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County Information

Founded June 7, 1807 from parts of Trumbull County
The county seat is Ravenna
Portage comes from an old Native American path called "Portage Trail", which ran between the Cuyahoga and Tuscarawas rivers, where travelers portaged their canoes.

The first European settler in what is now Portage County was Abraham Honey in 1798 in the area now known as Mantua Township, followed by Asa Hall in what is now Atwater Township in April 1799. In June 1799, Benjamin Tappan, Jr. arrived and founded Ravenna, David Daniels came to what is now Palmyra Township, and Ebenezer Sheldon settled in what is now Aurora.
(source: wikipedia)
 
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Towns and Villages

Diamond - Wayland- Aurora - Brady Lake - Garrettsville - Hiram - Kent - Mantua -
Mogadore - Ravenna - Streetsboro - Sugarbush Knolls - Windham

Townships
Atwater - Bromfield - Charlestown - Deerfield- Edinburg - Franklin- Freedom - Hiram -
Mantua- Nelson - Palmyra - Paris - Randolph - Ravenna - Rootstown - Shalersville - Suffield- Windham 



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Website Updates:
May 2018:  marriage announcements:  HICKMAN-DAVIS, DAVIS-GRIGGY, FERGUSON-BRAGG, THOMPSON-GRAY, GRANT-LYMAN.  Gossip news for ICE.  Sicklist news for PARDEE.  Marriage Records

 

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Mahoning (southeast)
Stark (south)
Summit (west )
Trumbull (east)
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