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History of
Sugar Creek Township

[Source: "History of Allen County, Ohio", Warner, Beers & Co., 1885]

Submitted by K. Torp

THIS division of the county takes its name from the number and productiveness of the sugar maple groves of pioneer days. Here the Indians of Charloe, and indeed of Shawnee, made their spring encampments, and from this district they obtained their year's supply of maple syrup and sugar. The population is 1,032, or forty-three inhabitants per square mile. The township is well supplied with schools and churches. Through-out the territory the homes of the people speak of the rewards of industry. In every section comfortable homes, substantial farm buildings, well cultivated farms and orchards tell of progress. The Ottawa River flows north in a tortuous course through the western sections. Sugar Creek waters the eastern sections, while the streams known as Pike Rnn, Rabbit Run, Taway Run, Beaver Run, Dug Run, Toad Run and Honey Run offer water to the territory at a distance from the main streams.

The township was set off in 1831 as a division of Putnam County. At that time it was known as Congressional Township 2, Range 6. James Porter, Daniel Gray and William Turner were the first trustees; Abram Sarber, clerk; Benjamin Clevenger, treasurer; and Obed Martin, justice of the peace. Under the reorganization of 1848, the north tier of sections belonging to original Township 3 south, Range 6 east, or German, were added to the south half of Township 2 south, Range 6 east, or Sugar Creek, and organized under the name of Sugar Creek. In 1834, James Nicholas was elected justice as successor to Obed Martin, and has been re-elected for three-year terms ever since that time.

So much has been written in the general history respecting the pioneers of Sugar Creek, the list of original entries, a history in itself, is given here. When James Nicholas settled in Sugar Creek Township, in September, 1833, he found a few settlers in that district. The neighbors that preceded him were Sanford Bertch, Arnold Bertch, Thomas Dehen, John Enslen, Frederick Ehernman, Thomas Watkins, David Roberts and Adam Bussart. The first school was in a cabin, in 1833, and taught by William Ramsey. It had but fifteen or sixteen scholars, and was what was known as a subscription school. Preaching was generally in the cabins of the pioneers, and was usually by Methodist preachers. The early milling was at a little mill built on Sugar Creek by Benjamin Clevenger, about 1832. The next mill was by Peter Rhodes, on Hog Creek, 1837. Some of the early settlers went to Cherokee, some to Piqua, and some to Wapakonetta. The first carding was done at the machine of John East, in German Township. For leather, salt, etc., they went to Lower Sandusky or Fremont. The Welsh put up a good log church in what is now Gomer, in 1838. These people have greatly increased of late years, by immigration, and the membership of that church has become quite numerous. The old church has been replaced by a large new brick, built at a heavy cost, in 1873. The first road was from Lima to Defiance. The next, the Bucyrus and Fort Wayne, was built in 1835. It makes the principal street in Gomer.

In the following list the names of those who purchased lands in this township, as now constituted, are only given. Sections 1 to 6, inclusive, are in Township 3 south, Range 6 east. Sections 19 to 36, inclusive, are in Township 2 south, Range 6 east.

Township 3 South, Range 6 East
John Gunder, section 1. 1829.
Daniel Purdy, section 1, 1827.
William Ward, section 1, 1829.
James Turner, Sr., section 1, 1825.
James Turner, section 1, 1826.
Hugh Crawford, section 1, 1829.
Michael Ridenour, section 2, 1829.
William Ward, section 2, 1829.
Isaac Myers, section 2, 1833.
Michael Ridenour, section 2, 1834.
Michael Ridenour, section 3, 1834.
John O. Ferrall, section 3, 1836.
Vincent D. Engart, section 3, 1836.
Christian Weller, section 3, 1835.
Nicholas Fass, section 3, 1833.
Jeremiah Vandemark, section 3, 1835.
Hamilton Davison, section 3, 1841.
Henry Dreaching, section 3, 1835.
David Berry, section 3, 1833.
Charles Long, section 3, 1834.
Charles Drusly, section 8, 1834.
John Brown, section 4, 1833.
John Brown, section 4, 1833.
David Stepleton, section 4, 1833.
Hiram Stotts, section 4, 1833.
Daniel D. Conrad, section 5, 1832.
Jacob Lakemiller, section 5, 1832.
John Margart, section 5, 1839.
Michael Ridenour, section 5, 1829.
Henry Hufer, section 5, 1830.
Hiram Stotts, section 5, 1833.
Brown & Goodman, section 5, 1854.
Daniel J. Conrad, section 6, 1829.
Michael Ridenour, section 6, 1830.
John Stemen, section 6, 1831.
Revel Roach, section 6, 1830.
Simon Dilshover, section 6, 1883.
Peter Stuckey, section 6, 1831.

Township 2 South, Range 6 East
Richard Richards, section 19, 1833.
Eliah Carman, section 19, 1834.
Thomas Griffin, section 19, 1834.
Shadrack Benham, section 19,1834.
Samuel C. Benham, section 19, 1834.
John Bates, section 19, 1839.
James Johnson, section 19, 1834.
Thomas Jones, section 19, 1834.
Peter Roth, section 20, 1830.
William Clevenger, section 20, 1829.
Joseph Griffith, section 20, 1833.
Thomas G. Jones, section 20, 1832.
David Sim, section 21, 1829.
William Roberts, section 21, 1834.
William Clevenger, section 21, 1831.
John Gander, section 21, 1833.
Thomas Watkins, section 21, 1833
David Roberts, section 22, 1834.
Evan Jones, section 22, 1834.
David Roberts, section 22, 1833.
Evan Evans, section 22, 1834.
William Teegardin, section 23, 1833.
William Teegardin, section 24, 1833.
Edwin Smith, section 25, 1833.
Thomas Miller, section 25, 1834.
James McKinley, section 25, 1838.
Alexander McKinley, section 25,1833.
George Mell, section 25, 1832.
George Hoffman, section 25, 1834.
Samuel McMillen, section 26, 1831.
George Mell, section 26, 1832.
Peter Oard, section 26, 1833.
Demas Adams, section 26, 1835.
Richard Oard, section 26, 1835.
Martha Jones, section 27, 1833.
David Roberts, section 27, 1833.
Rowland Jones, section 27, 1833.
Samuel Nicholas, Jr., section 27, 1834.
Thomas Watkins, section 28, 1838.
James Nicholas, Jr., section 28, 1833.
James Nicholas, section 28, 1833.
John Morgan, section 28, 1833.
Richard E. Thomas, section 28, 1834.
David Morgan, section 28, 1834.
Neal Clark, section 28, 1834.
Samuel Ramsey, section 29, 1832.
Joseph Griffith, section 29, 1833.
John Young, section 29, 1833.
John Enslen, section 29, 1829.
Henry Myers, section 29, 1833.
Wm. Patrick, section 29,1833.
Henry Clapper, section 30, 1832.
John Bates, section 30, 1839.
Rudolph Shank, section 30, 1834.
Samuel Stucky. section 30, 1832.
Wm. Bussard, section 30, 1835.
Henry Clapper, section 30, 1833.
Peter Buzzard, section 30, 1834.
John Sarber, section 31, 1832.
David Long, section 3l, 1834.
George Ridenour, section 31, 1833.
Jacob Conrad, section 31, 1833.
Wm. Knittle, section 31, 1834.
Frederick Ehenemann, section 31, 1831.
Adam Bussard, section 32, 1833.
Jacob Stemels, section 32, 1834.
John McCoy, section 32. 1831.
John Barber section 32, 1832.
Frederick Ehenemann, section 32, 1831.
John Smart, section 32, 1834.
Fleet Clark, section 32, 1831.
Neal Clarke, section 33, 1834.
David Morgan, section 33, 1846.
John Stephens, section 33, l835.
John Enslen, section 33, 1835.
Sanford Bertch, section 33, 1831.
Emanuel Weaver, section 33, 1831.
Richard Roberts, section 33, 1834.
John Stephens, section 33, 1842.
John Watkins, section 34, 1833.
Henry Davis, section 34, 1834.
George Riley, section 34, 1835.
Josiah Morgan, section 34, 1834.
Jacob Whalson, section 34, 1837.
Anthony Sigler, section 34, 1847.
George Ridenour, section 34, 1847.
Martin Mellott, section 35, 1833.
Wm. Ward, section 35, 1831.
Demas Adams, section 35, 1835.
Wm. Teegardin, section 35, 1834.
Michael Ridenour, section 35, 1834.
Michael Swisser, section 35, 1830.
Wm. Bower, section 36, 1834.
Wm. Teegardin, section 36, 1835.
Wm. Miller, section 36, 1833.
Christian Stukey, section 36, 1831.
Vance Pangle, section 36, 1832.
Samuel R. Jacobs, section 36, 1835.
Joseph Pangle, section 86, 1835.
Vance P. Bangle, section 36, 1834.

Sections 1 to 18, inclusive, which formed the north half of the original township of Sugar Creek, still belong to the town of that name in Putnam County.

So early as 1833 a subscription school was opened by William Ramsey, and attended by fifteen pupils. The statistics for 1884 show receipts, $4,069.89; expenditures, $2,463.30. There are seven school buildings valued at $4,000. Fifteen teachers are employed. The number of pupils enrolled is 343 --196 boys and 147 girls.

In 1833 the Methodist preacher was known in the township, but that denomination gave the honor of building a house of worship to the Welshmen, who erected a log church in 1838, the same which continued in use until 1873, when the brick building at Gomer was erected at a cost of about $17,000. There are four buildings now in the township devoted to the uses of religion, viz.: the Congregational Churches at Gomer and on Section 26, the Methodist Church on Section 30, and the building in the northeast corner of Section 5.

No line of railway passes through this township, the nearest being the Cleveland, Delphos & St. Louis to the north of it in Putnam County, and the Pittsburgh, Ft. Wayne & Chicago to the west and south in Marion and German Townships. Gomer is the only post office in Sugar Creek.

Gomer Village
Gomer, Sections 20, 21, 28 and 29, Sugar Creek Township, was laid out in 1850, by Samuel Ramsay and James Nicholas. The first and second additions, made by D. D. Nicholas, together with the Davis, Jones and Congregational Church properties, constitute the village of the present day. Here Dr. Jones came to reside in 1853, and a year later Dr. Davis arrived. In 1873 the Welsh Congregationalists erected a house of worship, just south of the village, at a cost of over $16,000. Two and onehalf miles east the Welsh erected another church building, while one mile west the Methodist Episcopal Society erected a house of worship. Bethel Church is in Marion Township, west of the line of Sugar Creek; while in the northeast corner of Section 5 a fifth house of worship stands.

[Source: "History of Allen County, Ohio", Warner, Beers & Co., 1885 - Sub. by K.T.]


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