Clinton Township, Wayne County, Ohio

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Historical Information

Clinton Township was established June 7, 1825 and was named to honor Governor De Witt Clinton.[1]

It contains 28 sections.[2] Its formation wiped out Pike Township.[3]

Historical Documents

Clinton 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. Eddy Inn-County Historical Landmark (1976)-located in Clinton Twp. near Craigton built in 1830 by Judge Abner Eddy. Operated as inn until about 1852. Among the guests was Henry Clay. Failed to thrive after opening of railroads.
  2. Shreve Christian Church-County Historical Landmark (2003)-located at 500 N. Market St. in Shreve was built in 1903. A 3-story red brick building with gable, bell tower, cross, and stained glass windows.
  3. (One-Room) 1st School in Shreve-County Historical Landmark (1983)-located at 276 Jones St. in Shreve and was built in 1855.
  4. Charles H. Porter House-Pioneer House (1976)-a 2-story wood frame house with exterior siding that is 1⁄2"X6" black walnut located at 180 S. Main St. in Shreve built in 1850. Once housed a grocery store circa 1860.
  5. Charles&Betty Dougherty House-Pioneer House (1984)-a 2-story brick house located at 260 N. Market St. in Shreve that was built in 1857. Original red glass front door, built-in desk, grained woodwork in one bedroom, wide flooring upstairs.
  6. Oldroyd House-Pioneer House (1984)-a 2-story wood frame house located at 8179 S. Jefferson Rd. in Shreve that was built in 1860. Ten ft. ceilings and 8 ft. doors on lst floor. Circular staircase.
  7. John Jones House-Pioneer House (1976)-located on Co.Rd. 138 near Critchfield Rd. Built before 1870 and originally owned by Clark B. Way. Large 2-story home in Early Victorian style. Original floors, walnut woodwork, and glass windows.
  8. Taylor-Piper House-Pioneer House (1976)-located on Co.Rd 8 about 1.5 miles east of Shreve. Built around 1870 with cut-stone foundation. Foundation of spring house was originally part of an old distillery. 2nd owner, Thomas Taylor, was aMexican War volunteer who joined Sidle party that went to the California gold rush in 1849.
  9. Dr. Wm. J. Bertolette House-Pioneer House (1985)-located at 203 E. Wood in Shreve was once a 1-room house when built in 1873 that became a 2-story wood frame house with additions over the years.
  10. Old Kister House-Pioneer House (1978)-a 2-story wood frame house located on Co.Rd. 228 in Millbrook that was built prior to 1873. Features chiseled stone foundation.
  11. Gwin House-Pioneer House (1976)-located on Co.Rd. 104 in Clinton Twp. the first farm north of Newkirk Church on the right. It was built between 1874-1875 and had 10-rooms with ceilings 10.5ft high with center frescoes in 3 rooms and doors that were 8.5ft high.
  12. McConkey House-Pioneer House (1976)-located on Co.Rd. 8 east of Shreve, was built in 1874 by Mahala McConkey. The house is listed on p.220 in the book, Picturesque Wayne, under the name Mary E. Burnett who bought the house in 1891.
  13. Esselburn House-Pioneer House (1987)-2-story wood frame house with hand-hewn beams located at 8095 Snoddy Rd. in Shreve. Built about 1883.
  14. Lindenmeyer (George D. Young) House-Pioneer House (1994)-a 2-story wood frame house located at 240 N. Prospect St. in Shreve built by George D. Young in 1889. Features wood sculptures around windows and woodwork in house.
  15. Roger&Marilyn Wells House-Pioneer House (2002)-a 2-story wood frame house located at 190 W. Robinson in Shreve built in 1897 by E. D. Pocock.
  16. Smedley House-Pioneer House (2012)-a 1&1/2 story wood frame house that features post and beam construction located at 8152 Millbrook Rd. in Shreve that was built in 1875.
  17. Mrs. Irene Wachtel House-Century House (1977)-located at 198 E. Robinson in Shreve built around 1854 and had been in the same family since 1866.
  18. Scruby House-Century House (1976)-located on Twp.Rd. 104 east of Big Prairie on St.Rt. 226 in Clinton Twp. The house was built between 1870-1873 by George Scruby.
  19. Marvin G. Brown House-Century House (1984)-a 2-story wood frame house located at 103 S. Main St. in Shreve built by member of Bedford family in 1875. Two bay windows. Leaded glass in several cupboards. Home of Grandma (Villa) Brown for at least 97 years.

Place Names

Present Name Former Name(s) Plat Date
Big Prairie Canansville, Prairie Station
Centerville Special 5 Mar 1851
Craigton Washington Station
Custaloga
Forest Grove
Goslin Hill
Horace
Millbrook 10 Aug 1829

(pt in Plain Twp)

Millville
Newkirk Perriopolis
Pilot Knob (near Snoddy Rd)
Shreve Clinton 1853
Stewart's Tavern
Springtown Gusslems Knob
Willswood

Maps

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

1807 Federal Survey Map of Clinton Township, Wayne County, Ohio

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

Newspaper Publisher

  • Shreve Journal 1868 [4]

Farmers

  • Lorenzo D. Odell [5]
  • Nathan G. Odell [6]
  • John B. Brown [7]

General Shop Owners

  • Henry Newkirk [8]

Distillers

  • Almond Aylesworth [9]
  • Henry Shreve [10]
  • Thomas McConkey [11]
  • Thomas A. Brown[12]
  • Mahaley McConkey[13]

Millers

  • Joseph Newkirk [14]

Land Sellers

  • Nathan G. Odell [15]

Public Entertainment Owners

  • Asa Eddy (Eddy's Inn) [16]

Churches

Baptists

  • Antioch Baptist Church [17]

Methodist

  • Maize Manor United Methodist Church [18]
  • Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Church [19]

Nazarene

  • One Hope Community Church of the Nazarene [20]

Unknown Denomination

  • Disciples of Christ[21]

Photos

[22]

Schools

Active Schools

  • Columbus City Local Schools [23]

Historical One Room Schools

Photos

[24]

Residents

Early Settlers[25]

Census Records

Directories

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

Photos of Residences

Cemeteries

  • Clinton Grove Cemetery [26]
  • Resurrection Cemetery [27]

Newspaper Articles

Newspaper Full-Text Articles

Early Wayne County History
Clinton Township
Clinton township was named for Governor Dewitt Clinton, and was fromed in 1825. The first school house in the township was a small one room log cabin erected by settlers. A teacher received seventy-five cents a week for her services at the Newkirk schoolhouse.
What is now Big Prairie was first looked upon as an impassable swamp; it was soggy, wet, full of ponds, dangerous to cattle.

Shreve came into existence with the Pittsburg, Fort Wayne, and Chicago R. R. Named after Thomas Shreve, it was incorporated in 1859. Original name of Shreve was Clinton Station.
—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. pg. 783
  2. Wayne County History Book Committee. A History of Wayne County, Ohio. Dallas: Taylor Publishing Company, 1987. Pulled from Clinton Township binder, pg. 4.
  3. Douglass, Ben. History of Wayne County, Ohio. Indianapolis: Robert Douglass Publisher, 1878. pg. 59.
  4. 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.
  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. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. "Antioch Baptist Church Columbus, Ohio." Katie Couric - You Can Watch #GenderRevolution Right Here,... Accessed March 05, 2019. https://www.facebook.com/antiochcolumbus.
  18. "Maize Manor United Methodist Church." Maize Manor United Methodist Church. Accessed March 05, 2019. https://maizemanorchurch.org/.
  19. "Wesleyan Methodist Church (Allegheny Conference)." Wikipedia. June 04, 2018. Accessed March 05, 2019. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wesleyan_Methodist_Church_(Allegheny_Conference).
  20. "One Hope Community Church of the Nazarene." Katie Couric - You Can Watch #GenderRevolution Right Here,... Accessed March 05, 2019. https://www.facebook.com/OneHopeColumbus/.
  21. Douglass, Ben. Wayne County History Book Committee. A History of Wayne County, Ohio. Dallas: Taylor Publishing Company, 1987. Pulled from Clinton Township binder, pg. 4.
  22. "Disciples Christian Church". www.yelp.com. 2019. 
  23. "Columbus City Schools / Homepage." Columbus City Schools / Homepage. Accessed March 05, 2019. https://www.ccsoh.us/.
  24. "Clintonville Go Public". www.clintonvillegopublic.org. 2019. 
  25. Douglass, Ben. Wayne County History Book Committee. A History of Wayne County, Ohio. Dallas: Taylor Publishing Company, 1987. Pulled from Clinton Township binder, pg. 785-799.
  26. "Michigan Historical Cemetery | Clinton Grove Cemetery." Clinton Grove. Accessed February 05, 2019. http://www.clintongrove.com/.
  27. http://www.mtelliott.com/resurrection/

External Links

Clinton Township, Wayne County, Ohio - Wikipedia