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Biography for George ZEDAKER and his son John 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

George ZEDAKER and his son John [ZEDAKER] 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 Bpardman.

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

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

WILLIAMS, p. 85 [PDF 128]


Boardman, Ohio
"BETHLEHEM CHURCH - This is a union church belonging to the two societies, the Lutherans and the German Reformed. Through the efforts of the SIMONs families and others a log house was built at a very early date and used as a place of worship for many years. The first preacher was a man named STOUGH. Later Rev. Henry HEWETT [or HEWITT], who married a daughter of Michael SIMON, was the pastor. This church is located on the north line of the township, one mile from the eastern corner.

The first graveyard of the Germans was on the farm of Adam SIMON. After the first church was built [comma] a cemetery was established near by, in which the remains of Henry DUSTMAN were the first to be interred.

Regular services are held alternately by the two societies, but the membership of each is quite small. The present house was erected in 1845. The log house was erected as early as 1810, and was the first house of worship built in the township.

WILLIAMS, p. 89 [PDF 134]


Webmaster's note: The Zedaker / Zediker family lived at Zediker Station, Zediker Station Road, South Strabane Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania and have continued raising families in the area.  Elizabeth Flowers (mother was Mary A. Lane Flowers) married John (Jack) Zediker.  John Zediker was a local huckster.  The family also engaged in farming and oil interests. 

Webmaster's note:  The Hewitt / Hewett families were also in Washington County, Pennsylvania, but I do not know if Rev. Henry HEWETT [or HEWITT] was related to them; the connection with the Simon family makes me think that Reverend Hewett was probably of the Washington County, Pennsylvania Hewitts.

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.

See also: The book "Dutch Glory" by Margaret M. Simon is out of print and hard to find.  
Simon, Margaret Miller.
Dutch Glory : Church Register, 1791-1860, of the Bethlehem Lutheran and Reformed Church, Bethlehem Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania. Descriptors: Bethlehem (Washington County, Pa. : Township); Genealogy; Washington County (Pa.); Registers of births, etc. Pennsylvania; Bethlehem (Washington County); Washington County; Bethlehem Lutheran and Reformed Church (Washington County, Pa.). translated, arranged, and indexed by Margaret Miller Simon.; Includes index. Youngstown, Ohio: Mahoning County Chapter, Ohio Geneal. Society, 1981. F159.B5 S58

See also: Information Card for Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery  ("Dutch Glory") 
in the Washington County PAGenWeb Cemetery Database

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