The first county seat of Lawrence County, Ohio.

For many years, I have accumulated little stories about my favorite little village of Burlington.   The Kouns's, Brubakers, Davidsons, Shutes, etc., were among the first settlers of this village.

This file, when printed, is more than 100 pages long. 

I hope to continue adding to this file again.

(c) 2006 Sharon M. Kouns


Postmasters in Burlington:

Burlington had the only post office in the county until 1821.

Thomas Kerr was first postmaster

Dr. Camillus Hall held the office of postmaster from 1844-1886



Township: Fayette

Extinct: No

Named: The town was originally located on lands owned by John Ferguson and Wm. Elkins, and was owned at that time by E. B. Greene, now known as the Delta, the school house and church of that name being on or nearby the same land. There were several log cabins erected, but the question of title arose, and upon examination, they concluded to move their location and selected the present site; John Davidson and William Burton each giving 25 acres of land, in all 50 acres, which now composes the present town of Burlington. Several of the houses which had been built on the Delta lands were torn down and hauled to and erected at the new place, which was named Burlington for a Burlington in Vermont.

Ironton Register July 11, 1895. Burlington was named by E. B. Greene and Carpus Clark for Burlington, Vt., and Carpus Clark and S. M. Browning named Burlington, Iowa, for our chief town. Burlington was organized in March of 1817 as thecounty seat of Lawrence county. Burlington was the only post office in the county until 1821. Thomas Kerr was the first postmaster. Burlington was the first town laid out. The brick tavern at Burlington, was the first brick house.

The first road surveyed was from Burlington to the mouth of Symmes.



A Glance into Pioneer Ways and Customs, Aid township Finished and Fayette Begun.

(Copyrighted by T. A. Walton.)

Ironton Register, March 30, 1905

             William, son of James Peyton married Bridgett, daughter of Geo. Turner and moved from Va. to Madriver thence to Scioto county, and thence to and settled in N. E. quarter of S. 7 where he died.  His child, Marinda married Sm., son of Daniel Kirkendoll and died in Ind.  Wm. Sr’s child Nelly married Joseph, son of Geo. Beloat and is dead; her son William married Polly, daughter of Ben. A. Brown; Mary married James, son of John Delwader.  Wm. Sr’s child Zachariah married and died in Boone county, Mo.; Samuel G. married Sarah Ann daughter of Jno. Whitt, she died and he married Eliza daughter of Richard Martin; his child John Peyton married Susan daughter of Anderson Vitito; Sarah Ann married John Lewis and died in Boone county, Mo.; Tiressa married Warner Nourse and is dead.  Mary married Anderson, son of Daniel Neal and lives on Aarons Creek, her child Mary married Alfred son of Alfred Donahue and lives on Aarons Creek; Enoch married Manerva and lives in Va.  Isaac son of James Peyton, Sr. Married Rebecca Liston and lives on Aaron’s Creek in S. 10 where he died.  His child, Mary Ann, married Wm. son of Jacob Powell and is dead.  Perry married Susanna, daughter of Robert Rucker, and is dead.  He married Barbara Dugan daughter of Henry Enoch and died in the army.  James and Margaret died single; Jane married Wm., son of Jno. Arbaugh and lives in S. 13, her child, Isaac, married Nancy Ellen, daughter of M. Calvery Aldridge.  Allen married Sarah, daughter of L. Gibson.

            Jesse Sr’s child Mahala married Wm., son of Thos. Lambert, Asa married Lucy, daughter of Joseph Washburn, George married Anna Miller (?) and lives in Decatur county, Iowa.  Rebecca married Chas., son of Thos Dalton.  Her child, Jennie, married Lawrence Shadly.  Isaac Sr.’s child, Pheba married Mar___, son of _____ Dinnen.  Aaron Brown married Catherine Yingling and lived on Johns Creek.  His children, Christian Yingling married.  Their child Emily married Silas Reenburg.  Levina married Jno. son of Robert Boggs.  Aaron and Catherine’s child Andrew married Katherine, daughter of Peter Kingery and lives in Windsor township.  Their child Amanda married Daniel Burnburg.  Alfred married Phoeba daughter of Lewis Doughty, and lives in Aid township.  Henry married Arminta daughter of Henry Dalton and lives in Aid; Rebecca married James son of J. M. Dean.


            Election held Oct. 10, 1815.  Thos. Johnson, Wm. Wilson, A. Joshua Bruce, judges.  Chas. McCoy and Dan’l Brubaker, clerks.  Names of voters Jno. Branden, Jno. Brown, Edw. Simmons, S. Imes, Jno. McCoy, Thos. Johnson, Wm. Lynd, Wm. Wilson, Saml. Abrams, Thos. Kerr, David Brubaker, Joshua Bruce, Stephen Hodges, Wm. Holt, Geo. H. Otis, Abram Davidson, Thos. Hilt, G. Kerr, Jacob Lewis, Chas. McCoy, Jos. Isaminger, Jas. Collier, Mosback Collier, E. Phillips, Jno. Davisson - 31 votes.  The vote stood for Representative to the state Legislature David Ridgeday 30, J. P. R. Burrow 1; For Commissioner, Nathaniel Gates 31: for Sheriff, S. R. Holcob 28; Jos. W. Ross 2.  Another election held Oct. 8th, 1816, Thos. Johnson, G. Kerr and Edward Simmons, judges.  The vote stood for Governor Thos. Worthington got 29 votes out of 31; Henry Brush got all the votes for Congress.  Robt. Armstrong got the majority for County Commissioner and James Jones for Coroner.  Names of Voters.  Edw. Simmons, Robt. Boyd, Jno. Brandon, Wm. Holt, A. Moore, Jno. McCoy, Stephen Ballard, Jos. Davidson, Jno. Davisson, Chas. McCoy, Geo. Kouns, Wm. Johnson, Wm. Lynd, C. Hall, Thos. Johnson, Jas. Collier, Thos. Kerr, Jos. Sloan, Sam Kouns, Jno Francis, Jas. Gibson, M. Colliers, G. Kerr, E. Phillips, Thos. Davidson, Jno. Brown, J. Kouns.

            In Oct. 1817, six candidates in the field for County Commissioner:  48 votes cast, Js. Davidson 15; Edward Billops 26; Joel Brown 26; D. Spurlock 22.  Nathaniel Davisson 19, Peter Lionberger 1.  An election held June 7th, 1817 for Justice of the Peace, 35 votes cast, Chas. McCoy and Daniel Brubaker elected.

            Gabriel Kerr married Jane, daughter of Wm. Crawford in Washington Co., Pa. About 1809 and in 1812 he and his brother Thos. Kerr removed down the river in a flat boat loaded with apples, flour and cider and landed at the mouth of Big Sandy Dec. 24th 1812.  In the Spring of 1813 moved over and settled on the farm now owned by Abrams and Campbells.

1816 - Lawrence county was created December 20, 1816 from Gallia County and a small part of Scioto County.  Lawrence county was organized March 24, 1817.

1817 - The first justice of the peace for Lawrence county was James Webb.  The same day Webb was sworn in, Joseph Davidson made oath to perform the duties of county commissioner.  This was the 12th day of April 1817.  Joel Bowen and David Spurlock were the other two commissioners.


Record of Contract Awarded for the Burlington “Jail House.”

No. 4.

(Continued from last week.)

Ironton Register, December 4, 1902.


            The second session of the first board of commissioners of Lawrence county was begun on June 2, 1817, at Burlington, and the minutes of the session are as follows:

            “Board met persuant to adjournment last April session.  Present Joel Bowen, David Spurlock, Josiah Davidson, Commissioners.  Ordered that the first business to be acted upon is to perceed to make sale of the jail house of the town of Burlington to be sold to the lowest bidder and the clerk of said board to make sale of the same at two o’clock in the afternoon on the said day.  Perceeded to make sale of the log part of the jail house and made sale of the same to John Morrison, the legal purchaser to build the log part of the said jail agreeable to contract for the sum of three hundred and thirty four dollars.  Further perceeded to make sale of the frame part of jail house, and made sale of same to William Templeton, who is legal purchaser, for three hundred and thirty eight dollars.

            “Ordered that Thos. Kerr be reappointed clerk for this board of commissioners for one year from this date, and that he shall receive eighty dollars payable quarterly, further ordered that Thomas Kerr be reappointed treasurer of Lawrence county for one year from this date, and that he shall be allowed four per centum for the money received by him till this date.  Board then adjourned till nine o’clock tomorrow morning.”

            The journal record of the second day’s session follows:

            “Tuesday, June 3rd.  Board persuant adjournment.  Ordered that John Kelly’s bond as road commissioner be put on record with two securities, Charles Kelly and Wm. G. Robinson securities, bound in the penal sum of one thousand dollars for the true performance as commissioner as above stated appointed by this state for to expend five hundred and twenty five dollars on the road from Burlington down to the lower line of Lawrence county.  Bond bearing date June 2, 1817.

            “HIGHWAY.  On a petition for a new road leading from Scioto county line at the county road; from thence to or near the house of John Strouper; thence to cross the creek; thence to or near the north line of Misses Howands quarter section; from thence state road running from Portsmouth to Gallia county and that the same be established; ordered that the said petition be granted and that Thomas Blythe, Andrew Wolf and David McFan be viewers and John Russell, surveyor, to meet at Edward Partlow’s on the twentieth of this inst. And make report at next meeting of this board in July.  Ordered that David Rally’s bond for a new road be recorded; bond for seventy five dollars payable to the county treasurer for the cost of said road if the same should not be established at the expense of the county.  Wilson Lynd, security.  Further, that David Rally’s bond for road commissioner for expending one hundred dollars on a new road to be laid in the back part of the Lawrence county.  Bond for the penalty of two hundred dollars, payable to the commissioners of Lawrence county, with John Davidson, security; bond bearing date June 2, 1817.  Ordered that Edward Simmons’ bond for coroner, bound in the penalty of two thousand dollars, payable to Commissioners of Lawrence county for the faithful performance to his said office, with Edward Billups and Gabriel Kerr as securities; bond bearing date of June 2, 1817.  Board adjourned till nine o’clock tomorrow morning.”

(To be continued.)


Additional Notes of Commissioners’ Doings in 1817.

No. 5.

(To be continued.)

Ironton Register, December 11, 1902.

            Wednesday, June 4th 1817.  Board met pursuant to adjournment as yesterday.  On Petition for a new road to be begin at Abraham Miller’s ferry on the Ohio river, thence running to intersect the county road leading from Burlington, at or near long Creek, was read the first time and laid over till next sitting.  On the assent of the trustees and application of a number of the inhabitants of the Fractional Surveyed Township No. 1 in the 16 range, wishing to have freeholders appointed to appraise and lay off section sixteen in said township, order the said application be granted, and the following freeholders be appointed to appraise the same:  John Davidson, Owen Russell, George Kouns, or by us appointed for the purpose to meet at the home of John Billups on the fourth Monday of the inst., and then and there perceed according to law.  Ordered that Thomas Kerr, clerk of the board be allowed six dollars for his services as clerk, from the 21st of Apriel 1817 till this present June session 1817.

“Licenses.  Ordered, that the merchants license or retailers offering goods in the county be ten dollars, this year; further that Taverns and ferry licenses be the same as was established in April session, 1817; that is, for tavern license this year, six dollars, ferry licenses this year, two dollars.

Wolf Sculps.  Ordered that David Spurlock be allowed for ten wolf sculps under six months old, the sum of one dollar for each sculp; certified by James Webb, Esqr., to us, and there be an order ishued for the sum of ten dollars order allowed.  Ordered that Thomas Kerr, Treasurer of Lawrence county be allowed nine dollars and sixty two and a half cents for expense going to Gallipolis, and by buying and making two books for said commissioners and paper for county orders.  Allowed.  Agreed, that Henly Webb, constable, be allowed one dollar for retuning a list of Grand and petit jurors from Lawrence township to the clerks office.  Board adjourned till tomorrow morning nine o’clock.  Thomas Kerr, clerk, June 5, 1817.

1.  Order Ishued Thomas Kerr for expenses                  $9.62 ½

2.  Order Ishued David Spurlock for wolf sculps           10.00

3.  Order Ishued Henly Webb for Jury returns     1.00

                                                      $20.62 ½        


            “Board ordered viewed and surveyed from the mouth of Symmes Creek down on the bank of the Ohio river to the first cross street of the town of Burlington.  John Davidson, George Koons, and Charles McCoy, viewers, and John Poang surveyor.  Ordered that Gabriel Kerr and Jeremiah Wescott bond be entered for the expense of new roads if not established at the expense of said county ….Bond $75.

            “Highway, beginning at the town of Burlington thence to Jacob _oons on Buffalo Creek, thence up said creek to Bazzells or Willis mill, thence intersect the line of Jackson and Gallia county.  Viewers Edward Miller, Christian Koun and William Miller and William Buffington surveyor.

            “Order is ishued to Thomas Kerr for service as clerk for this board from Apriel session till June annual meet and paid when *cold on order allowed.  Ishued $6.90 on petition of a number of the inhabitants of Lawrence county praying for a new road beginning on the bank of the Ohio river at Burlington thence to Jackson county seat the nearest and best way.  Ordered that the prayer be granted and that James Webb, Edward Simmons and Masheck Collier viewers and John Poang surveyor or some other suitable surveyor that can be had to meet at Burlington on Friday the 27th of the instant and make report at the next meeting of this board.  Order Ishued.”

            (Here comes a list of election expenses paid June 6, 1817, total amount $37.)

            “Ordered that Wm. Robinson be allowed three dolars for employing Nathaniel Davison for carrying the laws from Portsmouth to Burlington.  Order ishued 3.00.  Attest Thos. Kerr, clerk.”

            At this point in the record comes a list of what are now called assessors, with their fees as paid by the county, Saturday, June 7, 1817.  The record shows the following:



Upper Tp. 41 x Samuel Clark, lister                              7.00

Fayette Tp. 42 x Solomon Imes, lister               3.00

Lawrence Tp. 43 x Isem Blankenship, lister                   5.00

Union Tp. 44 x Samuel McCorkle, lister                       4.00

Centerville Tp. 45 x James Wilson, lister                       4.00


(This indicates that all north of Union township was called Centerville township, which formerly included all territory back from the river and above **Strums Creek.)

* Probably “called.”

** Likely intended for Storms creek.


More Extracts From Records of First Board of Commissioners.

No. 5   (note he had two No. 5’s - smk)

(To be continued.)

Ironton Register, December 18, 1902.


            The records of the first board of commissioners of Lawrence county are followed out in this issue and a few of the items entered on the journal are given, the time being June, 1817:

            “Ordered that Joseph Davidson for procuring a house for the commissioners and court building till the present time, 1 quire paper till June 7, 1817.  46.  Order Ishue and allowed, 3.00  47X ordered that Joel Bowen be allowed for a letter lifted for board of commissioners 0.18 ½.  (can’t make out total - smk)

            “A road beginning at high way at the town of Burlington on bank of the Ohio River; then down on the bank of said river past the house of Barbary Davidsons, thence past D. Brubaker’s mill down to the old Gallia county line to entersect road at the mouth of Lick Creek * * * John Davidson, George Koons, & Charles McCoy viewers and John Poange surveyor or some other suitable surveyor.  Monday, June, 1817.

            “Ordered that Charles McCoy be appointed road Commissioner instead of Joel Bowen, who has declined the appointment of the legislature and said McCoy be given bond agreeable to few and taken the oath of office.  Further that Charles McCoy and George Koon bond be out____ bound in the penalty of twelve hundred dollars for the true performance of laying out and expending six hundred & twenty five dollars on the road leading from Burlington to the upper line of Lawrence county on the bank of the Ohio river, date June 9, 1817.  Agreed that the money appropriated by the legislature for the use of the road leading from Burlington to the upper line of Lawrence county be expended in the following plan on the first creek above Burlington on Buffalo creek and on Indian Guyan and the ballance on some other creeks or branches toward the upper line as above stated of road.  Order That Joseph Davidson be appointed as sealor and keeper of the standard of measures for Lawrence county and that he be authorized to procure a seal and a half bushel measure at the expense of the aforesaid county and he has taken the oath of office.

            “Ordered that there be advertisement set up in each tp. in Lawrence county for all resadence proprietors of lands subject to taxation to be fetched forward forthwith to the clerk of the board of commissioners for taxation.  June 9, 1817.

            “Ordered that the rates of taxation on taxable property in this county shall be as follows to witt on each stud horse (as high as the law admits on all other horses, mares, mules & asses per head……..30 cents.  On all meat cattle per head ten cents ……10.  On all other taxable property in the county one half of one per cent on the appraised value.

            “On settlement with the county treasurer up to this date and remains in Treasury after all expenditures out of Treasury $353.35 ½.

            “July 8, 1817.  Fees of the first grand Jurors drawn were Daniel Laffoon, John Billups, Peter Lionbarger, Richard Sumpter, William Bruce, Joshua Imes, Nathaniel Morrison, Thomas Singer, John Lunsford, Augustin Smith, Elisha Hall, Edward Miller, Edward Billups, Adam Farler, Charles McCoy, each $__ (looks like 3 - smk).  Solomon Imes, constable for grand jury, $2.

            “October 16, 1817.  Fees of grand jurors:  William Templeton, John Cartwell, John Stover, John Frances, John Brown, Charles McCoy, Andrew Blankenship, James Collier, Robert McCorkle, John Billups, Edward Miller, Peter Wakefield, Moses Chaplin, Jacob Fudge, Patten Walker, each $4.50.  Solomon Imes, constable for grand jurors, $3.00. 

            “Nov. 17, 1817.  Nathaniel Davidson, Edward Billups, David Spurlock, having been elected commissioners took their oaths.

            “Feb. 7, 1818.  Contracted with Asa Kimble to build a break (probably brick) court house to stand on the north side of Washington st. & west side of Court street and to stand precisely in the center but not to obstruct the street.  Price $1696.  (This is the old Burlington court house used in recent years as a school house.)

            “Billups road ordered to be established as a publik road and to be opened fifteen feet wide and made in other convenient for the passage of wagons and carriages.  August 22, 1818.  Asa Kimble sold the court house building to Gabriel Kerr.  February 8, 1819.  Gabriel Kerr sold out court house building to Jeremiah Westcott, and today is paid off.  March 3, 1819.  $36.32 appropriated for road up buffalo creek.  Aug. 5, 1819.  Paid J. Wescott another court house bill.  April 27, 1820.  Sold court house to Joel Gillett for $240.  (This appears to have been the wood work contract.)

            “Wednesday, June 7, 1820.  E. B. Green, N. Davidson, Thos. Kerr, commissioners chose Joseph Wheeler clerk of the board of commissioners, to be allowed $60.00 to be paid quarterly and Wm. G. Robinson appointed collector for the county for 1820, to be paid six per cent of his collections for his fees.

            {Note - It is intended to give the records as near verbatim as possible, hence the reader may at times be shocked at spelling and construction, some of which may have been accepted as correct early in the last century. - Editor.}

1818 - Feb. 20 - The town of Burlington was laid out.  Named for Burlington, Vt.  Was first located at Delta but a dispute arose and John Davidson and William Burton each donated 25 acres each and moved the houses to form the town of Burlington.



Interesting Items Gleaned From the Old Records.

No. 6. (Continued.)

Ironton Register, January 8, 1902.

            Following is a list of some of the payments made to the county for various purposes during the years of 1819 and 1820:

            W. G. Robinson, clerk, fines $32.50; I. and M. Frampton, permit, $1.25; Wm. C. Johnson, permit, $2.50; Edward Miller, tavern license, $6.00; M. & J. Frampton, permit, $6.78; John Davidson, permit, ferry, $0.33 /3; Jeremiah Wescott, permit tavern, $1.06; Wm. C. Davidson, store license, $10; Abraham Miller, ferry, $2.00; John Davidson, for ferry, $2.00; William Ventraux Hurson, store, $13.00; Calvin Record (probably Reckard), for tavern license, $6.00.

            June 8, 1820.  County levy on horse, mule and ass, three years old and upward, 30 cts. per head; on all meat cattle, three years old and upward 10 cts per head; on each stud horse, the rate he stands at the season and in all other property made subject to taxation, one half per cent on the appraised value thereof.

            Jacob Miller, John Pierce and Sylvester Fuller were judges and E. B. Green and Solomon Churchill were clerks of Rome township election in Presidential election of 1820.

            The records show that on November 19, 1820, $14 was allowed for 10 wolf scalps.

            Regarding the organization of townships, the commissioners’ record has the following:

            “June 2, 1817.  On petition of a number of the inhabitants for a new township to be laid off as follows, viz:  Beginning at the N. west corner of said county, thence south with said line to Township No. 2, thence E. with said Tp. line as far as to the N. E. corner of Township No. 2, range 18; thence N. with said range to the north end of said county; thence west to the N. E. corner of Sect. No. 5 in sd. Tp., thence south to the N. E. corner of Section No. 29 in ad. Tp. thence west to the place of beginning.  Ordered that the same be set apart by the name of Vernon Township.

            “June 2, 1817.  T. 2, R. 16 organized as Windsor township.  Electors meet at school house near Owen Russell.  Agreed by the board that the Tp. of Lawrence be as follows off Township No. 3 and range 17, be the same bounds and that the qualified electors meet at James Webb’s to elect etc.  Ordered that the original surveyed township No. 3 of range 16 and the original  and the original Tps. No. 4 & 5(or 6?) in range 17, shall form one Tp. by the name of Symmes Township and the same to be the bounds * * * Electors to meet at the house of Seriah Vermillion to elect officers.

            “June 4, 1817.  On petition of a number of the inhabitants of Lawrence county and Upper Tp., praying for a new Tp. to be set off bounding as follows:  Beginning at the southeast corner of Tp. No. 2, range 19, thence running E. to the 17 range lines, thence N. to the N. E. corner of Township 2, range 18; thence W. to the county line; thence south to the French Grant line; thence S. easterly to the east corner of said Grant; thence westerly to the pace of beginning.  Ordered that the said Bounding be set apart in a separate Tp. by the name of Elsabeth Tp. ** Electors to meet at William Jones.

            “Order that the fractional Township No. 1 in the fifteenth range be attached to Union and the bound shall contain of Union Tp. as follows:  The fractional Tp. in range 15, and the fractional Tp. 1 in range 16, be the same the bound of Union Tp.

            “Ordered that the bounds of Fayette Tp. be as follows,  viz:  containing the original surveyed Fractional Tp. No. 1 & 2 of range 17 be the same bounds of the aforesaid Tp.

            “Friday, June 6, 1817.  Ordered by the board that the following be the boundary of Upper Tp., containing the original fractional Tp. No. 1 in the eighteenth range and the original fractional Tp. 1 in the nineteenth range (Here follows an entry dated March 11, 1818).  Ordered that the part now remaining of Vernon Tp. in the county of Lawrence be and the same is hereby attached to Elizabeth Tp., said county as above stated to be under the rules and regulations of Elizabeth Tp.

            “April 21, 1819.  Upon the petition of the inhabitants of the first and second fractional Tp. and fifteenth Range in the county of Lawrence, praying to be set off as new township by name of Rome, ordered that the same be set off as a separate Tp. by the name of Rome Tp. and that the electors meet at Grall Hull’s on 15 day of May.

            August 3, 1819.  Upon the petition of the inhabitants of the original surveyed Tp. No. 3 of range 16, praying for to be set apart as new Tp. ordered that the same be granted and that the bounds consist of the original surveyed township No. 3 in range 16, be the same set apart as a new Tp. by the name of Mason * * *   Electors to meet at Thomas Moore’s.

            “June 6, 1820.  Upon the application of the inhabitants of Tp. number three and four of range number eighteen now belonging to Elizabeth Tp.  Ordered that the application be granted and that the township number three and so much of Tp. four as lies in Lawrence county be and the same are hereby set off, as a separate Tp. to be known and designed by the name of Decatur Township.  Meet (the electors) July 6th at the home of Rees Thompson.

            “December 2, 1828 (?).  Be it remembered that this day the citizens of the fourth and fifth Tps now composing the Tp. of Syms, praying for a division of said Tp. as aforesaid, it is therefor ordered that the same be granted and that the aforesaid Tp. be divided and that the Tp. number four be an is hereby struck off composes a new Tp. by the name of Aid and that the qualified electors of said Tp. number four meet at the house of Charles Cooper on Saturday, the 27th of his inst., to elect * * *”

            The records do not show when Washington township was originated.

(To be continued.)


Directory of Old Burlington Court - The First Marriage

No. 7

Ironton Register, Jan. 15, 1902

            Harmond Howe finished the Burlington court house and received his pay for the same August 6, 1839, at a special session of the county commissioners.  C. Scoville and Richard Jones.

            March 5, 1839.  Report of survey of Proctor store and Patriot road by act of legislature of February 23, 1838:  Joshua Louk, Charles Neal and Winchester Wakefield, commissioners to lay out said road.  Ordered recorded by C. Scoville, R. Jones and S. Reckerd.

            In 1837 the following persons were taxed for their professions:  Solomon Beckley, as lawyer, $4; John H. Wells, as lawyer, $1; John S. Kelvy as ________ $___.  R. M. McDowell, as doctor, $4; Dr. Brown, $4; Dr. Case, $4; Dr. Hollingsworth, $4.  (The reason for the difference in assessing is not stated.)

            The county directory in 1821 contained the following list of officers:

             Court - Hon. Ezra Osburn, president; Judges John Davidson, William Miller and Gabriel Kerr, associates; Joseph Wheeler, clerk pro tem; Joseph Davidson, sheriff; Solomon Beckley, attorney at law; William G. Robinson, recorder; William Carpenter, surveyor (by appointment); justices of the peace - Fayette, Daniel Brubaker, Thomas Kerr and Solomon Beckley; Union, Thomas Templeton and Edward Miller; Rome, Joel Bowen and Jacob Miller; Windsor, Peter Wakefield and Bazil Lewis; Symmes, David Spurlock; Mason, Jacob Powell and Henry Spear; Lawrence, Jas. Webb and Elias Webb; Upper, Peter Linebarger and John Kelly; Elizabeth, Thomas Triggs and Andrew Wolfe.

             At this time, Burlington, the county seat, had two stores, three taverns, one English school, one hatter’s shop, one blacksmith shop, one tailor, five carpenters, two tanners and a horizontal flour mill, propelled by oxen.  There were 685 voters in the county.  Thomas Kerr, postmaster at Burlington, and Thomas Waller, at Portsmouth, were the only postmasters in the two counties.  The population of Portsmouth at this time was 570.

             The clerk used the same book in which records of the court were kept for his licenses and affidavits, but he turned it upside down and commenced in the back part for these matters of record.

             The first justice of the peace for Lawrence county was James Webb.  The same day Webb was sworn in, Joseph Davidson made oath to perform the duties of county commissioner.  This was on the 12th day of April, 1817.  Joel Bowen and David Spurlock were the other two commissioners.

            The following is a copy of the first marriage license issued after the organization of the county:

             “These are to license and permit any licensed Minister of the Gospel or Justice of the Peace duly commissioned and sworn in and for said county, to join together in the holy state of matrimony, John Ferguson and Elizabeth Mccoy, and for so doing this shall be your warrant.  Given under my hand and the seal of my office this 14th day of April, 1817.  “W. G. Robinson, “Clerk pro tem.”

            The following is the certificate of marriage of the persons named in the foregoing and is the first written in the marriage book of the Probate Court:

             “I do hereby certify that on the 11th day of April, 1817, I joined together in the holy state of matrimony, John Ferguson and Elizabeth McCoy.  Given under my hand.  “John Lee.”

             It will be observed that the date of the above certificate is prior to that of the license, but it is to be presumed that the minister who tied the knot was satisfied that a license would be forthcoming.  At any rate the worthy couple were properly united three days before the authority for the union was granted.  Whether legally or illegally, under the circumstances is a question for technical dispute.

             In the next paper will be given a list of the earliest marriages of the county, with the dates and names of the officiating ministers.


(To be continued.)



Copyrighted by Thos. A. Walton.

No. 8

Ironton Register, January 22, 1902


            I hereby give a list of the marriage returns with date of, and by whom married:


June 27, 1817.             Samuel Hensley to Katherine Leftridge, by James Webb, J. P.

June 5, 1817.               John Riddle to Susannah Colyer, by John Lee (he was a Baptist minister).

June 27, 1817.             David White to Sarah Passons, by James Webb, J. P.

Sept. 8, 1817.              Richard Adams to Fanny Murrel Credle, by Stites Parker.

June 22, 1817.             George Trumbo to Polly Austin, by John Lee.

July 13, 1817.              Joseph Brammer to Nancy Collins, by John Lee.

Sept. 8, 1817.              Hugh Forgey to Elizabeth Kneff, by Stites Parker.

July 24, 1817.              Thomas Martin to Francis Sumpter, by James Webb, J. P.

Sept. 30, 1817.            James Carter to Elizabeth Scarborough, by Edward Billups.

Oct. 17, 1817.             Robert Ball to Sarah Wilson, by Charles McCoy, J. P.

Oct. 20, 1817.             Joseph Kelly to Elizabeth Steth, by Charles McCoy, J. P.

Oct. 31, 1817.             Joseph Davis to Elizabeth Bowers, by Daniel Brubaker, J. P.

Nov. 3, 1817.              Isaac Lambert to Nancy Sperry, by Peter Lionbarger, J. P.

Nov. 11, 1817             Henry Warply to Elizabeth McKinsey, by Thos. Templeton.

Nov. 13, 1817.                        Jas. Jones to Mary Crane, by Peter Lionbarger, J. P.

Nov. 13, 1817.                        Burton Lucas to Elizabeth Stith, by Charles McCoy, J. P.

Nov. 19, 1817.                        Wm. Lewis to Elizabeth Oscar, by Edward Billups.

Dec. 17, 1817.             William Tull to Hannah Cyie, by Joel Bowman, J. P.

Dec. 18, 1817.             Isham Rowley to Catherine Snell, by Joel Bowen, J. P.

Dec. 30, 1817.             James McMahon to Elizabeth Monahan, by Peter Wakefield, J. P.

Jan. 22, 1818.              John Fudge and Pricilla Porter, by Bazel Lewis, J. P.

March 4, 1818.            Enoch Williams and Sarah Keller, by Peter Lionbarger, J. P.

March 8, 1818.            Elias Webb and Jane Gillium, by Lewis Conway, J. P.

March 8, 1818.            Chas. Ward and Amy Kelly, by Lewis Conway, J. P.

March 11, 1818.          George McCommas and Catherine M. Connel, by Thos. Templeton, J. P.

March 20, 1818.          Joseph Morrison and Rebecca Stephenson, by T. Templeton, J. P.

March 28, 1818.          Robert Ross and Hannah Conway, by Peter Wakefield, J. P.

April 15, 1818. Solomon Adams and Susannah Overstreet, by T. Templeton, J. P.

May 10, 1818.             Simon Drewyer and Cyntha Billups, by Joel Bowen, J. P.

June 11, 1818.             Sinkler Petry and Elizabeth Cyntha Billups, by Joel Bowen, J. P.

June 11, 1818.             Moses Preston and Elizabeth Harvey, by T. Templeton, J. P.

July 19, 1818.              Asa Hughs and Sarah Neal, by Peter Wakefield, J. P.

July 20, 1818.              John Copenhaven to Elizabeth Bumgarner, by T. Templeton, J. P.

Sept. 5, 1818.              Thomas Gardner to Cloe Gillett, by Joel Bowen, J. P.

Oct. 14, 1818.             James Clarke to Martha Lambert, by Peter Lionbarger, J. P.

July 31, 1818.              John Martin to Stiny Fredge by Bazel Lewis, J. P.

July 15, 1818.              Thomas Carpenter to (does not give name - smk)

Oct. 20, 1818.             Wm. Brammer to Elizabeth Clarke, by Bazel Lewis, J. P.

Nov. 29, 1818.                        Archibald Rese to Cindarella Rice, by D. Brubaker, J. P.

Dec. 8, 1818.               Patrick Collins to Nancy Griffy, by Joel Bowen, J. P.

Dec. 18, 1818.             Joseph Hawkins to Agnes Collier, by D. Brubaker, J. P.

Dec. 27, 1818.             John Falkner to Susannah Spears, by Peter Wakefield, J. P.

Jan. 8, 1819.                John Malone to Eunice Neff, by David Spurlock, J. P.

Jan. 7, 1819.                James Dix to Elsey Bivens, by Jacob Powell, J. P.

Mar.11, 1819.              Charles Rader to Elizabeth Johnson, by Charles McCoy, J. P.

Mar. 5, 1819.               Charles Conway to Mary Collins, by James Webb, J. P.

Mar. 30, 1819.             Thomas Tackett to Winny Sampson, by Bazel Lewis, J. P.

Apr. 15, 1819.             John Millan to Susannah Burcham, by Bazel Lewis, J. P.

May 2, 1819.               George Holladay to Agness Huddleson, by Bazel Lewis, J. P.

May 12, 1819.             Wm. Jones to Martha Howard, by Bazel Lewis, J. P.

June 17, 1819.             Samuel E. Pease to Harriet Gillett, Thos. Kerr, J. P.

Sept. 9, 1819.              Samuel McCorkle to Elizabeth Simmons, by Bazel Lewis, J. P.

Oct. 16, 1819.             Samuel Lewis to Mary Burcham, by Bazel Lewis, J. P.

Oct. 7, 1819.               George Bowen to Letishe McFan, by Thos. Trigg, J. P.

Oct. 13, 1819.             William M. Suiter to Elizabeth Sparling, by Rev. John Lee.

Nov. 19, 1819.                        Phillip Suiter to Sally Shour, by Rev. John Lee.

Oct. 29, 1819  .           James White to Wealthy Falkner, by Bazel Lewis, J. P.

Dec. 17, 1819.             Wm. H. Lane to Sally Frampton, by Solomon Beckly, J. P.

Dec. 30, 1819.             Armstrong Dunn to Polly Brandon, by Solomon Beckly, J. P.

Jan. 6, 1820.                Sartin McCommas to Henrietta Howard, by Henry Spears, J. P.

Jan. 9, 1820.                Thomas Davidson to Polly Creedle, by Daniel Brubaker, J. P.

Jan. 23, 1820.              John Vermillion to Elizabeth Cumpston, by Henry Spears, J. P.

Jan. 25, 1820.              Thomas Edmund to Nancy Leftwick, by Daniel Brubaker, J. P.

Jan. 27, 1820.              John Boyd to Sarah Moore, by James Webb, J. P.

Jan. 9, 1820.                Asael Neal to Polly Hull, by Peter Wakefield, J. P.

Feb. 21, 1820.             Stephen McMahon to Polly Lunsford, by Peter Wakefield, J. P.

April 23, 1820. Theodore Blanagnell and Florida Harrison, by Jacob Miller, J. P.

Feb. 27, 1820.             Richard Nance to Betsy Dodd, by Joel Bowen, J. P.

Feb. 27, 1820.             Daniel Staley to Rebecca Bowen, by Joel Bowen, J. P.





Copyrighted by Thos. A. Walton.

No. 9

Ironton Register, January 29, 1902


Following is a continuation of the list of early marriages in Lawrence county:


July 10, 1819.              Leroy Garrett to Elizabeth Allison, by Thos. Kerr, J. P.

July 11, 1819.              Ira Huel (should be Huet) to Rebecca Bardsley, by Joel Bowen, J. P.

July 29, 1819.              Benjamin McAniess to Sarah Loar, by Joel Bowen, J. P.

Aug. 16, 1819.             John Newbury to Sarah Loar, by Thos. Kerr, J. P.

Sept. 10, 1819.            Skelton Bradshaw to Mary Violetta McCoy, by Joel Bowen, J. P.

Dec. 5, 1819    .           James Sheltontaitt to Sarah Fudge, by B. Lewis, J. P.

Apr. 27, 1820.             George Rice to Isabel Albright, by Jacob Spurlock, J. P.

June 12, 1820.             Terry Wilson to Artey Nance, by G. H. Spears, J. P.

June 13, 1820.             Isem Blankenship to Elizabeth Dilly, by H. Spears, J. P.

May 11, 1820.             Isam Blankenship Jr. to Hannah Collier, by Hanly Webb, J. P.

June 15, 1820.             Benjamin Yates to Ann Delong, by Hanly Webb, J. P.

Feb. 10, 1820.             Reubin Vermillion to Rebecca Cumpsten, by Henry Spears, J. P.

Mar. 10, 1820.             John Stewart to Sally McCartney, by John Kelly, J. P.

May 29, 1820.             John W. Sterns to Miami McCane, by Andrew Wolfe, J. P.

May 3, 1820.               James A. Poage to Sarah C. Campbell, by Daniel Brubaker, J. P.

June 18, 1820.             Joel Gillett to Zuba Risley, by Joel Brown, J. P.

Feb. 3, 1820.               Emanuel Comer to Palsey Smith, by Thomas Templeton, J. P.

June 3, 1820.               George Holton to Sarah Holley, by Peter Wakefield, J. P.

June 18, 1820.             Alexander Forgey to Lucy Elkins, by Peter Wakefield, J. P.

June 29, 1820.             George Graves to Lucy Childers, by Peter Wakefield, J. P.

June 29, 1820.             John Billups to Hetty Wilgus, by Peter Wakefield, J. P.

April 24, 1820. David Ripley to Esther Griswolds, by Jacob Miller, J. P.

Aug. 16, 1820.             James McCorly to Polly Price, by Thos. Kerr, J. P.

Aug. 27, 1820.             George Cartwright to Caulina Walbridge by Wm. Jones, J. P.

Nov. 16, 1820.                        Joshua Henwood to Anna Knight, by J. Miller, J. P.

Nov. 25, 1820.                        Josiah Beckett Beckett to Henrietta King, by Peter Wakefield, J. P.

July 15, 1820.              James G. Sherman to Nancy Hawkins, by John Lee.

June 4, 1821.               Charlie Markins to Nancy Sampson, by Thos. Hatfield, J. P.

Oct. 22, 1820.             William Smith to Tabitha Haws, by Hanley Webb, J. P.

Jan. 11, 1821.              John McKee to Nancy Ankrum, by Daniel Bradshaw, J. P.

Nov. 26, 1820.                        Isham Blankenship to Moody Keeny, by Thomas Templeton, J. P.

Feb. 15, 1820.             Josiah Lambert to Elizabeth McIntire, by D. Bradshaw, J. P.

Mar. 6, 1821.               David Gandy to Olivia Vanbibber, by Sol Beckley, J. P.

Dec. 28, 1820.             James Cox to Nancy Noble, by Wm. Burk, J. P.

Jan. 18, 1821.              Valentine Sampson to Nancy Higgins, by Jacob Powell, J. P.

Jan. 18, 1821.              Joseph Davidson to Betsey Westcott, by S. Berkley, J. P.

March 16, 1821.          Jeremiah Kilgore to Nancy Fullerton, by Wm. McMann, J. P.

March 14, 1821.          Abraham Smith to Celia Clark, by Sol Berkley, J. P.

Jan. 31, 1821.              James Williams to Rebecca Davidson, by John Kelly, J. P.

Jan. 16, 1821.              John H. Chaffin to Susannah Wolf, by Rev. John Kelly.

Jan. 14, 1821.              Paerpoint Blowers to Sarah Piles, by Hanley Webb, J. P.

April 20, 1821. Jacob G. Licero to Elizabeth Momun, by Daniel Brubaker, J. P.

Feb. 21, 1821.             John Beckett to Nancy King, by P. Wakefield, J. P.

Jan. 18, 1821.              Joseph Perkins to Ruth Walls, by P. Wakefield, J. P.

April 27, 1821. Pleasant Jourdan to Anna Burchett, by Casper Clark, J. P.

Feb. 15, 1821.             James Alford to Mary Hatfield, by John Lee.

Jan. 25, 1821.              Wm. Powell to France Yingling, by John Lee.

March 1, 1821.            Andrew Holladay to Mary Stover, by John Lee.

April 30, 1821. John Compston to Sally Triggs, Wm. Burk, J. P.

May 8, 1821.               Solomon Beckly to Laura Scoville, by Casper Clark, J. P.

May 28, 1821.             James Campbell to Nancy Stewart, by Caspus Clark, J. P.

May 31, 1821.             Wm. Davidson to Sarah Short, by Caspus Clark, J. P.

April 21, 1821. John Baber to Elizabeth Maxey, by Wm. McMann, J. P.

July 5, 1821.                George Irwin to Jemima Russell, by Wm. F. Goldcamp, J. P.

July 26, 1821               Jacob Fudge to Margaret Tait, by Thos. Hatfield, J. P.

June 25, 1821.             David Jones to Barbary Brumfield, by Henry Spears, J. P.

May 10, 1821.             Sanford Russell to Barbery Losey, by Jacob Miller, J. P.


(To be continued.)




Copyrighted by Thos. A. Walton.

No. 10

Ironton Register, February 5, 1902


A continuation of the list of early marriages with one certificate where the humorous and the serious are blended.


July 19, 1821.              Thomas Canter, Jr., to Anny Canter, by P. Wakefield, J. P.

June 28, 1821.             Abraham Miller, Jr., to Nancy Lowry, by P. Wakefield, J. P.

Sept. 6, 1821.              Eleaser Kinny to Caroline Clark, by Caspus Clark, J. P.

Sept. 27, 1821.             John A. Taitt to Docia Breeding, by Thos. Hatfield, J. P.

July 2, 1821.                Martin Fisher to Lovey W. Tunnell, by Rev. Jacob Young.

Sept. 13, 1821.            John C. Shute to Nanny Koons, by Caspus Clark.

July 26, 1821.              Thomas Sowards to Rosannolo Spears, by H. Spears, J. P.

July 27, 1821.              Jacob Stuck to Betsy Baird, by Luther Doolittle, J. P.

June 8, 1821.               Samuel Vancony to Jane Thurston, by Peter Lionbarger, J. P.

Oct. 2, 1821.               Andrew P. Koons to Hanna Hisey, by C. Clark, J. P.

Oct. 11, 1821.              David McLaughlin to Pheba Gillett, by P. Wakefield, J. P.

Sept. 26, 1821.            Banister Nance to Barsheba Wells, by H. Spears, J. P.

Dec. 29, 1821.             Luis Pritchet to Lucy Fowler, by D. Brubaker, J. P.

Feb. 18, 1822.             Wm. Nixon to Jane Hopkins, by Thos. Kerr, J. P.

Feb. 17, 1822.             James Rice to Elizabeth Kinner, by D. Brubaker, J. P.

Feb. 12, 1822.             John McCoy to Jane Cambell, by D Brubaker, J. P.

March 5, 1822.            John Ferris to Polly Murphey (here follows the certificate):

                        The State of Ohio,        }  Union Town-

                        Lawrence Co.  ss.        }          ship

March 5, 1822.  I joined together John Ferris and Polly Murphey in the holy state of matrimony according to law, both of lawful age and handsome _____, by virtue of advertisement.  Given under my hand and seal this 9th day of March 1822.   Thomas Templeton, J. Peace.

Feb. 24, 1822.             Wm. Collier to Hannah Snider, by Thos. Kerr, J. P.

Jan. 21, 1822.              Peter Iams (?) to Jermima Bagley, by Thos. Kerr, J.P.

Mar. __, 1822.             John McGinnis to Mercy Lockhart, by advertisement, L. Doolittle, J. P.

Mar. 7, 1822.               Joel Simmons to Nancy Mannon, by P. Wakefield, J. P.

Jan. 10, 1822.              Moses Mannon to Polly Simmons, by P. Wakefield, J. P.

March 21, 1822.          Martin Miles to Bestsey Smith, by P. Wakefield, J. P.

April 4, 1822.  James Collier to Mary Hisey, by D. Brubaker, J. P.

April 21, 1822. Lewis Sprouse to Cyntha Doolittle, by advertisement, J. Hilyard, J. P.

Feb. 6, 1822                Thomas Cooper to Mary Nelson, by David Spurlock, J. P.

March 14, 1822.          Thomas Golden to Christianne Brammer, by Wm. F. Golden, J. P.

May 28, 1822.             Benjamin Bell to Lavina Webb, by Luther Doolittle, J. P.  (They were reported as married by Luther Doolittle, but in reality were married by Peter Wakefield, J. P.  See E. W. Wakefield’s tales in Windsor.)

June 16, 1822              Elihu Frances to Sarah Radford, by James Wheeler, J. P.

July 7, 1822.                Wm. A. Sprouse to Matilda Graham, by Jonathan Hilyard, J. P.

July 4, 1822.                Paulus Emilius Wood to Adaline Augusta Fuller, by P. Wakefield, J. P.

May 2, 1822.               William Perkins to Ebby Veal, by P. Wakefield, J. P.

June 2, 1822.               George Webb to Genne Coleman, by P. Wakefield, J. P.

May 28, 1822.             Benjamin Bell to Lavina Webb by Peter Wakefield, J. P.

Aug. 4, 1822.               Oty Martin to Elizabeth Earles, by Peter Wakefield, J. P.

Aug. 15, 1822.             John Fred to Zibia Blavens by Nathaniel Morrision, J. P.

Aug. 28, 1822.             Richard Nance, Sr., to Jinny Wells, by advertisement, H. Spears, J. P.

Feb. 7, 1822.               ______ Hatfield to Polly Clark, by John Lee.

Aug. 2, 1822.               Jesse Brammer to Anna Lambert, by John Lee.

Oct. 5, 1822.               John Ervison to Eliza M. Chadwick, by Rev. Jo. Hunter.

Oct. 13, 1822.             Isaac Bell to Elizabeth Jones, by Jacob Powell, J. P.

Oct. 6, 1822.               George Broun to Lucy Minerva Gillett, by Luther Doolittle, J. P.

Oct. 13, 1822.             Isaac Kernell to Rhoda Webb, by L. D. Doolittle, J. P.

Oct. 22, 1821.             Joel Watters to Keaiah Miller, by L. D. Doolittle, J. P.

Sept. 22, 1821.            James Johnston to Mary McGinnis, by Luther Doolittle, J. P.

June 28, 1822.             James Thomas to Elizabeth Miller, by Wm. Miller, J. P.

Oct. 24, 1822.             Edward Billups to Dosha Wilgus, by advertisement, Wm. Miller, J. P.

Nov. 24, 1822.            Asa Morgan to Elizabeth Blankenship, by Wm. F. Golden, J. P.

May 22, 1822.             John King to Catharine McCommas, by advertisement, Wm. Miller, J. P.

Oct. 2, 1822.               Wm. Gilruth to Rebecca Austin, by John King.

Dec. 12, 1822.             Robt. W. Poage to Ann Johnston, by J. C. Hunter.

Sept. 20, 1822.            John Fitser to Polly Woods, by Wm. Jones, J. P.

Oct. 28, 1822.             Elijah Frampton to  Rebecca Clark, by J. C. Hunter.

Dec. 31, 1822.             Joseph Fitser to Sary Woods, by Wm. Jones, J. P.

Sept. 29, 1822.            Jacob Baker to Polly Yingling, by Wm. Jones, J. P.

Dec. 19, 1822.             Wm. Heiveson to Jane Bradshaw, by Jacob Powell, J. P.

Jan. 22, 1823.              Zechenias Arthur to Fanny Brown, by Thos. Kerr, J. P.

Jan. 23, 1823.              Arnon McCommas to Polly Brumfield, by advertisement, J. Powell, J. P.

Feb. 13, 1823.             Samuel Russell to Mary Irwin, by Wm. F. Golden, J. P.

Feb. 8, 1823.               Joseph Ross to Rhody Kelly, by Nathaniel Morrison, J. P.

Feb. 13, 1823.             James Templeton to Jane Morrison, by advertisement, Wm. Miller, J. P.

March 23, 1823.          Wm. Faulkner to Thirsey Creedle, by Wm. Miller, J. P.

April 3, 1823.               James ------- to Betsy Lambert, by D. Brubaker, J. P.


(To be continued.)




Copyrighted by Thos. A. Walton.

No. 11

Ironton Register, February 12, 1903 (sic 1902, paper dated wrong)

            Last week was concluded a lengthy list of the marriages in this county during the early part of the past century.  They were taken from the records, since they could not be secured from early settlers and will sever to give the origin of a number of the families of this county and of some who are now settled in other states.  These reports will be of especial interest to old settlers.


            The first deed recorded in Lawrence county, was for a tract of 24 acres of land, consideration $300.  It is deeded by John Neal and Katharine Neal of Centerville Township, Lawrence county, to Isaac Russell.  It is witnessed by Joel Bowen, J. P.  The deed bears date of March 21, 1817.

            The first volume of the Records of Deeds for Lawrence county, contains the copies of three other instruments, but they can not be considered as purely official records of Lawrence, since the county organization was not complete at the time they were recorded.  The first deed, in fact, begins in this wise:  “This indenture, made and concluded at Burlington, in the county of Lawrence, now a part of the county of Gallia and state of Ohio, between William Burtin, John Davidson and Margaret Davidson of the one part, and Edward W. Tupper, Director for the term of Burlington, of the other part, witnesseth, etc.”

            Following are some of the early transfers of real estate:

Luke Kelly and Mary Kelly to Joshua Kelly, dec’d, tract of land beginning at paw-paw, elder and walnut on the bank of the Ohio river, corner to Charles Kelly’s land, thence to corner of Luke Kelly’s land… consideration $200.  Peter Lionbarger and William Stephen, witnesses:  acknowledged before Peter Lionberger, J. P.

            The next instrument recorded is a letter patent, granted by President Madison to William Blare, assignee of Isaiah Willis, for the northwest quarter of section 25, township 4, range 17, of the lands directed to be sold at Chillicothe by an act of Congress.

            Edward W. Tupper to Joel Bowen, deed, four lots, 11, 36, 38, 46, situated in Burlington, Lawrence county; consideration $100.  Witnesses, Robert Safford and Jacob Miller, and acknowledged before Robert Safford.

            The next is the power of attorney granted Samuel R. Holcombe and Robert Safford, by Edward W. Tupper, October 14, 1817.  Witnessed by Thomas Rogers and N. E. Cushing.

            Edward W. Tupper to Phiomon Chapman.  Jan. 26, 1818, deed, lot no. 7 in Burlington; consideration $30.  Witnessed by James Corner and Martin Corner and acknowledged before Daul Brubaker, J. P.           


The filing of the bonds of guardians with the clerk commenced in 1820.  Joseph Wheeler was then clerk and about two a year were filed for some time.  The first bond of this nature was that of Charles Riggs and Johnson Bell, guardians of Thomas, son of Thomas Riggs.  The bond was in the sum of $500 and was signed by the two guardians.  Thomas Ward, E. B. Green, William Johnson, George Koons and Thos. Kerr.  Other bonds for the Riggs minors then follow.

            Another bond in 1820 is that of William McMann, guardian of Sally Collins, legal representative of Paul Collins.  James Wilson was the surety.

            The next was in 1822, being that of William Bruce and Vincent Ferguson, guardian of Vicent, Geo. W., Elisa, Jackson, Amaziah and Mary Bruce.  It was in the sum of $600, and signed by John Bruce, James Ferguson, William Bruce and Vincent Ferguson.

            In 1823 the bond of Dan’l Bumgarner, guardian of Rebecca Bumgarner, a lunatic person of Upper Township, in the sum of $1000 was given.  Jacob Bumgarner was the surety bondsman.

            In 1824, Huldah Greene was admitted as guardian of the legal representatives of Cyrus D. Greene and Huldah Greene; Phineas D. Hull and John C. Shute, bondsmen.  In the same year, Elizabeth Webb, guardian of Jared and Jordan Webb, legal representatives of John Webb, “who ceases to give them protection, until he shall return to protect them.”  The sureties were William Lynd and A. Walters.  Others were:  William Smith, guardian of John and William House; George Pine, guardian of Harry and William Jones; Joseph Davidson, guardian of Susannah Hull; F. Teciery, guardian of Louis Edward; Maria Virgilla Camilla, Helen Matilda Eugene Vintraux and other legal representatives of William Vintraux.  The last mentioned bond was for $1200 (somewhat large for that day) and was signed by Jacob Miller and Johnathan Higgins.


(To be continued.)






Ironton Register, May 15, 1902


Lambert, Woods County, O.


Editor Register:

            In a recent issue of the Register a correspondent from West Virginia spoke of the early settler Ventraux.  I find in looking over my “Notes of Early Settlers of Lawrence County” this statement:  “In 1819 the first above Two Mile was Ventraux.  He afterwards died.  His widow Virginia Fannie Madrid Ventraux, who owned the land, sold out to John Tierman, and took four of her children and went back to France and left four in this country.  Some of her descendants live in Kanawha Valley.  Her son William kept store at Coalsmouth, a sister Fanny lived with him, and Edward, I think, is dead.  Mr. Ventraux, built the first brick house (except for the Burlington tavern) in this county.  The house is yet standing and owned by Ephraim McGee and son.”  The above was written in 1877.


            In the same issue I saw an account of the death of John I. Brown, who was born in Proctorville, Ohio, in 1814.  I would like to know to which family of Browns he belongs.


            Jacob Proctor and Abner Smith, I think, were the only resident land owners in 1841 in what is now Proctorville.  Dr. Brown, known as Paddy Brown, built a cabin entirely of pawpaw trees just above the mouth of Paddy Creek and left there before 1832.  He was a noted physician.


            John J. Brown went west about 1846 (?).  He had lived on Turkey Fork of Paddy Creek.  George Brown, who lived up in Rome Township, died before 1836 and the widow Brown (mother of Capt. Wm. Brown, of Scott Town) living few rods north of where Rome Chapel is, moved away about that time.    T. A. Walton.




Copyrighted by Thos. A. Walton.

No. 12

Ironton Register, Feb. 19, 1903


            Following is a list of the county officers from the organization of the county up to recent years, with time of election and township from which elected.  In cases where the same person has held office for two or more successive terms, I give only the date of the commencement of the first term.  The names of those deceased and those still living will be apparent to all interested in this history.



John Davisson              Jan. 25, 1817   Upper  Also spelled Davidson - he was also Legislature

William Miller   Jan. 25, 1817   Union

Gabriel Kerr                 Jan. 25, 1817   Fayette

Elisha B. Greene           Nov. 1, 1820   Union

John Kelly                    Sept. 6, 1821   Upper

Nathaniel Davisson       June 2, 1823    Fayette lost his eyesight, died age 80 - smk

            also spelled Davidson

Elijah Frampton            Feb. 26, 1824  Fayette

William Miller   Feb. 26, 1824  Union

Nathaniel Pritchard       Feb. 1, 1827    Rome

Reuben Kelly                Feb. 10, 1829  Upper

Nathaniel Davisson       Feb. 11, 1834  Upper

Curtis Scovill                Oct. 20, 1834  Union

Charles McCoy            Feb. 28, 1835  Perry

Reuben Kelly                Feb. 10, 1836  Upper

Nathaniel Davisson       Jan. 2, 1840     Upper

Benjamin Johnston        Feb. 10, 1843  Perry

Salmon Reckard           Feb.       1847  Union

Andrew Dempsey         Feb.       1847  Elizabeth

John Newton                Mar. 14,1850   Upper

George N. Kemp         Oct.        1850 Upper

After this date the office of Associate Judge was abolished.



James (sic Joseph) F. Wheeler,Jr.         Oct. 14, 1851              Fayette Died before being commissioned. (died 1851 - smk)

Joseph Wheeler,Sr.      Feb. 12, 1852             

Fletcher Golden            Oct. 10, 1854  Upper 

McConn, Sylvester       Oct. 13, 1857 Rome   (note from smk - McCown - not McConn)

C. B. Egerton               Oct. 8,  1861   Upper  (Charles B. Egerton served 3 terms - died 1900)

Peras R. Polley Oct.      1869   Upper

George W. Thompson  Oct.      1875   Fayette - still Judge in 1882 - smk


Walton does not list Common Pleas Judges, so I will add them here as I find them - smk.



1882 - A. C. Thompson, Portsmouth, Ohio

1882 - John S. Friesner, Logan, Ohio

1882 - James Tripp, Jackson, Ohio



Thomas Kerr                1817-1820       Walton didn’t mention him - smk)

Joseph Wheeler            Feb. 26, 1820  Fayette  (1820 -1821 - smk)

W. G. Robinson                                   Fayette (for unexpired term) (1821-1822 - smk)

Thomas Kerr                ______, 1822  Fayette (1822-1824 - smk)

Solomon Beckley         Oct. 14, 1824  Fayette (1824-1825 - smk)

Abraham Smith Oct. 12, 1825  Union (1825-1825 - smk)

Cyrus Spooner             Oct. 15, 1825  Fayette (1825-1835 - smk)

John Bryan                   Oct. 11, 1835  Fayette (1835-1846 - smk)

James C. Terry Oct. 12, 1846  Rome (1846-1854 - smk)

George W. Willard       Oct.       1854  Upper (1854-1863 - smk)

Seth Sutherland            Oct. 14, 1862  Upper

John N. Thomas           Oct. 12, 1868  Mason

M. S. Bartram              Oct.     1878    Upper

Not in Walton’s list

_____ Corn     (in office in 1893 - smk)

_____ Davis (elected 1887 - smk)


Walton does not list Justices of the Peace - I will add as I find them - smk:


Squire John Davidson

John Fletcher - French Grant

Kimber Barton

Elwood Hussey            Upper Tp. 1877  Rec’d 721 votes; Chris Feuchter, 829; Thos. Golden, 224; P. R. Polley, 99.


J. P.’s in 1882:             Township:                     P. O. Address

Squire Walters  Aid                               Arabia

E. W. Markin               Aid                               Aid

George Spencer           Decatur                        Mt. Vernon Fce.

Frank Hafley                Decatur                        Mt. Vernon Fce.

John H. Burgess           Elizabeth                       Tunnel

George Peters              Elizabeth                       Lawrence Fce.

Caleb Arthur                Fayette                         Burlington

S. J. Sutten                   Fayette                         Sheridan

Alfont Soupene Fayette                         South Point

M. W. Frazer               Hamilton                       Hanging Rock

George W. Holliday      Hamilton                       Hanging Rock

George W. Webb         Lawrence                     Rockcamp

John Hartwig                Lawrence                     Rockcamp

Robert Massie              Mason                          Greasy Ridge

Archibald Smith            Mason                          Aid

R. C. Brammer Perry                            Forestdale

W. O. Woods              Perry                            Forestdale

M. L. Becket                Rome                           Athalia

Hamilton Knight            Rome                           Miller

J. R. Cooper                Symmes                       Waterloo

W. H. Kelley                Symmes                       Waterloo

Isaac Boothe                Union                           Frampton

Isaac W. Ollom            Union                           Proctorville

E. S. Brammer              Union                           Russell’s Place

P. R. Polley                  Upper                          Ironton

Joseph Sutton               Upper                          Ironton

W. B. Yates                 Washington                  Sampsonville

D. R. Edwards             Washington                  Sampsonville

R. S. Johnston              Windsor                       Bradrick

A. J. Jones                   Windsor                       Willowwood

Abraham Shoup           Windsor                       Scott Town

End of list for 1882


Thomas Kerr                June 6, 1817    Fayette

John W. Silbert                         Fayette (date not mentioned)

Joseph Wheeler            Dec. 5, 1825    Fayette

Stephen Wilson                        1835 - he was on Walton’s list - smk.

W. G. Robinson           Oct. 13, 1835  Fayette

John Kyle                     Oct. 12, 1835  Fayette

Theodore  N. Johnson  Oct. 14, 1845  Fayette  (should be Benjamin not Theo. - smk)

Joshua Hamleton          Oct. 9,             1849    Fayette

C. W. Simmons            Oct. 9,             1855    Mason

John Snider                  Oct. 13, 1857  Mason  (should be Snyder - smk)

Jesse B. Kimble            Oct. 8,             1861    Rome

John Snider                  Oct.      1867   Mason

Simeon Crossley           Oct.       1869  Hamilton (Died in office, April 1873 and William Betts appt.)

William Betts                Oct.     1873    Upper

John Snider                  Oct.     1877    Upper

Jere Davidson               Oct.     1879    Upper  full name Jeremiah - smk.

Not on Walton’s list:

_____ Turley  elected 1887

M. G. Clay was treasurer in Sept. 1892

C. B. Egerton was in office in 1900



William G. Robinson     Mar. 24, 1817 Fayette (appointed)

Joseph Wheeler            Aug. 6,  1819   Fayette

Lewis Anderson           Aug.      1846   Rome

Thomas Proctor            Oct. 14, 1851  Union

Wm. Hamlin                                1855 - Not on Walton’s list.

James M. Camp           Oct. 10, 1854  Upper

J. C. B. Harris              Oct. 9,   1855  Upper

M. S. Bartram              Oct. 12, 1858  Union

W. A. Campbell           Oct.    1867    Fayette

C. C. Bowen                Oct.     1870    Rome

W. A. Belcher              Oct.     1876    Upper

D. C. McConn             Oct.     1881    Upper (in office in 1882 - smk)

Not on Walton’s list:

M. G. Clay                            -1891

Emma Gillett                 1892 -

Sayre was elected in 1887



John Kelly                    Mar. 24, 1817  Upper

Joseph Davidson          Oct. 13, 1818  Fayette  (1818-1822 - smk)

William G. Robinson     Oct. 8, 1822    Fayette  (1822-1827 - smk)

(Elisha B. Greene          1827 -1829 - Walton does not list him - smk)

(W. G. Robinson 1829 - 1833 - smk)

Charles Wilgus Oct. 9, 1833    Union (1833-1837 - smk)

W. G. Robinson           Oct. 11, 1836  Fayette (1837-1841 - smk)

Charles W. Simmons    Oct. 9, 1840    Aid   (1841- 1845 - smk)

Joshua Hambleton        Oct. 8, 1844    Fayette (1845-1849 - smk)

Lewis Shepard             Oct. 10, 1848  Union (1849 - 1853 - smk)

Hugh Crawford            Oct. 12, 1852  Upper (killed in an accident - smk)

C. W. Simmons            Oct. 11, 1853  Windsor (1853- 1855 - smk)

William McGirr Oct. 9, 1855    Upper (1855-1860 - smk)

Joshua Hambleton        Oct. 11, 1859  Upper (1860-1864 -smk)

Joseph Sutton                                       Not on Walton’s list - smk.

John W. Earles             1863    Upper (1866- 1868 - smk)

W. T. Elswick              Oct.     1867    Elizabeth (1868-1870 - smk)

Will S. Merrill                           1869    Upper  (1870 - 1874 - smk)

Thomas W. Rose          Oct.     1873    Mason (1874 - 1878 - smk)

L. D. Markin                Oct.     1879                (1878 - 1882 - smk)

Jasper Kimball  Oct.     1881                (1882-1884 - smk)

Note:  Sheriffs not on   T. A. Walton’s list - smk.

T. H. B. Jones                                                  (1884-1886)

J. L. Fisher                                                       (1887-1890)

F. C. Gates                                                      (1890-1894) re-elected in 1892 -smk

            *W. G. Ward was deputy sheriff in 1892 - smk

W. G. Ward                                                     (1894-1898)

I. R. Dovel                                                       (1898-1902)

Ward Taylor                                                     (1902-1904)

Sheriff Payne (1905)

            *Deputy Sheriff T. H. Neal in 1905 - smk


I. R. Feb. 3, 1887 - The County Commissioners have ordered the Prosecuting Attorney to commence proceeding to condemn the Episcopal Church lot for jail purposes.

I.R. May 19, 1887 - Part of the stone from the old jail assumes the form of a line of masonry on the Vernon-st. side of H. S. Neal’s lots.

I.R. July 19, 1888 - County jail in Burlington erected 1887; cost $11,154.17.



______ George                        1902




Published in ’49 Recalls Early County History.

Ironton Register, Feb. 26, 1903


            Thomas A. Walton of Oklahoma, sends the Register a copy of the Lawrence County Gazette, published at Burlington, Ohio, and bearing the date of October 27, 1849.  The paper is No. 23, Vo. 4, and according to the heading is “A Family Newspaper - Neutral in Politics and Religion.”


            The first column of the first pate is devoted to poetry - an October Sonnet by Willis Gaylord Clark, “The Temperance Star,” from the Boston Saturday Rambler, and “Whiskey,” a local contribution, the last two showing the temperance sentiment of the paper.


            The editorial leader says:  “As this is court week and a busy time with us, our paper laces the usual variety of interesting matter.”  A long _______ on the organization of the Lawrence County Educational Society follows.


            A report of the meeting of the Rome and Union Farmer’s Club (still an active organization) appears over the signature of Thomas A. Walton, secretary.


            A peculiar coincidence is an article giving rumors of a prospective war between Russia and Turkey, just now trying to get together in the Balkans.


            A legal notice or two, signed by Ralph Leete, as commissioner in chancery appears, as does also a number of sheriff sales, signed by Lewis Shepard as sheriff.


            Among the advertisements appears those of the old Burlington Academy, J. Rowe, A. M., Principal; Hanging Rock Foundry Warehouse; Gabriel Johnson’s barber shop and saloon at Hanging Rock,  “over the saddler’s shop of Mr. H. Clark next door to the Hanging Rock Hotel, open at all hours;”  E. C. McCormick & Co., drapers and tailors, Hanging Rock, Ohio; William Elden & Co., Portsmouth, Ohio; William Nixon saddles and harness; Franklin House, Robert Montgomery, proprietor; M. & G. Gilbert, Portsmouth, O.; William Reckard, harness and trunk manufacturer, Proctorville, Ohio; Oakes & Buskirk, J. Carnahan, tailor, Hanging Rock.


            Among the professional men advertised are:  Dr. Wm. Burke, Dr. W. M. Murphy and Dr. J. James; Attorneys J. F. Wheeler, Elias Nigh, Cushing & Leete, Hamilton & Jordan, Moore and Sprigg and C. O. Tracy.


            The steamers Little Boone, J. Brubaker, master, Portsmouth to Pomeroy, and Olive, Capt. R. Church, Cincinnati to Pomeroy, are mentioned.


            The paper is published by W. C. Wheeler and some extracts may be used later.





Copyrighted by Thos. A. Walton.

No. 13.

Ironton Register, March 12, 1903.


(Note from Sharon M. Kouns - I have added to these lists - see additions marked with my initials.)


            Following is a continuation of the list of the early officers of Lawrence county:



Luther Boggs                Oct. 14, 1834  Symmes Tp.  (should be Blodgett not Boggs - smk)

Solomon Beckley         Oct. 11, 1836  Fayette Tp.

John H. Wells               Oct. 11, 1837  Fayette Tp.

Solom Beckley Oct. 8, 1839    Fayette Tp.

Samuel M. Browning    Oct. 12, 1841  (should be J. L. Browning - smk)

John S. George Oct. 14, 1845

Samuel M. Browning    Oct. 12, 1847  Fayette Tp.

Ralph Leete                  Oct. 9, 1847    Fayette Tp.

Henry S. Neal              Oct. 21, 1853  Upper Tp.

Fletcher Golden            Oct. 13, 1857  Upper Tp.

C. G. Hawly                 Oct. 11, 1859 

A. W. McCarstlin         Oct. 8, 1861

S. P. Calvin                  Oct. 1863 (check year - smk)

E. V. Dean                   Oct. 1867        Ironton

Thomas Cherrington     Oct. 1869        Ironton

W. S. McCune             Oct. 1873        Ironton

John Hamilton               Oct. 1877        Ironton

W. S. Forgey               Oct. 1879        died in office and J. M. Richards appointed in 1880.

J. M. Richards                          1880    appointed

W. S. McCune             Oct. 1881        Ironton  (Walter S. - smk)



W. G. Robinson           March 25, 1817           appointed from Fayette Tp.

Joseph Wheeler            Aug. 25, 1823  Fayette Tp.

John S. Kelvy               Oct. 11, 1836  Fayette Tp.

Joseph Wheeler            Oct. 8, 1839    Fayette Tp.

William Kyle                 Oct. 11, 1842  Fayette Tp.

James Davidson                                    Not on Walton’s list -smk.

John S. Kelvy               Oct. 10, 1848  Fayette Tp.

Washington Kerr          Oct. 14, 1851  Fayette Tp. (the duties of office being performed by Misses Kelvy)

J. W. Wakefield           Oct. 10, 1854  Windsor Tp.

George R. Richey         Oct. 14, 1856  Upper Tp.

James A. Bartram         Oct. 11, 1859  Upper Tp.

W. H. Donohoe            Oct. 13, 1868  Elizabeth Tp.

Harrison Riggs  Oct. 1874        Mason Tp.

William McKnight         Oct. 1877        Ironton

(I.R. Dec. 29, 1892 - A. D. Bruce enters on his duties as Recorder next Monday.  Miss Misner will be his deputy - a first class Selection.)  A. D. Bruce is still recorder in 1897.



William Carpenter         Oct. 6, 1823    Upper Tp.

Thomas Walton            Oct. 9, 1832    Rome Tp.

Thomas J. Hudson        Oct. 9, 1838    Elizabeth Tp.

Robert Richey              for unexpired term.

Jacob Heaberlin            Oct. 12, 1841  Upper Tp.

Thomas Walton            Oct. 12, 1847  Rome Tp.

John Rowe                   Oct. 8, 1850    Perry Tp.

Thomas A. Walton       Oct. 11, 1853  Rome Tp.

G. T. Shirky                 Oct. 11, 1859  Union Tp.

William O. Callahan      Oct. 14, 1862  Elizabeth Tp.

W. B. G. Hatcher         Oct. 1865        Perry Tp. (year might be 1866 - smk)

W. B. G. Hatcher         Oct. 13, 1868  Perry Tp.

Thomas A. Walton       Oct. 1871        Rome Tp. resigned in June, 1872

Thomas Gore               March 1872     Upper Tp. appointed

W. B. G. Hatcher         Oct. 187_        Upper Tp. (can’t make out year - smk)

J. R. C. Brown             Oct. 1875        Ironton

Not on Walton’s List:

James T. Egerton elected Nov. 1887.




Copyrighted by Thos. A. Walton.

No. 14.

Ironton Register, March 19, 1903.


            A continuation of the list of early officers of Lawrence county:



Edward Simmons         Apr. 7, 1817    Perry

Joel Bowen                  Oct. 10, 1820  Rome

Henry Jeffords              Oct. 8, 1822    Fayette

Cornelius Hanley          Oct. 12, 1824  Union

Edward Ward              Oct. 10, 1826  Union

Jacob Miller                 Oct. 13, 1829  Rome

Luther Doolittle Oct. 12, 1830  Rome

David Beebee               Oct. 9, 1832    Rome

Russell Smith                Oct. 9, 1833    Fayette

Timothy B. Stanley       Oct. 13, 1836  Rome

Elisha B. Green Oct. 10, 1837  Perry

Hugh Crawford            Oct. 12, 1841  Fayette

T. R. Stanley                Oct. 11, 1842  Rome

James Davidson            Oct. 8, 1844    Fayette

John Newton                Oct. 10, 1848  Upper

Joseph Davidson          Oct. 8, 1850    Fayette

C. W. Simmons            Oct. 12, 1852  Windsor

Thomas A. Dempsey    1859-1861       Upper

Jonas S. Roadarmer     Oct. 14, 1856  Upper

M. W. Davis                Oct. 1860        Upper

E. Arnold                     Oct. 1868        resigned

J. H. Henry                   Oct. 1869

W. T. McQuigg            Oct. 1871       

J. W. Allison                 Oct. 1873       

F. W. Mathias              was elected and resigned in 1877.  C. Matthews appointed to fill the vacancy being elected in 1878.

C. Matthews                1878

Owen Ellison                Oct. 1880 (still coroner in 1882 - smk)

Not on Walton’s list:

Dr. Henry                     1888, 1892



Joel Bowen                  April 7, 1817    Rome

Joseph Davidson          April 7, 1817    Fayette

David Spurlock            April 7, 1817    Union

Edward Billups Oct. 14, 1817  Union

Nathaniel Davisson       Oct. 14, 1817  Upper

E. B. Greene                Oct. 12, 1819  Union

Thomas Kerr                Oct. 12,           1819    Fayette

Thomas Templeton       Dec. 10, 1820  Union

Nathaniel Davisson       Oct. 10, 1820  Upper

John McKee                Oct. 9, 1821    Fayette

Charles McCoy            Oct. 9, 1821    Perry

Peter Lionbarger           Oct. 8, 1822    Upper

Simon Drouillard           Oct. 8, 1822    Rome

Abraham Smith Oct. __, 1823  Union (check year - smk)

John Bryan                   Oct. 12, 1824  Fayette

John McCrea               Oct. 12, 1824  Union

Reuben Kelly                Oct. 11, 1825  Upper

J. C. Shute                   Oct. 11, 1826  Fayette

Timothy Wakefield       Oct. 9, 1827    Union

Daniel Brubaker           Oct. 14, 1828  Fayette

Martin Frampton          Oct. 11, 1831  Union

John Kelly                    Oct. 11, 1831  Upper

William Pritchard          Oct. 11, 1831  Rome

Jacob Powell                Nov. 30, 1832 Mason

Salmon Reckard           Oct. 8, 1833    Union

John H. Chaffin Oct. 8, 1833    Elizabeth

Curtis Scovil                 Oct. 11, 1836  Union

Richard Jones               Oct. 10, 1837  Elizabeth

Salmon Reckard           Oct. 9, 1838    Union

C. W. Simmons            Oct. 8, 1839    Aid

Thomas Lambert          Oct. 13, 1840  Upper

William Lambert           Oct. 13, 1840  Upper

William Campbell         Oct. 12, 1841  Fayette

Jacob Proctor               Oct. 11, 1842  Union

John C. Stewart            Oct. 11, 1843  Symmes

William Lambert           Oct. 8, 1844    Upper

James G. Argo             Oct. 14, 1845  Decatur

E. W. Wakefield           Oct. 12, 1847  Windsor

Nathaniel Davisson       Oct. 10, 1848  Upper

Nic. Vermillion Oct. 9, 1849    Mason

John Newton                Oct. 14, 1851  Upper

Edmund Brammer         Oct. 14, 1851  Windsor

Nathaniel Davisson       Oct. 12, 1852  Upper

Samuel Burke               Oct. 11, 1853  Symmes

James H. Drury            Oct. 10, 1854  Fayette

William Lambert           Oct. 9, 1855    Upper

Wilbur W. Wiseman     Oct. 14, 1856  Symmes

James C. Terry Oct. 13, 1857  Rome

Reuben Davidson         Oct. 12, 1858  Upper

Samuel C. Johnson Jr.  Oct. 9, 1860    Union

Reuben Davidson         Oct. 8, 1861    Aid

Ambrose J. Trumbo      Oct. 14, 1862  Hamilton

Samuel Crawford         Oct. 1863        Fayette

Reuben Davidson         Oct. 1864        Aid

S. B. Hempstead          Oct. 1865        Hamilton  Resigned in 1867

Charles Wilgus Oct. 1866        Union

Squire Massie               Oct. 1867        Mason

F. Monig                      1867                served for one year

L. A. Griffith                 1868-1871       Aid

C. T. Templeton           Oct. 1869        Union

George N. Gray           Oct. 1870        Elizabeth

L. D. Morrison Oct. 1872        Rome

C. L. Nevius                 Oct. 1873        Decatur

C. W. McCoy              Oct. 1874        Perry

W. E. Rowe                 Oct. 1875-78   Lawrence

C. L. Nevius elected President of Commissioners 1875

Wilbur W. Wiseman     Oct. 1876-79   Mason

C. H. Forgey                1877-80                       Windsor

M. T. Ridenour Oct. 1881        Elizabeth

Not on Walton’s list:

W. W. Wiseman           1882

Clinton Forgey  1882

M. T. Ridenour 1882

Edwards                       1887

Fuggitt                          1887

Geo. N. Gray               1892

Chas. Brammer            1892

            Lunsford           1895





Its Early History as Told by an Old Resident

No. 3 (Continued from last week.)

Ironton Register, November  27, 1902 (check date - smk)


            In 1820, at the commencement of the spring session of Common Pleas Court, held at Burlington, a series of rules were promulgated by the court, Judges Ezra Osborne, John Davidson, William Miller and Gabriel Kerr, presiding, which indicate a high degree of ritualism existed in those days.  Here are three rules for the government of the members of the Bar:


            Rule 1.  The attorneys and counselors shall never make a motion unless they ask the court if they will hear such, and shall always stand in the place appointed them.


            Rule 2.  They shall be orderly and treat each other with respect at the bar; shall make no noise, nor contradict no gentleman addressing the court or jury, unless first moving the court to interfere, and if the gentleman thus contradicted talk back, he shall suffer suspension at the hands of the court.


            Rule 3.  No gentleman shall interfere with the papers of the court or clerk.


            These rules are not, from a technical standpoint, much more stringent than those now governing the local bar, but they were probably enforced to the letter, in those days.  But the idea of asking leave to interfere in an argument to the court in the present day will cause a smile among all who have listened to the legal repartee and back talk in modern times.  But, we presume then, as now, it all depends on the attorney, as to whether or not proper respect is accorded the court and his colleagues.


            That the dignity of the court in those days was not allowed to suffer through lack of protection and proper ceremonials, may be judged from the following rules for the Sheriff:


            Rule 1.  The Sheriff shall always sit in the Bar and hand all papers to the court from the Clerk.  He shall keep order if any person makes a noise in the court house or elsewhere, so as to disturb the court, to command silence and if not immediately obeyed, to turn the person out of court, to suppress the noise,  otherwise bring the person or persons before the court; neither shall he suffer any person to smoke within the Bar.


            Rule 2.  To attend the court at their lodgings the first day of the term, without solicitation and walk before them; and also every morning if required.


            Rule 3.  Then he open the court thus:


            “O, yes! O, yes! The Judges of the Court of Common Pleas for Lawrence County are now sitting, all persons having business to transact will give their attendance and they shall be heard.  God save the State of Ohio and the Honorable Court.”  These last words to be used only at the first opening of each term and at the adjournment.


            Following are the minutes of the first session of the Lawrence County Commissioners:


            “Burlington, April 21, 1817.  Commissioners of said county met for the first meeting in said county, after being duly organized at the house of Joseph Davidson, in the aforesaid town.  Present, Joel Bowen, David Spurlock, Joseph Davidson, commissioners.  The meeting of the said board being in the afternoon ordered, that the first business to be acted upon shall be to choose a clerk to said board and notice be given to the candidates to come forward and be examined tomorrow morning, nine o’clock and the board adjourn till that hour.


The Board Clerk.

            “Tuesday, April 22, 1817.  Board all present pursuant to adjournment and after mature deliberation, it is agreed by said board to appoint Thomas Kerr clerk pro tem till the annual meeting on the first Monday in June next.  Further perseeded (sic) to appoint a county Treasurer, ordered by the Board that Thomas Kerr is appointed treasurer, for Lawrence County and he give bond as the law directs.  Agreed by said board that the treasurer’s bond be lodged in the hands of Joel Bowen, Esq.”


            “Rates of Tavern and Ferry Licenses:  agreed by the board, that Tavern licenses shall be in the county of Lawrence at the rate of six dollars per year till the first Monday of June next.  Ordered that ferry license in the county of Lawrence across the different water courses shall be at the rate of two dollars till the first Monday in June next:  and that the prices of transporting be as the law directs:  agreed by said board that their be seven hundred dollars appropriated for to build a jail in the town of Burlington.  Board adjourned till nine o’clock tomorrow morning.


Thos. Kerr, Clerk.

            “Wednesday, April 23, 1817.  Board met pursuant to adjournment and perseeded that there shall be paid out of the county treasury two dollars for each wolf schulp over six months old and one dollar for each wolf schulp under six months old.  Ordered that Joseph Davidson do furnish the court of Lawrence county a house for holding court until further preparations are made for the same.  Board adjourned till nine o’clock tomorrow morning.


Thos. Kerr, Clerk.

            Thursday, April 24, 1817.  Board met persuant to adjournment.  Ordered that there be an order _____ to the Director of the town of Burlington for to advance what _________ ________________ his hands to the county treasury of Lawrence county, to _______________




1821 - The county directory in 1821 contained the following list of officers:

Court - Hon. E? Osburn, president; Judges John Davidson, William Miller and Gabriel Kerr, associates; Joseph Wheeler, clerk pro tem; Joseph Davidson, sheriff; Solomon Beckley, attorney at law; William G. Robinson, recorder; William Carpenter surveyor (by appointment); justices of the peace - Fayette, Daniel Brubaker, Thomas Kerr and Solomon Beckley; Union, Thomas Templeton and Edward Miller; Rome, Joel Bowen and Jacob Miller; Windsor, Peter Wakefield and Bazil Lewis; Symmes, David Spurlock; Mason, Jacob Powell and Henry Spear; Lawrence, Jas. Webb and Elias Webb; Upper, Peter Linebarger and John Kelly; Elizabeth, Thomas Triggs and Andrew Wolfe.


1821 - At this time, Burlington, the county seat, had two stores, three taverns, one English school, one hatter’s shop and one blacksmith shop, one tailor, five carpenters, two tanners and a horizontal flour mill, propelled by oxen.  There were 665 voters in the county.  Thomas Kerr, postmaster at Burlington, and Thomas Waller, at Portsmouth, were the only postmasters in the two counties.  The population of Portsmouth at this time was 570.



IR Aug. 5, 1875 - An Old Time Freshet. - In the year 1832, the river overflowed its banks, along what is now the lower end of Front-st., from the Sheridan House down - coming almost to the old brick farm house that stands back of the flour mill, while Rachel creek backed up to about where Second-st is, completly cutting it off from the main land on three sides, leaving only an outlet up the ridge on which it is situated.  this occurred twice in the same year, once in the Winter just before Christmas, and again in the Spring.  That was said to be the highest river known to the early settler, but the oldest inhabitant don’t remember of seeing such a high river in August as we have now.  H.




A Few Names and Some Candidates.

Author Unknown.

Ironton Register, February 19, 1891


            Under the Judge’s table at the Court House, was a pile of old papers, that the Register man happened to knock over, and out tumbled an ancient roll.  It was a package of the poll books of Lawrence county for 1832.


            We untied the package, which was bound with the old time white tape.  It had a very ancient appearance.  In Aid township, there were 39 votes cast.  Samuel Russell, Wm. Bruce and Adam Dickey were the judges.  John Vermillion and Parker Dare were the clerks.  Thomas Templeton, Charles Wilgus and William Lambert were the candidates for Sheriff.  Mr. Wilgus is still living.  He got a majority in Aid.  Jacob Powell got nearly all the votes for Commissioner, and Cyrus Sprouse all for Auditor.


            Decatur cast only 13 votes.  Christian, Daniel and Henry Halterman were judges.  David Lambert and John Pethoad were clerks.  Robt. Lucas was running for Governor and S. F. Vinton for Congress.  Dan’l Brubaker and Jacob Powell were nip and tuck for Commissioner, but Wm. Lambert was away ahead of Templeton for Sheriff.


            Elizabeth township cast 106 votes.  Robert Hamilton, James Mayes and James Rodgers were the judges.  Jos. McIntyre and Geo. Cutright were clerks.  We looked in vain over the long list to find any of the voters now living.  The contest for the offices was sharp.  Robert Lucas, for Governor, got 58 votes, and his opponent, David Lyman, 47.  George House, for Congress, had 4 majority over Vinton.  Cyrus Sprouse got all the votes for Auditor.  Thos. Templeton beat C. Wilgus 28 votes for Sheriff.  D. Brubaker was way ahead for Commissioner, and W. G. Robinson led for County Assessor.  Charles Wilgus also ran for County Assessor.


            There were 92 votes cast in Fayette.  John McKee, Elijah Frampton and Wm. Nixon were the judges.  Solomon Buckley and Ignatius Boss (?) the clerks.  Robert Lucas received 48 votes for Governor.  David Lyman 48.  Vinton got a big majority for Congress.  C. Wilgus for Sheriff and D. Brubaker for Commissioner, led the ticket.  Among the familiar names on this poll book, we notice Solomon Beckley, E. B. Greene, Isaac C. Hunter, Joseph Wheeler, Thos. Kerr, Jno. Gillen, Wm. Lynd, Wm. and Thos. Campbell, C. C. Shute, B. Hatcher, Jno. Crawford, Jno. McKee, Wm. Ballard, Jno. Ankrim, Elijah Frampton, Jno. Ellison, D. Corbin, David Woods, Peter Spears, Curtis Scovill, A. Smith, J. H. Drury, Joshua Hambleton, J. B. Kite, Jas. Crumlish, J. S. Kelvey, Mrs. Scovill, C. Matteson, Geo. Kouns, H. Kimble, Jonas Combs, W. C. Johnston and others.


            Lawrence township cast 31 votes.  Robert Rose/Ross, John Gilkerson and Samuel Crawford were judges; John Layne and John H. Gough were clerks.  Lucas led for Governor; George House for Congress; Jacob Powell for Commissioner; and Wilgus for Sheriff and Assessor.  Among the voters we see Tull Webb, Pleasant McKnight, James Gibson, Levi Kelley and other familiar names.


            Mason gave 28 votes.  Silas Shumate, John Higgins, John Brumfield were judges; Nicodemus Vermillion and Wm. Vanansall, clerks.  Familiar names on the poll book- the Paynes, Massies, Brumfields, Rapps, Elcessors, Powells, Corns, Higgins and others.  Lyman got all but five votes for Governor.  House beat Vinton.  C. Wilgus for Sheriff and Jacob Powell for Commissioner, received nearly all the votes.


            Perry cast 45 votes.  The Judges were James Collier, James Sperry and Charles Hatcher; David Chatfield and Charles McCoy were clerks.  Many familiar names in this list - the Allens, Kouns, Chatfields, Colliers, Webbs, Fergusons, Blankenships, Winters, &c.  Lucas got nearly all the votes.  Vinton ran ahead.  Wilgus and Templeton, for Sheriff, are about even.  Brubaker got nearly all the votes for Commissioner.  Walton gets the vote for Surveyor.  Joseph Wheeler receives two votes for Recorder, evidently a mistake, for this is the first vote for this office that appears.


            Rome cast 80 votes.  Jacob Miller, James Nash and David McLaughlin are the judges; James Haskell and Bartemius Beardsley are the clerks.  Lyman for Governor, Vinton for Congress, each get 74 votes.  Chas. Wilgus for Sheriff, gets 80.  Powell nearly all for Commissioner.  What a list of old pioneer names in that list - Alanson Gillett, who is still living; Wm. Locey, Robt. Miller, Jacob Neff, Hugh Howard, Fidello Gillett, Jos. McKnight, N. Pritchard, Henry Radford, Thos. Walton, Thos. Gardner, Jacob Miller, Joel Bowen, John Chapman, M. Reed, David Walls, Joseph Miller, Giles Judd, Moses Varnum, A. T. F. Fuller, J. C. Swain, Chas. Hall, John Tierman and others of these families.  How  familiar some of them are to the Lawrence county historian!


            Symmes cast 18 votes.  John McDaniel, Peter Nelson and John Stewart were the judges; Wm. Burk and George Irwin, clerks.  Lyman ran ahead for Governor, Vinton ran behind; Wilgus got all the votes for Sheriff; and Jacob Powell, nearly all for Commissioner.  There are five Nelsons on the poll book, and three McDaniels, Andrew Bandy, David Smith, A. Boggs, Wm. Hobbie/Hobbs? and M. Rose are others.


            Union cast 91 votes.  The judges were Solomon Simpson, Cornelius Handley and James Wilgus.  Clerks, Wm. spears, Hoadly Holbeck.  The vote was close between the candidates - Lucas, Vinton and Wilgus coming out ahead.  Among the voters we notice these familiar names:  Richard Morrison, James Forgey, John McCorkle, R. Adams, Isaac Frampton, Bird Smith, Allen Whitehead, Jeremiah Russell, James Wilkes, Wm. Brammer, Roland Brammer, Andrew Porter, Geo. Sumpter, Wm. Johnston, W. Snell, Jno. Ward, Wm. Gillen, Thomas Langdon, C. Webb, Mordecai Suiter, Robert Boothe, Wm. Suiter, J. Graham, &c.


            Upper cast 100 votes.  John K. Smith, Nathaniel Davidson, and Richard Lambert were the judges.  Peter Lionbarger and John N. Kemp, clerks.  Upper then included Hamilton.  The voting between the candidates was nearly even.  Lucas and Lyman, for Governor, were a tie.  Vinton lost by 10 votes.  Brubaker was ahead for Commissioner.  Wm. Lambert nearly two to one for Sheriff.  This was his township.  For Assessor, W. G. Robinson had 43, and C. Wilgus, 44 votes.  There are many familiar names in this poll book:  Samuel Henry, Isaac Davidson, F. Barles, Elias Harparee, Hugh Means, John Lee, Jesse Sherman, John Davidson, D. Feurt, Edmund Brammer, Jno. Ellison, Jas. Brammer, Jno. McCarney, Robert Young, Reuben Kelly, Jacob Heplar, Joel Stover, Jesse Davisson, George Trumbo, James Henry, Christian Yingling, Isaac Martin, George Turley, Darby Kelly, Jno. Kelly, Daniel Winters, Jno. Deering, Isaac Austin, Wm. Lambert, and other names of the old pioneers, whose grand children are now with us in the prime of life.


            Windsor polled 59 votes.  The judges were Wm. Holderby, Jonathan Dennison, H. Helfenstein; clerks, G. W. Dennison and John Falkner.  Lucas was 3 ahead for Governor.  House and Vinton ran exactly alike for Congress.  Wilgus was 39 for Sheriff and Templeton 16; Powell was two to one for Commissioner.  Among the familiar names on the poll book we see Simeon Shattuck, Wm. Holderby, Jno. Falkner, Jno. Mann, Moses Mann, Fountain Simmons, Peter and Benjamin Wakefield, Lewis Singers, Hugh Forgey, Chas. Earles, Kinley Mann, Bennet Earles, Coleman Hamlin, Robert Simmons, Hugh Pratt, Henry Willis, John McMahon, Z. Carberry.


            The entire vote of the county was 711, about the vote of Elizabeth township now.  Charles Wilgus was elected Sheriff and Jacob Powell was chosen County Commissioner.  Wilgus was also elected Assessor for the whole county.  Joseph Wheeler was County Clerk at the time.


1834 - Macedonia Church society organized.


1837 - In 1837 the following persons were taxed for their professions:  Solomon Beckley, as lawyer, $4; John H. Wells, as lawyer, $1; John S. Kelvey for _____ $__; R. M. McDowell, as doctor, $4; Dr. Brown, $4; Dr. Case $4; Dr. Hollingsworth $_ (The reason for the difference in _____ is not stated.)


1839 - Aug. 6 - Harmond Howe finished the Burlington court house and received his pay for same on August 6, 1839.

County commissioners in 1839:  Curtis Scoville and Richard Jones.


1839 - March 7. - Burlington Library Association

Old Times. [IR June 29, 1899]

            Hon. R. M. Stimson, formerly editor of the Register, sends us two old time items, which he raked from thousands and thousands of scraps which he is going over.  The first is.

            An Act to incorporate the Burlington Library Association, in the county of Lawrence:

            Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Ohio, That Ignatius Ross, George Koons, Isaac Frampton, J. H. Wells, Jas. Wheeler, Wm. G. Robinson, and their associates, be and they are hereby created a body corporate and politic, by the name of the Burlington Library Association, in the county of Lawrence, and as such corporation shall be entitled to all the privileges, and subject to all the restrictions of the act entitled, “An act to regulate incorporated literary societies,” passed March 7, 1839.

            Sec. 2.  That the present officers of said association shall continue to hold their offices until their successors are elected and qualified, according to the constitution and by-laws of said association in force.  Thomas J. Buchanan, Speaker of the House of Representatives, William M’Laughlin, Speaker of the Senate.

            March 9, 1840. [sic]

            Mr. Stimson adds:  “I cannot recall Ross or Wells, George Koons should be Kouns, and it was Jos. Wheeler.  I well knew Jos. Wheeler, Frampton and Robinson - so long ago in Lawrence county that the present generation cannot remember them.” ...



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Ironton Register, March 16, 1899

Editor Register:

            In about 1843 we were attached to the Ballard School District on Solida and the next two terms of school I attended were in this district.  The teachers were a Mr. Keith and John S. Kelvey.  Mr. Keith was a cripple, and had to use a crutch, but he could almost jump across the school house at one bound, when he saw a pupil in mischief.  My recollections of him as a teacher are not very favorable towards him; but are just to the reverse for Mr. Kelvey.  A more kind, indulgent and competent teacher could not be found.  “Kind words can never die, no never die.”  What a soothing and cheering influence they leave with us during a life time.  The following are some of the names of pupils who attended these schools:  Stephen, Isaac, Nancy and Eliza Ballard, Caleb and Med Arthur.  There were several more families, Jacob and Samuel Bowman, Silverthorn, Croly, Dunn, Grogan and others who patronized these schools.  All the schools I attended to 1846, were subscription schools; each scholar’s parents paying so much per scholar from $1.00 to $2.00 per term of three months.

            Most of the settlers at that time were of very limited means, and to raise this small amount of money, was quite a burden to them.  But they worked and skimped to raise this small amount, realizing the importance of a limited education at least, for their boys and girls.  It was no unusual occurrence to see men of good business ability sign their name with a cross.  I remember of hearing father tell of a Mr. Jim Thomas who lived on the river not far above Ironton.  He followed keel boating and later on steam boating, and he did not know how to read, but could calculate the amount of a freight bill as quickly as anyone.

            It seems like an Herculean task, our forefathers undertook when they resolved to make this vast wilderness, what it is today.  Sixty years ago it was almost an unbroken world of dense forests, and today they have nearly disappeared.  Orchards, meadows, vineyards and fields of waving grain, have taken their place.  Hills and dales are dotted over with comfortable dwellings, which now appear in the place of  the rude cabins of ye olden times.  Churches and school houses in proximity, are found nestled on these hills and in the valleys; and are attended by a wide awake, progressive population quite a number of them being descendants of the first pioneers of that locality.

H. Imes.  Imes, Kans.  March 12, 1899.

IR Aug. 21, 1873 - About thirty years ago, Wm. Allen spoke at Burlington, this county.  Those were times when Democracy was not tainted with rebellion or general impiety, and Lawrence county gave Mr. Allen a big crowd and an enthusiastic meeting.  While he was making his speech, some whiggish boy yelled out, “Petticoat Allen,” and there was a break for that boy.  But the lad was quick and bounded away, followed by a dozen chaps crying, “cath him,” “catch him.”  He headed up the river, and, probably, reached Symmes creek before he stopped, if indeed, he isn’t running yet.


IR Feb. 21, 1895 - Dr. Keller has an ancient teacher’s certificate issued to his father in 1845, and signed by John S. George, who was then clerk of the Board of County Examiners.  The certificate is a very modest document and reads as follows:  Burlington, Lawrence Co., O., Dec. 3, 1845.  This certifies that Stephen G. Keller, of good moral character, is qualified to teach Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and is hereby authorized to teach said branches in any Common School in said county for the term of three months from this date.  By order of the Board of School Examiners.  Signed S. J. George, Sec’y.


I.R. Aug. 13, 1908 - MR. D. NIXON RETIRES - The 31st of July, 1908 is a memorable day in the business annals of Ironton as it marks the retirement from active store-keeping of the man who has been in business longer than any one living here. This is Mr. D. Nixon for so many years, the furniture man. Mr. Nixon packing up his furniture and wall-paper which he has still in stock and removing it to his home and other places for storage.

            Mr. Nixon came to Hanging Rock from Pennsylvania in 1848. Hanging Rock was even then a good sized village. When Mr. Nixon was back at Beaver, Pa., on business he saw the soldiers of the Mexican war returning one day when he was on the wharfboat at Rochester, Pa. Mr. Nixon was in the office of the Ohio Iron and Coal Company when the conclusion was reached to purchase the ground on which Ironton now stands and lay out a town. In the party were John Campbell, Hiram Campbell, Samuel Dempsey, Dr. Scott and Dr. Briggs. The company desired to purchase the land about Hanging Rock instead of this but gave it up as Robert Hamilton refused to sell the Hanging Rock railroad. They then purchased the present site of Ironton which, was owned chiefly by W. D. Kelly, Mr. Bumgardner, John K. Smith and Mr. Heplar. They then proceeded to lay out the new town and construct the Iron Railroad, now the D. T. & I. line to Center Furnace. Ironton Kelly was born the day the town was laid out.

            The engineer who laid out the railroad was Mr. McNeil, who is in the safe business at Cincinnati, with factory at Hamilton. The contract for the construction of the road was taken by Mr. Daniels.

            As Mr. Nixon rode his horse back and forth from the Rock he watched the construction of the old Buckeye House which was built by David Cochrane, from Burlington, in 1849. The iron weeds along the road were then so high that he could hardly see the building.

            In 1850 Mr. Nixon removed to Ironton and built the brick building on Second street now occupied by Hugger the jeweler. Here he started a notion store, that being 58 years ago. The first house built in Ironton was on the site of the present Ricker house but was a frame built by a man named Gillen. The first preaching in town was in the old frame school house now Cooper & Stewart's office. Mr. Nixon was a charter member of the Presbyterian church, the old part of the structure being built shortly after the town was laid out, under the pastorate of Rev. Chester.

            It was Mr. Nixon who carried the message signed by John Campbell to the county auditor at Burlington informing him that by vote of the people the county seat should be moved to Ironton. Ironton at that time was growing rapidly.

            In 1859 or 1850 shortly before the war times were hard here and being compelled to borrow gold at 10 per cent interest Mr. Nixon traded his building for a store-boat and made a trip down the river, finally selling out at Mt. Vernon, Indiana. From there he returned up the river going to Parkersburg just as the war broke out. During the war, Mr. Nixon conducted a feed business in the building where the Western Union office is now located. He also did a teaming business at about this time. In 1865 he erected the frame and the brick buildings at the corner of Third and Railroad streets and embarked in the furniture business which he followed until now, making 43 years in this particular business. He then purchased the building on Second street which was built in 1872 by Henry Wilson. Here his furniture store was found for thirty odd years until he sold the building to Dr. Lowry last year.

            In all these years Mr. Nixon never failed in business, the firm name being D. Nixon. He has seen every business house in Ironton start, and hundreds come and go. The next oldest business man in Ironton is Mr. R. Mather and the late E. Bixby, stood second in time of continuance in business.

            The many friends of Mr. Nixon regret to see him retire but cherish the recollection of his uprightness and steadfastness in his long activity. May his days as a private citizen be many and happy even after his days as merchant are ended.



IR Jan. 15, 1902 - County History. Directory of the Old Burlington Court - The First Marriage.  No. 7.

·         Harmond Howe finished the Burlington court house and received his pay for the same August 6, 1839, at a special session of the county commissioners, C. Scoville and Richard Jones.

·         March 5, 1839.  Report of survey of Proctor store and Patriot road by act of legislature of February 23, 1838:  Joshua Louk, Charles Neal and Winchester Wakefield, commissioners to lay out said road.  Ordered recorded by C. Scoville, R. Jones and S. Reckard.

·         In 1837 the following persons were taxed for their professions:  Solomon Beckley, as lawyer, $4; John H. Wells, as lawyer, $1; John S. Kelvey for _____ $__; R. M. McDowell, as doctor, $4; Dr. Brown, $4; Dr. Case $4; Dr. Hollingsworth $_ (The reason for the difference in _____ is not stated.)

·         The county directory in 1821 contained the following list of officers:

            Court - Hon. E? Osburn, president; Judges John Davidson, William Miller and Gabriel Kerr, associates; Joseph Wheeler, clerk pro tem; Joseph Davidson, sheriff; Solomon Beckley, attorney at law; William G. Robinson, recorder; William Carpenter surveyor (by appointment); justices of the peace - Fayette, Daniel Brubaker, Thomas Kerr and Solomon Beckley; Union, Thomas Templeton and Edward Miller; Rome, Joel Bowen and Jacob Miller; Windsor, Peter Wakefield and Bazil Lewis; Symmes, David Spurlock; Mason, Jacob Powell and Henry Spear; Lawrence, Jas. Webb and Elias Webb; Upper, Peter Linebarger and John Kelly; Elizabeth, Thomas Triggs and Andrew Wolfe.

·         At this time, Burlington, the county seat, had two store, three taverns, one English school, one hatter’s shop and one blacksmith shop, one tailor, five carpenters, two tanners and a horizontal flour mill, propelled by oxen.  There were 665 voters in the county.  Thomas Kerr, postmaster at Burlington, and Thomas Waller, at Portsmouth, were the only postmasters in the two counties.  The population of Portsmouth at this time was 570.

·         The clerk used the same book in which records of the court were kept for his licenses and affidavits, but he turned it upside down and commenced in the back part for these matters of record.

·         The first justice of the peace for Lawrence county was James Webb.  The same day Webb was sworn in, Joseph Davidson made oath to perform the duties of county commissioner.  This was the 12th day of April 1817.  Joel Bowen and David Spurlock were the other two commissioners.

·         The following is a copy of the first marriage license issued after the organization of the county:

            “These are to license and permit any licensed Minister of the Gospel of Justice of the Peace duly commissioned and sworn in and for said county, to join together in the holy state of matrimony, John Ferguson and Elizabeth McCoy, and for so doing this shall be yur warrant.  Given under my hand and the seal of my office this 14th day of April, 1817.  “W. G. Robinson, “Clerk pro tem.”

·         The following is the certificate of marriage of the persons named in the foregoing and is the first written in the marriage book of the Probate Court:

            “I do hereby certify that on the 11th day of April, 1817, I jointed together in the holy state of matrimony, John Ferguson and Elizabeth McCoy.  Given under my hand.  “John Lee.”

·         It will be observed that the date of the above certificate is prior to that of the license, but it is to be presumed that the minister who tied the knot was satisfied that a license would be forthcoming.  At any rate the worthy couple were properly united three days before the authority for the union was granted.  Whether legally or illegally, under the circumstances is a question for technical dispute.

·         In the next paper will be given a list of the earliest marriages of the county, with the dates and names of the officiating minister.  [to be continued.]


"At that time (speaking of when the county was first founded 1816 - smk) the population of the county was 665 and its only postmaster Thomas Kerr of Burlington."

            COUNTY HISTORY.

Record of Contract Awarded for the Burlington “Jail House.”

No. 4.

(Continued from last week.)

Ironton Register, December 4, 1902.


            The second session of the first board of commissioners of Lawrence county was begun on June 2, 1817, at Burlington, and the minutes of the session are as follows:


            “Board met persuant to adjournment last April session.  Present Joel Bowen, David Spurlock, Josiah Davidson, Commissioners.  Ordered that the first business to be acted upon is to perceed to make sale of the jail house of the town of Burlington to be sold to the lowest bidder and the clerk of said board to make sale of the same at two o’clock in the afternoon on the said day.  Perceeded to make sale of the log part of the jail house and made sale of the same to John Morrison, the legal purchaser to build the log part of the said jail agreeable to contract for the sum of three hundred and thirty four dollars.  Further perceeded to make sale of the frame part of jail house, and made sale of same to William Templeton, who is legal purchaser, for three hundred and thirty eight dollars.


            “Ordered that Thos. Kerr be reappointed clerk for this board of commissioners for one year from this date, and that he shall receive eighty dollars payable quarterly, further ordered that Thomas Kerr be reappointed treasurer of Lawrence county for one year from this date, and that he shall be allowed four per centum for the money received by him till this date.  Board then adjourned till nine o’clock tomorrow morning.”


            The journal record of the second day’s session follows:


            “Tuesday, June 3rd.  Board persuant adjournment.  Ordered that John Kelly’s bond as road commissioner be put on record with two securities, Charles Kelly and Wm. G. Robinson securities, bound in the penal sum of one thousand dollars for the true performance as commissioner as above stated appointed by this state for to expend five hundred and twenty five dollars on the road from Burlington down to the lower line of Lawrence county.  Bond bearing date June 2, 1817.


            “HIGHWAY.  On a petition for a new road leading from Scioto county line at the county road; from thence to or near the house of John Strouper; thence to cross the creek; thence to or near the north line of Misses Howands quarter section; from thence state road running from Portsmouth to Gallia county and that the same be established; ordered that the said petition be granted and that Thomas Blythe, Andrew Wolf and David McFan be viewers and John Russell, surveyor, to meet at Edward Partlow’s on the twentieth of this inst. And make report at next meeting of this board in July.  Ordered that David Rally’s bond for a new road be recorded; bond for seventy five dollars payable to the county treasurer for the cost of said road if the same should not be established at the expense of the county.  Wilson Lynd, security.  Further, that David Rally’s bond for road commissioner for expending one hundred dollars on a new road to be laid in the back part of the Lawrence county.  Bond for the penalty of two hundred dollars, payable to the commissioners of Lawrence county, with John Davidson, security; bond bearing date June 2, 1817.  Ordered that Edward Simmons’ bond for coroner, bound in the penalty of two thousand dollars, payable to Commissioners of Lawrence county for the faithful performance to his said office, with Edward Billups and Gabriel Kerr as securities; bond bearing date of June 2, 1817.  Board adjourned till nine o’clock tomorrow morning.”



Previous to 1817, Lawrence county was a part of Gallia and Scioto.  It was organized in March of that year, with Burlington as the county seat, which was, also, the only post office in the county until 1821.  Thomas Kerr was the first postmaster.  The first county officers were:  Clerk, W. G. Robinson; John Kelly, Sheriff; Joseph Wheeler, Auditor; Thos. Kerr, Treasurer; N. C. Clough, Prosecuting Attorney.  Joel Bowen, Jos. Davidson and David Spurlock were the first commissioners.  The Justices of the Peace in 1821, were:  Fayette, Daniel Brubaker, Thomas Kerr, S. Beckley; Union, Thomas Templeton, Edward Miller; Rome, Joel Bowen, Jacob Miller; Windsor, Peter Wakefield, Bazel Lewis; Symmes, D. Spurlock; Mason, Jacob Powell, H. Spear; Lawrence, James Webb, Elias Webb; Upper, Peter Lionbarger, John Kelly; Elizabeth, Thos. Triggs, A. Wolf.


Many Interesting Personal Incidents.
Author: P. W. Gillette


Ironton Register, May 20, 1897

Portland, Oregon May 7, 1897

For the Register.

            Perhaps few people realize that nearly all of the population and wealth of the United States has been acquired within less time than the length of two human lives. For instance, my father was born in 1799; then the United States had just passed the 5,000,000 mark in population. The income of the government for that year was about $11,300,000. Now we have a population of 70,000,000, and the annual national income is about $500,000,000. The increase in wealth has been many fold greater than that of population. Discoveries, inventions and improvements have more than kept pace with the growth in wealth. Then steam was not known as a power and had never turned a wheel; railroads, telephones, electric lights and electric power had never been dreamed of. Since then, tens of thousands of important inventions and discoveries have been made, and added to the use, pleasure and comforts of life. So fast has our country grown in power, population, wealth, and everything, that it seems older than it is. It is but a few years since the great state of Ohio was a wilderness in this "far west."

            In 1816, only 81 years ago, my grandfather, who lived in Central New York, wishing to emigrate to Ohio, hired wagons to haul his family and such household goods as he could afford to take so far, and set out on what was then considered a long journey across the Allegheny mountains. When he reached the navigable waters of the Allegheny river, the only transportation offered was a passage down the Ohio on board a pine lumber raft, on which they erected a temporary shanty in which to live during the passage. In this way they reached Marietta quite comfortably on December 12, 1816. The family remained in the neighbor of Marietta two years, when they removed down the river to Lawrence county in a small flat boat built by themselves for that purpose. There were no steamboats running on the river then. The first steamboat that ever past down the river, as far as Lawrence county was the "Cyclopedia." She had the oldfashioned "walking beam" engine, and was a great curiosity to the people. A man sood on the deck constantly casting the lead, and crying the depth of water to the man at the wheel. This was in 1819, but steamboats were not very plentiful on the river for many years.

            Among the first settlers in the upper part of Lawrence county were Joel Bowen, who came in 1812. Moses Chaplin, "Old Grandpa Fuller" father of Gen'l A. T. F. Fuller, and Judge E. B. Green, came in 1816; between that date and 1818, came Solomon Churchill, Mr. Mccan, Joel Gillette father of Capt. Alanson Gillette and Mrs. Thomas Gardner, Wm. Gillette, Hiram Beardsley, Nathaniel Pritchard and sons; Capt. Cyrus Green, Joel Swain and Zebedon Gillette, father of H. N. Gillette. Nearly all of these had families, some of them came from New York and New England, excepting the Beardsleys who came from Pennsylvania. Nearly all the first settlers of Lawrence county were men of character, with great determination and industry. They were sterling men. There were few or no criminals and in all my early life, I knew but two of the pioneers who ever got drunk.

            As late as 1818 there were no roads in the county, nothing but trails, and the whole country was covered with timber and much of it was heavily timbered, and the ground beneath the timber was a perfect jungle of underbrush, but cattle eventually exterminated the most of the brush, so that one could ride on horseback pretty comfortably through the woods.

            These sturdy pioneers had literally to dig and hew their farms out of the solid forest. There were no prairies, the timber was utterly valueless, had to be chopped down, cut, piled and burned up. It required a vast amount of labor to grub the underbrush that covered the ground before it could be plowed and planted. They had roads and bridges to build, houses and barns to construct, fields to clear and orchards to plant; but few of them brought any money, and none of them had much. Their strong arms and determined purpose was their only capital.

            I believe Lawrence county was organized in 1816, though the townships were not named until later. Burlington was the first County Seat. David Mclaughlin (whose wife was my father's sister, and who is now living in Proctorville, in her 91st year) helped to build the old court house in Burlington in 1817. Mr. Mclaughlin, with three other young men, walked all the way from their homes in New Hampshire to Ohio, 1816. The old Court House, which had long been used as a school house, having become unsafe, was torn down about four years ago, and probably the oldest wooden building in Lawrence county. [July 11, 1895My first recollections of the Courts held in Burlington, some 50 years ago, (in the old Court House, which is now torn down, having been damaged so much by the frequent explosions of the Powder Mills just across the river, as to make it unsafe)]

            A Mr. Beachly was the first lawyer in the county and lived at Burlington; Dr. Spooner was the first physician and also lived in Burlington. For many years after the first settlement, the people in the upper end of the county did all their trading at Guyandotte, Va. "Old Joe Gardner" and Robert Holderby, had the first store there. P. S. SMITH came later and started a store in that place. I remember them all very well.

            Our wool was carded, spun and wove in the house for winter wear and blankets. The hides from beef, sheep and veal were taken to the tanner, who gave half the leather to the farmer, who hired the shoemaker to come to the house each fall, and make shoes for the family for winter use; in summer the young people and children all went barefoot. No one wore ornaments, jewelry, or fine clothing; and no one had luxuries and few had the common necessaries of life. It was a desparate struggle these pioneers had against the forces of nature, for existence, for civilization, for empire. Tea and coffee were luxuries that few could afford to use in those days. My aunt Mclaughlin, before mentioned in this paper, says "the first coffee I ever tasted was at the house of Mr. John Russell, which stood near what is now the northern boundary of the city of Huntington, and it was bought at the old Joe Gardner store in Guyandotte. The only sugar used then was made from the sugar maple tree. I have heard my father say that he and his brothers made in one week 755 lbs. of good maple sugar, from about 500 maple trees on my grandfather's farm. In those days there were no millinery shops, no dressmaking establishments, and but few tailors; every mother made her own bonnets and clothing, as well as that of her family. The woman of today would die in a minute, if she had to do half as much work as her grandmother had to perform, and the man today would not survive as long if he had to carry the burdens his grandfather bore. But it is not necessary. Then there were no cooking stoves, washing machines, sewing machines, nor thousands of other conveniences for the house and kitchen, that have since been invented. Our grandfathers had to plow the ground with home-made wooden shovel plows, and cultivate their fields with old fashioned "Nigger Killer" hoe, made by the country blacksmith. Now we ride over our fields cleared and grubbed out by our fathers' hands on the splendid gang plow, on the thresher, the reaper, the cultivator. We do not have to pace across our fields with measured tread, sowing "broad cast" from a sack suspended to our shoulders; we mount the new-fangled "seeder" and whistle as we sow. Our grandfathers had to pound their corn in morters, and when a boy, I had to go miles and miles away on horseback with a sack of grain "to mill." But these old-fashioned things have passed away and almost seem like forgotten dreams.

            Eighty-one years ago, my grandfather had to travel by wagon from New York to the navigable waters of the Ohio, and down the river on a raft to his new home in Ohio, then a wilderness. Forty-five years ago, I left Ohio for Oregon, went as far as St. Joseph, Mo. by steamboat, the balance of the way 2000 miles, by ox team, through a country inhabited only by savages and wild beasts. Now that vast country is striped with railroads, dotted with cities and teeming with the fruits of civilization. The changes wrought within these eighty-one years upon this country, its conditions and people are so vast, that it bewilders the understanding to contemplate them, and defies human wisdom to compute. P. W. GILLETTE


LEGAL NOTICE"The Division of Property of the Emancipated Slaves of James Twyman"

The Ironton Register September 22, 1870

MARIA TOMS, who is sometimes called "Maria," Charles Thomas, who is sometimes called "Charles," Thomas W. Fry, who is sometimes called "Walker," Mildred Dikes, Caroline Dikes, Maria Buvender and her husband Squire Buvender, Albert James, who is sometimes called "Albert," Lawrence James, who is sometimes called "Lawrence," Charlotte Fry, who is sometimes called "Charlotte," Lucy Toms, Sarah Brown, formerly Sarah Toms, and her husband Richard Brown, with whom she has intermarried, Daniel Toms who is sometimes called "Daniel," Edmund Toms, who is sometimes called "Edmund," Priscilla Toms, who is sometimes called "Persilla,"  Henry Toms, who is sometimes called "Henry," Ellen Shelton, formerly Ellen Toms, and sometimes called "Ellen," and her husband Edmund Shelton, with whom she has since intermarried, Elizabeth King, formerly Elizabeth Toms, and sometimes called "Elizabeth," and her husband, Daniel King, Jane Jackson, formerly Jane Toms, and sometimes called "Jane," and her husband William Jackson, with whom she has since intermarried, Rebecca Killgore, formerly Rebecca Toms, and sometimes called "Beck," and her husband John Killgore, with whom she has since intermarried, all of Lawrence county, Ohio; and Barbara Gaunt, who is sometimes called "Barbara;" and her husband Moses Gaunt, both of Huron county, Ohio, will take notice that a petition was filed against them on the 19th day of September, A. D., 1870, in the Court of Common Pleas within and for the county of Lawrence, Ohio, by Nancy Smith, who is sometimes called "Nancy," and is now pending wherein said Nancy Smith demands partition of the following real estate, situate in the county of Lawrence and State of Ohio, and in Fayette township, and described as follows:  The northeast quarter of the northwest quarter of section No. 36, township No.2, range No. 17, containing forty three acres more or less; also the west half of the southeast quarter of section No. 36, township No. 2, range No. 17, (except five acres more or less taken off the northwest corner of said half of said quarter section, conveyed by John Crawford to George Kouns,) containing eighty acres more or less, and that the dower of said Maria Toms, widow of John Toms, deceased, in one undivided twenty-second part thereof, be assigned; and that at the next term of said Court the said Nancy Smith will apply for an order that partition be made of said premises.

Dated this 20th day of September, A. D., 1870.


By Enochs and Cherrington, her Att'ys, sep22t6.


Legal Notice

MARIA TOMS, who is sometimes called "Maria," Charles Thomas, who is sometimes called "Charles," Thomas W. Fry, who is sometimes called "Walker," Mildred Dikes, Caroline Dikes, Maria Buvender and her husband, Squire Buvender, Lucy Toms, Alexander Killgore, who is sometimes called "Alexander," Eliza Jackson, who is sometimes called "Cilla;" Susan Wilson, who is sometimes called "Susan," Charlotte Fry, who is sometimes called "Charlotte," Albert James, who is sometimes called "Albert," Lawrence James, who is sometimes called "Lawrence," all of Lawrence county, Ohio; and Barbara Gaunt, who is sometimes called "Barbara," and her husband Moses Gaunt, both of Huron county, Ohio; Horace Twyman, who is sometimes called "Horace," of the State of Missouri; and Julia James, formerly Julia Smith, sometimes called "Julia," and since intermarried with Garland James, who has since died of Kanawha county, West Virginia; and Rebecca Killgore, formerly Rebecca Toms, and sometimes called "Beck," and her husband John Killgore, with whom she has since intermarried; Jane Jackson, formerly Jane Toms, and sometimes called "Jane," and her husband William Jackson, with whom she has since intermarried; Elizabeth King, formerly Elizabeth Toms, and sometimes called "Elizabeth," and her husband Daniel King, with whom she has since intermarried; Ellen Shelton, formerly Ellen Toms, and sometimes called "Ellen," and her husband Edmund Shelton, with whom she has since intermarried; Edmund Toms, who is sometimes called "Edmund;" Priscilla Toms, who is sometimes called "Persilla;" Daniel Toms, who is sometimes called "Daniel;" Nancy Smith, who is sometimes called "Nancy;" Sarah Brown, formerly Sarah Toms, and her husband Richard Brown, with whom she has since intermarried, all of said county of Lawrence and State of Ohio, will take notice that a petition was filed against them on the 19th day of September, A. D. 1870, in the Court of Common Pleas within and for the county of Lawrence, Ohio, by William Smith, who is sometimes called "William," and is now pending, wherein said William Smith demands partition of the following real estate to wit:  The real estate situate in the county of Lawrence and State of Ohio, and in the township of Fayette, and described as follows:  The east part of fractional section No. 2, in range No. 19 and township No. 1, beginning at a stake on the Ohio, two hundred and forty three poles easterly by the said river from the southwest corner of said fractional section at the southeast corner of Burton's heirs' land, thence running north 69 degrees, east one hundred and thirty-three and two thirds poles to a stake, the s.w. corner of land owned by Yager, now owned by George Kouns, thence due north along said Kouns's line to the back line of said fractional section to a stake, thence west on said back line to such a point as will by running due south therefrom intersect the stake or place of beginning, thence from said point south to said first-mentioned stake the place of beginning; excepting and reserving out of the above granted premises the following parcels of land heretofore sold and conveyed to William Lynd to wit:  5 1/2 acres to Elijah Frampton, also 6 acres 2 rods and 1 pole to William C. Johnson - the above described tracts are taken from the southwest corner of said tract, containing one hundred and fifty four acres more or less.  Also the southeast quarter of the northwest quarter of section 35, township 2, range 17, saving and excepting one acre out of the northwest corner sold to Arty Carter, and on acre sold to Abner Johnson of the west side of said tract; also one acre of the same side sold to Anna Robinson; containing forty-one acres more or less.  Also part of the southwest quarter of the northeast quarter of section 35, township 2, of range 17, being all that part of said quarter section which lies south of the top of the ridge about 35 rods, to a stake about one rod west of a black locust 12 inches in diameter; thence easterly along the top of said ridge, following the marked or blazed trees with the meanders of the top of said ridge till it strikes the east line of said quarter about ten rods north of the southeast corner thereof, to a hickory tree 8 inches in diameter; thence south to the said southeast corner of said quarter; thence west along the south line of said quarter to the place of beginning, containing by estimation twenty acres more or less.  Also the west half of the southeast quarter of section 34, township 2, of range 17, containing eighty seven acres and fourteen-one-hundredths.  Also the southeast half of the southwest quarter of section 35, township 2, range 17, containing eighty eight acres and seventy two-one-hundredths.  Also the southwest quarter of the southwest quarter of section 35, township 2, range 17, containing forty three acres and twenty-two-one-hundredths.  Also the east half of the northwest quarter of section 25, township 2, range 17, containing twenty three acres and eighty-six-one hundredths.  And that the dower of said Maria Toms, widow of John Toms, dec'd, in one undivided thirty-fifth part thereof be assigned.  And that at the next term of Court the said William Smith will apply for an order that partition may be made of said premises.

Dated this 20th day of September, A. D. 1870.  WILLIAM SMITH.

By Enochs and Cherrington, his Att'ys. sep22to0




In memory I frequently go back to the old steamboat days in the Sunny South and this naturally calls to my mind the men who at that time took a part in the Southern river business. I thought it might perhaps be of some interest to the steamboat fraternity to mention the names and the position each one of these men held.

In the long list to follow it seems strange but nevertheless it is a fact that this whole bunch resided along the border of the Ohio river in Lawrence county, Ohio, between Proctorville and Ironton which includes a distance of about 25 miles with the exception of Capt. Isaac Miller who resided at Millersport. I shall also give the old post office address on some of them which no doubt has long since been forgotten by a great many people, while others may never have heard of them.

The one I have reference to was called Symmes Run, subsequently named Rockwood and it is now known as Chesapeake.

Uncle Andy Kouns, who was the father of Ben B., George, John, Andrew, Martin and Isaac was the postmaster, and served in that capacity until death. We who were in the army from that neighborhood will never forget Symmes Run, P. O., for it was there we sent our letters from the field to our sweethearts and the "old folks at home." The Kounses, Scovells and Dillons were the most popular and successful steam boatmen that ever run boats on the Red and Ouachita rivers.

Captain James and John Shute and also Capt. Isaac Miller were successful and popular men on Red river. The Kounses and Scovilles run boats in that trade before, during and after the Civil war. For years after the war closed they operated as fine a line of boats as could be found anywhere. Their boats ran between New Orleans and Shreveport, La., and on above to the Upper Red River and Jefferson, Texas. The river traffic at that time was something enormous which chiefly consisted of cotton, cattle and passengers. It was nothing uncommon to see one of their boats come to New Orleans with cotton stored above the roof, the deck room filled with cattle and the cabin full of passengers. Every employe was getting good wages and making money. Take the pilots for instance, who were then getting from $600 to $800 per month. Finally the railroads began to make their appearance in the Red River Valley, then the steamboat business commenced to decline until now it practically amounts to nothing. I am informed that only two or three steamboats arrive at Shreveport, La., from New Orleans in the run of a year. Time has certainly wrought wonderful and rapid changes in the traffic on the Red River. But what else could be expected when we take into consideration that five railroads crossed Red River at different points and there is practically one running on each side of it from the mouth to the head of navigation. Old happy, golden days, hail and farewell. No doubt some of you will recognize many familiar names in this list which runs as follows:

Ben B. Kouns, captain, Symmes Run.

George W. Kouns, captain, Symmes Run.

Geo. L. Kouns, Burlington.

John Kouns, captain, Symmes Run.

Andrew Kouns, captain and pilot, Symmes Run.

Isaac Kouns, captain, Symmes Run.

Curtis Kouns, captain and pilot, Burlington.

L. E. Kouns, clerk and pilot, Burlington.

Crayton Kouns, clerk, Burlington.

M. L. Scovill, captain and pilot, Burlington.

Tyler Scovill, captain and pilot, Burlington.

Jesse Dillon, captain and pilot, Burlington.

S. R. Crawford, captain and pilot, Burlington.

Thomas Crawford, captain and pilot, Burlington.

James Shute, captain, Burlington.

John Shute, captain, Burlington.

Isaac Hunter, captain and pilot, Ironton.

Wm. Smith, captain and pilot, Proctorville.

Abe Smith, captain and pilot, Proctorville.

J. H. Ransbottom, captain and pilot, Symmes Run.

W. F. Dillon, captain and pilot, Symmes Run.

Isaac Miller, captain, Millersport.

Wm. Gillen, captain and pilot, Ironton.

Isaac Gillen, captain and pilot, Ironton.

Cyrus Gillen, captain and pilot, Ironton.

C. Milstead, captain and pilot, Symmes Run.

George Hamilton, Clerk, Ironton.

Charles Hamilton, clerk, Ironton.

Zed Williams, engineer, Burlington.

John Brubaker, engineer, Coal Grove.

Hibbard Kimball, engineer, Symmes Run.

Clinton Crawford, clerk, Symmes Run.


Fifteen of the above men were Red river pilots. Jesse Dillon was a Awachita river pilot and Abe Smith was a Lake and Bayou pilot. William, Cyrus, and Isaac Gillen were born in Lawrence county, but the family moved to the state of Illinois before they commenced steam boating. Of the above those known to be living by the writer are as follows:


L. E. Kouns, farmer, Burlington.

M. L. Scovill, business man of Shreveport, La.

W. F. Dillon, bank president, Chesapeake, Ohio.

C. Milstead, insurance agent, of Portsmouth, Ohio.


There are others living but I don't know just where they are located. William Bishop, a former resident of our city and who has relatives living here, is also a Red river pilot. His address is Shreveport, La. I don't give this rambling account as being strictly correct. There are names that I have probably forgotten and have therefore been omitted. - Portsmouth Blade


Ironton Register, Thursday, January 23, 1896




For the Register


           I first saw the light of day at Millersport (Millers P. O.) in Rome township, April 4, 1844. I have a clear recollection of events since the cholera season of 1853. Very many died that Summer, among them Fannie McKnight, mother of W. F., C. B. and J. T. McKnight. Wm. Gibbs ran a wool carding machine, the same one that was afterward taken to, or near Burlington and operated by Elijah Rolph, W. F. McKnight, Andrew Griffith, Andrew Miller and others.


          About the first real work the writer ever did was at this machine at seventy five cents a week. Mr. Rolph had two heavy oxen instead of horses for the motive power and one of them could stop the machine at pleasure. My duty was to watch him during his "turn at the wheel" and keep him going. A change was made every hour, and sometimes oftener in very warm weather. While the other ox that had not learned the art of stopping the machine, was taking his turn, my duty was to help in the carding room. I finally learned the trade so well that I could "run the machine" alone, and at the age of fifteen years, I did operate it alone for Andrew and Warren Miller and gave the patrons satisfaction. Wool was brought from nearly all over Lawrence and Gallia counties, Ohio and Cabell county, W. Va. In those days, nearly the whole community wore home made jeans. The women and girls wore linsey. This machine simply made the wool into rolls, which the women spun into yarn.


          My earliest recollections are of John W. Dillon, now a prominent minister of the M. E. church, and well known to Ironton people. He is a strictly self-made and self-educated man. When he was a young man, not yet grown, he used to haul "cord wood" from the hills to the river. When I was too small to go with him to the woods, I would wait for him at the foot of the river hill and drive in the level lane to the river. While I did this he would take his Testament from his pocket and study the scriptures. He put in all his spare time in study. Before this, he had been converted in one of the old time revivals. He was a tall, slim, awkward looking fellow, and when he first began to exhort, the people used to say he did not know what to do with his hands, while talking. I used to almost worship that man, and shall never forget his struggles, trials, the difficulties he had to surmount to get where he is now. It is an object lesson of what courage and perseverance will accomplish.


          Of preachers in the days from 1852 to 1857, I remember Bradrick. He was a great revivalist. In mid winter, he would pull off his coat and vest and preach and sweat like a harvest hand. In those days they preached with great power. I used to think there was a literal hell, and believed implicitly that men would swim around in a liquid fire like molten iron or cinder. I got this idea from the oft repeated phrase "lake of fire and brimstone."


          The "quarterly meetings" in those days were important events, and I can remember how my father and the other members used to get out their "cloth coats" and "stocks." A stock was a made necktie about as wide and stiff as the leather stocks they used to put on new recruits at the beginning of the late war to cause them to hold heads erect. The elder came with much dignity and solemness.


          The hymns were "lined" then; two lines at a time, and sung by all in the house. It was a sober, solemn time, and woe to the person who did not kneel down when the minister said "let us all kneel and pray." It meant that all must kneel whether all prayed or not. The quarterly love feast was announced for a certain hour, and was held with closed doors, and at the hour named for the service to begin the doors were closed and bolted.


          No outsiders were allowed to remain at these meetings without publicly declaring a determination to lead a better life. The leader passed around and personally examined each one, and reproved, admonished or praised each one according to the experience given.


          The school house was of logs, and we had three months school in winter. The first teacher I remember was named Harris. He kept hickory withe in his hand all the time during school hours. We did not call them teachers we called them masters, and they were more masters than teachers. They did not teach us _________. We simply recited lessons in ______ ______, got the poetry out of the reader by heart, spoke it in a sing song tone without any reference to punctuation, whatever. He did plenty of whipping, and this set was considered by the directors as best qualification. Another teacher was named Green. We wrote with quill pens those days and the masters made the pens. We hunted the goose quills and carried them to the masters.


          Later on, D. G. Dawson, S. McCown and W. F. McKnight taught. Dawson was very eccentric, and smoked his large pipe during school hours when he wanted to. He was a pettifogger. During a trial one day, before a Justice of the Peace, there were several lady witnesses on the opposite side to him who had answered him rather curtly on cross examination. During a brief recess, he drew his large pipe and began filling it with "long green." The ladies looked on, when he turned to them and said, "Ladies, is tobacco smoke offensive?" "Yes sir," one of them answered, "very much so." "Then you had better leave the room, for I am going to smoke," quietly answered Mr. Dawson. S. McCown was a teacher as well as a master, and taught a good school. He was afterward elected Probate Judge and died in office, being succeeded by C. B. Egerton.


          John Clark, father of D. H. Clark, kept a large store. He was a local preacher, and I remember him as a truly good, kind and sympathetic man. One day a neighbor's house burned down with all he had in it. A day or two afterward, several neighbors were gathering in Mr. Clark's store discussing the loss and stating how sorry they were. Finally, Mr. Clark said, "I am sorry five dollars, now how much are the rest of you sorry?" I remember that quite a sum was raised for the unfortunate man.


           I used to like to watch the "line" boats go by. They had clippers in those days and raced like mad. The two opposition lines were very hostile toward each other. I remember the names of several that ran between Cincinnati and Pittsburg; viz Buckeye State, Bay State, Thomas Swan, David White, Messenger, Crystal Palace, Keystone State.


           Once when my father had been on a trip to Illinois, he came home on one of the new liners. Some poet had composed about twenty verses of poetry for the new line of boats, ridiculing the old line. I set these to song, and could sing every verse of it. I now remember but two verses towit:



The Buckeye's time is very good

Although she burns tar, coal and wood,

But faster will she have to kite

To catch the Swan or David White.


The Messenger, although a tub,

She lives upon the best of grub,

We don't see how she makes it pay,

She is so long upon the way.


           The Doctors cut a figure in society before the war. Dr. C. B. Hall had a large practice. Dr. I. T. Monahan came down from one of the northern counties. He was a hustler. He would jump on his horse and start in a gallop over the country for half a day at a time, like twenty people were half dead, when no one had called for or sent for him. A bitter rivalry sprang up between Dr. Hall and Dr. Monohan, and many predicted that they would kill each other. This was about 1856-8. One morning, several copies of poetry reflecting on Dr. Monohan were found pasted up on the store and shop doors. It was written with a pen on foolscap paper. I was always a great singer, when I was a boy, and like the steamboat poetry, I set it to song and could, and did sing it, and in retaliation the doctor shot my dog. H


Burlington jail John C. Sperry built the stone jail at Burlington after the log jail burned down. [James Sperry on the 1818 Fayette Township Tax List was the father of William Sperry, who married Cynthia Clark.  see email from vendon clark]

IET Aug. 21, 1947 - Clarinda S. Kelley - Funeral services for Mrs. Clarinda Sperry Kelley, 79, who died Monday afternoon at her home in Fullerton, were held today at 2 p.m. at Sunshine Church.  She was a daughter of James Sperry, who was a captain in the Union Army in the Civil War.  Surviving are four children, Fred Kelley of Cove Gap, W. Va.; Gracie May and Gilbert Kelley of Fullerton and Theodore Kelley, 1310 Armstrong pl, Portsmouth; three step-children, John and Tandy Kelley of Portsmouth, and Martha Elswick of Ironton; three brothers, John, W. M. and Foster Sperry of West Virginia, and four grandchildren.

IR Nov. 7, 1872 - Marriage licenses James Sperry and Mary F. Thompson.


IR June 23, 1904 - Ancient History of Our City From Register Files. - First Editor’s Opinion of the First County Jail - Ordinance Concerning Dogs.

            A busy man from the Register’s first editor must have been.  He took part in temperance meetings, visited the schools and took note of every new industry in town, was often present at the county institute, Farmer’s clubs in Rome, Windsor townships and made frequent trips to Burlington, the county seat, when the court was in session.

            In the Register of July 3, 1851, is an editorial anent a visit there, which contains many hints as to what the county’s first jail was like.

            The County Jail.

            “While at Burlington last week we visited for the first time the jail of Lawrence county.

            “The jail is nearly new, it being but two or three years since it was built.  That it has sufficient strength no one seems to doubt.  But I has been the subject of much complaint in regard to its fitness, especially in regard to its means of ventilation.  This being the state of things we visited the jail to see for ourself.

            “We think it an ill-looking, an ill-contrived building, without ornament or taste, or even plain neatness.

            “The whole building is so low that the ceiling overhead in the rooms can be reached by a short man standing on the floor.

            “The rooms when we were there, appeared to be in excellent order, for the purpose required.  We do not believe in making the situation of criminals TOO comfortable and the prisoners now there have as much as can be justly asked for by persons deserving punishment from a violated law.

            “The number now confined in the two rooms for criminals is five.  The rooms are very small, very low and each has a small window, and a door connecting one room with another.  ... The cells have each a small aperture at the top for ventilation.

            For a larger number than four, or six, it is decidedly insufficient, but the jailer informed us that at one time it held fourteen persons.  At such times there can be no doubt that it is entirely inadequate to the wants of the county and injurious to the prisoner’s health.  [rest of article talks of Ironton’s ordinance on dogs.]


Ironton Tribune, September 26, 1954

The county's first jail still stands at Burlington. But now it is a residence. The Dennis LAWSON family resides there now. Today two small boys romp and play in a two-story stone building at Burlington, which is their home, but some 137 years ago was the county jail.

The little boys, Dennis Jr. and Adrian Lawson, are too young to realize that their home is one of the few original landmarks that remain at Burlington.

Shortly after Lawrence County was organized by Capt. James Lawrence of Burlington, N.J., in 1816, a courthouse and jail were erected and a park laid out at Burlington. The population of the county was then only 665.

When the jail was built the village was a thriving community having four stores, an academy, two churches, a newspaper printing office, and between 40 to 60 dwellings.

New houses have been erected on the former park site and the courthouse was torn down some years ago. Only the jail building stands in what was once the historic square in the little village of Burlington.

Replacing windows for the old iron bars and a new roof are the only improvements that have been made to the exterior of the weather-beaten stone building. Oldtimers say that some of the iron bars, which once covered the windows, were removed to the present county jail in Ironton. Old stone steps and walks are still being used. The main entrance was facing the river.

After the county seat was moved to Ironton in 1851 the jail was converted into a house and many families have resided there since then.

The building is located approximately 100 feet from Route 52 and may be viewed by passing motorists.

Almost two years ago the Dennis Lawson family purchased the building. They are remodeling the interior and plan to paint the exterior and landscape the lawn by next spring.


1849*  The beginning of Ironton.

IR  Mar. 17, 1853

...It  [Ironton] was laid out in the Spring of 1849, by the Ohio Iron and Coal Company, and the first sale of lots was made on the 29th of June in the same year.  It is handsomely located on the bank of the Ohio, above the highest freshet, in the center of the iron and coal region of that section of this State and of Kentucky, being surrounded by nearly forty Blast Furnaces, eight of which make this their shipping point by means of the “iron rail,” terminating here, and penetrating the mineral region on the North, and will eventually connect with the Belpre and Cincinnati railroad to this city....


IR Oct. 24, 1850 - Died, On the 18th inst., at his residence near Burlington, Ohio, of pulmonary consumption, Wyatt C. Wheeler, late editor and publisher of the “Lawrence County Gazette.”

            The deceased was born in Portsmouth, Ohio, September 17, 1821.  He learned the printing business in the office of the “Vandalia (Illinois) Free Press.”  In company with Mr. Droulliard, he founded the “Portsmouth Clipper” in the spring of 1845, and in the fall of the same year he established the “Lawrence County Gazette” at Burlington.  His life has been one continued scene of activity and toil.  When he first looked upon the world he was an orphan, his father having died the same day he was born; and although in his younth he was not permitted to enjoy the benefit of a common school education, yet guided by his favortie motto, “there is no such word as fail,” he has bushed his way through various opposition to an honorable and useful position in society which many fail to secure with far better opportunities.  He sustained the Lawrence County Gazette for several eyars through considerable opposition of its enemies, notwithstanding the want of zeal upon the part of his friends to support the enterprise as they ought; and would probably not have given it up yet if his health had not compelled him to yield.  But he has gone from this world of strife and toil, and we humbly trust to a land of Peace and Rest.  He had great peace and joy in his last days, anxiously looking and longing to hear the summons to a world of bliss.  J.C.W.  Portsmouth Tribune and Clipper, please copy.

IR Oct. 31, 1850 - Geo. N. Kemp of this (Upper) township has been appointed and commissioned as Associate Judge of this county in the place of Judge Johnston who resigned. 

IR Nov. 14, 1850 - Died.  November 5., at the Harrison Hotel in Burlington, Wm. R., Jr., son of William R. Kerr, formerly of Cincinnati...had not yet reached 17 years old and was placed early at St. Timothy’s College near Baltimore, Maryland..


IR Aug. 7, 1851 - Died. - In Burlington, on Sunday the 27th inst., of pulmonary consumption, Mr. John S. Kelvey, aged 54 years.  The deceased has been favorably known to the citizens of Lawrence county, and though an Englishman by birth, has been the firm supporter of the constitution and laws, not only of the general government but of this State, and has heartily co-operated in all measures which he deemed for the best interests of the State and nation.  As a county officer we believe he has been faithful and impartial in the discharge of his duty.  As a professor of religion and an elder in the Presbyterian Church, his life was an exemplication of those principles and virtues which he estemmed no less his privilege than his duty to exhibit for the instructions and imitation of all who would shun the errors “which drown men in destruction and perdition,” and travel safely the pathway of life to the goal of eternal rest.  He died with perfect assurancy of salvation thro’ faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and exhorting all to be reconciled to God through the death of his Son.


IR Feb. 17, 1887 - AN OLD RECORD, On the Removal of the County Seat.

            We have received from J. K. Kidd, under date of Jefferson City, Mo., February 7, 1887, the following interesting letter giving a copy of the minutes of a meeting to get the county seat moved from Burlington to Ironton:

            Editor of Ironton Register. - In overhauling the contents of an old trunk the other day, I found the following record.  It may be interesting to some of your readers and I send you a copy:

            “Removal of the County Seat of Lawrence County, Ohio, from Burlington to Ironton.

            At a meeting of the citizens of the town of Ironton, held in the School House on the 6th of Oct., 1851, to hear the report of a committee appointed at a previous meeting, to obtain subscriptions for the erection of a Court House in this place, &c., A. O. Sheppard was called to the Chair and J. K. Kidd appointed Secretary.

            The committee reported that the sum of $3430.00 was subscribed on papers, then in the possession of the committee, and that there were other papers out for subscription which had been sent in-the amount not known.

            Motion made and carried that the committee be instructed to guarantee to the County the erection of walls of a building for a Court House, &c.; that said building be 70 feet long by 65 in width, and 32 or 34 feet high and roofed, &c.

            Motion made and carried that a committee be sent to the different townships in the county to induce the voters to vote for removal of the County Seat.

            Committees - M. Sheppard, Rome tp.; J. Peters, Washington tp.; J. Kelly, Aid and Symmes tps.; R. M. Stimson in general through the county.  J. M. Merrill, Aid, Lawrence and Mason tps.; J. K. Kidd, Mason tp.; H. Crawford, Rome and Union tps.; Thomas Kelly, Perry and Fayette tps.; J. M. Kelly in general throughout the county.  J. Sullivan, J. Irwin, J. Smith and S. Silverman, Elizabeth tp.; J. Campbell, Decatur tp.

            Moved and carried that fund be raised for the purpose of printing 3000 Whig and 2000 Democratic tickets with the words “for removal” printed thereon.

            Moved and carried that the amount of funds necessary for the printing of said tickets be raised forthwith.

            Moved and carried that all the tickets printed by the fund raised at this meeting have the name of W. Kerr printed on them for Recorder.

            Moved and carried that we will vote for W. Kerr.

            All the foregoing motions were carried unanimously.

            Motion made and carried that we now adjourn to meet at the polls.

            J.K. Kidd, Secretary.


IR Aug. 28, 1884 -  The County Seat was changed by vote on Oct. 14, 1851 but transfer was not made till a year later.  There were 1043 votes for and 697 votes against.


IR Oct. 7, 1852 - Removal of the County Seat - An obedience to the act of the General Assembly passed March 20, 1851, “Referring to the voters of Lawrence county, the question of removal of the seat of justice of said county,” notice is hereby given that from and after the 23d day of October, 1852, the seat of justice of the county aforesaid will be at Ironton, suitable county buildings having been provided for that purpose.  E. W. Wakefield, John Newton; commissioners.


Ironton Register, Oct. 14, 1852 Negro Stampedes          

We clip the following from the Maysville Eagle of the 6th inst.:     

On the 18th ult., fourteen slaves ran away from Burlington, belonging to  four citizens there; and on the 26th nine fled from Campbell county, owned  by Joseph Taylor. On Saturday or Sunday night last, some thirty-two slaves,  the property of citizens of Mason and Bracken counties, made their escape across the Ohio River. - Three of them, captured some thirty-five miles back of Ripley, have since returned; but owing to the facilities afforded for      flight in Ohio, the probability is that the residue will make good their escape. It is beyond question that fugitive slaves are afforded protection,  means and facilities, by people of Ohio.


IR Mar. 31, 1853 - South Point. - This is a new town which has been laid out by Rev. William W. Davidson, on the most southern point of land in Ohio, opposite the mouth of Big Sandy.  It is a healthy, pleasant and desirable location.  More anon, see advertisement of sale of lots.  [IR Apr. 28, 1853 - Great Sale of Lots at South Point.]  [IR May 12, 1853 - The first sale of lots at the new town of South Point, laying out and established by Rev. W. W. Davidson, took place on the 5th inst.  ...18 lots having been sold at an average of a little over $170 each...]


IR Sept. 22, 1853 - ads.

- Cincinnati & Pomeroy Packet, The new and splendid U. S. Aid; Capt. W. F. Davidson; will leave Cincinnati on Thursdays...Will leave Pomeroy on Mondays.

- The Burlington" Academy.  The Trustees of this institution take pleasure in announcing to the public that they have fitted up ample, commodious and pleasant rooms for the use of the school and have secured the services of J. S. Whitney, an experienced and accomplished teacher as principal.... C. Hall, Pre’t.  Burlington, Ohio Sept. 22, 1853. 


IR May 11, 1854 -  Ashland, Kentucky - First sale of lots. 

IR May 11, 1854 - Died. - On the 2d inst., at Burlington, Lawrence county, Wilbur F. Wakefield, son of A. J. and Hester Wakefield.

IR May 18, 1854 - The radiant smiles of our old friend, Capt. Geo. L. Kouns, just up from the “lower trade,” once more illuminate our streets [Ironton].

IR May 18, 1854 - The Messrs. Kouns have sold out all their steamboat stock and other property in the South and intend hereafter to devote their active energies to the Wholesale Grocery, No. 3, Rodgers Block.




IR Oct. 8, 1857 - The new steamer Red Chief departed for Burlington, Ohio, on Saturday. Capt. Shute, while passing through Fourth street (Cincinnati) on Saturday had his pocket picked for $935 - money he had drawn out of Gilmore's to make payment on his new steamer.

IR Nov. 12, 1857 - Capt. J. G. Shute, of Burlington, went down, a few days ago, with 2 flatboats of produce, stoneware &c., destined for the Washita River (or Ouachita as it is sometimes spelled) - to be reshipped up that stream on his steamer Red Chief.


IR May 27, 1858 - Ad. - On Hand Again!  J. DAVIDSON’S NEW STORE, At The Old Stand in Burlington.   I have again opened up with a new and large stock of Groceries, and I invite all my old customers to bring on their chickens, butter, and eggs, and exchange for any thing they desire.  Also, as formerly, I will personally attend the Old Burlington Ferry, and can be found at all times at the old corner.  JOS. DAVIDSON May 26, 1853-3w.


IR Sept. 30, 1858 - J. H. Drury, of Burlington, has paid for the Register until February 4, 1860; and E. J. Falwell, of Ironton, until Sept. 22, 1860.  ...



·         IR May 12, 1859 - We understand that the County Central Committee have selected Delegates to represent Lawrence county in the Republican State Convention, to be held at Columbus, on Thursday, June 2d next, to wit:  N. Vermillion, of Mason township, Hiram Campbell, of Upper; John G. Peebles, of Elizabeth - Alternates, J. B. Kimble of Rome; John Dillon, of Fayette; C. G. Hawley, of Upper.  We presume that this selection will be entirely satisfactory to everybody of the “Opposition” in the county.


·         IR Dec. 29, 1859 - small clippings. Desirable property for sale. - Farm of 260 acres .... Apply on Symmes creek, Ohio to Fras. B. Owen, or address him at Burlington, Ohio.



·         IR June 7, 1860 - Church Dedication. - By permission of Divine Providence, our new Methodist Protestant Church, in this place [Burlington], will be dedicated to the worship of Almighty God, on Sabbath, the 24th of June, 1860, at 11 o’clock A.M.  Rev. W. M. Marshall will preach the Dedication Sermon.  Signed by Trustees:  I. M. Ryan, Stephen Wilson, Stephen", John Dillon, John", E. V. Mace, William McClure, William", James Mooran, James".  Burlington, June 7, 1860.


·         IR Dec. 6, 1860 - Died. In New Orleans, on Nov. 25th, 1860, of flux, Capt. George W. Kouns, of Burlington, this county, and commander of the Red River steamer Red Chief No. 1, aged about 33 years.  His remains passed up to Burlington, last Saturday, and his funeral was on Monday of this week, attended by a large number of people, with the rites of the Masonic Fraternity, of which he was a member.  He was a native of the vicinity of Burlington, and was one of the truest men ever raised in Lawrence county, generous and honorable in all his relations, and highly esteemed by all.  He leaves a family of four children, his wife, a daughter of Judge Scovil, having died some four years since.

            The following Preamble and Resolutions were adopted by Lawrence Lodge, No. 198, Free and Accepted Masons: ..... (do not have end of this) 



IR July 25, 1861 - Death of Judge Wheeler.

            Judge Joseph Wheeler, for forty-two years one of the most prominent citizens of Lawrence county, died at his residence in Ironton, after a short illness, on Friday last - July 19, 1861 - in his 73d year.

            Judge Wheeler was born in Rutland, Worcester county, Massachusetts, August 23, 1788.  He received a good education in his native town.  For a time, just after his majority, he lived near Boston.  During the war of 1812, he was twice a volunteer in his country’s service; and was for a time at Erie, Pennsylvania.

            Soon after the war, he came to our neighboring town of Portsmouth, Scioto county, where he engaged in teaching, was a very successful teacher, and built there “Wheeler’s Academy.”  For a time Sam Seaton, Esq., of Greenupsburg, Kentucky, was his assistant in this Academy.  He was the first chorister of the Presbyterian church in Portsmouth.  In March, 1818, he married Miss -----Stretton, just below Scioto, who died the next December.  In 1823, he was again married to Miss ------ Wheeler, who survives him.

            In 1819, he removed to Lawrence county, becoming Clerk of the Court, which office he held until 1847, twenty-eight years.  During the first ten or twelve years of his residence in this county, at Burlington, the County Seat until 1852, the population was small, and he held, (by appointment, we believe) more or less, the offices of Auditor, Treasurer and Recorder - at one time, we have heard it said, he held them all.  At any rate, in the public business he was the county, as he was afterwards, by his influence, the Whig party.  About the time the County Seat was removed from Burlington to Ironton, in 1852, he took up his residence in this place.  His son, J. F. Wheeler, Esq., was elected Judge of Probate, in October, 1851, but died in a few days and by appointment the father became the Judge of Probate, was elected by the people for the unexpired term the next October, and held the office, altogether, the full term of three years, until February, 1855.  This was his last office.  He was then admitted to the Bar, at about the age of 67, and practiced law until his death.

            Judge Wheeler was always one of our best and most public spirited citizens.  As a neighbor, he was remarkably kind and obliging; he cared much for the sick and afflicted; and no man would do more to a favor for a friend. - He had a strong will, was industrious, energetic, and of remarkable exactness in his business transactions - to exact to obtain and hold popular favor.  He had his own notions of “right” and would bring others to his standard - the error, after all, if any, being on the side of correctness, far better than if on the side of losseness.  In all his public duties, it is not too much to say that he was guided by the sternest integrity, it being universally acknowledged that the looked much more closely to the interests of the people than to his own interests.  His chief fault was an intolerance for the opinions of others; thoroughly honest in his own convictions, and feeling that he was right, would defend his belief in the face of the world, and sometimes, perhaps, without sufficient regard for the opinions of others, who might be just as honest as himself.  He was ever the friend and active supporter of education, and of the best interests of the community generally.  In religious faith, he gave assent to the Presbyterian doctrine, and generally attended the worship, but he was never a member of any church.  He was the father of Masonry in this county, and was buried with Masonic honors, at Burlington, on the day after his death.  In the fullness of years he has fallen, and long will the people of Lawrence county respect the memory of Joseph Wheeler.





The spelling in the foregoing document has not been changed.


Special Enumeration of Negroes, 1863,  Lawrence County Ohio


Auditor's Office, Lawrence County


Ironton, Ohio March 24th, 1863


Mr. R. W. Taylor


Auditor of State --


Dear Sir In my report of the 21st inst. relative to Colored persons who have emigrated  from other States, you will see my reference that the returns from Union  Township was rather indefinite, you will please discard my report from said  township and receive instead the following which come to hand today.


(Note from Sharon - all were in Union Twp., Lawrence County and emigrated from  W.Va. except Thos. Hill.)


l. Samuel Haley  2. Sarah Haley  3. Sidney Haley  4. Hannah Haley  5. Sarah Haley  6. Louisa Haley  7. Feecilla Haley  8. Alexander Haley  9. George Wilson  10. Darkins Wilson  11. Solona Wilson  12. Laura Wilson  13. Sarah Wilson  14. Geo. Wilson  15. Theodore Wilson  16. Marciious Wilson  17. Sarah Martin  18. Plesant Spencer  19. Caroline Spencer 20. Frances Spencer 21. Geo. Spencer 22. Elizabeth Spencer 23. Ralph Wyette  24. Rhoda Wyette  25. Clark Wyette  26. Robert Wyette  27. Joseph Wyette 28. Lucinda Wyette 29. Augustus Wyette 30. Henry Grant 31. Thos. Hill - North Carolina 32. Fletcher Spencer - West Va.


I certify the above to be correct. Seth Sutherland, Aud. Law. Co., O.


SOURCE: Special Enumeration of Negroes, 1863, Ohio Historical Society.


 Athalia, Lawrence County, Ohio March 19th, 1863


To the Auditor of Lawrence County


Dr. Sir: In compliance with yours of the 9th inst. I submit to you the following report.


Names of colored persons residing in Rome Township who have emigrated from other  states since the 1st of March 1861.


Benjamin Franklin - W. Va. Malissa Franklin - W. Va. Jenny Allen Franklin - W. Va. Honor Hartsup Franklin - W. Va. McKendry Starks - W. Va. Addison Starks - W. Va. Alexander Washington - W. Va. Caroline Porter - W. Va. Margaret Porter - W. Va. John Myers - From State of Kentucky Edward Richards - From State of Kentucky


yours Respt. L. K. Robinson, Assessor Rome Tp.


Service two days.


 Mr. Seth Sutherland, Auditor L. C.


Dear Sir


As required by you I have endevoured to ascertain the no. of Colored persons  residing in Perry Township who have emigrated there since March 1st 1861, and I  hereby report to you that there are none, the only colored persons now residing  in said Township, numbering in all 13 have resided there about 12 years and  there is no other persons of African decent now residing in said township.


Yours truly            March 20th 1863 Alfred Hastings Assessor


 Burlington      March 17th 1863


Auditor Lawrence County Ohio


Sir: - The following are the facts relative to the information asked for in your  letter of the 9th inst.


Andrew Osburn - North Carolina

Daniel King - Va.

James Jackson - Ky. (about the 20th Feby. 1861)

Kelley Bell - Ky

Reuben Shaddock - Ky

Mary Shaddock - Ky

Reuben Shaddock Jr. - Ky

Georgh H. Shaddock - Ky

Jefferson Waggoner - Arkansas


It took me three and half days to go over my township.


Yours truly J. F. (?) Langshore Assessor F. Tp.


 Olive Furnace    March 20, 1863


Mr. Seth Sutherland


Dr. Sir


I employed Mr. A. Burroughs to go through our township and found that there are  no collored persons in the Township that come from other States since March 1st  1861. He claims pay for one day


Verry resp. yours W. N. McGugin


 March 21st 1863


Mr. Sutherland


I did not get your letter till early Thursday morning and I went to work  immeadetly (sic) to ascertain how many Colored person ther wis in Union township


1. Samuel Haley - Cab. Co. Va. (Cab = Cabell - smk) 2. Sarah Haley - (same) 3. Sidney Haley - (same) 4. Hannah Haley - (same) 5. Sarah Haley - (same) 6. Louisa Haley - (same) 7. Lurana Haley - (same) 8. Precilla Haley - (same) 9. Alexandra Haley - (same) 10. George Wilson - (same) 11. Harkus Wilson - (same) 12. Selona Wilson - (same) 13. Lawra Wilson - (same) 14. Sawrar Willson - (same) 15. George Willson - (same) 16. Theadore Wilson - (same) 17. Marcilous Willson - (same) 18. Sarah Martin - (same) 19. Plesant Spencer - Wain Co. Va. 20. Caroline Spencer - (same) 21. Frances Spencer - (same) 22. George Spencer - (same) 23. Elizabeth Spencer - (same) 24. Ralph Wyett - Cab. Co. Va. 25. Rodah Wyett - (same) 26. Clark Wyett - (same) 27. Robert Wyett - (same) 28. Joseph Wyett - (same) 29. Lucinda Wyett - (same) 30. Augustas Wyett - (same) 31. Henry Grant - (same) 32. Thomas Hill - North Carolina 33. Fletcher Spencer - Cabel Co. Va.


You requested me to let you now how many days employed in serves I was three  days


I wish you would let me now if there hast to be a stamp on deeds when the amount  is less than one hundred dolars and if so what they will cost


Respt. yours


R. J. Eaton Assessor of Union Township Law. Co. Ohio




IR Aug. 25, 1864 - The old County jail is no more.  By contract of Messrs. Lawtonxe "Lawton" & Myerxe "Myer" for the sum of $5,000 they are putting in wrought iron partitions enclosing twelve cells which they defy the devil or any of his imps to escape from.  During the present repairs Sheriff Suttonxe "Sutton Sheriff" has removed his family to Etna Furnace and his prisoners to Portsmouth.



IR JAN. 05, 1865 - Married on the 29th, at the residence of John Dillon, Esq., by Rev. J. W. Dillon, Mr. William A. Campbell to Miss  Jennie DILLON, all of Burlington, Ohio.


IR Jan. 11, 1865 - Col. Davidson’s regiment - 980 men at Burlington ...

IR Jan. 19, 1865

Col. Davidson’s  regiment of colored troops (122d U. S. C. I.) passed up the river on last Tuesday, en route for City Point, Virginia.  While the boats were coaling, at our [Ironton] wharf, by invitation of the officers, we accompanied them as far as Burlington, at which place, by previous arrangement, the steamer laid up while the commissioned officers partook of an elegant repast, spread at the Colonel’s father’s.  After mutual congratulations, during the delay of a few hours, a hasty adieu was bidden, and the regiment passed on its way.  The regiment numbers 980 men, and to all appearances will equal in physical ability, any colored regiment we have met with.


ANKRIM, JAMES----- I.R. MAR. 30, 1865
Married on Mar. 16th, at the residence of the bride's father, by Rev. J. W. DILLON, James Ankerim, of
Burlington, Ohio to Matilda J. Cox, of Sandy Springs, Adams County, Ohio.

IR April 6, 1865

The steamer Ohio No. 3 goes loaded with freight and passengers.  She had over 300 on her last trip down.  Commenced eating supper at Burlington, and the fifth table was at Ironton.


IR April 13, 1865

            President Lincoln was assassinated - NO PAPER - newspaper office burned - smk - need to verify…


IR Mar. 2, 1865 - Murder of Jack Middaugh.

Burlington, February 27.

Editor Register:  The murder of Jack Middaugh, at Ceredo , on the 13th inst., was attended with some circumstances that deserve mention.  The guerrillas surrounded his house before he knew of their presence.  Then with a single revolver he drove them a little, wounding two of them.  His wife then seized the revolver and threatened them, while Jack made his motions for escape.  It was then that the rebs pressed forward to get up the stairs, Mrs. Middaugh standing at the head.  Jim Turner was in advance, and finding Mrs. Middaugh in his way, swung his gun and with a blow smashed her foot.  She then shot him through the breast, and he fell. - At this moment Jack sprang down the stairs, knocking down all in his path.  He got out and had nearly reached the woods, when he was met by three or four mounted men, who surrounded and killed him. - There were thirty-five men in the gang, with Smith, and it would be safe to say that twenty of them were at the house.  Through this crowd Jack heroically fought his way and would have escaped but for the guards near the woods.  The treatment of Mrs. Middaugh was barbarous in the extreme. - It has been equaled only by the cruelties practiced by the Indians in the early times of this country.  After she was disabled they took her and her children out, and made her lie down upon the ground, half dressed, refusing to permit her to get a single article from the house while they were setting fire to it.  On that bitter cold night in her condition, she was compelled to remain until the savages left.  The conduct of this heroic woman is duly appreciated by the citizens of Catlettsburg, and they have generously provided for her and her little ones.  C.B.W.


IR OCT. 12, 1865 - Died. - October 4th, near Burlington, of Bilous Diarrhea, Mrs. Ann Scovill, wife of Curtis Scovell, Esq., in the 60th year of her age.  She was born in the State of Pennsylvania, and came to this State with her parents - William and Rachel Gillen, in 1820; united with the Methodist Episcopal Church near forty years ago; and was a faithful member of the same; was a kind companion, a good mother, and a friend of the poor and needy.  J.W. Dillon


IR Feb. 1, 1866 - New Packet Company.  - We learn with pleasure, that a company has been organized, for the purpose of placing a permanent packet in the Gallipolis and Ironton trade.  It is composed of staunch and active business men of Gallipolis, Ironton, and points between.  The capital stock is already raised, and we may soon hear of the purchase of a boat.  The effect of the enterprise upon Ironton will be salutary, and it should receive the cordial support of all our business men.  We have been provided with minutes of the first meeting of the stockholders, which we give to our readers, in order to show them the nature of the enterprise, and the men who have it in hand:

            Pursuant to notice, the stockholders of the Gallipolis and Ironton Packet Co., met at Ironton, O., when on motion, Mr. Haskell of Ky., was chosen Chairman, and W. T. McQuigg of Ironton, O., Secretary.  By ballot, the following named gentlemen were elected directors: - George Clark, of Ironton, O.; Mr. Graham, of Gallipolis, O.; Mr. Poague, of Ashland, Ky.; John Wilson, of Burlington, O.; Jacob Miller, of Quaker Bottom, O.  After which, a committee, consisting of George Clark, of Ironton, Capt. Baily of Gallipolis, and Capt. Samuel Crawford of Burlington was appointed, to negotiate the purchase of a sutiable boat.  W. T. McQuigg, Sec’y.  Jan. 25, 1866.


IR Sept. 6, 1866 - Died. - At his residence in Millersport, on the 14th of August, Capt. Robert W. Terry, in the 31st year of his age, of Cholera.

            Capt. Terry was born at Green Bottom, Cabell County, Va., on the 23rd day of August, 1835.  His boyhood and youth were spent mostly at Millersport, Burlington, and Ironton, and many of those who will read this notice, were personally acquainted with him.

            He was an energetic business man and had already, by his own exertions secured a competence for himself and family.  He had build a neat residence at Millersport, where his family reside; most of his life was spent from home in the prosecution of business.  he was engaged in repairing the Steamer Golden Era at Cincinnati, when he contracted the disease of which he died.  He had symptoms of cholera for several days before he left the city.  His physicians warned him of his danger, and advised him to go home.  He reached home about five o’clock in the evening of the 13th, and died about half past nine o’clock in the evening of the 14th.  He leaves a wife and a beautiful little boy of five summers, to mourn his untimely end.  Capt. Terry was a son of the well known James C. Terry, for many years Auditor of Lawrence Co.  This is the fourth of Mr. Terry’s sons who have died in the last few years.  Wm. Waller died at Millersport of heart disease on January 4th, 1860.  Benjamin F. was killed while serving as Corporal in the 6th Ohio Regt. (Guthrie Grays) at the battle of Chickamauga.  Logan died at his father’s house, in Rome Township, on the 17th day of March, 1865, of consumption.  He contracted the disease while serving his country in the same company with his brother Benjamin.  Mr. Terry also lost an interesting daughter in 1862.

            Of five sons, Mr. Terry has only one left to cheer him in his declining years.  Truly he is a bereaved man.



·         IR Feb. 28, 1867 - small clippings.- Capt. Jas. G. Shute of this county was one of the missing on the David White, when she blew up, on the Mississippi, last week.  ... His family resides at Burlington.

·         IR Mar. 28, 1867 - Funeral.  One of the most imposing funeral ceremonies that has taken place in this county for many years, was that of Capt. Jas. G. Shute, which occurred last Sabbath at Burlington.  The Masonic Fraternity of Ironton, Ashland and Catlettsburg, together with many friends of the deceased, were conveyed by the Steamer Telegraph to Burlington, where the Guyandotte Lodge arrived on the Steamer Falcon, about 11 A.M.  After an able sermon by Rev. L. Hall, of this city [Ironton], the remains were consigned to their last resting place by the Masonic Fraternity.  The ceremony was beautiful and imposing, and witnessed by a large assemblage of friends.

            Capt. Shute lost his life at the explosion of the David White on the Mississippi, on the 17th ult.  He was a native of this county [Lawrence}, and universally respected.


·         IJ Sept. 18, 1867 - The old court house at Burlington is being repaired, renovated and fitted up to be used as an academy.  A select school will be taught there during the winter, commencing 1st Oct. next.


IJ July 29, 1868 - Grant Club in Fayette. - We learn that there was a rousing meeting of the Republicans, at Burlington last Saturday evening, at which a Grant Club was organized.  Dr. C. Hall was made President, Samuel Crawford and Thos. Pritchard, Vice Presidents, John G. Wilson, Secretary and John Dillon, Treasurer.  Old Fayette will redeem herself this Fall.  Over forty signed the Constitution on the spot.

IJ July 29, 1868 - Transfers of Real Estate during the week; ... C. Myers to J. Dillon, lots Nos. 14, 15, and 16, Burlington, $75.

I. J. Jul. 29, 1868 - The Storm Monday. - We learn that the storm of Monday evening in parts of our county, was very severe.  Here the lightning struck the chimney of Mrs. Richardson’s dwelling on 4th street, near Buckhorn, and passed down into the parlor, tearing up the carpet pretty badly.  Fortunately no one was in the house at the time.  In the vicinity of Ceredo and Burlington the wind was so strong as to uproot trees, rye, hay and wheat stacks, and blow down nearly all the corn.  The steamer Dexter was careened so that she took water and sunk near Ceredo.  Mr. Anthony Keister, a passenger, jumped overboard and was drowned; he lived at Burlington.  A young son of J. Davidson was also injured.  It is reported that much damage is done to the corn for several miles above and below Burlington.


The Macedonia Church still stands on Macedonia Hill, Burlington, Ohio.  It is in need of restoration. 


Ironton Register, August 20, 1868

Macedonia is an African settlement two miles back of Burlington. It was the  scene of great activity during all last week. A colored Baptist Association met  there. A score of African divines from far and near were present. On Macedonia  hill, the pulpit was erected and here, day after day, they poured forth their  simple and rough eloquence to large crowds. Some of them were accomplished  ministers, and could fill with satisfaction and profit more pretentious pulpits.  - Others, however, but recently from the chains of slavery spoke in uncouth  phrases, but with power and vigor.

Last Sunday, between one and two thousand people were on the hill - half of whom  were white. - They created an immense stir. A dozen booths with their counters  spread with ginger cakes and candies, cheese and bologna, lemonade and soda  water, occupied the most prominent places on the hill, and around these the  sable damsels with their extremely polite escorts were swaying constantly. A  great number of old "aunties," with bandanas encircling their royal brows, were  on hand, with many a soothing word for everyone they met. Perfect equality  seemed to crown the entire multitude. White and black, side by side, sipped  their lemonade or set under the droppings of the sanctuary.

The Association closed its work Sunday afternoon. The farewell demonstrations  were enthusiastic. - A general hand shaking went on around the pulpit, while the  women kissed and rekissed each other. It was a gala day for Macedonia.

IR Aug. 20, 1868 - Justices of the Peace. - The following is a list of the Justices of the Peace in Lawrence county, as taken from the books in the Clerk’s office. ... Fayette. - John Dillon, November 28, 1869.  Simeon Sumter, April 13, 1869.  Thos. Pritchard, April 14, ‘71....

IR Aug. 20, 1868 - Democratic County Convention.  - The Delegates to the Democratric Convention assembled under the trees in the Court House yard, and were called to order by Thos. McCarthery.... The townships were then called and the following delegates responded: ... Fayette: S. Sutton, S. H. Campbell, Jas. Howell, A. R. Howell....



·         Ed. Register:  The wheat harvest is over and the oats and hay are being cut.  Corn appears excellent.

·         As the steamer Crossley was landing here last Monday  evening, and intoxicated passenger fired his revolver at a colored boy, who was the time watering a horse in the river.  The bullet sped harmlessly over his head.  The ruffian disembarked at Hanley’s Landing, opposite this place, bragging that he had shot a nigger.  The courageous individual was none other than Walstein Kelly - one of the Ballard robbers.  Yours, SUBSCRIBER.



IR July 7, 1870 - Burlington observed Fourth of July with a grand celebration.  Speeches were made by T. N. Davy, B. Garvey, Revs. Taylor and Fry and Joseph Wheeler, of Ceredo.

Dec. 28, 1870 - Died. December 22nd at her residence at Burlington, of paralysis, Mrs. A. J. Alexander, age 50 years.



IJ Jan. 1, 1872 - If Russell succeeds in getting a post office, her mail must come by the river route.  Then she will be in a worse fix than at present…. Mr. Chick, formerly in business here has been carrying the mail as far as Huntington during the suspension of our water privileges, and the other day lost about $35 worth of his wagon by staying on the railroad track in Huntington about ten seconds too long…People who live at South Point, Frampton’s, Burlington and the up river country generally, appreciate their semi-occasional mails as they never did before.  They begin to see how nice a railroad would be…


River Steamboats and Steamboat Men
By Mace

The Fashion and Scioto were both built at Ironton by Captain Rye Scott and Mike Wise for the Bay Brothers.

In 1872 Captain George and William Bay hired Captain Rye Scott to draft and build a boat for them to deliver the mail between Portsmouth and Proctorville, OH. This boat was one hundred twenty feet long, twenty feet wide, single deck and side-wheel. Her engine was small and connected by belt to the wheel shaft. Her boilers was of the tubular type and had one smoke pipe. The Bays called her Fashion.

She left Portsmouth at 4:00 a.m. and delivered mail at Pine Creek, Lime Kilns, Franklin Furnace, Greenup, Hanging Rock, Ironton, Ashland, Catlettsburg, Ceredo, Burlington, Huntington, Guyandotte, and Proctorville. She arrived at Proctorville about noon and left on her return trip at 1:00 p.m. Huntington, at this time, had only commenced to get on the map.

Captain J. M. Rucker, of Crown City, OH, was the mail agent on the Fashion. At Burlington, I carried the mail from the post office to the boat and received twenty-five cents per week.

In election times we had no telephone, so we depended on Captain Rucker for the news. He would write all that he knew on a slip of paper and place it in the mail bag. The postmaster would read this news to the crowds outside the door and, if the news suited, a mighty yell would go up.

The Fashion soon got too small for the trade, and in 1874 the Scioto was built to take her place.

The Fashion carried the mail, after the Scioto took her place, between Huntington and Gallipolis. Sam McCoy was the mail agent on this route and he was quite a poet.

Bays sold the FASHION in the early eighties to Captain Wash Williamson. He rebuilt her and changer her name to Reliance. He ran the Reliance in the trade between Portsmouth and Rome, OH.

IR Feb. 15, 1872 - Transfers of RE - Lawson Drury and others to Sarah Drury, land, $1.00; Chas. & H. H. Drury to S. Drury, land, $1.00...

IR Feb. 15, 1872 - Infanticide. - Juliann Brassfield was brought down from Macedonia, back of Burlington, last Monday, charged with aiding in the murder of an infant child of Amanda Brassfield, and lodged in jail.  Juliann was attending Amanda during sickness, and it is said, that the child was criminally put out of the way.  The reputed father of the child, a man named Roberts is accused by the mother of providing her with medicines to produce abortion.

IR May 30, 1872 - Burlington Circuit is to hold another Camp-meeting, near Getaway, on the 6th of August next.

IR May 30, 1872 - ...Deaths & Births recorded in the various townships of Law. county during the year ending March 31st, 1872 ... Fayette had 71 births and 30 deaths.


IJ May 14, 1873 - Burlington, O., May 10, 1873. -

·         Ed. Journal. - There is not much news here, but I will give you a few items. 

·         On the evening of the 2d of this month, a large party assembled at the residence of J. Dillon, Esq., for the purpose of making a donation to Rev. A. Harrison, Pastor of the Methodist Church; Rev. Mr. Pillsbury lead in prayer and Mrs. S. M. Fry presented the gifts in her usual happy style.  Supper was then announced and it was such a supper as only the ladies of Burlington know how to get up; for they are noted for their skill in the arts of cookery.  Mr. Harrison values his gifts at fifty dollars.

·         The M. E. Church building in this place has been undergoing repairs, and a great improvement has been made in its appearance.  It will soon be ready to occupy.

·         The prospects for fruit of all kinds is excellent.  Mr. S. F. V. Davidson of this place has an apple of the Lansingbury variety which grew in 1871, and is perfectly sound yet. 

·         Parties are digging for coal on Mr. James Davidson’s land, supposed to be the same vein of Mr. Talbott’s in Perry township. 

·         Mr. J. S. Faverty is working an ore bank on J. Fergerson’s [sic] land that is from four to seven feet thick.  If it proves good it will be a mine of wealth.  Yours, J. W.?


IJ Jun. 25, 1873 - Communications From Burlington. - Burlington, June 21st, 1873 - … A man by the name of Matthews, who has been making his home here for a short time, shipped on the Julia No. 2 last Sunday.  On Thursday morning he was found lying by the side of the road above town in a helpless condition, and he died to-day.  Dr. Hall attended him and he says the symptoms were just like those of cholera.  Matthew said he wanted the boat to put him off here; offered to pay them 50c, but they refused.  He got off at Huntington and was out all night trying to get home.  Got wet and when found was so exhausted he could get no further.  The officers of the boat are severely censured by the people here.  It is to be hoped for the sake of common humanity that the head officers knew nothing about his wanting to get off.  Dr. Hall received a letter from Millersport this evening, stating that the Julia landed there at two o’clock Thursday morning, for a physician to attend a case of cholera.  They got one but the man died before they got to Gallipolis.  It is supposed he was a cousin of Matthews’, and he, Matthews, reported him very sick when he got off.


IR July 3, 1873 - There has been much talk of cholera at Burlington, and we are glad our esteemed correspondent has been so thoughtful as to give us a description of the visitation.  There is somebody to be seriously blamed for the neglect shown to Simeon Mathews, either the officers of the Steamer Julia No. 2 or the authorities at Huntington.  He is a poor colored man stricken with a terrible disease within sight of home, and the officers of a steamboat will not take the trouble to land the boat and put the unfortunate man in the hands of his relatives, but carry him miles beyond and place him on a wharf boat from which the proprietors drives him while bordering on the agonies of death.  Driven from there he wanders in the direction of his friends, but he is too feeble to go far, and falls by the road side, where he is found in a dying condition.  If our correspondent is not misinformed, and the Steamer Julia No. 2 has not some strong palliation, every civilized community ought to stone the craft from their wharves.  It is about time some feeling and kindness were extended toward the deck hands on a steamboat.  They have too long been regarded as criminals and dogs.



IR Sept. 4, 1873 From Burlington

·         Since you have published an account of the “What is it?” from such a responsible and reliable source as Capt. Gillet, I will venture to report the gambols of the creature near this place.

·         Fear of ridicule alone deterred me from doing so in my last letter for it is a Muchausenish addition to the number of snake and fish stories afloat.

·         About the first week in this month a woman saw something in the river, close to the shore, and thinking it was a hog, ran down towards it, when it turned shoreward, and raised up as though it had feet touching the ground, and looked at her, but she didn’t stop to enquire whether its advances were friendly or otherwise, for that one look was enough to put “life and metal in her heels,” and nerved her to make the fastest time on record to the top of and down the bank, watching it as it sported along, “leaving a big wake behind,” till she reached a neighbor’s house, when some of the family joined in the pursuit as far as town, perhaps a quarter of a mile, when a man shot at it and it disappeared beneath the water.  The woman said its head was some like a bull dog’s, with stout, erect ears, and its body as long as a man.  Some who saw it said it was nothing but a log; others said it splashed and wiggled in apparent enjoyment of their consternation.  Little boys who are in the habit of running away from mamma to go in swimming, take notice.

·         Ben Bryant, a colored fireman, whose parents live near here (Burlington), died with cholera, on the Fleetwood, a week or two ago, and his body was brought here for interment by the boat.

·         Faverty & Johnston have taken the contract for building the culvert and fill at Ankrim’s Run and Stephen Dillon will build the bridge across Buffalo.

·         Our colored delegates were well attended at the Marion Convention - the only complaint from the white delegates being, that their own modest merits did not receive the same encouragement and free dinners, bestowed on them.  August, 1873.  B.


·         IJ Oct. 15, 1873 - Dots. - We hear complaints of the condition of the river road near Burlington, where a new bridge is being built and much complaint is made of the apparent slowness of the contractor...


·         IJ Oct. 29, 1873 - River News.. Mr. Joseph Davidson of Ashland died on Sunday and was buried at Burlington on Tuesday with Masonic honors.  The Oella took the funeral up.  The Crossley carried her flag at half-mast during the day for the death of Mr. Davidson, who was one of her owners.







·         Finding time between showers I thought a few notes might be of interest to the readers of the REGISTER.  A few hours of sunshine is a blessing we seldom get here.

·         At 1 o’clock, the 31st inst., the delegates started for Marion in one of the heaviest rain storms of the season.  We reached Marion at 9 a.m., voted for our men, getting up a ticket of the best citizens in the county.  Let us give them a rousing majority this Fall.  Esq. Thompson, of this place did better than he expected, coming out as late as he did.  The Squire is just the right kind of a man for the place; a good citizen and a live Republican.  May success attend him.

·         The corn crops all along the road from here to Marion are good, or at least one-third more than an average.  Wheat is badly damaged in shock; oats only partly cut and balance down and badly tangled.

·         Mr. J. S. Faverty, of this place, has been sick for several weeks but is slowly recovering.

·         Mrs. Ankrim, at Lincoln Keg Works, died last night.  She was the wife of Samuel Ankrim, an old and respected citizen of this township.

·         The river is rising fast and considerable corn already under water on the low bottoms.     SCRIBBLER.


IR Aug. 5, 1875 - Mrs. Sarah Ankrim, aged 71 years, died at Burlington, last Saturday night.




·         The people here are now busy cutting corn and preparing for sorghum making, of which there is a large crop of good quality.  The late dry weather has cut late potatoes short.  All large boats have stopped going over the Twelve-Pole bar on account of low water.

·         On Saturday, 11th inst., there were three political meetings in this township, two Republicans and one Democratic.  The Democrats had a splendid meeting - two speakers, and four hearers, of the the old Jackson stripe.  The Republican meetings were well represented by the voters of this township.  There were not less than 150 at Macedonia, and near 200 at Burlington.  In the evening, the political issues of the day were ably and fairly discussed by Gen. Enochs and E. S. Wilson, both of whom are able speakers.  The General made some very good points in showing up the records of the two parties during the last twenty years.  No honest or reading man can deny the facts presented in connection with the two parties.  If ever an opportunity is offered you should go and hear the General.  He is just the man that loyal people and soldiers, especially, like to hear talk. - The soldier boys will remember him if an opportunity is offered, which is hope is not far distant.  Mr. Wilson is well acquainted with the finances and handled the subject in an able manner, and making it so plain that most illiterate could see through the whole affair.  The Central Committee would do well to get Messrs. Enochs and Wilson to make a trip through the county.

·         All reports stating that Fayette Tp. is going Democratic is false.  The Republicans will give at least one hundred majority.  All that is wanted is to keep the ball moving until the election, and a grand Republican majority will be the proceeds of our labor.  SCRIBBLER.

IR Nov. 4, 1875 - Transfers of Real Estate:  Horace Twyman to John Dillon, land, $400;


IR Dec. 16, 1875. From Burlington.

·         Editor Register. - After a long absence, I have concluded to drop you a few notes from this neighborhood.

·         Mrs. J. S. Faverty has been quite ill for sever weeks, but is recovering.

·         There is considerable sickness among childrin, but nothing fatal.

·         Corn is mostly all gathered, wheat looks well.

·         The pottery at this place will not run this Winter.  The result will be nothing to do in the shape of work here.

·         W. J. Smith is holding a protracted meeting at the Submissive Baptist Church, at the Fork of Buffalo creek.

·         I have frequently heard of gas wells, but never of a gas tree.

·         Caleb Arthur went out to the woods on the 11th alt., to cut into firewood, and cut into a white oak tree about 7 inches (do not have end.)



IR Aug. 30, 1877 - Mr. Barton, who taught school at Burlington, and is going there again, came up the river and entered debate on Tuesday morning.  (Institute Gossip)

IR Aug. 30, 1877 - Last Wednesday afternoon, the residence of Mr. W. A. Campbell, near Burlington was entirely destroyed by fire.  Mrs. Campbell was ironing; and there was a fire in the kitchen, but it is hardly known how the accident originated.



IR Feb. 13, 1879 - Burlington.

·         Mr. and Mrs. James Crawford received quite a number of their friends last Monday.  They have been married fifty years.  The presents were numerous and valuable. 

·         Rev. J. R. Tibbels is holding a meeting at Union.

·         Rev. A. Harrison is carrying on one here.

·         Rev. P.M. Robinson has closed his meeting at Solida.

·         Mrs. A. Soupene, of South Point, is visiting her daughter, Mrs. J. D. Carter.

·         Our schools are doing finely, under the supervision of J. W. Johnston.

·         The colored people of this township have organized a G.U.O. of O.F. here.  Quite a number of members from Huntington were in attendance.

·         Miss Mollie McLaughlin, of Catlettsburg, was visiting friends here.  [do not have end.]


·         IR. Feb. 13, 1879 - The following party left here on the Norton, Monday morning, to attend the James Crawford golden wedding at Charley Creek, near Burlington; Capt. Jas. Kirker and wife, Mrs. Anna Drury, Mrs. Sadie Clerk, Mrs. Dillie Clark, and Misses Fannie McKnight and Jennie Clark.  Quite a number of friends from below passed up the same day on the Fleetwood, returning in the evening.



·         Elder Brightxe "Bright, Elder" held quarterly meeting here Saturday and Sunday.

·         The exhibition at Lebanonxe "Places:Lebanon" last Friday night was very good.

·         James Crawfordxe "Crawford, James" had a calf buried for 9 days in a straw pile, and when found was still alive.

·         Mr. J. D. Carterxe "Carter, J. D."xe "Carter, Mr. J. D.", John Meyersxe "Meyers, John" and Add. McLaughlinxe "McLaughlin, Add.", are on the sick list.

·         J. W. Dillonxe "Dillon, J. W." and wife, of Catlettsburgxe "Places:Catlettsburg,Ky", are visiting here.

·         Mr. Sam’l V. Mathewsxe "Mathews, Sam’l V." started South one day last week on a hoop-pole boat.

·         On Saturday, some small boys, while drifting, caught what they supposed to be a dead body, but which upon examination proved to be a “paddy,” with the following card attached:  “Notice!  Whoever catches this, will please send him on his way rejoicing.”  The boys sent him on and their eyes are not so large now. 

·         E. V. Macexe "Mace, E. V." and George W. Beam, Jrxe "Beam, George W.  Jr"., have arrived home from the South.

·         Mr. L. P. Waltersxe "Walters, Mr. L. P." and Miss Amanda Pigmanxe "Pigman, Miss Amanda" were married on Tuesday night.  Here’s our hand Lew.

·         Rev. Tibbalsxe "Tibbals, Rev." is meeting with great success at Lakin Chapelxe "Church:Lakin Chapel"; 66 have been united with the church in the last two weeks.

·         Mr. T. M. Thomasxe "Thomas, T. M." has arrived from the West on a visit.

·         M. S. Davidsonxe "Davidson, M. S." is still working his “claim,” but has met with no success so far.



·         Died. - John Myersxe "Myers, John", on March 20, 1879, aged 55 years.  The deceased was born in Pennsylvania, February 10, 1824; came to this county from northern Ohio 23 years ago.  He was wagoner in Co. F 10th Ky. Cavalryxe "Cavalry:Co. F 10th Ky." during the rebellion.

·         W. H. Bryanxe "Bryan, W. H." and lady, of Newport, Ky., are visiting friends here.

IR Nov. 20, 1879 - Obituary. - Kimble. - Julia Bagley was born in the State of New York, August 13, 1806.  She came to Lawrence Co., O., landing at Burlington in 1818, sixty-one years ago, when the country was new and settlers few.  She was married to Asa Kimble, March 27, 1829, and lived many years at their pleasant home near the mouth of Symmes Creek.  They were the parents of ten children, all of whom have passed away, save three daughters, who live near the old homestead....


IR Sept. 2, 1880 - We failed to make the announcement of A. P. Kouns’s death last week, because we had not heard of it when we went to press.  He died Sunday, the 22nd, at his home above Burlington, aged about 79 years.  He has lived in Lawrence county for many years, and in 1854 was a citizen of Ironton.  He was a good, honest, intelligent man, and many friends will mourn his death.

IR Sept. 2, 1880 - Capts. Tyler Scovill and John Kouns were in this county attending the funeral of A. P. Kouns.

IR Sept. 2, 1880 - Maj. Jerry Davidson takes charge of the county Treasurer’s office, next Monday.

IR Nov. 19, 1880 - Dr. Hall has been Postmaster at Burlington since the Tyler administration, and although he is a man of wide practice and busy life, he serves the community as faithfully as if his office was a five thousand dollar position.




            Last Thursday, the Golden City from New Orleans, was destroyed by fire, near Memphis.  Mrs. L. E. Kouns, formerly Miss Eva Browning, of Ironton, and her three children are among the lost.  Also Miss Campbell, daughter of Thos. Campbell, of Burlington.  They had been at Shreveport, where Mr. L. E. Kouns makes his headquarters, while engaged as a pilot; and were returning to spend the summer at the old home.  The case is a very sad one, and the community deeply sympathizes with the bereaved husband and father.

            Albert Wilgus, of Proctorville, was also on the boat but escaped injury.  We give the Western Associated Press account of the disaster:

            Memphis, Tenn., March 30. - 10:20 A.M. - The steamer Golden City, of the Southern Transportation Company’s line, when approaching the wharf this morning at 4:30 o’clock, was discovered by fire by the second engineer, Robt. Kelly, who immediately notified Captain Bryse Purcell, sr., the pilot on watch.  The boat’s bow was at once headed for shore and in four minutes afterward she touched the wharf at the foot of Beale street, where a coal fleet is moored.  A line was hastily thrown and made fast to one of the coal barges, but the current being swift it soon parted and the burning steamer floated on down the river, a mass of flames, with many of her passengers and crew aboard, who were unable to reach shore, and were lost.

            The Golden City left New Orleans last Saturday en route for Cincinnati.  She carried a crew of about sixty.  She had aboard forty cabin passengers, fifteen of them women, and nine children.  Her cargo consisted of three hundred tons, among which was a lot of jute.  The fire is said to have its origin in this combustible material.

            Among those known to have been lost are:

            Dr. I. T. Monahan, and wife of Jackson, Ohio.

            Mrs. Crary, of Cincinnati.

            Miss Lucila Crary, of Cincinnati.

            W. H. Stowe, wife and two children.

            Ollie Wood and wife, Henderson, Kentucky.

            Mrs. Anna Smith, Massachusetts.

            Miss Campbell of Burlington.

            Mrs. L. E. Kouns and three children, of Burlington.

            The books of the steamer were lost, so it is impossible to gather a complete list of the lost and saved.


Shreveport Standard, March 26, 1882 - The deepest sorrow is felt for all who perished on the ill-fated steamer, but particularly for Mrs. L. E. Kouns and her three children, and Miss Nannie Campbell, who were among the lost.  The sad news was broken to Captain Lewis E. Kouns when he returned yesterday from upper Red River to this port aboard his steamer, Cornie Brandon, of which he is master.  The word arrived in the form of a telegram sent by Captain Noah Scovell from New Orleans.  Mrs. L. E. Kouns left here Wednesday on the John Scully, bound for Lawrence County, Ohio, to spend the summer.  She was accompanied with her three children, Bonnie Lee, age 5, George, age 3, and Rachel, age 1; also Miss Nannie Campbell, a cousin of Captain Kouns, who had been spending the winter with her in Shreveport.  Mrs. Kouns’ maiden name was Browning, and she was a native of Boyd county, Ky., where Captain Kouns married her.  Captain Kouns is a nephew of our fellow citizen, Capt. Matt L. Scovell, and is well known among steamboatmen, generally.  Captain Noah Scovell left New Orleans for Memphis immediately after he heard of the fire.  Capt. L. E. Kouns, accompanied by Alex Weiler, leaves here this morning.


[Capt. L. E. Kouns eventually remarried and had one son, Louis E. Kouns. Capt. Kouns died in 1909-smk]


I. R. May 4, 1882 [Except] Disinterred. - Mistake as to Finding the Body of Mrs. Kouns.  Mrs. Kouns was one of the unfortunate victims of the Golden City disaster.  Body was buried at Woodland [Ironton, Ohio].  Husband could not identify the jewelry that was thought to be hers.  Body was disinterred and re-examined - the the body is thought to be that of Mrs. Dr. Monahan of Jackson.


IR Aug. 21, 1902 - A RIVER HORROR. - Probably Prevented Five Generations in One Family.

            An item in Tuesday’s Register spoke of a family gathering where four generations were represented.  There is another home in Ironton whose representatives of four generations live and take their daily bread together.  It is not an accidental or social or temporary coming together, but is the abiding home of all, where all enjoy the sweets of daily domestic life, from the octogenarian great-grandfather to the prattling 2-year old great-granddaughter.  The home we allude to is the Hotel Olive.  There resides Mr. Shade Ward, 87, and his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Brammer and Will Brammer, grandson of Mr. Ward, and Will’s children, great-grandchildren of Mr. Ward.

            Mr. Ward would doubtless have been a great-great-grandfather had not a ghastly accident occurred to prevent.  That is, he would have had great-grandchildren of marriageable age.  The accident we allude to was one of the tragic river horrors that occur every now and then on the Ohio and Mississppi rivers.  We refer to the burning of the Cincinnati and New Orleans packet Golden City, fifteen years ago, when nearly a hundred lives were lost.  It was a Madri Gras trip.  Scores of people were taking their first ride on a river steamer, and when the wires flashed the news of the calamity broadcast over the land there was mourning in many a home far distant from the spot where the dread holocaust occurred.

            Among the passengers were Mrs. Eva Kountz, wife of Lewis Kountz, the well-known retired river man of Burlington, and their three children.  Mrs. Kountz was a granddaughter of Mr. Ward.  She had been to New Orleans visiting her husband, who was a pilot then running in the Red River trade, and was returning home on the ill-fated Golden City.  The mother and three children perished.  Mr. Ward offered a reward of $300 for the discovery and identification of any of the bodies.  The searchers found the body of a woman thought from the description to be Mrs. Kountz, and brought it to Ironton.  The casket was opened on the wharfboat, but the face so badly disfigured that Mr. Ward was not permitted to see it.  The body was buried in Woodland cemetery and rests there today, but it is probably not that of Mrs. Kountz, for when Mr. Ward was later informed that the dead woman had false teeth, he said it was not his granddaughter, as she had her natural teeth.

            On the Golden City as passengers were Dr. I. T. Monahan and wife of Jackson.  It was their first trip on a river steamboat and their last, for both perished and their bodies were never recovered, though diligent search was made.  From the description given many are of the opinion that the unknown woman sleeping in Woodland, is Mrs. Monahan.

Memphis Appeal August 17, 1882
The Cincinnati Commercial has the following concerning Manfred P. Hall, second clerk of the Paris C. Brown, who died on board the boat below New Albany on Sunday evening: "He was twenty-five years and three months old, and the only son of a widowed mother, who has recently been stopping in Newport.
The young man was well and favorably known on the river, and possessed qualities which won him friends wherever he went. The remains were brought up by rail by Captain Alex Halliday, a cousin and were taken to Burlington, O., for interment on the Fleetwood. The deceased was the son of the late Dr. Hall, of Millersport, O. The mother, sister and brother-in-law accompany the remains to Burlington. When ready to leave New Orleans on the home trip he complained of feeling unwell. A physician was called, who prescribed for malarial fever. He continued growing worse, and when Memphis was reached a physician was summoned, who remained with the patient until he died. His disease was black dropsy, but the immediate cause of his death was paralysis of the heart. Captain Halliday and his associate officers were untiring in the attention of the deceased."


IR June 14, 1883 - James Crumlish, it is reported, was drowned off the “City of Madison,” near Louisville, last week.  He was the son of Daniel Crumlish, who formerly lived in Ironton, and the last remaining member of his family.  James was running as second mate on the above named boat.

IR June 14, 1883 - Dropped Dead. - We learn that Mrs. Boyd Moore, daughter of Geo. Winters, fell dead from her horse last Sunday, while on her way to Sunday school at Lebanon, and near her home, back of Burlington.  Heart disease was the cause of her death.  The deceased was a woman highly esteemed and about 25 years old.  She held a child in her arms when she fell, which was uninjured.



·         IR. July 17, 1884 - Ellis Mace, an old citizen of Burlington, died a couple weeks ago.


IR Oct. 1, 1885 - Conference Appointments. ... Mr. Hill thinks J. C. Arbuckle is transferred to Presiding Elder, of the Gallipolis district and Rev. Hawk, of Burlington, has been sent to another field....





·         The spelling school given by Miss Maggie Drury, Friday night, was a complete success; enjoyed by everyone present., especially "Peaches"; Miss Lizzie Remy being the champion speller.

·         Our schools will close April 6th; then Prof. Sawyer begins a select school for the following Monday.

·         Mrs. Vesta McCormick has been quite sick for some time but is convalescent.

·         Mr. and  Mrs. Beatty, of your city, made a flying trip home last week.

·         The protracted meeting held at Union Chapel by Rev. Hawk has closed with good results - forty accessions, thirty conversions.

·         Amos Winn, engineer on Str. Bostona, is now at home very sick.

·         To Mr. and Mrs. John Crawford, a daughter.  John is all smiles.

·         Mrs. Lizzie Dillon and son, of Ashland, Ky., are visiting friends and relatives in this neighborhood.

·         Miss Alice Daniels, of Charley Creek, has returned from her visit at Millersport.

·         Mr. Joseph Davidson, an aged gentleman of Burlington, is quite sick.

·         The writing school has closed.  Geo. Smitley received the prize for the most improvement.     US TWO.




·         J. C. Carter, our P. M., is building a new store 20 x 4, two stories high, on the place formerly owned by Capt. Lew Kouns.  Alex Roberts is erecting a one and one-half story house next to Carter's; and Mrs. Williams is having her brick house painted in style.  These are the improvements under way.  Others are talked of.

·         Mrs. Jos. Davidson, whose husband died four months ago, is very ill.  Small hopes are held of her recovery.

·         Harry Williams, who has been very sick at Portsmouth, is reported better.

·         Mrs. Elwood Hussey expects to move to Philadelphia in August.  We shall be sorry to part with so pleasant a family.     THAD.







·         Rev. J. K. Argo is now holding a series of meetings at the M. E. Church.  Considerable interest among the members, but little among the outsiders.

·         Miss Anna Kouns starts for the Sunny South next week, to be gone until May.  Alas! Do not weep, for she will return with the roses.

·         Mrs. M. E. Myers, of Proctorville, but formerly of this burg, is now visiting here.

·         Our school is progressing finely with Miss Maggie Drury at the head.  It could not be otherwise with such an earnest and interesting teacher.

·         (look this one up - was cut out of my paper)

·         Mrs. Mary Powers is quite sick at her sister’s, Mrs. Maggie Davidson.

·         Mr. Mont Robertson is now boss clerk at Mr. J. R. Frampton’s new brick store.

·         Miss Inez Smitley is spending the Winter in your city, as the companion of Mrs. G. W. Thompson.  We like the REGISTER’s new dress very much.  Long life to it.  C. C.


IR June 23, 1887 - Obituary. - Died at Burlington, Ohio, June 18, 1887, Mrs. Alice G. Hall.  Mrs. Hall was the daughter of Phillip and Nancy M. Clough, was born at Mandhorton, N. H., September 26th, 1820; emigrated to Ohio with her mother and step-father, Dan Young, in June, 1822, and settled at Franklin Furnace, Scioto county.  She received a liberal education at Marietta Seminary, and November 23d, 1838, was married to Dr. Camillus Hall, and came at once to Burlington, where she has ever since resided.  She had a wide circle of friends and was held in the highest esteem by all who knew her.  Her influence in the community where she resided was always for the good, and she will be ever greatly missed.  Her husband and one daughter survive her.


IR Aug. 4, 1887 - Rural Notes from Various Parts of the County.  - J. G. Wilson is tearing down one of the old land marks at Burlington.  A large building in which he was born that has stood for years familiarly known as the barracks.  He will erect a ware room on the right and use the remainder for gardening purposes....  While several of us were sitting on the porch of Mr. Carter’s residence at Burlington, engaged in pleasant conversation, a rattling, buzzing noise was heard descending through the branches of a locust tree near by.  Two large insects struck the ground and engaged in a death struggle.  A large yellow spotted ground hornet had caught a gar fly or cicada, and was endeavoring to kill it by stinging.  It had almost paralyzed the fly, by a sting in the upper or back of the thorax.  It continued stinging with lightning like rapidity.  We noticed carefully and saw very intelligent methods in the hornet’s maneuvers.  He tried to insert the sting between the rings of the abdomen, which overlapped, forming a defensive armor.  The poor cicada was was at last compelled to yield up the ghost.  Sir hornet grasped him by the back and neck, ascended the tree eight or ten feet for a start and then flew away with food for its young.  This is the first time we have ever seen a capture of this kind, though we had often read descriptions of it in our sonologies....




·         A very enjoyable affair took place at the residence of Mr. Wm. Drury on Wednesday last, in the form of a wedding - the marriage of their daughter Kate to Ira D. Chatfield, of South Point, Rev. J. K. Argo officiating.  The ceremony was performed at 8 o’clock.  The bride and groom looked the picture of happiness.  After the ceremony, the guests about thirty-five in number, repaired to the dining room, where a sumptuous feast was spread.  The table was loaded with delicacies of all kinds.  After supper was served, the many friends bestowed their best wishes upon them for future happiness and success.  They were the recipients of many useful presents:  Carpet from mother of the groom; cow from father of bride; set of dishes and carpet from mother of bride; Mrs. Kate Crawford, iron stand, silk table scarf and tea-cloth; Martin and Harry Chatfield, table-cloth; Ben Kouns, pair towels, Aleck Kouns, napkins; Nettie, Maud and Ethel Chatfield, napkins; Ida Drury, pair towels; Alice Chatfield, clothes line and pins; Tom Campbell, tidy; Anna Ankrim, sauce dish; Charley Ankrim, tidy; Effie McCoy, fruit dish; Ina Smitley, tidy; Lizzie Kouns, hand-embroidered pin cushion and bangle board; Don Chatfield, 50 cts.; Adah Drury, hand embroidered pin cushion; Libbie Law, lambrequin; Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Law, clock; Anna Kouns, pair vases; Wright McCoy and Ed Elkins, center piece; Mrs. Lizzie Dillon, silver spoon-holder; Mary Drury, glass pitcher; Mr. and Mrs. J. K. Argo, hand-painted panel and a year’s subscription to the Housekeeper; Belle McCoy, towel; Effie Ankrim, napkins; Lillie Crawford and Hattie Drury, waiter; Frank Campbell, napkins; Alice Johnston, sketch book; Lou and Henry Kouns, willow-chair; Maggie Drury, parlor lamp.     ONE WHO WAS THERE.


IR Feb. 23, 1888 - Capt. Ankrim died at Fayetteville, a few days ago.  He was Captain of the old Second Va. Cavalry, and has been merchandising since the war.

IR Mar. 15, 1888 - Deaths. - Davidson. - At Burlington, March 11th, Mrs. Davidson, mother of Jerre Davidson, of Ironton.

IR Apr. 26, 1888 - Bruce Mathews, who formerly lived at Burlington, died at Huntington, a few days ago.  He was taken to Burlington for burial.

IR Apr. 26, 1888 - Obituary. - Davidson. - Mary Frances Combs, wife of James Davidson, was born at Romney, Virginia, November 15th, 1807, and died at Burlington, Lawrence county, Ohio, March 11, 1888.  She was married to James Davidson, January 25, 1829.  Their married life extending over a period of more than fifty-nine years, was passed on the same farm upon which her husband has now spent eighty-seven years; his father, John Davidson, having come from Greene Co., Pa., in 1801, when James was but three months old.  Mrs. Davidson was converted soon after she was married and remained a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, until the time of her death.  To her Presiding Elder, Rev. Westervelt, whose father was her pastor 40 years ago; to her pastor, Rev. Joyce, and to her friends, she constantly expressed herself as not only willing, but anxious to depart.  Her joyful experiences triumphed over all, bodily pain and weakness and gave her prefect peace even to the end.

            Her early advantages were few, but none ever took more active interest in Christian education than did she and her husband; or sacrificed more to educate their children.  Six of her nine children remain to treasure her deeds, in their memory.  The five sons were educated at Delaware, O., the daughter at Oxford, O., and at Syracuse, N. Y.

            Besides these children of her own, she brought up many others, perhaps twenty in all, whom she taught and trained to books, in work, and in virtue.  These, too, rise up and call her blessed.  Her native powers of mind were remarkable.  She improved the talents given and has received her reward.

            Three of her children, Col. James H., John X., and McClain live in St. Paul, Minn., Major Jere, ex-Treasurer of Lawrence Co., in Ironton, O., Mighill Dustin, at Burlington, O., and the daughter, Mrs. Sue M. D. Fry, has for thirteen years held a professorship in the Ill. Wesleyan University at Bloomington, Ill.


IR Jun. 07, 1888  -  Lawrence county has a new post office on Charley Creek at Jas. Crawford's store.  It is called Sybene.  Mr. Crawford is P. M.

IR Sept. 20, 1888 - Burlington.

·         C. W. Smitley was more than pleased with the Columbus parade, P.M. Carter says don’t know why he didn’t go too.  Mr. C. looked so well I was sure he had been there.

·         J. B. Rowe does the smithing for the village and suburbs.

·         Dr. Hall has been in poor health, but says he is feeling better at present.

·         S. V. Davidson says, tell the boys he had come down to cider this year. 

·         There are a few of those sewer tile at the landing, which can be had by proving property and paying charges.

·         There is a fine crop of apples in the orchards all along the river and one thing very noticeable they are not dropping much, which is a sign that they will keep well.

·         Ed Toms, the George Washington of this place, still carries the mail.


IR Sept. 20, 1888 - (Bradrickville) - ... Mr. (Wm.) Kerr is 77 years old, but moves about and does as much work as if 10 years younger.  Voted for Henry Clay, heard Tom Corwin speak at Pinegrove in 1840, voted for Harrison in Burlington, carried the mail from Burlington to Piketon - only 2 post offices between the two places.  Was piloting flat boat when Squire Keeney lost his leg.  Says he had had western fever several times, but now thinks will spend the remainder of his days on his present farm.


IR Oct. 4, 1888 - Circuit Changed. - J. P. Shipton returned from Conference last Monday, and tells us that he went before the Bishop and secured a change in circuits by which the churches at Hecla and Petersburg will have more frequent services.  A new circuit composed of Memorial, Centenary, Hecla and Rockcamp have been formed and named Petersburg Circuit, while the Burlington Circuit, which heretofore included Memorial, Delta, Burlington, Union and Centenary, has been re-arranged, and now includes Delta, Burlington, Union, Big Branch, Bethel and Tabor.



Ironton Register, Nov. 21, 1889

MACEDONIA. - The colored people dedicated their new church at Macedonia on  the 10th, and what was good about it was, every cent of debt was paid when it was  dedicated. The church has a membership of over a hundred. It is an old society,  having been organized in 1834, and is the mother of five other churches - at  Pinegrove, Ironton, Huntington, Catlettsburg and Burlington. On the day of  dedication, 103 were raised and the church starts out on its new lease of life  square with the world.


IR March 6, 1890 - Sudden Death. - William Drury, of Fayette township, died suddenly, last Saturday afternoon, at five o’clock.  He started out to do some feeding, and when in the yard, seemed to have some premonitory symptoms, for he turned and entered the house.  Upon going into the room, he reached for a chair; as he did so, fell over and expired immediately.  He had been subject to heart disease.  He was born in this county August 13, 1836.  He frequently held local offices and was much esteemed by the people.  He owned a farm a short distance above Burlington.  His funeral took place Monday morning.


IR March 6, 1890 - Death of Dr. Hall.  Dr. Camillus Hall, of Burlington, died last Saturday evening at 5 o’clock.  He had been declining in health for some time, in fact ever since his wife died, three years ago.  Though he was only 78 years old, it seems the forces of life had given way, and for some time, Death was looked for soon.  His funeral occurred at the Presbyterian church, Burlington, last Monday afternoon, and was attended by many sorrowing friends.  His body was interred in the little cemetery near by.

            Dr. Hall was born in Vermont in 1812, and came to this county when a youth.  He studied medicine and graduated in 1836.  In 1838, he married Miss Clough, step-daughter of Rev. Dan Young.  He settled down at Burlington, where he has been quietly living ever since, enjoying a comfortable practice and the confidence and esteem of the community.  He was a man of warm heart and strong mind.  His ideas were clean and his convictions wholesome.  Few men were respected more than he, and all over this region he was well known.  He was appointed postmaster at Burlington in 1844, when that town was the county seat, and held the office until 1886.  He was a man of business, of thrifty affairs, and of careful judgment.  He was a Director of the First National Bank from 1879 to last January, when failing health compelled the choice to a successor.  His counsel was always valuable, and his transactions strictly honorable.


IR Mar. 13, 1890 - Sybene. - Our community has suffered a great loss in the death of Mr. Wm. Drury who died last Saturday at 4:30 p.m.  He had been a sufferer of heart trouble for three years.  He was as well as usual all day Saturday and did some work about the barn.  Brother Drury was born Aug. 18th 1836, thus making him 54 years old.  He had been a faithful member of the M. E. Church at Burlington for nearly twenty three years.  He lived the life of a Christian every day and bore his affliction with patient fortitude.  His funeral services were preached by Rev. Harrison of the M. E. Church.  He leaves a wife and seven children to mourn his loss, but they sorrow not as those who have no hope.  He is now at rest, but our loss is his eternal gain.





·         While reading your paper this week I thought as we are glad to read letters from our sister villages, perhaps others would like to hear something from Old Burlington.

·         We are still in the land of the living and keeping up pretty well with the times.

·         Our new school house is nearing completion, and is quite a nice structure for a little village, and all seems to be proud of it.  Thanks to our enterprising Board of Education.

·         Marvin Sperry is doing quite a fine job of painting on the parsonage of the M. E. church, which is undergoing a thorough repairing.  The new pastor, Rev. Beck arrived on last Wednesday to begin his work for this year here.

·         Mr. Frank Campbell, Edgar Wilson and T. Remey, left this week for Cincinnati, to attend the Medical college.

·         Mrs. Carter is visiting at Ford, Ky.  Mrs. Layman, at Ironton.

·         Dr. Williams and son and Miss Ethel Williams spent Thursday in Cincinnati.

·         The ladies of the Aid Society will give an icecream and B. social at the residence of Mr. L. G. Wilson, on Saturday eve. Oct. 1st.  Something new.  All are cordially invited.

·         Miss Fanny and Bell Campbell spent Sunday with Nellie Layman.

·         There is some sickness among us, Allen Strong, Mrs. Neva Davidson, and son of Mrs. Drury, are among the number.

·         Mrs. Dr. Alice Johnston spent a few days with her mother this week.

·         Rev. Brill? delivered quite an interesting sermon Sunday evening, and was assisted in the services by Rev. Beck.

·         We had a delightful rain, Sunday night but we are anxious to see the work begin on the road here.  NORA.


IR Jan. 1, 1891 - Died. - Last Sunday night, David Nixon Hopkins died at the residence of his father, R. L. Hopkins, in East Ironton.  He was born at Burlington, and was 37 years old.  He was married, having a wife and three children who are Mrs. Hopkins’ parents at Portland, Maine.  The deceased has been in declining health for several months, and for nearly two months he had been confined to his bed most of the time.  During his long siege of sickness, he became resigned to his fate and experienced the comforting hope of a better life.  His funeral took place at the house on Tuesday afternoon.



Ironton Register, Feb. 5, 1891

Imes, Kan., Jan. 26, ’91

Editor Register:

            After leaving Burlington last August, I followed the public highway up the river to the mouth of Symmes creek.  At the mouth of Charley creek, where James Crawford used to live, I failed to see any sign of the flat boat building that used to be so common at that place along in the forties.  It seems as though the flatboat traffic has been greatly reduced in the past forty years.  We seem to be living in a fast age, where nothing short of steam and electricity satisfy the rush and push of the people.  Passing along to what used to be the Judge Scovill farm, I learned that it was now owned and occupied by Stephen Dillon, and I was told that he had accumulated quite a fortune.  We lived next to the Dillon family from 1840 to 1844 and I well remember of hearing the sound of their axes as early as four o’clock in the morning.  Also the sound of their wagons grinding over the rocks and stumps, at this early hour.  I should judge that $500 would then cover the entire cash value of their property.  But such push and energy were soon rewarded by increased wealth, honor and influence.  I did not have the pleasure of renewing my acquaintance with the honored citizen and proprietor of these broad acres.


            Uncle Asa Kimball, at the mouth of Symmes, has long since passed away.  There again could be heard daily the sound of hammer and chisel, building flat boats, in the long ago.  Just across the river, the city of Huntington has grown up like magic.  Railroads, as I understand, have been the principal cause of this sudden growth.  I passed up Buffalo Creek, where we last lived.  The Uncle Jack Francis place looked somewhat familiar, the same old hewed log house is still there, and the Mrs. Henry place looked natural.  I learned this place was owned by my old school-mate, Wm. Henry’s widow.  Thence up to Uncle Jimmy Lynd’s, where through the kind hospitality of the aged couple, I took dinner and talked over old times.  How very strange everything seemed after living on the level prairies of the West for more than forty years.


            I may, at some future time, tell your readers something of the great West as I see it.  I have lived in Kansas 25 years and have seen drought, chinch bugs and grasshoppers, but ,taking it all in all, I could not be induced to make my abode in those hills again.

H. Imes.


IR Feb. 19, 1891 - Common Pleas Court - On recommendation of Johnson Booth, a ferry was established at Burlington and W. S. Fout granted a license to keep the same.






·         There is quite a good deal of sickness in this vicinity.  J. G. Wilson has an attack of La Grippe.  Ed Owens, and Paul Hussey are quite sick.

·         Charlie Ankrim spends part of every week at Ashland.

·         Will Mace, of the Str. Buckeye Boy who as been confined to the house for some weeks with a lame foot is able to be about.

·         Miss Millie Soupene was home Sunday.  Miss Kate Stern returned home yesterday, after a pleasant visit with friends in Newport, Ky.

·         Mrs. F. L. Owen and Mrs. J. Bailey were in Catlettsburg last week.  Mr. Hodges and Miss Mattie Kates spent Sunday in Ironton.

·         Ask Henry Bird how he likes the measles.

·         Miss Anna Ankrim and the Miss Davis of Solida, were seen on our streets last week.

·         Misses Ethyl Williams and Amanda Hurt attended the examination Friday and Saturday.

·         E. M. Wilson is now at home.  Mr. Bimpson of Sheridan, spent Sunday here.     WILKINS.






·         Everybody is rejoicing on account of the fine weather, and all are glad to hear that we are at last to have some good roads.

·         W. D. Davidson has another barge of coal at the landing.

·         John W. Dillon, of Cattletsburg, was in town a few days ago.

·         Among those who were here Sunday we noticed Mr. and Mrs. Brubaker, of Sheridan, Mr. Lothrop, Miss Magie Smith, and Ed Smith of Ironton; Dr. Shattuck of Coal Grove; W. B. Wilson and Jas. Faverty of Huntington.

·         Mrs. A. Soupene, and Mrs. Dr. Shattuck and son spent last week with Mrs. J. C. Carter.

·         Lou Shute is now on the Str. Telegraph.

·         J. D. Davidson is at home.

·         Mr. and Mrs. N. B. Watts are visiting Col. and Mrs. Watts.

·         Mrs. Capt. Carl Mace is spending a few days in Catlettsburg.

·         Harry McLaughlin left Sunday on the Scotia to spend a few weeks with his father in Cincinnati.

·         Mrs. Clate Crawford, and Miss Kate Meers were in town last week.

·         Those on the sick list are Mrs. Hunley, Miss Effie Dillon, and Miss Ella Mansfield.

·         Mrs. Burdette and Mrs. S. B. Jones, of Ironton came up Friday to attend the funeral of little Paul Hussey who died Thursday evening.  The funeral services were conducted by Rev. C. F. Scott, Saturday at 10 a.m.  The community sympathize with Mr. and Mrs. Hussey in their great loss, as he was their only son.  Paul was but six months old.

·         Mrs. J. G. Wilson has been in Ironton, the guest of her daughter, Mrs. R. B. Miller.

·         F. L. Owen of the Buckeye Boy was called home last week on account of the sickness of his son Ed.

·         Dr. Sturgill of Ceredo was in town a few days ago.

·         L. P. Walters has started a bakery on Front Street.

·         Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Durea were the guests of Mrs. A. Bailey, Sunday.

·         A small child of Wm. Duncan’s died Friday morning, and was buried Saturday.

·         Our cemetery is being improved.  The trustees are going to make new walks, and have ordered trees.

·         J. T. Watts, Lum Shepherd, and Mr. Preddy are working on Dr. Williams’ house.

·         Miss Mattie Kates left for home today.

·         Lawson Drury was re-elected as member of the School Board.     WILKINS.






·         The farmers of the community are most done planting corn.  Some are waiting for a shower to mellow the clods.

·         F. W. Bush is talked of as a principal of our schools for the coming year.  Our School Board could not find a man better fitted for the position.  Mr. Bush taught one term for us and proved himself to be a very able teacher.  We will gladly welcome the Professor if he comes back this year.

·         Mrs. Emma Williams has been quite sick for some time, but is better at present writing.

·         The young ladies of the M. E. church will give an ice cream social at the residence of A. W. Roy, on next Friday evening, May 22.  Men, bring your wives; boys, bring your girls and partake of the feast.

·         The powder works opposite this place are approaching completion, and will be ready for operation before a great while.  ANTONIO.

IR May 7, 1891 - Mrs. John S. George. - After a few weeks’ sickness, Mrs. George died Saturday afternoon, and was buried Monday at 4 p.m.  The funeral services took place at the residence.  Revs. Goodison and Moran officiating.  There was a large assemblage gathered to pay their last respects.  The deceased was, before her marriage, Miss Amelia Crumlish.  She was born just above Burlington, this county, Oct. 31, 1825; she was married at Burlington in 1850.  Soon after her marriage, she moved to Ironton, her husband, a prominent attorney, coming right after the county seat was moved here.  Ever since that, Mrs. George has lived here, endearing herself by her amiable, christian qualities to all the people.  She was a noble woman in every way.  The pall bearers were Col Nigh, R. Lette, W. M. Kerr, E. V. Dean, J. H. Moulton and W. A. Murdock.  Mrs. Adsit, the only living child of the deceased, her husband and son, were here attending the funeral.  Elsewhere in this paper is a kindly tribute to the virtues of the deceased by a friend.


IR May 18, 1891 - South Point. - ...Decoration day will be suitably observed here by the G.A.R. Post.  Exercises will be held here in the forenoon and at Burlington and Lebanon in the afternoon.  The crowd will go from here to Burlington in a body.  The committee composed of B. J. Davidson, Capt. Tom Davidson and Squire James Mays, informed me the program would consist of the regular Grand Army ceremonies by the Post, and address by J. F. Welch, and singing by the choir, viz:  Mr. and Mrs. Baldridge and Mr. and Mrs. Arch Davidson.  Program to be conducted in same order at Burlington, but songs varied.


IR May 18, 1891 - John Welch will make two addresses on Memorial Day, one at South Point and the other at Burlington.  He will do it well.


IR Jul. 2, 1891 - Rev. and Mrs. A. Crossley, of Burlington, lost their little child last Monday.  He was three months old and died of cholera infantum.  We are pained to hear of their bereavement.  The funeral occurred yesterday and was conducted by Rev. Dick.






·         The heat is intense, and the cry is for more rain.

·         Miss Mason, who has been the guest of Miss Susie Hussey, returned home Friday.

·         Rev. C. F. Scott preached a splendid sermon at the M. P. Church Sunday morning.

·         Mrs. McGonigle, daughter and niece are visiting Mrs. M. D. L. Faverty.

·         Miss Charline Davidson and brother Clyde, who have been visiting relatives at Arabia and Marion, returned home Monday.

·         Mrs. Neve Davidson and children, of Ironton are at John S. Faverty's.

·         The ladies of the Methodist Protestant Church will give a social at the residence of Mrs. John Dillon, Saturday evening, August. 15th.

·         We have a very flourishing baseball club now. 

·         Capt. Carl Mace is now at home.

·         Miss Helen Dillon, of Catlettsburg, is the guest of friends here.

·         H. T. Davidson is once more among us.

·         Mrs. Mary Moore, of Manhattan was here Saturday.






·         Quite a number of our young men have positions at the powder mill, they seem well pleased with their work and have no fears of being blown up.  Among them are Frank Campbell, Fred McClure and Jerry Dillon.

·         Rev. Scott delivered quite an interesting sermon Sunday morning.

·         A very pleasant affair will occur next Saturday night, August 15th, called an ice cream social, to be given at the residence of John Dillon.  We are expecting a nice time and a big crowd, see that you are one of the throng.

·         Jerry Davidson with his sons, Ed, Fred and Hugh, were among friends here Sunday.

·         Among our visitors are Mrs. Maria Sperry, Miss May Mansfield, Minnie Swartz and Mr. and Mrs. Drurea.

·         No sickness among us at this writing, which we are glad to note.     DORIS.




Ironton Register, October 23, 1891

Correspondence of the Register
            Lives there a man or child near or far around, who has not heard of Burlington? The town which was once the abode of greatness, and the metropolis and the county seat of Lawrence county. The place where the "wise men" of the East, Yes of the North, the South and West came when the star of hope and prosperity rose in its brilliancy, and stood over her sacred ground. Ah, yes; the children unto the third and fourth generations will hear and read of her with pleasure, and delight and wonder at her greatness. The child will clamber on the father's knee and list with intent ear to the good deeds done, and noble acts performed. Yes, you have heard, and even do hear and see marks of a great and mighty town. The silent tomb gives evidence of a people great and mighty in the past.

            Still stands the forest primeval overlooking the scenes of past glory. The ever acting hills stand as mirrors, reflecting the history of bygone days. Mighty cities have sprung up with their churches, halls and school buildings; empires have fallen and republics have arisen; the peaceful river, on whose bosom floats the palace and plies the mighty steamer, has widened its borders and changed its course. Thus have all things undergone change and with them, our beloved town.

            Once the abode of the mighty Probate, now the quiet home of the squire. Once where lawyers learned and wise expounded law profound and simple, now where "pedafoggers" die on account of morality and goodness.

            The old court house, where men were made rich by the mistake and misdeeds of others, is now the common school property of the district, where budding characters are developed. Where once the judge and the lawyers plead, stands the teacher and imparts instruction and decides cases of discipline and decorum. Its walls are crumbling its steeple shaky, and "mother earth" will soon say: "Tis enough, come down lower."

            The old jail, where men whose characters were stained with crime were kept, is now the home of a private family. The Town Hall is yet retained as such, and gives a nice appearance.

            But you ask about our town: "Has her glory faded, her business subsided, her interest fled; in a word, is she dead? Nay; look not on her thus. The influence those pioneers had cannot be blotted out. You might as well try to check the cyclone in its mad course, or chain still the angry billows of the deep, as to try to stop the influence of our forefathers. The royal blood still traverses our veins, and the honorable callings in life are represented by our noble men and women.

The profession of teaching is represented by a half-dozen progressive teachers. That of medicine, by one who stood at the head of his class at the noted Miami College, and by a lady who has thoroughly mastered the intricacies of the science. The ministers have long since learned of the congenial atmosphere of our town, and come yearly and cast their lot with us. The business of this place is carried on by business men, and at this time of the year you may hear the rustle of corn blades on hillside and dale, the rattle of seed on the ground and the rumple of apples in the barrel, all of which gives evidence of enterprising farmers.

            The young men and women have the same progressive spirit. Messrs. Frank Campbell and Edgar Wilson are attending Miami Medical college, and Millie Soupene is taking music lessons at Gallipolis.

The schools are conducted by an efficient corps of teachers as follows: Miss Ethel Williams, Primary. Miss Lulu Moore, intermediate and W. D. Sydenstricker, advanced.

            Time and space will not permit further detail. From time to time I will write you the passing events of the town.


IR Dec. 31, 1891 - John Dillon, one of the oldest citizens of this county, died at his home at Burlington, last Tuesday.  He had been sick for two weeks with the grippe.  He was about 80 years old.


IR Jan. 21, 1892

             Last Monday morning, about 15 minutes past 8 o'clock, the earth shuddered as if from an earthquake. There was no explosion, no sound, except the trembling of the windows and the trembling of the house. It really seemed as if an earthquake had passed; but no, it was the explosion of the Kellogg Powder Mills, located in West Va., between Huntington and Ceredo, 14 miles distant from here.
            This concern is composed of several unpretentious buildings, separated from each other on consideration of safety. The explosion took place in one of these buildings known as the Glass mill, where there were 800 kegs of powder stored. The building was blown to fragments. Here, Chas. Scott, and John Benton were at work, and these two were blown to atoms. The shock of the explosion here seemed to have caused the explosion in the other building. The Packing house, with five tons of powder, was demolished. The Corning mill, also, was completely destroyed. The Magazine where much powder was stored, went with a crash and so did a carload of powder near by. The Engine house, the soda buildings, the wheel houses, in fact everything except the office, was badly shattered.
            But the loss of property was not the serious damage. There were six persons killed and a dozen more or less injured. Besides the killed named, there were, also, Arch Livingston, who was the foreman of the concern; Ed Winton, the Engineer; John Schlosser and Robert Cook.
            Reece Estep, ----Kinnee, John Justice and ten others were hurt, more or less severely, but none of them fatally. There were about 30 men employed at the mills. It is not known what caused the explosion.
            The scene in the neighborhood of the wreck is a sight. Pieces of the building, of kegs, of machinery are scattered everywhere. Many are the narrow escapes told, and really, it is a mystery how so many escaped.
            Windows in neighboring towns were badly shaken and some glass broken three miles away.  The shock of the explosion was felt 25 miles from the scene of the calamity.
            There were eight buildings blown up. The glazing mill had not been acting just right, and Mr. Livingston was in there fixing it, and the probability is, that the explosion was started from this.
            It is likely that the mill will not be rebuilt at its old location. The Central City Co. has been trying, for some time, to get it removed, three or four miles back in the country, but no agreement could be made. Such an arrangement is now probable. It certainly ought to be moved. This is the third time it exploded in its short career.



IR Feb. 4, 1892

             Editor Register. - We do not want to condemn the Powder Mill, or interfere either by word or act with the manufacture of powder, for we regard it as a necessity. We must have an explosive substance and this seems to be best adapted to the general use. So it is not the object of this article to protest against the manufacture of it, but to object as to where it is manufactured. We give the following objections - and the grounds upon which we object. All who are acquainted any with such work, know that is is dangerous, and that it requires the strictest attention, experienced men to carry on successfully and safely the work. The material being taken from the "mixer" is placed under the wheels. Here it remains a short time and if it is not removed just at the proper time it will explode, which it very frequently does. And of course does serious damage. The glass is much more destructive however, but somewhat less liable to explode. But this must work with exactness or the men and buildings are in great peril of being blown to pieces. If the powder is put in too wet it throws it out of working order. This will give a small idea of the risk there is taken.

            The mill in question (the one at Kellogg) has blown up three times in the last few months. The first and last caused great loss of both lives and property. Well have the papers compared it to an earthquake or volcanic eruption. Terrible must have been the concussion to break windows and hurl the clocks from their places three miles away. Draw from this the result it would have on buildings a quarter or half mile off. Burlington is one of the scenes of the destruction. Behold her buildings, with her windows, sash and pane shivered to pieces or crushed upon the inmates or floor! Fire and ashes scattered on the hearth and carpet, and the furniture turned topsy-turvy! The whole frame work wrenched from center to circumference and many made almost untenable! Think too of the citizens being subjected thus to the severity of the winter. Deplorable condition!
            Now to obviate such a state of affairs we must remove the cause. How is this to be done? Will the company quit making powder? No. Ought they? No. Will they build again? Yea. In the same place? They say so. Shall we willingly submit to this? Now let all rise and say no. Why? Because we have a right and it is our duty to decide thus. Pope says "Whatever is, is right" Better say "Whatever is reason, is right." This is man's law, God's law. No one will doubt the veracity of the statement that it is very reasonable and altogether right to protect ourselves and our property. Shall we virtually subject ourselves to the jaws of death without a murmur or complaint? I don't think that to be right. This surely is not a visitation of God's wrath upon us. Certainly not, for our men escaped and bear witness of the terrible event when men's bodies were torn to atoms or subjected to the flames to burn and parch.

            Now, my friends, why should we have the agent of death and destruction planted in our midst. Should an army plant its artillery right in front of us and stifle its bellowing cannons in our faces, we would regard it as a very unfriendly act. I tell you we would ask them to face about or we would begin a retreat ourselves. We are so arranged. We have to face a monster more direful and not knowing all the while just when we will be prostrated to the earth. As we can not retreat in the case let's ask the company in all kindness for them to move a few paces back and give us a better show. This is right and honorable. Longfellow says, Life is real! Life is earnest! And the grave is not the goal. He certainly was right. If the grave were the goal how willingly would we bear our bosoms to the hand of death and thus triumph in the act. But such is not the case. Shall we then stand with our arms folded and watch the work go on and not even ask the gentlemen to regard our person and our property? They probably do not know our wishes and desires. We need but to inform them and they will be to willing to grant our requests. On hearing our claims, the head manager, if he be a man of reason and whose heart is not adamant would lend an attentive ear and move that "Little Vesuvius" to the country (where no one lives) where it would have nothing save the hills and mountains to combat against.


IR Jan. 21, 1892 - Everybody thought Monday, it was only an earthquake; but they were mistaken; it was greater than an earthquake; it was a powder mill.


IR Jan. 21, 1892 - Three Burlington men were working at the Kellogg Powder Mill when it exploded, but none of them were hurt.


IR Jan. 21, 1892 - The Kellogg powder mills have already killed more people than the concern is worth, several thousand times over.


IR Jan. 21, 1892 - The shock of the Kellogg powder mill explosion was distinctly felt at Little Etna Furnace.


IR Mar. 10, 1892 - Country Notes.  Talks With Some of the Farmers.... Cecil Kite, of Fayette, will farm largely this year, as he will farm his father’s land in addition to his own; will have about 25 acres in corn.  He has faith in oats and will sow 25 bushels of wheat and all looks well.... Samuel Kouns and J. H. Sutton were engaged in an animated discussion of their prospective creamery, when our reporter came down upon them, and learned that some Chicago parties are in the Saliday country in Fayette township, and propose to locate a plant in that region provided the requisite number of shares are taken at $100 each.  The amount required is $5000 and the number of shares limited so as to have a diversity of interests.  When the necessary amount of stock is subscribed, the erection of the creamery will be begun, and they say the entire amount is about if not quite made up, but some subscribers are trying to kick out the traces, and hence the discussion we had interrupted.  Getting all the information concerning it we could from them we left them to finish their conversation... Lawrence, Aid and Fayette townships, furnished the amusement for the court and jury this week....


IR Mar. 10, 1892 - Died. - Last Tuesday morning, Howard T. Davidson, died at his home on Adams street, at the age of 21 years.  He was the son of the late James T. and Mrs. Maggie A. Davidson, and was born in Burlington.  For a long time, he has been afflicted with consumption, of which disease he died.  He will be buried at Burlington, this Thursday forenoon.  Howard was a fine young man, so kind, so courteous, so highminded.  His many friends are sad, and their sympathies go out to the sorrowing mother.


IR Mar. 10, 1892 - Roll of Honor. - The following are the pupils at the Solida school, who have not missed a day during the month ending March 3rd:  Vinton Freeman, Grace McKee, Aurie McKee, Ollie Day, Charles Robinson, John McKee, Vernon Bowman, Ethel Day, Gorum McKee, Leslie Bowman, Curtis Robinson, Edward McKee and Pearlie Freeman.   Vernon Davidson, Teacher.


IR Mar. 17, 1892 - The republicans of Fayette township held their primary last Saturday and nominated the following township ticket:  Justice of the Peace, F. M. Fullerton; Trustee, William Lynd; Clerk, B. G. McKee; Assessor Fayette Precinct, J. J. Lynd; Burlington Precinct, C. H. Freeman.  There was a very large attendance of republicans, there being fully 150 voters present.


IR July 21, 1892 - Dropped Dead. - Last Thursday, at St. Cloud, Minn., Thos. Clarke, brother of D. H. Clarke, and father of Samuel Clarke, of the post office, dropped dead.  He was engaged there in the railroad business and was getting along comfortably.  He was a prominent business man here, in the early days of Ironton, and was one of the first grocers.


IR Aug. 4, 1892 - The people of Burlington are asking the Commissioners to donate to them the county’s interest in the old courthouse there, and the Commissioners have referred the question of power to the Prosecuting Attorney.  The Burlington people propose to tear down the structure and use the material in erecting a new school house on the spot.



·         The Angel of death called at Mr. G. Turner’s one day last week and took his infant to join its mother who died a few months ago.

·         Mrs. Clark Moore is still on the sick roll.

·         Misses Adams of Rockwood, spent last Sunday with the Misses Ransbottom.

·         Mr. and Mrs. Thomas entertained quite a number of their young friends one evening last week.

·         Miss Chapman spent last Saturday with Miss Emma Foster.

·         Mr. J. F. Hurt, of Colfax, Ill., spent last week with relatives at Fish Lake and Mt. Pleasant.

·         Miss Vesta Moore, of Manhattan, visited friends on Buffalo last week.

·         Mr. Charlie Adams made a flying visit to Fish Lake this week.           AVONDALE



·         Miss Effie Moore closed a very successful term of school at this place Friday last.  . . .

·         Mrs. A. W. Hurt was called Sunday to the bedside of her aged mother who is lying very sick at her home near Rockwood.

·         Misses L. and S. Mace, of Burlington, have been visiting relatives at Fish Lake.

·         Mrs. Breece, of North Sybene, has answered the sick call.

·         Miss Gillie Cooper will attend college at Bradrick this summer.

·         Mr. Jas. Fullerton, of Manhattan, made a business trip to Fish Lake Wednesday.         Signed Daisy.



·         The Misses Sparling, of Coal Grove, were the guests of Misses Laura and Ollie Moore Saturday and Sunday.

·         The Solida Creek Baptist Sunday School is flourishing.

·         Misses E. and H. Moore, of Ironton, were visiting their parents, of Manhattan, Sunday.

·         Mr. Jim Kates who spent the past (DO NOT HAVE END OF THIS)



·         Farmers are busy planting corn.

·         Mrs. Maggie  D. Kouns, of Shreveport, La., is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. Drury.

·         The 3rd quarterly meeting will be held at Burlington in the M. P. Church May 13th and 14th.

·         Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Mace, of Burlington, spent Sunday last with Mr. and Mrs. Clark Moore of Manhattan.

·         Messrs. Brightman and Remy of Charleston, W. Va., spent Saturday and Sunday in Burlington.

·         Miss Sallie Cooper of north Sybene, spent a few days last week in Huntington, W. Va.

·         Mrs. A. W. Hurt gave a quilting party and rag sewing for her sisters and a few intimate friends.

·         Misses Laura and Mattie Moore, of Manhattan make a flying trip to your city (Ironton) last Saturday.





 IWR MAY 13, 1893


·         Gardens in the vicinity look remarkable well despite the unfavorable weather.

·         Strawberries are ripening well but are not very plentiful.

·         A small show has pitched its tent among us to stay for a couple of days.

·         Rev. Kirkpatrick, of the M. E. church preached an excellent sermon last Sunday night.  His subject was Foreign Missions.  The large audience responded liberally to the call for subscriptions.

·         J. D. Carter, J. G. Wilson, Dr. Williams, W. M. Remy, L. E. Kouns, D. Tomes and a number of others were summoned to Huntington last week to give testimony in regard to the Kellogg Powder works as a suit is now being carried on by the Central City Land Co.

·         Gen. S. C. Hirst passed through our place this morning en route for Russell’s Place where he will deliver his famous lecture “The Battle of Gettysburg.”

·         Mr. Owen and A. L. McKee are on the sick list.

·         Jerry Dillon left for Chicago last week.  Chas. Ankrun and Ed. Campbell will follow in a few days.

·         Mrs. McKee was called to Ironton Sunday by the serious illness of her mother, Mrs. Powers.

·         Mr. T. H. Remy who is in business in Charleston, W. Va., made a flying trip home last week.

·         Mr. Brightman, of Huntington, was seen on our streets Sunday.

·         Everybody is pleased with the county ticket.              PHOENIX.




 IWR AUGUST 05, 1893


·         Mr. Gus Kimball, a young farmer above here, was accidentally shot by Chauncey Crawford, a boy of fifteen, who was assisting him to drive some intruders from his peach orchard.  The ball penetrated the thigh and ranged down nearly to the knee.  Probing has so far been unsuccessful.  This wound is very painful but is  hoped not dangerous.

·         Mrs. Anna Crawford is very sick of malaria fever.

·         Mr. C. A. Goddard and wife of Franklin Furnace are visiting friends here.

·         Mrs. Kate Chatfield has returned to her home at Delta after a week’s visit with her mother, Mrs. Sarah Drury.

·         Miss. Mollie Layman of Coal Grove is the guest of Misses Dillon.

·         Mrs. C. J. Carter entertained a number of friends from South Point Sunday.

·         A large crowd from here attended a lawn fete at Mrs. Cyntha Davidson’s of Delta Saturday night.  All report a good time.

·         The camp meeting at West Huntington is well patronized by this place.

·         Mrs. Agnes Kelshaw is preparing to visit her parents in Scotland.  She will sail about the last of August and remain there for a year.

·         Rev. Kirkpatrick of the M. E. Church is unable to occupy his pulpit owing to a prolonged attack of la grippe.          PHOENIX






·         Mrs. Wilson and Mrs. Mace are visiting in Ironton.

·         Mr. Anderson of Portsmouth has been visiting his sister, Mrs. Sallie Williams of this place.

·         Mrs. Reathie Willis of Solida is spending a few days with friends here.

·         Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Miller passed through here enroute to Getaway.              PHOENIX


IR Aug. 23, 1894 - Death of Capt. Combs.

     Capt. John Combs died last Saturday and his funeral took place from the residence of Maj. Jere Davidson, Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock.  Rev. E. E. Moran conducted the funeral services, and the interment was at Woodland.  The funeral was attended by a large number of old friends and neighbors.  Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Mauck, the latter his daughter Ella, were present.  His other daughter, Mrs. Patterson, who lives at Columbus was too ill to be present, from whose bedside Mrs. Combs came to attend the last sad offices.

     The deceased was born at Burlington in 1832, he married Miss Lizzie Crawford in 1853; about which time he came to Ironton and started a bookstore.  Afterwards he went into the wharfboat business, but in about 1858 went to Pike’s Peak.  He returned at the beginning of the war and entered the Union Army, holding the position of Lieutenant in the 2nd Va. Infantry.  He served through the war with credit and fidelity.  In 1867, he established the Ironton Journal, and for a few years conducted an interesting newspaper.  Capt. Combs was a quick and lively writer and he won considerable note as an editor.  Disposing of his interest in the Journal, he established the Iron Era, but did not long remain with it.  After this he had no regular employment, engaging himself in insurance and other agencies, clerkships and steamboating.  For many years his health has been declining, and he died at last of consumption, an affliction which in former days no one ever suspected would bring him to his grave.

     And so another of our old citizens has gone to his long home.  Forty years ago he came with a happy bride and made their home in the old Bank block.  Ironton has grown from a village; a generation has come and gone; a great war has intervened.  Through the drapery that is pushed back from the grave, we can see him who has died, mingling happily and kindly in those far away events, and a tender regret comes that they are no more.  Farewell.                              


IR Oct. 25, 1894 - Macedonia. -

·         The colored folks have a fine new church, built about a year ago.  They certainly should be proud of it. 

·         Stephen Rogers is enjoying better health than last year; his pension was not taken from him as reported to the REGISTER; was only asked for more evidence which Mr. Rogers furnished at once and that was sufficient.  Mr. R’s friends were pleased that it was no worse as he is considered a worthy honest citizen.

·         Mrs. D. Moore on the hill back of Burlington has a fine peach orchard and a year like this is a great draw back to her.  Her daughters are neither of them teaching this year.



IR Jan. 10, 1895 - Obituary. - Davidson. - James Davidson, who died Dec. 27th, 1894, at 12 o’clock p.m., was the grandson of William Davidson, who was born in 1747 and came to South Point in 1799, settling first for a short time at what is now Catlettsburg.  He died in 1811 and was buried at South Point.  He came there with his second wife, Barbara, by keelboat, from Red Stone, Fayette Co., Pennsylvania.  - the father of James Davidson, John Davidson, was by Wm. Davidson’s first wife, Rosanna Hutchison, and came to what is now Lawrence Co. O., in the Summer of 1801, from Red Stone, Fayette Co., Pa.  James was then three months old.  John Davidson died at Burlington in 1818.  His wife, Margaret Armstrong, also died at Burlington, in 1822.  John and Margaret settled with their family in 1801 on the land owned by James Davidson at his death and where he had resided from about June 1801, till the day of his death. - James Davidson was the last of his family, there having been Sarah, who married Thos. Kerr; William, who married Hanna Pancake; James, who married Mary Frances Combs; John, who married Ruth Bryson; Mary who married --- Shryhock; Joseph, who married Maria Thomas; Jeremiah, who married Eliza Corum.  He, James Davidson, was a member of the M. E. Church when he married, Jan. 25, 1829.  Ironton, O., Jany. 8, 1895.


I. R. July 4, 1895 - Death.  Capt. W. T. Scovill died at Jeffersonville, Indiana, last Monday.  He was formerly a resident of Burlington and Ironton.  In the former place he spent his boyhood days.  In Ironton he was engaged in business along about 1856 and 7.  He was one of the parties who built the old machine shop, on Fourth, near the gas works.  He was associated with the Kounses in the southern steamboat trade, and made considerable money.  He was a pleasant and honorable gentleman.  Many of the older citizens remember him kindly.


Capt. W. T. Scovell

Death In Jeffersonville of The Red River Veteran. (No date)

Sketch of an Old-Time Steamboatman Whom Stonewall Jackson Honored and Relied Upon as a Soldier.


(Article sent to me from Margaret Hostetler of Shreveport, La., many years ago - Sharon Kouns)


Jeffersonville, Ind., July 1. - Capt. William T. Scovell, of New Orleans, aged sixty-nine years, died here today at 1:15 o’clock.  One week ago Capt. Scovell arrived here to superintend the erection of a steamer for the Red River Packet Company, in which he is a large stockholder, and was kept constantly busy until taken ill Friday evening.  That day he complained of feeling bad, and being advised to retire to his room did so.  A physician was summoned, who immediately pronounced his condition as very serious.  Every possible effort by the most able physicians in the city to help him was fruitless, and he gradually grew worse.  Realizing that the end was near, the physicians recommended that his wife be sent for.  This was done, and his son, Capt. Frank Scovell, arrived yesterday.  Realizing that the end was near, he gave instructions in regard to his property, etc.  At 11 o’clock today a sudden change for the worse was noticed, and a physician was hastily sent for, but on his arrival he saw that nothing could be done.

            Death came at 1:15 o’clock this afternoon.  Capt. Scovell’s wife will arrive at 12 o’clock tonight and the remains will be taken to New Orleans for interment.


            The Red River Line yesterday received a telegram from Capt. Ed. Howard, of Jeffersonville, Ind., that Capt. W. T. Scovell, of this city, had died in Jeffersonville at 1 o’clock yesterday afternoon, as an attack of heart trouble by which he was prostrated last Saturday.

            Capt. Scovell was apparently in perfect health when he left here a week ago last Sunday evening, with his son, Frank Scovell, to arrange with Capt. Howard for the building of two boats for the Red River trade, one of which was to be of about 1200 bales capacity and the other about 2000 bales.  He contracted with Capt. Howard for the smaller of the two boats last Tuesday.  The first intimation of his illness was received here in the form of a telegram from Capt. Howard to Capt. Drown, which said that while figuring on the work for the larger boat Capt. Scovell was attacked by his old-time enemy, heart trouble.  That was Sunday morning.  A second telegram, received at 8 o’clock Sunday night, said that Capt. Scovell was improving, but at 1 o’clock today a third message announced that Capt. Scovell had taken a turn for the worse and that his condition was critical.  Three hours later came word that the veteran steamboatman had died at 1 o’clock yesterday afternoon.

            Capt. Scovell was married in 1851 or 52 to Miss Mary Dillon, whose sister married Capt. John Kouns, Capt. Scovell’s life-long partner.  A brother of Mmes. Scovell and Kouns married Capt. Kouns’ sister, and lives on the farm in Laurens (sic) County, O., on which Capt. Scovell was reared, and which Capt. Scovell’s father bought from Capt. Kouns’ uncle.  Capt. Scovell leaves his widow and one son, Capt. Frank Scovell, a steamboatman, and two brothers, Capts. Noah Scovell and Matt. L. Scovell, both of whom are old Red River boatmen.  Capt. Noah Scovell is spending the summer at Hot Springs, and Capt. Matt Scovell is at present in command of the new steamer Imperial, which was built by Ed Howard under the supervision of the deceased, and which, while plying in Red River,  has broken all records as a Red River carrier.  On one trip she brought out 3610 bales of cotton.  On another trip she brought to this city in cotton, cotton-seed meal and oil cake the equal of 4440 bales of 500 pounds each.  This trip was the last that Capt. Scovell, then in command of the Imperial, made on a steamboat as its captain.

            Mrs. Scovell left for Jeffersonville as soon as she heard of Capt. Scovell’s illness.  She left here by the night train Sunday over the Louisville and Nashville road, and was expected to reach Jeffersonville at 2 o’clock this morning.

            The lives of Capt. Scovell and Capt. John Kouns, who mourns his loss here, have been strangely close throughout nearly seventy years.  Capt. Scovell was born in Burlington, O., in November, 1825, but when he was eight years old his father bought from Capt. Kouns’ uncle the farm one mile from the farm of Capt. Kouns’ father, in Laurens (sic) County, and Willie Scovell and John Kouns grew up together in a friendship destined to last throughout their lives.  They went to school together, and even had the same objects of youthful adoration without a breach of their friendship, finally growing into useful manhood as business partners to marry sisters.

            It was in 1846, when the deceased was twenty-one years old, that Capt.Kouns’ father decided to bring a boatload of farm products to this city.  Farmer Kouns made the trip on a small steamer, bringing his two sons, George L. Kouns and John Kouns, and young Scovell with him.  Almost as soon as the three young men got here they decided to go into the steamboat business for themselves.  They bought the little steamboat Laura and put her into the Bayou Bartholomew trade, the next spring doing business under the firm name of G. L. Kouns & Bro., and running all the Eras in the Red River trade before the war.

            Captain Scovell’s war record was splendid.  He was in favorites with Stonewall Jackson and Lee knew his value to the Stonewall Brigade.  Capt. Scovell and Capt. George Kouns went from here to Virginia together  in 1861 as members of one of Louisiana’s most noted commands, Zulowski’s battalion.  He was shortly transferred to the immortal Jackson’s brigade and placed by Jackson in command of the pontoon department.  Subsequently Gen. Taylor asked for his transfer to service in Louisiana, claiming that as he was a citizen of this State the exigencies of war here entitled this section of the South to his services.   Jackson flatly refused to consent to Capt. Scovell’s removal of his troops, and Gen. Taylor appealed the matter to President Davis.  The President in turn referred the matter to Gen. Lee, who agreed with Jackson, that Capt. Scovell was too valuable a man in Virginia to permit of his transfer to Louisiana.

            After Jackson’s death Capt. Scovell was transferred to the Fifteenth Louisiana, in Early’s command and during the raid into Maryland was one of the officers in charge of the burning of Chancellorsville in retaliation for Sherman’s action in the South.

            After the war the firm of George L. Kouns & Bro. was dissolved and Capt. Scovell and Capt. John Kouns leased the Canal Street ferry in 1866 for a term of ten years.  Then they bought the Tidal Wave, which they subsequently sold.  Then the Red River Line was formed with Capt. Kouns and Scovell among the stockholders, and the deceased bought the Belle Roland.  Since the formation of the Red River Line he has been one of its leading members.  He was also a large owner in and vice-president of the Good Intent Dry Dock and a member of the Continental Guards.

            It is not positively known here whether the body will be brought here for interment or buried on the old Scovell place in Lawrence County, Ohio, which is now owned by Mr. Dillon, the brother-in-law of the Messrs. Kouns and Scovell and the husband of Capt. Kouns’ sister.


Ironton Register, Thursday, January 2, 1896


            This esteemed and prominent citizen died at the residence of his brother-in-law, Dr. D. C. Wilson, last Friday evening. The news of his death was not sudden, for he had been lying unconscious from an attack of apoplexy, three weeks before; but the intelligence spread universal sorrow in this community, where for forty years he was well known.

            We give the biographical sketch read by his pastor Rev. Geo. H. Geyer, at the funeral service:

On December 1st, 1823, Dr. Jonathan Morris was born in Morgan county, Ohio. His father, Abraham Morris, a soldier in the war of 1812, was of Scotch-Irish descent and his mother came of a German family. Left an orphan at the early age of eleven years, he began the conflicts of life, ultimately gaining by his own exertions a broad and liberal education. In 1847 he was graduated from the Cleveland Medical College and began the practice of medicine at Burlington, Ohio. There he met Miss Emily J. Wilson who became his wife in 1849.

            In 1861 Dr. Morris entered the army as surgeon of the 9th Virginia regiment and served in that capacity for four years. During that time he was confined in Libby prison for four months. At the close of the war he resumed the practice of medicine in Ironton where he has since been known as one of our city's most respected and successful physicians. A man of deep convictions, whether as a citizen or a member of an order, or of his church, Dr. Morris was ever most conscientious.

            He was a member of Ironton Commandary No. 45 Knights Templar and also of Dick Lambert Post G. A. R.

About ten years ago he untied with Spencer M. E. church during the pastorate of Rev. James Hill and ever since that time he has been one of Spencer's most devoted and substantial members. He was president of the Board of Trustees at the time of the dedication of the new church and contributed most largely towards the expense of its erection. He was a faithful member of the official board and attended its last meeting taking much interest in the welfare of the church. Spencer has lost one of its most spiritual and faithful members. Seldom absent from any of the service of the church, he will especially be missed in the prayer meeting where his presence and ready testimony were ever a benediction.

For him there was—
"One God one law, one element,
And one far off divine event
To which the whole creation moves.

            A little more than two weeks ago he was stricken with paralysis at the home of Dr. and Mrs. D. C. Wilson. His faithful wife was constantly at his side and with his only child, Mr. S. W. Morris, of Washington, D. C., was with him the last. About 5 o'clock on the afternoon of December 26th, after a patient endurance of his suffering, trusting ever in Christ, his face lighted up with a divine halo, and

"So softly death succeeded life in him.
He did but dream of heaven and he was there."

            The funeral took place at Spencer church, last Sunday afternoon. It was attended by the Knight-Templars, the Masons and the Grand Army of the Republic, commanded respectively by Sir Knight V. Newman, Mr. S. S. Littlejohn and Capt. Merrill. These societies joined the cortege from the residence. The church was crowded. The choir sang Nearer my God to Thee, and adaptation of Home Sweet Home, and an appropriate anthem. Rev. Geo. H. Geyer delivered a beautiful and thoughtful discourse from II Timothy, 4th chapter, 6th, 7th, and 8th verses—"For I am now ready to be offered" &c. Then followed a portion of the impressive ritual of the Knight Templars.

            Preceded by the societies, the funeral procession formed and moved to Woodland where the final ceremonies of the Knight Templars took place. The day was beautiful and the assemblage about the grave was large.

            Dr. Morris's life has been a busy one. He has pursued his purposes quietly and honorably. His manners were gentle and kindly. He stood up for his opinions stoutly but respected others for doing the same with their own. He performed faithfully his duties as he saw them. In the army, there was no braver, no more devoted surgeon. He went where he was needed, regardless of danger. The writer remembers on a field of battle near Winchester, that E. B. Willard, Brady Steece and himself were shot, and had pulled themselves together, in some cluster of tree, among the wounded and dying. The shells and balls were still flying about. They espied a man hurrying among the wounded, giving medicine, applying plasters, binding up wounds. He was the only able-bodied man in sight. He worked like a hero among the bleeding and mangled soldiers. As he approached the trio referred to, they saw it was Dr. Morris. They called to him. He worked toward them, and was soon by their sides, giving them surgical attention comfort and hope. An old friend in an emergency like that is as sweet as a benediction from heaven. A moment there and then off he rushed to other needs—the clamorous frightful duties of a battlefield. Such was Dr. Morris in the army. The old soldiers of his regiment and brigade as long as they live.

            For over forty years Dr. Morris has dwelt among us, pursuing his calling as a physician, and now that he has gone, many pleasant thoughts cluster about his memory; and happy, too, the thought that the sunset of his life was in a serene sky.


IR Jan. 9, 1896 - The remains of Mrs. Kerren H. Kelvey, who died at Columbus, last Thursday, were brought to North Kenova on the N. & W. last Saturday, and interred at Burlington.  Mrs. Hannah A. Hussey a daughter, and Frank W. Hussey, a grandson, accompanied the casket.  Deceased was a widow of John S. Kelvey, who died at Burlington in 1851 and who was at that time Recorder of this county.  Older residents here and at Burlington will have a kindly remembrance of Mrs. Kelvey.  She was the grandmother of Hon. J. K., and Chas. D. Richards, of Ironton, and Joseph Richards of Boston, Frank W. and John E. Hussey of Columbus.

Obituary - Kerren Happuck Kelvey died at Columbus, O. January 2, 1896, aged 86 years, 5 months, 5 days.  Widow of John S. Kelvey of Lawrence county, O.  The deceased was born in Highland county, O., daughter of Christopher and Sarah Hussey, and was one of the early pioneers of Lawrence county, residing for many years at Burlington.  She was a consistent member of the Presbyterian church there, having united with that faith sixty-two years ago at Bethesda church, Ky., now Ashland.  She was a devout christian woman and died expressing her faith that she was going to her Heavenly Home.  Her mental faculties remained clear to the end.  Interment was made January 4th in Burlington cemetery beside the grave of her husband, who had long gone before.  F. W. Hussey.






·         Our third quarterly meeting passed off pleasantly but owing to high water between here and other points on the circuit the attendance was not so large as usual.

·         The township election resulted in a victory for the independent ticket with the exception of T. M. Bowman for clerk.  One life long democrat, finding no names on his ticket, said he had walked four miles to vote the democratic ticket and would vote for the rooster anyway; and so he did.

·         W. G. Davidson, C. C. Campbell and Cecil Campbell took two rafts of logs to New Boston this week.

·         L. G. Shute and Tom Bailey secured positions on a steamer Monday.

·         Phil Bailey of Coal Grove will move to our place soon.

·         C. M. Remy is gardening for Rush Williamson this spring.

·         Mrs. Nancy Crawford is seriously ill at her home above here.

·         Many of our young people have received invitations to the commencement exercises at Proctorville.

·         E. S. McCall spent Sunday with friends here.

·         Miss Lou Drury is home from Columbus on a visit to her mother.

·         Dr. E. M. Wilson of Hanging Rock will spend the summer with his parents and will re-enter college this fall.

·         J. M. Faverty will move his family to Ceredo soon, where he is engaged in brickwork.

·         Geo. Croley is farming for Robt. Chatfield this spring.

·         Miss Jennie Chatfield of Delta spent Sunday in town.

IR May 21, 1896 - Died. - At the residence of David Nixon, last Monday afternoon, Mrs. Matilda Ann Stewart at the age of 76.  She was born at Burlington and lived there most of her life.  She came here some eight weeks ago to take care of her sister, Mrs. Nixon, David’s mother, and had taken ill herself, since which time she has not been able to leave the house.  Her husband was a Presbyterian minister who died at Hanging Rock forty years ago.  He is buried at Burlington, and by his side Mrs. Stewart was laid last Tuesday afternoon.  They had no children.  The deceased was a sister of the late R. L. Hopkins, and was a noble Christian woman.

 IR July 23, 1896 - Wedding. - This Wednesday night, Dr. Frank Campbell and Miss Ethyl Williams, of Burlington will be married at the bride’s home, Rev. Hass officiating.  This will certainly be a pleasant wedding, not only to the happy twain but to all their friends, for they both do well.  The Register congratulates them.




 ·         Details of the McCall-Soupene Wedding, An Entertaining Event.

·         Wednesday evening, September ninth, was the occasion of a beautiful wedding at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Carter of Burlington, the bride being Miss Millie Soupene, sister of Mrs. Carter, and the groom, Mr. E. S. McCall, superintendent of the Burlington schools.  The ceremony was performed by Rev. Bradshaw of the South Point Baptist church, assisted by Rev. Davis of the Burlington M. E. Church.

·         The bride was beautiful in a dress of white dimity trimmed in ribbons and lace.  She carried an elegant bouquet of Marschal Niel roses.  The groom was in full evening dress.  Only the near relatives of the bride and groom witnessed the ceremony which was very impressive.  After congratulations a bounteous supper was served; the tables were lovely, being decorated in pink and white.

·         Check to see if end of article.



IWR Feb. 6, 1897

·         There was quite a destructive fire a few evenings ago, about two miles from here.  The large two story house belonging to Miss Zoo Davidson of our little village, caught fire and burned to the ground.  The family living in it did not discover it until ti was too late to save anything.  They did not save even a change of clothing.  It is supposed the fire caught from some paper and other rubbish that had been swept up in a fire place upstairs.  There was no insurance.  It was with difficulty the large barn belonging to Mrs. Maggie Davidson, of your city, was saved.

·         A young son of Mr. Priddle fell while skating during the hard freeze and broke his arm in two places.  Dr. C. Shattuck was summoned at once and set it, and he is now doing nicely.

·         The little daughter of Lewis Toney died and was buried last week.  She was a bright little girl and the sympathy of the neighborhood goes out to the sorrowing parents.  The child had been ill a long time.

·         Monday morning Mr. C. Hussey, our butcher was rendering two large kettles of fat in his back yard when by some means it caught fire and burned entirely up; or so nearly so that it was of no use.  There was quite an excitement for a few minutes, but no other damage was done.

·         The protracted meeting at the Methodist Protestant church closed on account of the cold weather.  It was one of the best meetings that has been held in the neighborhood for years.  Rev. Reynolds, by his kind, Christian demeanor, has captured the hearts of the people.  He is an up to date man in every respect and the people enjoy his preaching.

·         Mrs. Nancy Crawford, grandmother of Mrs. Lindsey Kelly of Ironton, is quite ill at the old Crawford homestead at Sybene.

·         Edgar Drury is still very sick at his home on Charley Creek.

·         People will soon be gathered round the river, “drifting,” if the rain continues.

·         Mr. Frank Owen, John Bailey, and Lewis Shute were home during the freeze up.

·         Mrs. Maggie Davidson of Ironton, who has been visiting her sister, Mrs. John Wilson, returned home Monday.  Mrs. Davidson holds a warm place in the hearts of the people of this vicinity, especially the young people.  All are glad to see her come, and sorry to see her leave.  She spent most of her early days here and all feel that they have a claim on her yet.

·         Mrs. and Mrs. C. J. Carter visited Mrs. Carter’s mother at South Point Monday.  X RAYS.


IR Apr. 19, 1897 - Fayette Township Items.

·         Everything is putting out since the recent rain, with promise of an early spring.

·         Miss Jessie Hurt of Fish Lake left Tuesday over the N. & W. for Cleveland where she will spend the summer with her brother, I. K. Hurt, and family.

·         Mr. Al Boggs of Sandusky is very low with consumption.

·         Mr. George Hanks, a worthy citizen of Sybene, was united in marriage to Miss Lucinda Poley of Howell a few days ago.

·         Miss Amanda Hurt returned home Saturday from Bellefonte, Ky., where she has been teaching during the past winter.

·         Rev. J. D. McKee and family have recently moved to Sybene.  They occupy the house belonging to Aunt Nancy Crawford.







·         Fred Crawford of Sybene is seriously ill of typhoid fever.

·         A number of our young people will attend the exercises at Getaway school Friday.

·         Dr. T. H. Remy was visiting his parents Monday.

·         The M. P. Church held quarterly meeting Sunday.

·         The young people will give an entertainment on Saturday night, June 12.  Two plays will be rendered by our best local talent, "Out in the Streets," and "A visit to the Oil Regions."  Admission ten cents.


IR Aug. 11, 1898 - His Duty. - Rev. M. T. Phillips, of the Burlington church, is sound in his belief in a defensive as well as an offensive religion, as the following note shows:  Editor Register. - About two months ago while we were all at church, some thief entered the house but did not get anything.  But last Wednesday while we were away some on went in and stole $45.  We have no clue, yet we think the thief lives in Burlington.  We want to give warning that while we are called to preach and it is our duty to save souls, it is also our duty to save our property.  So if we catch anybody sneaking about our premises the undertaker may have a 4th or 5th class job.  M. T. Phillips.



IR May 24, 1900 - Removals.

            The work of removing the bodies of the father and mother of Mrs. Jere Davidson, their two children and Edward A. Thomas, the first husband of Mrs. Davidson from Kelly’s Cemetery to a family lot in Woodland was completed last week.  In view of the fact that the deceased were all known to the old settlers of this county, a word regarding them will be of interest.

            Hugh Crawford, father of Mrs. Davidson, was one of the first sheriffs of Lawrence county serving before the county seat was removed from Burlington.  He was born October 18, 1812, and died January 3, 1853, being killed by becoming entangled in a rope while handling a raft.  His wife, Frances Dillon Crawford, a sister of Stephen Dillon, of this county, died on September 14, 1856, of typhoid fever.  She was the daughter of Jesse and Rebecca Dillon.  The two children of Hugh and Frances Crawford, Gerome and Franklin, aged 10 and 1 years respectively, both died in 1853, on in May and the other in July.

            Edward A. Thomas, whose remains rest beside those of the Crawford family, was a promising young attorney who enlisted at the opening of the war, and was a sergeant-major in the Second West Virginia Cavalry.  He was wounded in battle and died from the effects of his wounds July 26, 1864.  His remains were brought to Ironton and interred in Kelly’s cemetery in January, 1865.


IR July 19, 1900


          Mr. Stephen Dillon, whose serious illness has been frequently mentioned in the Register, died at his home near Burlington at 10:30 o'clock this morning, after an illness of two months.

          Mr. Dillon was taken ill about two months ago as the result of a malignant growth on his liver. He held up well, considering his weight of years, but for several weeks his relatives and friends have realized that the end was but a matter of time.

          The deceased was one of the best known and most highly esteemed residents of Lawrence county. He was engaged in farming, but was at the same time identified with business ventures in other lines, being a director of the Second National Bank of this city and a stockholder in a company operating Mississippi River boats. He leaves one son, Capt. W. F. Dillon, of Shreveport, La., and sister, Mrs. Capt. Scovell, of New Orleans. Mrs. Jere Davidson and Mrs. John Norton of this city are nieces.


October 4, 1900 - The towboat Uncle Sam,  which recently sunk at Burlington has been raised and passed down last Monday for Cincinnati.


·         IR. Feb. 21, 1901 - Burlington - F. L. Owen of the steamer Virginia, is now at home.

·         IR Aug. 8, 1901 - Albert Bryant, a prominent colored citizen of Burlington and a leader in local politics among his people, died suddenly of heart disease Friday night.  He was 55 years of age and leaves a wife and family.  The funeral services were held Sunday.



·         Jan. 9, 1902 - Burlington- Gene Campbell, John Bailey and L. G. Shute have returned to the steamer Queen City.


IR May 15, 1902 - Burlington.

·         Miss Edith Sawyer is up from Ironton for a visit with friends.

·         Mrs. E. E. Ginn of Lexington, Ky., visited her mother last week.

·         Fred Edwards was a business visitor here Friday.

·         R. B. Miller of Ironton was in town last week.

·         Miss Lizzie Remy has returned from Coal Grove, where she has been teaching.

·         Mrs. E. Hopkins of Ironton is here to visit her dauther, Mrs. M. V. Sperry.

·         Mr. and Mrs. McCullough of Huntington will occupy a part of Mrs. M. A. Davidson’s house this summer.

·         Mrs. Sue Crabbe of Fontanet, Ind., is here for an extended visit with her mother, Mrs. A. Bailey.

·         Mrs. T. H. Remy and little daughter are guests of relatives here.

·         The board of education has elected for the next school term the following teachers:  Messrs. Charles Ankrim, R. C. Lawman, and Miss Anna Cassatt.


I. R. June 24, 1902 - Dynamite in Coal. - Mrs. Barbara Reynolds of Burlington, this county, was badly burned, and her house almost completely demolished early Tuesday morning by an explosion of dynamite.

     Several months ago a number of coal barges were wrecked in the river near Burlington and a number of the residents were gathering coal for use, forgetting that many sticks of dynamite, used in clearing the channel of wreckage, and much of which had not exploded, was mixed with the coal.

     This morning, Mrs. Reynolds threw some of the coal into the grate and the explosion occurred partly wrecking the building and hurling Mrs. Reynolds some distance.  She was severely burned by the fire from the grate.


I. R. August 28, 1902 - MRS. HONSHELL’S DEATH. - Friday afternoon, Mrs. Honshell, widow of the late Commodore Honshell, and mother of Mrs. Lindsey Kelly of this city, died at her home in Catlettsburg, after a long illness.  She had been very low for some time, and the end was expected at any moment.  The deceased was almost 70 years old and was a native of this {Lawrence} county.  She was a woman of great intelligence and of strong, noble character.  Her death is universally deplored.

  She had a wide acquaintance in this city, where she often visited.  Her home at Catlettsburg was long known as the center of social influence and benevolent deeds.                                                                                   



IRONTON ?, MAY 15, 1902


·         Miss Edith Sawyer is up from Ironton for a visit with friends.

·         Mrs. E. E. Ginn of Lexington, Ky., visited her mother last week.

·         Fred Edwards was a business visitor here Friday.

·         R. B. Miller of Ironton was in town last week.

·         Miss Lizzie Remy has returned from Coal Grove, where she has been teaching.

·         Mrs. E. Hopkins of Ironton is here to visit her daughter, Mrs. M. V. Sperry.

·         Mr. and Mrs. McCullough of Huntington will occupy a part of Mrs. M. A. Davidson's house this summer.

·         Mrs. Sue Crabbe of Fontanet, Ind., is here for an extended visit with her mother, Mrs. A. Bailey.

·         Mrs. T. H. Remy and little daughter are guests of relatives here.

·         The board of education has elected for the next school term the following teachers:  Messrs. Charles Ankrim, R. C. Lawman, and Miss Anna Cassatt.



Burlington Citizens

May Enjoin Operation of Powder Mills at Kellogg.

     Says the Huntington, W Va Herald:  “The Phoenix Millsat Kellogg resumed operations this morning in full, after an idleness of almost six years.  These powder mills are the largest on the Ohio river and give employment to about 50 people.  Huntington, W Va people are thoroughly familiar with the former operation of this mill, as explosions were of frequent occurrence, and during their three or four years of operation quite a number of people lost their lives.  The management now states that with the improvements made to the plant of late, that the chances for an explosion are reduced to a minimum.

     “There is much opposition to the plant’s operation from citizens living in Kellogg and Burlington, and it is rumored that a score or more damage suits will be entered in the Wayne Circuit Court before the week is over, and it is not at all improbable that an injunction will be resorted to have the plant cease operation.”






·         Mrs. W. G. Davidson and children left Friday on the Keystone State for New Martinsville, W. Va., where they will visit relatives.

·         Mr. and Mrs. U. T. Cox of Ensee spent Sunday here with Mrs. M. V. Sperry.

·         Mrs. Leslie Moore entertained a number of her friends Saturday evening.  Those present were Misses Mary Drury, Maude McKay, Nora Lawman, Stella and Charline Davidson, Mary Crawford, and Messrs, Edgar Drury, and James McDerment.

·         Miss Anna Cassatt has returned to Ada after a two weeks' vacation.

·         Mrs. Ed Ginn and children of Lexington, Ky., are here for a visit with Mrs. Ginn's mother.

·         Miss Bess Shore of Ironton visited her sister, Mrs. Edgar Wilson, last week.

·         Charlie Drury is down from Columbus to visit home folks.

·         Mr. and Mrs. A. Soupene of South Point spent Friday at J. D. Carter's.

·         Mrs. Ida Chaffin and children of Cincinnati are visiting relatives here.

·         Rev. J. H. Goss is attending the campmeeting at Lancaster.


IR Aug. 20, 1903 - Lost His Mind. - While at the Deathbed of His Aged Father. - The Huntington Advertiser of Saturday evening says:

            “John Drewery of Dayton, Ky., while beside his father’s deathbed in Burlington, Ohio, Tuesday, totally collapsed and has since been violently insane.  Drewery’s collapse is thought to be the result of grief and nervous excitement attendant upon his father’s illness.  Drewery was brought to Huntington this morning and was this afternoon taken to his home in Dayton, Ohio, accompanied by his wife and several relatives.

            “Drewery and his wife went to Burlington several days ago in answer to a telegram, informing them of the serious illness of Lawson Drewery.  The strain and nervous excitement was too much for Drewery and Tuesday he collapsed and has since been stark mad.  Lawson Drewery died Wednesday and was buried at Burlington Friday.  In the meantime his son was closely confied to a room.

            “The relatives of the unfortunate man, when seen at the C. & O. depot here this afternoon stated that they thought Drewery would recover.  [sic Drury]






·         Mrs. Sarah Drury is at Catlettsburg, the guest of her daughter, Mrs. Ira Chatfield.

·         Maurice Randall of Fontanet, Ind., is here for a visit with his friends.

·         Charles Remy will move into the Remy property on Franklin street this week.

·         Miss Nora Lawman has returned to Cincinnati where she will resume her duties as nurse at the city hospital.

·         Mrs. H. Davidson and daughter were up from South Point Sunday to visit the former's parents.

·         Mrs. Frank Gibbons of Hanging Rock has been the guest of her sister, Mrs. J. D. Carter.

·         Mrs. J. A. Bailey visited her brother, Dr. F. D. Campbell at Rock Camp last week.

·         Mrs. John Wilson returned from a visit with her daughter Mrs. R. B. Miller at Ironton.



JAN. 21, 1904

·         Mr. and Mrs. C. Hussey have returned from a two week’s visit with their daughters at Hanging Rock.

·         W. G. Davidson was a business visitor at Huntington, Friday.

·         Miss Bess Shore of Ironton has been the guest of her sister, Mrs. Edgar Wilson.

·         W. C. and Clyde Walters are visiting relatives in Baltimore, Maryland.

·         A number of our citizens attended the Farmer’s Institute at Kouns chapel this week.

·         Mrs. M. V. Sperry is home from a visit with her daughter, Mrs. E. E. Ginn, of Lexington, Ky.


Jan. 21, 1904 - After Long Illness

Mrs. Davidson of Delta Died Last Friday Night.

            Mrs. Cyntha Davidson, one of the pioneer residents of the upper part of this county, succumbed to a long illness at her home at Delta, Friday night, aged 67 years.

            The deceased was the mother-in-law of Mr. Hugh Russell, of this city [Ironton], and had numerous relatives here and in other parts of the county.  She is survived by the following named children:  Mrs. Elizabeth Harbaugh, of Piqua, Ohio, Frank and Victor Davidson, of Morgan, Minn., Clinton and Watt Davidson, of St. Paul, Minn., Samul Davidson, of Beaumont, Tex., and Miss Jeanette Davidson, who lives at the home place at Delta.

            Several of the children were at the mother’s bedside in the final hour, but pending the arrival of the others, the funeral arrangements have not been made.  Mrs. Davidson had a wide acquaintance among the older residents of Ironton, who have not but the highest praise for her nobility of character and the deepest sympathy for the bereaved family.  Mrs. Davidson was the widow of the late Jeremiah Davidson who was one of the most prominent residents of the county during the last decade.

            Mrs. Davidson was a sister of the late General Sam Thomas, the multi-millionaire railroad magnate of New York, who was formerly a resident of the Delta neighborhood.  Both were born in the vicinity of South Point and Mrs. Davidson had spent practically all her life there.


IR Aug. 25, 1905 - Geo. H. Campbell formerly of Burlington, but now an employe of the John Mandville Co. Electrical manufacturers of Cleveland is here for a two weeks visit with relatives and friends.  He spent Sunday with his brother, Dr. Campbell at Rock Camp.

IR Oct. 26, 1905 - A deal was closed last week whereby the ferry franchise between Kellogg and Burlington passed into the possession of T. A. Null, who made the purchase with an eye turned toward future developments.  The consideration is private. 





IRONTON ?,  JANUARY 25, 1906


·         Mr. And Mrs. G. M. Smithley of Ironton spent Saturday and Sunday with their daughter, Mrs. Will Davidson.

·         Mrs. John Ankrim jr., continues critically ill.

·         Harry and Charles McLaughlin left Friday on the Virginia for their work in Pennsylvania.

·         Mrs. John Wilson has returned to Huntington after a few day's visit here with friends.

·         Little Paul Harble is quite sick.

·         Mr. W. L. Elkins spent Saturday and Sunday with home folks.

·         Miss Mary Drury of Sybene is visiting her sister, Mrs. F. L. Moore.

·         Miss Callie (?) Cooper is the guest of friends here.

·         Revival services at the Methodist Episcopal church closed Wednesday.


IR Feb. 1, 1906 - Common Pleas Court. - W. G. Davidson filed an application in common pleas court Saturday for a skiff license at Burlington.  He alleges that he is a citizen and a free holder of Burlington, O., that he has an available and acceptable landing place on Ohio side opposite public landing on other side and is possessed of sufficient means and ability to give the citizens of Burlington and vicinity a good ferry service.  He also alleges that no other person has a license to operate a ferry at that ... [do not have end]










MI July 2, 1914 - One Man Killed and Another Injured When Boom Broke.

     When the boom of a derrick at Dam No. 28, near Burlington, broke and fell Wednesday, Arthur Thompson, colored, of Gallipolis, was so severely crushed that he died shortly after 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, and Philip Pancake, while, residing near the dam, had one finger torn off and his hand badly lacerated.

     The accident occurred about ten thirty o’clock.  The whistle had just blown for dinner, and the two men were standing in one of the iron buckets used to carry the concrete, when, without warning, the boom of the derrick broke and crashed down upon the two men.  Thompson was badly crushed, six or seven ribs and his collar bone being broken.  In addition he sustained several internal injuries, which resulted in his death at the Huntington, W Va general hospital, where both men were removed after the accident.

     Pancake’s left hand was caught and badly lacerated, the ring finger being torn off.  Dr. Sternberger, who treated both men, stated that, unless unexpected complications developed, his injuries would not prove serious.

     The accident occurred in the river cofferdam near the center of the river.

Obituary of Capt. James Louis Shepard

Morning Irontonian [Ohio] July 10, 1914

Captain Shepard Pioneer Pilot Has Crossed the Bar

Death last night summoned one of the foremost steamboat pioneers of this county when Capt. James Louis Shepard aged 76 years, laid down the battle after a long and useful life at his home on Railroad street, between Fifth and Sixth [Ironton, Ohio]. He suffered a breakdown about two years ago due to old age and a complication and this resulted in his death.

He was one of the best known men of this vicinity and his death comes as a grievous shock to his legion of friends.

Capt. Shepard was born near Burlington, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Shepard. He received his early education and spent his early life at Burlington then the county seat but in 1852 when the county seat was moved to Ironton, he, together with his father who was then sheriff, moved to this city.

The deceased became a river pilot and has had charge of some of the finest towboats on the river. He piloted a great many boats, among them the Cobb, Cecil, Etna, Douglas Hall, Jack Frost, Gailer, Gate City and others and was last employed as pilot on the Russell-Ironton ferry boat.

He possessed a nature which made him a general favorite. He was married on December 30, 1868 to Miss Katherine Withrow at Washington, in Guernsey county, O., and to that union the following children were born: Edwin, and Mrs. W. D. Lackey, of this city, Mrs. Arthur Hillian of Cuyanhoga Falls, O., and Isabel deceased.

Three brothers, Eugene, of this city, Washington of Decatur, Ga., and Charles E. , of _iana, Fla., survive, as well as one sister, Mrs. Julia Doty of Franklin Furnace, Scioto county.

Bingaman and Jones have charge of the funeral but no arrangements have as yet been made.









·         The funeral of Mr. S. F. V. Davidson, whose death occurred at 6 o'clock Monday morning, was held at the M. E. Church Thursday afternoon.  The services were conducted by Rev. W. E. Shafer.  Interment in Burlington cemetery.

·         Mrs. Davidson, wife of the deceased arrived Wednesday from Denver, Colo., to attend the funeral.

·         Dr. T. H. Remy and C. M. Remy of Ironton were here to attend the funeral of Mr. Davidson.

·         Mr. T. Miller, who has been very ill, is much improved.

·         Rev. W. E. Shafer is holding a revival at the M. E. Church.  The meetings are very interesting and well attended.

·         The Ladies Aid Society was pleasantly entertained at the home of Mrs. Eph Hamlin, Thursday afternoon, Jan. 11th.  The Devotional exercises were conducted by the president Mrs. Cassatt, after a short business meeting a social hour was spent.  The hostess assisted by her siser, Miss Sylva Null, and sister-in-law, Mrs. D. O. Null, served refreshments of delicious ice cream and cake to the following members:  Mrs. Charles Beard, Mrs. Carl Crawford, Mrs. John Bailey, Mrs. E. B. Cassatt, Mrs. Will Spurlock, Mrs. Jno Ashworth, Misses Gertrude Ankrim and Addie Drury.  Visitors, Mrs. M. D. Davidson and W. P. Hostottle.



·         SWR Aug. 16, 1918 - Major Jere Davidson Died Shortly Before Noon Today. - ..one of Ironton’s oldest...residents, Major Jeremiah Davidson.  He was 83 years of age...He was one of the oldest native residents of Lawrence county, having been born at Burlington, Ohio 93 years ago last January [above it states he was 83]...[died]at his home at the corner of Fourth and Washington streets.... Major Davidson was a hero and veteran of the Civil War...Was married to Clara C. Crawford and to them two sons were born, Dr. Hugh C. Davidson, and James Davidson of New Orleans.  Another son [step-son] Edward A. Thomas, of Shreveport also survives...not so very long ago served as postmaster of the city of Ironton.  He had been a member of city council, the Board of Education, Sinking Fund Trustees, and for many years was Commander of Dick Lambert Post G. A.R. [IR Nov. 23? 1875 - Jerry Davidson has purchased John Combs’ dwelling house on Fourth-st.  It cost him $6,500.]











Burlington Resident Passed Away Sunday - Mrs. Cassie Shute, Mrs. Cassie", 84, passed away at her home at Burlington, this county, Sunday morning at 7 o’clock following an illness of many months.  The deceased had been an invalid for years and was thus confined a great deal to her home.  She had been residing at the home of her daughter, Hattie Shute, at Burlington.  Funeral services will be held at the Burlington" church with burial in Burlington cemetery under the direction of Bingaman and Jones.  The services will be held at 2 o’clock Eastern time and 1 o’clock standard time.








Dr. Alice Johnson of Columbus, daughter of the late Ben and Ethel Johnson and granddaughter of the late Dr. Hall, of Burlington, all formerly of this county, died at Columbus Monday after an invalidism of nine years, local relatives and friends have been advised. She will be remembered by many residents.
Dr. Johnson spent her girlhood here and in 1890 was graduated in medicine at Columbus. She practiced in Huntington for a short time and in 1892 moved to Columbus, where she practiced her profession. She retired many years ago.
Dr. Johnson was a cousin of Mrs. Jim Ferguson of Delta and was a niece of Mrs. Wm. Bay. Her parents and one sister preceded her in death, but one sister survives, Mary Johnson, of Columbus




IST Aug. 28, 1934  - Obituaries

- CLOTTON. -...about four years ago.  She and her husband came to Ohio some forty-odd years ago.  They lived happily together for over 56 years.  Mrs. Clotton was born a slave.  Her mother was taken from her early in life so she was left to fight the battles of life alone.  She was reared by her aunt, Mrs. Amillie Bennett Mullen.  Mrs. Clotton had many friends and her death threw sorrow into many homes.  She was an ardent member of the First Baptist church of Burlington and was a faithful worker there until illness retarded her activities.  Funeral services were held this afternoon by Rev. O. P. Wright now pastoring in Gallipolis, O.  Burial in Burlington cemetery in charge of Undertaker H. C. Bryant.

- DAVIDSON. - Funeral services for Aunt Sue Davidson, who died Sunday, will be conducted by Rev. Earl Scott at the Burlington M. E. church Friday at 10 o’clock with burial in Burlington cemetery in charge of Undertaker Schneider.  The body will remain at the funeral home until Friday morning, awaiting arrival of three nieces, Mrs. Dewight Gross, Mrs. Ross Morrison, Mrs. Ross" and Miss Hazel Davidson, Miss Hazel" of Denver, Colorado.

Burlington Once Urban Center

By Connie Jo Justice

I.T.  October 8, 1969

When this old hat was new, the people used to say

The best among the Presidents was former Henry Clay.

       The words of this old campaign song filled the streets of Burlington in Fayette Township during the famous campaign in 1844 between Henry Clay, the Whig candidate, and James K. Polk, Democrat.

      The old Lawrence County seat was not only a noted place with much sentiment during the campaign, but also the urban center of the county.

      The occurrences of the campaign, plus reminiscences of school days, court sessions, steamboatman, manufacturing firms, and general old times are recorded in a series of articles done by a resident of Burlington in the Ironton Register in 1895.  The articles can be read in copies of the old paper at the Briggs-Lawrence County Library in Ironton.

      Also available at the library are the microfilms of censuses from 1850-80, obtained through the National Archives.

      The 1850 census recorded a total of 1,111 residents in the bustling township.  Unlike the townships we have covered thus far in our series, Fayette Township and Burlington was more close-knit in physical proximity.  Actual inward growth had begun in Burlington, with a tannery, pottery, sawmill, cigar factory, drug store, carpet weavers, copper and silversmiths, printers, miners, lawyers, shoemakers, innkeepers, boatmen, mill wrights, and even a hatter.

      On Nov. 20, 1817, $1,500 was appropriated by the first county court for the building of a county court house in the public square.  Earlier that year on April 11, at the first meeting of the court, $700 for the building of a log jail was appropriated.

      The court house no longer stands, but the jail, which replaced the original log jail after a fire on Nov 7, 1846, still stands in the town commons in Burlington.

      The ledger recording the 1850 census, which was executed in the county by Elias NIGH, a 35-year-old Burlington lawyer at that time, notes even the seven prisoners lodged in the jail during the taking of the census.

      The prisoners ranged in age from 16 to 29 years, with two charged with stabbing with intent to kill, two for horse stealing, and others with assault and battery, petty larceny, and burglary.

      The court house was removed after the county seat of Lawrence County was changed to Ironton, due to Ironton's closer proximity to the population center of the county.  The Burlington Water Co. office now stands at the site of the old court house.

      The census revealed that there were 196 dwellings in the township housing 199 families.  There were 512 white males, 444 white females, 68 colored males, and 87 colored females.  There were 180 residents over 20 years of age who could not read or write and 144 persons had attended school within the year.

      The largest family in the township according to the figures on the census, was that of John and Marie Toms, who had 16 children from one to 27 years of age.  John TOMS was listed as a Negro farmer.

      Also discovered among the names on the Fayette census was that of William F. Henshaw, 50 years old, the father-in-law of Elias Nigh.  Henshaw was the innkeeper and owner of the Harrison Hotel, one of Burlington's three hotels, of which the town boasted.  Elias Nigh was married to Henshaw's daughter Alice, who was 28 years old at the taking of the census.

      The town's other two hotels were No. 2, located on the southeast corner of the square, owned by Thomas Clark of Ironton, and the White Hall, located on Washington Street and owned by Dr. O. D. Owen.  The Harrison Hotel, which catered to the most aristocratic, and the judges, lawyers, and furnace magnates were patrons, was located on the northwest corner of the public square.

      William Davidson, perhaps the first settler of the township, came there in 1798, followed by James Davidson, Samuel Ankrim, George Koons, and many other early settlers.

      The first school in the township was taught by John Phillips in 1812, with seven or eight scholars attending.

      Burlington was laid out by Edward Tupper of Gallia County in 1817.  The original plat map is framed and handing in the Lawrence County Historical Society'' museum near old Vesuvius Furnace at Lake Vesuvius.

      The unusual spelling of many names was noted in that day, as the early pioneers seemed to refrain from the use of many double letters.  Some such names noted in the 1850 census ledger were Robison, Bramer, Dun, Hains, Bennet, Cradick, Furguson, Ankrim, Dogget, Shelten, Hambleton, Dillion, Richison and Kounse.

      Today Burlington, still the center of Fayette Township, is home for over 5,444 residents, according to the 1960 census.

 Semi-Weekly Register, Friday, August 16, 1918


Major Jere Davidson Died Shortly Before Noon Today

Submitted by: Sharon Milich Kouns

            There passed from among us shortly before noon today one of Ironton's oldest, most esteemed and honorable residents, Major Jeremiah Davidson. He was 83 years of age, and while not ill from any specific cause yet for some time past had been enfeebled and debilitated by the ravages of age. He was one of the oldest residents of Lawrence county, having been born at Burlington, Ohio 93 years ago last January. Major Davidson was able to be up and about the streets on Tuesday of this week, and despite the heat and discomfort he seemed to stand a walk of several blocks without undue discomfort or fatigue. His condition, however, for the past several weeks has been such as to cause his immediate family deep concern. They realized that the end was rapidly approaching and despite all that they could do to prevent it, the final summons came today at 10:30 o'clock at his home at the corner of Fourth and Washington street. Major Davidson came from a family that has made history in Lawrence county and he himself was a publicist, citizen, and soldier. No man has ever been given a fuller measure of esteem and respect than he and certainly no resident of this city is more entitled to the encomiums than he. He has lived all his life in Lawrence county and since before the war he has been an honored and respected resident of the city of Ironton. He has held many places of public trust, and at various times had engaged in the mercantile business in this city. He was united in marriage to Clara C. Crawford and to them two sons were born, Dr. Hugh C. Davidson, and James Davidson. Another son, Edward A. Thomas, of Shreveport, La., also survives. All of the boys have been notified by wire, and it is probable that all will be here for the funeral, which will be held Saturday afternoon at the late home, with Rev. P. E. White of the First M. E. church in charge.

            Major Davidson's was record is pre-eminently one of heroic achievement. He was perfectly fearless and very capable and several promotions in rapid succession came as a reward for unexampled bravery and heroism.

            Major Davidson was one of Ironton's best known and most beloved citizens. He was a life time resident of this community and no man was ever held in higher esteem than he. We have known him since our earliest childhood and we have lost one of our best friends. He was out on last Tuesday, primary day, and he walked to the voting precinct, two blocks from his home. He informed the election officials that he did not care to vote for but one person on the ticket, and he named the writer of this article as the man for whom he desired to vote. He returned to his home and when we learned today that he had been called to his reward, we were grieved, though in a measure prepared to hear of it at any time.

            Major Davidson was a hero and veteran of the Civil War, and no braver or truer soldier has ever left Lawrence county for the battlefields. He was wounded a number of times during the war, but once a bullet passed completely through his body and he was left for dead on the battlefield. He was later found and brought to his home in Ironton, where he was lovingly nursed back to health. He won many promotions on the battlefield and each was a recognition of his valorous conduct under fire. Major Davidson was a staunch Republican in politics and for many years was actively interested in public affairs. He has held many public places of trust and not so very long ago served as postmaster of the city of Ironton. He had been a member of the City Council, the Board of Education, Sinking Fund Trustees, and for many years was Commander of Dick Lambert Post G. A. R.

            Major Davidson was a member of the Masonic Fraternity, and was one of the oldest Masons in the state. He was by nature a jovial, whole-hearted and agreeable gentleman and the very soul of honor. He was a splendid citizen, a loyal, faithful and true husband and father and this city and county is unanimous in paying him just tribute.

From: "Genie Clark" <covegator@hotmail.com>
To: "S. Kouns"
Subject: Re: Kouns Family - Carpus Clark
Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2002 21:01:08 -0600



Thanks so much for the prompt reply.

So, Carpus Clark was a Justice of the Peace in Lawrence County? I should have suspected it; he seems to have been one of those people who cannot stay out of politics and the controversy which often accompanies that field. When in the Vermont Legislature, after the election for governor was thrown into that body for a decision, he arose on the floor and thundered that if the wrong man (opponent of Carpus' man) were put into office, Vermont would "no longer be a fit place to live." The "wrong man" won and Carpus felt duty bound to stick by his statement. He resigned, went home, packed up his family & belongings, and headed southwest for southern Ohio. Ol' Carpus appears to have been quite opinionated & ready to fight for what he believed, which, of course, is not always bad. This came on the heels of losing his eldest son in the War of 1812 (in 1813) and some have speculated that he was not on his best foot that day in the Legislature.

I knew he had something to do with naming Burlington, Ohio, after Burlington, Vermont, and then Burlington, Iowa, after Burlington, Ohio, but wasn't sure of how that went. Thanks for the clarification. I'm surprised there is not a Burlington in Houston County, Texas, because that was where Carpus landed next. Guess he just didn't live long enough after arriving here.

To my knowledge, Columbus B. Clark was not in our collection of Clarks. There was another Clark family there as I have run across them in my searches, but have never made a connection.

Enjoyed the 1818 Tax List for Fayette Township. Carpus Clark's family had ties with the surnames of Bruce and Sperry, as you will note shortly among his children. The surname of Frampton is also very familiar. I think they might have connected with another line I have worked. Do you know offhand what this particular Frampton's given name might have been?

Okay, here goes:

Carpus Clark was the 5th generation of his paternal line in America. (1) Lt. William Clarke (1609, England-1690) mar. Sarah -- ; (2) Capt. William Clark (Jr.) (1656-1725) mar. Hannah Strong; (3) Benoni Clark (1694-1769) mar. Hannah Root; (4) Ens. Eleazar Clark (1724-1786) mar. Esther Gibbs.

Carpus Clark was born 1768 at Lebanon, Connecticut; mar. in 1792, at Claremont, New Hampshire, to PHOEBE GREEN, daughter of Daniel & Rebecca Green (I believe some of these Greens were also in Lawrence County). They lived in Vermont until about 1815, then came to Ohio. Phoebe died in 1823, probably in Lawrence County. A coupe of their sons began wandering southward, hunting & roaming (seems to be a trait of the family). They wound up in east Texas (Mexico at that time) by 1834-35 & finally settled in what became Houston County (not city). After a brief sojourn to SE Iowa, Carpus followed them to Texas by 1839. He died there 8 Jan. 1841. Some of his family remained in Houston County, while others (my bunch) came farther south to what is now Chambers County, at the mouth of the Trinity River. Some wound up in Oregon and some (I have just learned) in Missouri.

Children of Carpus & Phoebe (Green) Clark (all born in Vermont):

GUY -- 1793-1813 (died in War of 1812;

CELIA -- 1794-1823 (saw one reference, but no documentation, that she married a man named Abraham Smith (?). Probably died in Lawrence County;

MARTHA -- 1796-1870 (For her to have lived so long, I have never found anything else about her.);

REBECCA -- 1798-1827 (Likewise, know nothing of her; probably died in Lawrence County);

BARTON -- 1800-1886 (To Texas by 1834; mar. Hannah Hanley in Lawrence Co., in 1824; mar. again in Texas in 1855, after widowed);

CORINTHIA -- 1802-1891 (Mar. Vincent Bruce in Lawrence Co.; they moved to Linn Co., Missouri in 1859);

WILLIAM (My GGgrandpa) -- 1803- ? (Mar. Louisa Jane Callihan in Lawrence Co. in 1824; To Texas by 1835; Left for California goldfields in 1849 & never heard from again; more of that wandering);

ESTHER -- 1805-1807

DANIEL -- 1808-1870 (Mar. Mary Morse in 1837; Tax Assessor for Chambers Co., Texas);

CYNTHIA -- 1811-1881 (Mar. William Sperry in Lawrence Co. in 1829; They went to Oregon in 1850s, & most of their descendants are still there, or Washington State).

Hope I haven't bored you with all this. I do greatly appreciate your kind offer & hope I may be able to return the favor at some future time.


----- Original Message ----- From: S. Kouns Sent: Monday, February 18, 2002 4:00 AM To: Genie Clark Subject: Re: Kouns Family - Carpus Clark

Dear Kendon and Genie,

I know that Carpus was a Justice of the Peace in Lawrence County.

I found this clipping:

Burlington was named by E. B. Green and Carpus Clark, for Burlington, Vt.,
and Carpus Clark and S. M. Browning named Burlington, Iowa, for our chief
town. (They are referring to Burlington, Lawrence Co., Ohio which was
among the first settlements of Lawrence county. Burlington was the county
seat until 1851 then they moved the Court to the new town of Ironton,
founded 1849).

You solved a question for me. Someone wrote years after this that
Burlington was named for Burlington (can't remember which state) but if
Carpus had been in the Legislature in Vermont then the above statement is
no doubt true.

The 1818 Tax List for Fayette Township has him listed as Casper
Clark. Here is a surname list of others that were on that list:
Ankrim, Ballard, Bingaman, Bivens, Boyd, Brown, Brubaker, Bruce, Bryant,
Burton, Chatfield, Clark (Casper) - he's the only Clark mentioned -
Collier, Davidson, Eaton, Frampton, Francis, Grant, Hatcher, Hewitt, Holt,
Hopkins, Imes, Keller, Kerr, Kitchem, Kite, Koonce, Kreely, Lynd, McCoy,
McKee, McMullen, Moore, Phillips, Powell, Riggs, Robinson, Shute, Simmons,
Sloan, Sperry, Sryock, Templeton, Westcott, Wilson and Wyer.

These were the hearty pioneers. As you can see there weren't that many in
Burlington in the early years. The Kouns's came from Rockingham and
Greenbrier counties of Virginia.

I believe the only Kouns-Clark connection is a Sadie Kouns married Columbus
B. Clark on Oct. 7, 1874. Sadie was b. 1856 in Burlington, Ohio. I've
always wondered if this Columbus was related to Carpus!

If you have a list of children of Carpus, could you send it to me (along
with their spouses' surnames) and I will run a check on my databases (in my
computer) to see if I can make any connections. Also, who was Carpus
married to?

thanks for writing,

At 08:16 PM 2/17/2002 -0600, you wrote:

I have been scanning your most interesting account of The Kouns Family of
Lawrence County, Ohio, searching for what was indicated as an entry in the
name of Carpus Clark, who was mt GGGgrandpa. Toward the end, I located
entries under the headings: 8. NANCY KOUNS and 11. SEE SEPARATE CHAPTER
ON ANDREW P. KOUNS, that Carpus Clark had performed the marriages of both
these people, Nancy in 1821 & Andrew in 182_.
Would you happen to know if Carpus Clark had some connection to the Kouns
family, either directly, collaterally or by friendship? Or, if he might
have held some sort of office or was a minister of the Gospel? He had
held various offices, including at least one term in the legislature, in
Vermont before coming to Ohio in about 1815. He resided in Lawrence
County (Fayette Twp.) until about 1839, when he left & followed his sons
to Texas, where he died about a year later. I don't know of any office he
held after leaving Vermont.
I have been working on the descendants of Carpus Clark for many years and
have found his connections in Ohio quite difficult to break into
sometimes. This was an entire new field for me in his regard and my
curiosity is at a peak! Any possibility of which you might be aware would
be gratefully accepted.
Keep up the good work!

Kendon and Genie Clark


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