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Re: Pioneers-Paulding Co., 1820s
Posted by: Lorie Strable Date: September 11, 2001 at 07:06:11
In Reply to: Pioneers-Paulding Co., 1820s by Karen Avery of 399

Taken from "Historical Atlas Of Paulding County, Ohio 1892":
"When the bright rays of civilization began to pierce the smoke of desolation, made so by the Indian wars of the northwest, they served as beacon lights to attract the attention and guide the daring frontiersmen into the sounty, and the Maumee river and the military roads, cut by Wayne'sconquering army, became the routes and highways over which came the first settlers. As is the case with the first settlers of almost every country, the earliest settlers of Paulding County planted their primitive homes along the banks of the streams. On the rich alluvial bottoms of the Auglaize are yet to be seen the sites where were built the cabins of the Careys, the Hudsons, the shirleys, the Romines and the Shroufes. Along the Maumee came the Musselmans, and the Banks and the Reynolds families; also the Gordons, the Runyans, the Murphys, the Applegates, and Gen. H. N. Curtis. On the Little Auglaize came the Harrells, the Mellingers and the Curtises; on Blue creek, the Moss brothers, the Reeds, the Barnhills, and the family of Robert Hakes; while on Flat Rock, of Crooked creek, the Woodcocks, the Malotts, and the Wentworths, were the first to tread the forest paths and to swing the 'settler's echoing ax.'"

I live in Paulding Co. If there is anything else, I'll see what I can find. E-mail me at


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