Cyrenus Stout.
1862 William Merrill " "
1863 Aaron Stort William Russel, John W. Nicholson.
1864 S. H. Lottridge Saunders, Amasa Charles Stout.
1865 William Russell, Amasa Saunders, Charles Stout.
1866 " David G. Frost, John W. Nicholson.
1867 " " E. M. Young.
1868 Avery N. Saunders, Joseph D. Webster, Hiram C. Frost.

Township Clerks since 1855.

1855 Washington Hull.
1856-60 James Elliott
1861-62 David Frost
1863 James Elliott, who has been re-elected each year since.

Justices of the Peace since 1852.

1852 Daniel Tubbs, S. W. Lottridge, and John Elliott
1855 Isaac Hull and Richard M. Wilson.
1857 John Whittington
1858 Richard M. Wilson
1860 John Whittington
1861 Jacob S. Coen
1863 John Whittington.
1864 Jacob S. Coen
1865 Curtis Raincer, John Hammond
1866 Simon H. Lottridge.

Personal and Biographical.
(FOR BIOGRAPHIES, CLICK HERE)
Ashael Cooley, Sen.
Bernardus B. Lottridge
Ebenezer Buckingham, Sen.
William Jeffers
Alexander Caldwell
Moses Elliott
John Elliott
James Elliott
James Baker
Daniel Boyd
Abraham Norris
Peter Hammond
Nathaniel Martin
Caleb P. Wells
Walter Glazier
John Lawrence
Edward Lawrence
William Mills

 

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