Randolph and Wayne Counties

Randolph County

On the 15th day of October, 1795, St. Clair issued a proclamation reciting that the separation of the county of St. Clair into districts had not given that ease and facility to the administration of justice which was expected, and it became necessary that it be divided, and a new county erected. The territory south of a line running due east from what was known as the Cove Spring, to the Knox County line, was made the county of Randolph.

Wayne County

There was a wide stretch of country on the north part of the Territory that was yet outside of any of the organized counties. On the 15th day of August, 1796, Wayne County was organized, with boundaries as follows:

"Beginning at the mouth of Cuyahoga River, upon Lake Erie, and with the said river to the portage, between it and the Tuscarawas branch of the Muskingum; thence down the said branch to the forks, at the carrying place above Fort Lawrence (Laurens); thence by a west line, to the eastern boundary of Hamilton county, (which is a due north line from the lower Shawnee town upon the Scioto river) ; thence by a line west-northerly to the southern part of the portage, between the Miamis of the Ohio and the St. Marys River; thence by a line also west-northerly, to the southwestern part of the portage, between the Wabash and the Miamis of Lake Erie, where Fort Wayne now stands; thence by a line west-northerly, to the most southern part of Lake Michigan; thence along the western shores of the same, to the northwest part thereof, (including the lands upon the streams emptying into said lake); thence by a due north line to the territorial boundary in Lake Superior, and through the said boundary through lakes Huron, Sinclair, and Erie, to the mouth of the Cuyahoga River, the place of beginning."

This, as will be seen, cut off the northern portion of the counties of Knox and Hamilton. The Northwest Territory was not divided into the six counties of Washington, Hamilton, Knox, St. Clair, Randolph and Wayne.

Map Showing the Original Wayne County.

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Source: Ohio Archaeological and Historical Publications, Volume 5, John L. Trauger, 1898.




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