Carroll Whitacres (5)
Whitacres – Mount Zion United Methodist Church

Cabello – Augusta Township
Post Office: 1851 – 1868
Location: unknown
Description: William Rutledge (1829 – 1902) was the postmaster. He married Harriet (Deford) Rutledge in 1860 and had at least 3 children. They owned a 132-acre farm on the north side of Aurora Rd NE between the town of Augusta and Reef Rd NE which was listed in the 1874 county atlas. We didn’t pinpoint the GPS coordinates for Cabello there though because it seems unlikely another post office would have been that close to Augusta, which also had one during the time period in question. We also couldn’t confirm William lived on that farm in the 1850s and 1860s. William and Harriet were buried with relatives in Augusta Christian Church Cemetery on Andora Rd NE.

Post Office: 1855 – 1861

Location: unknown
Description: It was named after a branch of the Davis family in the county. Someone by the name of R. May was the first postmaster. Nathan S. McGrew was the last known postmaster.

Figleys Mills
Post Office: 1856 – 1857
Location: unknown
Description: The proprietors were Andrew D. Figley (1825 – 1897) from Washington County, Pennsylvania and Eliza (Westfall) Figley (1829 – 1878) from Columbiana County, with Andrew being the town’s postmaster. They got married in Carroll County in 1848, had several children, and owned at least one mill. Andrew and Eliza later moved out of the state and were laid to rest in Fairview Cemetery at the intersection of 64th Rd and Q Rd in Nemaha County, Kansas.

Fullers – Orange Township
Location: 40.472390, -81.217872 
on SR 212 at the railroad crossing between Deer Rd and Crowder Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was about halfway between Sherrodsville and Leesville on the Cleveland, Canton, & Southern Railway and was listed on the Ohio map in the 1901 George Cram atlas. Coal mines operated by the Fuller Coal Company were its main industry.

Gortin (Gorton) – East Township
Post Office: 1832 – 1842
Location: unknown
Description: The proprietors were David Robinson (1764 – 1850) and Catharine Robinson (1774 – 1840) with David being the town’s postmaster. They were buried with relatives in Glade Run (Lower Glade Run) Cemetery in the northeast corner of the intersection of Aurora Rd NE and Bane Rd NE.

Hickory – Perry Township
Post Office: 1836 – 1857
Location: unknown
Description: The proprietors were Jabob Gladden (born c. 1794) and Charity Gladden (born c. 1790). They moved to Ohio from Maryland and had at least one child.

North Union – Union Township
Post Office: 1827 – 1839
Location: unknown
Description: As with most of the county’s ghost towns, there’s no record of North Union ever getting platted or incorporated, but it had the post office and a school. Augustus Rigby was the first postmaster. He was succeeded by William Crow. Judge John H. Tripp (1820 – 1909) was school teacher from 1841 – 1842. He was buried with relatives in Grandview Cemetery on 2nd St SE in Carrollton.

Rose – Rose Township
Post Office: 1840 – 1864
Location: unknown
Description: William King was the first postmaster. He was succeeded by Eleazar (or Eliezer) Herron. 

Shobers Mills – Loudon Township
Post Office: 1828 – 1859
Location: 40.444421, -80.949043 
on Cavalry Rd at the intersection of Queens Rd along Elk Lick
Remnants: none known
Description: It was founded by John Shober (1786 – 1858) who moved to Ohio from Virginia and was the town’s first postmaster. He had 3 children with his first wife Lydia (Smith) Shober (1790 – 1829). They got married in Maryland in 1808. Lydia never made the trip to Ohio and passed away in Virginia. John remarried the following year to Elizabeth Shober (1792 – 1860) and had a couple more children. His oldest son, John H. Shober (1919 – 1893), was the town’s last postmaster. He later moved out of the state and was buried with in Highland (Eddyville) Cemetery the east side of SR 146 (N Main St) in New Sharon in Mahaska County, Iowa. John and Elizabeth were laid to rest with relatives in Mizer (Coleman / Smith / Watsons Ridge) Cemetery on the east side of Apex – Amsterdam Rd in Springfield Township, Jefferson County.

Whitacres – Augusta Township
Location: 40.702811, -81.078629 
on Arbor Rd at the intersection of Malibu Rd along Muddy Fork
Remnants: Mount Zion United Methodist Church and Cemetery about 1 3/4 miles southeast of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of Aurora Rd NE and Bellflower Rd
Description: The town was founded in the early 1850s by Edward Whitacre (1809 – 1897) and Rachel (Taylor) Whitacre (1810 – 1854). It had a train station on the Lake Erie, Alliance, & Wheeling Railroad. There was also a school in the northwest corner of the intersection of Malibu Rd NE and Brush Rd NE on land donated by James Morledge (1810 – 1878) and Elizabeth (Jackson) Morledge (1807 – 1895). They were both born in England, got married in 1832, and were laid to rest in Mount Zion Cemetery. The local Methodist congregation formed in 1827. Their original log church was replaced by the present brick structure around 1840. Edward never remarried after Rachel passed away and raised 8 of their 11 children by himself. They were buried with relatives in Plaines Cemetery at the intersection of Walker Rd and Ellsworth Ave in Minerva.

Woodbury – Lee Township
Location: unknown
Description: Woodbury was listed as a small town in The Ohio Gazetteer and Traveler’s Guide from 1837 – 1841.

Atwood – Big Spring Cemetery

Atwood, OH (Oak Dale) – (early 1800s – 1936 farming and railroad town abandoned during the construction of Atwood Lake)

Classification: ghost town

Location: Monroe Township, Carroll County – On SR 542 (Lodge Rd) at the intersection of Fargo Rd

The town was originally called Oak Dale as early as the 1820s, but the name later changed to Atwood. It was never platted or incorporated. During its heyday there was a store, two churches, a blacksmith shop, school, and a town hall. The post office ran from 1888 – 1915 and Atwood had a train station on the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad (Cleveland, Canton, & Southern Railroad). The town was abandoned shortly before the completion of a dam in 1936 that was built for flood control purposes. It also created the reservoir of Atwood Lake.

There is a village dedication plaque at the corner of SR 542 and Fargo Rd. Residents of Atwood were buried at Big Spring (Deep Springs) Cemetery on SR 542 on the north side of the lake and Zion Cemetery on Falls Rd south of SR 542. They are two very old cemeteries and unfortunately both churches are gone. The location of the Big Spring Church is now underwater next to the cemetery on the edge of the lake and Zion Church was lost in a grass fire in 1930.

1888 Carroll County Map

Carroll County, Ohio Ghost Towns Research Resources

1874 – Carroll County atlas

1915 – Carroll County atlas

1891 – Commemorative Biographical Record of the counties of Harrison and Carroll, Ohio

1921 – History of Carroll and Harrison Counties, Ohio – Vol. 2