Alexander Caldwell

Alexander Caldwell was born in Ireland in 1791, came to the United States in 1804 and to Carthage township in 1816, where he settled as a farmer and still lives. He served one term as justice of the peace and several years as township trustee. His descendants are numerous and respectable.

["History of Athens County, Ohio...."by Charles M. Walker - 1869]

Dr. Eben G. Carpenter

was born at Aistead, New Hampshire, in 1808. His father was a physician, and, of eight brothers, five studied medicine. Dr. C. graduated at the Berkshire Medical college at Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in 1831, practiced in New Hampshire a year or so, came to Ohio in 1833 and settled at Chester, Meigs county (then the county seat). In 1836 he came to Athens, where he has lived ever since, engaging very actively in the practice of his profession. Dr. C. has been notably successful as an operative surgeon.

["History of Athens County, Ohio...."by Charles M. Walker - 1869]

Captain Parker Carpenter

a native of Killingly, Connecticut, came to this township in 1817, and settled on a new farm a little north of the present village of New England. He served in the war of 1812, before leaving Connecticut. A few years before his death he removed to Athens township and settled on a fine farm about two miles from Athens, where he died November 6, 1852, aged seventy-three years. He was an excellent citizen. Some of his descendants still live in the county, and are highly respected.

["History of Athens County, Ohio...."by Charles M. Walker - 1869]

Eliphalet Case

Eliphalet Case came to Rome township, with his family, in 1808, and brought into cultivation the fine farm on which Professor Miller now lives. Case married a daughter of Job Ruter, and was an influential citizen during the early days of the county.

["History of Athens County, Ohio...."by Charles M. Walker - 1869]

John M. Chase

In the year 1817 John M. Chase, a native of Danville, Maine, moved to the county, and settled as a farmer in Alexander township, where he resided till his death in 1860. Of his family two sons and four daughters are now living in this and the adjoining county of Meigs. Gardiner F. Chase, his son, born in Danville, Maine, in 1811, came to Alexander in 1817, and now lives on the farm on which his father settled in that year.

["History of Athens County, Ohio...."by Charles M. Walker - 1869]

Samuel Clark

settled here [in Trimble township] about 1820

[From: "History of Athens County, Ohio...."Charles M. Walker - 1869]

Asahel Cooley, Sen, Esq

The first white settler within the limits of what is now Carthage township was Asahel Cooley, Sen. He came from near Springfield, Massachusetts, to Belpre in 1797, moved to what is now Athens county in 1799, traversing a dense wilderness between the Muskingum and the Hockhocking, and settled within the present limits of Carthage. With the aid of his grown up sons he had soon cleared a piece of land and prepared a home which was known long afterward for its good cheer and genuine hospitality. Esquire Cooley was a man of well-informed mind, active business habits and gentlemanly manners. He was for many years justice of the peace and county commissioner, held other offices of trust in the very early history of the county.

["History of Athens County, Ohio...."by Charles M. Walker - 1869]

Heman Cooley

The youngest and only surviving son of Esquire Cooley, Heman Cooley, is a respectable farmer living near Coolville in Troy township, and is now seventy-three years of age.

["History of Athens County, Ohio...."by Charles M. Walker - 1869]

Simion Cooley

His [Asahel Cooley] oldest son, Simion Cooley, built the Coolville mills in 1815, and, in connection with them, what was then considered a large distillery. He laid out near his mills the now neat and thriving village of Coolville which, with a slight abbreviation, bears his name.

["History of Athens County, Ohio...."by Charles M. Walker - 1869]

Robert H Cotton

Robert H Cotton settled here [Waterloo Twp] in 1836. He was a native of Virginia and a model farmer. He settled on the farm where the village of Marshfield now stands, and sold that land to the railroad company.

["History of Athens County, Ohio...."by Charles M. Walker - 1869]

Neil Courtney

was an Englishman by birth, and was, for a time, in the British navy during the revolutionary war. Near the close of the war, while the vessel on which he was serving lay off Long Island, he deserted the service into which he had been impressed, swam half a mile to shore, and assumed allegiance to the new government. He came to Athens. county in 1806, and settled one mile north of Athens, on what was afterward known as the “Courtney farm.” The following entries appear in the old records, of the county commissioners:

“April 8, 1809. The petitions of William Dorr and Neil Courtney, praying for an alteration in. the road leading from the Horse mill to the mouth of Sunday creek, and from Athens to Coc’s mill, read the first time. Petition granted. Jehiel Gregory, Samuel Moore, and Robert. Linzee appointed viewers, to meet at Neil Courtney’s on Monday, the 12th instant, at 9 o’clock A.M.
“December 6, 1810. The commissioners agreed, on condition that Neil Courtney produce to them satisfactory proof that he has worked, or expended on the alteration in the road leading from the Horse mill, near Esquire Bingham’s, to the mouth of Sunday creek, the sum of five dollars, that then said road shall be established. Proof filed in office of commissioners, February —, 1811."

Mr. Courtney died January 22, 1826, in his sixty-eighth year. Numerous descendants of his are living in this county.

["History of Athens County, Ohio...."by Charles M. Walker - 1869]

Ebenezer Currier

born at Hempstead,Rockingham county, New Hampshire, December 15, 1772, came to Ohio in 1804, and to the town of Athens in 1806, where he lived nearly fifty years. He was one of the pioneer merchants of Athens. In 1811, having to transport a small supply of goods from Baltimore, he hired Archelaus Stewart to fetch them. The latter made the trip to and from Baltimore, all the way in a light wagon, and delivered the goods safely in Athens, after a journey of about two months. During Mr. Currier’s long residence here he filled several town and township offices, was justice of the peace, county commissioner, and county treasurer; was four times a member of the state legislature as senator and representative, and for about twenty-one years was associate judge of the court of common pleas. For more than forty years he engaged here in mercantile pursuits, in which he was quite successful, amassing a considerable fortune. Judge Currier died March 2, 1851. Many of his descendants live in the county.

["History of Athens County, Ohio...."by Charles M. Walker - 1869]

Ephraim Cutler

Ephraim Cutler was born at Edgarton. Martha's Vineyard, Mass., April 13, 1707. He was the son of Rev. Manasseh Cutler. L.L.D. He came to Ohio in 1795, and lived a few years in Ames , Athens county, and afterwards removed to Warren , Washington county, where he spent the remainder of his life. His interest in the promotion of education doubtless arose, in a measure, from the fact that his father was the author of the famous educational provision in the ordinance of 1797.
He was appointed, by the first territorial legislature, one of seven commissioners to lease all the ministerial and school sections in each township of the Ohio Company's lands. This was the first effort made by legislative authority to promote common school education in Ohio . In 1802, he was a member of the Constitutional Convention, and secured the adoption of the provision which imposes upon the General Assembly the obligation forever to "encourage schools and the means of instruction."
After nearly twenty years' retirement from active political life, he was elected in 1819 a member of the General Assembly. As chairman of a special committee of the House of Representatives, he prepared a bill providing for the division of townships into school districts, for the building of school-houses by money raised by levies upon the taxable property of the districts, and for the partial payment of teachers from the public funds. This bill passed the House by a vote of 40 to 20, but the General Assembly adjourned before the Senate acted upon it.
In 1823, Mr. Cutler was elected Senator. He was a member of the school committee, and chairman of the committee on revenue. In his efforts to secure the passage of a school bill he was ably supported by Nathan Guilford. This bill passed the Senate. January 26, 1825, by a vote of 28 to 8, and the House, February 1, by a vote of 48 to 24. At this day when our common school system is universally popular, the intense earnestness with which Mr. Cutler followed up his favorite measure cannot be properly appreciated. The imperfect law of 1825 cost far more labor than the subsequent acts based upon and supported by an advanced public sentiment.
As a private citizen Mr. Cutler was an active and earnest supporter of schools and all other means of instruction. The first school ever taught in his own neighborhood, near Marietta , was accommodated by the use of a room in his own house. It was taught by the late General John Brown, of Athens , Ohio. When residing in Ames . Athens county, he induced a younger brother, a graduate of Harvard, to teach a school, a part of his house being used as a school room. He was active in forming a local library - the first public library in the West — obtained largely by the sale of furs, and often called the "coon-skin library." The influence of the good schools he helped to establish, and of this library upon the little community was very great. Mr. Cutler died on the 8th of July, 1853. in the eighty-seventh year of his age.

[Source: Educational History of Ohio by James J. Burns. Published 1905) - LT - Sub by FoFG]


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