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All Volumes of the Columbiana County Cemetery Inscriptions are back in stock.

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Lost and Forgotten Cemeteries

Project of the O.G.S. Cemetery Committee

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Columbiana County is named for Christopher Columbus and Queen Anne.

The County was formed from Jefferson and Washington counties, March 25, 1803, almost coincidentally with the formation of the State of Ohio, from the Northwest Territory.

Columbiana County has lost territory three times, in 1808 when Stark County was erected; a part in 1832 when Carroll County was organized and a part in 1845 when Mahoning County was constituted.

In 1803 New Lisbon was the county seat, now known as Lisbon.

The Wyandottes, Delaware, and Mingo Indian tribes occupied Northeastern Ohio and included Columbiana County as a part of their camping and hunting grounds.

The first courthouse was in the barn of Mathias Lower in Fairfield Township.

A new courthouse was completed in the Village of New Lisbon in 1817 at a cost of $4,700.00, it was located on the northwest corner of the public square.

As far as records show, the first white child born in Columbiana County was George McKinnon.

The first wedding in the Village of New Lisbon was on May 17, 1803, married were Jesse Smith and Susanna Shaw.

The first escapee from the county jail was accomplished by one MacKinrue (Mackinrue) in 1804, he was a horse thief.

The first murder charge in the County was against a boy named Carpenter in 1797. Carpenter, who was the son of the first white settler in the County resided on a tract of ground near West Point, killed an Indian Chief named "White Eyes." The Carpenter boy was acquitted by the District Court in Steubenville, when it was proven that the boy had shot "White Eyes" in self defense. The Indian had, in a drunken rage, attacked the boy. Mrs. "White Eyes" was paid $300.00 as compensation for the loss of her husband.

The first County election was held in 1806. The first elected Sheriff was George Duck.

Reverend John Stough, a German Lutheran, was granted the first license to solemnize marriage contracts, on November 18, 1806.

The first newspaper in the County was the Ohio Patriot, which had its inception in 1808. It was the first Democratic paper west of Pittsburgh.

In 1834 the Sandy and Beaver Canal was begun, finished in 1846 and abandoned in 1852.

The Bible

Did you know your family Bible may contain the only written record of births, marriages, deaths, etc. of your ancestors?

Many states did not record these important family events until early 1900's. The Columbiana County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society has initiated a new project to preserve the Family Bible Records.

The Society has published one book on "Columbiana County Bible Records" and are continuing our efforts to preserve these vital records.

If you would like to preserve your valuable family information and make it available for future generations, please contact us.

The Columbiana County Chapter of O.G.S. is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the historical and genealogical records of Columbiana County, Ohio.

Many of our county records have been collected by the Society and reproduced in bound volumes which are made available to individuals and libraries.

Our last project took 18 years, we compiled and published the headstone inscriptions of all (that we know of) cemetery headstones of Columbiana County.

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