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History
A History of Knox County, Ohio,
From 1779 to 1862
By A. Banning Norton.
Richard Nevins, Printer. 1862
Title Page and Preface
Chapter I: SKETCH OF THE COUNTRY AND SETTLEMENT PRIOR TO ORGANIZATION - TRAVERSED BEFORE THE TERRITORY OF OHIO WAS NAMED BY ONE OF ITS SUBSEQUENT SETTLERS. - ITS INHABITANT BEFORE THE STATE WAS ORGANIZED. - ITS CITIZENS WHEN FAIRFIELD COUNTY WAS CREATED. - WITH INCIDENTS OF FRONTIER LIFE AND ADVENTURE.
Chapter II: CONTINUATION OF THE EARLY OUTLINE - MORE ABOUT THE FIRST SETTLERS. - QUAKERS FROM MARYLAND FIND THEIR WAY IN 1806. - INCIDENTS CONNECTED WITH THEIR EMIGRATION, AND IN THE MOVEMENTS OF OTHER SETTLERS. — WHO THEY WERE AND WHAT BECAME OF THEM. - THE PRIVATIONS ENDURED AND DANGERS ENCOUNTERED. - MORE TOWNS LAID OUT. - THE FIRST MILLS. - THE SCENE OF AN ENCOUNTER WITH INDIANS. - INCONVENIENCES OF THE COUNTRY. - EFFORTS FOR A NEW COUNTY. - AN EARLY ELECTION. - FAIRFIELD DIVIDED. - THREE NEW COUNTIES CREATED BY ONE BILL. - STRIFE FOR THE SEAT OF JUSTICE OF KNOX.
Chapter III: KNOX COUNTY ORGANIZED. THE FIRST TERM OF COMMON PLEAS. - REPORT OF COMMISSIONERS ON SEAT OF JUSTICE. - THE FIRST CRIMINAL TRIALS. - "THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE LAWS" UPON HEDRICK'S BARE BACK. - FORTY STRIPES LAID ON A POOR WHITE MAN'S NAKED SKIN! - THE PUBLIC WHIPPING ON THE PUBLIC SQUARE OF MOUNT VERNON. - ACTION OF THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, A.D. 1808. - THE FIRST OFFICERS, AND SOME ACCOUNT OF THEM. - THE FIRST GRAND JURIES AND FIRST PETIT JURIES. - THE FIRST ELECTION. - FIRST LICENSED PREACHERS, MERCHANTS AND TAVERN KEEPERS. - EXTRAORDINARY WOLF SESSION. - RIGID HONESTY AND ECONOMY OF OFFICERS.
Chapter IV: THE COUNTRY AS SEEN IN 1801. - A TRAGEDY IN OWL CREEK IN 1800, AND THE PLACE OF ITS OCCURRENCE. - REMINISCENCES OF EARLY SETTLERS AND THEIR FAMILIES. - THE FIRST TERRIBLE STORM VISITS MOUNT VERNON. - THE FIRST DOCTOR AND HIS RECEPTION. - THE BUTLERS, THE WALKERS. - GILMAN BRYANT, JIM CRAIG, AND THEIR EXPLOITS. - WHO GAVE THE NAME TO MOUNT VERNON. - WHO BUILT THE FIRST CABIN? - EARLY PREACHING. - FIGHTING AND OTHER INCIDENTS OF THE FRONTIER, AND AMUSING EVENTS OF THE ANCIENT TIMES.
Chapter V: RESUME OF THE COUNTY SEAT QUESTION.-- THE GRAPES WERE SOUR AND MOUNT VERNON IS DISCOVERED BY THE CLINTONIANS TO BE INELIGIBLE AND UEALTHYY. --THE LEGISLATURE OF 1808-9 WERE IN SOME DOUBT. --THE ANTI-VERNONITES THINK THE COUNTY SHOULD BE ENLARGED.-- THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF OHIO THINK NOT. --AGITATION CONTINUES 1810-11 AND 1811-12.--THE DREAM IS OVER --THE INHABITANTS BEG FOE ROADS--THE GREAT CLINTON LIBRARY STRUGGLES FOR LEGISLATIVE RECOGNITION, AND THE LIGHT EXPIRES!
Chapter VI: TRANSACTIONS OF THE YEAR 1809. THE COMMISSIONERS IN TROUBLE ABOUT TAXES,---THE HEAVY BRAIN ON THE TREASURY FOR WOLF SCALPS.--THE CLERKS BRAIN BECOMES CONFUSED BY REPEATED DEMANDS.- -THE WOLVES INVADE THE TOWN.---DOINGS OF THE COURT AND COMMISSIONERS.--THE COUNTY JAIL COMPLETED---THE FIRST SETTLEMENT WITH THE TREASURER, AND SKETCH OF THAT OFFICER.
Chapter VII: THE SEAT OF JUSTICE FOR THE LAST TIME. BEN. BUTLER'S VERSION OF THE WAY MOUNT VERNON WAS MADE THE PERMANENT COUNTY SEAT, SHOWING THAT OLD VIRGINIA WAS UP TO TRICKS.
Chapter VIII: SIXTH TERM OF COURT-JANUARY 1st, 1810. THE LAW AND THE TESTIMONY. --COURT, FINANCE, AND ELECTION, 1810.
Chapter IX: SKETCH OF THE FIRST WHITE MAN KNOWN TO HAVE BEEN UPON THE KO-KO-SING--THE INDIAN CAPTIVE IN 1779.--THE ADJUTANT IN 1812 AND COMMISSIONER IN 1824.
Chapter X: WHAT WAS DONE BY COURTS AND COMISSIONERS IN THE YEARS 1811-12-13 AND 1814 THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST TO CITIZENS OF THE COUNTY.-- COUNTY ROADS.--COUNTY BUILDINGS-COUNTY REVENUE--WHAT IT COST TO GUARD A PRISIONER AND TO BURY A NEGRO IN 1812-14--PRICES OF BARK AND RABBIT SKINS--THE GLORIOUS FOURTH COMMERORATED BY STRONG'S SETTLEMENT.
Chapter XI: THE ECCENTRIC CHAPTER IN OUR EARLY HISTORY—BEING ALL THAT IS KNOWN OF THE HISTORY OF JOHNNY APPLESEED.
Chapter XII: KNOX COUNTY DURING THE WAR-POPULATION PRETTY MUCH AT A STAND STILL—EVENTS--VOLRNTEERS, &c.-SOME INCIDENTS OF A MORE STIRRING CHARACTER--A TOUCH OF INDIAN WARFARE--FORTS AND BLOCK HOUSES ERECTED TO SAVE LIVES AND SCALPS.
Chapter XIII: NOTABLE EVENTS OF 1815. NINTEEN INDICTMENTS FOR FIGHTS AND FRAYS.--NEW ROADS ESTABLISHED.--THE JAIL A COSTLY THING.--LICENSES TO PREACH, TO SELL AND TO ENTERTAIN--THE SUPREME COURT FOR SEVEN TERMS.--THE OLD FOLKS SING.-- WHAT PAY SOLDIERS RECEIVED IN OLDEN TIME.-THE LAWYERS GET INTO THE COUNTY.-ELECTION OF 1815 FOR STATE AND COUNTY OFFICERS.
Chapter XIV: MASONIC INSTITUTIONS. HISTORICAL SKETCH OF MASONRY IN KNOX COUNTY.-ITS ORIGIN--CHRONO--LOGICAL STATEMENT OF ITS EARLY EVENTS AND PU BLIC TRANSACTIONS--AND THE PRESENT CONDITION OF THE VAIUIOUS ORDERS.
Chapter XV: THE OWL CREEK BANK OF MOUNT VERNON. ITS PUBLIC AND PRIVATE HISTORY.-LET IT BE RELIEVED FROM ODIUM!
Chapter XVI: INCIDENTS AND EVENTS OF 1816 THE FIRST PAPER AT MOUNT FERNON.-GLEANINGS FROM THE OHIO REGISTER-SOME ACCOUNT OF THE BUSINESS MEN OF THAT TIME-OF THE MARRIAGES, INCREASE OF POPULATION, ETC-SOME OF THE DEATS-ADDRESSES OF CANDIDATES.- KING CAUCUS APPEARS-ELECTIONS. -PRICE OF SALT, ETC.
Chapter XVII: KNOX COUNTY IN 1817. ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE SPIRIT OF THE TIMES. THEATRICALS.- -MISIONARIES TO BE SENT TO CONNECTICUT.-SMALL-POX EXCITEMENT.--TRIALS OF INTEREST.– PATRIOTIC OUTGUSHINGS OF POPULAR FEELING. - COMBINATION OF MECHANICS.--BILL OF PRICES.--FIRST DELEGATE TO THE STATE INSTITUTION.-ANOTHER TOWN.-MORE WHISKY AND MORE MARRIAGES.
Chapter XVIII: CONDITION OF THE COUNTRY IN 1818. RUIN IMPENDING.--MUCH SUFFERING.--A FEW QUAINT ADVERTISEMTNS.--EFFORTS TO START A SASHATH-SCHOOL, AND TO SELL YOUNG LADIES I- HORSE-THIEVES AND COUNTERFEITERS ABOUND.--A JAIL-BIRD ESCAPES.--A CRIPPLE RUNS-HABEAS CORPUS TRIALS.-A GRAND CIRCULAR BUNT.
Chapter XIX: HISTORY OF THE PRESS IN KNOX COUNTY. THE OHIO REGISTER--THE AURORA--STANDARD-- ADVERTISER-WATCH. MAN--GAZETTE--DAY- BOOK— BANNER--TRUE WHIG-TIMES.--THE VARIOUS DAILY AND WEEELY PAPERS, RELIGIOUS, AND POLITICAL PUBLICATIONS, AND SOME ACCOUNT OF THE EDITORS AND THEIR ADVENTURES.
Chapter XX: EVENTS FROM 1820 TO 1830. WHITE MALE INHABITANTS AND VOTERS AT VARIOUS ELECTIONS WITHIN THIS TIME.--SOME ACCOUNT OF THE FINANCES AND REVENUE. THE LAST OF THE INDIAN.-A WARNING.--THE OLD COURT-HOUSE FALLS, AND A NEW ONE IS PROJECTED.--OTHER OCCURRENCES.
Chapter XXI: LITERARY AND OTHER SOCIETIES. THE MOUNT VERNON POLEMIC SOCIETY-THE THESPIAN- THE LIBRARY SOCIETY-THE LYCEUM-THE FRANKLIN.- MECHANICS.-HISTORICAL, AND ITS LIBRARY.
Chapter XXII
Chapter XXIII: RICHAND COUNTY DURING HER TUTELAGE.-- DIVIDED INTO TWO TOWNSHIPS.--THE EARLIEST SETTLERS.--VOTERS.--OFFICERS AND MATTERS WORTH REMEMBERING.
Chapter XXIV: SOME ACCOUNT OF THR TOWNSMPS SEVERED FROM OLD KNOX.--CHESTER,BLOOMFIELD AND FRANKLIN--THEIR HISTORY UNTIL MORROW WAS CREATED.
Chapter XXV: SYCHAMORE--AND THE TWO LAST SYCHAMORS.
Chapter XXVI: MIDDLEBURY TOWNSHIP.
Chapter XXVII: BERLIN TOWNSHIP.
Chapter XXVIII: BROWN TOWNSHIP.
Chapter XXIX: JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP.
Chapter XXX: MONROE TOWNSHIP.
Chapter XXXI: PIKE TOWNSHIP.
Chapter XXXII: HOWARD TOWWNSHIP.
Chapter XXXIII: MORRIS TOWNSHIP.
Chapter XXXIV: WAYNE TOWNSHIP.
Chapter XXXV: LIBERTY TOWNSHIP.
Chapter XXXVI: HILLIAR TOWNSHIP
Chapter XXXVII: MILFORD TOWNSHIP.
Chapter XXXVIII: MILLER TOWNSHIP
Chapter XXXIX: MORGAN TOWNSHIP.
Chapter XL: PLEASANT TOWNSHIP
Chapter XLI: CLAY TOWNSHIP.
Chapter XLII: JACKSON TOWNSHIP.
Chapter XLIII: BUTLER TOWNSHIP.
Chapter XLIV: HARRISON TOWNSHIP.
Chapter XLV: UNION TOWNSHIP.
Chapter XLVI: COLLEGE TOWNSHIP.
Chapter XLVII: CLINTON TOWNSHIP.
Chapter XLVIII: INDEPENDENT ORDER OF ODD FELLOWS.
Chapter XLIX: VARIOUS PUBLIC OFFICERS. SENATORS IN STATE LEGISLATURE.
Chapter L
Chapter LI: THE FAMOUS RACE OF SEEIEY'S BULL vs. TOM'S HORSE.
Chapter LII: KEYON COLLEGE AND THEOLOCICAL SEMINARY.

 


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