Baddow Pass – Richland Township
Post Office: 1892 – 1894
Location: 40.494508 -82.147932   
on Township Highway 14 along the Holmes County Trail between Baddow Pass Rd (County Highway 75) & Township Highway 32
Remnants: none known
It was on the Cleveland, Akron, & Columbus Railway but didn’t have a train station.

Carpenter – Mechanic Township
Location: 40.453336 -81.901339   
on SR 83 at the 4 way intersection with County Rd 150 & Co Hwy 19 along Doughty Creek
Remnants: none known
Description: The proprietor was a T. Carpenter from the large family in the county.

Charlesburg – Washington Township
Location: 40.646194 -82.114741   
on Township Highway 472 near the intersection of Township Highway 474
Remnants: none known
Description: It was a small farming town with no other major industries.

DeWitt Ridge (Dewitts Ridge) – Richland Township
Post Office: 1861 – 1868
Location: 40.521537 -82.145880   
on SR 520 at the 3 way intersection with County Highway 75 & Township Highway 16
Remnants: Dewitts Ridge Cemetery near the GPS coordinates
Description: The town proprietors were members of the Dewitt family who operated a general store, post office, & other small businesses. Some residents & Dewitt family members were buried in Christian Church Cemetery in Glenmont at the corner of Main St & Depot St (SR 520). Others were buried in Barnes Cemetery on an unmarked road east off of Township Highway 7 just north of Baddow Pass Rd. A few others were buried in Dewitts Ridge Cemetery, listed on findagrave.com with no directions.

Grade – Mechanic Township
Post Office: 1890 – 1901
Location: 40.507564 -81.888473   
on County Highway 58 at the intersection of County Highway 580
Remnants: none known
Description: Grade didn’t have any big businesses, but the post office a few small shops were enough to put it on maps back in the day.

Huston – Prairie Township
Location: 40.607838 -81.917642   
on Township Rd 346 at the former railroad crossing between SR 83 & Township Rd 559
Remnants: none known
Description: Huston had a saw mill & a train station on the Cleveland, Akron, & Columbus Railway.

Johnville – Washington Township
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Jones Corners – Richland Township
Post Office: 1861 – 1890
Location: 40.476635 -82.128970   
on County Highway 25 at the intersection of Township Highway 13 & County Highway 75
Remnants: Union Grove Church & Cemetery east of the GPS coordinates on Township Highway 2 off of County Highway 25
Description: It was founded by William Jones (1787 – 1848) & Rebecca Jones (1786 – 1868). They had several children, accumulated a large farm, & donated land for a school. William & Rebecca were buried with relatives in the cemetery.

Lafayette – Prairie Township
Location: 40.629931 -81.923950   
on Main St at the intersection of SR 83 on the west side of Holmesville
Description: Lafayette is a ghost town due to a post office name change & expansion. It was platted in 1836 but there was already a post office with the same name in Ohio so it went with Holmesville in 1837. Lafayette ended up being overtaken by the growing eastern side  of town & was annexed into Holmesville in 1848. It continued to be the main business district until around 1870.

Mount Union (Union Village) – Mechanic Township
Location: 40.453342 -81.901344   
on SR 83 at the intersection with County Rd 150 & County Highway 19
Remnants: none known
Description: In the 1870s it had a small town plat on the east side of the GPS coordinates & a school in the northwestern lot of the intersection.

New Wheeling – Knox Township
Location: 40.584611 -82.191286   
on County Highway 23 along the Mohican River at the intersection with Township Highway 211
Remnants: none known

Portersfield
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Salt Creek
Post Office: 1854 – 1874
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Wardsville (Wards) – Clark Township (formerly German)
Post Office: 1828 – 1836
Location: unknown, was near the middle of the southern portion of the township with New Bedford across the border in Coshocton County
Description: Wardsville was laid out in 1825 & lost a cross county battle for local business to New Bedford, which was quickly platted afterwards in Coshocton County as its rival.

Wilmington
Location: unknown, was on the west side of Killbuck Creek
Description: Wilmington was platted with 61 lots in 1815 as the first village in the county. The spot had been chosen in anticipation of a proposed canal route through the area but that ended up going toward Holmesville. The idea of Wilmington, which hadn’t made much progress anyway, was abandoned.

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Holmes County Ohio Ghost Towns Research Resources

1861 – Holmes County Map

1875 – Holmes County Atlas

1907 – Holmes County Atlas