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
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.
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
THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH.
UNITED BRETHREN CHURCH.
THE ANTI-SLAVERY MOVEMENT.
FLOUR AND SAW-MILL.
THE INDIAN FUNERAL
EDMUND A. REED
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
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
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.
RALSA B. CLARK
JOSEPH P. WILLIAMS
GEORGE K. PELTON
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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