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Welcome to
Knox County,
Ohio
History & Genealogy

History of Knox County, Ohio
From 1779 to 1862 Inclusive:
comprising
Biographical Sketches, Anecdotes and Incidents of Men Connected
with the County from its First Settlement:
together with
Complete Lists of the Senators, Representatives, Sheriffs, Auditors,
Commissioners, Treasurers, Judges, Justices of the Peace, and other Officers of the
County, also Those Who Have Served in a Military Capacity From Its
First Organization to the Present Time.
and also A Sketch of Kenyon College, and Other Institutions of Learning and Religion
By A. Banning Norton
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Columbus:
Richard Nevins, Printer.
1862

CONTENTS:

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PREFACE - FINISHED 3/16/2017  
     
CHAPTER I. - Sketch of the Country and Settlement Prior to Organization - NOT STARTED 7
  - Traversed Before the Territory of Ohio Was Named by One of It's Subsequent Settlers
- Its Inhabitant Before the State Was Organized
- Its Citizens When Fairfield County Was Created
- With Incidents of Frontier Life and Adventure.
 
CHAPTER II.  - Continuation of the Early Outline - NOT STARTED 15
  - More About the First Settlers
- Quakers From Maryland Find Their Way in 1806
- Incidents Connected With Their Emigration, and in the Movements of Other Settlers
- Who They Were and What Became of Them.
- The Privations Endured and Dangers Encountered
- More Towns Laid Out
- The First Mills
- The Scene of an Encounter With Indians
- Inconveniences of the Country
- Efforts for a New County
- An Early Election
- Fairfield Divided
- Three New Counties Created By One Bill
- Strife For the Seat of Justice of Knox
 
CHAPTER III. - KNOX COUNTY ORGANIZED - NOT STARTED 33
  The First Term of Common Pleas
- Report of Commissioners on Seat of Justice
- The First Criminal Trials
- "The Enforcement of the Laws."
- Upon Hedrick's Bare Back
- Forty Stripes Laid on a Poor White Man's Naked Skin!
- The Public Whipping on the Public Square of Mount Vernon.
- Action of the County Commissioners, A. D. 1808
- The First Officers, and Some Account of Them.
- The First Grand Juries and First Petit Juries.
- The First Election
- First Licensed Preachers, Merchants and Tavern Keepers.
- Extraordinary Wolf Session
- Rigid Honesty and Economy of Officers
 
CHAPTER IV. - NOT STARTED 50
  The Country as Seen in 1801.
- A Tragedy in Owl Creek in 1800, and the Place of Its Occurrence
- Reminiscences of Early Settlers and Their Families
- The First Terrible Store Visits Mount Vernon
- The First Doctor and His Reception.
- The Butlers, The Walkers
- Gilman Bryant, Jim Craig and Their Exploits
- Who Gave the Name to Mount Vernon.
- Who Built the First Cabin?
- Early Preaching
- Fighting and Other Incidents of the Frontier, and Amusing Events of the Ancient Times.
 
CHAPTER V. - NOT STARTED 66
  Resume of the County Seat Question
- The Grapes Were Sour, and Mount Vernon is Discovered By the Clintonians to Be "Ineligible and Unhealthy."
- The Legislature of 1808-9 Were in Some Doubt.
- The Antivernonites Think the County Should Be Enlarged
- The General Assembly of Ohio Think Not.
- Agitation Continues 1810-11 and 1811-12
- The Dream is Over
- The Inhabitants Beg For Roads
- The Great Clinton Library Struggles For Legislative Recognition, and The Light Expires!
 
CHAPTER VI. - TRANSACTIONS OF THE YEAR 1809. - NOT STARTED 74
  The Commissioners in Trouble About Taxes.
- The Heavy Drain On the Treasurer For Wolf Scalps.
- The Clerk's Brain Becomes Confused By Repeated Demands.
- The Wolves Invade the Town
- Doings of the Court and Commissioners.
- The County Jail Completed.
- The First Settlement With the Treasurer, and Sketch of That Officer.
 
CHAPTER VII. - THE SEAT OF JUSTICE FOR THE LAST TIME. - NOT STARTED 88
  Ben Butler's Version of the Way Mount Vernon Was Made the Permanent County Seat, Showing That Old Virginia Was Up to Tricks.  
CHAPTER VIII. - SIXTH TERM OF COURT - JANUARY 1ST, 1810 - NOT STARTED 97
  The Law and the Testimony
- Courts, Finance, and Election, 1810.
 
CHAPTER IX. - NOT STARTED 103
  Sketch of the First White Man Knows to Have Been Upon the Ko-Ko-Sing.
- The Indian Captive in 1779
- The Adjutant in 1812
- And Commissioner in 1824.
 
CHAPTER X. - NOT STARTED 112
  What Was Done By Courts and Commissioners in the Years 1811-12-13 and 1814 That May Be of Interest to Citizens of the County
- County Roads
- County Buildings
- County Revenue
- What It Cost to Guard a Prisoner and to Bury a Negro in 1812-14
- Prices of Bark and Rabbit Skins
- The Glorious Fourth Commemorated by Strong's Settlement.
 
CHAPTER XI.  - NOT STARTED 128
  The Eccentric Chapter in Our Early History
- Being All That is Known of the History of Johnny Appleseed.
 
CHAPTER XII. - NOT STARTED 136
  Knox County During The War
- Population Pretty Much at a Stand Still
- Events
- Volunteers, &c.
- Some Incidents of a More Stirring Character
- A Touch of Indian Warfare
- Forts and Block-Houses Erected to Save Lives and Scalps.
 
CHAPTER XIII. - NOTABLE EVENTS OF 1815 - NOT STARTED 147
  Nineteen Indictments For Fights and Frays
- New Roads Established
- The Jail a Costly Thing.
- Licenses to Preach, To Sell and To Entertain
- The Supreme Court for seven Terms 
- The Old Folks Sing.
- What Pay Soldiers Received in Olden Time.
- The Lawyers Get Into the County
- Election of 1815 for State and County Officers.
 
CHAPTER XIV. - MASONIC INSTITUTIONS. - NOT STARTED 155
  Historical Sketch of Masonry in Knox County
- Its Origin
- Chronological Statement of Its Early Events and Public Transactions
- And the Present Condition of the Various Orders.
 
CHAPTER XV. - THE OWL CREEK BANK OF MOUNT VERNON. - NOT STARTED 172
  Its Public and Private History - Let It Be Believed From Odium!  
CHAPTER XVI - INCIDENTS AND EVENTS OF 1816. - NOT STARTED 200
  The First Paper at Mount Vernon
- Gleanings From the Old Register
- Some Account of the Business Men of That Time.
- Of the Marriages, Increase of Populations, etc.
- Some of the Deaths
- Addresses of Candidates
- King Caucus Appers
- Elections
- Priceof Salt, Etc.
 
CHAPTER XVII - KNOX COUNTY IN 1817 - NOT STARTED 220
  Illustrations of the Spirit of the Times
- Theatricals
- Missionaries to Be Sent to Connecticut
- Small-Pox Excitement
- Trials of Interest
- Patriotic Outgushings of Popular Feeling
- Combination of Mechanics
- Bill of Prices
- First Delegate to the State Institution
- Another Town
- More Whiskey and More Marriages
 
CHAPTER XVIII - CONDITION OF THE COUNTRY IN 1818 - NOT STARTED 232
  Ruin Impending
- Much Suffering
- A Few Quaint Advertisements
- Efforts to Start a Sabbath-School, and to Sell Young Ladies!
- Horse-Thieves and Counterfeiters Abound
- A Jail-Bird Escapes
- A Cripple Runs
- Habeas Corpus Trials
- A Grand Circular Hunt
 
CHAPTER XIX - HISTORY OF THE PRESS IN KNOX COUNTY - NOT STARTED 243
  The Ohio Register
- The Aurora
- Standard
- Advertister
- Watchman
- Gazette
- Day Book
- Banner
- True Whig
- Times
- The Various Daily and Weekly Papers, Religious and Political Publications, and Some Account of the Editors and Their Adventures.
 
CHAPTER XX - EVENTS FROM 1820 TO 1830 - NOT STARTED 261
  White Male Inhabitants and Voters At Various Elections Within This Time
- Some Account of the Finances and Revenue
- The Last of the Indian
- A Warning
- The Old Court-House "Falls, and a New One is Projected
- Other Occurrences
 
CHAPTER XXI - LITERARY AND OTHER SOCIETIES - NOT STARTED 270
  The Mount Vernon Polemic Society
- The Thespian
- The Library Society
- The Lyceum
- The Franklin
- Mechanics
- Historical, and Its Library
 
CHAPTER XXII. - HON ANTHONY BANNING - NOT STARTED 275
     
CHAPTER XXIII. - RICHLAND COUNTY DURING HER TUTELAGE - FINISHED 281
  - Divided Into Two Townships
- The Earliest Settlers
- Voters
- Officers and Matters Worth Remembering
 
CHAPTER XXIV. - SOME ACCOUNT OF THE TOWNSHIPS SEVERED FROM OLD KNOX - FINISHED 8/15/2017 286
  - Chester, Bloomfield and Franklin
- Their History Until Morrow Was Created
 
CHAPTER XXV - SYCAMORE  - NOT STARTED 301
  Sycamore
- And the Two Last Sycamores
 
CHAPTER XXVI - MIDDLEBURY TOWNSHIP - FINISHED 304
     
CHAPTER XXVII - BERLIN TOWNSHIP - FINISHED 307
     
CHAPTER XXVIII -  BROWN TOWNSHIP - FINISHED 3/15/2017 310
     
CHAPTER XXIX - JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP - FINISHED 3/15/2017 313
     
CHAPTER XXX - MONROE TOWNSHIP - FINISHED 3/16/2017 316
     
CHAPTER XXXI - PIKE TOWNSHIP - FINISHED 3/16/2017 319
     
CHAPTER XXXII - HOWARD TOWNSHIP - FINISHED 3/16/2017 322
     
CHAPTER XXXIII - MORRIS TOWNSHIP - FINISHED 3/16/2017 325
     
CHAPTER XXXIV - WAYNE TOWNSHIP - NOT STARTED 335
     
CHAPTER XXXV - LIBERTY TOWNSHIP - NOT STARTED 347
     
CHAPTER XXXVI - HILLIAR TOWNSHIP - NOT STARTED 351
     
CHAPTER XXXVII - MILFORD TOWNSHIP - NOT STARTED 355
     
CHAPTER XXXVIII - MILLER TOWNSHIP - NOT STARTED 361
     
CHAPTER XXXIX - MORGAN TOWNSHIP - NOT STARTED 365
  /  
CHAPTER XL - PLEASANT TOWNSHIP - NOT STARTED 369
     
CHAPTER XLI - CLAY TOWNSHIP - NOT STARTED 370
     
CHAPTER XLII - JACKSON TOWNSHIP - NOT STARTED 373
     
CHAPTER XLIII - BUTLER TOWNSHIP - NOT STARTED 376
     
CHAPTER XLIV - HARRISON TOWNSHIP - NOT STARTED 379
     
CHAPTER XLV - UNION TOWNSHIP - NOT STARTED 384
     
CHAPTER XLVI - COLLEGE TOWNSHIP - NOT STARTED 390
     
CHAPTER XLVII - CLINTON TOWNSHIP - NOT STARTED 397
     
CHAPTER XLVIII - INDEPENDENT ORDER OF ODD FELLOWS - NOT STARTED 401
     
CHAPTER XLVIX - VARIOUS PUBLIC OFFICERS - NOT STARTED 404
  Senators in State Legislature  
CHAPTER L - DAN S. NORTON - NOT STARTED 414
     
CHAPTER LI - KENYON COLLEGE AND THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY - NOT STARTED 419
     
CHAPTER LII - THE FAMOUS RACE OF SEELEY'S BULL vs. TOM'S HORSE - NOT STARTED 422
     

 

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