Clermont County Genealogical Society

The following account entitled 
Incidents In The Early History Of Clermont County

by Benjamin Morris, appeared in the Clermont Courier May 17, 1860, vol. xxiv no. 17and provides not only interesting reading but many valuable clues for genealogical research.

In the fall of the year 1802, Rev. John Collins came out from New Jersey to Williamsburg, and purchased of Gen. Lytle an entire survey of land, sufficient to make seven or eight good farms. The East Fork was the northern boundary of this land, from the mouth of Clover to within a quarter of a mile above the mouth of Ulrey's Run. There were four partners in this purchase, namely: John Collins, Cornelius McCollum, Isaac ffigbee and Josiah Albertson. Albertson never settled on his share of the land. A part of it was leased, and it finally fell into the hands of his children.

Early in the Spring of the year 1803, Collins, Higbee and McCollum moved out and divided the land. McCollum settled at the mouth of Clover; Higbee settled on the East Fork, below and adjoining McCo1lum; Collins settled on that part of the land nearest Ulrey's Run; his farm was called the "horseshoe bottom." Albertson's land was between Collins and Higbee.

The settlement commenced in 1803 by Collins, Higbee and McCollum, was the beginning of what was long known as the Jersey settlement. It was sometimes called Collin's settlement. The first log school-house erected there in was near the present grave-yard, and near what is now called the Bethel meeting House. Before 1807 the following heads of families lived within the school bounds of this school-house, without including any family west of Ulrey's Run, namely: Cornelius McCollum, Isaac Higbee, John Collins, Edw'd Doughty, Alexander Blair, John Drummond, James McIntosh, Robert Burnet, Thomas Cade, George Higbee, Michael Strickland, Widow Reeves, Jeremiah Foster, David White, John Jenkins, Edward Kinnan, Benj. Clark, Robert Loeds, Edward Barton, Robert Doughty, Daniel McCollum, Jesse Justice, and Thomas Page. These were all from the State of New Jersey, and in addition to these, there lived in said bounds, east of Ulrey's Run, William Simons, James Blackwood, Jos. Conn, Elia Gerard, Widow Henderson, a Mr. Mitchell, and a Mr. Sheppard. Blackwood was from Ireland; Widow Henderson from Virginia; and I do not remember where the others were from, if I ever knew.

The people west of Ulrey's Run were not considered as belonging to the Jersey settlement in 1807, though a number were in the school boundary at that time. The heads of families were: Jacob Ulrey, Daniel Tegarden, William Jeffers, Jacob Kriss, Christian Husong, Daniel Husong, and Widow Winans, the mother of William Winans, the well-known, popular Methodist preacher. It is my impression that none of the families named, west of Ulrey's Run, were from New Jersey. Regular circuit preaching did not commence at the town of Bethel until 1810, though such preaching commenced at Collins' school-house as early as 1804-5, and many attended such circuit preaching that did not live within the school boundary. The Swing family, the Dole family, two or three families north of the East Fork, George Meal, Joseph Jackson and others, attended such circuit preaching.

The following are the names and localities of some of the settlers who lived off the old State Road between Bethel and Ulrey's Run: Michael Strickland first built cabins near the east bank of Sugar-tree, about three quarters of a mile below the turnpike bridge. He was a blacksmith of great ingenuity, and a tolerable mechanic at any kind of work. He was a hard working man, and made substantial improvements on his land. He erected a good house and barn in view of the Macedony Mills, some little distance from his first cabin. He continued to work, to keep things in order on his farm, until near the close of his life, and died a very old man.

Thomas Page settled on the west side of Sugar-tree, and south of the turnpike, about three-fourths of a mile from what is now the turnpike bridge. In 180?, he dug a long mill-race on the west side of Sugar-tree, and erected a saw-mill within sight of the old State Road. Mr. Page inherited considerable wealth; he bought five hundred acres of land, and in addition to the saw-mill, made costly improvements on his land. After living on it eight or ten years, he engaged in merchandizing and a tan-yard at the mouth of Big Indian Creek; he was not prosperous, and sold his five hundred acres to a Mr. Simpson, who lived many years at Mr. Page's homestead, and his eon Samuel Simpson, now lives there, and owns a large part of the land. Alexander Blair bought land about a mile from Clover. He began the world poor, and raised a large family. In point of mind, he was a man considerably above mediocrity. He was many years one of the Associate Judges of the Court of Common Pleas in Clermont County. After living on his farm about twelve or fourteen years, he removed to Batavia, where he died a very old man. He was Post Master at Batavia many years; this fact I have state a little out of its proper place. James McIntosh started from New Jersey with a family of six or eight children, and with scarce sufficient means to bring him out. He raised a large family, all girls, and by the dint of strait-forward industry, he made a living and owned, at the time of his death, a comfortable brick house and fifty acres of land. He ever believed that the West was the place for poor men, and that he acted wisely in leaving New Jersey. His wife survived him a few years; the both died on their own ground, at an unusual old age. Their grand-children are now numerous.

 
 

BIRTHS
Birth Records
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Early Clermont Co. Births 1856-1857
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First Presbyterian Churches of Monroe
At Nicholsville & Bantam
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Baptisms of Children
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Anderson Township Births 1906-1907
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Old Bethel Church Baptisms
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Old Bethel Church Baptisms 1894-1908
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Early Births 1856
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MARRIAGES
Early Marriages 1800 - 1808
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 Marriage Book 13 1874-1876
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Goshen M. E. Church
Marriage

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DEATHS
Funerals Conducted by Rev. Hezekiah Hill 1862-1908
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The Old Village Graveyard

Deaths of Residents Over 75 in 1875

Infirmary Discharges That Mention a Burial Place

Death Dates from I.O.O.F. Lodge #313

Early Clermont Deaths from The Ohio Sun
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Obituaries From the Clermont Sun 1890-1891

Early Deaths from Clermont Sun 1855
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More Deaths 1857-1859
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Stirling & Moore Funeral Records 1888
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1880 Mortality Census
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Census
Goshen 1875 Quadrennial Census
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Quadrennial Census, Batavia, 1847

Quadrennial Census, Batavia, 1855

History
Incidents in The Early History of Clermont County
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Stonelick Historical Notes
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Vacation of a Road in
Union Township

Brown and Clermont County Families Mentioned
in the 1880 Clinton County History
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Day Book For Clarke & Frambes Mills 1838
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Immigration
Early Naturalizations from Common Pleas Minutes
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Citizenship Papers 1844-1900
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Names of New Found Naturalization Applicants
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Military
Veterans in Various Cemeterys
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Revolutionary War Soldiers

Clermont Courier Ads November 18, 1863
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Mexican War Veterans
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Revolutionary War Veterans
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Post Office
Post Marks of Clermont County
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Clermont Postmasters 1800 - 1930
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Early Unclaimed Letters

More Unclaimed Letters Unclaimed Letters 1855
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Bible Records
Manning Bible
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Banister Bible

Bible Records of James McKinnie 1830

Bible Records Index Volume Two

Bible Records Index Volume Three
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Churches
Old Bethel Church and Cemetery

History of Old Bethel Church 1868

Calvary Church and Cemetery Washington Twp
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Edenton Church 1861

Places

Perin Mills in 1863
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Goshen- Land Of Milk and Honey

First Settlers of Jackson Township

Legal Voters of Goshen Township 1855

Batavia in1847
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Poll Book Goshen Township 1853
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1840 Account Book, Laurel Ohio

Edenton School # 4 Pupils

Pensions

Pensions 1890

More Pensions 1890
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Other
Indentures 1825 - 1831

Index To General Store Account Book 1816-1819

Vital Statistics From An Old Record Book

Items from Clermont Courier 1836
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Clermont Pensioners 1883

Ohio Pioneers That Moved to Texas

Persons on the Petit Jury 1880

Jails and Sheriffs
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Items From Early Clermont Courier 1852
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Meeting of Patriarchs 1882
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Surrender Records From Childrens Home
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Gazetteer 1882
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Potpourri

Articles From The Clermont Sun 1889
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River Boatmen
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Sale of Delinquent Lands
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