East Union Township, Wayne County, Ohio

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Historical Information

East Union Township was established September 5, 1814 and was named by Simon Chaffin Sr., who was originally from Union, Maine.[1]

The township was made up of the originally surveyed townships 16, 17, 18, and the northern tier of 15 in range 12.[2]

Oliver Day, started the fourth permanent white settlement in Wayne County sometime between 1809-1810, when he moved to East Union Township from the state of Vermont. "Squire Day", as he was called, was the first person to transfer real estate in the county and to be put in the public records of the Wayne County Recorder's Office.[3] Other early settlers included Jonathan Mansfield and Vesta Frary, both of Vermont and Andrew Lucky.

Historical Documents

East Union 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. East Union Lutheran Church-County Historical Landmark (1989)-a wood frame church with steeple located at 7109 E. Lincoln Way Rd built in 1838.
  2. St. Peter's United Church of Christ-County Historical Landmark (1977)-completed in 1870. Located on Main St. in Apple Creek. Gothic red-brick structure. Bricks were made on the premises. High vaulted timber construction is now hidden by a lower plaster ceiling.
  3. Apple Creek Grange Hall-County Historical Landmark (1988)-located at 76 Grange St. built in 1879 with 2 floors with sand between to provide sound proofing for dancing. 13ft 6in ceilings upstairs. Hand-hewn stone in basement. Arched windows with hand- carved cornices featuring tulips.
  4. Emerson Bank Barn--County Historical Landmark (1977)-located on Rd. 79 south of Apple Creek. Built by John Preston Emerson by 1878. Extremely heavy rafters. Excellent example of Bank Barn. Unaltered.
  5. (Former) Edinburgh Academy-County Historical Landmark (1976)-built in 1843 as an education center. After the Civil War the building was used as a Presbyterian Manse for many years. More info found here.
  6. Emerson House-Pioneer House (1976)-located along Co.Rd. 79 in E. Union Twp. south of Apple Creek was built in 1850 but retains many features of the original dwelling built in 1818: exposed ceiling timbers, restored fireplace, open staircase. John P. Emerson bought the house and farm in 1878. The barn on the property is also a landmark: see Emerson Bank Barn above.
  7. Flory House-Pioneer House (1984)-located at 9240 Emerson Rd. a 2-story wood frame house built in 1840. Mud- straw outside walls. Barn built the same year.
  8. Jacot House-Pioneer House (1976)-located along Co.Rd. 142 in E. Union Twp. Construction of a large two-story house by Noah Brown was started in 1845. However, before it was completed two of his small children accidentally set fire to the structure and it burnt down killing the children. Brown immediately constructed the building we still see today. Some of the charred beams from the original house were used in the cellar. Julius Jacot bought it from Brown family heirs in 1898.
  9. Purvis House-Pioneer House (1976)-located on E. Lincoln Way opposite the Post Script Motel in Apple Creek. In 1856 a log house owned by Jacob and Catherine Swinehart stood; this is now the living room of the more modern home.
  10. Andrew Millbourn House-Pioneer House (1977)- a 2-story wood frame house located at 8799 E. Lincoln Way. Built before 1873. Christian Church or Church of Christ started on the front porch.
  11. Musselman House-Pioneer House (1993)-built in 1873 at 178 W Main St in Apple Creek. Grains of sand visible in window glass.
  12. Richwine House-Pioneer House (1976)-located along St.Rt. 30 east of Wooster in E. Union Twp. had been used as an Inn by John Houpert who rented the house and operated an inn. It was built sometime before the 1873 map was printed. Succession of land owners started with Robert Buckley in 1815.
  13. Cutter House-Pioneer House (1984)-2-story wood frame house located at 4886 Cutter Road was built in 1884. Spring-fed water available in basement.
  14. Log House-Civil War Era-Pioneer House (1976)-Built sometime in the early 1860s. Additional information not available at this time.
  15. Babb-Steele House-Pioneer House (1976)-located on Bechtel Rd. in E. Union Twp. The house originally built from hand-hewn logs was erected in the early 1840s for Jacob Steele who bought the 177 acres from the U.S. government in 1819.
  16. Ash House-Pioneer House (1976)-located on Co.Rd. 84 in E. Union Twp., was built well before the 1850s as it is shown on the 1856 map. S.B. Firestone sold the house to George Bean, the maternal grandfather of the owner in 1976, Mrs. Eva (Reed) Ash.
  17. Howell Davies House-Pioneer House (1976)-located along Co.Rd. 54 in E. Union Twp. bordering on Franklin Twp. The brick house was built before 1870 and it’s first owners were listed as William and James Cunningham.
  18. Lyle&Barbara Amiet House-Century House (1976)-Built in 1819 by Bazalell Tracey on the south side of U.S. 250 2-miles east of Apple Creek just before Fountain Nook Rd.
  19. Samuel Swinehart House-Century House (1976)-located along U.S.30 six miles east of Wooster in E. Union Twp., was built in 1845. Samuel Swinehart bought the house and farm in 1865 and at least five generations of Swineharts have farmed the land.
  20. Smith House-Century House (1984)-located at 5857 Dover Rd. 2-story wood frame house originally constructed in 1855 has 14 rooms, 2 stairways, and full basement with stone walls. Two additions have been added since original house was built. 1815 land grant.
  21. William C. Orr House-Century House (1976)-located 2 miles NE of Apple Creek on Co.Rd. 158 in E. Union Twp. William C. Orr bought the land in 1868, built the house, and his descendents have lived here ever since.
  22. Ervin Hodge House-Century House (1982)-located at 100 E Lincoln Way on what was once known as Richwine Hill. 2-story log home with kitchen and bedroom added in about 1860. Ervin Hodge was named for his maternal grandfather, Ervin A. Richwine.

Place Names

Present Name Former Name(s) Plat Date
Apple Creek Apple Creek Station, Edinburgh, Old Town

Apple Creek 11 Apr 1854; Edinburg 16 Aug 1822

Carr's Tavern
Cross Keys
East Union Cross Keys, Jensey's Tavern
Honeytown Pleasant Valley (pt Wooster Twp,

pt East Union Twp)

Kansas
King's Tavern
Riceland
Stumptown
Walmer's Corners

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 East Union 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

Index to Maps

Original Businesses and Owners

Farmers

  • Josiah Milbourn [4]
  • David Hunter [5]

Blacksmiths

  • Andrew Woodruff [6]

Hotel Owner

  • George Core [7]
  • Rodney Carr [8]

Dry Goods Store Owner

  • David Clark [9]

Photos

Churches

Baptist

  • East Union Baptist Church[10]

Lutheran

  • East Union Lutheran Church [11]

Mennonite

  • East Union Mennonite Church [12]

Non-Denominational

  • Faith Harvest Fellowship [13]

Presbyterian

  • Applecreek Presbyterian Church[14]

Reformed

Photos

[16]

Schools

Active Schools

  • Kingsway Christian School [17]
  • Southeast Local Schools [18]

Historical One Room Schools

Photos

[19]

[20]

Residents

Early Settlers[21]

Census Records

Directories

Photos of Residences

Cemeteries

  • Apple Creek Cemetery [22]
  • Red Run Cemetery [23]
  • Old Presbyterian Cemetery [24]

Newspaper Articles

Newspaper Full-Text Articles

Newspaper Ads

Newspaper Citations With No Attached Images

References

  1. Douglass, Ben. History of Wayne County, Ohio. Indianapolis: Robert Douglass Publisher, 1878. pg. 614
  2. Douglass, Ben. History of Wayne County, Ohio. Indianapolis: Robert Douglass Publisher, 1878. pg. 56.
  3. Wayne County Scrapbook, compliments of McIntire,Davis & Greene Funeral Home.
  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. Wayne County History Book Committee. A History of Wayne County, Ohio. Dallas: Taylor Publishing Company, 1987. pg. 44.
  11. "East Union Lutheran Church." Katie Couric - You Can Watch #GenderRevolution Right Here,... Accessed March 05, 2019. https://www.facebook.com/pages/East-Union-Lutheran-Church/117721934955034.
  12. "East Union Mennonite Church (Orrville, Ohio, USA)." Missionary Church - GAMEO. Accessed March 05, 2019. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=East_Union_Mennonite_Church_(Orrville,_Ohio,_USA).
  13. "A Recovery Churches in Wayne County, Ohio." Faith Harvest Fellowship. Accessed March 05, 2019. http://www.faithharvestfellowship.org/.
  14. Douglass, Ben. History of Wayne County, Ohio. Indianapolis: Robert Douglass Publisher, 1878. pg. 621
  15. Douglass, Ben. History of Wayne County, Ohio. Indianapolis: Robert Douglass Publisher, 1878. pg. 622
  16. "East Union Mennonite Church Cemetery". www.findagrave.com. 2019. 
  17. "Kingsway Christian School." Kingsway Christian School. Accessed February 06, 2019. https://www.kingswaychristianschool.net/.
  18. "District." District Profile | Southeast Local Schools. Accessed February 06, 2019. http://www.southeast.k12.oh.us/.
  19. "Kingsway Christian School". www.yelp.com. 2019. 
  20. "Southeast Local School District". www.southeast.k12.oh.us. 2019. 
  21. Douglass, Ben. History of Wayne County, Ohio. Indianapolis: Robert Douglass Publisher, 1878. pg. 616-620
  22. "Applecreek Cemetery in Wayne County OH." Brown County Ohio Streams. Accessed March 05, 2019. https://ohio.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,2,fid,1730980,n,applecreek cemetery.cfm.
  23. Find A Grave. Accessed March 05, 2019. https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/2183776/red-run-cemetery.
  24. Find A Grave. Accessed March 05, 2019. https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/2213860/east-union-presbyterian-church-cemetery.

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