Duck Creek Families

Noble Co. OH

Duck Creek Pioneers

Compiled by Sharyl Ferrall
for all who have ancestors settling Duck Creek Valley, OH 1800's 9/10/1999 [last up-dated 1/26/02]

Note: Sharyl's comments are in brackets.

1.Caldwell Press, Noble Co., OH - January 17, 1889: Mrs. Sophrona Spear, of near this place, was buried last Friday. Mrs. Spear was one of the pioneers of the Duck Creek Valley, having resided in the neighborhood of where she died for more than half a century. She was generally respected and leaves a large number of descendants and friends to mourn her loss and cherish her memory.

Mrs. Sophrona Spear was b. ca 1804 to David and Mary (Cory) WELLS. She md. Nehemiah Spear 14 Feb 1822 in Olive Twp. Morgan Co., OH which is now Olive Twp., Noble Co., OH....

History of Noble Co. by Watkins....Nehemiah Spear started a distillery in Olive Twp., Morgan Co., OH shortly after 1830. [From Susan, OHNOBLE list subscriber.]

2.[c1814] From History of Noble Co. OH, pg 336: [re: the Devolld family] .......their nearest neighbor on the west was James Lowe, about where Olive now is; on the east, James Archer, at East Union; on the NW Benjamin Thoria,at Belle Valley, and other pioneers of Duck Creek Valley; and on the south, Elisha Harris. [Elisha Harris was my ggggg-grandfather]

3. From "The History of Noble Co., Ohio",1887: George Harris [son of Elisha Harris, George was my gggg-grandfather] was considered a good hunter in his day. He lived on the farm now owned by his son Sampson. George had a camp on Middle Creek [of Duck Creek] prior to1812. He left it and went into the war against Great Britain. A stream which ran past his camp is still known as 'George's Run'.

4. Elizabeth Hull Kane Barnhouse, b. July 4, 1813 in Huntingdon Cty PA removed to Jefferson Cty, OH in 1830. After her marriage to Jacob Barnhouse on May 9, 1839 in Harrison Cty they moved to Noble Cty. In an articular in the Caldwell OH newspaper on July 4 1885, she was interviewed and said her home was in Belle Valley. She was a widow before 1850. [I'm sorry, I didn't record who sent this to me. It might have been Audry, see #18 below.]

5.Phillip Hupp and Mary Buzzard. Phillip Hupp (1756 - 1831) moved from the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia to SW Pennsylvania about 1770, was a Revolutionary War soldier, and later moved to SE Ohio, in Monroe County, the part which in 1851 became part of Noble County. He settled on one of the fork of Duck Creek, and his family spread through the area on the various forks. A book "The Hupps from Duck Creek", written 1991 by Timothy A. Hupp is available from the author: [email protected] or
[Please note, I copied this from the web-site dealing in geneology books. I don't know Mr. Hupp, nor do I know anything more about his book]
Additional info. about Phillip Hupp:
...."Philip distinguished himself at the siege of Miller's blockhouse in 1782. Subsequently he turned his steps westward to the then unbroken wilderness beyond the Ohio, and as the Noble County Republican gave it, became, at length, 'a resident of the Duck Creek Valley'....

6. In 1795, the Treaty of Greenville was signed ending the Indian threat in this part of Ohio paving the way for settlement. The first settlers to the area were New Englanders travelling by way of Marietta, Ohio up the valley of Duck Creek from the Ohio River into what is now Noble County.
Agriculture, livestock and profitable industries_born of the many mineral resources of the area_provided a living for the settlers. Coal, iron ore, building stone, petroleum and salt were plentiful. Oil was accidently discovered near Caldwell in 1814 when Robert McKee began drilling a well to obtain brine. At the depth of 475 feet, a crevice was struck containing oil. At first considered a nuisance, the true value of the oil was eventually realized and derricks soon lined the valley of Duck Creek. Oil prices declined drastically during the Civil War bringing an end to major drilling efforts in the area.
The park [Wolf Run] received its name from the Wolf family, the first to settle in the area.
[source: ]

7....... "In the early Fall of 1846, three slave boys, my great grandfather John Curtis aged 16, along with his younger brothers Harrison, aged 14 and Benjamin, aged 13, escaped from a plantation in Rockingham County, Virginia. .......The area where they finally stopped running is located on the 'East Fork' of Duck Creek near the village of Carlisle, (now in Noble county) located about 25 miles north of Marietta, near the Junction of Ohio State Routes #145 and #260, at a place known locally as Road Fork."...... [Source: Henry Robert Burke's web-site. There is lots of history on this page!] You can also read more about this at:

8. References to Duck Creek: pgs. 22,25,26,28,36,37,41,47-49,95,97,114,131,157 EVERYNAME AND SELECTIVE SUBJECT INDEX for The County of Noble by Frank M. Martin Selwyn A. Brant, Madison, Wisconsin, 1904, compiled by George Archer.

9. In 1803 or 1804, James (Archer) and his family, along with 3 or 4 other families; moved to the E. Fork of Duck Creek in what is now Noble Co. OH. The other families were: Jacob Crow family, Archibold Morris family, Stephen Forshire family, Capt.Enoch Enochs family. The John Wetzel family and the Grities were neighbors of the above families in Wheeling or Graves Creek (PA), near Crows Mills??they also may have removed to OH at the same time. [Source: Information from an Archer web-site, owned by Lawrence A. Boyle, I forgot to copy the site address.]

10. On 6 January 1850, John Everet purchased a 100 acre lot in the Duck Creek Allotment from Sampson and Amy Cole. Their 100 acre farm was Lot No. 175, Range 8, township 4, Section 1,in Salem Township, Washington Co., Ohio.
[Source: Everett Genealogy Page, by Tom Evertt ]

11.Other Olive twp. families settling near Duck Creek: Dye (Dey), Thorla, McKee & Caldwell. [This Dye lineage web-site gives a wonderful history of the salt works on Duck Creek in Olive twp. and recounts interesting stories about these families and their relationships. ]

12. After becoming disatisfied with slavery, John's [John Dye Sr] sons John [Dye] and Samuel [Dye] and their families moved to Duck creek, Fearing Township (where Samuel Moffit Dye was born to son John and his wife) in 1806. [source: Dye lineage web-site: ]

13. Rev. John Thompson [ Interested parties can go to this web-site to read about Rev. Thompson, who seems to have served the Presbyterians on Duck Creek in the early 1800's. Source: ]

14. My Curtises got to the area of Carlisle in abt 1818......They are buried in Curtis Ridge, Mt Tabor Cemeteries and the cemetery in Dexter City, Macksburg....and of course Caldwell. [From B. Curtis, OHNOBLE list subscriber.]

15. The name Ingram or Ingraham should also be on the list of names - Oliver Ingram, Jr. drowned in Duck Creek about 1845 near Harrietsville, OH -- Elk Twp [From H. Baker, OHNOBLE list subscriber.]
Additional info. can be found at this web-page:

16. My Duck Creek families are: Archer, Hupp, Enochs, Buzzard, Hiddleson(several spellings), Williams, Cain and probably more. [From M. Clark, OHNOBLE list subscriber.]

17. There was an article in the Caldwell Press on July 9, 1885 about my GGGgrandmother. Her name was Elizabeth Jane Hull Barnhouse and she was b. July 4, 1813 or 1814 in Huntingdon Cty PA. She had a party for her birthday and a reporter had interviewed her. She arrived in Jefferson County in 1832 and married Jacob Barnhouse in 1839 in Harrison Cty but they lived in Noble Cty. At the time of her party, she lived near Belle Valley. She is buried in Hoskinsville at Regan Chapel. I thought perhaps the list of people at her party might be of interest: Mrs. Mary Coyl, Franklin Ray, Matilda Racey, Mrs. Thomas Racey, Mrs. Murphey, Susannah Coyl (her sister), Mary Barnhouse, Alvira Cain, and Harvey Barnhouse and his wife. [From Audry, OHNOBLE list subscriber.]

18. I too have lots of ancestors that were on Duck Creek. In fact my great grandmother always said she was born on Duck Creek. I have part of a page that I copied from an atlas that was in the 1870's, sorry I don't have the exact date close at hand but here are some of the names along the Middle Fork of Duck Creek in Enoch twp: Thomas Clark; M, Shimp(?) James Hessen, H Shalt, Henry J. Miller, I. Miller, John Whisent, A Coal-v.Sheets, C Rice, J.C Brown, Geo. Hopner, D.L. Sanford, D.R. Sanford, J. Cisler (that's mine), Wm Heddleston, Sampson Harris

Now I also have Elk Twp and here I see what is labeled as the East Fork of Duck Creek. Names I see here are: S Sprout (?) , Chas Lloyd, William Pryor, P. Lovell, Lewis Ullman, JC Warnecke, Smitsburger(?), LL Lowell,LL Lovell, John Lee Jr., Werdegood Heisler, A Archer, David Rohrer, Jacob Rohrer, H. Kilxer, Jacob Ullman, R & D. Masters, David Masters et al, S.N. Bonar, Isaac Crow, R. Enochs, V. Wortell, Vicent Bonar,I.W. Bonar, H. McGary, Samuel Keyser, Hrs of John McGary, Heirs of Francis Whl??ler Sr, Wm Crum, Geo Crum, JT Crum, Geo. Crum, J. Fysher, Hrs of J.W Williamson, H. Worshell, J. Vorsby.

Now those are just the ones abutting the Creek itself, there are lots of others that are very very close. Those were the ones that were on the water marked as "Duck Creek" that I could see. My Thomas Pryor family was not too far away from Duck Creek either, but they had moved before this map was made. Those [the above] names were listed from the south going north up the creek. [So we can tell who lived next to who! From S. Moore, OHNOBLE list subscriber.]

19. I have some info that my G3Grandfather Samuel Allen ran the first mill on Duck Creek in the early 1800's in Olive twp. [From T. Allen, OHNOBLE list subscriber.]

20. My ancestors, Hezekiah Cozens, and his son Alben Cozzens lived on the East Fork of Duck Creek beginning in the mid-1820's. They lived there all of there life as well as the next couple of generations. [From Wayne, OHNOBLE list subscriber.]

21. My ARCHER's were from around that area as was some of my BROWNs. [From G.Archer III, OHNOBLE list subscriber.]

22. ?.[I have a] copy of a map for Fuldah, Enoch Twp., my great grandfather lived there and his property shows on this map. Adjacent to the above map is just a small section of a bend in what is marked as "Branch of East Fork Duck Creek." This is an area in a bend of the Creek with a town in the bend. On the far side of the Creek are the names N. Harris, H. Archer. Right on the Creek inside the bend are the names T. McGovern, James Stone and the School House where the road through town and the Creek meet. The street cutting across the bend is Gross St. Names along the street from the School House are: School House, H. Archer House No. 30, S. Collins House No. 29, J. Moore House No. 28, S. W. Archer House No. 27 and another name illegible, G. Batler (Batter, Baller) House No. 26, G. Stuart House No. 25. There is an intersecting street or alley here. Going up the main street, no name on map, starting at the T. McGovern property. P. McGovern House No. 12, A. Morris House No. 11, Gross St. H. Archer & A. Morris House No. 10, M. M. Graham & E. Nunn House No. 9. Map ends here. On the other side of the unknown street starting at the Creek. S. Mills House No. 12, 14, 15, J. Stone House No. 16. Map breaks here. Other names on the opposite side of Gross St. from above Young, S. Mills, these two pieces of property cover a length equal to House No's, 25 through 30. A bridge crosses the Creek between the properties of H. Archer and N. Morris and connects to the Unknown Street.

1875 Atlas of Noble Co page no. 73. [From J. Dittman, OHNOBLE list subscriber]

23. This is from a booklet my husband's aunt has. I think an Ira McBride wrote it, but I cannot be sure. [Note --the correct info is The Carlisle Story by William Lahue, information came from Betty Frazer, 2nd cousin of William Lahue--(S.Moore, CC for Noble Co)]. The portion that pertains to Duck Creek is Chapter 8: The Carlisle Story, and the booklet was titled: The McBride Family: Footprints in History:
The Carlisle Story
The McBride Family Footprints in History
Page 36-45
"My great grandfather, John McBride, an active, industrious Irishman, was born in Ireland June 26, 1779. He came to America in the late 1700's , landing in Virginia, where he joined a company of settlers moving to Fort Pitt (Pittsburgh). Later, he moved to Greene County, Pennsylvania, where he met and married Christina Crow. The year was 1803. Their first child, John Jr., was born in 1804. Two years later in 1806, they joined a party of settlers that was moving from Big Wheeling Creek in Greene County to the East Fork of Duck Creek in Eastern Noble County, Ohio. The group included all the families of Bernard Grandon, Isaac Morris, James Farley and Elisha Enochs. Elisha'a brothers, Henry, Jesse and Enoch Jr., were also in the party. Their father, Enoch Enochs Sr., came a few years later.There is no record showing the month in 1806 when they arrived on Duck Creek, but Christina's second son, William, was born April 5, 1806. So they probably has two very young sons when John chose a spot for his cabin (only a half mile from Martin Crow's cabin) on land where Carlisle now stands.

Picture the setting: John and Christina with two infants in the midst of a forest. The whole valley was covered with trees and Indian trails, but there was no need to fear the Indians . The Delawares still hunted in the area, but they were peaceful and left six years later to go to fight in the War of 1812. There was no need now to build forts.

The chips from John McBride's ax chopping down trees to build a temporary pole shelter marked the beginning of building the village of Carlisle. He built the first cabin in the town later to be namedCarlisle, probably after Carlisle, Pennsylvania. After the group arrived, Elisha Enochs shot a bear within the limits of the village to replenish his meat supply.Wild game of all kinds were plentiful most everywhere"
Hope it's of interest - and if anyone wants more info, I will be happy to help, although we no longer have the booklet itself. [Source: J. Freed OHNOBLE list subscriber]

24. My ancestors who lived in the valley near Summerfield along Duck Creek. They were the LEACH family and the STEPHEN families. [Source: K. Stephen, OHNOBLE list subscriber]

25. I have my GGF, John A. Byers moving to Noble County (Morgan, I think at the time)
sometime in the early 1800's, and marrying Elizabeth Beattey in 1838. [Source: J. Byers, OHNOBLE subscriber]

26. History of Noble County, 1887, pages 484, 485, 501. John Noble, Sr. was born in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania in 1763. He married Martha B. Hindman, born in county Antrim, Ireland about 1788. The Noble family were among the early immigrants to Ohio and located in Washington County in the settlement at Marietta on the banks of the Ohio River. While residing in Washington County, John Noble, Jr. was born in 1802. He was the youngest of seven children and my direct ancestor. On the fourteenth of Sept.1811, John Noble, Sr. purchased land in Range 9, township 7 and Section 33. This land is now in Noble Township in Noble County and located in the valley of the West Fork of Duck Creek. "The first entry of land on the West Fork of Duck Creek was made in 1806 by a man named Bain, nearwhere Belle Valley now is. Richard Fletcher made an entry of land in the same year. The McKees came in 1811 and the Nobles in 1812." At the age of 48, John Noble "began an improvement, erected a camp on the bottom in which he and his older sons James and Samuel passed the winter, their sister Polly (Mary) keeping house for them. In 1812 the whole family came in wagons through the trackless woods, following along the ridges to their new home and took up their abode in a cabin made from the logs of the sugar maple." "Along the West Fork of Duck Creek was an Indian trail which had evidently been much travelled by the red hunters prior to the settlement of the valley by white people. The stream seems to have been a favorite resort of the elk, deer and buffalo, and was doubtless an attractive hunting ground for the Indians. The buffalo paths, in many places deeply worn into the earth, were distinguishable long after the white settlers came into the valley. The Duck Creek Valley was frequented by the Indian hunters almost up to the War of 1812, but never after its close. John Noble states that an Indian camp, evidently erected only a few years previous, was then standing on the bank of the creek, a short distance above his present residence." (We have a box of arrowheads collected from the old homeplace) "In the early years the settlers found it very difficult to keep stock of any kind. Aside from the danger that it might be destroyed by wolves or bears there were other obstacles to encounter. Cattle died of murrain in large numbers. They were permitted to run at large along the creek getting their own living at all seasons. Hogs were allowed to do the same. John Noble, Sr. brought a herd of twenty-five young hogs to this farm when he settled here, but the first season the bears made such havoc among them that but three were left." "Two stories are related about John Noble, Sr. concerning "eccentric and peculiar characters among the early settlers." One was about an Irishman named Crawford who came to John Noble, who, then as since, was an excellent, thrifty, orderly farmer, and wished to obtain some seed corn. Mr. Noble sent him to his corn-crib and told him to help himself to any that he liked, except some choice speckled corn, which Mr. Noble had placed by itself for his own use. Later it was discovered that the speckled corn had all been removed by Crawford, who had piled ears of the common variety in its place, and the Hibernian was retailing among the neighbors what he called "a very foine arti-kel of calico cor-rn." "Another Irishman came to Mr. Noble to borrow a scythe in the days when these instruments were scarce and valuable. Not wishing to lend, Mr. Noble told him he hadn't any. The Irishman's shrewdness then became apparent. "But," said he, "didn't I see it hanging up?" "Well, go and take it the, but be careful of it," returned Mr. Noble. "And where will I find it sor?" asked the borrower?" The original Noble farm was still in the family until the death of my great-grandmother in 1958. I believe the Slater family now owns the property. [From C. Chancellor, OHNOBLE subscriber]

27. "After serving in the War of 1812, David Bonar wanted a new home and in 1823 [David actually settled on Duck Creek earlier than this].with his family left their old home in West Virginia and after many days of travel and hardships they settled in Elk township, near Harrietsville, Ohio. Trees were soon chopped and in a few days a log cabin was erected and the family was settled for many years of happiness and prosperity. David Bonar homesteaded 315 (the figure is 162 & 10/100 plus 39 & 90/100 making a total of 202 acres in the year 1833} acres of fertile land along what is now known as Duck Creek.

David Bonar with his Irish blood had the wit and humor that made him a friend with everyone, including the Indians. It was the "Irish Determination" that helped him through the years of hardship.

We have been told two very interesting incidents that happened and we are passing them on; along with the livestock that they brought with them was a black mare. One day she came up mssing and even a thourogh searching of the forests and fields failed to reveal her, so it was decidede she had either been stolen by the Indians or had been killed by the wild animals. So, Mr. Bonar, believing himself without a horse was very much surprised one day to see his black mare being brought home by a relative from West Virginia. The horse had somehow found her way back down the trail and swam the Ohio River and gone back to the old home.

Another time Mr Bonar had risen early with the purpose or working in the fields and taking his gun had gone into clearing after the horse, when he was turning the horse stopped in the path and refused to go further. David slipped quietly from the horses back, placed himself flat on the ground where he awaited daylight, not knowing what enemy lay ahead. The approach of daylight revealed to him a huge wildcat lying in the path. After shooting it, David went on his way, his nerves as stedy as though it was an every day occurance to encounter wildcats in one's path.

"Up to this time religous services were held out of doors, so on November 1st, 1856, the Baptist organized and in that year built the first church in that community. It was built on land donated by David Bonar and was built of logs, cut from the forests owned by David. The The floor of the church was made of split logs with the smooth side up and at that time was called "puncheon" floor. The present Road Fork Baptist church stands on the site where the log church once stood" --excerpts from history given to Eleanor Martin bv Olive Close of Marietta, 1964. David Bonar, some members of his family, and descendents are buried in the Road Fork Cemetery. [Source B.Edwards, OHNOBLE list subscriber]

28. I have at least two ancestors who settled on East Fork Duck Creek Washington/Noble counties --- Caleb Robinson who settled there about 1826 and Jonathan Alden who settled about 1826/30. Mary Alden, daughter of Jonathan married Eli Robinson, son of Caleb in 1843. Their son Lorain Robinson married Eliza Barnhouse - another Duck Creek name. [Source: Maureen, OHNOBLE list subscriber]

29. In answer to the above: Lorain was Lorain Lucius Robinson b. 1844 m .Sept. 18, 1865 to Eliza Margaret Barnhouse in Morgan (now Noble) Cty, OH. She was the daughter of Sampson Barnhouse and Anna Susanna Catherine Abel m. 1843 in Harrison Cty, OH. Both died in in Windsor Twp, Noble Cty, OH. [Source: A. Franklin, OHNOBLE list subscriber]

30. [These came from Vol II., there are 2 Vol. of the stage-coach journel]
1. Caldwell, William 1857 1 Oct Visited on Duck Creek by Jesse Hildebrand & daughters, Eliza Marks & Frances Isabell.
2. Hildebrand, Frances Isabell 1857 1 Oct Went up Duck Creek with father, Jesse Hildebrand & sister, Eliza Marks, to visit several families.
3. Warren, A.J. 1857 1 Oct Visited on Duck Creek by Jesse Hildebrand & daughters, Eliza Marks & Frances Isabell.
4. Sanfords, Lucritia 1857 1 Oct Visited on Duck Creek by Jesse Hildebrand & daughters, Eliza Marks & Frances Isabell.
5. Perkins, Miriam 1857 1 Oct Visited on Duck Creek by Jesse Hildebrand & daughters, Eliza Marks & Frances Isabell.
6. Perkins, John 1853 19 Dec J. Hildebrand & wife went up Duck Creek to John Perkins, Betsey Ogle or Willys, and Gilead Ogles. Returned 22 December.
7. Perkins, Edward 1857 1 Oct Visited on Duck Creek by Jesse Hildebrand & daughters, Eliza Marks & Frances Isabell.
8. Ogle, Gilliad 1857 1 Oct Visited on Duck Creek by Jesse Hildebrand & daughters, Eliza Marks & Frances Isabell
[Source: ]

RE: the stagecoach list:
"Betsey Ogle" was Betsey PERKINS who married William OGLE. Gillead OGLE was one of their sons. William CALDWELL married Adaline OGLE, and hence was a son-in-law of William and Betsey, brother-in-law to Gillead. Judging from this list, Betsey must have had quite a bit of her Perkins family in the area as well. [Source: Kim, OHNOBLE list subscriber]
31. Some more Early Duck Creek settlers:
Nathan Lincicome (b 1770), After 1810, bought 40 acres of land near East Union, Noble Co., Ohio. (The 1820 census he is listed in Union tw. 1830 census - Enoch tw. 1840 census - Union tw. Does anyone know if Union tw. become Enoch tw.? ) This would be on West Fork or the East Fork of East Fork Duck Creek. James Lincicome, the son of Nathan , lived on Camp Run off of Middle Fork Duck Creek. He married Mary Ann Weekley. Nathan Lincicome came from Waynesburg, Pa., to Ohio Co., W. Va., before coming to Noble Co., Ohio. He killed the last bear that was ever seen in Noble Co. On the hill west of Carlisle, in 1816 he killed the last Elk ever seen along the East Fork of Duck Creek, Stock tw., Noble Co.Nathan was first married to Lydia Enoch. His second wife was Mary Sievers, they were married Apr. 10, 1816, in Guernesy Co., Ohio. Why did Nathan remarry ?? I have Lydia, burried at Old St. Michael's Cemetery east of East Union, Stock tw. She died May 31, 1866. Was 1866 really 1816 ?? [Source: Don, OHNOBLE list subscriber].

32. My G3 Grandfather Samuel Allen had a land patent for land on Duck Creek in SE quarter of section 10 in Olive Township. He ran a mill on the creek for many years. Thanks. [Source: Tom Allen, OHNOBLE lister]

33. Tuesday December 2, 1834 Monroe Co., Ohio:The First 20 yrs Commissioners' Journal 1815-1835
The road report # 18th of the viewers of the road beginning at the mouth of the Road Fork of Duck Creek in Elk Twp, thence by William Brown's, John & Jesse WELLS' to intersect the road leading from the mouth of Farley's Run to Summerfield at or near James Brown's, was taken up and read for the fourth and last time, and the report being favorable to the location of said road, the same was established a public highway and orders issued to the trustees of the several twps through which the road passes to open the same and keep the same open and in repair as the law directs

34. Died, at his home near Olive, Feb. 24th, 1890, Mr. Henry MOORE. He was born April 4th, 1828, on the farm of Moses ARMSTRONG. He had not been in good health for about twenty years. His father died when he was but a small boy and he then lived with his brother-in-law, Jos. ARCHER, on the east fork of Duck Creek. Feb. 4th 1849 he was married to Miss Mary LINCICOME, and to them were born ten children of whom only two girls and three boys are living. He was converted and joined the M. E. Church at the age of 23 years, in East Union, and was an active member, a lover of the prayer and class room and of family worship, and when unable to kneel would turn his chair to the bed, lay his head thereon and engage in prayer. In his last illness he suffered much and some of his last words were "I know I am going to die, and bless God I am ready. I am going home to heaven where there is no more sickness, sorrow or death." Funeral services to be held at the house to-day, Wednesday, at ten o'clock by Rev. Wheatlake if possible. The family desire to return their sincere thanks for help and sympathy of friends both to deceased and bereft. -F. S [from a posting of Noble Co. obits by C. Chancellor 12-99 ---Note: The original obit appears in "Caldwell Journal", 27 Feb 1890, p. 1;Ohio Historical Society
microfilm no. 24504, frame 178. [from G. Archer, by e-mail 12/11/01

35. December 5, 1825: David CUNINGHAM presented a petition for a new road beginning at the Morgan County line in Monroe Co on Sect 31 in Twp 6 Range 8, thence eastwardly to David Cuningham's Mill, thence the best route to cross the Middle Fork of Duck Creek near Francis HUPP's, thence to intersect the road leading to Woodsfield near John McBRIDE's, which petition was acted on and a view granted, and John BEVIN, Daniel BLANKE and Eli CURTIS was appointed viewers on the same to meet at David Cuningham's on the 3rd Tuesday in Dec 1825, and Elijah ANDREWS was appointed to survey the same. [Monroe Co., Oh: The 1st 20yrs Commissioners' Journal 1815-1835]

36. Duck Creek played a part in the history of the Underground Railroad. An interesting account can be found at:
--Washington County, Ohio, has four major drainage basins that were regular routes on the UR: the Muskingum River, Duck Creek, the East Fork of Duck Creek, the West Fork of Duck Creek, the Little Hocking River and the Little Muskingum River. With its confluence at the Ohio River located at Marietta, the Muskingum River was a major route for fugitive slaves crossing the Ohio River from Virginia on the Underground Railroad (UR).

37. The DeLONG family and Duck Creek:

38. The SHINN family and Duck Creek:

39. "In the year 1770, five brothers ...Philip Hupp, John Hupp, Frank Hupp, Palson (Balthazar) Hupp and another brother whose name has not been preserved...... Philip, who was at the siege of Miller's Block House, afterwards settled on Duck Creek [in Ohio]." from a web-site:

40. Johnny "Appleseed" and the CHAPMAN family:

41. The SKINNER family OH & WVa.

42. KERR family genealogy:

43. From:
"Elmer Wayne JORDAN is on the editorial staff of the Detroit Free Press, and his avocation seems to be JORDAN and GORBY family trees and histories, and a special study of the early settlers of the Duck Creek Country in Ohio. He has contributed generously towards the contents of this family history and tree. He is a graduate of Marietta College, OH"

44. Gottlieb DIETZ biography, a Duck Creek settler:

45.Item 26 refers to the following quote from the Noble Co. History. "The first entry of land on the West Fork of Duck Creek was made in 1806 by a man named Bain, near where Belle Valley now is. Richard Fletcher made an entry of land in the same year. The McKees came in 1811 and the Nobles in 1812."
I believe this man named Bain must be John Bain, who patented 160 acres in 1810, (range 9 Twp 6 Sec 23) which is on the West Fork of Duck Creek, about 6 miles below Belle Valley. John was born about 1770 and died 1848 in then Morgan Co. He married Hannah Collins. His brother Jesse Bain settled about 9 miles east of John in Monroe Co. His brother Daniel Bain (my ancestor) settled in Muskingum Co. before moving to Iowa. John and Daniel Bain were both in the Battle of Captina, and served for many years as Indian Spies near Wheeling.
---from email of Lee Bain - [email protected]

46. JOHN GRAY, The Last Surviving Veteran of the American Revolution.
....Born 6 January 1764, near Mount Vernon, Fairfax County, Virginia. Died 29 March 1868, near Hiramsburg, Noble County, Ohio at 104 years, 2 months, 23 days.
....Time rolled on, and the beautiful region "north-west of the river Ohio" was, in the year 1802, erected into a state, and John Gray, after changing his residence once or twice, settled down on the waters of Duck creek, a tributary of the Ohio, within the limits of Noble (then Washington) county, in the new free, and prosperous state of Ohio.
(This is a great web-site tribute to John Gray and includes his portrait and biography, written by J.M. Dalzell in 1888 & transcribed by Jennifer Godwin)

47. Whipple's Run is a tributary of Duck Creek. Information about Commodore Abraham Whipple & his genealogy can be found at:

48. More about the early history & settlements. Families mentioned in this article include: ARCHER, WHITTEN, McELDOWNEY, VELLOM, VANWARTER, HENTHORN, ATKINSON, CROW, CLINE, DYE and more.

49. Soakum Festival in Noble County.
....."Noble County once had a little town called Soakum....well-placed to capitalize on the needs of travelers, being along Duck Creek......"

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