Athens County Ohio Genealogy and History

The vast majority of information on this website is based upon History of Athens County, Ohio, by Charles M. Walker, Cincinnati, R. Clarke, 1869. We’ve added, corrected and subtracted from this data as we’ve identified flaws or came upon new data. Please excuse any additional mistakes that could be present in such a large collection of data.

Most of the township histories below, have additional links taking the visitor to each township record of officers as present at Access Free Genealogy.

History of Athens County, Ohio

Athens County, Ohio Indians

Dunmore’s War


Township Histories of Athens County, Ohio

Alexander, Athens County, Ohio

Alexander, Athens County, Ohio History

Alexander, Athens County, Ohio Genealogy

Ames, Athens County, Ohio

Ames, Athens County Ohio History

Ames, Athens County Ohio Genealogy

Autobiography of Thomas Ewing

A Wolf Hunt, by Edward R. Ames

Athens, Athens County, Ohio

Athens, Athens County Ohio History

Athens Court House, Athens County, Ohio

Athens Methodist Church, Athens County, Ohio

Athens Newspapers, Athens County, Ohio

Athens Presbyterian Church, Athens County, Ohio

Athens Township Schools, Athens County, Ohio

Athens, Athens County, Ohio Genealogy

Bern, Athens County, Ohio

Bern, Athens County, Ohio History and Genealogy

Canaan, Athens County, Ohio

Canaan, Athens County, Ohio Genealogy and History

Carthage, Athens County, Ohio

Carthage, Athens County, Ohio History

Carthage, Athens County, Ohio Genealogy

Dover, Athens County, Ohio

Dover, Athens County, Ohio History

Dover, Athens County, Ohio Genealogy

Lee, Athens County, Ohio

Lee, Athens County, Ohio History and Genealogy

Lodi, Athens County, Ohio

Lodi, Athens County, Ohio History and Genealogy

Rome, Athens County, Ohio

Rome, Athens County, Ohio History

Rome, Athens County, Ohio Genealogy

Trimble, Athens County, Ohio

Trimble, Athens County, Ohio History

Trimble, Athens County, Ohio Genealogy

Troy, Athens County, Ohio

Troy, Athens County, Ohio History and Genealogy

Waterloo, Athens County, Ohio

Waterloo, Athens County, Ohio Genealogy and History

York, Athens County, Ohio

York, Athens County, Ohio History

York, Athens County, Ohio Genealogy

York, Athens County, Ohio Genealogy

Prominent among the early citizens of York was Mr. James Knight. He was born in Pulborough, England, and emigrated to the United States when thirty-two years old, came immediately to York township, and settled here in July, 1821. He became at once thoroughly identified with the interests of the township, and especially of Nelsonville, and during his residence here was one of the most active and influential citizens, participating earnestly in the local improvements and social movements of the day, such as the building of bridges, school and meeting houses, the establishment of Sunday and day schools, etc. He kept…

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Rome, Athens County, Ohio Genealogy

The first person who settled in what is now Rome township was David Dailey, a veteran soldier of the revolution, and decidedly ” a character.” Born in Vermont in 1750, he removed to western New York after his discharge from the army, and thence to Cannonsburg, Pennsylvania, whence he migrated in the year 1797 to the northwestern territory. With his family, consisting of two daughters and five sons, of whom Benonah H. Dailey, of Carthage township (the youngest son), is now the sole survivor, he came down the Ohio river in a pirogue to the mouth of the Hockhocking, and…

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Rome, Athens County, Ohio History

Rome was formed from a portion of the township of Troy in 18 11. The first entry on the subject, in the records of the county commissioners, is as follows: “Thursday, April 4, 1811.-Ordered by the commissioners, That so much of the township of Troy as is contained in the original surveyed townships, numbered 5 and 6, in the 11th range, and 6 in the 12th range, be erected into a new township by the name of Rome. . “Ordered by the commissioners, That their clerk notify the inhabitants of the township of Rome to meet at the house of…

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Passage of Hockhocking River

In early times, and for many years after the organization of the county, the passage of the river was made by ferry boats-little scows which were poled and rowed across. In 1800 there was a ferry kept by old Arthur Coates (called Coates’s ferry) a few rods below where the south bridge now stands, and another one called Harper’s ferry, kept by William Harper, about 100 yards above where the Marietta and Cincinnati railroad crosses the Hockhocking, west of Athens just where the road turns. Mr. Harper lived a short distance the other side of the river, and Isaac Barker,…

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Athens County, Ohio Military Records

Athens County, Ohio Revolutionary War Records Pension Applications, Individuals 1840 Pensioners Census The information contained in this 1840 Pensioners Census database is a compilation of the data on the Revolutionary War pensioners gathered from the 1840 census returns. The information is organized by place – state, county, then township. It also lists the name and age of the veteran, and the name of the head of household with whom the pensioner resided on the census date. Athens County, Ohio War of 1812 Records Roster of Ohio Soldiers in the War of 1812 – Access Genealogy The roster of the war…

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Athens County, Ohio Genealogy and History

This township was originally a part of Alexander. The eastern half of Lodi was included in Carthage when that township was organized in 1819, and was not detached till 1826. Lodi was separately organized in April of that year, and, according to the records, only fourteen votes were cast at the first township election held in the spring of 1827. The population of the township in 1830 was 276; in 1840 it was 754; in 1850 it was 1,336; in 1860 it was 1,598. Joseph Thompson was one of the earliest settlers in Lodi. He lived on the farm now…

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7 thoughts on “Athens County Ohio Genealogy and History”

  1. They talk about a Barn raising in Rome Township and when they were done raising the barn, they danced with Mrs. Wickham, then Mr. Wickham. I have pictures of John & Clarina (Culver) Wickham that could go with the story.

    1. If someone would contact me, I could forward the pictures of John & Clarinda Wickham. The website doesn’t allow me to do so now.

  2. Am researching Mr. James Knight of West Sussex, who was instrumental in building much of Nelsonville, Ohio. Am interested in any descendants? What happened to his papers after his death in 1836

  3. I am researching a John Paugh born in 1753 – 1862. One-hundred and Eight years old when he passed. He was 104 years old when he was placed in the Athens County Infirmary in May 14, 1857. And is buried in the Athens Cemetery, which is still located on the same grounds of the infirmary. Am interested in any descendants of his family. His obituary, if there was one written up or any info that may have been written about his life. Did he serve in the military, his wife name, how many children he had. Thanks for any help. Very little is written about his life and how he lived to be 108 years old.
    Thanks again, Stelts A’m happy to share info that I may have……Paugh, Craig, Wrights, and Daugherty (PA, Ohio, Virginia, WV)

  4. Capt. Benjamin Brown was my 5th Great Grandfather, I am descended from his son Samuel Mason Brown. Thank you for a very interesting accounting of the early days of Ames and some of the role my ancestors played in it’s development. I visited Ames a few years back and was given a tour inside the “Coonskin Library” behind the school, I cannot describe the feeling of pride in my ancestors for what they went through and accomplished. In researching the family, I cannot find any information about the whereabouts of Mary “Polly” Poole Brown, wife of Samuel, who died after she gave birth to Apphia Brown, including the year of her death or where she was buried. If anyone has any information please let me know.

  5. I am interested in more information on Solomon Newton. He is my 4th generation grandfather on my mothers side. I will be passing through your area in September and would like to see where they resided and where he and any other ancestors are buried. I am also curious if there are any of his ancestors still living there.
    Solomon Newton, a native of Worcester, Massachusetts, came to Athens county in 1821, and settled in Trimble in 1822. His place was on the creek about three miles below James Dew’s, and, being situated on the main road between Athens and Zanesville, was formerly very well known. Mr. Newton died in 1849.
    Kim Garber – Wisconsin

  6. Jennifer Jenkins

    My grandmother lived on old Route 2 around Sharpsburg around 1905. I am looking for some information on this and where specifically it was.

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