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Source: Combination atlas map of Tuscarawas County, Ohio
Strasburg, Ohio: Gordon Print., 1875, 359 pgs. L H Everts

YORK TOWNSHIP

     York completes the list of townships.  Her earlier official business was performed through Salem and Goshen Townships, of which she formed portions till her organization in 1828.
     Among the early residents of York who came in or before 1808 were Francis Garnet, Philip Coon, John Shull, George Gimlitz, and Samuel Deardroff, all of whom settled on the lands adjacent to Stone Creek.
     Harmon Pratt arrived in 1813, as did also William BartonHenry Ackney coming in 1815, bought land off ShullHenry Shaffer, an old bachelor, came out in 1808, and boarded and worked around with the settlers.  Edward Wolf and William Hummel were also settlers of 1808.
     The earliest marriages occurred in 1810, between George Coon and Margaret Gimlitz, Henry Falkner and Barbara Blimlitz, and Frederick Shull and Catharine Fathler.
     Jacob Shull
died in 1813, and was buried int he grave-yard of the Jerusalem Church.  This old weather-worn building was erected in 1813,  George Romuel being the carpenter.  It was a union church, built by the Lutherans and Presbyterians.  Revs. Snyder and Rider were the early preachers.  Prior to the erection of a church, Shull's barn was used for religious assembly.
     Margaret Coon, daughter to Philip, was in December, 1809.  The next birth was that of Josseph Shull, in March, 1810.
     School was taught at Shull's till 1813, when the church was used for educational purposes.  The first school in York was German, taught by Daniel Von Bramer; the second teacher was George Bucher, who taught in both English and German.  He was patronized by families residing on Crooked Run and Oldtown, several miles distant.
     John Shull made York's first clearing and put up the first house.  Plows were home-made.  Flax-spinning was a ceaseless domestic labor.  Jocob Weltz was a notable tanner of buckskins, and made garments of them.  He tanned during his continuance at the business over two thousand skins.  Shull brought with him some apple-seeds, and these planted grew to be an orchard of natural fruit,  - prized although inferior.  Francis Garnet was the first distiller; he stilled in 1810, for himself and neighbors.  His distillery had a capacity of sixty gallons. 
     George Bucher, a school-teacher, was the first Justice of the Peace in York.  Coon and Garnet had a water-mill on Stone Creek in 1814.  George Gilmore built the second.  An oil mill started in 1835, near Phillipsburg, built by Dearadroff, was run by John Bentfert.  Aneky tells of seeing fifteen wolves in a drove.  Deardroff, Garnet, and Coon built a pen to trap them and caught a panther; they prodded their formidable game to death with forks before opening the pen.  The Myers brothers were Nimrods of the times. The sketches of the American pioneer find in York an ample illustration.

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