Beech – Claridon & Richland Township
Location: 40.557837 -82.976851 
on Marion – Edison Rd at the intersection of Salem Rd
Remnants: Salem Evangelical Church & Salem Cemetery on Salem Rd north of the intersection, Lutheran Cemetery on SR 746 (S Caledonia – Ashley Rd) north of Marion – Edison Rd, old houses & farms in the area
Description: It was a crossroads town named after the abundance of beech trees in the area & had a steam saw mill, school, blacksmith shop, & two churches in the mid 1800s to early 1900s.

Belvuron – Claridon Township
Location: 40.582088 -83.040201   
on SR 98 (Columbus – Sandusky Rd S) at the intersection of SR 95 (Marion – Mt. Gilead Rd)
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was platted in 1829 by War Of 1812 veteran Colonel James Kilbourne (1770 – 1850) from Connecticut. He was a minister, surveyor, & served in the US Congress & state legislature. James also founded a few other towns in Ohio & was buried with relatives in St. Johns Episcopal Church Cemetery in Worthington, Franklin County.

Bethlehem – Waldo & Pleasant Township
Location: 40.483731 -83.131743   
on Bethlehem Rd W at the intersection of Smeltzer Rd
Remnants: Trinity Evangelical Lutheran (Bethlehem) Church 1 mile north at the intersection of Smeltzer Rd & Newmans – Cardington Rd W, old houses & farms in the area
Description: The original group of settlers arrived in 1832. It had two churches, a blacksmith shop, & a school in the late 1800s.

Clyde Settlement – Tully Township
Location: 40.689658 -82.938946   
on Morral – Kirkpatrick Rd E at the intersection of Timpson Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: This first settlement in the township was named by Alanson Packard after the song “Banks Of The Clyde” referring to a river in Scotland, which was routinely sung by Samuel Hazlet.

Gurley (Gurleys Station) – Big Island Township
Post Office: 1879 – 1901
Location: 40.586169 -83.255751   
on Espyville Rd N at the intersection of SR 95 (Marion – Agosta Rd)
Remnants: none known
Description: It was founded by John Gurley (1813 – 1892) & Hannah (Monnett) Gurley (1817 – 1880) who were prominent citizens in the township, had a 160 acre farm, & one son. The town had a train station on the Bee Line of the Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, & Indianapolis Railroad. There was also a school on the north side of SR 95. John & Hannah were buried with relatives in Marion Cemetery on Delaware Ave in Marion.

Harvey – Grand Prairie Township
Location: 40.652015 -83.119040   
on SR 4 (Marion – Bucyrus Rd) at the intersection of Linn – Hipsher Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: The proprietor David Harvey (1821 – 1902) from Pennsylvania accumulated about 1200 acres in Grand Prairie Township, Marion Township, & Crawford County. He farmed grains, wool, & dealt livestock. David had 7 children with his first wife Calista (Everett) Harvey (1829 – 1861) & helped raise his second wife’s children, Lucinda (Morris) Bell – Harvey (1830 – 1887), who was also widowed. On top of that, his brother William Harvey (1819 – 1861) passed away of typhoid less than a month after being elected Marion County Sheriff & David looked after his widow & their younger children. He was buried with relatives in Marion Cemetery on Delaware Ave in Marion.

Holmesville (Parrtown) – Bowling Green Township
Post Office: dates not listed
Location: 40.542834 -83.359643   
on SR 37 (Richwood – Larue Rd) at the intersection of Guthery Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was founded by Thomas Parr (1814 – 1898) & Sarah Ann (Pitzer) Parr (1817 – 1899) who moved to Bowling Green Township from Licking County & had a few children. Holmesville had a tavern, wagon shop, blacksmith shop, a few stores, & a horse powered grist mill built by Thomas. It was abandoned as it couldn’t compete with La Rue, which drew away businesses & grew quicker. Thomas & Sarah moved to Illinois & were buried with relatives in West Serena Cemetery in Serena.

Hoover – Scott Township
Post Office: 1892 – 1898
Location: unknown
Description: It had a freight station on the Columbus, Sandusky, & Hocking Railroad.

Hords – Big Island Township
Location: 40.592558 -83.192971   
along the Marion Tallgrass Trail between Herr Rd & Marion – Williamsport Rd W
Remnants: none known
Description: This small farming town was founded by a branch of the Hord family in the county & was on the Chicago & Atlantic Railroad.

Kirbys – Grand Prairie Township
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Little Scioto
Post Office: 1842 – 1852
Location: unknown, was along the Little Scioto River
Description: none found

Logan – Marion & Claridon Township
Location: 40.605059 -83.073522   
on Pole Lane Rd at the railroad crossing & intersection of E Fairgrounds Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: Logan was on the Bee Line of the Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, & Indianapolis Railroad.

Longville (Bryan Station) – Big Island Township
Post Office: 1873 – 1894
Location: 40.585613 -83.217416   
on SR 203 (Prospect – Upper Sandusky Rd S) at the railroad crossing & intersection of SR 95 (Marion – Agosta Rd)
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was named after Peter Long, had a school, & was on the Bee Line of the Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, & Indianapolis Railroad.

Middle Spring – Salt Rock Township
Post Office: 1837 – 1838
Location: unknown
Description: It was listed in The Ohio Gazetteer And Traveler’s Guide from 1837 – 1841.

Salem – Big Island Township
Location: 40.607753 -83.279143  
on Decliff – Big Island Rd at the intersection of Schmidt Rd
Remnants: Salem Cemetery at the intersection
Description: This small farming town had a church & school.

Slab Camp – Pleasant Township
Location: 40.483828 -83.102200   
on Bethlehem Rd W at the railroad crossing between Benzler Rd & SR 423 (Marion – Waldo Rd)
Remnants: Drake Cemetery on the east side of SR 423 next to Qu Qua Creek
Description: Newly arriving settlers  built temporary tents & cabins to reside in before purchasing lots in the area on the eastern edge of what would later be the town of Bethlehem. The land was owned by War Of 1812 veteran William Drake (1769 – 1850) & Rebecca Drake (1768 – 1855). They moved to Ohio from New York in 1808 & had 7 children. Their son Daniel Drake (1805 – 1881) inherited the property & kept the camp going. William & Rebecca were buried with relatives & other early pioneers in Drake Cemetery.

Slicks (Slicks Station) – Marion Township
Location: unknown, was northwest of Logan
Description: The town was on the Erie Railroad & founded by Philip Slick who operated a tavern & inn for travelers.

Smiths Mills – Richland Township
Location: 40.512865 -83.031435   
on Cardington Rd along the Olentangy River between Whetstone River Rd S & East River Rd
Remnants: Smith Cemetery on the north side of Whestone River Rd S between Mautz – Yeager Rd & Cardington Rd
Description: The patriarch & matriarch of the family were blackmith William Smith (1792 – 1835) & Elizabeth Smith (1792 – 1862) from Maryland who had a nice farm & a few children. Their son William Washington Smith (1821 – 1912) was the proprietor of the Smith & Co. mills. Titus King (1793 – 1868) & Margaret (Storm) King (1808 – 1861) from Vermont also owned a saw mill in town & were the namesake of the present day Kings Mills Golf Club. Their son George King (1832 – 1883) expanded the saw mill with a grist mill. Some of the town’s residents were buried in Smith Cemetery.

Stringtown – Tully Township
Location: 40.674503 -82.948518   
on Marseilles – Galion Rd E at the intersection of Lyons Rd
Remnants: old houses & farms in the area, Bruchlacher (Brooklocker) Cemetery north of the gps coordinates at the intersection of Morral – Kirkpatrick Rd E & Lyons Rd
Description: It had a school & church on Morral – Kirkpatrick Rd E east of the cemetery.

Stumptown
Location: unknown
Description: There are a couple references to it in the 1883 History Of Marion County Ohio with no location or town info.

Wilson
Post Office: 1848 – 1856
Location: unknown
Description: none found

Winnemac – Bowling Green Township
Location: 40.572366 -83.394164   
on Winnemac Pike at the intersection of Larue – Mt Victory Rd
Remnants: Bonner Cemetery north of the intersection & railroad tracks on the west side of Winnemac Pike, former one room schoolhouse west of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of Larue – Mt Victory Rd & Clark Rd S
Description: The town had a church, the school, & a brickyard across from the cemetery. Land for the cemetery was donated by John Bonner (1811 – 1894) & Elizabeth (Young) Bonner (1801 – 1883) who were buried there with relatives.

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Marion County Ohio Ghost Towns Research Resources

1852 – Marion County Map

1878 – Marion County Atlas

1947 – Marion County Atlas

1883 – The History Of Marion County Ohio

1895 – Portrait And Biographical Record Of Marion And Hardin Counties Ohio