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Source: The Zanesville Courier, Zanesville, Muskingum Co., Ohio
Saturday, November 24, 1877, page 1, columns 2-3
Contributed by Ky Longley
(note - this article is very faint and hard to read)

The Early History of Zanesville
by E.H.C.

For the Courier,

    David Harvey had four children by his first wife, and two by his second wife. His three daughters by his first wife were Mrs. Christian Spangler, Mrs. Jno. Harris and Mrs. Timberlake. Mrs Timberlake and David, his oldest son, came with their father when he first came West and settled on Salt Creek. Mrs. Christian Spangler came out in 1803, and Mrs Jno. Harris in 1804 or 1805. Mr. Harris settle don a farm two miles from Zanesville. Afterwards he moved to Zanesville and then removed back to his farm, and died there many years ago. Mrs Timberlake moved to Kentucky and located there many years ago, and became wealthy. Mrs. Harris had three sons and one daughter. Jno Harris Jr, was well known at one time in Zanesville, having been elected constable and re-elected several times. He died in 18??. Henry Harris, the second son, followed the calling of an auctioneer and v???due crier, the same calling followed by Benjamin Spangler at the present day. David Harris, his youngest son is Principal of the Public Schools in the Eighth ward. Mary married Wm. McMillan. David Harvey purchased for John Harvey, the eldest son of his second wife, after the war of 1812, a tanyard south of Robertson's tanyard. The water was brought in pipes placed under the ground into the vats, from Reservoir ???. He also built for his son a large bark house and bard mill, and made all arrangements for tanning, but for some ??? it never went into operation. Mr. David Harvey died in 18??.

    A few months after the death of his father John Harvey went west and settled. At the sale of property after the death of David Harvey, Je??ey Price, purchased the tanyard and fixtures with 2? acres of ground. He tore down the bark house and erected it upon his farm. Peter Harvey, the youngest son lived with his mother in the homestead until her death. Peter was fond of intoxicating drinks. At some future time I will give the history of Peter's military career. Samuel Parker and William Launder(?) came from London, England, to New York, in a sailing vessel. On the passage they formed the acquaintance of Dr. Richard Hillier and wife who were also on their way from London to the new world. After landing in New York, the concluded to emigrate to Ohio. Accordingly Parker and Lo???mier, each purchased a wagon and two horses with which to make the journey. Mr. Parker had a wife and two children George and ???mas. Mr. L???der was unmarried. Parker and Launder(?) arrived in Zanesville November 27, 1801. Dr. Hiller stopped in St. Clairsville until the following spring and then moved to Zanesville. Mrs. Hiller taught school in St. Clairsville during the winter, being a lady naturally intellectual and well educates. Messrs Parker and Lounder(?) purchased the corner lot on Seventh and Main streets from John Green for $??? which lot at the time of the purchase had a cabin on it with the expectation of living in the cabin, but the occupant would not vacate until spring. It was difficult at that day to rent a home. Parker and Launder were chairmakers by trade, and they made the first split-bottom and ????-bottom chairs ever manufactured in Zanesville. They worked together for several years here. In the fall of 1804?, Zanesville could boast of twenty-one cabins and about 115 inhabitants. The principal inhabitants of Zanesville at that time were engaged in the following pursuits.

    William McCullough, ferryman, at the east of Main street; John McIntire, hotel keeper, on Second and Market streets: Jno. Greene, hotel keeper, head of Main street; Wm. Reynolds, hotel keeper, southwest corner of Seventh and Main streets; Monroe & Converts, merchants, southeast corner of First and main streets; James Cordery, hotel keeper, northwest corner of Sixth and Main streets: David Harvey, hotel keeper, southwest corner of Third and Main; Jeffrey Price, merchant, southwest corner of Fountain alley and First street: Solomon Groves, blacksmith, northeast corner of Court alley and Main street; William Wells, surveyor and land agent, and collector of taxes from non-resident (cabin) northeast corner of Fountain alley and First street: Co???m Johnston and William Smith, land agents, from Philadelphia, boarded with McIntire: Robert Tav??, hotelkeeper, south-west corner of Sixth and Main streets: Abel Lewis, Clerk of the Court: William Montgomery, hotel keeper, southeast corner of Sixth and Main sts; Wi?? Sillimon, the first lawyer and land register in Zanesville, on the southwest corner of First and main streets; Lewis Cass, the second lawyer and first State's Attorney; James and David Herron, hatters, Mud hollow, south side; Paul Ha???n hotel keeper, southwest foot of Fourth street, near the lower ferry: A??? McClain, carpenter; Brazilla Rice, the first brickmaker in Zanesville; Martin Luther Lou?? Slagor on the ??? Slagor ??? ??? Banner, first Sheriff of Muskingum county ; William Allen, his first deputy; Thomas Van S??????, of Chillicothe, first Receiver of Public moneys in the Zanesville Land office; Captain James Taylor, boarded with Jno. McIntire; Christian Spangler, blacksmith, north ?? corner of Main and Third streets; W?? C???n, merchant, northwest corner of Fifth and Main streets; John Houck(?), ??? by trade; Joseph N ???? tailor, in a cabin on the lot now owned by Jones & Abbot; Wm. Craig, carpenter, by trade; John Cordery, rough carpenter; Elijah Ross, gunsmith, a single man.

    In 18??, one-third the number of cabins in the place were hotels. The emigrants on their way westward, at that day, came to Zanesville, and then from this point proceeded west, north and south. Those going north passed over the upper ferry. Those going west and south-west, either passed over the middle ferry or lower ford, or ferry. Some nights the taverns, or hotels, would be full of emigrants, seeking homes in the West. In 1803 Rev. Harris, of Boston, traveled through the western country, and passed through Zanesville, and places the number of cabins in Springfield, at that date, at 13, in Zanesville at 10, Lancaster, 8; St. Clairsville, 7.

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