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Welcome to
Belmont County, Ohio
History & Genealogy

HISTORY OF
BELMONT and JEFFERSON COUNTIES,
OHIO,

AND
INCIDENTALLY HISTORICAL COLLECTIONS
PERTAINING TO
BORDER WARFARE AND THE EARLY SETTLEMENT
of the
ADJACENT PORTION OF THE OHIO VALLEY,

By J. A. Caldwell
with Illustrations
Assistant, G. G. Nichols                 Managing Editor, J. H. Newton               (Assistant, A. G. Sprankle.
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WHEELING, W. VA.
PUBLISHED BY THE HISTORICAL PUBLISHING COMPANY
1880

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CONTENTS
pertaining to Belmont County, Ohio
 

Organization of Belmont county 162
Boundary of Belmont county 163
Boundary of Guernsey county, organized
 Jan. 31, 1810
163
Boundary of Monroe county, organized
 Jan. 29, 1813
163
Changes affecting the original limits of
 Belmont county
163
Original boundary of Belmont county 163
Primitive settlements and border incidents 163
Indians attack Kirkwood's cabin 164
Kirkwood's cabin attacked by the Indians 164
Battle of Captina 165
Erection of Belmont county, name and description 165
Delegates to the first constitutional convention 166
Early set of justice 166
First surveys 166
First constitutional convention 166
First roads - their condition 166
Land sales 166
Primitive justice 166
Pioneer times and reminiscences 166
Sale of lands 166
Williams' account of pioneer life, western
 emigration, early settlers, the log cabin,
 advantages and disadvantages of the
 wilderness
167
Early marriages 171
Courts, first 172
Constables appointed 172
Early judiciary 172
Election districts 172
First division into towwnships 172
Judiciary, early 172
Division of Kirkwood - change of election
  places,
173
First court house 173
First court in St. Clairsville 173
First murder trial 173
"Goal" 173
Killing of John Holtz by Sunderland 173
Pound for estrays 173
Removal of the seat of justice 173
Supervisors appointed 173
Early commissioners - for session in
 St. Clairsville
174
First deeds recorded 174
First will recorded 174
Lottery, public 174
Negro "Cuff",  174
Penitentiary - first convict sent 174
Public lottery 174
Scalps, bounty for 174
County officers 175
Jails 175
Market house, old 175
Miscellaneous reminiscences 175
 - "long bullet;" first four horse team that
 crossed the Ohio in the county; wasn't suited
 with the appearance; hand mills; Indians
 return to visit their old homes; an early tour
 down the Ohio and through Belmont county;
 pumpkin flood; sick or blasted wheat;
 memorable hail storm; Hardesty flood; first
 stage from pages
175
Present court house 175
Standard half bushel 175
Unfortunate shot 175
Wild turkey hunt, unfortunate shot 175
List of public officers 178
Project to erect the new county of Cumberland 178
Public officers 178
Official vote for governor in Belmont county 180
List of Attorneys and Doctors in 1828 182
Court house bell 182
List of Doctors and attorneys in 1828 182
Ill treatment toward a revolutionary soldier 182
National Road 182
Organization of teachers institute 183
Pauperism 183
Population 183
Real estate, value of 183
Teachers institute, organization of  183
Value of real estate 183
Agricultural statistics 184
Early civil suits 184
Horticultural statistics 184
Tobacco growing 184
Agricultural society 185
Belmont county agricultural society 185
Forests 185
Friends churchs 186
Shannon, Wilson, Hon. 187
Lundy, Benjamin 189
Shannon, John 189
Shannon, Thomas 189
Appleseed, Johnny 191
Military record of Belmont county 193
Soldiers of the war of 1812 193
War of 1812 193
Mexican war 195
Rebellion 195
Soldiers of the Mexican War 195
Soldiers of the rebellion 195
Geological sketch of Belmont county 213
 - general principles, kinds of rock,
 sandstone
 and clay
213
Geological sketch of Belmont county, 213
 - limestone 214
 - analyses of cement rocks, coal 215
 - kinds of plants which have entered into
 the
 formation of coal
216
 - the earth's crust 218
 - geology of Belmont county 219
 - economic geology 221
 - coal and iron products of Ohio 221
 - curious phenomena 223
 - conclusion 224
Towns and townships, history of
St. Clairsville
224
Alexander, James, Hon. 230
Ruggles, Benjamin, Hon. 239
Thompson, Thomas, Major 239
Danford, Lorenzo, Hon. 240
Johnston, J. B., Rev. 240
Cowen, Judge Daniel D. T.  241
Kennon, W. S., Hon. 241
Mitchell, J. R., Col. 242
Wilday, Henry C. 242
Hoge, George W., Gen. 243
Swaney, Oliver J. 244
Chambers, Robert F., Col. 248
Township of Richland 248
Township of Pultney 279
 - limestone 314
Township of Warren 335
Township of Kirkwood 361
Township of Union 368
Township of Flushing 377
Township of Wheeling 385
Township of Colerain 386
Township of Mead 390
Township of Smith 394
Township of Goshen 402
Township of Somerset 406
Township of Wayne 410
Township of Washington 412
Township of York 417
Belmont county elections for 1879 422
Elections in Belmont county for 1879 422

 

CHAPTER XXI.
TOWNSHIPS.
ST. CLAIRSVILLE - partial 224
 - St. Clair, Gen. 224
 - built in the woods, first property holders 225
 - incorporated 226
 - letters of incorporation
 - officers for 1879,
 - early merchants
 - first tavern keepers,
 - early physicians
 - miscellaneous vocations
 -  St. Clairsville in 1808
 - extinct church associations
 - initial attorneys
 - schools
 - old seminaries
 - colored schools
 - Union cemetery
 - M. E. burial ground
 - Friends or Quakers graveyard
 - old buildings
 - horse mills and distilleries
 - early members of the Belmont county
   bar and present members
 - Belmont Lodge, No. 16, F. and A. M.
 - light guards
 - cornet band
 - summary of business for 1879, journalism
226
 - ecclesiastical history 233
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES & NOTES 239
   
RICHLAND TOWNSHIP - partial 248
 - its formation and early settlers 248
 - reminiscences 249
 - last wolf seen in the township 250
 - wild bear chase 250
 - old Baptist church 250
 - first burial ground 250
 - second cabin church 250
 - taxables in 1807 250
 - elections 250
 - supervisors for the year 1809, and
   overseers of the poor for 1809
250
 - vote for 1810 251
 - schools, township officers for 1879 251
 - first grafted orchard 251
 - railroads 251
 - villages - Glencoe, Lloydsville and
   Stewartsville
251
 - Mellor Bros. floral work and nursery 251
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES 252
   
BELLAIRE 257
 - original town 257
 - 1832 fright of cholera 257
 - number of houses and business in 1832 257
 - postal matters and first postmaster 258
 - Joseph Gorbey's ledger 258
 - Bel Air changed to Bellaire 258
 - enlargement 258
 - early physicians 258
 - first steam engine 258
 - cholera excitement of 1849 258
 - incorporated 258
 - city officers 259
 - street directory 259
 - memorable blow 260
 - Stephen A. Douglas' first war speech 260
 - sinking of the steamboat "Star" 260
 - Bellaire's most augmentive years 260
 - banking 260
 - Bellaire market 261
 - market house
 - city hall wards
 - water works
 - Bellaire gas light and coke company
 - Bellaire street railroad
261
 - history of Central Ohio R. R. 263
 - bridge over the Ohio 264
 - Bellaire and Southwestern R. R. 265
 - schools 265
 - churches - Presbyterian 266
 - Trinity Episcopal Chapel 266
 - Disciples of Christ 266
 - St. John's Catholic church 268
 - German Evangelical church 269
 - First African M. E. church 269
 - Second Methodist church 269
 - societies 269
 - early burial place 271
 - Greenwood cemetery 271
 - German cemetery 271
 - journalism 271
 - county seat question 272
 - population 272
 - summary of Bellaire 272
 - Patron's record of Bellaire 272
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES 272
   
PULTNEY TOWNSHIP 279
 - early settlers 280
 - mills 280
 - curiosities 280
 - cemetery 280
 - Pittsburgh coal works 280
 - Kidd mines 280
 - Presbyterian church of Rockhill 280
 - villages 280
 - Patrons record 281
   
BRIDGEPORT 283
 - improvements 284
 - in 1807 283
 - in 1810 283
 - in 1820 283
 - incorporated limits 284
 - toll bridge 284
 - first bridge across Wheeling creek 284
 - National road 284
 - first postmaster 284
 - railroads 285
 - summary in 1858 285
 - schools 285
 - journalism 285
 - on tax duplicate 286
 - Union cemetery 286
 - first National bank 286
 - manufactories 286
 - ecclesiastical history -  
 - First Presbyterian church, of Kirkwood 288
 - Kirkwood M. E. church 288
 - West End M. E. church 288
 - First Colored Baptist church 288
 - secret societies 288
 - summary for 1870 289
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES of
 Martins Ferry,
 Bridgeport and
 Pease township
301
   
MARTIN'S FERRY 289
 - the ferry 291
 - office established 291
 - among the early merchants 291
 - when incorporated 291
 - officers 291
 - cemetery 292
 - materials for building 292
 - antiquities 292
 - water 292
 - newspaper enterprise 293
 - manufacturing interests 293
 - population 295
 - schools 295
 - ecclesiastical history 296
 - First Presbyterian church 293
 - Baptist church 297
 - Catholic church 298
 - German Lutheran church 298
 - Limited Presbyterian church 298
 - secret orders 299
   
PEASE TOWNSHIP  - finished 299
 - early mills 300
 - topography 300
 - schools 300
 - Scott M. E. Church 300
 - coal 300
 - fruits 300
 - grapes 300-301
   
BARNESVILLE  - partial 308
 - old Pultney road 308
 - old town well  310
 - measures taken to form a new county,
   with the seat of justice of Barnesville
310
 - the petition 310
 - first burial 311
 - old log church 311
 - old brick church 311
 - literary institutions 311
 - lawyers 311
 - literature 312
 - Tom Young Guards 312
 - Friendship Lodge, F. and A. Masons 312
 - tobacco trade 313
 - temperance societies 314
 - church history 314
 - notable men of Barnesville 316
 -  M. E. Sunday school 318
 - Green Mount cemetery associations 319
 - South cemetery 319
 - education 319
 - colored schools 319
 - postoffice and officers 320
 - fair association 320
 - fires and accidents 320
 - gas works 322
 - foundry, Buckeye burial manufactory,
   nail factory, drug stores
322
 - municipal organization 323
 - societies 323
 - First National bank 324
 - city hall 324
 - business notes 324
 - Barnesville at present 325
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES 325
WARREN TOWNSHIP 335
 - first settlers 335
 - meeting house 336
 - first mills 336
 - first children 337
 - first school house 337
 - when organized 337
 - first justices of the peace 337
 - old residence 337
 - wild game 337
 - the first cultivation of tobacco 337
 - Bethel church 338
 - Zane's ridge, Shannon's run, an escape 338
 - Ohio French 339
 - hunting 339
 - a strange story  339
 - bears 339
 - oil mill 340
 - national curiosities 340
 - mounds and forts 341
 - Friends Stillwater meeting house 342
 - Friends' boarding school house at
 Stillwater
346
 - churches 347
 - berry cuilture &c. 348
 - military 349
 - pioneer life 350
 - "The Leatherwood God." or the religious
 imposter of 1828
351
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES 352
   
KIRKWOOD TOWNSHIP 361
 - early settlement 361
 - incidents 361
 - lodges of Hendrysburg 361
 - justices of the peace 362
 - SCHOOLS 362
 - Hendrysburg 362
 - Egypt 363
 - Sewellsville 363
 - churches 364
 - murder of Louisa C. Fox 365
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES 368
   
UNION TOWNSHIP 368
 - early settlers 368
 - reminiscences 369
 - early taverns 369
 - second camp-meeting 369
 - mills 369
 - Plainfield church 369
 - first schools 369
 - soldiers of 812 369
 - population 369
 - township officers for 1879 369
 - Morristown 370
 - miscellaneous 370
 - schools and churches 370
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES 373
   
FLUSHING TOWNSHIP 377
 - the topography 377
 - township officers 377
 - reminiscences of early settlers 377
 - early settlers 377
 - churches 377
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES 379
   
WHEELING TOWNSHIP 382
 - Topography 382
 - soil 382
 - water 382
 - products 382
 - improvements 382
 - early settlers 382
 - elections 382
 - natural curiosities 383
 - churches 383
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES 384
   
COLERAIN TOWNSHIP 386
 - first voting place 386
 - township expenses for 1818 386
 - expenditures for 1878-9 387
 - first house 387
 - early incident - killed by Indians 387
 - Improvements 387
 - Gambletown 387
 - Farmington 387
 - Pleasant Grove 387
 - church organization 387
 - education 387
 - literary societies 388
 - anti-slavery society 388
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES 388
   
MEAD TOWNSHIP 390
 - settlement 390
 - reminiscences 391
 - school houses 391
 - grist mills 391
 - largest land owner 391
 - productions and population 391
 - coal works 392
 - ecclesiastical history 392
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES 392
   
SMITH TOWNSHIP 392
 - early settlers 394
 - early ministers 395
 - early justices 395
 - primitive schools and teachers 395
 - soldiers of 1812 395
 - first saw ill 395
 - first woolen factory 395
 - Lewis' mills 395
 - Warnock's Station 395
 - Centreville 395
 - Jacobsburg 395
 - ecclesiastical history 396
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES 398
   
GOSHEN TOWNSHIP 402
 - mineral resources 402
 - soil and productions 402
 - condition of the early settlers 403
 - first settlers 403
 - Belmont 403
 - Fairmount - Burr's Mills 404
 - churches 404
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES 405
   
SOMERSET TOWNSHIP 406
 - topography 406
 - settlement 406
 - improvements 407
 - villages 407
 - the Belmont Bank of Somerton 407
 - Boston and Temperanceville 407
 - products 407
 - religious history 407
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES 408
   
WAYNE TOWNSHIP 410
 - erection and description 410
 - settlement 410
 - hunters 410
 - chased by wolves 410
 - mode of capturing wolves 410
 - Last wolf seen in the township 411
 - Mineral resources 411
 - Raven and Alum Rocks 411
 - Oldest building 411
 - First Levy 411
 - Schools and School Houses 411
 - Fulling Mill 411
 - Friends Church 411
 - First Township Trustee 411
 - Early Justices 411
 - Early Ministers 411
 - Cultivation of Tobacco 411
 - Grist Mills 411
 - Largest Farms 411
 - The numeration for 1879 411
 - Officers for 1878 411
 - Village of New Castle 411
 - Village of Hunter 411
 - The Disciples' Church 411
 - The Pleasant Ridge M. E. Church 412
 - The Horeb Church 412
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES 412
   
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP 412
 - settlement &c., the Danfords, Perkins
 and other pioneers
412
 - captina creek 415
 - mounds and Indian hieroglyphics 415
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES 415
   
YORK TOWNSHIP 417
 - settlement 417
 - mounds 418
 - the ancient Indian village called
   Grapevine town, Indian relics,
   inscriptions on the rocks
418
 - the first supervisors 418
 - township officers for 1808 418
 - largest land owners,  418
 - first mills 418
 - distilleries 419
 - curiosities 419
 - church history 419
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES 420

 

PORTRAITS, ETC.

Residence of Homestead (farm of 500 acres) of John Allen, Pease Twp., Belmont Co., OH betw. pgs. 559 - 560

 

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