LOCATION, SURFACE, AND SOIL
Township five of range four
lies immediately north of Warren, east of Southington, west of
Bazetta, and south of Bristol. Through it passes two
railroads, the Painesville & Youngstown Narrow-gauge, and the
Ashtabula & Pittsburg. The former enters Champion in the
southeast of the township, near the old Warren and Ashtabula
turnpike, and running northwest passes into Southington south of the
center road. On the State road, near the west line of the
township, is a station, but no depot. The Ashtabula &
Pittsburg road enters the township near the southeastern corner, and
runs entirely across the eastern half, bending gradually westward.
Thus road has two stopping-places in Champion, the first at Pierce's
crossing in the southeast of the township, and the second, known as
Champion, at the crossing of the center road. These are both
flag-stations, and are likewise unprovided with depots.
A heavy growth of valuable timber originally covered the surface of this township; none better could be found in the county, and if it were now standing it would be worth thousands of dollars, but the greater portion of it was destroyed by girdling and by fire before timber came to be of much value. Beech, hickory, oak, maple, elm, whitewood, walnut, and ash were the principal varieties.
THE RED MEN,
who doubtless, had been attracted hither by the
abundance of game, had a little village of eight or ten huts which
they continued to inhabit after the arrival of the settlers.
they were but a short distance from the settlement in the southern
part of the township. They lived on good terms with their
white neighbors, and frequently visited the houses of the latter to
grind their tomahawks and beg food, tobacco, and "fire water."
THE SETTLEMENT AND ITS CAUSE.
Campion was among the latest settled of the townships of Trumbull county. Excepting a few families who came here in 1806 to 1808 and settled in the southern half of the township, no settlers came for about twenty years. The land of the township was held by Henry Champion, an original member of the Connecticut Land company. After disposing of a few farms to the first settlers it appears that he resolved to hold his land until it had increased in value largely, and for this reason refused to sell, except at prices which no settlers were willing to pay. But while the owner was awaiting this augmentation of the value of his property, death summoned him from earth, and the land came into the possession of his heirs, his son, Aristarchus Champion, and his son-in-law, Henry C. Trumbull. The land was then divided, Champion receiving the western half of the township and Trumbull the eastern. About 1826 they sent on Mr. Cole to survey it, and also established an agency for its sale. But after twenty years of waiting, the prices which could be obtained for the land were little in advance of those paid by the first settlers of other townships.
THE FIRST SETTLERS.
The first improvements made
in this township were made on land which is now the farm of Silas
McMahan, on the State road, by a man named Nichols.
He remained in the township but a few years and nobody now living
THE LATER SETTLERS.
The family of
Edward Pierce was the fifth one in the township. Mr.
Pierce bought two hundred acres in the southeast of the township,
where his son Edward, now lives, paying $500 for the same, and in
1828 moved from Armstrong county, Pennsylvania, and settled upon it.
Edward Pierce died in 1844, in his sixty-fifth year.
His wife Elizabeth died in 1843, at the age of sixty-eight.
Their children were Samuel, Elizabeth, Joseph, Edward, and
Robert, all are dead except Edward, who is now sixty-nine
years old. He has always lived upon the old homestead, and
intends to spend the remaining days of his life upon the place where
his father and mother spent the most of their lives. He was married
in 1848 to Miss Mary Chambers, daughter of John Chambers,
of Mesopotamia township. She was born in Champion township,
and is doubtless the oldest person living in the township of those
who were born in it. They have had four children, three of
whom are living. Mr. and Mrs. Pierce are members of the
Presbyterian church. He has held several of the township
offices, has been justice of the peace six years, and is a most
worthy citizen. Samuel Pierce died in Kentucky.
Elizabeth married Samuel Booth, of Champion, for her
first husband; for her second she married William Dudley.
She died in Ashtabula county.
Champion was an
inviting field to the sportsman for many years after the game had
been driven from other townships. Besides the bears and
wolves, deer and turkeys abounded. Frequently they came in
sight of the houses in the day time, and if a family needed a supply
of fresh meat a few hours of hunting usually sufficed for obtaining
THE FIRST ROADS.
The first road built through Champion was the old State road, used as a military road during the War of 1812. It passed by the site of the county infirmary, and followed the general direction of the present State road, though with many twistings and turnings to avoid swamps and keep on the high ground. Many low places were covered with considerable depth, and traveling over such spots became a difficult matter. The present State road was........................MORE TO COME UPON REQUEST
ORGANIZATION AND FIRST ELECTION.
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SIXTY YEARS AGO.
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METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH.
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THE UNITED BRETHREN.
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The graveyards of Champion are three in number, and situated one at the center, one adjacent to the Presbyterian church on the turnpike, and the third near the old Methodist church on the State road. The cemetery at the center is the oldest. It was purchased by the township for public use about 1840. It is quite neat and tastily kept. The oldest gravestone in it bears the date of 1842, and was erected to the memory of Caroline, daughter of A. and P. Rudisill, who died at the age of three years. The graveyards adjacent to the two churches mentioned are small and but few interments have been made in them.
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VARIOUS FACTS AND ITEMS.
William Woodrow was
the first justice of the peace.
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NOTES OF SETTLEMENT.
HORACE HARPER, an old resident of Champion township, was born in Charlestown, New Hampshire, Nov. 3, 1796. His father, John, was also a native of New Hampshire. Mr. Horace Harper came to Ohio in 1819 and settled in Farmington township, Trumbull County, for seven or eight years, when he returned East and resided in New York for three years. He then came to Ohio and located in Champion township upon the farm where we now find him. He began in the woods and cleared up a good farm.
JAMES WALKER, an early settler of Champion, was born Mar. 4, 1806, in Armstrong county, Pennsylvania. He came to Ohio in 1833, and settled upon the farm where his son Taylor now lives, in Champion township. He came from Pennsylvania with an ox team. His brother Samuel came at the same time. Mr. James Walker, was a carder and cloth-dresser by trade. He was the first carder in Warren. He cleared up a good farm in Champion, which he carried on in connection with his trade. He died July 25, 1878, leaving a family of eight children to mourn his loss.
THOMAS PACKARD, a well-known resident of Trumbull, was born in Berlin township, Mahoning county, March 27, 1809. His father, Garret, was a native of Virginia and came to Ohio in 1803, first locating in Austintown township for a short time, then moved to Deerfield where he resided until 1809, then moved to Berlin township, Mahoning county. He purchased his land of General Perkins, and suffered all of the trials incident to pioneer life. Mr. Thomas Packard, the subject of this sketch, was the first white child born in the township. Garrett Packard lived in Berlin until his death, which occurred Nov. 20, 1820, aged forty-four years. He left a family of ten children and widow to mourn his loss. Thomas Packard came to Champion township Mar. 31, 1835, and located upon the farm where we now find him nicely situated. He, like his father, began in the woods and cleared up a nice farm, the fruits of which he now enjoys. He was married in 1832 to Miss Sarah Russell, daughter of Robert Russell of Austintown township. Ten children have been born to them, seven of whom are living. Three of the sons were in the war. Mrs. Packard died in April, 1880. She was a faithful member of the Disciple church at Warren, and a loving Christian mother. Mr. Packard is also a member of the Disciple church and a most worthy citizen.
JOSEPH PIERCE, a well known resident of Champion, was born in Armstrong, Clarion county, Pennsylvania, in 1808. His father, Peter Pierce, was a native of New Jersey, and came to Pennsylvania when very young in company with his parents, who settled in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, for a few years, then moved to Indiana county, Pennsylvania, where he cleared up a farm, and reared a family of six children, all of whom lived to maturity. Mr. Peter Pierce died in Champion, Dec. 7, 1866, while on a visit to his son Joseph. He was a cooper by trade, and was among the early settlers of Clarion county, Pennsylvania. There were eight children in his family, five of whom are living. Mr. Joseph Pierce left Clarion county April 14, 1835, with a four-horse team, and arrived in Champion on the 19th of April. He stopped with his cousin, Edward Pierce, a short time while a cabin was being erected, then moved upon his present farm which was then a dense forest. Mr. Pierce was married in 1832 to Sarah R. McKee, daughter of Samuel McKee, of Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania. They have had six children, only two of whom are living. Mrs. Pierce died in 1856. He was married the second time in 1857 to Miss Eliza Chambers, daughter of John Chambers, of Champion. Mrs. Pierce died in August, 1877. She was a member of the Presbyterian church. Mr. Pierce is also a member. In politics Mr. Pierce is a sound Republican, and has held several township offices - has been magistrate six years, and is till serving.
JOHN N. McCOMBS, an old resident of Champion, was born Oct. 5, 1807, in Poland township, Mahoning county. His father, William, was a native of Pennsylvania, and came to Ohio in 1800; settled upon the farm where Morris McCombs now lives. He was a pioneer in the wilds of Ohio, and did much in his day toward improving the county. He cleared up a good farm and lived upon it till his death. There were ten children in his family. Mr. John McCombs came to Champion township in 1837, and located upon the farm where he now lives. Like the early settlers of Champion he made his farm. He was married in 1836 to Miss Jane B. Scott, daughter of Matthew Scott, of Liberty township. Three children were born to them. Mrs. McCombs married, in 1847, Miss Laura E. Scott, sister of his first wife. He had four children by his second wife. Mr. and Mrs. McCombs were members of the Presbyterian church. Politically Mr. McCombs was a Republican. He has held several of the township offices. He has been trustee several terms, also assessor, thus showing the confidence placed in him by his fellow-citizens.
DANIEL HARTMAN was born in Clinton township, Pennsylvania, in 1810. His father, Nicholas Hartman, was also a native of Pennsylvania, and came to Ohio in 1834, and settled in Jackson township, Trumbull county, now Mahoning. The following year Mr. Daniel Hartman came to Ohio and located in the same township, where he resided nearly two years, then came to Champion township and settled upon the farm where his widow now lives. He was one of the first settlers in the western part of the township. He cleared up a good farm and lived to enjoy the fruits of his labor till 1865, when he died leaving a family of ten children and a widow to mourn his loss. Seven of the children are now living. Mr. Hartman was formerly a member of the United Brethren church. He was married in 1837 to Miss Catherine Fowler, a daughter of James Fowler, of Pennsylvania. She was born Jan. 13, 1814. Mr. Hartman was well known and highly esteemed by all who knew him.
ALFRED OSBORN, an old resident of Trumbull county, was born in Youngstown June 25, 1808. His father, Joseph Osborn, was a Virginian by birth and came to Ohio in 1804 or thereabouts, and settled in Youngstown township, in the western part, and was among the early pioneers. He cleared up a good farm. He died in1846, leaving a family of ten children and a widow. Mrs. Osborn followed her husband in about nine years. She was in her eightieth year. Mr. Alfred Osborn came to Champion township in 1838 and is consequently among the early settlers of the township. The forest yielded to his axe and in a few years he had a good farm. He was married November 1, 1838, to Miss Lena Kyle, daughter of John Kyle, of Kinsman township. This union was blessed with two children, only one of which is living. Mrs. Osborn is a member of the Methodist church and a devoted Christian. Mr. Osborn has been an active, enterprising man in his day. At the present time he is nearly blind, though he bears up under the misfortune bravely, knowing that he has lived an honest, upright life.
AMOS WEISS was born Jan. 24, 1826, in Austintown township. His father, Abraham Weiss, as born in Lehigh county, Pennsylvania, and came to Ohio in about 1823 or 1824, settling in Austintown, where he lived till 1839. He then moved to Champion township, and settled upon the farm where his widow and one son now live. Mr. Weiss died in September, 1853, leaving a family of nine children. Mr. Amos Weiss has always lived in the township since his coming from Austintown. He is engaged in general farming. He was married in April, 1849, to Miss Hannah Price, daughter of John Price, of Champion township. Six children are the fruits of this marriage: John P., Charles, Saloma, Walter, Nellie, and Mary. John and Charles are deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Weiss are members of the Disciple church. Politically Mr. Weiss is a Republican.
JOHN ANDERSON was born in Ireland Mar. 5, 1817, and came to America in March, 1837, landing at New York after a passage of six weeks and three days. He lived about one year in Pennsylvania, then came to Ohio and resided in Warren and Liberty townships two years. He then returned to Pennsylvania and was employed for two years in the construction of the canal at Greenville, then returned to Ohio and located upon the farm where he now lives. The farm was but partly improved at the time of his coming, though now he has a fine home. He has made dairying and stock raising his chief business. He was married in 1844 to Miss Catherine Hyde, daughter of Captain Ira Hyde, of Farmington. They have had six children - Oliver, Ella, Eliza, Ira, Perry, and Mary The last three are deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Anderson are Methodists; and are esteemed by all who know them.
ISAAC LECHLEITNER was born Apr. 15, 1818, in Northampton county, Pennsylvania. His father, George Lechleitner, was also a native of Pennsylvania, and came to Ohio in 1831, and settled in Jackson township, Trumbull county, now Mahoning, and lived here till his death, which occurred in November, 1860, leaving a family of six children, three of whom are living. Mrs. Lechleitner died November, 1880. Mr. Isaac Lechleitner came to Champion in 1844, and located upon a farm where we now find him most pleasantly situated. He began in the woods and cleared up a good farm; has one hundred and seventy-three and one-half acres of excellent land. He was married, in 1843, to Miss Sarah Clemmens, daughter of Daniel Clemmens, of Jackson township. They have three children - Louis, Eli, and Nancy E. Mr. and Mrs. Lechleitner are devoted members of the United Brethren church. Mr. Lechleitner is one of the substantial and well-to-do farmers of the township.
WILLIAM CLEMMENS was born in Jackson township July 4, 1824. His father, Daniel Clemmens, was a native of Washington county, Pennsylvania, and came to Ohio in 1821 and settled in Jackson township, and was among the early settlers. He began in the woods, and by hard labor, for which the Clemmens family is well known, he soon he had a good farm, upon which he lived until his death, in September, 1873, leaving a family of eleven children, ten of whom are living. Mrs. Clemmens died several years before Mr. Clemmens. Mr. William Clemmens came to Champion in 1844, and was married two years afterwards to Miss Eliza Hoover, daughter of Jonas Hoover, of Bazetta township. They have had seven children, four of whom are living. Mr. Clemmens began in the wilderness and cleared up a good farm. Mrs. Clemmens did her first cooking by the side of a stump for some time, and therefore knows something about the trials of pioneer life. Mr. and Mrs. Clemmens are supporters of the United Brethren church. Politically he is a good Republican.
JOHN OSBORN was born in Canfield in 1828. His father, Jonathan, came from Virginia to Ohio in about 1804, and settled in Canfield and was one of the early settlers in the township. His father, John Osborn, lived in Canfield till his death. He doubtless began in the wilderness and cleared up a good farm. There were ten children in the family. Mr. Jonathan Osborn came to Champion township in 1845, and settled where John Osborn, the subject of this sketch, now lives. He died in March, 1867, leaving a family of six children, five of whom are living. Mrs. Osborn died in 1850. Mr. John Osborn, the subject, has a farm of two hundred acres of good land. He was married in 184 to Miss Eliza eth Shively, daughter of Jacob Shiveley, of Bristol township. They have five children, four of whom are living. Mr. Osborn is a good farmer and merits the esteem of all who know him.
EDWARD JONES was born in Austintown township Dec. 19, 1828. His father, John, was also a native of Ohio, and was the first white child born in Warren township (according to some accounts). Caleb Jones, grandfather of Edward, came to Ohio in a very early day. The family was of Welsh descent. Mr. John Jones spent his days in what was once Trumbull county. He went to Austintown township when he was a young man, and cleared up a good farm, which is now occupied by Mr. A. B. Jones, and lived here until his death in 1837. Mrs. Jones died in Feb., 1878. Mr. Edward Jone_ came to Champion Mar. 19, 1850, and settled one mile east of his present farm. He cleared up a good farm and lived upon it ten years. He then moved upon the one where he is now located. He was married Aug. 19, 1846, to Miss Martha J. Osborn, daughter of Abram Osborn of Austintown. They had eight children, five of whom are living. Mrs. Jones died in February, 1874. She was a member of the Disciple church, a faithful wife and loving mother. Mr. Jones is an active, wide-wake farmer. Stock raising is his chief business. He has a fine farm, which he keeps in the best of condition, showing industry and thrift.
ROBERT RUSSELL was born in Austintown township in 1820. His father, Robert Russell was a native of Virginia, and came to Ohio in 1802, and first settled at Mentor, where he resided till 1806; then moved to Austintown was a pioneer in the township; built up a good farm and lived upon it till his death in January, 1879. Mrs. Russell died in 1873 or 1874. There were nine children in the family, six of whom are living. Mr. Robert Russell, the subject of this sketch, came to Champion in 1851 and settled upon the farm where he has since lived. He has one hundred and twenty acres of good land, and is engaged in general farming. He was married in 1851 to Miss Elizabeth Lanterman, daughter of William Lanterman, of Austintown. They have three children - George C., Alice E., Cornelia J. Mr. and Mrs. Russell are members of the Disciple church. Politically he is a Republican.
WILLIAM HUNT was born in Canfield township, Mahoning county, Dec. 31, 1824. His father, Samuel Hunt was born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, and came to Ohio in about 1820, and settled in Canfield township, where he lived till 1846, when he moved to Champion township. He began in the wilderness and cleared up a good farm upon which his widow and son, C. F. Hunt, now live. He died Dec. 26, 1879, in his seventy-ninth year. There were eleven children in his family, eight of whom are living . He was a member of the Presbyterian church, as was Mrs. Hunt. Mr. William Hunt has lived upon the farm where we now find him since 1852. He is engaged in general farming. He was married in 1850 to Miss Sarah Ann Weiss, daughter of Abram Weiss, of Champion. Mrs. Hunt died in March, 1872. There were seven children, six of whom are living. He was married in the second time in 1872, to Miss Ramsey, daughter of James Ramsey, of Canfield. Both are members of the Methodist church.
DAVID LEACH was born Oct. 16, 1815, in Sussex county, New Jersey. His father, John, was a native of New Jersey, and came to Ohio in 1820, and settled in Austintown township, Trumbull county, now Mahoning. Her he resided several years, and was among the early settlers of the township. He was a blacksmith by trade. He died in 1826 or 1827, leaving a family of eleven children and a widow to mourn his loss. His family moved to Lordstown township in 1827 or 1828, and were among the earliest settlers in Lordstown. Mrs. Leach, mother of David Leach, died in 1875 in her ninety-fourth year. Mr. David Leach came to Champion in 1876, and located upon the farm where we now find him. He has made it a practice to move once a year since his marriage. He was married Sept. 30, 1838, to Miss Effie Jones, daughter of John Jones, of Austintown. They have had five children, three living. Mr. and Mrs. Leach are members of the Disciple church. In politics a sound Republican.
N. D. FOLSOM
was born in 1837 in Weathersfield township, Trumbull county.
His father, Jonathan, was a native of Essex county, New York,
and came to Ohio in 1834. He located in Weathersfield
township, where he resided till 1864, being engaged in farming in
the meantime. He then moved to Howland township, where he has
since lived. Mr. N. D. Folsom came to Champion township
in March, 1880. He is superintendent of the infirmary farm,
and gives the best of satisfaction, fulfilling his duties faithfully
and well. He was married Nov. 29, 1879, to Miss Mary McMullen,
daughter of Washington McMullen, of Brookfield township. Mr.
and Mrs. Folsom are consistent members of the Disciple church.
In politics Mr. Folsom is a sound Republican.