Ohio American History & Genealogy


1816 Ohio Gazetteer
Wakatomika to Wrightstown

Wakatomika, a creek rising in the southeastern quarter of Knox County, and thence running south eastwardly into the Muskingum River 13 miles above Zanesville.

Walnut, a township of Fairfield County.

Walnut Creek, a small western branch of Big Walnut, in Berkshire Township. [See Big Walnut.]

Walnut Creek a stream rising along the confines of Licking and Fairfield counties, and running thence 30 miles southwestwardly into Scioto 6 miles above Circleville.

Walnut Creek, a stream in the eastern part of Ross County, running southwardly 15 or 20 miles into the eastern side of Scioto River, 10 miles below Chillicothe.

Walnut Plains, a body of open prairie, adjacent to Pickaway Walnut creek, on the north, and within a few miles of its mouth. There is no soil in the state more fertile and productive than that of these plains.

Wapakonetta, an Indian town on the Au-Glaize River 6 or 8 miles above or southeastwardly from Tawa town.

Warren, a fertile county bounded on the north by Montgomery and Green, east by Clinton south by Clermont and Hamilton and west by Butler counties. It is 20 by 19 miles in extent scarcely including 400 square miles. It is wealthy and populous, containing 12,065 inhabitants and a valuation of property amounting to 2,574,586 dollars. The land is peculiarly well fitted for tillage, is well cultivated and consequently yields considerable quantities of surplus productions for exportation. The Little Miami runs through it, from northeast to southwest, and, together with its various branches, fertilizes the land, and furnishes with excellent mill seats almost every part of the county. Lebanon, which is the seat of justice, Deerfield and Waynesville are among its towns.

Warren, a flourishing post town and seat of justice for Trumbull County. It contains the usual county buildings, a bank, five mercantile stores and fifty dwelling houses. It is seated on Big Beaver or Mahoning River 77 miles northeastwardly from Pittsburg in Pennsylvania, 40 southeastwardly from Painesville, 70 northerly from Steubenville and 180 northeastwardly from Columbus. North latitude 41 17, West longitude 3 56.

Warren, a thriving post village immediately above the mouth of Indian short creek, on the Ohio River, in Jefferson County; and 13 miles below Steubenville.

Warren, a township of Belmont County.

Warren, a township of Tuscarawas County.

Warren, a township of Washington County.

Washington, a river county, bounded on the north by Muskingum, Guernsey and Monroe counties, southeast by the Ohio River, and south and west by Athens and Fairfield counties. It is 63 miles long from east to west and from 12 to 31 miles broad from north to south; containing about 1100 square miles. It has a population of 7,100 inhabitants; and a valuation of 703,538 dollars. It is divided into the townships of Adams, Belpre, Marietta, Fearing, Deerfield, Grand View, Lawrence, Meigs, Newport, Roxbury, Salem, Waterford, Worcester, Warren, Wesley and Union. Excepting some parts along the Ohio and Muskingum rivers, the land is hilly, broken and of a poor quality. Great and Little Muskingum rivers, Duck, Meigs and Wolf creeks are tha principal waters excepting the Ohio River, which washes the whole southeastern borders of the county. Seat of justice, Marietta.

Washington, a township of Richland County.

Washington, a township of Licking County.

Washington, a post town of Guernsey County, 10 miles east from Cambridge, on the great road leading from Zanesville, to Wheeling in Virginia.

Washington, a township of Scioto County.

Washington, a post town and seat of justice for Fayette County.

Washington, a township in the northwestern part of Franklin County, containing 300 inhabitants.

Washington, also a township of Montgomery County, in which are located the town plats of Centerville and Alexandersville. Washington, likewise a township of Preble County.

Washington, a post village on the west bank of Great Miami River, 4 miles above Troy; in and adjacent to which are several excellent mill seats, many of which are already improved.

Washington, a township of Warren County.

Waterford, a post township of Washington County, on the Muskingum River, 22 miles above Marietta. It contains a flourishing settlement; and considerable river bottom or meadow land of an excellent quality.

Wayne, a county bounded north by Medina east by Stark, south by Coshocton, and west by Richland County. It is 30 by 29 miles in extent; and contains 720 square miles. It has a population of 3,800 inhabitants, and a valuation of 610,777 dollars. Wayne County is divided into these thirteen townships, namely, Wooster, Chester, Perry, Mohiccan, Lake, Prairie, Salt Creek, Paint, Springfield, Sugar Creek, Chippeway, East Union, and Boughman. It also contains the five towns of Wooster the seat of justice, New Brownsville, Wilmington, Paintville and Moscow. Killbuck, and Muddy fork of Mohiccan creek are among its principal waters. The land as a body, is high and elevated. Extensive prairies are interspersed here and there yielding, spontaneously, heavy crops of grass; some of which is of a tolerably good quality for cattle. Two miles northwesterly from Wooster, have recently been discovered salt springs. A well 280 feet deep has been sunk, from which salt water is obtained of a strong quality.

Wayne, the southeastern most township of Ashtabula County; but, as yet not much settled.

Wayne, a township of Columbiana County.

Wayne, a township of Jefferson County.

Wayne, a township of Tuscarawas County.

Wayne, a township of Muskingum County.

Wayne, a township of Knox County.

Wayne, a township of Adams County.

Wayne, a township of Champaign County; containing 560 inhabitants.

Wayne, a township of Fayette County.

Wayne, also a township, in the northern borders of Montgomery County.

Wayne, likewise a township in Butler County.

Waynesville, a post town of Warren County, on Little Miami River, 10 miles northeasterly from Lebanon; and 71 southwesterly from Columbus. It is chiefly inhabited by Friends, who have a large brick meeting house of 80 by 40 feet area.

Weathersfield, a lively town of Trumbull County, 5 miles southeasterly from Warren, and containing a forge, and furnace, where bar iron and hollow ware are made to a considerable extent. It is situated at the junction of Musquetoe creek with the Big Beaver or Mahoning River.

Wesley, a township in the western borders of Washington County.

West, the name of a township in Columbiana County.

Westchester, a new town in Oxford Township, Tuscarawas County.

Western Reserve. [See Connecticut Reserve.]

Westfall, a township of Pickaway County, on the west side of Scioto River opposite Circleville, and 26 miles south of Columbus.

Westland, a township of Guernsey County.

West Union, a post town, and seat of justice for Adams County. It contains nine mercantile stores, and a printing Office: Distance, 52 miles southwesterly from Chillicothe, and 96 south by west from Columbus North latitude 38 51 West longitude 6 24.

West Union, a township of Columbiana County.

Wheatsborough, a post township of Huron County.

Wheeling, a township of Guernsey County.

Whetstone, a rivulet rising in the southwestern quarter of Richland County and running thence southwest wardly across a corner of the Indian country, 15 or 20 miles to the Boundary line, which it crosses, and then runs a generally south by east direction 35 miles farther, where it joins the Scioto river immediately above Columbus.

White Oak [See Oak Creek.]

White water, a river of Indiana state which runs eastwardly into the state of Ohio, 20 miles northwestwardly from Cincinnati; and after crossing the state limits, and proceeding little over a mile, suddenly turns south, as if sensible of its intrusion, and runs 7 miles southwardly parallel with the state line, and falls into the Great Miami about 4 miles in a direct line from the junction of the latter with the Ohio.

White Woman's River, one of the main branches of Muskingum River. It is formed by the confluence of Mohiccan and Owl creeks, in the western parts of Coshocton County, runs east by south 16 miles, receiving in its progress Killbuck creek from the north, and forms its continence with the Tuscarawas branch, at the town of Coshocton.

Wilkesville, a township of Gallia county, containing 315 inhabitants.

Williamsburg, a post town, and seat of justice for Clermont, County. It is situated on the East branch of Little Miami River, 28 miles east from Cincinnati, 14 from the nearest point on the Ohio River, 65 west by south from Chillicothe, and 90 southwesterly from Columbus, in North latitude 39 2, and West longitude 6 52. It contains the county buildings, consisting of a court house and goal, the clerk, recorder and commissioners' offices fire proof all of stone, a printing office, 4 mercantile stores, 53 dwelling houses, and 234 inhabitants.

Williamsfield, a post town of Ashtabula County.

Wills, a township of Guernsey County.

Wills' Creek, a deep sluggish stream, rising in the southeastern quarter of Muskingum County, and interlocking with the waters of Olivegreen creek, runs southeastwardly then northwardly across Guernsey County by Cambridge, into the southeastern quarter of Coshocton County, thence westerly into the Muskingum River, 8 miles below the town of Coshocton. It meanders along the course of its numerous serpentine windings, a total distance of more than 60 miles: and what is a remarkable circumstance concerning it, is that the head waters rise within 3 or 4 miles of the Muskingum River, 40 miles above Marietta, and run, in the creek and river together, a distance of 150 miles, to arrive on the opposite side of a hill from whence they started. It is declared a navigable stream by law; and boats of 75 feet keel, navigate it to Cambridge.

Wills Creek, also an inconsiderable stream running into the Ohio River, 2 miles above Steubenville.

Wilmington, a flourishing post town and seat of justice for Clinton County. It was laid out in September 1810, on an eligible site, in Union township, on Todd's fork, about 60 miles southwesterly from Columbus, 50 westerly from Chillicothe, and about the same distance northeasterly from Cincinnati. It contains a printing office, eight mercantile stores and 40 dwelling houses. North latitude 39 26, West longitude 6 43.

Wilmington, a small town of Wayne county, on Kilbuck creek, 12 miles south of Wooster.

Winchester, a small town of Knox County, 9 miles south of Mt. Vernon, Winchester, a town of Guernsey County.

Winchester, a recently laid off town, on Anderson's fork, in Green County, 7 miles from Xenia.

Winchester, a small town in Champaign County.

Windsor, a flourishing post township, and the southwestern most in Ashtabula County, lying immediately north of Mesopotamia.

Wolf Creek, a small branch of Sandusky River.

Wolf Creek, a stream of Washington County, running northwardly into Muskingum River, 15 miles above Marietta.

Woodsfield, a post town and seat of justice for Monroe County. It was located as the county seat, in June 1815; and although yet small, is improving. Some of the county buildings are to be erected the present year: and several mills are already erected in the vicinity. It is situated on high ground, in Center or Woodsfield township, in a central part of the county, 14 miles from the Ohio River, 31 southwesterly from St. Clairsville in Belmont County, 35 northeastwardly from Marietta, and east by south from Columbus.

Wooster, a flourishing post town & seat of justice for Wayne County. It contains a bank, six stores, and 35 dwelling houses. Two miles northwest of the town, a well, for salt water, has quite recently been sunk 280 feet deep; which furnishes large quantities of very salt water; which it is expected will produce a sufficiency of salt for supplying the inhabitants for a considerable distance around. Wooster is situated in the center of Wayne County, in North latitude 40 50, West longitude 5, and 48 miles south of Lake Erie, 23 west of Kendall, 87 northeasterly from Columbus and 32 east from Mansfield.

Wooster, a township of Wayne County in which is situated the above described town.

Wooster, a township of Washington County.

Worthington, a township of Richland County.

Worthington, a post town of Franklin county, in Sharon Township, 60 miles west from Zanesville, and 9 northerly from Columbus. This village is most beautifully situated upon a rolling site of ground, three fourths of a mile east of Whetstone creek, on the great north and south road leading from Kentucky by way of Chillicothe, Columbus, and to Lake Erie. In the middle of the public square, in the center of the town, the post road leading from Zanesville to Urbana, Greenville, and crosses the former. Worthington, contains several handsome dwelling houses, two mercantile stores, and a building for an academy. On the river, three fourths of a mile below the public square, is a pretty extensive manufacturing establishment for woolen cloths, and other articles.

Wrightburg, a lake township, in the northern borders of Ashtabula County. It is new; but fast settling.

Wrightstown, a small town of Belmont County.

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Source: The Ohio Gazetteer or Topographical Dictionary, by John Kilbourn, A. M.,
Smith & Griswold Printers, Columbus, Nov. 1816



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