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Coles Mills – Troy Township
Post Office: 1841 – 1856
Location: 40.397626, -83.041113
on the west side of Horseshoe Rd (County Rd 220) along Delaware Lake
Remnants: Marlborough (Marlboro) Church and Cemetery 2 miles south of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of Horseshoe Rd and Leonardsburg Rd (County Rd 221)
Description: The town was founded by Joseph Cole (1775 – 1849) from New York and Mary (Curren) Cole (1778 – 1865) from Ireland. They made the journey to Ohio from Virginia in 1808, were early pioneers in the county, and had a few children. The first Baptist congregation in the county formed in the area in 1810. Joseph became a deacon, holding meetings in the Cole family cabin until 1819 when a log church was constructed with timber from the Cole property. Joseph built the first saw mill in the township in 1820, followed by a grist mill in 1823. They were on the Olentangy River, called Whetstone Creek at the time, just west of the GPS coordinates. The log church was dismantled in 1836 and moved to the Cole farm where it was used as a barn. A new frame church was constructed on the Cole farm near the GPS coordinates and was used until 1873 when a large brick church was built at a cost of $3,300. It was destroyed by a tornado in 1916 and was replaced later that same year by the present frame structure. The location of Marlborough Cemetery was also originally at the old church site. Both the cemetery and church were relocated in 1950 by the U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers during construction of the Delaware Dam. It’s uncertain if the exact locations of the saw mill, grist mill, former church, and cemetery were submerged by the creation of Delaware Lake in 1951. Some of the land in that area flooded and some was spared from the potential watery demise. Joseph and Mary Cole were buried with many relatives in Marlborough Cemetery, including one of their sons, Hugh Cole (1807 – 1887). Hugh once saved his father from downing at the mill dam site while repairs were being made. Joseph dislocated his right arm after falling off the dam and luckily caught the submerged branches of a sycamore tree through the swiftly moving waters. Hugh rushed in with a dugout canoe to grab Joseph who later stated he wouldn’t have been able to hang on much longer. In 1832, Hugh saved another man named Thomas Willey who capsized over the dam in a dugout along with Nathaniel Cozard. Hugh entered the water on horseback and caught Thomas by his hair as he was going under, likely for the last time. Nathaniel was found dead about a mile downstream.
Cones Mills (Eagletown) (Pickrell’s Mills) – Thompson Township
Post Office: 1878 – 1883
Location: 40.362801, -83.185840
on SR 257 at the intersection of Donovan Rd along the Scioto River
Remnants: none known
Description: The original proprietors were John W. Cone (1809 – 1891) born in Delaware County and Mary (Williams) Cone (1814 – 1885) from Wales. They were married in 1831 and had 13 children. John built a wool factory next to the Scioto River around 1844 and engaged in farming and livestock raising. The town also had a saw mill, tannery, and there was a school on the east side of SR 257 south of the GPS coordinates on land owned by the Swartz family. The wool factory was converted to steam-power in 1868 and caught fire from engine sparks, destroying the business in 1874. H. P. Pickrell built a large grist mill on the site in 1877, constructed a general store nearby, and was the postmaster. However, his hard-fought efforts weren’t enough to save the fading town, which ended up fading into obscurity prior to 1900. John and Mary Cone were buried with relatives in Radnor Cemetery about 3 1/2 miles northeast of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of SR 203 and Randor Rd.
Cutlers Corners – Concord Township
Location: 40.217011, -83.148847
on SR 745 (Dublin Rd) at the intersection of Moore Rd along the Scioto River
Remnants: Cutler Cemetery on private property on between SR 745 and the Scioto River just southeast of the GPS coordinates
Description: War of 1812 veteran John Cutler (1780 – 1871) from Prussia, Germany married Matilda (McGown) Cutler (1809 – 1864) from Franklin County in 1825. They settled in Concord Township in 1830 and owned an 880-acre farm. John built a saw mill and grist mill next to the Scioto River and was the first treasurer of the township. There was a school on the east side of SR 745 north of the GPS coordinates. John had 10 children and divided up the family farm to them over the passing decades as was needed. He was buried with relatives in Cutler Cemetery.
Edinburgh (Fairview Corners) – Scioto Township
Location: 40.273858, -83.214816
on US 36 (Marysville Rd) at the intersection of Ostrander Rd (County Rd 163) along Blues Creek at the mouth of Ronolds Run
Remnants: Fairview (Edinburgh) Cemetery on the east side of Ostrander Rd north of the GPS coordinates, abandoned farm in the northeast corner of the intersection
Description: It was the oldest village in the township and was settled in the mid-1810s. The first families comprised of William Cratty (1763 – 1817) and Sarah (Dodds) Cratty (1765 – 1846), Andrew Dodds (1763 – 1823) and Mary (Cochran) Dodds (1772 – 1815), and John Lawrence (1771 – 1815) and Jane (Cochran) Lawrence (1777 – 1818). The town was platted with 27 lots in the southeast corner of the intersection and was called Fairview because of the beauty of the location. The name changed to Edinburgh before publication of the 1849 county map. Residents expected the town to attract a railroad in the mid-1800s, but it ended up running through Ostrander which was platted a mile to the south in 1852. Edinburgh had a school and a church on the south side of the cemetery. Failure to get a train station stopped its growth, but the area was never completely abandoned. The name changed to Fairview Corners sometime in the 1900s and is still a populated place which pops up on Google Maps. Everyone mentioned in this listing was buried with relatives in Fairview Cemetery.
Genoa Cross Roads (Franklin Corners) – Genoa Township
Post Office: 1848 – 1865
Location: 40.179360, -82.902952
on Big Walnut Rd at the intersection of S Old 3C Rd
Remnants: former town hall east of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of Big Walnut Rd and Tussic St Rd
Description: It was originally called Franklin Corners and was named after Vernon Franklin (1800 – 1863) from New Hampshire. He was the postmaster for the first 15 years and was succeeded by Dr. Lewis Badger (1801 – 1872) who moved to Illinois and didn’t name anyone to take over the office. Vernon was buried with relatives in Burnside Cemetery about 1 1/2 miles north of town at the intersection of S Old 3C Rd and Lewis Center Rd.
Little Mill Creek – Scioto Township
Post Office: 1837 – 1855
Description: This small farming and postal town was along Little Mill Creek in southwestern Scioto Township. It didn’t have a village and the post office served residents of Edinburgh and Ostrander. Joseph Maugans (1797 – 1873) was the first known postmaster. He was buried with relatives in Mill Creek Cemetery on the west side of Ostrander Rd (County Rd 153) south of Ostrander. Ezekiel Rogers (1833 – 1892) was the last known postmaster. He was buried with relatives in Fairview Cemetery on the east side of Ostrander Rd north of US 36.
Peerless (Peerless Station) – Porter Township, Delaware County and Bennington Township, Morrow County (formerly in Delaware County)
Post Office: 1881 – 1910 Location: 40.350617, -82.765175 on Peerless Rd (Mt Vernon Olive Green Rd) at the former railroad crossing between SR 656 and Moody Rd Remnants: old houses and farms in the area Description: Peerless was on the Toledo & Ohio Central Railroad. John W. Morehouse (1842 – 1913) was the first postmaster and was buried with relatives in Ashley Union Cemetery about 14 miles northwest of the GPS coordinates on the east side of Ashley Rd in Oxford Township. Thomas Cubbage Jr. (1854 – 1928) from Kent County, Delaware was the last known postmaster. He later moved and was laid to rest in Maple Grove Cemetery on Maple Dr in Alexandria, Licking County. The train station was purchased by a local farmer in 1941 and was converted to a corn crib.
Pluggys Town – City of Delaware (formerly in Delaware Township)
Location: 40.305463, -83.062305
on walking trails in Mingo Park off of E Lincoln Ave
Remnants: historical marker in the park near the GPS coordinates
Description: It was a Native American Mingo town founded in the early 1770s by Mohawk born Chief Plukkemehnotee (Pluggy) and had a few hundred residents. Chief Pluggy was killed near McClelland’s Station, Kentucky after a battle in 1776.
Ralph (Snipetown) – Harlem Township
Post Office: 1893 – 1900
Location: 40.131536, -82.780685
on Fancher Rd (County Rd 20) at the intersection of Green Cook Rd (Township Hwy 29) along Rocky Fork
Remnants: Hanover (Snipetown) Cemetery on the south side of Fancher Rd just east of the GPS Coordinates
Description: Burials in the cemetery predate the arrival of the Hanover family, which moved to the area from West Virginia around 1830. It’s unclear exactly when and why the place went by the name Snipetown. The post office was called Ralph, which is also another mystery of sorts. Perry G. Baughman (1873 – 1939) was the only known postmaster. He was buried with relatives 2 1/2 miles west of the GPS coordinates in Fancher Cemetery on the north side of Fancher Rd. Hanover Cemetery was vandalized in the late 1900s with some of the stones broken and taken. However, a few of them were found in a barn in Licking County and were subsequently returned. An interesting fact of unknown relevance is Perry Baughman was born in and passed away in Licking County.
Union – Liberty Township
Post Office: dates not listed
Location: 40.194057, -83.052759
on SR 315 (Olentangy River Rd) at the intersection of Home Rd (County Rd 124) along the Olentangy River
Remnants: Liberty Presbyterian Church and Cemetery at the GPS coordinates, former school on the north side of the church
Description: Joseph M. Cellar (1830 – 1902) opened a store next to Liberty Presbyterian Church around 1848 and a post office called Union was established there. They both only lasted a few years though. Joseph was buried with relatives in Liberty Cemetery.
Carpenters Mills, OH (Liberty Settlement) – (1804 – early 1900s mill and farming town abandoned over time)
Classification: ghost town
Location: Liberty Township, Delaware County – On Chapman Rd along the Olentangy River between US 23 (Columbus Pike) and Hyatts Rd
In 1801 Revolutionary War veteran Captain Nathan Carpenter (1757 – 1814) built a saw mill and grist mill on the banks of the Olentangy River. Nathan was buried on his family farm but there is a memorial for him next to the Liberty Cemetery at Liberty Presbyterian Church. It’s Ohio Historical marker # 15 – 21 at the corner of Olentangy River Rd and Home Rd. More mills were constructed in the area over the next few decades. The town was originally called Liberty Settlement and the name changed in the 1830s to match its post office.
Later in 1844, a new grist mill was built in town along the Olentangy River. It was purchased by George Beiber (1803 – 1854) and Mary (Rahn) Beiber in 1848. Their sons James Beiber (1830 – 1905) and Henry Beiber (1835 – 1917) took over the mill production after their father died. They added on to the wooden grist mill with a stone sawmill in 1877 but couldn’t keep up the payments on the debt owed for the expansion. The mill was auctioned off in 1889 and changed ownership several more times over the following years. The wooden grist mill was destroyed in a fire, but the stone mill still stands between Chapman Rd and the river about 1 1/2 miles south of US 23.
The Crist Taver Millworkers Boarding House was built in 1835 at 2966 Olentangy River Rd and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994. George and Mary Beiber’s farmhouse is at 2010 Stratford Rd, Delaware, OH and was listed on the National register of Historic Places in 1991. The Beiber family was buried in Oak Grove Cemetery on Sandusky St in the City of Delaware.
Delaware County, Ohio Ghost Towns Research Resources