Wayne Township, Wayne County, Ohio

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Historical Information

Wayne Township was established October 12, 1816 and named in honor of General Anthony Wayne.[1]

It was formed from all of the originally surveyed townships 16 and 17 in range 13.[2]

Historical Documents

Wayne 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. Wayne United Presbyterian Church-County Historical Landmark (1983)-church built in 1888 at 7152 Burbank Rd. Now brick but the original wood walls are within the current structure. Wayne Church is the 2nd oldest in the township; organized in 1833. Services were held outdoors or in the schoolhouse until 1840 when a church was built on the present site. This was replaced in 1988 by the present building. Several original stained glass windows, scroll work, and the 840lb bell remain from the 1888 structure.
  2. Henshaw House-Pioneer House (1976)-located along Smithville Western Rd. in Wayne Twp. It is believed that it’s first owner was Jacob Ihrig and it was Irhig who built the frame house in 1815.
  3. Roy Carmony House-Pioneer House (1976)-located on Co.Rd. 68 near Rt. 23. According to Carmony family history the 80-acre farm property was bought by Christian Hostetler from George Lose and Christian Trouger in 1819. Hostetler reportedly built the house in 1820 and the house and farmland stayed in the Hostetler family until 1900 when Roy Carmony bought the property.
  4. Leslie House-Pioneer House (1977)-the 1&1⁄2-story log home located on Milltown Rd. was built between 1820 and 1836.
  5. Alfred H. Johnson House-Pioneer House (1981)-Western Reserve-Greek Revival style house located at 5085 Friendsville Rd. was built about 1835. Features fan-shaped louvered ornaments and white oak hand-hewn beams (2 are 46ft long), white oak siding and floors, and white ash plank floor in former sitting room.
  6. Houhton House-Pioneer House (1993)-House framed with hewn oak beams and floor joists fastened with wood pegs located at 2505 Jentes Rd. was built in 1840s, probably by Jacob Ritter. Wood used used in house probably cut on site; oak, chestnut, and walnut.
  7. Ritter House-Pioneer House (1976)-located on Mechanicsburg Rd. the last house west of Deviltown. The original part of the house is a log structure built about 1840 and the ends of the logs were squared by an ax. At some later date a room with frame construction was added and a chimney is on the west end of the house.
  8. Ronald J. Martin House-Pioneer House (1992)-the 2-story cedar shake shingled home located at 4280 Clear Creek Valley Rd. was built in 1840.
  9. Buchholtz House-Pioneer House (1976)-located on the east side of Mechanicsburg Rd in Deviltown. The large brick house was built by Fredolin Buchholtz before the 1860s and possibly as early as 1841 according to one source. The brick walls are 1ft thick, the wood floors are held in place with square-headed nails, and the house has 7 bedrooms, 3 fireplaces, and 5 baths. Reportedly an early circuit priest held mass in the house.
  10. Sonnedecher House-Pioneer House (1977)-Built in 1853. 1st house north of Madisonburg on east side of road. Constructed of bricks made on site. Built by Jacob Shaffer and purchased in 1855 with gold from California by Andrew Sonnedecher.
  11. Doc Johns House-Pioneer House (1976)-located on Friendsville Rd. between Milltown and Smithville Western Rd. and was once known as Mitey Mystic Meadows that bred Standardbred racehorses when Dr. Robert M. Johns owned the property. The large two-and-half story brick house was built in 1859 by carriage maker John Bishop. The house is constructed of brick burnt on the farm and features wild cherry woodwork on the interior.
  12. John Lehman House-Pioneer House (1999)-2-story wood frame house with sandstone basement, small front porch, and original chimney located at 5114 Canaan Center Rd. was built in 1860.
  13. Gerald Hider House-Pioneer House (1976)-located at 2101 Smithville Western Rd. The 2-story frame house on a sandstone foundation is believed to have been built before 1862 because tax records show a jump in valuation after that date. The first owner was listed as Jacob McEntefer.
  14. Snyder House-Pioneer House (1976)-located on the west side of Rt. 6 south of Friendsville Rd. The large 10-room brick house with a central hall and stairway was built by Thomas McCoy in 1869. The Snyder family bought the property from the McCoy’s in 1911. After extensive renovation in 1970 it was revealed that the house is basically colonial on the inside, but has some exterior features related to the Civil War era.
  15. Schneider House-Pioneer House (1976)-located at 698 Milltown Rd. near St.Rt. 3. The log house was built in 1870 according to tax records. The basement runs the entire length of the house which measures 27ft square.
  16. Thomas O. Bruch House-Pioneer House (1976)-located on SR 285 a 2&1⁄2-story frame home with center hall and slate roof features original paneling in parlor. Originally owned by J. Fraser. Built between 1870-72
  17. George Hider House-Pioneer House (1976)-located at 3317 Friendsville Rd. near the Freedlander Park area. The house is believed to have been built in 1872 by Philip Herpel.
  18. Dr. E. Judd House-Pioneer House (1981)-the 2-story frame home located at 3840 Cleveland Rd. was built prior to 1873. Reportedly once a stop on the stage coach line.
  19. Henry Sonnedecher House-Pioneer House (1980)-the 2-story frame home located at 1817 Fox Lake Rd. has an exterior that features double front doors with beveled glass, round top windows, Victorian-style with elaborate gingerbread-carved brackets and dentils below the eaves and carved lintels above the windows, and false shuttered windows, plus 2-story bay window. Also, squeeze-type door knobs dated 1876.
  20. Robert Hatfield House-Pioneer House (1991)-Victorian-style farmhouse located at 1315 E Milltown Rd. was built in 1890.
  21. Brian&Heidi Rennecher House-Pioneer House (2003)-the 2-story brick home located at 6764 N. Honeytown Rd. was built in 1900.
  22. C.W. Ewing House-Pioneer House (1976)-located along Co.Rd. 6 north of St.Rt. 86. The house’s builder is believed to be Elias May who sold it to the McCoy family in 1901. The house measures 26ftX32ft and is a Western Reserve design style.
  23. Dilyard House-Pioneer House (1976)-originally located on the NW part of the NE quarter R13, T16, Section 22. Moved to 4777 Young Dr. in 1955. House existed as early as 1826 and was originally owned by John McEntefer , a township trustee. House constructed of hand-hewn timbers with square-headed nails. Windows have wavy original glass.
  24. Gallapoo House-Pioneer House (1976)-located at 4122 Melrose Dr. Court records indicate that this log constructed house was built by John Hardgrove before he sold the property in 1823 to Mathew McCure. From then it was sold to David Billman in 1873; to Franklin Goff in 1877. The original part of the house was 1-room with a loft. Later two log rooms were added.
  25. Calame House-Pioneer House (1976)-located at the SW corner of the intersection of 95 and 442, just west of where St.Rt. 3 crosses 95. This large grand house was built by Alexander McBride in the 1840s as it is shown on the 1856 county map. His son, Henry McBride acquired the house and 158-acre farm in 1854 for $6,480. It was sold to David P. Tayor in 1860 for $14,000; then sold to Joseph and Jacob Sherrick in 1881 for $16,491; and sold to Arnold C. Calame in 1946.
  26. Showalter House-Pioneer House (1976)-located on Co.Rd. 112 north of 86 and near 78. The original log house was built between 1815-1820. It features interior woodwork of wormy chestnut and black walnut. Reportedly the house was a stop on the underground railroad.
  27. Grube House-Pioneer House (1976)-located along Twp.Rd. 112 between 86 and 22. The house is believed to have been built between 1830-1850 by Moses Cherry who bought the land in 1824 from Naphtale Lucock, the first property owner. David Grube bought the farm in 1872. It is pictured in the book, Picturesque Wayne, on p.224 as the D.H. Grube house.
  28. McCoy House-Century House (1976)-located on Co.Rd. 6 first house on the west side north of St.Rt. 86 intersection. It was built in 1869 and is marked on the house. Built by the brothers Joseph and Thomas McCoy of brick fired on the farm. Their father James McCoy came to Wayne Co. OH from Juniata Co. PA in 1826 and bought the 148-acre farm. The title passed to Joseph McCoy in 1847. At least six generations of the McCoy family have lived on the farm since the 1826 purchase.
  29. Bucher House-Century House (1988)-log and wood frame 1&1⁄2-story home located at 3019 Mechanicsburg Rd. was built in 1860s. It has been home to many generations of the Bucher family.

Place Names

Present Name Former Name(s) Plat Date
Bloomington 3 Jul 1907; incorporated 30 Jan 1911
Clear Creek
Devil Town Tannertown, Ville
Glory Hole
Jollytown
Little Cincinnati
Madisonburg Layman's Toll Gate 1873
Madisonburg Sub-Station
McCoy's Corners
Mechanicsburg
Milltown
Providence
Tollgate
Wayne
Wayne County Home Old Peoples' Corner
Wooster

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 Wayne 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

Farmers

  • Joseph Wasson [3]
  • William Elliot [4]
  • Josiah Barton [5]
  • George Troutman [6]
  • James McCoy [7]
  • Captain George P. Emrich [8]
  • John Driskel [9]

Saw-millers

  • Fred Garver (1814)[10]

Grist-millers

  • Fred Garver (1815)[11]
  • John McBride (1829) [12]
  • Abraham Runyon [13]

Traders

  • Captain George P. Emrich [14]

Hotel Owners

  • Horace Howard (Eagle House)[15]

Churches

Baptist

  • North Life Baptist Church [16]
  • West Hill Baptist Church [17]

Christian Science

  • First Church of Christ, Scientist [18]

Lutheran

Presbyterian

  • Wayne Presbyterian Church[20]

Unitarian Universalist

  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Wayne County [21]

Unknown Denomination

Photos

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[24]

Schools

Active Schools

  • Wooster City Local Schools [25]

Historical One Room Schools

Photos

[26]

Residents

Early Settlers[27]

Census Records

Directories

Photos of Residences

Cemeteries

  • Plainview Cemetery [28]
  • Edenton Cemetery [29]
  • Woodville Cemetery [30]
  • Jordan Cemetery [31]
  • McCollum Cemetery [32]
  • Little Brick Chapel [33]

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. 712.
  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. 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. "Welcome!" North Life Baptist Church. Accessed March 04, 2019. https://www.northlife.church/.
  17. "Home." West Hill Baptist Church. Accessed March 04, 2019. https://whbcwooster.com/.
  18. "Home." CS Wooster. Accessed March 04, 2019. http://cswooster.com/.
  19. Douglass, Ben. History of Wayne County, Ohio. Indianapolis: Robert Douglass Publisher, 1878. pg. 716.
  20. Douglass, Ben. History of Wayne County, Ohio. Indianapolis: Robert Douglass Publisher, 1878. pg. 717.
  21. "Home." Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Wayne County. Accessed March 04, 2019. http://www.uufwc.org/.
  22. Douglass, Ben. History of Wayne County, Ohio. Indianapolis: Robert Douglass Publisher, 1878. pg. 716.
  23. "West Hills Baptist Church". www.yelp.com. 2019. 
  24. "Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Wayne County". www.rdcollab.com. 2019. 
  25. "Wooster City School District." Treasurer | Wooster City Schools. Accessed March 04, 2019. http://www.woostercityschools.org/.
  26. "Wooster High School". en.wikipedia.org. 2019. 
  27. Douglass, Ben. History of Wayne County, Ohio. Indianapolis: Robert Douglass Publisher, 1878. pg. 714-715.
  28. "Cemeteries." Wayne Township, Clermont County, Ohio. Accessed March 04, 2019. http://www.wayne-township.org/cemeteries.html.
  29. "Cemeteries." Wayne Township, Clermont County, Ohio. Accessed March 04, 2019. http://www.wayne-township.org/cemeteries.html.
  30. "Cemeteries." Wayne Township, Clermont County, Ohio. Accessed March 04, 2019. http://www.wayne-township.org/cemeteries.html.
  31. "Cemeteries." Wayne Township, Clermont County, Ohio. Accessed March 04, 2019. http://www.wayne-township.org/cemeteries.html.
  32. "Cemeteries." Wayne Township, Clermont County, Ohio. Accessed March 04, 2019. http://www.wayne-township.org/cemeteries.html.
  33. "Cemeteries." Wayne Township, Clermont County, Ohio. Accessed March 04, 2019. http://www.wayne-township.org/cemeteries.html.

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