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COUNTY OF ROSS
A History of Ross County, Ohio,
from the Earliest Days, with Special Chapters on
the Bench and Bar, Medical Profession,
Educational Development, Industry and Agriculture
and Biographical Sketches
Henry Holcomb Bennett, Editor
Madison, Wis.
Selwyn A. Brant
1902

CONTENTS:

  PAGE
CHAPTER 1 - ROSS COUNTY ANTIQUITIES 17
   - Origin of word Scioto
 - The Scioto river and valley
 - The Mound Builders
 - Their works in Ross county
 - Squire and Davis
 - Conflicting theories
 
CHAPTER 2. - INDIANS AND INDIAN FIGHTERS 27
   - Early Indian occupation
 - Delawares and Shawanees
 - Importance of Shawanees
 - Shawanees in Scioto Valley
 - Chillicothe, origin of name
 - Journey of Christopher Gist
 - Captivity of Mary Inglis
 - Great Shawanee chiefs:  Tecumseh, Cornstalk, Logan
 - Daniel Boone and Simon Kenton and their raids in Ohio
 - Dunmore's War
 - Battles on Paint Creek
 - Massie's battle
 - Fate of Shawanees
 
CHAPTER 3 - SETTLEMENT AND ORGANIZATION 47
   - First attempt at settlement of Scioto valley
 - Land treaties and public domain
 - Virginia Military District
 - Massie's surveys
 - Settlements of 1796
 - Chillicothe platted
 - Erection of Ross county
 - Subdivision of county
 - First election
 - Territorial legislature
 - Capital at Chillicothe
 - Struggle between Governor St. Clair and Chillicothe party
 - Work of Ross county pioneer statesmen
 - Opposition to slavery
 
CHAPTER 4 - ROSS COUNTY BEFORE 1860 61
   - First court and juries
 - Courthouse and jail
 - Erection of townships
 - First settlers of Chillicothe
 - War of 1812
 - Toll bridge and canal
 - Campaign of 1840
 - War with Mexico
 - German settlement
 - Steamboat navigation
 - Great fire
 - Railroad epoch
 - And other events in chronological order
 
CHAPTER 5 - WAR OF THE REBELLION 82
   - First organization of troops
 - Ladies' Relief society
 - The Seventy-third regiment
 - General Hurst and other officers
 - Sixty-third regiment
 - General Hurst and other officers
 - Sixty-third regiment
 - Twenty-second regiment
 - Ross county companies in other regiments
 - Notable Ross county officers
 - Morgan's raid
 
CHAPTER 6 - THE LAST FORTY YEARS 97
   - Chronological record of events, including the Chillicothe centennial and war of 1898
 - Census of 1900
 
CHAPTER 7 - SOME DISTINGUISHED CITIZENS 110
   - Sketche of Nathaniel Massie, Edward Tiffin, Duncan McArthur, Thomas Worthington, William Allen, John McDonald, and reference to Others  
CHAPTER 8 - OFFICIAL HONORS 121
   - Including a roster of county officers, brought down to date.  
CHAPTER 9 - RESOURCES AND INDUSTRIES 127
   - Industry and agriculture
 - Topography and geology of the county
 - Quarries
 - The drift deposit
 - Agricultural products
 - Live stock
 - Patton and the Renicks
 - Cattle shows and fairs
 - Horticultural society
 - Patrons of Husbandry
 - Horses and noted horse breeders
 - Driving park
 - Primitive manufactures
 - Development of manufacturing Statistics of 1900
 
CHAPTER 10 - EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT 152
   - Early schools and schoolmasters
 - Chillicothe academy
 - Mary Baskerville
 - Female seminary
 - Salem academy
 - Mount Pleasant academy
 - Chillicothe schools
 - Statistics for county
 - Eminent educators
 
CHAPTER 11 - THE BENCH AND BAR 162
   - The first court at Chillicothe
 - Sketches of first lawyers
 - Supreme court sessions in Ross county
 - Sketches of Ross county supreme court judges
 - Allen G. Thurman
 - Early court of common pleas
 - Curiosities of the old courts
 - Land litigation
 - Associate judges
 - Sketches of Ross county common pleas judges
 - The circuit court and judges
 - Famous lawyers of Ross county
 - Clerks of the courts
 - Sheriffs
 
CHAPTER 12 - THE MEDICAL PROFESSION 195
   - Afflictions of the pioneers
 - The ravages of malarial fever
 - Sketches of early doctors
 - County Medical society
 - Board of health
 
CHAPTER 13 - CITY OF CHILLICOTHE - Partially done on 12-3-2015 206
   - Early tendencies
 - Industrial opportunities
 - City government
 - History of Public library
 - Newspapers
 - Churches
 - Cemeteries
 - Business interests
 - Social organizations
 
CHAPTER 14 - GREEN TOWNSHIP 227
   - Organization
 - Natural features
 - Sketch of settlements and settlers
 - Kingston
 - Mount Pleasant church
 - Other churches and social organizations
 
CHAPTER 15 - COLERAIN TOWNSHIP - NOT STARTED 242
   - Natural features
 - Sketches of pioneers
 - Their homes and schools
 - Adelphi
 - Mills and stills
 - Churches
 - Hallsville
 
CHAPTER 16 - CONCORD TOWNSHIP 251
   - Organization
 - Old Chillicothe
 - Captain Herrod and Wawwillaway
 - Natural features
 - Early settlers
 - Frankfort
 - Churches and social organizations
 
CHAPTER 17 - PAXTON TOWNSHIP 262
   - The home of Massie
 - Other early settlers
 - Benner and his mills
 - First election
 - Town of Bainbridge
 - Churches and social organization
 - Prehistoric works.
 
CHAPTER 18 - DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP 271
   - Organization
 - White Brown and other pioneers
 - Village of Clarksburg
 - Church notes
 
CHAPTER 19 - UNION TOWNSHIP - NOT STARTED 277
   - Natural advantages
 - The McCoys, Rodgers, General Manary, and other pioneers
 - Religious history
 - Early industries
 - Villages
 
CHAPTER 20 - JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP 291
   - Character of land
 - Richmond Dale
 - Ancient remains
 - Sketches of the pioneers
 
CHAPTER 21 - TWIN TOWNSHIP - Partially done on 12-04-2015 295
   - Natural features
 - The pioneers and their work
 - Soldiers of 1812
 - First births and marriages
 - Church sketches
 - Mills
 - The Edwards murder
 - Captain Molly
 - Village of Bourneville
 
CHAPTER 22 - FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP 307
   - Organization and boundaries
 - The early settlers and their records
 - The Hermit of the Scioto
 
CHAPTER 23 - BUCKSKIN TOWNSHIP 312
   - Origin of name
 - Character of country
 - Pioneer sketches
 - Soldiers of 1812
 - Early schools
 - Industries
 - South Salem and Lyndon
 - Salem church and others.
 
CHAPTER 24 - PAINT TOWNSHIP 322
   - Description of the country
 - Murder of Mary Lowell
 - The pioneer settlers
 - New Amsterdam
 - Massie and Benner
 - Rapids Forge
 - Religious history
 
CHAPTER 25 - SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP 329
   - Organization
 - Attractive scenery
 - The pioneers and their families
 - Schools, churches and mills
 - Hopetown
 
CHAPTER 26 - HUNTINGTON TOWNSHIP 337
   - Organization
 - Glacial action
 - Mounds
 - The first settlers
 - The BlackHawks and Weehawkins
 - the churches
 
CHAPTER 27 - HARRISON TOWNSHIP 346
   - Erection of township
 - Creeks and hills
 - The Hillicans
 - Notable pioneers
 - Mills
 - Church animals
 
CHAPTER 28 - LIBERTY TOWNSHIP 354
   - Antiquities and natural features
 - Schooleys and Londonderry
 - Highbank settlers
 - Sketches of pioneers
 - Mills, schools and characters
 
CHAPTER 29 - SCIOTO TOWNSHIP 366
   - Probably the oldest township
 - Boundaries
 - Famous scenery
 - First surveys and settlement
 - Progress of the township
 
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES, arranged in Alphabetical Order, beginning 373
PORTRAITS:  
  Gen. John C. Entrekin ..... opposite page 459  
  Dr. J. W. Lash................. 559  
  William A. Wallace.......... 719  

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