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History of
Auglaize Township

(Source History of Allen County,
Chicago, Warner, Beers & Co., 1885)

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CHAPTER XVII.
AUGLAIZE TOWNSHIP


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This township forming the southwest corner of the county north of the line of Auglaize County , west of the line of Hardin County , and south and east of Jackson and Perry Townships , was established by order of the Commissioners of Allen County, March 5, 1832. In December of that year the township of Scioto was disestablished and attached to Auglaize Township for judicial purposes. Until the establishment of Perry Township in December, 1833, the twelve eastern sections of that township formed a portion of Auglaize Township . Since that time what is known as original Township 4 south, Range 8 east, constitutes this division of the county. The villages known as Westminster , West Newton and South Maysville belong to Auglaize Township . The population in 1880 was 1,749. The increase since 1880, based on school statistics of 1884, which give an enumeration of 204 boys and 241 girls, an aggregate school population of 505, is not remarkable.

The pioneers of Auglaize Township were Francis Stevenson, John and Arabella Goode, who settled here in 1829. In March, 1830, the Stevenson family came to take possession of the home selected by the pioneer in 1829. Francis Stevenson died in 1847, and the year following his wife died. Tolson Ford, James Hamilton, Henry Weaver and Robert Underwood arrived in 1830, and the following year, Isaac, John, Daniel and Samuel Shockey, and David Serkes came in. The authentic record of early settlement is given in the chapter dealing with the pioneers of the county, in that portion of it where the tax-payers of Auglaize, in 1834, are named. The following record of purchasers of Government lands in this township is not only valuable as being historical in every sense; but also as a testimonial to the men who purchased, as it were, the liberty to reclaim the wilderness.

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U. S. LANDS ENTERED IN AUGLAIZE 1830-52.

Jacob Sellers, Jr., section 1, 1834.
John Swain. Jr.. section I. 1836.
Andrew Grubb, section 1, 1836.
John Bosher, section 1. 1836.
Joshua Braddock, section 1, 1834.
William Hunter, section 1, 1837.
David Robinson, section 1. 1836.
Jacob Sellers, section 2, 1834.
Robert Guthrie, section 2, 1836.
Demas Adams, section 2, 1836.
George Houseman, Sr., section 3, 1836.
Andrew Grubb, section 3, 1836.
Jotham Clark.1 section 3. 1835.
Daniel Leatherman, section 3, 1635.
Michael Leatherman, section 4, 1835.
James William Jameson, section 4, 1835.
Jeremiah Rigel, section 4, 1835.
James Chamberlain, section 4,1835.
Elia Adams, section 4, 1836.
Samuel H. Jameson, section 4. 1835.
Charles Baker, section 4, 1836.
Charles Baker, section 5, 1836.
Thomas Cairn, section 8. 1834.
James Dennison. section 9. 1635.
James Chamberlain, section 9, 1835.
Wm. Keith, Sr.. section 9. 1835.
Samuel Bowdle, section 9, 1836.
John Hllliberger. section 9. 1839.
Elia Adams, section 9. 1836.
Joseph Austin, section 9. 1836.
John Vermillion, section 9. 1834.
Elijah Williams, section 10. 1835.
Jacob L. Baker, section 10, 1836.
Wm. Valentine, section 10, 1836.
John Swain. Jr.. section 10, 1836.
Demas Adams , section 10, 1836.
John Vermillion, section 10, 1834.
Thomas Guthrie, section 10, 1836.
Wm. Keith, section 11, 1835.
James Keith, section 11. 1836.
Josiah Barton, section 11, 1834.
Peter Miller, section 11. 1835.
Enoch Williams, section 12. 1837.
Daniel Leatherman, section 12. 1836.
Robert Guthrie, section 12. 1836.
Wm. Keith, section 12, 1835.
Peter Miller, section 12, 1835.
Samuel Hoover. Sr., section 13, 1836.
William Keith, section 13, 1836.
David F. Whitford, section 13, 1839.
Josias Scott, section 13, 1836.
John B. Hover, section 13,1836.
Urra Lawrence, section 13, 1838.
John Williams, section 18. 1836.
John Smith, section 13, 1836.
Henry Humberger. section 14. 1836.
John Dobbins, section 14. 1836.
Mary King, section 14. 1836.
Samuel King, section 14, 1836.
Christian King, section 15. 1836.
William Valentine, section 15, 1836.
William Keith. Sr., section 15. 1836.
John Humbargcr. section 15. 1836.
Alexander Young, section 15. 1832,
Levi Harrod. Sr., section 15. 1832.
William Brougham, section 16, 1852.
John 8. Shockey, section 16. 1852.
John P. Haller, section 16,1852.
Harrison Clawson . section 16, 1852.
Abram Embsberger, section 16. 1862.
John Isenogle, section 16, 1852.
Henry Hulllberger, section 16, 1852.

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John Hullibergcr. section 17. 1836.
James Denison, section 17, 1836.
William Keith, section 17. 1835.
Alexander Creps. section 17. 1833.
David Serks. section 17, 1831.
Henry Weaver, section 17, 1830.
Francis Stevenson, section 17, 1830.
Alexander Creps, section 18, 1833.
Henry Shallenberger. section 18, 1832.
Nicholas D. Marrs. section 18. 1833.
Thomas Ford, section 18, 1833.
George Sevur, section 18, 1833.
Alexander Creps. section 19. 1833.
Abner Smith, section 19, 1834.
Thomas Asking, section 19, 1832.
Philip Smith, section 19. 1832.
John Shockey, section 19. 1833.
Aurora Smith, section 19, 1835.
David Ford, section 19, 1833.
And. McCoy, section 19, 1833.
James Calvin, section 19, 1832.
Francis Stevenson, section 20. 1830.
Jacob Rudy, section 20, 1832.
Isaac Stiles, section 20, 1835.
John Stevenson, section 20. 1833.
Ell Stevenson, section 20. 1833.
Samuel Asking, section 20. 1832.

Samuel Sbockcy, section 21, 1830.
Charles Shockey, section 21, 1834.
Joseph Ashum. section 21, 1833.
James Stevenson, section 21, 1833.
Hiram Hullinger, section 21. 1835.
Francis Stevenson, section 21. 1831.
James Hamilton, section 21, 1830.
Robert Underwood, section 21, 1830.
William Holt, section 22. 1832.
William Hays, section 22, 1836.
George Stubbs, section 22,1835.
George Ford, section 22. 1834.
Samuel Hockey, section 22, 1834.
Levi Harrod. Sr., section 22. 1832.
Tolson Ford, section 22, 1830.
George Hover. Jr., section 22. 1830.
William Patterson, section 23. 1832.
John B. Hover, section 23. 1838.
Charles C. Scott, section 23. 1836.
Joseph Longfellow, section 23, 1832.
William Baird, section 28.1832.
Nathaniel Harriott, section 24. 1836.
Amos Parker, section 24, 1836.
Demas Adams, section 24,1835.
John Williams, section 34. 1834.

John B. Hover, section 24. 1836.
William Chaffee, section 24, 1836.
William II. Scott, section 24. 1837.
James H. 8cott. section 24. 1837.
Nathaniel Harriott, section 25, 1836.
John Elder, section 25, 1838.
Thomas Parker, section 25, 1836.
John B. Hover, section 25. 1836.
Smith Harriott, section 25, 1835.
Samuel Hoover, section 25. 1835.
James S. Hover, section 25. 1835.
Nathaniel Harriott, section 26, 1836.

John Elder, section 25, 1833.
Thomas Parker, section 25, 1836.
John B. Hover, section 25. 1836.
Smith Harriott, section 25, 1835.
Samuel Hoover, section 25. 1835.
James S. Hover, section 25. 1835.
Nathaniel Harriott, section 26, 1836.
Samuel Hoover, section 26. 1835.
James Shields, section 26, 1836.
John B. Hover, section 26. 1835.
James Boyd, section 26. 1836.
Samuel Hoover. Jr.. section 26. 1836.
Charles Shockey, section 26, 1834.
James Williams, section 27. 1833.
Lot Turner, section 27, 1836.
Amos Parker, section 27, 1836.
Levi Harrod, Jr., section 37. 1834.
Levi Harrod, section 27, 1834.
Hiram Hullinger. section 28, 1833.
Levi Harrod, Jr., section 28, 1832.
Thomas Ford, section 28, 1838.
Wm. Ward, section 28. 1834.
Peter Jacobs, section 28, 1834.
Anne Jacobs, section 28. 1832.
Jacob Gump, section 28. 1832.
Abraham Studebaker, section 28, 1833.
Wm. Gilmer, section 29, 1835.
Andrew McCoy, section 29, 1835.
Abijah Ward, section 29, 1832.
James Watts, section 29. 1833.
James R. Neal, section 29. 1835.
Wm. Wical. section 29, 1835.
George Chance, section 29, 1835.
Theophilus Watts, section 29. 1835.
Cyrus Jacobs, section 30. 1832.
Abraham Studebaker, section 30, 1832.
Joseph Rudy, section 30, 1833.
Isaac Shockey, section 30. 1830.
David Gilmore. section 31, 1833.
Wm. Shockey. section 31, 1833.
Wm. Harbour , section 81. 1834.
John Miller, section 31, 1832.
John Fuce, section 31, 1834.
Isaac Shockey, section 31. 1835.
Uriah Ford, section 31. 1835.
Elisha McCoy, section 32. 1635.
Wm. Boyer, section 32, 1635.

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Alphonso Boyer, section 32, 1834.
David Gilmore, section 32, 1833.
Elijah Hardesty, section 32, 1834.
Joseph F. Stevenson, section 32.1835.
Richard Pearce, section 32. 1836.
St. Leger Neal section 32.1835.
Jacob Yeager, section 33, 1832.
Wm. Ward, section 33, 1832.
Abraham Studebaker, section 33, 1834.
Samuel Asking, section 33. 1833.
Robert Gant, section 33, 1833.
Daniel Gump, section 33. 1832.
Joseph Gillespie, section 33. 1834.
Samuel Ward, section 33. 1835.
Lot Turner, sectiou 33. 1843.
Geo. Stombaugh, section 34, 1834.
Wm. Harbut. section 34, 1834.
Lot Turner, section 34. 1836.
George Coon, section 34, 1834.
James Boyd, section 34. 1836.
Jacob Yaezel, section 34, 1835.
Joseph Clevenger, section 34. 1833.
Wm. O'Donnell, section 34, 1834.
Samuel O'Donnell. section 34. 1835.
Lorin Coffin, section 34, 1834.
James T. Leigh, section 35. 1836.
James Boyd, section 35, 1836.
Lee Turner, section 35. 1837.
Elisha Harbut, section 35, 1836.
Wm. Neal, section 35, 1835.
Chas. Shockey, section 35, 1834.
John Harbut, section 35, 1835.
Abraham Scott, section 36, 1835.
David Shields, section 36, 1835.
Levi Christopher, section 36. 1835.
Samuel Hoover, section 36. 1835.
Isma Timons. section 36. 1835.
Simeon Maxwell, section 36. 1836.
Samuel Biddinger. section 36, 1835.
Elisha Harbut. section 36, 1835.

Mrs. Goode, whose name is given among the bottlers of 1829, was the first white woman who appeared in the role of housekeeper within the bounds of Auglaize. Her husband, John Goode, is credited with building the first cabin in the township. The first Township Board comprised Tolson Ford, William Gilmore and James Watt, Trustees, and Tolson Ford, Justice of the Peace. The Goodenow family and other old settlers, who came in after 1834, are referred to in other pages.

SCHOOLS.

During the winter of 1833-34, a subscription school was opened by John Shockey, son of Samuel Shockey, in a cabin which was built on Section 26. A short time after this, the commissioners* ordered that the district be organized. The growth of the school system within the last half century is told by the following statistics: The revenue for 1884 was $8,781.54; expenditures, $6,26S. There are eleven school buildings, valued at $17,000, one of which was completed in 1884 at a cost of $3,554. The enrollment is 404—210 boys and 188 girls. Twenty teachers are employed. This does not include Westminster Special District, of which the following are the statistics: Revenue in 1884 was $1, 227.13; expenditure $642.55. The number of pupils enrolled, 101; 48 boys and 53 girls. One school building valued at $3,000. There were two teachers employed.

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CHURCHES.

From the earliest period of settlement, religious organization has existed in this division of the county. To-day there are six church
buildings. In 1881 Rev. Joseph Hill, Elder Chaffee, and a preacher named Waddle visited this district, and found a home and house of worship at the Stevenson house. About 1834 a house was erected near Westminster (which was devoted to religious uses), where now the First Methodist Church building stands. The Protestant Methodist Church was subsequently established; the Baptist societies were also early organizations. In later years the United Brethron, Christian Brethren, Gorman Reformed Lutheran and other societies were established. In 1880 Mrs. Rebecca Creps erected the German Reformed Church of Westminster, in memory of Alex. Creps, the founder of the village, who settled here in 1832 and died in 1878. This house is built of brick, with stone facings, is supplied with bell and belfry, and dedicated to the use of all orthodox religions by the generous donor. The Methodists formed a class in Marion Township , Hardin County , as early as 1840, at the house of James Thomson. The place of meeting was subsequently moved to Maysville, near which a house of worship has been erected.

MISCELLANEOUS.

Maysville is located on Section 1, Auglaize, and Section 36, Jackson, in Allen County, and partly in Hardin County. German street forms the county line, east of which, in Allen County , the main portion of the village stands. Main street forms the line between Jackson and Auglaize Townships. The original town in Allen County contains fifty lots. Westminster , platted by Alex. Creps in 1834, is located on the north bank of the Auglaize, Section 18, Auglaize Township . The streets run northeast and southeast at an angle of about 28°. The streets running northeast are named Franklin , Walnut and Mulberrv—the others Main and Centre Streets. This is an ambitious business village and the center of a growing trade. The neighboring country is characterized by well cultivated farms and a progressive population. West Newton on Section 36, Auglaize Township , was platted in 1850 by David Shields. The village centre is at an intersection of Washington and Napoleon Streets. Each village of this township supports a small business community. The agricultural interests are fostered with zealous care, and, as shown in the general history of the county, advancement marks the township as her own. No railroad passes through this township. The post offices are: Westminster , West Newton , Harrod and Manahan.


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