Madison County Ohio Ghost Towns Data Chart

Town Name Township &  Post Office Dates

GPS Coordinates & Location Notes

Short Description


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.


Stokes Township

exact location unknown

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


exact location unknown



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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


exact location unknown



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.

Franklin & Madison County - 1888 Ohio Map With Some Ghost Towns
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