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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 XX.

York Township

     THIS  township was a part of Ames until 1811, and then, on the organization of Dover, became a part of the latter township.  York was separately organized in June, 1818, and the first election for township officers was held at the house of Ebenezer Blackstone.
     The population in 1820 was 341; in 1830 it was 871; in 1840 it was 1,601; in 1850 it was 1,391; in 1860 it was 1,836.
     The township is traversed by the Hocking Valley canal, which crosses it from northeast to southwest, and has heretofore furnished an excellent outlet for the coal which is mined at and near Nelsonville in great quantities.  In the vast deposits of this mineral which underlie a large part of the township, York possesses an undeveloped wealth that will reward the labor and enterprise of many generations yet to come.  An active coal trade has existed at Nelsonville for several years past, which will be greatly increased by the opening of the Hocking Valley railroad, and there can be no doubt that this township will, at some future day, be the seat of great wealth and manufacturing life.
     The town of Nelsonville, near the northern limit of the township, is a thrifty village, with a population of 1, 700 and steadily increasing.  It was laid out in June, 1818, and named after Mr. Daniel Nelson, who owned the land on which the town is situated.  The town is incorporated by act of the legislature passed in 1838.  The first election for town officers was held April 27, 1839, when Charles Cable was elected mayor; A. J. Bond recorder; Joseph Coe, S. M. Sheppard, John Hull, W. W. Poston,  and James Rusk trustees.  Luther Burt was appointed marshal of the village, and Robert Miller treasurer.  James Rusk declining to serve as trustee, Thomas L. Mintun was appointed in his place.  Since then the following persons have been elected mayor.

Mayors.

1840 -

William Burlingame

1841 - Ebenezer Fenimore.
1842 - Solomon Roberts
1843-44 - James Deaver.
1845 - R. G. McLean.
1846-47 - No record.
1848-49 - Lewis Steenrod
[Mr. Steenrod having resigned, A. J. Guitteau was appointed for his unexpired term]
1850-51 - B. A. Lincoln.
1852 - Thomas L. Mintun.
1853 - L. Hutchins.
1854 - H. H. Miers.
1855 - A. M. Burgess.
1856-57 - C. T. Hyde.
1858 - J. E. Price
1859-60 - A. H. Burrell
1861 - J. E. Howe.
1862-63 - M. A. Stewart.
1864 - James Eddington.
1865 - H. H. Miers.
1866 - Jacob C. Frost.
1867 - R. R. Patterson.
1868 - John F. Welch.

     The township records from 1818 to 1844 can not be found.

Township Clerks since 1844..

1844 Joshua Sheffield T. M. Boyles, James H. Devore.
1845-48 Joshua Sheffield, T. M. Boyles, W. W. Poston.
1849 Alvin Baker, L. D. Poston, Pierson Vore.
1850 Alvin Baker, L. D. Poston, John Dew.
1851 Thomas Dew, Joseph Brett, A. H. Cowen.
1852 J. G. Miers Joseph Brett, A. H. Cowen.
1853 Joshua Sheffield, Joseph Brett, A. H. Cowen.
1854 Joshua Sheffield, Aaron Lewis, J. G. Miers.
1855 Joshua Sheffield, John Hull, Thomas L. Mintun.
1856-57 Joshua Sheffield, John Hull, Aaron Lewis.
1858 Joshua Sheffield, M. D. Socie, Ashford Poston.
1859 Joshua Sheffield, John Miers, John Hull.
1860-61 Joshua Sheffield, G. L. Cooley, Moses Lewis.
1862 Richard Matheny, G. L. Cooley, William Allbright.
1863 Richard Matheny, G. L. Cooley, J. G. Miers.
1864-66 Richard Metheny, Ashford Poston, J. G. Miers.
1867 Aaron Lewis, P. H. Moore, J. G. Miers.
1868 Moses Lewis, R. R. Patterson, J. G. Miers.

Township Clerks and Treasurers since 1844.

  Clerks Treasurers.
1844 Robert Miller. Cornelius Steenrod.
1845-48 Noah Wilder Cornelius Steenrod.
1849 Thoams L. Mintun. Cornelius Steenrod.
1850 John Cheshire Cornelius Steenrod.
1851 J. B. Harper. J. E. Price.
1852 Cornelius Steenrod. J. E. Price.
1853 John Cheshire J. E. Price.
1854-58 Lewis Steenrod. Cornelius Steenrod
1859-61 Ashford Poston. Cornelius Steenrod.
1862-63 Samuel N. Poston. Cornelius Steenrod.
1865-67 John Harrison. John W. Scott.

Justices of the Peace since 1844.

1844 - William E. Brown.
1845 - Noah Wilder.
1846 - Christian Harmon.
1848 - B. F. Harper.
1849 - Noah Wilder.
1850 - Thomas L. Mintun.
1851 - Alvin Baker.
1853 - Joseph Britt.
1853-60 - Joshua Sheffield and Thomas L. Mintun.
1861 - Robert R. Patterson.
1862 - Joseph Britt.
1863-66 - Ashford Porter and Robert Patterson.
1867 - Thomas L. Mintun.

Personal and Biographical.
(FOR ALL BIOGRAPHIES IN THIS VOLUME, CLICK HERE)
James Knight
L. D. Poston
Samuel Robbins
Solomon Roberts
Lewis Steenrod
 

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