Early Settlement of Morgan and
was laid out in 1799, by Jonathan Zane and John McIntyre, and
the same year houses were erected thereon. Among other early
settlers were William McCullough, Henry Crooks, James Duncan,
Increase Matthews, Levi Whipple, Edwin Putnam, and some of the
As early as
1790, attempts were made to settle in Morgan County, but the
ferocity of the Indians compelled the settlers who were not
killed to flee for their lives. About the year 1800, peace
having been made with the Indians by the Greenville treaty of
1795, settlers came and dotted the county here and there with
their cabins; and in due time villages were laid out by original
settlers, among whom are to be found the names of Anderson,
McConnell, Deaver, Fisher, Hoskins, Sharon, Wharton, Wood, &c.
In 1818, the
county of Morgan was formed, and the county seat established at
McConnellsville, the original owner of which was Robert
McConnell, one of the influential men of that day in the county.
The editor is
indebted to W. G. Moorehead, Esq., for the names of the
following early settlers in Muskingum County:
McIntyre, the founder of Zanesville
Samuel W. Culbertson
Samuel Herrick, the five last being
lawyers of wide celebrity.
prominent citizens were:
General Van Horn
Captain James Reeve
Moses John and
Colonel John Halle
D. Cushing one of the first four children born in Ohio
Captain Elijah Ross, William
Dennison father and son
Captain Benoni Pierce killed
at River Raisin in the war of 1812
John, James, and
Charles Elliott author of a
work on Romanism;
Peter Strickland, David
Young, and several families of the Adamses.
Fisher, Esq., ex-surveyor, furnishes the following list of early
settlers of Muskingum County:
William S. Dennison, whose donation
to Granville College gave it its present name, Dennison
University, came, when a boy, with his father, from
Massachusetts to Muskingum County, about 1810. He is a well
known farmer and stock-raiser; has never aspired to any office,
but has, by constant attention to business, acquired a
Daniel Stillwell, known as Judge
Stillwell, in an early day one of the associate judges of the
common pleas court of Muskingum County, emigrated from Eastern
Pennsylvania, purchased a quarter township of land, four
thousand acres, in Madison township and was a successful farmer.
He was the father of Richard Stillwell, for some years, judges
of the court of common pleas. The old gentleman, in crossing the
Muskingum River, some years ago when too high to be safely
forded, had his buggy upset by the current, and he and his
granddaughter were drowned. His youngest son, John Stilwell, is
now a resident of Tennessee, some fifteen or twenty miles
north-west of Nashville.
George W. Adams, the owner of Adams'
mills and of the Ewing mills, is a Virginian by birth came to
Muskingum County from Farquier County, Virginia, with his
father, George Adams, early in the present century. His brother
Edward and he built a mill near the present Adams mills, about
the year 1828 or 1829, and afterward the Ewing mills, near
Dresden. They acquired a large landed estate in Muskingum and
Coshocton counties. He represented Muskingum County one term in
the legislature, as member of the House of Representatives, A.
Jesse John emigrated from eastern
Pennsylvania to Blue Rock Township, Muskingum County. He was a
respectable, influential man in that part of the county. The
father of Davis John, who represented this county in the
legislature two terms 1843-44, and 1845-46.
Henry Wheeler, aged upward of eighty
years, came from western Virginia to Ohio, when a young man;
settled in Muskingum County; resides near Adamsville; has been a
member of the Baptist church at that place forty-five or fifty
years, and was one of the county commissioners at one time.
Charles R. Copland came from
Richmond, Virginia, when a young man. His father was the owner
of a quarter township of land, four thousand acres, being partly
in Madison and partly in Muskingum Townships. He married Evelina
Adams, daughter of George Adams, who was also a large land owner
in Madison Township. Mr. Copland and his wife are still living
in Madison. They are upward of eighty years old.
George Slack and Jacob Slack,
brothers, and living in the same neighborhood in Washington
Township, Muskingum County, came from Virginia, Loudon County,
early in the present century, with their father, John Slack,
long since dead. They are between eighty and ninety years old.
David Richardson and Martin
Richardson, brothers, settled in Monroe Township, Muskingum
County, at an early day. They came from one of the New England
States, and were prominent farmers in that part of the county.
They died some years ago.
John Van Voorhis, an early settler of
Muskingum County, and a successful farmer in Licking Township,
came from Pennsylvania, and died a year or so ago, upward of
ninety years of age. His son, Daniel Van Voorhis, who was a
representative in the legislature one session, and was
also a member of the constitutional convention of 1873-'74,
still resides in Licking township, near Nashport.
Source: Ohio Annals, Historic Events,
Tuscarawas and Muskingum Valleys, The State of Ohio, Edited by
C. H. Mitchener, 1876