Early Settlers and Prominent Men in
treaty of Greenville, in 1795, the territory now in Stark County
attracted many emigrants, down to the period when it was
organized into a county, with Canton for the county seat, which
was laid out in 1806 by Bazaled Wells, of Steubenville.
period the emigrants from Pennsylvania and Maryland flocked in,
and in later years the Germans from Europe came, and made it one
of the rich and prosperous counties of Ohio.
prominent men of the county forty years ago and some of whom
being of the first settlers, may be mentioned:
V. R. Kimball
H. D. Williams
George N. Webb
Elias D. Albert
George B. Hoss
Thomas H. Webb
Elias and Matthew Johnston
H. B. Hurlbutt
Abel and James H. Underhill
Robert H. Folger
John Short Sr.
John C. Rockwell
David A. Starkweather
John K. Dunbar
O. T. Browning
Benjamin F. Lester
Doctor Robert Estep
Joseph Matthews Sr.
Jonathan G. Lester
C. C. A. Witting
Of the above,
Matthias Sheplar, David A. Starkweather, and Benjamin F. Leiter,
each were members of Congress.
John Rex was the father of Hon.
George Rex, now one of the supreme judges of Ohio. John Saxton,
Esq., James Allen, William Dunbar, Daniel Gutshall, Peter
Kauffman, were all able editors. Several of the others named
represented the county in the legislature.
physicians named were able men in their profession, known far
and wide. The lawyers, Griswold, Starkweather, Carter, Lahm, and
Belden, had no superior in eastern Ohio; and of the others it
may be said that, as farmers and business men, their influence
and examples at an early day made Stark County take rank as one
of the first-class counties in the State.
Source: Ohio Annals, Historic Events,
Tuscarawas and Muskingum Valleys, The State of Ohio, Edited by
C. H. Mitchener, 1876