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OHIO GENEALOGY EXPRESS

A Part of Genealogy Express
 

Welcome to
Knox County, Ohio
History & Genealogy

Source:
PAST AND PRESENT
of
KNOX COUNTY, OHIO

Albert B. Williams, Editor-in-Chief
- Illustrated -
VOL. II
Published by:  B. F. Bowen & Company
Indianapolis, Indiana
1912

CONTENTS:

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CHAPTER I - ORGANIZATION OF OHIO TERRITORY AND STATE 25
   - Early Surveys
 - Virginia Military Reservation
 - Western Reserve
 - United States Military Lands
 - Refugee Lands
 - Acts of Congress
 - Ohio Made a State
 - Boundary Survey of 1812
 
CHAPTER II - INDIAN OCCUPANCY, TREATIES, ETC. 29
   - After the Mound Builders, the Indians
 - Tribes of Ohio
 - Treaty of 1785
 - Origin of the Delawares
 - Indians Trading at Mt. Vernon
 - Killing of an Indian Squaw
 - Indian Treaties
 
CHAPTER III - NATURAL FEATURES 34
   - Boundary of Knox County
 - Glacial Channels
 - Geology
 - timber
 - Prospecting
 - Neff Petroleum Company
 - Mound Builders
 - Mysterious Wells
 - Streams
 - Area
 
CHARLES IV - ORGANIZATION OF KNOX COUNTY 44
   - The Organizing Act
 - First Election
 - First County Officers
 - Original Knox County Territory
 - Townships Detached
 - Organization of Morrow County
 - Bloomfield Township
 - Franklin Township
 - The County Seat Contest
 - Some Funny Incidents
 
CHAPTER V. EARLY SETTLEMENT 52
   - First Settlers in the Various Townships
 - Advent of the Whites
 - James Smith
 - Method of Indian Adoption
 - Indian Captives
 - Andrew Craig, the First White Settler
 - Historian Norton's Account
 - Quakers Come in
 
CHAPTER VI - PIONEER MANNERS AND CUSTOMS 59
   - Origin of the Pioneers
 - Early Methods of Cooking
 - Pioneers and Rye Whisky
 - Early Superstitions
 - What Men and Women Wore
 - How the Pioneer Women Dressed
 - Pioneer Houses
 - Household Furniture
 - Hunting in Knox County
 - Wolf Traps
 - Great Occasions
 
CHAPTER VIII - COUNTY, STATE AND NATIONAL REPRESENTATION 83
   - Governors
 - Congressmen
 - State Senators
 - State Representatives
 - Presidential Electors
 - County Recorders
 - Clerks of the Court
 - County Auditors
 - County Treasurers
 - Sheriffs
 -  Prosecuting Attorneys
 - Knox County Commissioners
 - County Infirmary Directors
 - County Surveyors
 - District Judges
 - Probate Judges
 - Associate Judges
 
CHAPTER IX - AGRICULTURE, HORTICULTURE AND COUNTY FAIRS 93
   - Importance of Agriculture
 - Pioneer Farming Methods
 - Horticulture
 - Farm Products of 1910
 - Fair of 1878
 - Agricultural Societies
 - Morris Agricultural Club
 - Knox County Agricultural Society
 - Teaching Agriculture
 
CHAPTER X - RAILROADS, TRANSPORTATION AND TELEGRAPHS 103
   - Early Day Principal Towns
 - Early Railroad Systems
 - A Wooden Railroad
 - Present Railroads in the County
 - Telegraph Companies
 - Express Companies
 
CHAPTER XI - EDUCATIONAL INTERESTS OF THE COUNTY 109
   - Early Schools Inferior
 - Spelling Schools
 - First School Houses in the County
 - First Teachers
 - Establishment of Graded Schools
 - Westminster Academy
 - Mt. Vernon College
 - Public Schools of Mt. Vernon
 - Schools in General
 - High Schools of the County
 - Books in Libraries
 - Colleges and Parochial Schools
 
CHAPTER XII - HISTORY OF KENYON COLLEGE 122
   - Incorporation
 - Philander Chase, the Founder of the College
 - The Founding
 - Bishop Chase's Trip to England
 - English Donors
 - Erection of the College, a Gigantic Task
 - The College History from 1831 to 1912
 - Literary Societies
 - Property, 1911
 - Distinctive Features
 - Harcourt Place School
 
CHAPTER XIII - NEWSPAPERS OF THE COUNTY 140
   - Knox County Journalism
 - Ohio Register
 - Knox County Gazette
 - Western Watchman
 - Family Cabinet
 - Democrat and Knox Advertiser
 - Looking Glass and Wig Reflector
 - Knox County Republican
 - Daily Republican-News
 - Democratic Banner
 - Western Home Visitor
 - Knox County Express
 - Knox County Advocate
 - Knox County National
 - Centerburg Gazette
 - Knox County Herald
 - Tri-County Leader
 - Universalist Advocate
 - Centerburg Mirror
 - Fredericktown Independent
 - The Free Press
 - Literary Work
 
CHAPTER XIV - CHURCHES OF KNOX COUNTY 147
   - Presbyterian Church
 - United Presbyterian Church
 - Free Presbyterian Church
 - Methodist Episcopal Church
 - Methodist Protestant Churches
 - Wesleyan Methodists
 - Free Methodists
 - African Methodists
 - Baptist Churches
 - Colored Baptist Church
 - Free-Will Baptist Church
 - United Brethren Church
 - Seventh-day Adventists
 - Society of Friends
 - Union Churches
 - Congregational Churches
 - Roman Catholic Churches
 - St. Vincent de Paul School
 - Catholic Cemeteries
 - Church of Christ (Disciples)
 - Brethren Churches
 - Protestant Episcopal Church
 
CHAPTER XV - CIVIC SOCIETIES 198
   - Free and Accepted Masons
 - Mt. Zion Lodge No. 9
 - Thrall Lodge No. 170
 - Antioch Lodge No. 286
 - Danville Lodge No. 456
 - Bloomfield Lodge No. 422
 - Clinton Chapter No. 26, R. A. M.
 - Kinsman Council No. 76, R. & S. M.
- Clinton Commandery No. 5, K. T.
 - Masonic Club
 - Independent Order of Odd Fellows
 - Mt. Vernon Lodge No. 20
 - Quindaro Lodge No. 316
 - Kokosing Encampment No. 38
 - Centerburg Lodge No. 666
 - Sycamore Valley Lodge No. 553
 - Ellicott Lodge No. 267
 - Knox Encampment No. 211
 - Bartholo Lodge No. 692
 - Brankhaven Lodge No. 905
 - Owl Creek Lodge No. 686
 - Kokosing Lodge No. 807
 - Knights of Pythias
 - Timon Lodge No.45
 - Wayne Lodge No. 303
 - Colfax Lodge No. 688
 - Hawthorn Lodge No. 228
 - Kokosing Canton No. 71, U. R.
 - Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks
 - Mt. Vernon Lodge No. 140 
 
CHAPTER XVI - MILITARY HISTORY OF KNOX COUNTY 208
   - War of 1812
 - Soldiers Rendezvous at Mt. Vernon
 - Erection of Block Houses
 - General Harrison's Famous Speech
 - The Texas and Mexican Wars
 - war Meetings at Mt. Vernon
 - The "Young Guards"
 - Wartime Incidents
 - Reunion of Mexican-War Veterans
 - The Muster Rolls
 - Knox County in the Civil War
 - Mass Meetings
 - Resolutions Passed and Committees Appointed
 - Early Civil War Incidents
 - Regiments in Which Knox County Men Served
 - A Touching Letter
 - The "Squirrel Hunters"
 - In Memoriam
 - Soldiers' Monument
 - Grand Army of the Republic
 - The Spanish American War.
 
CHAPTER XVII - THE BENCH AND BAR OF KNOX COUNTY 236
   - Dignity and Usefulness of the Legal Profession
 - Notable Men Contributed by the Bar of Knox County
 - The First Court in Knox County
 - First Grand Jury
 - First Petit Jury
 - First Jury Trial
 - First and Last Public Whipping
 - Early Judges
 - First Resident Lawyers
 - Columbus Delano
 - Lawyers of 1880
 - Active Members of the Bar in 1911
 
CHAPTER XVIII - PHYSICIANS OF KNOX COUNTY 250
   - Doctors Early in the Field
 - Wonderful Advance in the Science of Medicine
 - Doctor Hilliar, the First Practicing Physician in Knox County
 - Other Early Doctor Hilliar, the First Practicing Physician in Knox County
 - Other Early Doctors
 - Those of a Later Period
 - Present Physicians of the County
 - Knox County Medical Society
 - Hospitals of Mt. Vernon
 - Mt. Vernon Hospital-Sanitarium
 - Mt. Vernon Medical and Surgical Sanitarium
 
CHAPTER XIX - BANKS AND BANKING 260
   - Early Scarcity of Money
 - Owl Creek Bank
 - A Bank Without a Charter
 - Resulting Failure
 - Knox County National Bank
 - First National Bank of Mt. Vernon
 - Knox County Savings Bank
 - Commercial and Savings Bank Company, Buckeye City
 - Danville Bank
 - First National Bank, Centerburg
 - Howard Savings Bank
 - Centerburg Savings Bank
 - First National Bank of Fredericktown
 - Building and Loan Associations
 - Centerburg Building and Loan Association
 - Knox Building and Loan Company
 - Home Building and Loan Company
 - Citizens Building, Loan and Savings Association
 
CHAPTER XX - CITY OF MOUNT VERNON 268
   - Mt. Vernon as the County Seat
 - Early Surroundings
 - Early Improvements at Mt. Vernon
 - Chief Armstrong
 - Early Taverns
 - First Illuminating Gas
 - Postoffice
 - City Platted and Filed for Record
 - Comparative Statistics
 - Changes in Natural Features
 - Postoffice History
 - Municipal History
 - Mayors and Marshals of Mt. Vernon
 - Water Works
 - Paving
 - Population of the City
 - Street Railway
 - Electric Lighting Plant
 - Mound View Cemetery
 - Literary Societies
 - Thespian Society
 - Mt. Vernon Literary Society
 - Mt. Vernon Lyceum
 - Public Library
 - Home for the Aged
 - Young Men's Christian Association
 - Knox County Mutual Insurance Company
 - Eagle Mutual Fire Insurance Company
 - Ohio Mutual Aid Association
 - Business Men of Sixty Years Ago
 - Manufacturing Industries
 - C. & G. Cooper Company
 - Cooper Manufacturing Company
 - Mt. Vernon Bridge Company
 - Reeves Engine Company
 - Industries in 1911
 
CHAPTER XXI - TOWNSHIP HISTORIES 292
   - Original Civil Subdivisions
 - Date of Organization and Area of Present Townships
 - Brown Township
 - Natural Features
 - First Settlement
 - Early Settlers
 - Jelloway
 - First Mills
 - Jelloway Mutual Life Insurance Company
 - Population.
 
CHAPTER XXII - BUTLER TOWNSHIP 296
   - The Soil
 - Former Timber Conditions
 - Minerals
 - Pioneer Settlements
 - Signs of Former Indian Occupancy
 - Pioneer Features Preserved
 - First Settlers
 - Early Distilleries
 - "Johnny Appleseed"
 - Griffin Mill
 - Owl Creek Postoffice
 - Population
 
CHAPTER XXIII - BERLIN TOWNSHIP 301
   - Organization and First Election
 - Geographical Features
 - Early Forests
 - First Settlement by White Men
 - Shaler's Mills
 - Village of Palmyra
 - Village of Ankenytown
 - Population
 - Postoffice at Shaler's Mills
 
CHAPTER XXIV - CLAY TOWNSHIP 305
   - Location and Name
 - Surface
 - First Settler
 - Other Pioneers
 - Population
 - Martinsburg Village
 - Postoffice History
 - Business Interests
 - Churches
 - Physicians
 
CHAPTER XXV - CLINTON TOWNSHIP 309
   - One of the Original Townships
 - Boundary
 - First Settlement
 - Andrew Craig
 - Other Early Settlers
 - Population
 - Clinton Township Tragedies
 - An Incident of the Slavery Period
 - Religiously Insane
 - An Indian Murder
 
CHAPTER XXVI - COLLEGE TOWNSHIP 313
   - A Peculiar Subdivision
 - Originally a Dense Forest
 - Fertile Valley Lands
 - Bishop Chase and Kenyon College
 - Organization of the Township
 - Village Gambier
 - A College Town
 - Postoffice
 - Newspapers
 - Religious History
 - Population
 - Business Interests
 
CHAPTER XXVII - HARRISON TOWNSHIP 316
   - Organization
 - Boundary
 - Population
 - Natural Features
 - Former Indian Occupancy
 - First Permanent White Settlers
 - Burlington Wind Storm
 - First Events
 - Wolfe's Postoffice
 
CHAPTER XXVIII - HOWARD TOWNSHIP 320
   - Formation of Township
 - Location
 - Natural Features
 - Streams
 - Indian Field
 - Tom Jelloway
 - Early Hunters
 - Early Settlers
 - Distilleries in the Township
 - Village of Howard
 - Postoffice
 - Present Business Interests
 - Mills
 - School
 
CHAPTER XXIV - HILLIAR TOWNSHIP 326
   - Creation of the Township
 - Change of Boundary Lines
 - Surface of the Land
 - Streams
 - Timber
 - First Settlement
 - First Road
 - Early-day Incidents
 - Early Agricultural Implements
 - First Elections
 - Mills
 - Population
 - Dr. Richard Hilliar
 - Village of Centerburg
 - Laying Out of the Town
 - Postoffice History
 - Incorporation History
 - Business Interests in 1911
 
CHAPTER XXX - JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP 331
   - Organization of the Township
 - Name
 - Interesting Geological Scenery and Formations
 - Mohican River
 - Ancient Mounds and Fortifications
 - First Settlement
 - Village of Greersville
 
CHAPTER XXXI - JACKSON TOWNSHIP 334
   - Name
 - Organization
 - Minerals
 - Timber
 - Indian Relics
 - First Settlement
 - "Johnny Appleseed"
 - Bladensburg
 - First Business Interests
 - Bladensburg in 1911
 
CHAPTER XXXII - LIBERTY TOWNSHIP 340
  - Organization
 - Boundary
 - Surface
 - Soil
 - Streams
 - Mound Builders
 - First Pioneers
 - Early Hotels
 - Good Agriculture District
 - Village of Mt. Liberty
 - First Merchants
 - Business Interests in 1911
 - Village of Bangs
 
CHAPTER XXXIII - MILFORD TOWNSHIP 343
   - Creation of the Township
 - Topography
 - Streams
 - Timber
 - Pioneer Settlers
 - Character of Early Settlers
 - Wolves
 - Railroads
 - Five Corners
 - Village of Lock
 - Population
 
CHAPTER XXXIV - MORGAN TOWNSHIP 348
   - Creation
 - Name
 - Streams
 - Timber
 - Earliest Settlers
 - Milling Interests
 - Other Industries
 - Population of Township
 
CHAPTER XXXV - MONROE TOWNSHIP 351
   - Creation
 - Name
 - Streams
 - Timber
 - Earliest Settlers
 - Milling Interests
 - Other Industries
 - Population of Township
 
CHAPTER XXXVI - MIDDLEBURY TOWNSHIP 354
   - Creation and Location
 - Boundaries
 - Area
 - Settlement
 - The Friends, or Quakers
 - Early Mills
 - Waterford
 - Postoffice
 - Township's Men of Note
 - Hon. Columbus Delano
 - Hon. William Windom
 
CHAPTER XXXVII - MILLER TOWNSHIP 360
   - Formerly a Part of Morgan Township
 - "Sychamore"
 - A Novel Election
 - Separation of the Township
 - The Settlement
 - John Vance
 - Population of the Township
 - Early Hardships
 - Village of Brandon
 - Civil war Enlistment in Miller Township
 
CHAPTER XXXVIII - MORRIS TOWNSHIP 363
   - Geographical Features
 - Ancient Mounds
 - The Township's Settlement
 - William Douglass
 - Other Early Settlers
 - Distilleries
 - Old Village of Clinton
 - Once a Contestant for the County Seat
 - Its Early Business Interests
 
CHAPTER XXIV - PIKE TOWNSHIP 368
   - Situation
 - Surface
 - Settlement of the Township
 - First Events
 - Village of Amity
 - Early Merchants
 - North Liberty
 - Post office
 - Democracy Postoffice
 
CHAPTER XL - PLEASANT TOWNSHIP 371
   - Location and Name
 - Steams
 - Population
 - First Settlement
 - Distilleries
 - Mills
 - Nurseries
 
CHAPTER XLI - UNION TOWNSHIP 374
   - Organization
 - Surface
 - Variety of Soil
 - Railroad
 - Settlement
 - First Things
 - Villages of the Township
 - Danville
 - Incorporation and Mayors
 - Present Officers
 - Churches
 - Schools
 - Present Business Interests
 - Millwood
 - Roseville
 - Buckeye City
 - Its Laying Out
 - Incorporation
 - Present Municipal Officers
 - Postoffice
 - Cavallo
 - Brinkhaven (Gann)
 - Incorporation
 - Present Officers
 - Mayors and Clerks
 - Business Directory
 
CHAPTER XLII - WAYNE TOWNSHIP 381
   - Its Creation
 - Population
 - Name
 - Natural Features
 - Streams
 - Early Settlement
 - Green Valley
 - Jersey Settlement
 - Fredericktown
 - Population
 - Platting
 - First Stores
 - First Events in the Village
 - First Events
 - The Block-house
 - Incorporation
 - Mayors
 - Water Works
 - Business Directory of 1911
 - Postoffice History
 
CHAPTER XLIII - MISCELLANEOUS SUBJECTS 391
   - Population of Ohio
 - Knox County's Population from 1800
 - Detailed U. S. Census Report of Knox County
 - Village Plats in Knox County
 - The Ohio Sanitarium
 - First Mill in Knox County
 - Postoffices of Knox County, 1911
 - Old Style Apprenticeship
 - Violent Storms
 - Judge William H. West, "Blind Man Eloquent"
 - John Chapman, "Johnny Appleseed"
 - Daniel Decatur Emmett, Author of "Dixie."
 
     

 

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