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Bunns Settlement – Mohican Township Location:40.791765, -82.156485 on County Rd 1975 at the intersection of Co Rd 175 along Glenn Run Remnants: none known Description: It was founded in 1809 by Benjamin Bunn (1781 – 1855) & Margaret (Hyatt) Bunn (1782 – 1843). They built a log fort blockhouse with their neighbors in 1812 for protection from the local Native Americans. Benjamin was a blacksmith by trade & enlisted to serve in the War Of 1812. The family later moved to Illinois.
Elizabethtown – Perry Township Location: 40.858035, -82.143844 on US 250 between Rowsburg & Muddy Fork Remnants: none known Description: Elizabethtown was intended to be the first platted village in the township. John Raver who built the first grist & saw mill in the county put up undeveloped lots for sale around 1815 but never made any progress.
Friends Location: unknown Post Office: 1854 – 1858 Description: none found
Ganges Location: unknown Description: none found
Johnstown (Jeromestown) – Mohican Township Location: 40.791383, -82.202373 between County Rd 2175 & Jerome Fork 1/2 mile to a mile southwest of Jeromesville Remnants: none known This Native American settlement had around 200 residents, a council house, & 60 – 80 wigwam houses. It was abandoned when the War Of 1812 started.
Perote – Orange Township Post Office: 1851 – 1865 Location: 40.970160, -82.310738 on Co Rd 620 at the intersection of SR 51 Remnants: none known Description: The town proprietors were Mr. & Mrs. A.C. Fast who came to Ohio from Pennsylvania & owned most of the land in the area.
Ruggles Corners – Ruggles Township Post Office: 1828 – 1904 Location:41.029550, -82.392648 at the intersection of US 224 & Rt 60 Remnants: Ruggles Township Cemetery on US 224, many old buildings around the area Description: Ruggles Corners is technically a ghost town but the area still goes by the same name. It was founded by War Of 1812 veteran Daniel Beach (1785 – 1862) & Lorinda Beach (1788 – 1856) who were farmers from Connecticut. The town was named after surveyor Almon Ruggles (1771 – 1840) who was also from Connecticut. Daniel & Lorinda were buried in Ruggles Township Cemetery.
South Loudonville – Hanover Township Location:40.623469, -82.241792 on SR 3 along the Black Fork of the Mohican River southwest of Loudonville Description: South Loudonville was a former separate town which was annexed into Loudonville.
Tunker Settlement – Montgomery Township Location: unknown, was in section 16 of Montgomery Township Description: The town was founded by German Baptist immigrants known as Tunkers.
Uncas – Hanover Township Location: 40.596187, -82.242915 on County Highway 3175 along the Mohican River Remnants: none known Uncas was a relatively small town, but important enough to get listed in the 1901 George Cram Atlas.
West Loudonville – Hanover Township Location:40.641455, -82.242607 on N Mt Vernon Avenue along the Black Fork of the Mohican River northwest of Loudonville Description: It was another formerly separate town that got annexed into Loudonville as it grew.
Williamsburg – Vermillion Township Location:40.772935, -82.300578 on County Rd 30A approximately 2 miles west of Hayesville Remnants: none known Description: Robert Williams made a proposal for the first platted village in the township in 1829 but it never ended up happening.
Ruggles, OH (Ruggles Corners, Ruggles Center) – (1820s – present farming town partially abandoned over time)
Location: Ruggles Township, Ashland County – On US 224 at the intersection of SR 60
Classification: small town
Ruggles was settled in 1823 by Daniel Beach (1785 – 1862) & Lorinda Beach (1788 – 1856) who were farmers from Connecticut & had five children. Daniel was a veteran of the War Of 1812 & became a justice of the peace in Ruggles Township. The township was named after the land surveyor Almon Ruggles (1771 – 1840), also from Connecticut.
The township was originally in Huron County, but split from it in 1846 to make part of Ashland County. The town of Ruggles had a grocery store, blacksmith shop, shoe maker, two churches, two doctors, & a school. It also had a train station on the Cleveland, Columbus, & Cincinnati Railroad, & a post office that ran from 1828 – 1904. In 1878 Charles Crittenden (1845 – 1932) built the Castle Hill Crittenden House that still sits on US 224 about a 1/2 mile west of US 250. It’s currently on the National Register Of Historic Places.
The one room schoolhouse which was in operation prior to 1900 was moved across the street from its original location & is on US 224 in the middle of town. Daniel & Lorinda Beach are buried in Ruggles Township Cemetery on US 224 with many other early families. There are also lots of other old buildings, barns, & structures around Ruggles. However, the town lost its 2 most iconic buildings in the 2010s. Daniel & Lorinda Beach’s original farmhouse was on the south side of US 224 between Ruggles & Nova & was destroyed by a fire. The Circle H (Benson) Motel was constructed in 1958 on the east side of US 250 just north of US 224. It was demolished around 2017.
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