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Biography for Adam Simon, Jacob Simon (2), and Michael Simon and family who lived in Washington County PA at one time but who moved to Boardman Township, Mahoning County, Ohio

Searched and typed by Judith Florian

Background of migration into Ohio via The Connecticut Land Company 


Note:  If you download the entire biography of either volume, the book page numbers do not match the PDF page numbers, but the webmaster gives both numbers on each biography.

Boardman Township, Ohio

Among those who came to Boardman [, Ohio] as early as 1801, and from that time until 1810, were several families by the name SIMON, from Washington county, Pennsylvania. Of these, probably Adam SIMON came first. He settled on the farm now owned by Michael SIMON. Soon afterward came Jacob SIMON. Michael Simon came a few years later with several sons and daughters, all of whom settled in the northern part of the township. Among his children were Adam, Peter, Jacob, Abraham, and Henry. [Note: Naming them does not mean they also moved to the same location or moved at all.]

There were two Jacob SIMONs, Jacob, the son of Michael, being known as "Schoolmaster Jake"--thus distinguishing him from "Mill Creek Jake," who settled farther to the westward [at Mill Creek Ohio]. All of the SIMONs brought up large families, and many of their descendants still reside here.

George ZEDAKER and his son John came from Washington county, Pennsylvania, in 1802 or 1803. J. P. ZEDAKER, a son of John ZEDAKER, now lives upon the farm where they located. John ZEDAKER was a soldier in the War of 1812, and was the last survivor in Boardman [Ohio] of the soldiers of that war. He died several years ago.

[The following 5 paragraphs do NOT specifically say the parties came from Washington county, Pennsylvania, but are included in the online record because of the ambiguity in the book; the first names [SIMON, ZEDAKER] were from Washington county, Pennsylvania, and the following names are sandwiched between them and BALDWIN, of Washington county, Pennsylvania. So chances are all of the following also came from Washington county, Pennsylvania.]

Isaac HANKINS, an early comer, settled on Benjamin McNUTT's farm, in the northern part of the township. About the year 1815 he sold his farm to "Preacher" Hewett [i.e. HEWITT?] and moved away.

George POPE, an early settler, also located on a part of the McNUTT farm, which he bought from HANKINS. Later he moved to the northwestern part of the township, and settled near Mill creek [Mahoning Co Ohio]. He attained the age of ninety-eight years. He was a native of Virginia.

Other early settlements were made in the SIMONs neighborhood by a man named FEESTER, Martin DUSTMAN, who settled near the north line of the township, and Henry DUSTMAN, on the farm now owned by Samuel MOYER.

Andrew HULL settled quite early on the farm now belonging to Thomas MATTHEWS.

John NORTHRUP came about 1811. He was a carpenter by trade. He resided at the center [of the township] for a short time, then moved south of there, and afterwards went West.

John TWISS came in 1818, Charles TWISS in 1819. The latter is still living.

Amos BALDWIN, a native of Connecticut, moved here from Washington county, Pennsylvania, in 1811, and settled on Mill Creek. His son, Asa BALDWIN, born in 1798, still resides in Boardman. Amos BALDWIN moved to Trumbull county, where he died in 1850 at the age of eighty-six. He brought up seven sons and two daughters. Three of his sons, John, Garry, and Asa, settled in Boardman.

[Another 4 paragraphs give NO indication of the people being from Washington county, Pennsylvania.

[Eli BALDWIN of Conneticut acted as the land agent for Elijah BOARDMAN, "who owned the greater part of land in" Boardman Township. [Ed Note]

Source:  WILLIAMS, p. 85 [PDF 128]

Boardman, Ohio

Michael SIMON, farmer, Boardman township, Mahoning county [, Ohio], was born in Boardman township July 13, 1820. His father, Adam SIMON, was one of the earliest settlers in the county, having come here from Washington county, Pennsylvania, about the year 1800. He was father of six children, three of whom are living, viz: Andrew, Reinhart, and Michael. The two first named reside in Wood county [, ohio]. Michael SIMON was married, in 1846, to Rosini GENTHOLTZ, a native of Wittenburg, Germany. They have seven children living, five deceased, viz: Ezra A., born March 26, 1848; Lenora C., born March 26, 1848; Lenora C., born March 26, 1848; Cornelius A., born February 25, 1850; Catharine E., born December 15, 1851, married Mr. STEMPEL, died September 19, 1873; Rebecca M., born April 1, 1853; Caroline S., born May 5, 1855; Julius A., born October 24, 1856; Elmer E., Bishop C., Ira C., born July 21, 1861. Bishop died August 22, 1861; Ira died February 12, 1862; and Warren, born May 3, 1868. Mr. and Mrs. SIMON belong to the Lutheran church. Mr. SIMON is a Republican. He is a leading farmer and respected citizen.

WILLIAMS, p. 96 [PDF 145]

Source for Background: Tract No. 96 Annual Report of The Western Reserve Historical Society (Inc. 1867).  "The Connecticut Land Company and Accompanying Papers". October, 1916.  Parts I and II. Published Cleveland, Ohio: 1916   Sub-section:  Land Papers   Sub-section:  The Connecticut Land Company: A Study in the Beginnings of Colonization of the Western Reserve by Claude L. Shepard.

Sources for biographies: (book) History of Trumbull and Mahoning Counties: with illustrations and biographical sketches, Volume 1 (Google eBook; History Category) H.Z. Williams & Bros.  H. Z. Williams, 1882.

(book) History of Trumbull and Mahoning Counties: with illustrations and biographical sketches, Volume 2 (Google eBook; History Category ).  H. Z. Williams & Bros.  H.  Z. Williams, 1882.

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