Pioneer Period and Pioneer People of
Fairfield Co., Ohio.
by C. M. L. Wiseman
Publ. F. J.
Heer Printing Co., Columbus, O. 1901
TOBY TOWN - ROYALTON.
THERE are but few, if any, places
in this county with a more interesting pioneer history
than Royalton and the neighborhood.
The early settlers were vigorous, intelligent, brainy
men, and from earliest times it has been a noted,
refined and intelligent community.
William and Horatio Clark, it is
believed, were the first settlers, along with W. Lane,
father-in-law of H. Clarke. They settled on
Tobey creek, one mile northwest of the present village
of Royalton, and near the Indian village of Tobey Town.
The date of their coming was in the year 1799. A family
named Wintersteen came near the same time and settled on
Sec. 32, of Bloom township. In the same year, month of
November, Wilkinson Lane, of Pennsylvania, settled on
Sec. 8, Amanda township, and in June, 1800, Thomas
and Broad Cole, perhaps brothers, settled on the
same section. One of the family, Abraham Cole,
was a school teacher. Broad Cole was
one of this family (we do not refer to the son of
Thomas Cole, of that name, born in 1802) and
was a tax payer in 1806. Bishop Asbury
preached in his cabin at 3 P. M. on a week day, in 1803,
the first preaching west of Lancaster, O. We
cannot learn of any descendants of this Broad
Cole, but that he lived here in 1803 and 1806 is
unquestioned. Broad Cole, son of
Thomas, born in 1802, married a daughter of
Samuel Peters and lived upon the old
homestead at the " big spring." His
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son, Thomas Cole, is a farmer in Amanda and an
old school Baptist preacher. In June, 1807, David
Swope and William Long settled on Sec.
8. In the year 1800 Dr. Silas Allen
and his four sons, Whiting, Benjamin, Lemuel
and Jedadiah, came and settled on Sec. 3. The
families of John Searle and Abner
Burnet, came with them. Subsequently, probably
several years, Burnet moved to Meigs County, and
Whiting and Benjamin Allen to Delaware County,
Ohio. Col. William Hamilton lived on Sec. 10 as
early as 1810. In that year he laid out Royalton for
the Allens and upon their land. The village was so
named for a town or county in their old home in Vermont.
The first female child born in the new settlement was
Eliza, daughter of Lemuel Allen. She was
known in later years as Mrs. Meeker, and lived
beyond 93 years. Dr. Silas Allen
died in the year 1825. The first school in the
neighborhood was taught by Miss L. Case in 1810.
Lemuel Allen brought her from Granville, O.
The building used was a new stable. The next school
was taught by Warren Case, of Granville.
In 1812 Henry Calhoun taught the school.
In 1810 the Rev. Hoag, of Columbus, a
Presbyterian, preached in Lemuel Allen's
house. This was the first preaching in the
neighborhood except that of Bishop Asbury in
1803, the house of Broad Cole. Lemuel
Allen kept the first hotel or tavern, Jacob
Bush kept the first store in the new town. In 1814
the Methodists organized a society — which still flourishes.
Stephen Cole built the first mill and
carding machine on Cole's run.
Richard Hooker was an early settler in
the neighborhood on Sec. 19. Richard Hooker was
for years a Justice of the Peace. In September, 1817.
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Ashbrook and Elder Jacob Tharp organized the
Turkey Run Baptist Church. Their meetings were held in
Hooker's school house as late as 1838.
Elder Ashbrook died in Licking Count,
January, 1877, aged 96 years.
Valentine Reber and wife came from Berks County,
Pa., in 1805 and purchased Sec. 10, where he lived and
reared a very large family. A talented family, widely
known and highly esteemed.
David Swope came to this county from
Huntington county, Pa., in the year 1801. His son,
Thomas Swope, was born in the year 1801. He
lived upon the old home during his life.
Thomas Swope was a very substantial and
highly esteemed citizen and left a good name as the heritage
of his children.
His son, Felix, resides upon the old Cole
place and his sister upon the home farm of Daniel
Swope. Jacob Swope lives in Missouri,
Thomas at Reynoldsburg, O., Abner R. at
Bloomingsville, Fayette County, O. Samuel
lives in Wood County, O.
Joseph Clement was an early merchant of
Royalton, We cannot give the date of his coming. He
brought his family to Royalton from New Jersey, of which
state he was a native. His sons were Charles,
Joseph W. and Wm. L. A daughter married
George Creed, Sr., and after the death of
Creed she married James M. Pratt. Mary,
the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Creed, Sr.,
married Governor Lowe, of California.
William L. Clement, a son-in-law of Valentine
Reber, was a merchant for many years in Royalton and did
a thriving business. This was between the years 1840
and 1880. His second wife was a daughter of Dr.
Reber, of Brandon, Miss., a niece of his first wife.
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Ezra Schleich was a merchant of Royalton about
1835 to 1840. Samuel Busby lived there
as early as 1826 and '27 and then his son, J. T. Busby,
was born. Busby removed to Baltimore where he
and a brother-in-law. Fetter, started a store
Alfred McVeigh taught school there prior
to 1840 and was a justice of the peace up to the time of his
election as county auditor.
John D. Schleich lived there a few years, and
there Col. Newton Schleich attended school.
Next to Dr. Silas Allen, Dr. Ezra Clarke was an
early physician of Royalton. He came there from
Vermont. He was father-in-law of Dr. Miner, of
Lithopolis. He came to Lancaster to live in 1823.
He died in the year 1830 and was buried in Zane Cemetery.
Dr. Rogers, from Vermont, practiced in Royalton in
Dr. M. Z. Kreider lived in Royalton a few years,
but came to Lancaster about 1832 or 1833. Dr. Paul
practiced medicine in Royalton for a number of years and
died there. He had one or two daughters and three or
four sons. Joseph H. Clements married his
oldest daughter. They moved to Illinois where the wife
was accidentally burned to death and Clements died of
disease. Dr. Paul sent for the children and
brought them up in Royalton. The oldest son, Joseph
Clements, married a daughter of Professor
Freed. Dr. Frisbie lived for some years in
Royalton. He had two daughters. One of them
married Edward Hay. They moved to Hancock
county. Dr. Frisbie, in his old age, went to
live with them and died there. Paul and Frisbie
were Vermonters. Dr. Frisbie married a second
wife. She lived in Middletown, Vt., and was the widow
of Orion Clarke, an attorney of Middle
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town, during his life. He brought his bride to
Royalton and her two sons, W. C. and Arthur.
W. C. Clarke, who died but recently, married a
daughter of Dr. Miner, of Lithopolis.
John Beatty, who was born and reared near Colfax,
married Delilah, daughter of Nicholas Beery, Jr., and moved
to the Tent in Pleasant township, where he operated a
tannery. There, in 1836, May 8, their son, James H.
Beatty, was born. About the year 1840 he moved to
Royalton, Ohio, where he was a tanner, merchant and stock
dealer until the year 1857, when he moved to Mt. Pleasant,
Iowa. James H. graduated from the Ohio Wesleyan
University in 1858 and then joined his parents in Iowa,
where he studied law.
In 1872 he went to Utah and served some years as U. S.
attorney. In 1882 he moved or located in Bois City,
Idaho. For ten years past he has been United States
District Judge for the Pacific slope, residing in Bois City.
At this writing his parents are both dead. His
grandmother was a sister of Frederick Sites as
is the wife of the late Dr. Luke Helmick, of
Dr. E. L. Miner was born in Middletown, Vermont,
June 9, 1797. He was educated at Castleton College and
graduated there in 18 18. He then studied medicine, and
moved to Royalton, Fairfield County, Ohio, in 1820.
In the year 1825 he moved to Centerville, now
Lithopolis, where he lived an honorable and useful life for
He was one of the founders of the Presbyterian Church
of Lithopolis and the organizer of the Sunday
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School. Dr. Miner was during his life a
prominent and useful man.
The state of Vermont gave to Fairfield County a number
of good men, beside Dr. Miner, Dr. Ezra Clarke, Dr. Silas
Allen and his four sons, Dr. Torrence, E. B. Merwin
an attorney, and Dr. Paul. William Slade, son
of Ex-Governor Slade, was an attorney of Lancaster.
Dr. Rogers and Dr. Frisbie.
Other New England states gave us Beecher,
Schofield, Sherman, Creed, Foster, Converse, Peck, Whitman,
Dr. Hyde, Pennsylvania, McCracken, Kreider and
Sanderson. New York gave us Stanery, Clark
and Brasee. Virginia gave us Thos. Ewing
and judge Irvin. All bright, brilliant,
educated men, who were chiefly instrumental in establishing
the civilization we now enjoy.
55 years Mr. Humrighous was an undertaker of Royalton
— in that time he buried 2,500 people, within a radius of
ten miles. At the time of his death in 1893 he was the
second oldest undertaker in the United States. He was
born on the Huston farm near Royalton in 1811.
He married Magdaline Wagner near Carroll,
They were the parents of five children. Their
daughter Mary Ann married H. S. Smith,
of Bloom township.
John W. married Mary Ann Reber, daughter
of Thomas Reber. He is now a retired
farmer of Shelbyville, Ill. Irvin married
Mary Allen and moved to Shelbyville, Ill.
Lewis married Ellen Murry,
Henry married Mary E. Strayer. Henry
and Lewis live upon the old home place and carry on
their father's old business.
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Allen family has been prominent in Fairfield County
for one hundred years. The pioneer, Dr. Silas Allen,
was a man of education and character, and his descendants
were numerous, and throughout their long career have
maintained the reputation of their distinguished ancestor.
Samuel Allen (the first) came to America from
Bridgewater, Somerset County, England, in 1620, and settled
in Baintree, Massachusetts. His wife's name was Ann,
but we can not give the surname. Their son Samuel
(the second), was born in 1632. A daughter, Sarah,
was born in 1639, married Joseph Standish, a
son of Miles Standish, of the "Mayflower." This
Samuel, the second, married Sarah Partridge.
Their son Samuel (the third), was born in 1660.
He married Rebecca Carey in 1685. Their son
Samuel (the fourth), was born in 1686. Their son
Timothy, was born in 1691, and was the grandfather of
General Ethan Allen, of Revolutionary
fame. Rebecca died in 1697, and Samuel
(the third), married Mary Alden, a daughter of
Joseph, a son of Captain John Alden,
made famous by Longfellow in "Miles Standish,"
and the first man to land on Plymouth Rock. To this
union were born six children, viz.: Joseph, in 1701,
Benjamin, in 1702, Mary, in 1704, Rebecca,
in 1706, Matthew, in 1708, Seth, in 1710.
This family, about the year 1727, moved to Connecticut, and
settled at Norwich, later they moved to Centerbury, Conn.
At Norwich, Joseph Allen married Rebecca
Fuller, of Preston. Their son, Barnabas,
was born Feb. 24, 1729, at Norwich. Barnabas
married Elizabeth Fuller, daughter of
Randolph Fuller, in 1752. Their son,
Silas, was born in 1754. He was educated and
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married Mary Cleveland, daughter of Samuel
Cleveland, May 16, 1776. She was a fourth cousin
of Moses Cleveland, the founder of the city of
Cleveland, Ohio. She was also related to Grover
Cleveland's ancestors. Soon after their
marriage, with others of their family, Dr. Allen
and wife moved to Middletown, Vermont. Their children
were Lemuel, Jared, Rebecca, Anna,
Elizabeth, Benjamin, Jedadiah, who was
born in 1781, and Whiting, born in 1782.
In the year 1800, Dr. Silas Allen, with his
family and several neighbors, in all forty persons, left
Middletown, Vermont, for the West, intending to go as far as
the Mississippi river. Arriving in Fairfield County,
they found the country on Tobey creek so inviting that they
concluded to remain there and become permanent settlers.
In the course of time Whiting and Benjamin
Allen moved with their families to Delaware County,
Ohio, where they were prosperous and respected people.
Whiting Allen married Mahitable
Searle, one of a family, of the 40 emigrants mentioned.
A descendant of this Searle family married a
daughter of George Ewing, of Iowa City, Iowa, and
resides there in charge of a newspaper.
Amos S. Thomas, of Lancaster, is a
great-grandson of Whiting Allen. Mrs. Eliza
Meeker was a daughter of Lemuel Allen, and
died aged 93 years. Dr. Silas Allen lived an
exemplary and useful life in his new home, reared and
established his family, and at the age of 71 years, Sept. 7,
1825, departed this life. His body was buried in the
grave yard at Royalton.
Jedadiah Allen, fourth son of Dr.
Allen and Mary Cleveland, married Sarah
Bull, about the year 1803.
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Their children were, Rachel, born 1809, Howard,
born in 1811, Lyman born in 1813. Rachel
became the wife of Thomas Reber, and died near
Upper Sandusky, Ohio. Howard married a daughter
of John Leist. He was a farmer and successful
in business. He was the father of John and Jesse
Allen, who now live on the old Allen homestead.
Howard was the father of Sarah, widow of the
late Henry Reber; Mrs. L. J.
Silbaugh is a granddaughter. Lyman Allen
married Eliza, daughter of Valentine Reber,
in 1836, and spent his life amid the scenes of the early
struggles of his pioneer ancestor. His children were
Charles, Clinton and Mary, now dead;
and Flavins, born in 1842. Magdalene
born in 1844, Elnora born in 1846, Ethel born
in 1848. Valentine Reber, born in 1851,
Rachel born in 1853. and died June 22, 1860, Olive,
born in 1858. Lyman Allen died Nov. 16,
Jedadiah Allen was one of the best known
men of Amanda township. He was a fine business man,
full of energy and industry, and accumulated a large estate,
a part of which he bequeathed to the "Ohio Wesleyan
University." The late Jacob Beck was his
executor. Jedadiah died Sept. 5, 1856, at his
modest home in Royalton.
Valentine Reber Allen married
Effie Courtright in the year 1877. She was
a daughter of Zephenia Courtright, one of the
prominent and well known men of Fairfield County.
Their children are Pearl,
now deceased, Eugene Huber, Effie Marie
and Mary Etta.
V. R. Allen is one of the respected farmers and
citizens of Greenfield township.
Dr. Hogue, Presbyterian, of Columbus,
held services at an early day in the home of Lemuel
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So far as known, however, the family are now and have been
for three-quarters of a century, Methodists. There are
many families in this county connected by blood or marriage
with old historic American families, and none more
prominently so, than the Allen family.
Harding and Jerome Allen were sons of
Lemuel. They both moved to Delaware County,
Ohio, and later Jerome moved to Shelbyville,
Thomas Cole, and a brother, Broad Cole,
came to Fairfield County in the year 1801, and settled in
Amanda Township. They came from Huntington County,
Broad Cole was a Methodist, and Bishop
Asbury, on his first journey to Ohio in 1803,
preached at his cabin in the afternoon of a week day.
Mr. Broad Cole did not remain many
years in this county, but moved to Pickaway County, where he
died and was buried.
His son Shadrick was a man of some prominence
and was a Methodist preacher of local reputation. A
son of Shadrick Cole moved to Nebraska.
Thomas Cole, born Mar. 15. 1757, was one of
the prominent early citizens of Amanda Township, and he
lived there during his life. His son Broad
Cole married a daughter of Samuel Peters
and lived and died upon the farm now owned by Felix
Swope. His son Thomas Cole of
Amanda Township is one of the intelligent and worthy men of
the township and an old school Baptist preacher of more than