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The First Marriage, Funeral and Show in Youngstown
[Source: "History of Trumbull and Mahoning counties" (1882), Vol 1, Pages 366-368]

First Marriage
The first marriage in this township, of which we have any record or tradition, was celebrated on November 3, 1800. The following is the record in book "A" in the recorder's office at Warren, Ohio:

This may certify that after publication according to law of the Territory, Stephen Baldwin and Rebecca Rush. both of Youngstown, were joined in marriage on the third day of November, 1800.
By WILLIAM WICK. V. D. M.
Received and Recorded November 25th by me,
JOHNS EDWAKDS, Recorder.

The married pair were among the earliest settlers and had come out from Western Pennsylvania with their relatives and other pioneers. But this was not the first marriage between pioneers of the Mahoning valley. According to a record kept at Canfield, Alfred Wolcott, of Youngstown, John Young's surveyor, who had come out with him, was married to Mercy Gilson, of Canfield, February 11, 1800, nearly nine months prior. But they were married in Pennsylvania, for the reason that there was no person in the vicinity authorized to solemnize marriages. Was the marriage at Youngstown on November 3, 1800, the first marriage on the Reserve? Tradition relates that a wedding occurred at Cleveland in the log cabin of Lorenzo Carter in 1797. The parties were Mr. Clements, of Canada, and a hired girl living in Carter's family. It so happened that Rev. Seth Hart, who had at some period of his life, in an Eastern State, been a preacher of the gospel, but was not then engaged in ministerial work, was in Cleveland as an agent of the Land company or one of the surveyors. It was decided that he was minister enough for the occasion, and accordingly he officiated in "tying the nuptial knot," and a right merry wedding was had. This was, undoubtedly, the first wedding on the Reserve But as some of the requirements of the Territorial law were absent on the occasion, it may justly be claimed that the first legal marriage on the Reserve was that of Stephen Baldwin and Rebecca Rush, at Youngstown, and there was solemnized the pioneer marriage and there was celebrated right joyously the pioneer wedding.

First Funeral
The first death of a white person which occurred in the township, after its settlement, of which we have any record or tradition, was that of Samuel McFarland, who had been a short time a resident of the place, engaged in teaching vocal music. He is said to have been a very estimable young man, and in his death the infant settlement sustained a great loss. He was buried in the northwest corner of the west lot of the old graveyard, as it was designated on the town plat laid out and recorded by John Young. The late Nathan Ague, then a lad about seven years of age, was at the funeral, and said that John Young and all the population were also present. The grave was a short distance east of the Disciple church on Wood street. A plain sandstone slab stood at the head. Near the top of the stone are the figures "1811," probably the date of its erection. Then follows this inscription:

In memory of Samuel McFarland, teacher of vocal music, late from Worcester, Massachusetts, who departed this life September 20, 1799, aged twenty-eight years.

Oh, how his music charmed our ears
While he was in our land;
And now we hope he sings the song
Of Moses and the lamb.

But little more is known of his biography than is contained in this inscription. The stone, a few years since, was removed to the west part of the Mahoning cemetery.


The First Show
Youngstown is a famous show place. All the great traveling circuses and menageries here spread their tents, and on show days thousands from our own city and the surrounding country fill them and enjoy the sights. A large opera house, one of the finest in the country, erected in 1874, is occupied very often by theatrical and opera companies, and the citizens have the opportunity and pleasure of witnessing the rendition of the best dramas, operatic, and other entertainments by the best artists. Joe Jefferson, Edwin Booth, Anna Dickinson, Mlle. Rhea, Mrs. Scott Siddons, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Chanfrau, Remenyi, Buffalo Bill, John Ellsler, Effie Ellsler, Newton Gotthold, Sol. Smith Russel, Couldock, the Florences, Raymond, Edwin Forrest, and many other noted players have exhibited their great talents to large and appreciative audiences, and all carry away with them a love for the brisk and energetic iron city of the Mahoning valley, and promise other visits.

By aid of the memory of one of the oldest living native citizens we are enabled to present a reminiscence of the pioneer show exhibited in the village in its early days. John Ague, born here in 1806, when quite a small boy, with his parents and brothers and sisters saw this first show. It was a lion in a cage, attended by two men, and was exhibited in the barn of Colonel Hillman, who then kept a tavern, in the house on the northeast corner of Fast Federal and Walnut streets, afterwards the residence of the late Dr. Henry Manning. The price of admission was twenty-five cents, and the citizens all thronged to see the show.

[Source: History of Trumbull and Mahoning counties (1882), Vol 1, Pages 366-368]


Mayors of Youngstown, Ohio
1850 - 1882

The following is a list of the mayors of Youngstown, from its incorporation as a village and first election, held June 15, 1850, with the dates of election.
The mayors of the village were elected for one year:

John Heiner, June 15, 1850.
Robert W. Tayler, April 7, 1851.
Stephen F. Burnett, April 5, 1852.
William G. Moore, April 4, 1853; re-elected April 3, 1854
William Rice, April 2, 1855.
Thomas W. Sanderson, April 7, 1856.
Reuben Carroll, April 6, 1857; re-elected in April, 1858, 1859, 1860, and 1861.
Peter W. Keller, April 7, 1862.
John Manning, April 6, 1863.
Thomas H. Wells, October 16, 1863, to fill unexpired term of J. Manning, resigned.
Brainard S. Higley, April 4, 1864; re-elected April 3, 1865.
George McKee, April 2, 1866; re-elected April 1, 1867.

The following were elected mayors of the city, for two years.:

George McKee, April 6, 1868; re-elected April 4, 1870.
John D. Raney, April 1, 1872.
William M. Osborn, April 6, 1874.
Mathew Logan, April 3, 1876; re-elected April 1, 1878.
William J. Lawthers, April 5, 1880; re-elected April 3, 1882.

[Source: History of Trumbull and Mahoning counties (1882), Vol 1]





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