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George Sommers

George Sommers was born November 23, 1795, in Rockingham county, Virginia, and moved with his parents to Pennsylvania when six years old. In 1816 he came to Canaan, entered land and made some improvements and settled there permanently in December, 1819, on the south-west quarter of section 32. By industry and economy he soon got a comfortable home for himself and family, and at present is the oldest living of the pioneers. He had the following children: Demas, Joseph, Abraham, Levi, Philip, Jonas, Rebecca and Mary. He read and spoke the German and English languages, always a good citizen, an active member in building up and maintaining the church, and served for several years as township Trustee. (Douglass 776)

John Hough

John Hough was born February 26, 1805, in Pennsylvania, and immigrated to Wayne township in 1822. In 1839 he removed to Canaan township. April 28, 1828, he was married to Magdalena Feightner, by whom he had six children. For a number of years he taught school, teaching both English and German. He served as Justice of the Peace for thirteen years. Esteemed by all who knew him, he died April 24, 1877. (Douglass 776)

John D. Heckert

John D. Heckert, born in Virginia, of German origin, settled in the western part of Canaan township about the year 1828 with his wife and family. He died in 1844, having, by untiring labor and prudent management, acquired a competency and won the reputation of being a public-spirited, enterprising, benevolent and honorable man. (Douglas 774-775)

Joseph Stratton

Joseph Stratton was born in Sussex county, New Jersey, May 16, 1788, and in December, 1817, immigrated to Canaan township with his wife and five children, settling on the southwest quarter of section 17. Few men were ever more implicitly trusted and esteemed by his neighbors than "Uncle Joseph," as he was familiarly called. At the first election in 1819, he was elected Justice of the Peace, and twice afterwards elected to the same office, holding, also, other offices. He was an active friend of school, and a zealous member of the M. E. Church. His death took place December 20, 1836. He was the father of eleven children, five of whom are living, Daniel residing on the old homestead, and two others near by. (Douglass 775)

Simon Kenney

Simon Kenney was born in East Hartford, Connecticut, September 29, 1790, but lived in New York state when he removed to Ohio, in the fall of 1822, first settling on the Killbuck, ten miles north-west of Coshocton, where he had entered land. After remaining there a year he removed to WAyne county, settling on the place where he and his son Champion now live, where he entered 160 acres and purchased more, until at one time he possessed 420 acres. he was twice married, first to Polly Daniels, who died in seven years, leaving two children, who also died; second , to Sarah Shanklin, a native of Oswego county, New York, by which marriage he had three sons and two daughters, as follows: Sarah, Thomas, John, Champion and Urilla. Simon Kenney was a solder in the war of 1812, and is a Government pensioner for that service. (Douglas 775)

Notable Women of Wayne County, Ohio


  • Ohio-Wayne-Biography
    • 8 binders (obituaries and articles on various people; not indexed but in alphabetical order by surname)
    • Johnny Appleseed—John Chapman (not indexed)
    • 1925 List of Readers who were born in Log Cabins: Recollections from The Daily Record
    • Attorneys of Wayne County, Ohio (includes obituaries and articles; not indexed)
    • Sonnenberg Settlers: Swiss Immigrants to Wayne County, Ohio and Their Descendants
      • 7 volumes
      • 1st two volumes focus on the Amstutz surname; categorized by given name of descendants
      • Remaining bindery organized by surname; dividers included
    • Directory of Wayne County, Ohio Attorneys 1836-1964; compiled by Harry McClarran; not indexed
    • Milestone birthdays: newspapers clippings regarding milestone birthdays (not indexed; in alphabetical order by surname)
  • Selected biographical sketches from biographical and historical records of Kosciusko Co, IN
    (Includes biographies on Wayne County, Ohio individuals who migrated to Kosciusko Co, IN)
  • Notebook of Genealogy compiled by Wooster-Wayne DAR