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Source:
 History of Trumbull & Mahoning Counties, Ohio
Published:  Cleveland: H. Z. Williams & Bros.
VOLUME I
1882

CHAPTER IX.
VERNON TOWNSHIP
Pg. 368

     In the year 1800 Trumbull county was divided into two election districts, of which Vernon, Youngstown, and Warren constituted what was known as the southern district, and the house of Ephraim Quinby, Esq., at Warren, was made the
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Place for holding the elections of the district thus found.  Vernon at this time embraced a large expanse of territory from which several of the adjoining townships were subsequently formed.
     The formal organization of Vernon township as now constituted was effected in 1806.  Previous to the organization the township was known - locally, at least - as Smithfield, so called in honor of Martin Smith, one of the first settlers of the township, and why it was changed to Vernon is not know known.  At the time, however, Mr. Kinsman,  of Kinsman township, a zealous friend of Mr. Smith, however, treated the matter lightly, and remained in the township upon whose soil he was one of the first to cast his lot.  For the name which it now bears there is no local circumstance to suggest an assignable reason.

PROPRIETORSHIP.

     The original proprietors of the lands now embraced in Vernon township were Gideon Granger, who owned the entire north half; Jeremiah Wilcox, the east, and a Mr. Shepherd, the east part of the south half.  From these men the original settlers made their purchases; the earliest settlements being made on the northeast part of the Wilcox tract.

LOCATION AND BOUNDARY

Vernon is located in the northeast part of the county in town six (east), and range one, and is bounded on the north by Kinsman, east by Pennsylvania, on the south by Hartford, and west by Johnston.

SURFACE FEATURES, SOIL, ETC.

 

POPULATION.

 

EARLY SETTLEMENT.

 

SCHOOLS.

 

THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH.

 

UNITED BRETHREN CHURCH.

 

OTHER CHURCHES.

 

THE ANTI-SLAVERY MOVEMENT.

 

FLOUR AND SAW-MILL.

 

VILLAGES.

 

INDIANS.

 

THE INDIAN FUNERAL

 

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.

EDMUND A. REED

SAMUEL MERRY

JOHN L. KING, M. D.

 

NOTES ON SETTLEMENT.

     GENERAL MARTIN SMITH, was born in Connecticut in 1762; removed to the Reserve in an early day and was among the first settlers of Vernon township.  He was a soldier in the Revolutionary war.  He followed merchandising in an early day and was also by occupation a surveyor.  He was grand master Mason and in early times the Masonic lodge held their meetings in his house.  He married Sarah Kellogg, born in 1763, and had a family of eleven children.  They were prominent members of the Presbyterian church and their home was the usual stopping place of the pioneer preacher and missionary.  He died in Vernon in 1853; his wife July 22, 1834.

     HARVILAH SMITH, son of the subject of the preceding sketch, was born in Vernon, Trumbull county, Ohio, Jan. 3, 1801.  said to be the second white child born in that township.  His birthplace was on the farm where he still lives near the center of Vernon.  His memory is still quite good and he retains a vivid recollection of the experiences of pioneer life.  He says he can well remember when a small boy of lying awake in bed at night listening to the wolves tearing the bark from the logs of the cabin.  Of the four hundred acres comprising the Smith homestead there is not a field in which he has not assisted in clearing it of the native forest.  He married, in 1824, Hannah Clark, born in Connecticut in 1802, and who removed to Vernon in 1813.  They have children as follows: Erastus, Eliza, Julia, Alexander H., Charles H., Lottie, and Hannah.

      LUMAN HOBART, son of Martin and Chloe (Jennings) Hobart, was born in Pennsylvania in 1812, February 7th.  His father was a native of Massachusetts, born Oct. 13, 1779, and his mother a native of Vermont, born in 1783.  They settled in Vernon, Trumbull county, Ohio, in 1834, on the land now owned by Isaac Morford.  Ten years later they removed to Michigan, and in 1855 removed to New York State, where they died.  They had a family of eleven children, their names all beginning with L, viz:  Lorin, Lyman, Lester, Luman, Lucy, Lemuel, Lois, Lucius, Leonard, and Lewis; one died in infancy.  Martin Hobart was a commissioned officer in the War of 1812.  Luman Hobart came to Trumbull county with his parents in the fall of 1834, and has always since resided in Vernon township.  He married, July 4, 1837, Rebecca Splitstone, born in Vernon July 11, 1818, and has a family of six children:  Mary L., born in 1838, now wife of A. Brockway, residing in Mercer county, Pennsylvania; Oscar F., born 1840, married, Mar. 7, 1872, Elvira Mifford, of Oneida county, New York, and has two children, Idelma R. and Sylvia J.; Clinton, born 1842, married Marilla Johnston, of Pennsylvania; Thomas C., born 1844, married Lizzie Storier of Vernon; Dudley, born 1846, married, Oct. 16, 1872, Lydia Bates, of Mercer county, Pennsylvania, and has three children, Sadie L., Albert C., and Ella May; Lima O., born 1850, married J. V. Bates, of Pennsylvania.  Three of the sons, Oscar, Clinton, and Corwin, were members of company G, One Hundred and Seventy-first Ohio National guard, served four months and were discharged with their regiment.  In 1852 Mr. Luman Hobart made a trip to California, being one hundred and nine days in reaching San Francisco, owing to sickness and other drawbacks, and followed mining about two years near Grass valley.  On his homeward trip in October, 1854, when out about twenty-four hours the vessel struck a rock and sank.  There were a large number of passengers aboard and many lives were lost.  Mr. Hobart fortunately saved his life, but lost nearly all of his effects.

     JOHN LANGLEY.  This venerable gentleman is one of the oldest residents of Trumbull county, as he was one of its earliest pioneers.  His residence in the county spans a period of over eighty years.  He was born in Baltimore county, Maryland, July 29, 1791.  He came to Trumbull county in 1801, and lived with his uncle, Andrew Burns until he was twenty-one.  He was drafted in the army in the War of 1812, and served three months under Captain Fobes, when he was discharged on account of sickness.  He then began the improvement of his land, situated east of the center of Vernon.  He put up a hewed log house, and barn, and in 1814 put in a small piece of wheat.  In 1816 he married Mary Waldorf, who came with her parents to Hubbard township in an early day.  She died in Vernon December 28, 1871.  Mr. Langley is the father of two sons and two daughters, viz: John W., George W., Rhoda, and Lucinda.  John W., born Oct. 11, 1817, married Ellen Millikin, and has four children.  George W., born April, 1820, married in 1844 Margaret Millikin, born Dec. 29, 1821, in Ireland, and has a family of four children, viz: Jasper, born March 10, 1846, married Movilla Fell and has two daughters; Emery, Apr. 1, 1850, married in 1875 Ellen Biggins, born in England in 1854, and has two children, Flora and Willie; Alfred, Mar. 1, 1855; Lucinda Dott - his sister's daughter - born Feb. 3, 1866.  Rhoda Langley, the third child of John and Mary Langley, was born July 25, 1824, died July 4, 1861.  Lucinda, born Dec. 20, 1831, died Mar. 10, 1866.  Mr. Langley, the subject of this sketch, was present at the first quarterly meeting held by the Methodist Episcopal church in Trumbull county.  The presiding elder as Jacob Gruber, and the meeting was held in the barn of Obed Crosby.

     FRANCIS HAYNES

     WILLIAM E. CHAPMAN

     RALSA B. CLARK

     JOSEPH P. WILLIAMS

     ALFRED F. WALDORF

     GEORGE K. PELTON

     IRA CASE

     JAMES M. DICKERMAN, son of Isaac and Ann Dickerman, was born in Massachusetts in 1826; came to Ohio in 1854 and settled in Bloomfield township, Trumbull county.  Later he moved to Vernon township and at present is proprietor of the hotel at Burg Hill.  His wife Harriet was born in Massachusetts in 1828.  In 1862 he enlisted in company B, One Hundred and Fifth Ohio volunteer infantry, and served nine months.

 

 

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