Milton Township, Wayne County, Ohio

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Historical Information

Milton Township was established October 5, 1818. Jacob Kieffer, one of the earliest pioneers suggested the name of "Center Swamp Township," because there was a large swamp in the center of it. George Bair objected and instead suggested Milton Township.[1]

It was formed from the originally surveyed township 18 in range 12.[2]

Historical Documents

Milton 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. Old Knupp Church-County Historical Landmark (1976)-this building was also known as the Church of Good Hope and is located in Rittman Cemetery in Rittman, Ohio. Built by pioneer settlers in 1817, restored by Rittman Historical Society.
  2. Ross House-County Historical Landmark (1976)-located in Sterling on west side of Kauffman Ave. features Western Reserve architecture, built by Joseph Ross in 1856. Ross laid out the lots in Sterling, planted trees, and installed kerosene lights throughout the new town.
  3. John Gish House-County Historical Landmark (1976)-sturdy brick home with extensive porches and decorated gables located on Gish Rd. at NE edge of Rittman was built about 1862. Used as office of Gish Tobacco Company and personal home.
  4. Kiefer House-Pioneer House (1976)-located along Yoder Rd. Jacob Kiefer built the house in 1821. It is the oldest house still standing in Milton Twp. and featured an outdoor bake oven. The Kiefer descendents lived in the house for more than 100 years but by 1976 had been sold out of the family.
  5. Jacob Gish House-Pioneer House (1976)-located in the Gish Cemetery on Gish Rd. on the NE edge of Rittman was restored and moved in 1976 as a project of the Rittman Bicentennial Committee. The new location is the west part of the Pioneer Cemetery on Gish Rd. This house was built by Jacob Gish to replace the log house which he had built and lived in when he first came to Milton Twp. in 1831.
  6. Crystal Spring Farm-Pioneer House (1996)-located at 9381 Yoder Rd. Property settled by Solomon Yoder in 1818. House built in 1845. Has full length front porch.
  7. Hursh House-Pioneer House (1976)-located on the inside of the Y formed by the intersection of E. Sunset and Fredrick St. in Rittman. The structure is possibly the oldest house in Rittman and was first owned by Henry Hursh. For many years dating back before 1845, it served as the first Post Office and Hursh was the first postmaster. Later it became a general store and grocery in New Prospect, a village that was merged into what is now known as Ritman.
  8. Fountain Spring Farm House-Pioneer House (1976)-a 2-story frame house on stone foundation located at 8649 Rittman Ave, Sterling. Attic has hand-hewn logs, some with bark remaining. Fireplace in basement, Chestnut woodwork. Built prior to 1856.
  9. Rich House-Pioneer House (1976)-located about a mile west of Rittman at the intersection of Rt. 59 and 504 in Milton Twp. The house was built by Peter Rich in 1867. Peter Rich founded Rich Brewery, which was the first manufacturing industry in Milton Twp.
  10. Richard M. Rinehart III-Pioneer House (1989)-Built in 1870 at 13324 Kauffman Ave, Sterling. Has original woodwork, wainscot and working brass chandeliers.
  11. Graber House-Pioneer House (1976)-located along Co.Rd. 60 in Milton Twp. This 10-room house was built and finished by A.J. Rogers of Guilford Twp. Medina Co. in 1873 for Amos J. and Rebecca Bessey. The date is marked on an interior door casing.
  12. Abraham Gish House-Pioneer House (1976)-located on the south side of E. Sunset Dr. at the top of Shinersburg Hill in Rittman. The brick home was built by Abraham Gish, a master builder, cabinet maker, and contractor about 1875. Abraham Gish was a descendent of Jacob Gish, one of the 1st pioneers of Milton Twp.
  13. Kindig House-Pioneer House (1976)-located at 162 W. Sunset St. in Rittman. The old frame house was built in 1876 by Azuriah Kindig, a descendent of Benjamin Kindig who settled in Milton Twp. about 1820.
  14. Peter Hilti House-Pioneer House (1989)-a post and beam construction house located at 11654 Yoder Rd. built prior to 1880.
  15. Cain House-Pioneer House (1984)-the house with gingerbread trim located at 9511 Steiner Rd. was built in 1884.
  16. James Pasho House-Pioneer House (1976)-located west of Rittman on Rt. 70. This early American home was built by the Valentine Ault family prior to the Civil War. The Aults were an early pioneer family who migrated from Pennsylvania to Milton Twp. about 1830.
  17. Schar House-Pioneer House (1976)-located along Co.Rd. 504 was built before 1864 by Jacob Kratz. It measures 24ftX36ft and is a hand-hewn timber framed house covered with siding in which the walls are insulated with brick and mortar.
  18. Bessey House-Pioneer House (1976)-located at 16181 Sterling Rd. the area once known as Amwell, and then Johnson’s Corners. The house was built prior to 1864 by Isaac Bessey who came from Bucks Co. Pennsylvania in 1834.
  19. Abraham Lance House-Century House (1976)-frame house located at 7647 Sigler Rd. was built in 1838 by Abraham Lance, a son of Henry Lance who had come to Milton Twp. in 1819 with his brothers: James and William. The Lance bros. settled on adjoining quarter sections of land that came to be known as Lancetown, and later Chestnut Ridge. Abraham Lance’s home has housed at least 5 generations of the Lance family.

Place Names

Present Name Former Name(s) Plat Date
Chestnut Ridge
Douglas
Frenchtown
Johnson's Corners Amwell
Lancetown
Milton Center
New Holland
Rittman Arkona, Center Swamp, Ellio, Milton Station, New Prospect, Shinersburg, Trenton Settlement
Sterling Russell Station, Amwell 21 Jan 1880

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 Milton 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

Grist and Saw Millers

  • Thomas Huffstetter [3]
  • Philip Fritz [4]

Distillers

Post Office Workers

  • Christian Knupp [8]

Farmers

  • John Lance [9]

Grocery Store Owners

  • Oliver Houghton [10]

Churches

Baptist

  • Baptist Bible Churtch [11]
  • Lake Milton Baptist Temple [12]

Catholic

  • Unknown name[13]
  • St. Catherine's Catholic Church [14]

Church of Christ

  • Church of Christ Lake Milton [15]

Evangelical

  • Deerfield Evangelical Friends Church [16]

Lutheran

  • MT Moriah Lutheran Church [17]

Mennonite

Methodist

  • Berlin Center Methodist Parsonage [19]
  • Deerfield United Methodist Church [20]
  • Palmyra United Methodist Church [21]

Presbyterian

  • Ellsworth Presbyterian Church [22]
  • Lake Milton Presbyterian Church [23]

Reformed

  • German Reformed Churh[24]

Unknown Denomination

Photos

[26]

[27]

Schools

Active Schools

  • Jackson-Milton Local Schools [28]

School Newspaper Articles

Historical One Room Schools

Photos

[29]

Residents

Early Settlers[30]

Census Records

Directories

Photos of Residences

Cemeteries

  • Eckis Cemetery [31]
  • Vaughn Cemetery [32]

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. 627.
  2. Douglass, Ben. History of Wayne County, Ohio. Indianapolis: Robert Douglass Publisher, 1878. pg. 57.
  3. 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.
  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. Creative, Clear Choice. Churches, www.miltontownshipohio.org/index.php/community/churches.
  12. Creative, Clear Choice. Churches, www.miltontownshipohio.org/index.php/community/churches.
  13. Douglass, Ben. History of Wayne County, Ohio. Indianapolis: Robert Douglass Publisher, 1878. pg. 637.
  14. Creative, Clear Choice. Churches, www.miltontownshipohio.org/index.php/community/churches.
  15. Creative, Clear Choice. Churches, www.miltontownshipohio.org/index.php/community/churches.
  16. Creative, Clear Choice. Churches, www.miltontownshipohio.org/index.php/community/churches.
  17. Creative, Clear Choice. Churches, www.miltontownshipohio.org/index.php/community/churches.
  18. Douglass, Ben. History of Wayne County, Ohio. Indianapolis: Robert Douglass Publisher, 1878. pg. 637.
  19. Creative, Clear Choice. Churches, www.miltontownshipohio.org/index.php/community/churches.
  20. Creative, Clear Choice. Churches, www.miltontownshipohio.org/index.php/community/churches.
  21. Creative, Clear Choice. Churches, www.miltontownshipohio.org/index.php/community/churches.
  22. Creative, Clear Choice. Churches, www.miltontownshipohio.org/index.php/community/churches.
  23. Creative, Clear Choice. Churches, www.miltontownshipohio.org/index.php/community/churches.
  24. Douglass, Ben. History of Wayne County, Ohio. Indianapolis: Robert Douglass Publisher, 1878. pg. 636.
  25. Douglass, Ben. History of Wayne County, Ohio. Indianapolis: Robert Douglass Publisher, 1878. pg. 636.
  26. "Lake Milton Baptist Temple". www.facebook.com. 2019. 
  27. "Deerfield Evangelical Friends Church". deerfieldfriends.org. 2019. 
  28. Creative, Clear Choice. Churches, www.miltontownshipohio.org/index.php/community/schools.
  29. "Jackson- Milton". www.jacksonmilton.k12.oh.us. 2019. 
  30. Douglass, Ben. History of Wayne County, Ohio. Indianapolis: Robert Douglass Publisher, 1878. pg. 629-633.
  31. Creative, Clear Choice. Churches, www.miltontownshipohio.org/index.php/community/cemeteries.
  32. Creative, Clear Choice. Churches, www.miltontownshipohio.org/index.php/community/cemeteries.

External Links

Milton Township, Wayne County, Ohio - Wikipedia