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New Guinea settlement-Lexington Twp??
Posted by: M. L. Dillon Date: July 06, 2000 at 07:55:16
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Hello!
I'm trying to find any additional information I can on a little-known settlement called New Guinea. The best description I can find comes from E.T. Heald's History of Stark County (vol. 1, pp. 31-32):
"A Negro community grew up a short distance down the Mahoning River from Lexington. It was formed by the slaves brought from Virginia by the early Quaker settlers....The Negro region, which was called New Guinea, extended over several square miles.....They built a meeting house of hewed logs a mile east of the Williamsport part of Alliance, which lies north of the Mahoning River....But the settlement and burial grounds have passed into oblivion."
Some of the early Quaker settlers mentioned would have been members of the HAMLIN, SEBRELL, and FELTS families.
"Williamsport" was roughly the site of the old Waterworks in Alliance, and a mile east would place New Guinea somewhere on the north banks of the Mahoning, near the Lexington Twp. border with Mahoning County (Smith Twp.).
Can anyone can shed any light on this community or the location of the burial ground/cemetery??...
Thanks!
Michelle Dillon




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