John Hammond

The oldest son of Peter Hammond, is now a justice of the peace. Three of his sons served in the Union army.

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

Peter Hammond

Peter Hammond was born in York county, Pennsylvania, in 1794, and settled in Carthage township as a farmer in 1845.

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

Elijah Hatch

Elijah Hatch (Judge Hatch) migrated from the eastern part of the state of New York to the northwestern territory, and settled in Rome township in the year 1800. In 1801 he went back and removed his father, Elijah Hatch, Sen., and his mother, with their family, to this township—the former being seventy-two, and the latter seventy-one years old at that time. They came in wagons to the Youghiogheny, in Pennsylvania, where, in connection with others, they procured a flat boat, twenty-five feet long by twelve feet wide, which they loaded with seven horses, one wagon, one carriage, a quantity of hardware and farming utensils, and fifteen person—men, women, and children. Thus they proceeded down the Youghiogheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers, to the Ohio Company's purchase. Judge Hatch was the first man who ever drove a team, with a wagon, through the woods, from the mouth of little Hocking to the big Hockhocking. He struck the latter stream two and a half miles below the mouth of Federal creek, about half a mile below where the present ridge road now joins the Hocking road.
Judge Hatch possessed talents above mediocrity, a sound judgement in public affairs, and was an active and influential man in the early settlement of the county. He was appointed judge of the court of common pleas by Governor Tiffin, in 1805, and was afterward appointed or elected several times to that position. He served nine terms in the state legislature, being first elected in 1804, and was appointed by that body one of the first board of trustees of the Ohio university, which position he held for the remainder of his life. He was a man of affable and courteous demeanor, possessing a large fund of anecdote and social qualities, that made him always a welcome guest at pioneer gatherings. He died January 19, 1849, aged eight-one years.

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

Conrad Hawk

was born in Chester county, Pennsylvania. While a young man he removed to Harrison county, Virginia, where he married Miss Nancy Read in 1805, and whence he moved to Athens county in 1810. He settled as a farmer in Athens township, where he died, October 1, 1841. Mr. Hawk’s family, formerly well and favorably known in this community are now scattered. William, the oldest son, died in 1864, while commanding a steamer in General Banks’ expedition up the Red river. John lives in Texas; James and Columbus in Clarke county, Ohio, and Geo. W. in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. One of the daughters, now Mrs. Dr. Huxford, lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and the other, Mrs. Durbin, in Mt. Vernon, Ohio.

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

James C. Headley

James C. Headley, section 12, Dover Township, was born in Monroe County, Ohio, April 3, 1840, son of Isaac Headley, of Morgan County, Ohio. He was reared on a farm and educated in a common school, and graduated from Cincinnati Law School May 25, 1881. He was married April 10, 1865, to Rhoda Lewis, daughter of Jacob Lewis. Mr and Mrs Headley have had seven children, of whom five are living- Laired J.V., Sabra L.O., Irena L.S., Sitha A.F., and Lucretia J. Mr. Headley came to this county in 1869. For nine and a half years he ran a saw-mill, but at the present time is engaged in general farming.

[Source: History of Hocking Valley, Ohio Chicago:Inter-State Publishing Co. 1883 - Submitted by Kathy Stanley]

John Henry

a native of Ireland, settled in Bern township in 1817, being then fifty-three years old. He bought a section of land here and opened up the farm where his son Charles Henry now lives. On this farm he lived till his death in February, 1854. Mr. Henry was twice married. By his first wife he had four sons and five daughters, and by his second four sons and six daughters. He live to see eight sons and ten daughters married and comfortably settled, and left behind him at his death eighteen children, fifty-six grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren. He was a member of the Presbyterian church and a leading and influential citizen during the active years of his life. Several of his descendants have intermarried with the family of Abel Glazier and are well known throughout the county.

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

William Henry

was born in Newport, eight miles above Marietta, October 18, 1804, and came to Athens county with his father’s family when sixteen years of age. He married a daughter of Captain Parker Carpenter, and ultimately settled ‘in Canaan township on the farm formerly owned by Colonel William Stewart, on the Hocking, about eight miles below Athens. Mr. Henry is an excellent citizen and highly respected.

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

Lewis C. Hershberger

Captain Lewis Conner Hershberger, local inspector of steam vessels at Galveston, was born in Culpeper county, Virginia.  Joseph Hershberger was a son of Samuel Hershberger, who was also a Virginian by birth, having descended from one of five brothers who emigrated from Germany to America in 1700, three of whom settled in Virginia and two in Pennsylvania. Joseph and Samuel Hershberger were planters, men of small means, but industrious habits and upright lives. Joseph served in the second war with Great Britain (1812-14) and subsequently moved to the then western frontier of Virginia, dying at the age of sixty-five, his widow surviving some years and dying at the age of seventy-three. The subject of this sketch was chiefly reared in Kanawha county, Virginia, to which county his parents moved when he was a boy of seven, and in the local schools of that county received his early mental training. He had attended State University at Athens, Ohio, after which he started out for himself. In 1845 he began steamboating on the Ohio river, becoming an engineer on one of the large packets plying between Cincinnati and lower  Mississippi river points. He followed this until 1852, at which time he came to Galveston, and here continued in the same kind of employment, running on vessels engaged in traffic and transportation on Galveston bay, Buffalo bayou. Trinity and Brazos rivers, and gulf coast points, until 1871. At that time he received the appointment as inspector of steam vessels at Galveston, a position which he has since held. Captain Hershberger is thus, both in point of residence and service, one of the oldest men now to be found about Galveston who have had to do with the transportation interests of the city. His twenty-three years' service as inspector has brought him in contact with most of the shippers, ship-owners and seamen who make this port, and whose confidence and good will he has won by his uniform courtesy and faithful attention to official duties. Captain Hershberger has, during the past twenty odd years, had but the one business, and he has made it a point to give his time unreservedly to that. During the late war he was a volunteer in the Confederate army, serving in the marine department and mostly in the vicinity of Galveston.  In 1855 Captain Hershberger married Miss Anna Boyle, then residing in St. Louis, Missouri, but a native of Virginia, having been born in Wood county in the “Old Dominion," a daughter of John Boyle, a farmer and stock-raiser. The offspring of this union has been a son, Clarence A.; and two daughters: Corinne L., now Mrs. E. B. Andrews, of San Antonio, Texas; and Maud M., with her parents.

["History of Texas, together with a biographical history of the cities of Houston and Galveston, etc.", Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1895. Transcribed by Genealogy Trails staff]

Moses Hewitt

Moses Hewitt was the first white settler within the present limits of Waterloo. He settled in this township with is family about 1806, and there was not at that time another family within many miles of him.

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

Hibbards (family))

A large family of Hibbards, originally from Vermont, came to Athens county at an early day. Elisha and John in 1816, Alanson and Elias and their sister Pamela (afterwards Mrs. Sabinus Rice), in 1817, and Dr. James S. Hibbard in 1823. The Rev. Ebenezer Hibbard, eldest brother of this family, who was pastor of a church in Vermont forty years, came to Alexander township in 1831, and settled at Hebbardsville, giving his name, slightly altered, to the village. He preached in this neighborhood some time, and then removed to Amesville and preached there till his death in 1835.

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

John Holdren

John Holdren, now living in Lee township, was born in Bucks county, Pennsylvania, October 15, 1777, and came to Athens county in 1798 accompanied by another young man John Konker. Soon after reaching Athens they took up land in the south part of Alexander township and made a temporary settlement on the waters of Margaret's creek. Their neighbors, at intervals of several miles, were the Hanings, the Brooks family, Joseph Long, Esquire Merritt, and Henry Cassell. Mr Cassell built a grist mill soon afterward in Lee township on the place now owned by William Minear. Mr Holdren was engaged during six or seven years working at the Scioto salt works at the site of the present town of Jackson, and "could then cut his six cords of wood in a day and help load it." He went out there the second year after salt was discovered by the whites.
Mr. Holdren settled permanently in Lee township in 1820. His nearest neighbors were James McGonnegal, Israel Bobo, and George Canney, and soon afterward came David Doughty, James Luckey, Thomas Jones, John Havner, John and Ephraim Martin, Daniel Knowlton, Jacob Lentner, and the Robinetts. He and John Jones (a brother-in-law of Judge Isaac Barker), killed forty-six bears in six week's hunting on the head waters of Sunday, Monday, and Rush creeks. They sometimes killed in a fall season forty to fifty deer for their winter's stock of provisions and turkey beyond count. Mr. Holdren once killed four deer in one day, and he and two of his boys in a hunt of two weeks killed thirty. On one hunting expedition, having shot and wounded a large black bear, his dog ran in to seize the animal, but bruin, though hurt, was full of life, and was making quick work of the dog when Holdren rushed in, knife in hand, to finish him. The bear released the dog and sprang on the man, at the first dash tearing his large blanket entirely from his body; Holdren plunged his knife hilt deep into the animal and then turned to run. He made his escape, but says it was the narrowest he ever had. The bear got away. At that time the skins of bears brought from three to five dollars each, and good hunters often made it profitable. Mr Holdren served in the war of 1812. Mr Holdren is the oldest person in the county, being now ninety-one years old. He and his aged wife live with a married daughter on a comfortable farm about two miles away from Albany, and the old man, aided by a staff in each hand, sometimes walks to the village.

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

Joshua Hoskinson

Mr Hoskinson was county commissioner twelve years, justice of the peace six years, and has held other local offices.

Joshua Hoskinson was born in Maryland in 1791, and settled with his father's family in Canaan township in 1810. Deer, bears, and wolves were quite plenty in this region at that time. In his younger days Mr. Hoskinson was fond of hunting, though he says "Peter Mansfield and William Burch were the best; they caught and killed more wolves than any men we had." Mr. Hoskinson volunteered in the war of 1812, and entered the service under Captain Jehiel Gregory of Athens.
He says:

"We went in to winter quarters on the head waters of the Scioto, about the time that the British and Indians took possession of the French settlement on the Maumee river. General Tappan called for volunteers from his brigade to go on an expedition against the British on the Maumee, and I volunteered. There were about seven hundred officers and men. We took five days' rations and started, I think, on the 7th of November, 1812. On the 13th, we came to the rapids of the Maumee. That night our scouts reported that the river was rising. Captain Gregory led the battalion forward, and with great difficulty we waded the river. But we went no further nor met the enemy. The failure of our provisions was, I suppose, the reason of our hasty return. On our march back to camp we were three days without anything to eat except spice-bush and slippery-elm bark. When we were about a day and a half's march from camp, and nearly starved, we were met by pack horses with flour."

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

Rev Solomon Howard, D.D., LL. D.

was born in Cincinnati, Nov 11, 1811. At twenty-two he graduated at Augusta College, Kentucky. He was elected to a professorship in St. Charles College, Mo. He entered the Ohio Conference of the M.E. church in 1835; was elected Principal of the Prepatory Department of the Ohio Wesleyan University in 1843, and Principal of Springfield High School in 1845. On leaving this position he became President of Springfield Female College; and in 1852 was elected President of Ohio University. He retained this office till 1872, when, on account of ill-health, he resigned. He died at San Jose, Cal., June 9, 1873

[Source: History of Hocking Valley, Ohio; Chicago:Inter-State Publishing Co. 1883, ]

Benajah Hoyt

Benajah Hoyt was probably the first white settler in Troy. He came from Nova Scotia to the mouth of the Hockhocking with his family in 1797. E. H. Williams, a grandson of his, owns and resides on the lot in Hockingport on which Hoyt first built a cabin. One of Mr. Hoyt's daughters, Sarah, married Captain Charles Devol, of Washington county. They had two sons and two daughters. Frank Devol, the oldest son, is a wealthy farmer in one of the western states. The youngest son, Prescott H. Devol, is noticed elsewhere. The eldest daughter of Mrs. Devol married Benjamin Dana of Washington county (both now deceased); and the youngest, Henrietta, is the wife of Mr. Samuel S. Knowles, late member of the state senate, and a well known lawyer of Marietta. Mrs. Devol is still living in Mr. Knowles' family.

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


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