Richland County Resources

Richland County Resources

Facts & Figures

County Seat:



1813 (March 1)

Parent County:



497 square miles

Named For:

Named for the excellent character of the soil.


North Central Ohio.


About on half of the country is level, inclining to clay, the remainder is rolling, adapted to wheat and corn.

Major Cities, Villages

Mansfield, Shelby, Butler, Bellville, Lexington, Loudonville, Lucas, Ontario, Plymouth, Shiloh.


1820: 9,169, 1830:24,006, 1850:30,879, 1900:44,289, 1990:126,100

People of Note:

John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed), Jedediah Smith (Mountain Man & Santa Fe Trail pioneer), John Sherman (Secretarry of State/U.S. Senator, father of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act), Mathias Day (founder of Daytona Beach, FL), Louis Bromfield (writer, conservationist & owner of Malabar Farm), Mordecai Bartley (18th Ohio Governor 1844-1846), Thomas Bartley (17th Ohio Governor 1844).

Congressional Medal of Honor Winners:

Matthias W. Day (Indian Campaigns), Smith Larimer (Civil War), Harry Linn Martin (WWII), John F. Rowalt (Indian Campaigns).

Historical Notes:

A large proportion of the early settlers of Richland emigrated from Pennsylvania, many of whom were of German origin, and many Scotch-Irish Presbyterians. It was first settled, about the year 1809, on branches of the Mohican. The names of the first settlers, as far as recollected, are Henry M'Cart, Andrew Craig, James Cunningham, Abm. Baughman, Henry Nail, Samuel Lewis, Peter Kinney, Calvin Hill, John Murphy, Thomas Coulter, Melzer Tannehill, Isaac Martin, Stephen Van Schoick, Archibald Gardner and James M'Clure.
In September 1812, shortly after the breaking out of the war with Great Britain, two blockhouses were built in Mansfield. One stood about six rods west of the site of the courthouse, and the other a rod or two north. The first was built by a company commanded by Capt. Shaeffer from Fairfield County, and the other by the company of Col. Chas. Williams, of Coshocton. A garrison was stationed at the place, until after the battle of the Thames.
From: Historical Collections of Ohio in Two Volumes, An Encyclopedia of the State, Henry Howe,, C.H. Krehbiel & Co., Printers and Binders, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1888.

Historical Society

Richland County Historical Society

153 North Linden Road, Mansfield, Ohio 44906
Phone: 419.525.1878

Genealogical Society

Richland County Genealogical Society

PO Box 3823, Mansfield, Ohio 44907-0323

Convention & Visitor's Bureau

Mansfield & Richland County Convention & Visitors Bureau

124 North Main Street, Mansfield, Ohio 44902
Phone: 419.525.1300 or 800.642.8282
Fax: 419.524.7722

County Courthouse

Richland County Administration Building

50 Park Avenue East, Mansfield, Ohio 44902

County Recorder's Office

Richland County Recorders

Richland County Recorder, Sarah M. Davis, 50 Park Avenue East, Mansfield, Ohio 44902
Phone: 419.774.5602 or 419.774.5600
Office Hours:
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

County Library

Mansfield/Richland County Public Library

43 West Third Street, Mansfield, Ohio
Phone: 419.521.3100

Other Resources

Political Graveyard

Richland County Politicians

North Central Technical College

2441 Kenwood Circle, Mansfield, Ohio 44901
Phone: 888.755.4899

Ohio State University, Mansfield Campus


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