Chester Township, Wayne County, Ohio

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Historical Information

Chester Township was established March 5, 1816 and it is claimed that it was known as Chestnut township before it was organized due to the large number of chestnut trees in the area.[1] It was named Chester because of the prevalence of Chestnut trees in the area.[2]

The originally surveyed townships 20 and 21 in range 14 are what make up Chester township.[3]

Historical Documents

Chester Township Historical Landmarks

The following lists the recognized historical landmarks by the Wayne County Historical Society of Ohio through its Wayne County Historical Landmark program.

  1. Bethel United Methodist Church-County Historical Landmark (1976)-located at 2450 N Firestone Rd., built and dedicated on Dec. 25, 1851. Bell tower added on Oct. 27, 1872.
  2. New Pittsburgh Inn-County Historical Landmark (1976)-located on St.Rt. 250 eight miles west of Wooster, records indicate it was in operation as a stagecoach stop and inn as early as 1856.
  3. Carriage House & Tavern-County Historical Landmark (1983)-located at 9529 Ashland Rd. in New Pittsburg was built in 1860. The building features a deep stone foundation and 4X4 studs used in the frame construction.
  4. Russel J. McConahay House-Pioneer House (1984)-located at 3587 Crater Rd. near Overton. Built in 1827 this house features post and beam construction.
  5. Bowman House-Pioneer House (1976)-located on Lattasburg on Co.Rd. 413 in Chester Twp. The original house was built in 1830, a small addition added in 1835 by Chris Martin.
  6. Fair House-Pioneer House (1976)-located on St.Rt. 250 in Chester Twp. The brick walls are 12-inches thick from basement to attic and the house is believed to have been built between 1837-1839.
  7. Spotts House-Pioneer House (1984)-located at 1084 N. Elyria Rd. outside of Wooster was built in 1846. Has original fireplace, hitching rail, and 18” deep window wells.
  8. Chance House-Pioneer House (1985)-located at 9648 Ashland Rd. in New Pittburgs built in 1853.
  9. Meyers House-Pioneer House (1976)-located in Chester Twp. on Rd. 319 east of Lattasburg. Built about 1855 by Charles Rickard in Western Reserve architectural style. Distinguishing French windows with shutters.
  10. C.E. Weikel House-Pioneer House (1977)-located north of Reedsburg on Rural Route 85 was built in 1856.
  11. Hiner House-Pioneer House (1976)-located on the north side of Co.Rd 140, 1/2 mile east of New Pittsburgh. It was built in 1858 from 18-inch stones quarried on the farm by Dan Hiner.
  12. Saif House-Pioneer House (1976)-located on the east side of Co.Rd. 22 just north of the intersection with Rt. 154 near West Salem. The 2-story soft-brick house built in 1869. Stone lintels above and below windows and gingerbread trim on front porch.
  13. Batdorf House-Pioneer House (1976)-located on the east side of Twp. Rd. 36 south of St.Rt. 302 in Chester Twp. Daniel Painter was the first owner of the house and it is believed to have been built before 1871.
  14. John Garver House-Pioneer House (1982)-located at 8259 Gable Rd. Built in 1873, the 2-story wood frame house features 4 gable ends and a slate roof.
  15. Ralph&Rosemary Edgar House-Pioneer House (1987)-located at 2207 Jentes Rd. the 2-story log house outside of Wooster was built in 1873.
  16. Mrs. Hochstetler House-Pioneer House (1982)-located at 9971 Homan Rd. near West Salem was built in 1880. Features very ornate woodwork and 2 marble fireplaces.
  17. Esther E. Franks House-Pioneer House (1983)-located at 5108 Lehr Rd. outside of Wooster was built in 1881 and was reported to be the home of the Squire of Chester Twp.
  18. John&Sarah Jacobs House-Pioneer House (1984)-located at 10271 Lattasburg Rd. near West Salem was built in 1884.
  19. Pine Crest House-Pioneer House (1985)-located at 9683 Ashland Rd. in New Pittsburg. The 2-story wood frame house was built in 1885.
  20. Rutt House-Pioneer House (1976)-located in Chester Twp. on the east side of Rd. 539 second house south of 154, was built before the 1870s, a garage has a framing timber with “1859″ inscribed on it.
  21. Chester Firestone House-Century House (1976)-located on the south side of Rd. 86 1/2 mile east of the Holmes Co. line, has been in the Firestone family since 1831 when John Firestone bought it.
  22. John Firestone House-Century House (1976)-located on the east side of Co.Rd. 149 near St.Rt. 250 in Chester Twp. The house was built well before 1863 and has been in the Firestone family since they purchased the farm from John Martin in 1863.

Place Names

Present Name Former Name(s) Plat Date
Cedar Valley
Chestnut Knolls
Lattasburg West Union platted 27 Feb 1851
New Pittsburg 6 May 1829
Overton Cedar Valley Station, Cedarville, Galleyport[4]
Robinson's Hill

Maps

The department has several plat maps for viewing. Plat maps include land owners names and the location of their property.

1856 Baker's Map of Wayne County, Ohio

1873 Caldwell's Atlas of Wayne County, Ohio

1897 Caldwell's Atlas of Wayne County, Ohio

Indices to Maps

Original Businesses and Owners

Post-office Workers

  • W.C. Baker 1867 [5]

Dry-goods Store Owners

  • Samuel Bridenstein [6]

Farmers

  • Matthias Camp [7]
  • Adam Rumbaugh [8]
  • Phillip Hefflefinger 1818 [9]
  • Robert Rathbun 1814 [10]

Saw-millers

  • James Robison 1813 [11]

Churches

Baptist

  • Chesterland Baptist Church [12]

Catholic

  • St Anselm Church [13]

Church of Christ

  • Emanuel United Church of Christ [14]
  • Community Church of Chesterland [15]

Lutheran

  • St. Mark Lutheran Church [16]

Methodist

  • Mayfield United Methodist Church [17]

Non-Dimensional

  • Prince of Peace [18]

Photos

[19]

Schools

Active Schools

  • Northwestern Local Schools [20]

Historical One Room Schools

Photos

[21]

Residents

Early Settlers[22]

Census Records

Directories

  • 1859-1860
  • 1884-1885
  • 1894-1895

Photos Of Residences

Cemeteries

  • Chester Center Cemetery [23]
  • Western Reserve Memorial Gardens [24]
  • B'nai Jeshurun Cemetery [25]
  • Maple Hill Cemetery [26]

Newspaper Articles

Newspaper Full-Text Articles

Early Wayne County History
Chester Township
The great growth of chestnut trees in that region resulted in naming this township Chestnut, but upon its organization in 1816, the name was changed to Chester Township.

New Pittsburg was the first town laid out. Twenty-two years later in 1851 West Union was surveyed. The name of this village was later changed to Lattasburg.
—Harry B. Stapler, The Wooster Daily Record, 1940-MAR-09

Newspaper Ads

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References

  1. Douglass, Ben. History of Wayne County, Ohio. Indianapolis: Robert Douglass Publisher, 1878.
  2. Wayne County Scrapbook, compliments of McIntire,Davis & Greene Funeral Home.
  3. Douglass, Ben. History of Wayne County, Ohio. Indianapolis: Robert Douglass Publisher, 1878. pg. 57.
  4. Wooster Democrat newspaper advertisement, 1842-JUN-02 p.3
  5. Douglass, Robert, and Robert Douglass. History of Wayne County, Ohio,: From the Days of the Pioneers and First Settlers to the Present Time. By Ben Douglass, Wooster, Ohio.: In This Volume, Embracing Nearly Nine Hundred Pages, the Author Presents with Remarkable Power and Perspicacity the History of the Great North-west Territory .. Indianapolis: Published by Robert Douglass, 1879.
  6. Douglass, Robert, and Robert Douglass. History of Wayne County, Ohio,: From the Days of the Pioneers and First Settlers to the Present Time. By Ben Douglass, Wooster, Ohio.: In This Volume, Embracing Nearly Nine Hundred Pages, the Author Presents with Remarkable Power and Perspicacity the History of the Great North-west Territory .. Indianapolis: Published by Robert Douglass, 1879.
  7. Douglass, Robert, and Robert Douglass. History of Wayne County, Ohio,: From the Days of the Pioneers and First Settlers to the Present Time. By Ben Douglass, Wooster, Ohio.: In This Volume, Embracing Nearly Nine Hundred Pages, the Author Presents with Remarkable Power and Perspicacity the History of the Great North-west Territory .. Indianapolis: Published by Robert Douglass, 1879.
  8. Douglass, Robert, and Robert Douglass. History of Wayne County, Ohio,: From the Days of the Pioneers and First Settlers to the Present Time. By Ben Douglass, Wooster, Ohio.: In This Volume, Embracing Nearly Nine Hundred Pages, the Author Presents with Remarkable Power and Perspicacity the History of the Great North-west Territory .. Indianapolis: Published by Robert Douglass, 1879.
  9. Douglass, Robert, and Robert Douglass. History of Wayne County, Ohio,: From the Days of the Pioneers and First Settlers to the Present Time. By Ben Douglass, Wooster, Ohio.: In This Volume, Embracing Nearly Nine Hundred Pages, the Author Presents with Remarkable Power and Perspicacity the History of the Great North-west Territory .. Indianapolis: Published by Robert Douglass, 1879.
  10. Douglass, Robert, and Robert Douglass. History of Wayne County, Ohio,: From the Days of the Pioneers and First Settlers to the Present Time. By Ben Douglass, Wooster, Ohio.: In This Volume, Embracing Nearly Nine Hundred Pages, the Author Presents with Remarkable Power and Perspicacity the History of the Great North-west Territory .. Indianapolis: Published by Robert Douglass, 1879.
  11. Douglass, Robert, and Robert Douglass. History of Wayne County, Ohio,: From the Days of the Pioneers and First Settlers to the Present Time. By Ben Douglass, Wooster, Ohio.: In This Volume, Embracing Nearly Nine Hundred Pages, the Author Presents with Remarkable Power and Perspicacity the History of the Great North-west Territory .. Indianapolis: Published by Robert Douglass, 1879.
  12. "Chesterlandbaptist." Chesterlandbaptist. Accessed March 05, 2019. https://www.chesterlandbaptist.org/.
  13. "Saint Anselm." Saint Anselm. Accessed March 05, 2019. https://stanselm.org/.
  14. Wayne County History Book Committee. A History of Wayne County, Ohio. Dallas: Taylor Publishing Company, 1987. pg. 50.
  15. "Community Church of Chesterland." Community Church of Chesterland. Accessed March 05, 2019. https://www.chesterlanducc.com/.
  16. "Our Mission and Vision." St Mark Lutheran Church. Accessed March 05, 2019. http://www.stmarkchester.com/.
  17. Mayfield Church in Chesterland, OH - Home. Accessed March 05, 2019. http://mayfieldchurch.org/cms/mumc/page.html?p_name=Home.
  18. "Prince of Peace Home." Prince of Peace Church | Northeastern Ohio. Accessed March 05, 2019. https://www.lovegodblesspeople.com/.
  19. "Emanuel United Church of Christ". www.eriecountyohiohistory.com. 2019. 
  20. "Northwestern Local Schools." Northwestern Local Schools. Accessed February 11, 2019. http://www.northwestern.k12.oh.us/.
  21. "Northwestern Local Schools". www.northwestern-wayne.k12.oh.us. 2019. 
  22. Douglass, Ben. History of Wayne County, Ohio. Indianapolis: Robert Douglass Publisher, 1878. pg. 836.
  23. "Chester Center Cemetery, Chesterland, Geauga, Ohio, United States | BillionGraves Cemetery and Images." Billion Graves Headstone, Grave, and Cemetery Records Site Index - 2018-03-27. Accessed March 05, 2019. https://billiongraves.com/cemetery/Chester-Center-Cemetery/139303.
  24. "WELCOME." Western Reserve Memorial Gardens | Welcome. Accessed February 05, 2019. http://bsgwesternreserve.com/. Western Reserve Memorial Gardens
  25. "Cemeteries." B'nai Jeshurun Congregation. February 25, 2014. Accessed February 05, 2019. https://www.bnaijeshurun.org/about-us-facilities-cemeteries.
  26. Find A Grave. Accessed March 05, 2019. https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/41966/maple-hill-cemetery.

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