Madison County Ohio Ghost Towns Data Chart

Town Name Township &  Post Office Dates

GPS Coordinates & Location Notes

Short Description

Carters

Canaan Township

 

 40.065024 -80.2220211  on Carters Mill Rd (Co Hwy 39) between Amity Pike & Hayden Run Rd, no known remnants 

  

38.9856244 -83.5796411  John P. Carter moved to the township with family members in 1866. He owned & operated the grist & saw mills built by Isaac Fuller.  

Darby Crest

Jefferson Township

exact location unknown, was east of West Jefferson along Darby Creek

 

Deer Creek Village

Somerford Township

 39.968402 -83.474909    on Arbuckle Rd near Deer Creek, no known remnants

Deer Creek Village was a native Shawnee town founded in 1794 by Tecumseh, mostly used for riding out winters.

Deersville

Stokes Township

exact location unknown

It was listed in the Ohio Gazeteer And Traveler's Guide from 1833 - 1841.

Guilford

exact location unknown

 

Johnstons

Range &  Oak Run Township

1828 - 1844

 39.789593 -83.415279  on Yankeetown - Chenoweth Rd at the intersection of Johnston Rd, Johnston - McClimans Cemetery on the west side of Yankeetown - Chenoweth Rd about 2 1/2 miles south of Johnston Rd,  Old Johnston Cemetery on the southeast side of Johnston Rd near Bradford Branch 

The town was founded by William Johnston (1781 - 1866) & Margaret (McClimans) Johnston (1784 - 1862 who moved to Ohio from Pennsylvania around 1805 residing in Ross County for a while & settled in Madison County in 1813. They had 8 children & a large farm. William & Margaret were buried with relatives in Johnston - McClimans Cemetery. 

Markley

Somerford Township

 39.932560 -83.515199   on US 40 at the intersection of Markley Rd, Diamond Rock Stock Farm barn on the west side of Markley Rd, old houses & farms in the area 

This small farming town had a school. Jonathan Markley (1780 - 1849) & Rachel Markley (1794 - 1820) moved to Ohio from Maryland & had 3 children. Jonathan married Mary Jane (Cryder) Markley (1800 - 1849) after Rachel passed away & had another child. They were buried with relatives in Somerford Township Cemetery on SR 56 (W Urbana - Loudon Rd). Daniel Lucy (1864 - 1923) was the proprietor of the Diamond Rock Stock Farm & raised hogs for market & built the German style bank barn in 1904. He was buried in Deer Creek Township Cemetery on US 40 in Lafayette.

Myers

Union Township

 39.890221 -83.529241    on Davis Rd at the railroad crossing between Old Springfield Rd & US 42, no known remnants

It was on the Big Four Railroad.

New 1Hampshire1

exact location unknown, was north of West Jefferson

 

New Hampton

Jefferson Township

1830 - 1833

 39.939210 -83.268697  on Frey Ave between Lilly Chapel Rd & Little Darby Creek, Hampton Cemetery on Frey Ave, Ohio Historical Marker at the cemetery entrance, part of the first state road in Ohio (Ludlow's Rd) on the south side of the cemetery 

The town was platted in 1822 with 93 lots on 8 streets by Samuel Sexton & Samuel Jones who came to Ohio from New Jersey. It had 2 stores, 3 taverns, & a Baptist church but just 7 families were living there at it's peak. New Hampton was abandoned when the National Road (US 40) was built north of town & residents moved their houses & businesses to West Jefferson which was growing quickly. Samuel Jones & Samuel Sexton moved back to New Jersey after the town they founded failed.

Nioga

Pleasant Township

1887 - 1900

 39.782838 -83.318805  on London - Circleville Rd at the intersection of Robinson Rd, no known remnants  

Pleasant Township School No. 5 was in the corner lot on the south side of Robinson Rd at the gps coordinates. The Robinson's were the largest family in the area.

Roberts

Jefferson Township

 39.942561 -83.306305  on US 40 at the intersection of SR 29 (Urbana - West Jefferson Rd), Pleasant Hill Cemetery on US 40 

The original proprietors were Thomas Roberts (1775 - 1864) & Susan (Boisel) Roberts (1779 - 1864) who moved to Ohio from Virginia in the early 1800's, had several children, & accumulated much of the land on the west side of West Jefferson. A portion of it was donated for tracks for the Columbus & Xenia Railroad. The land was split up between the Roberts children & they continued the family's success in the area. Sebastian Roberts (1814 - 1869) platted Pleasant Hill Cemetery in 1864. Thomas was the first interment & most of the family is buried there.

Wahoo

Deer Creek Township

1852 - 1867

 40.001451 -83.435227  on SR 29 (Urbana - West Jefferson Rd) between SR 38 (Marysville - London Rd) & the northwestern township border, no known remnants  

Wahoo was a small farming town with a school, post office, & church. Land was donated in 1858 for the non - denominational church by Mary A. (Dun) Thurman (1812 - 1891). The Duns were the biggest family in the area & did most of the church construction. Mary was buried with relatives in Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus.

Willows

exact location unknown

 

Wilson

City Of London (formerly in Deer Creek Township)

 39.905616 -83.428530  on US 42 (Lafayette Rd) between Braxton Blvd & Kenny Blvd, no known remnants  

The town was founded by a branch of the Wilson family in the County. James Wilson (1808 - 1886) & Elanor (Smith) Wilson (1818 - 1904) had several children & a large farm. They were buried with relatives in Deer Creek Township Cemetery on US 40 in Lafayette.

New Hampton, OH (Hamden) - (1822 - 1840 farming town abandoned when the National Road (U.S. Highway 40) was built)

Classification: ghost town

Location: Jefferson Township, Madison County - On Frey Ave near the Hampton Cemetery

New Hampton was platted in 1822 by Samuel Sexton & Samuel Jones who were business men from New Jersey. It was a small town but had 8 streets, two general stores stores, three taverns, a Baptist church, & a post office from 1830 - 1833. The residents moved north to West Jefferson when the National Road (U.S. Highway 40) was built a few miles north of town in the 1830's.

The cemetery & part of the main street are the only known remnants left. Ohio Historical Marker #2 - 49 at the front of Hampton Cemetery on Frey Ave. tells the story of New Hampton & Ludlow's Rd., the first state road in Ohio which the town had been built on. Samuel Sexton & Samuel Jones moved back to New Jersey with their families when New Hampton was abandoned, unhappy that the town they founded no longer existed.

West Jefferson, OH (Jefferson) - (1830 to present farming, mill, & railroad town that acquired New Hampton's residents)
Classification: small town
Location: Jefferson Township, Madison County - On US Route 40
West Jefferson rose out of the dust of a failed town & was once the most important business point in Madison County. Residents needed a commercial center in Jefferson Township closer to home than the 15 to 20 mile journey to Columbus in Franklin County, called Franklinton at the time. Samuel Jones & Samuel Sexton moved the area from New Jersey & platted New Hampton on July 5, 1822 along Little Darby Creek and Ludlow's Road, the first state road in Ohio. 
The town was laid out with 93 lots on 8 streets on the south side of New Hampton Cemetery on Frey Avenue in West Jefferson. It had two general stores, a post office, three taverns, a hotel, and a brick Baptist church at the cemetery. The lot for the cemetery was donated by Samuel Jones in 1823. His wife Elizabeth was the first burial there later that same year. Samuel Sexton's wife Sarah & daughter Elizabeth followed in 1827. 
New Hampton unfortunately wasn't growing fast enough in the late 1820's. News of the National Road, current day US Route 40, being constructed to the north spelled the end for the town. It was the first federally funded highway in the country, & when completed, connected Cumberland, Maryland to Vandalia, Illinois. Samuel Jones & Samuel Sexton moved back to New Jersey, leaving behind many departed family members & the dreams of creating a successful village. At least part of that same dream lived on through efforts of a son and daughter-in-law of Samuel & Elizabeth Jones. 
Reverend Isaac Jones (1802 - 1842) & Eliza (Mills Jones (1804 - 1877) inherited some of the family land along the National Road. They founded Jefferson in 1830 & the town was platted in 1831 with 64 lots. Its post office opened in 1833 but was called West Jefferson to avoid confusion with other the other towns in Ohio named Jefferson. By 1834 the town already had 700 citizens. Business boomed on the National Road & in West Jefferson in the 1840s & 1850's. Lumber mills & merchant shops fueled the local economy on top of farming & livestock raising. 
On the northwest side of town, George W. Blair (1817 - 1886) & Rachel (Goodson) Blair (1820 - 1883) had 10 children & a large farm. They welcomed a Methodist congregation into their home for services for 9 years until donating land for a church & cemetery. Blair Chapel was constructed in 1853 with $700 in funds raised for the structure. The church has since been lost to time but George and Rachel were buried with relatives in Blair Cemetery on Taylor Blair Road. They also donated land for the road which still bears their name. It had two steam sawmills & a water powered saw mill on Little Darby Creek in the mid to late 1800s.
Back in town, West Jefferson was flourishing with a grist mill and pork packing industry. It had 5 hotels at its peak with passenger and goods stagecoaches lining the streets. Sebastian Roberts (1814 - 1869) & Tacy (Holt) Roberts (1821 - 1889) donated land for Pleasant Hill Cemetery on US Route 40 in 1864. Sebastian's parents, Thomas & Susan, formerly owned most of the land on the east side of town & were the first burials there. A two story high school was built in 1868 at a cost of $17,000 including the grounds & furniture. Everything was going great until the Little Miami Railroad arrived in town.
Railroads were usually a blessing for towns in the mid to late 1800s but it initially hurt the businesses along the National Road & in West Jefferson. Goods shipped in on trains were cheaper than those made locally but a wool mill & carriage factory kept the town going. In 1883 the town population was around 800 & there was only one hotel remaining. Residents adapted to the changing times though & business picked up again with the addition of the Murray Lumber Company in 1890.
A town hall & an opera house that could entertain 600 residents was constructed in 1898, & a new high school was built in 1911 at the intersection of Frey Avenue & Fellows Avenue. The Pennsylvania Railroad bought out the Little Miami & raised the tracks through town in 1913 - 1914. Its last passenger station is on N. Walnut Street south of the railroad underpass. The town population was 1,070 in 1915 with street lights and businesses illuminated by natural gas piped in from Columbus. A junior high school was later attached to the high school building on Frey Avenue & the entire structure was demolished in 2007. Issac & Eliza Jones were also buried in Hampton Cemetery. West Jefferson's current population is around 4,300. 
Franklin & Madison County - 1888 Ohio Map With Some Ghost Towns
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