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Painesville Township Poll Books
1804, 1816, 1840

The following poll book information found in the Painesville, Ohio Telegraph, 19 July 1888, page 3 was digitized by teen volunteer Ray Julian. A transcription was published in the Lake County Genealogical Society newsletter LakeLines 15:3 (1989) p. 27-28



Old Time Records. The Telegraph is in possession of several of the poll books of elections held in Painesville at an early date in the present century, two of which, 1804 and 1816, we copy verbatim:

1804

Poll book of the election held in the township of Painesville, County of Trumbull, on the second day of April, A.D. 1804, for the purpose of electing three county commissioners, agreeable to law.

I do hereby certify that David Abbot, Ebenezer Merry and Anson Sessions, judges, and Edward Paine, Jr. and Abr'm Tappen, clerks of the election held in the township of Painesville, County of Trumbull, on the second day of April A.D., 1804, were severally sworn as the law directs previous to their entering on the duties of their respective offices.

Jesse Phelps, Justice of the Peace

Amasa Bloss
George Whitehill
Edward Paine Jr.
Anson Sessions
John Walworth
Jonathan Root
John Ross
Richard Gifford
Benjamin Bridges
Ralph Bacon
John Danforth
Alanson Pease
Robert Martin
Charles Parker
David Abbot
David Chaudler
Joseph Rider
Jesse Phelps
Abrm Tappen
Robt Russel
Jared Ward
Francis Smith
Ebenezer Merry
Clark Parker
Benjamin Nye
Peter French
Isaac Palmer
Joel Paine
John Huston
Ebenezer Nye
Wm. McMullen
James Trebel
Elah Clapp
Eli Bond

Judges of Election
David Abbot
Anson Sessions
Ebenezer Merry
Clerks of Election
Edward Paine, Jr.
Ab'm Tappen

The following is the number of votes given for each person for County Commissioner: William Rayn, 25; Homer Hine 24; David Hudson 22; Orestis K. Hawley, 11; Turkand Kirtland, 10; David Abbot, 1; Amos Spafford, 8; Jesse Phelps, 1.

Judges of the Election
David Abbot
Anson Sessions
Ebenezer Merry
Clerks of Election
Edward Paine, Jr.
Ab'm Tappen


1816

Poll book of the election held in the township of Painesville, in the county of Geauga, on the first day of November, one thousand, eight hundred and sixteen. George Warner, Benjamin Blish, Jr. and Christopher Crofts, judges; Daniel Kerr and Franklin Paine, Clerks of this election were severally sworn as the law directs previous to their entering on the duties of their respective offices.

Eli Bond
Solomon Kingsbury
Daniel Kerr
Samuel S. Dodge
George Warner
Franklin Paine
William H. Harmon
Marvin Huntington
Henry T. Babcock
John Carrel
William Kerr
Ebenezer Williams
Squire Springs
Anson Sessions
Christopher Crofts
Ben. Blish, Jr.
Daniel Olds, Jr.
George Caldwell
James Foss
Nehemiah Ramond

It is hereby certified that the number of electors at this election amounts to twenty-one.

Judges
Benj. Blish, Jr.
George Warner
Chris'r Crofts

Clerks
Franklin Paine
Danl Kerr

The above are all dead. Franklin Paine who died Jan.7 1884 at the age 93 being the last survivor.

In 1828 at the October election there were 200 votes polled.


1840

In 1840, at the Presidential election, held October thirtieth, there were 489 votes cast in Painesville, of which William Henry Harrison received 348, Martin Van Buren, 134, and James G. Burney, (Abolition) 7.

Of these voters, 318 are known to be dead, 43 are known to be living, and 128 cannot be accounted for.

Of the 43 who are known to be living, 20 voted for Harrison who will vote for Harrison in '88 and 10 voted for Van Buren who will vote for Cleveland in '88.

Following are the name of those who voted for Harrison in 1840 and will vote for Harrison in 1888. Those marked with * were then, as now, residents of Painesville:
*Christopher Morse
*S. C. Hickox*
*Wm. A. Blair
*John Seymour
*O. J. Lines
*Wm. Clayton
*Chas. Smart
*Jacob G. Flanders
Lord Sterling
F. W. Wilkes
James Thompson
Isaac Sherman
*Wm. Lockwood
James Florence
*Capt. J.W. Averill Sr.
Reuben Burnham
Dr. D. M. Young
Benj. Wright
H. Nottingham
H. C. Gray
H. F. Green
John Dickinson
E. Biggs
J. B. Hodges
Noah Brainard
W. H. Stocking
A. Shedd
Chauncey Morse
Leonard Abbey
*H. Cole
*L. E. Miller
*T. Whitaker
*D. Donaldson
*D. B. Clayton
*R. F. Benedict
D. N. Bacon
*John Blee
A. B. Turney
David H. Gray
Isaac Everett
Chas. A. Avery
H. G. Dean
Rev. A. Phelps
Chas. Waterman
H. Barber
C. P. Mayo
H. Cummings
S. Bigler
H.W. Payne
H. B. Green
Chas. R. Stone
C. Quinn
G. R. Cowles
S. M. St.John
*Roswell Hayes
L. Curtis
Phillipp Churchward
John Corkins

[The newspaper article concluded with the following suggestion:]
The Telegraph invites its readers throughout the county to send in the names of all those who voted for Harrison in 1840, and expect to vote for Harrison in 1888.

It has been suggested that each township organize a "Harrison Veteran Club" and that they be made auxiliary to a Lake County Harrison Veteran Club.

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