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Early Settlers


Transcription contributed by Martie Callihan 20 February 2005


The History of Warren County Ohio
Part IV Township Histories
Wayne Township by Judge John W. Keys
(Chicago, IL: W. H. Beers Co, 1882; reprint, Mt. Vernon, IN: Windmill Publications, 1992)


The account of the trip through from Philadelphia by Messrs. Baily and Highway to Waynesville, and of the parties that accompanied them from Columbia, is silent as to the names of the persons. Enough, however, is known that the young Englishmen whom Mr. Highway hired in Philadelphia for two years for 50 pounds currency, were John and Samuel Tamset, and the two women mentioned in the narrative were their wives. They afterward settled a short distance west of Waynesville on tracts of land each of eighty acres (now owned by S. S. Haines). Each of them raised large families of children. John died about 1824, and Samuel, in 1830, sold out, and, with his family, moved to the St. Joseph country. The wives they brought with them from England both died, and they afterward married sisters by the name of Clark. Their only descendants remaining are John Tamset, near Raysville, and Sarah Pugh, at Bell Brook, children of John.

Culbert Watson came to the town from Columbia with Highway, and drove one of the wagons. He shortly after came to the township and settled on Section 33, Town 4, Range 5.

Rev. James Smith, who was in Waynesville in October, 1797, mentions in his journal the fact that there were then about fourteen families settled here. I have made every effort that has suggested itself to my mind to get their names or a part of them, but without success.

I supposed when I first read the mention of Highway by the Rev. Smith,

that Highway had emigrated to this country but a short time before making a settlement here. I have since seen a record of an oath of his, made for the purpose of becoming naturalized, in 1804, in which he stated he had been a citizen of the State of Ohio and of the Northwest Territory for twelve years; that would have brought him into the territory in 1792.

I will give the names of such as I have of settlers after those I have mentioned, viz., Abijah O'Neall and family, James Corey, Josiah Sutton, Charles Monroe, Ezekiel Bell, Mr. Isham, John Quigley, William Mills.

In 1799, Martin Hester lived on a part of Section 10, Town 4, Range 4. Obediah Walker lived on the same section; a man by the name of J. Sutton lived on said section at a later date. Abraham Studybaker and —— Miller lived on Survey No. 2,464.

In 1800, Samuel Martin, who lived at the upper end of Waynesville, built a large two-story log dwelling, and sunk a tanyard on the flat on the opposite side of the road as it is now, also under the hill, a brewery and distillery; his water supply came from Satterthwaite's spring. He also kept a hotel.

In 1801, Samuel Kelly, David Faulkner, David Painter, James Mills, Joshua Carman, William James. In the fall of that year Ezekiel Cleaver came here from Virginia, leaving his family at Brownsville, and put up a house at the crossing of Third and Miami street, on the east corner of said crossing in Waynesville, and, in the spring of 1802, moved here with his family. With him came John Mullen, Rowland Richards, David Holloway and others. The same year, Samuel Linton, of Pennsylvania, moved here with three sons and two daughters. He afterward settled on Todd's Fork. Henry Seaman and Jonathan Newman came here that year with their families. Newman came first from South Carolina and settled in Tennessee, and after that removed here.

In 1803, I find Jemima Wright and her family—Jane, Joshua, Jemima, Joab and Joel were here with others whose names I have been unable to obtain.

In 1804, among others, Edward Kinley, Robert Furnas, Amos Cook, William Lupton, Samuel Spray, Solomon Lupton, Jordan Whitsen, Amos Hawkins, David Pugh, Matthew Compton, John Jay, Samuel Pearson, Benjamin Evans, Charles Bridges, Asher Brown, John Embree, Thomas Perkins, Isaac Perkins, John Beales, Joseph Wilson and John Furnas and the families of all that had families, and Noah Haines and John Haines and Isaac Ward.

In 1805, Azariah Pugh, Ellis Pugh, George C. Ward, Isaac Cook, Nathaniel Edwards and their families, Seth Silver and daughter, Samuel Test, John Sanders, Joseph Cloud, David Jones, Jonathan Wright and the families of such as had them.

In 1806, Gaines and Philip Goode, Benjamin Hopkins, Jonathan Wright, Isaac Cook, David Suffrins, Hezekiah Sanders, Jonah Wright, Joel Wright, Israel Wright, George Phillips, John Wright, Samuel Gause and their families.

In 1807, David Faulkner, Isaac Haskit, Edward Thomas, Jonathan Crispin, Nathan and Richard Goodwin. Also previous to 1810, Joseph Chenoweth, Burwell Goode, Thomas Clark, Alexander Stewart, Robert Sale, Allen Clutch, Cornelius Morford and John Craft were here. I might here mention that previous to 1820, John Satterthwaite, Obediah Smith, David Morgan, George Isham, Benjamin Jones, James Boyd, Jesse Palmer, Samuel Boyd, Joshua Merryman, Thomas Hall, Elias Hollingsworth, Aquilla West, Philip Pedrick, Luther Ball, Eli Cook, Abram Elliott, Francis Cunningham, William Hendley, Thomas Holloway, Henry Clark, Enoch Gardner, Jesse Johnson, Wright Cook, Moses Martindale, Joseph Rogers, Sr., Joseph Rogers, Samuel Rogers, William Bunting, Thomas and John Bunting, Isaac Keys, James Holland, Thomas Bispham, Ezra Adams, William Barton, Elias

Cabe, Daniel Antram, John Clements. Benjamin Barnhart, Joshua Jones, John Worrell, Thomas Swift, Isaac Brazetton, John Everhart. John Archer, John Pool, Jack Brown, Jacob Mintle, Israel Williams. Jacob Clark. ———— Ray, Samuel Cornell, Thomas Ricket, William Moore, James Smith. Joseph Mannington, William Wilkerson, Robert Cummins, Isaac Johns, Samuel Welch, Abraham Bowman, William Martindale, Elias Cabe and many others that do not now occur to me were residents.

William James came here in 1801, and settled on Section 3. Town 3, Range 5; he was elected as one of eight members of the Legislature from Hamilton County in the first general election under the constitution of 1802, and was a member at the time of the formation of Warren County, and was elected one of the first Associate Judges of the county, and assisted in dividing the county into townships. In 1804, he rode horseback to Columbia to attend a Baptist association, of which order he was an active member, and was injured in the ride and died at Columbia and was buried there.

Intemperance and other follies gave trouble to the Friends; occasionally some of their members would be addicted to them, but it can be said of them as a class that they always bore testimony against those follies, and always exercised a fraternal watchfulness and care over their members.

In 1812, Ezekiel Cleaver rode horseback from here to Baltimore to attend a Yearly Meeting of the Friends; his daughter Abigail, then about sixteen years of age, made the trip with him.

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