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*NEW LISTING:  FFOH-STHY - D021.  HISTORY OF OHIO.  BOOK SET OF THREE VOLUMES:  D021:  HISTORY OF OHIO - With emphasis on the Historical and Biographical Aspects.  By Charles B. Galbreath, Secretary of the Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, Former State Librarian and Secretary of the Ohio Constitutional Convention (1912).

[For the person who is looking for a special gift for that special genealogist, this is a rare set of books about Ohio that will be the pride and joy of any genealogist lucky enough to find it.]

In three volumes, this set is an original, matched set with a heavy, sturdy binding in dark green in better-than-good-condition for their age as they are eighty years old.  Covers have an occasional bumped corner, pages are 7“ by 10“ and the books are neat and well bound.  No covers are loose.  Printed by the American Historical Society, Inc. in 1928.  PRICE:  All three volumes $200.

Volume I has 710 pages, The Prefatory note is of great value, for it is here that the author gives the book-by-book history of the Histories of Ohio, their author’s qualifications with the publication data, and results.  A large 38-page subject index, which covers the entire set, comes at the FRONT of Volume I.  begins on Page xi (11) and continues through page L (50).

Volume I covers the geological formation of the state, flood control, archaeology, The Struggle for the Ohio Country, The North American Indian (Information), The Dunmore War, From the Conspiracy of Pontiac to the Treaty of Paris, The Ordinance of 1787—its Origin and Authorship, the Northwest Territory Years under Gov. Arthur St. Clair, Gen. St. Clair’s Expedition Against the Indians, Wayne’s Campaign Against the Indians, Treaty of Greenville, How and When(?) Ohio became a state. [NOTE: Ohio voted to do so in 1803, but Congress failed to formally admit the state of Ohio to the Union, and did not officially recognize it for over one hundred years, but it clearly did function as a state during that period. The evidence is that during that time ten Presidents were elected, seven of which were born in Ohio.  And of five Chief Justices of the U. S. chosen during that time three were appointed from Ohio. This controversy as to its date of admission continues as there are five separate dates which, in some important formal document, represent the birth of the State of Ohio.  [NOTE:  Leave it to a Legislature, Executive Branch or Judicial System to “mess up” and when they all have a say in it, you can be sure they will NOT agree.]  March 1, 1803, is the commonly accepted date.

The Counties of Ohio section follows.  This is one of the most outstanding features of this set of books.  Details are given on the formation of each county.  The county sketches, and all 88 of them are covered in detail, give you a lot of information. You get the census figures from 1920, the farm reports as to crops grown and bushels harvested, size of farms, etc.  Maps abound, parent counties are named, county officers are named, little hamlets to small towns to large cities are identified.  You will find out where they came up with the county’s name, what the soil is like, what minerals are present, the area in square miles, the name of all the townships, what kind of population settled here, who came first, what groups, if any, settled here, and where they came from (states or countries).  The 1923-1924 agricultural census furnished lots of data about how many dairy cows, bushels of potatoes, tons of hay were grown, average farm size and lots more.  In Licking County, they mention the “Refugee Tract” [100,000 acres] where some Canadians who supported the Americans during the Revolutionary War were relocated with the awards of property given by our Government to former residents of the British Provinces in Canada whose lands were confiscated in Canada, and then they were told to leave.  They came to America, mostly to Ohio, many served in the war on our side and were rewarded with from 160 acres to 2,240 acres in Franklin, Licking and Perry Counties.  They report about the Ohio Canal which runs through Licking County.

This county’s sketch covers farms, what they grew, how many bushels, etc. and manufacturing shops and what they made.  They mention the Drummer Boy of Shiloh and Chickamauga, Johnny Clem, the smallest person ever enlisted in any army, who was born in Newark in 1851, and ran away to enlist in the Union Army in the Civil War.  They mention the “Mound Builders and their works” as the tourist attraction it still is today.  These sketches tell you much of the early history of that county.

Articles on Ohio’s Public School System, Ohio’s Institutions of Higher Learning, Ohio’s Public Libraries, Newspaper Press, and Ohio Literary Men and Women follow.  The Military Section covers: The War of 1812, Mexican War, Civil War and Spanish American War are all covered in Volume I.

Beginning on page 669 and running to the end of Volume 1 is a list of those brave men and women of Ohio, who in the First World War gave their last full measure of devotion, and earned the Gold Star.  These 6,500 men and women are listed in this section alphabetically by county.  They will not be forgotten.  Army, Navy and Marines, with no indication of their rank, who died, are listed with their date of death, including the Army Nurse Corps who served and died beside them.  Generals are listed separately.

Volume II  has the matched covers, both of which are tight, with 832 pages concerning primarily the Constitution of Ohio and the three conventions (1802, 1850-51, and 1873-1874) followed by Amendments to 1912, that hammered out the final form by 1912.  The Anti-Slavery forces in the Northwest Territory and in Ohio after Statehood are discussed in Volume II.  The Underground Railroad is very important in Ohio.  By Force of Arms, The Temperance Movement, the Women’s Suffrage Movement, The Ohio State Grange, The Annals of Ohio Administrations and a Chapter on Eminent Ohioans concludes the second volume.  This volume focuses on the Political Side of Life, and to that end, the lists at the back of this volume are of Women who have Served in the Legislative and Judicial Departments of the State, United States Senators from Ohio, Ohio Congressmen and a fact sheet with some interesting, though now dated, facts about Ohio.  In 1928, Ohio had seven million people, was an agricultural AND industrial state, had 80 cities, had 30,000 domestic and foreign corporations authorized to do business in Ohio, 94 steam railroads, 85 street railroads, 217 electric companies, 117 gas companies, 495 telephone companies, 950 savings and loans associations, 1,110 state and local banks, 840 insurance companies, among many other businesses, had 40,730 square miles of land, only 4% was laid waste, and 30,000 acres of inland lakes!  Would be interesting to get today's estimates wouldn't it?  A Chapter on Eminent Ohioans concludes the second volume.    PRICE:  Three Volumes for $200.

Volume III is as thick as the others and matches them in size, however the 357 pages in the count contain only the text of the printed biographical, historical and family history part, and does not include any of the front or the back pages of any page that holds a full-page size portrait.  The 357 numbered pages of this book, beginning with John Walworth and his family, who have eight(8) pages of  biographies and family histories, eight portraits which contain (8) pages plus (8) pages of blank portrait backs or 24 page total.  This is genealogical information stunning in its details.

Sample:  In the sketch of John Gallagher, the first page is of his background, his 47 trips to Europe, his wholesale liquor business, two full pages of details includes this paragraph:  “September 12, 1873, John Gallagher married Rose Kennedy, daughter of Bernard and Elizabeth Kennedy of Letterkenny, Donegal County, Ireland.  Children:  1. Patrick, living in Warren County, Ohio.  2.  Elizabeth, wife of Christopher William Deibel, manager of the Liberty Theatre in Youngstown by whom she has children:  John C., born in 1903; Dorothy Mary, born in 1905; Ellen Elizabeth, born in 1907; Rosemary, born in 1909; Christopher, Jr., born in 1918, died in 1926.  3. Mary, wife of Emil A. Renner, realtor, by whom she has children: George J. 4th, born in 1907; John A., born 1909; William W. born 1911; Robert J. born 1913; and E. Arthur, Jr., born 1917.

On January 6, 1924, at the age of seventy-nine, Mr. Gallagher passed on to the highest reward which awaited one of his genuine goodness and exemplary life.  He left behind a sorrowing family and many friends who appreciated his sterling worth to his community.]

Index The index to this last section, apparently did not extend to grandchildren of the subject.  The book does, but the index does not appear to do so; therefore, the actual number of people in the sketch may be higher than the number I am listing.  The index includes the following surnames with two (,) or more (#) first names: Avery 10, Backus, Banning 10, Barney 10, Barnum 7, Bell, Benner, Bird 6, Bishop, Bott 4, Bradley 10, Breneman, Brown 9, Burt 9, Clement 4, Clevenger, Cohagen 6, Colson, Corry 3, Coulson 4, Coward, Custer 7, Dallas 5, Deibel, Demmitt 15, Dreese, Drummond 11, Dudley 5, Dunl(a/o)p 4, Dunn 3, Eager, Eaton 3, Ebertlein, Elliott 9, Emerick, Flath 6, Fletcher 6, Flinn, Gallagher 3, Gill, Glase 4, Goodenow, Gould 8, Graham 13, Graydon, Grothe 5, Harper, Hartshorn 12, Hastings 5, Helleberg 3, Hinman 11, Irvin 6, Israel, Jones 4, Joyner 5, Keam, Keginmeister, Kempf, Kepler 4, Kimmel, Kneialy 3, Knowlton 8, Kreitzer, Kring, Kriz, Leete 7, Lenz 5, Lewis, McCann 7, McEwen, Margedant 6, Maurer, Maxwell 4, Morgan 10, Morris 4, Muth 4, Neal, Norton, O’Dwyer 5, Oblinger 11, Oskamp 6, Payne 8, Perrine 2, Powell 7, Puchta 6, Ra(y)ce 4, Renner, Rodger, Roe 4, Ross 4, Rowley, Sampsel 5, Savage 5, Schmidlapp 3, Schulte 4, Sheehy 8, Sheets, Shroyer 6, Skidmore 3, Slade, Slavin 9, Smetana 3, Smith 10, Sparrow 6, Spitler, Staebler 4, Stake, Stallyon 4, Stanley 6, Stanton, Stine 5, Stratmeyer, Strickler 3, Stroop 4, Thomas 4, Thompson 6, Tisdale 9, Trader 5, Truesdale, Vicars, Wagner 8, Walters 7, Walworth 30, Weden 5, Whitney 15, Willett, Wilmot, Wilson 3, Woodbridge 9 and Wyne 3.   Also listed in the index are Ancient lineages of several surnames: Angouleme, Anjou, Aquitaine, Banning, Baskerville, Berenger, Bird, Bradley, Bray, Carnegie, Devereux, Fitz-Allen, Flanders, Hainault, Holland, House of Capet, House of Castile, Leete, Milbourne, Provence, Roe, Royal Decent of Walworth, Royal Descent of Whitney, Royal Line of Portugal, Russel/l, Ruthven, Se(a/y)ton, Taillefer, Touchett, Vicar(is/s), Whitney, and Wye.  Color plates show coats of arms.  Some of the sketches are well over 3-5 pages of detailed information about the subject’s lineage and life.  The Walworth sketch runs eight pages, and also has eight full-page pictures of portraits of the family in addition.  The book is over 2 ” thick and has 357 pages which are 7 “ by 10 “ which includes lots of portraits.  All three are priced to sell as a set for $200.  Some genealogist with Ohio Ancestors would be so pleased to have this book in their personal library!  Nearly 2,000 pages!! THREE VOLUMES. PRICE $200.  This is a used copy and only one is available.

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**NEW LISTING: YOGSOH-STRG-3:  BANKS OF THE WABASH.  By Robert V. Van Trees.  Revised 2007. Third Edition.  302 pages, 5 “ by 8“, laminated covers.  PRICE:  $15.   In early November of 1791, Major General Arthur St. Clair led an ill-equipped and untrained army north from Fort Washington against the troublesome Indians of the vast Northwest of the River Ohio Territory (now the states of OH, IN, IL, MI and WI), which had been created by the Ordinance whose Bicentennial milestone was celebrated in 1987.  This controversial officer’s tragic defeat along the banks of the Wabash River prompted a Congressional investigation [Those aren’t new either!]—the first in the history of the United States.  The dead are victims of a peace process which failed and the characters of this book, many whose mortal remains are mixed with the soil where Fort Recovery now stands, are real people whose sacrifices helped shape the destiny of the westward march of civilization.  Liberally sprinkled with facts concerning the historic Ordinance of 1787 which were previously discovered in the author’s book, “Ordinance of Freedom”.  This book provides factual insight into their trials and tribulations of General St. Clair, who led hundreds to their deaths.  This book’s author at this time was a resident of Fort Recovery, a retired U.S.A.F. officer who devoted much time over a quarter of a century to his study of historical facts concerning the two battles which took place along the Banks of the Wabash River where the author spent the early years of his life.  Detailed genealogical research concerning the Swearingen family and Blue Jacket led him to conclude the Shawnee War Chief was NOT a captured white youth named Marmaduke Swearingen, son of John and Catherine(Stull) Swearingen.  DNA tests conducted at Wright State University in 2000 supported his conclusion.  All genealogists with roots in this five state area will want to read and digest the historical facts, the personnel lists, newspaper clippings and the detailed index in this book.  Bibliography has grown to 78 titles.  Index pp. 281 to 300 lists men and units that are buried in Fort Recovery’s burial ground.  Hundreds of our ancestors were lost in those two bitter battles.  Some of them may have been yours.  Genealogical charting of the Van Swearingen family is included in this book.  Also included are the lists of the Kentucky Militia, over 300 in number, most of who were killed in action in October and November of 1791.  Lots of names are in this index.  NEW. Multiple copies are available.  Price $15 

 

*NEW LISTING:   FFOH–STRG-4:  D031 ABSTRACTS AND EXTRACTS OF THE LEGISLATIVE ACTS AND RESOLUTIONS OF THE STATE OF OHIO:  1803-1821.  By Mary L. Bowman, Published by the Ohio Genealogical Society, 1994.  This book is like new in very good condition.  349 pages  8” by 11”, hardbound  These are the very first Sessions of this state of Ohio first organized in 1803.  These motions and designs of this brand new state, going through the War of 1812 and on to recovery are important.  They have been carefully abstracted by the author, who has done other works for the benefit of today’s genealogists.  She has thoughtfully provided an every-name index.  Look carefully for your Ohio surnames.  He may have written a law, proposed a change, argued for change, been mentioned as a Road Commissioner, paid for a bill from the state, submitted a bill and payment was authorized, sold them some chairs, elected a Justice of the Peace, made an official name change, so many more names scattered throughout for thousands of reasons!  My favorite is an act to supply the troops, the governor was to borrow $30,000 to do this.  [Who was it who said, “The more things CHANGE, the more they stay the SAME!]  In the Personal Name Index the following surnames have at least five or more lines: Abbot/t 5, Adam/s 9, Allen 8, Anderson 5, Armstrong 9, Austin 6, Ayers/Ayres 5, Baker 5, Baldwin 14, Beatty 7, Bell 5, Black 5, Blair 5, Bog/g/s 5, Brown/e 24, Buel/l 10, Caldwell 7, Campbell 10, Canfield 5, Carpenter 11, Carter 5, Case 7, Chapman 5, Clark/e 17, Collins 7, Cook/e 6, Craig/e 7, Crawford 5, Creighton 5, Crook/s 5, Curry 6, Davidson 5, Davis 8, Day 6, Deardorff 5, Dillon 5, Elliot/t 12, Evans 12, Ewing 5, Findl(a/e)y 6, Foster 6, Gard(i)ner 5, Graham 7, Hamilton 9, Hanna/h 5, Harper 7, Harris 5, Hawley 6, Hays 7, Henderson 5, Hic(h/kcox 7, Hopkins 5, Hugh/es/s 6, Humphr(ies/y) 7, Hunt 10, Hunter 5, Huntin(d/t)on 5, Irwin 5, Jackson 7, James 5, Johnson 13, Johnston 11, Jones 12, Kellog/g 5, Kelly 5, Kerr 8, Key(e)s 7, Kilbourn/e 5, King 9, Lee 7, Long 6, Lucas 5, Martin 8, McClure 6, McConnell 6, McCoy 5, McLean/McLene/ McLeane 6, Miller 14, Millik(a/e/i)n 5, Mills 5, Mitchel/l 18, Moor/e 15, Morris 7, Morrison 7, Meyer/s 6, Newel/l 9, Nightingale 5, Norton 5, Olmsted 8, Palmer 6, Pane/Pain/ Paine/Payne 6, Parker 5, Patterson 7, Perkins 6, Perry 5, Price 7, Putnam 6, Rams(a/e)y 5, Reed/Reid 8, Ren/n/ick/Renix 8, Richardson 6, Robi/n/son 13, Ro/d/gers 13, Root 5, Rose 6, Ross 8, Sacket 5,  Sarchet 5, Schen(ch/k) 5, Scott 11, Seely 5, Shephard/ Shepherd 11, Silliman 6, Skin/n/er 5, Smith 23, Sn(i/y)der 5, Spencer 5, Ste/a/dman 5, Steel/e 9, Strong 9, Tapp(a/e/i/)n 5, Taylor 9, Thomas 6, Thompson 15, Trimble 6, Updegra(ff/ft) 5, Vance 7, Vanhorn 5, Wallace 7, Ward 6, Watson 6, Webb 8, Well/s 11, Wheeler 8, White 10, Williams 21, Willis 5, Wilson 19, Wood/s  10, Wright 10 and Young 8.  This is a used copy and the only one available.  PRICE:  $40

 

**NEW LISTING: YOGSOH-STRG-5: OHIO GENEALOGICAL RESOURCES.  By Charles M. Franklin.  Published by YOGS, 1997.  25 pages, wrapper style cardstock covers 8“ by 11”.  New copies.  Ray and I asked Charles Franklin to do this book, that quickly became a set of books, on the basic sources of genealogical and historical information.  He put together these books to assist all genealogists who needed an inexpensive book to go to when they can not think of who else to ask.  This book is his OHIO effort.  He gives a brief history of the state, some guidance on religion in Ohio, Vital records kept, Census records available and tax lists.  He has comments on Probate Records, land and property records, military records, divorce records, and naturalization records.  He has extensive lists of 138 Archives and Libraries, a quick phone call could establish current addresses, if indeed, they have changed at all!  He has a list of over 320 Genealogical and Historical Societies on 8 pages, many of these change addresses yearly with new elections of officers.  Check online (website) or by phone (information).  A call to the county’s local librarian will get information almost every time.  A list of over 150 periodicals (almost 6 pages) published by individuals and societies may put you in touch with other relatives that did not move when your ancestors did!  Then there is a list of the year of formation of every Ohio County plus its parent county.  Addresses and phone numbers are given. (3 pages)  They may be dated, but the Post Office will know where the Courthouse is!  If you want to get in touch with someone this is a quick guide to use.  Multiple copies of this book are available.  Special price is $5 for 25 pages of help.

If you like this one, we also have similar ones for Illinois,  Kentucky, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia.  Multiple copies of each of these books are available. Special price is $5 for however many pages of help each one has in it.  They vary slightly from state-to-state, but all books cover the same format. PRICE: $5

 

*NEW LISTING:   YOGSOH- STRG-7: D185.  MEMBER PUBLICATIONS OF THE COUNCIL OF OHIO GENEALOGISTS.  1985. Edited by Teresa L. M. Klaiber.  19 pages, cardstock covers, stapled.  This compilation is a result of the joint members of the Council of Ohio Genealogists in response to a catalog request for in-print and forthcoming publications.  The names of these authors are well-known to Ohio Genealogists and they have undoubtedly added dozens of publications to this list by now.  Author’s name, number of books in publication by 1985, plus forthcoming books already planned at that time.  We are all grateful to these busy people for taking their time to create these abstracts, indexes and compilations of data of so much value to so many of us.  First number is books already in print + number in the planning or abstracting or compilation or typing/data entry or production stages.  Full publication data given for all books and articles referenced in periodicals or in book reports.  These may be in a library near you.  Tacy Arledge 3 + 1, Carol Willsey Bell 65 +5, Sue Heatherly Birt +3, Susan Cook +2, Pat Donaldson 3 + 2, Patsy Ruth Donaldson (Manning) +2, Sandy Fackler + 2, Carol Willsey Flavell (Bell) 14, Barbara Grant Fox 1 + 1, Sylvia Hargrove 2, Helen Harriss 3, Hensgen 3, Rebecca Baker Hill 3, Teresa L. M. Klaiber 15 +4, W. Louis Phillips 28 + 7, William B. Saxbe 12, Caryn R. Shoemaker 14, Henry Timman 5, Marilyn Welsh 20 and Susan P. White 5.  Finding ancestors can be very hard work, but every one of these people has made all of our lives easier and better because of the work they have done and shared with us.  Thank you.  Full titles and many more details are in this book.  This is a used copy and only one is available.  PRICE $4

 

*NEW LISTING:   FFOH-STRG-9: B274:  CENTRAL OHIO LOCAL GOVERNMENT RECORDS AT THE OHIO HISTORICAL SOCIETY.  Compiled by Karen L. Matusoff of the Archives-Manuscripts Division of the Ohio Historical Society, 1978.  38 pages, 8.5 by 11”, wrappers, stapled.  PRICE $7.  This book was designed to list the records which are maintained at the Historical Society Library in centrally-located Columbus, Ohio, for the benefit of your ease of access for all genealogists.  The counties covered in this edition are Ashland, Cuyahoga, Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Knox, Licking, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway and Union.  Separately listed are the records maintained at the library that are on microfilm.  Also attached to the book is a magazine article titled Court Records Now Available to Researchers which informs us that Records of the Superior Court of Franklin County (Columbus), 1857-1865, which covers the Civil War period, are now accessible to researchers.  If your ancestors came from the above list of counties, it may be to your advantage to access them in a general library setting rather than at the courthouse.  The records are sorted by the name of the office which would normally hold them.  You would want to know the type of record you need and the dates involved to be sure that you are going to the correct location of these original records.  This is a used copy and only one is available.   PRICE $7

 

**NEW LISTING:   FFOH-STRG-11:  B299.  INDEX TO THE MICROFILM EDITION OF GENEALOGICAL DATA RELATING TO WOMEN IN THE WESTERN RESERVE BEFORE 1840. By the Genealogical Committee of the Western Reserve Historical Society.  Prepared by the Genealogical Committee of the Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, Ohio, 1976.  226 pages, 8.5 by 11 inches, hardbound, indexed.  PRICE $40.  The first permanent settlement in the Western Reserve, an area in Northeastern Ohio larger than Connecticut, was established at the site of the present city of Cleveland in 1796. This information was collected by the Women’ Department and it is of considerable genealogical interest.  All of it relates to women who came to Ohio prior to 1850, but part of it relates only to women who came before 1840.  It falls into two distinct categories: biographical data which relates to thousands of women; and “Vital Statistics” which relates to tens of thousands of women.  All parts of the original printings of the five volumes of data were out-of-print when this book was published.  The five parts, numbered continuously from 1 to 1,140 indicate the thoroughness of this project.  The vital statistics were to follow a standard format.  Column 1 was Married Name, column 2 was Maiden Name, column 3 was Year Came to Township, column 4 was Where From, and column 5 was Last Residence, so the actual entry for each of these women would look like this:  Married name Mrs. John Ray:  Maiden name Lois Hill:  Year came to Township 1803:  Where from Groton, Connecticut:  Last Residence Milan, Ohio.  There were 216 townships whose records are included in this project, each 25 miles square.  These include the counties of Erie (6 twps.), Huron (11 twps.)on the west side reading south, Lorain (15 twps), townships of Ashland (the township of Ruggles) and Medina (10 twps.) next to them, Cuyahoga (11 twps.) and Summit (12 twps.) to the east of them, Lake (7 twps.), Geauga (14 twps.) and Portage (16 twps.) in the next column and Ashtabula (18 twps.), Trumbull (12 twps.) and 5 townships of Mahoning.  This is an index only.  The records, themselves, are still available and directions are given as to where to write for them.  There are 70+ names per column.   There are five columns per page.   And there are 226 pages!  At 350+ times 226 pages, that equals almost 79,000 women living in those townships between 1840 and 1850.  Surely some of them will be yours!  All for women already married by 1840! The above information can be obtained for any of the women listed in this index volume.  The previous owner of this book has included a printed list of the 216 townships, sorted by county, stapled in at the back of the book. (most helpful when using the map to orient them to your ancestor’s part of Ohio).  There is no feasible way to extract the number of entries that would be required to do an extract of the index which is this book.  No information is included in this book, but the index of names is there, and the information would be well worth a letter to the society to get the information!  It is very difficult to find this much data for women’s names, especially maiden names, if they were married prior to 1840.  You would get the married name and her maiden name for any of these!  This is a used copy and only one is available.    PRICE:  $40.

 
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