Defiance County Ohio Ghost Towns Data Chart

Town Name Township & Post Office Dates

GPS Coordinates & Location Notes

Short Description

Arrowsmiths

Farmer Township

1843 - 1866

 41.350111 -84.671121   on SR 2 at the intersection with Ensign Rd, Lost Creek Cemetery on SR 2 north of the gps coordinates, former school across the street from the cemetery at the intersection of Dalrymple Rd  

38.9856244 -83.5796411  The town was founded by Miller Arrowsmith (1808 - 1893) & Celinda (Caraway) Arrowsmith (1813 - 1849) who bought a farm at Lost Creek & had a couple of children. Miller built a mill, operated the post office & was a county surveyor. The Arrowsmiths were buried in Lost Creek Cemetery. The old school is now a private residence.

Ashwood

Defiance & Delaware Township

1879 - 1880

 41.255882 -84.457169   on Ashwood Rd around the railroad tracks between Defiance Paulding County Line Rd & US 24, no known remnants

The proprietors were the Harmening family. It was a farming town with a train station on the Wabash Railway. 

Cicero (Cicero Corners)

Milford & Hicksville Township

1852 - 1901

 41.339494 -84.709400     on Cicero Rd at the intersection with Huber Rd along North Fork Gordon Creek, Six Corners Cemetery on the south side of SR 2 between Cicero Rd & Lake Rd

Cicero had a few small businesses but was mostly a farming town. 

Clarksville

Milford Township

 41.422272 -84.768013   on Williams Defiance County Line Rd at the intersection of Hicksville Edgerton Rd, no known remnants

It was platted in 1836 by Elisha Clark. During the heyday it had two stores, two taverns, & two doctors.

Domersville

Adams Township

1892 - 1899

 41.384157 -84.324051   on Domersville Rd at the intersection of Coressel Rd, cemetery south of the gps coordinates on the west side of Domersville Rd between Coressel Rd & Mekus Rd, former school next to cemetery

It was founded by Joshua Domer (1842 - 1915 & Mary Elizabeth (Sullivan) Domer (1848 - 1918). They were buried with relatives in Poplar Ridge Cemetery on Adams Ridge Rd.

Glenburg

Washington & Tiffin Township

1893 - 1905

 41.425050 -84.459115   on Glenburg Rd between Defiance Williams County Line Rd & Scott Rd, old houses & farms in the area

 It was another small farming & postal town.

Lawtonville

Milford Township

 41.368106 -84.786347   on Casebeer Miller Rd at the intersection with Seevers Rd, no known remnants

It was founded by the Lawton family in the area.

McCauleys

Tiffin Township

1860 - 1864

 41.369719 -84.419019   on Evansport Rd at the intersection of Kammeyer Rd, McCauley Cemetery at the intersection

The town founders were Phillip McCauley (1823 - 1892) & Mary (Wissler) McCauley ( 1819 - 1899) who moved to Ohio from Pennsylvania. They had 6 children & a 160 acre farm. Phillip was also a school director, justice of the peace, & township trustee. They were buried in the cemetery with relatives. 

Midway

Richland Township

 41.275048 -84.266056   on Harris Rd at the railroad crossing between SR 281 & Standley Rd

Midway sat on the B&O Railroad. 

Millport

Milford Township

exact location unknown, was in the northwestern portion of the township along the Saint Joseph River

 

Milo

Milford Township

1851 - 1884

 41.382755 -84.726255   on SR 249 between Lake Rd & Cicero Rd, no known remnants

The founders were township pioneers George Chapman (1802 - 1870) & Marcissa (Hopkins) Chapman (1802 - 1870). They were buried with relatives in Farmer Cemetery on Cemetery Rd in Farmer Township. 

Nebo

Mark Township

1890 - 1904

 41.267012 -84.669177   on Jericho Rd along Gordon Creek at the intersection with Breininger Rd, former one room schoolhouse in the lot at the northwest corner of the intersection, Spindler Cemetery on the west side of Breininger Rd south of the gps coordinates

Nebo was founded & named by Cival War veteran George Spealman (1834 - 1915) who operated a general store & ran the post office. The town also had a saw mill, cider mill, & a school. George was buried in Spindler Cemetery.

Oakland

Adams Township

exact location unknown, was in the southeast corner of the township in section 36

 

Snooksville

Delaware Township

1851 - 1861

 41.283909 -84.515686   on The Bend Rd at the intersection of Main St & stretched to the other side of the Maumee River, Blue Cemetery on the west side of the end of Jacobs Trail Rd toward the river, Saint Stephens Catholic cemetery on the east side of The Bend Rd south of the railroad tracks

The town was founded by the Snook family in the area.

Whites Mills 

Delaware Township

1875 - 1876

 41.275372 -84.460155   on County Rd 424 between Ashwood Rd & Tittle Rd, no known remnants

This mill & business town sat on the B&O Railroad. It had a hotel, two sawmills, a large frame school.

Wilseyville

Farmer Township

1865 - 1883

 41.354244 -84.669194   on SR 2 at the intersection of Blosser Rd, Lost Creek Cemetery at the gps coordinates

John Derrick Wilsey (1828 - 1870) built a boat oar factory on the north side of Miller Arrowsmith,s farm & opened a post office. Workers lived in scattered houses around the area. John was born in New York, got married in Pennsylvania before going to Ohio & ended up in Minnesota.

Definace County Ohio Ghost Towns - 1888 Bridgman's Atlas Of The State Of Ohio

Defiance County Ohio Ghost Towns Research Resources

1890 - Defiance County Atlas

1931 - Defiance County Atlas

1883 - History Of Defiance County Ohio

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