Franklin Township, Wayne County, Ohio

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Historical Information

Franklin Township was established June 7, 1820 and was named in honor of Benjamin Franklin.[1]

The township composed part of the originally surveyed townships 14 and 15 of range 13.[2]

Reportedly James Morgan, a native of old Virginia, started the second permanent white settlement in Wayne County when he arrived in Franklin Township in the early spring of 1808.[3]

Historical Documents

Franklin 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. Moreland Methodist Church-County Historical Landmark (1976)-located in Moreland, built in 1863.
  2. Thomas Taylor House-Pioneer House (1976)-located on the north side of Rd. 8 and County Line 1, about 2.5 miles east of Shreve in Franklin Twp. Thomas Taylor bought the land in 1832 and became a 49′er who went to California during the great gold rush. When he returned to Wayne Co. in 1850 he built the house. Descendents of the Taylor family lived in the house for 129 years until it was sold to outsiders in 1961.
  3. Adam Geitgey House-Pioneer House (1977)-located at the corner of 167 and 501. Large brick home (probably made from clay dug on site) originally intended to be an inn. Built in 1837.
  4. Freeman House-Pioneer House (1976)-located along Twp.Rd. 92. The house was built by Jacob Herman of stone quarried 1/2 mile away and has five fireplaces. A corner stone shows the date of June 1838.
  5. Stam Homestead-Pioneer House (no date)-2-story home built in 1839 located on E. Clark Rd. Property also has an 1834 barn.
  6. Greg D. Tieche House-Pioneer House (1983)-a 2-story log home built in 1843 on E. Messner Rd.
  7. Snyder Farm-Pioneer House (1994)-a distinguished farm house in its day. Built for Samuel Schmuck prior to 1873 on Dover Rd. Now owned by the OARDC and used as a center for research in plant pathology.
  8. Andrew Weaver House-Pioneer House (1984)built about 1860 on E. Clark Rd. 2-story soft red brick home with stone foundation and elaborate woodwork.
  9. Schnell House-Pioneer House (1976)-located on Rd. 54 about 2 miles west of Apple Creek in Franklin Twp. It was built by John Deer who lived on the farm from 1854 to 1905. A mark on a plastered wall indicates the house was built in 1863.
  10. Joseph Armstrong House-Pioneer House (1976)-located on the south side of Co.Rd. 159, third farm house from Co.Rd. 501 in Franklin Twp. Joseph and Martha Armstrong were married in 1869 and lived in a log house while their house was being built.
  11. Gerald Strock House-Pioneer House (1976)-located on Co. Rd. 77. is a 2-story frame house built in 1870.
  12. Stephen Harrison House-Pioneer House (1976)-located on Co.Rd. 2 about 1.5 miles west of Fredericksburg in Franklin Twp. The land was purchased by John G. Harrison Sr. in 1860 and the large red brick house was built by his son, Stephen Harrison, in 1871. A striking feature of the house is an interior curving stairway.
  13. Fry House-Pioneer House (1986)-a 1-story frame house built in 1873 on S. Honeytown Rd.
  14. Isaac Burnett House-Pioneer House (1984)-built in 1874 on W.Moreland Rd. 2-story frame home with hand hewn timbers and hand-cut limestone in the basement.
  15. Rolling Acres-Pioneer House (1984)-the 2&1⁄2 story frame and stone structure located at 1315 E. Moreland Rd. was built before 1879. First owners were reported to be the Phebe brothers.
  16. Messner Farm-Pioneer House (1984)-built in 1884 a 1&1⁄2 story frame home.
  17. Yacapraro House-Pioneer House (2001)-located on E. Tolbert Rd. a large 2-story frame home built in 1900.
  18. Paul Baker House-Pioneer House (1976)-located along Co.Rd. 77 in Franklin Twp. The 2-story stone and log house was built between 1830-1836 by D. Gabriel who bought the farm land from the U.S. government.
  19. James Clark House-Pioneer House (1984)-frame and stone 2-story home built in 1870. Original 4 rooms remain unaltered.
  20. Morehead-Miller House-Pioneer House(2006)-located at 8594 James Rd., Wooster, Ohio. Originally owned by Samuel Morehead and built on 1825 land grant signed by John Quincy Adams.
  21. Munson House-Century House (1976)-located along Munson Rd. Large house made of 2 ft thick sandstone. Built by Isaac Munson in 1816. Features 4 fireplaces, one of which is in the basement where the original kitchen was located; the other 3 were used to heat rooms. Has been in Munson family for at least 7 generations.
  22. The Munson's House-Century House (1982)-built between 1827 and 1828 of sandstone, brick and wood, all from the property. Interior has hand-made black walnut molding. Located on James Road, County Road 90. Also an 1867 barn and the original springhouse.
  23. John Harrison House-Century House (1976)-located along Rd. 159 in Franklin Twp. Brick house built by John Harrison in 1836 from bricks and lime fired on the farm. At least 4 generations of the Harrison family have lived here.
  24. Laing-Dunham House-Century House (1976)-located on Co.Rd. 90. Built by Will Sheeley for John Laing in 1863. The 160-acre farm has been in the Laing family since 1817. A kitchen and dining room were located in the basement with a large fireplace. Also in the basement is a stone-lined water well.
  25. Geitgey House-Century House (1976)-located on Fredericksburg Rd. 2 miles s of Guerne. Built by Lawrence Geiselman for John Geitgey in 1870 of timber cut on the farm. The house has 10 rooms and a slate roof. A cane press and evaporator were built on the property to make molasses. At least 3 generations of the Geitgey family lived in the house.
  26. Wirt House-Century House (2006)-a 2-story wood frame house located at 8229 Millersburg Rd. Built by Grover Wirt in 1903 for his parents, Edgar and Sarah Wirt; occupied by various Wirt descendants ever since.

Place Names

Present Name Former Name(s) Plat Date
Guerne
Kauke Station
Moreland Moorefield 17 Jan 1829
Morgan Settlement
South Franklin

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 Franklin 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

Distillers

  • Johnny Boyd [4]

Grist-millers

  • David Mitchel [5]

Butler Millers

  • Jonathan Butler [6]

Farmers

  • Samuel Mitchel [7]

Churches

Lutheran

  • St. James Lutheran Church[8]
  • Trinity English Lutheran Church[9]

Methodist

Unknown Denomination

  • The Church of God[11]

Photos

[12]

Schools

Active Schools

Historical One Room Schools

In early 2015, several school records for Franklin Township were discovered. These school records were brought to the Wayne County Public Library Genealogy and Local History Department. These include:

  • Certificate of Local Directors to the Township Clerk.
  • Copy of School Examiners' Certificate.
  • Teacher's Report to the Clerk of the Board of Education.
  • Teacher's Term Report to the Township Clerk.

Both reports include the names of the children, their ages, the number of days each child was present, and the subjects of study.

Most of the school records are from the mid-1880s to late-1880s with a few from the mid-1870s.

Digital copies of these records are found on the schoolhouse's Wiki page.

Photos

[13]

Residents

Early Settlers[14]

Census Records

Directories

Photos of Residences

Cemeteries

  • Dicks Creek Cemetery [15]
  • Woodhill Cemetery [16]

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. 596.
  2. Douglass, Ben. History of Wayne County, Ohio. Indianapolis: Robert Douglass Publisher, 1878. pg. 58.
  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, Ben. History of Wayne County, Ohio. Indianapolis: Robert Douglass Publisher, 1878. pg. 605.
  9. Douglass, Ben. History of Wayne County, Ohio. Indianapolis: Robert Douglass Publisher, 1878. pg. 605
  10. Douglass, Ben. History of Wayne County, Ohio. Indianapolis: Robert Douglass Publisher, 1878. pg. 605
  11. Douglass, Ben. History of Wayne County, Ohio. Indianapolis: Robert Douglass Publisher, 1878. pg. 605
  12. "Saint James Lutheran Cemetery". www.genealogybug.net. 2019. 
  13. "Triway Local School District". www.triway.k12.oh.us. 2019. 
  14. Douglass, Ben. History of Wayne County, Ohio. Indianapolis: Robert Douglass Publisher, 1878. pg. 599-604.
  15. "Cemetery." Franklin Township Warren County Ohio. Accessed February 06, 2019. https://www.franklintownshipohio.us/cemetery.html.
  16. "Cemetery." Franklin Township Warren County Ohio. Accessed February 06, 2019. https://www.franklintownshipohio.us/cemetery.html.

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