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I have thus taken
a cursory glance at the evidences of material prosperity which
Licking County presents; also at the Educational efforts made by
the people; and no less, at the numerous, and more or less
efficient organizations established all over the County, to
promote the practice of the social and moral virtues. It
therefore only remains, that I present, in this connection to
you, a list of the various church edifices now existing in
Licking county, (of which there are one hundred and
thirty-eight,) the Township in which they are located, and the
various religious denominations to which they be-
long, the number of Christian Societies, represented in Licking
County, by one or more church buildings, being twenty-six,
eleven of them having each only one edifice, the others being
divided among the remaining fifteen denominations, forty being
the highest number owned by any one, that being the Episcopal
NUMBER, DENOMINATION AND LOCATION OF CHURCH EDIFICES IN
LICKING COUNTY, OHIO.
Total number of Church
edifices in Licking County, Ohio, is 138, their total valuation
being $300,000, and supposed to furnish sittings for 20,000
The Methodists were the first denomination to organize,
being in 1804; the Congregationalists were the second, being in
1805; the Baptists and Presbyterians the next, being in 1808;
the Covenanters organized in 1813; the Lutherans in 1817.
The others afterwards.
OUR PIONEERS - THER CHARACTERISTICS.
The Pioneer inhabitants
of Licking Country were not a homogeneous people, but were
composed of a number of different nationalities, and of
immigrants from many different States of the Union, and from
various sections of our country. North and South Carolina,
Maryland and Virginia were the chief Southern States that
contributed settlers to our County, the two latter most largely.
Pennsylvania certainly furnished her full quota to our stock of
early-time inhabitants - perhaps more in the aggregate, than any
other single State. Massachusetts and Connecticut did
their share, and so did Wales; and the German speaking counties
of Europe, (although the Teutonics came somewhat later,)
furnished us with more than a tithe of our present population.
The proportion of German and Welsh residents of Licking County
may be approximately inferred, by the number of religious
organizations maintained by them, respectively: the Germans
having six, and the Welsh five. The other one hundred and
twenty-seven were established by the English speaking races.
Only three languages, therefore, are employed in the pulpit
ministrations of our County, except what of the Latin language
is used in the Catholic Churches.
MORE TO COME......
In the further
development of our County's history, I present very briefly a
few prominent incidents, facts, and events that are part and
parcel of the history of our County, followed by very short
personal sketches of those who exerted a potential influence in
the formation of our habits, customs and general line of
thought, and thus intimately connected themselves, for good or
evil with our County's history.
JUDGE ELLIOTT AND THE INDIANS.
ELIAS HUGHES AND THE INDIAN HORSE THIEVES.
AN EARLY-TIME SUNDAY IN NEWARK
ENEMIES OF THE EARLY SETTLERS.
THE GRANVILLE COLONY'S FIRST SABBATH IN THE WILDERNESS.
THE FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION IN NEWARK, IN 1807.
AN INCIDENT IN 1810.
a Scotch batchelor, reputed to have some means, boarded
with family that lived in the North Fork Valley in 1810, eight
miles above Newark. While in the act of crossing the North
Fork on a log, near the present village of St. Louisville, he
received a rifle ball in his body, which it was long supposed
would prove fatal, but he ultimately recovered. Tracks on
the snow and other circumstances pointed to a man living in that
vicinity by the name of Hoyt, as the would-be assassin.
The suspected culprit fled but was pursued, captured and
imprisoned in the Newark jail. William Stanbery,
then a rising young lawyer, of Newark in the second year of his
practice in Licking County, was engaged to defend Hoyt,
but before the day set for his trial arrived, he broke jail and
fled to parts unknown, and so far as is known, never returned to
our County; indeed he was never heard from afterwards!
This then just fairly entered upon his public career, and all of
whom subsequently attained to a good degree of professional
distinction. Thos were Rev. James B. Finley, Dr. John
J. Brice and Hon. William
Stanbery; the first named being then an itinerant
Methodist minister in our County, it being the second year of
his itinerancy; the second named gentleman being the physician
who applied the skill of the healing art upon Kinning to
his recovery and final restoration to health, and the last named
is already stated, who recently deceased at the ripe age of 85
years. Rev. J. B. Finley head the report of Hoyt's
gun, and the screams of his poor victim - he was also witness to
the agony of the supposed dying man and ministered to his
spiritual comfort in his extremity!
JOHNNY APPLESEED AND CHAPLAIN JONES.
AN EARLY TIME INCIDENT.
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