Early Perry Twp. People

Richland Co., Ohio


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Early Perry Twp. People

Bellville Messenger:  08 January 1903, Vol. 11, No. 1


Submitted by Amy


Of Perry Township people, past and present, the names of the following families are prominent:  Hosack, Bigbee, Sagar, Bisel, Mann, Ewers, Toben, Painter, Follin, Culp, McFerren, McDonald, Hardman, Poorman, Baughman, Walters, Eckert, Craven, Olin, Coursen, Kochheiser, Daily, Ruhl, Lantz, Baker, Steel, Hiskey and others.  

Jacob Algire settled in Perry Twp. in 1827.  His wife's maiden name was Mary McFerren.  

David Buckingham came in 1823, and in 1840 married Eliza Broadbeck, a relative of the Shaucks.

Bickley Craven was born in Perry Twp., and his wife's name was Sarah Woodrow.

Jackson and Samuel Eby came from Pennsylvania in 1831 and built a saw mill in 1836 and a grist mill in 1837, on the Clearfork, called "The Perry Mills", and operated the same for thirty-seven years.  

Jacob Erow came from Green County in 1857, and served in the Union army during the war of the rebellion.  

John Garver came from Pennsylvania with his parents in 1834.  He married a daughter of Jacob Hardman.

John Hannawalt was born in Baltimore in 1803.  He came to Ohio at an early day and purchased the Herring mills, which he operated for many years.  His wife's maiden name was Susan Klinefelter.  Their son, J.L. Hannawalt, is a resident of Mansfield.  

Jonathan Huntsman came in 1816.  He married Nancy Wherry.  The Huntsman family is one of the most numerous in the township and are well-to-do people. 

The Lantz family came in 1833.  Samuel Lantz married Leah Brubaker

Alexander McKinley settled in Perry in 1864.  His wife's maiden name was Jerush Runyan.  

The Olins came from Vermont.  Gideon Olin, father of Nathaniel Olin, was a major in the war of the rebellion, was a judge of the court and a member of congress.  Nathaniel Olin was the grandfather of Olin M. Farber, of Mansfield.

The Painter family came in 1813, and located in the southeast part of the township.  

In 1827 Robert Parker came from Baltimore in a one-horse wagon and located in Perry Township.  

Thomas Phillips settled in Perry in 1814 and married a daughter of Abraham Hetrick.  Mr. Phillips was, in his day, one of the most prominent men in the township.  His son William was a member of the Sixty-Fourth O.V.I., and was killed at the battle of Stone River, Dec. 31, 1862.  

The Ruhl family have been prominent and prosperous for several generations. 

John Steel was born in Perry Township in 1818 and Steel Run in the eastern part of the township was named for him.

Mrs. Ida Eckert Lawrence, of Toledo, lived in Perry Township when she was a young girl.  She is now called the "Ohio poet" and has within the past decade risen from state, not only to national, but to international fame.  Newspapers and critics of two continents have accorded her praise.

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