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Cochransville (Cochrans Landing) (Center View) (Centerview) – Jackson Township
Post Office: 1846 – 1905
Location: 39.547143, -81.032037
on Township Hwy 532 along the Ohio River south off of SR 7 (Ohio River Scenic Byway)
Remnants: a couple of old buildings on the property, former plat roads, Carson (Cochransville) Cemetery on the north side of SR 7, old houses and farm buildings in the area
Description: The town was platted in 1846 by Thomas Cochran Jr. (1799 – 1864) and Mary Ann (McEldowney) Cochran (1804 – 1883). They married in 1828 and had a few children. The post office was originally called Cochrans Landing from 1846 – 1858. It went by Centre View from 1858 – 1893, then Center View from 1893 – 1894, and lastly Centerview from 1894 – 1905. That name came from its position in the middle of a 20 mile straight stretch of the river. The plat outline of Cochransville can still be seen on satellite maps and contained 11 lots in the 1898 county atlas. Thomas and Mary were buried with relatives in Carson (Cochransville) Cemetery on the north side of SR 7 about 1/2 of a mile west of Township Hwy 532 across the border in Grandview Township, Washington County. As with many ghost town and current towns in Ohio, the founding families and prominent landowners intermarried. One of the Cochran daughters, Elizabeth, married Joseph Witten. The town of Wittens in Jackson Township had a post office from 1833 – 1907. Carson Cemetery is on land that was owned by William Carson (1833 – 1924) and Elizabeth (Jolly) Carson (1828 – 1884). Brownsville in Benton Township had a post office called Jolly from 1842 – 1916. On top of all of that, Friendly, West Virginia, across the Ohio River from Cochransville was founded by Friend Cochran Williamson (1838 – 1908) who was also related to the Cochrans. It may seem confusing and overwhelming sometimes, but the deeper you dig on genealogy and the more you sort out the details, it all eventually makes sense and the many colors on the pallete paint an interesting picture of early pioneer life in Ohio.
Cross Keys (Crosskeys) – Bethel Township Post Office: 1893 – 1914
Location: 39.589240, -81.230113
on Hopewell Ridge Rd between Beardmore Rd and T64
Remnants: Hopewell Cemetery on the north side of Hopewell Ridge Rd east of the GPS coordinates
Description: Cross Keys had a Methodist Episcopal church at the cemetery on land owned by Seth Adams (1849 – 1876) and Mary Jane (Humphrey) Adams Betts. They married in 1869 and had a few children. Seth died at 26 years of age and Mary Jane later remarried. The town also had a school on the southwest side of Hopewell Ridge Rd near the intersection of T64. It was on land owned by Reverend Anson Roach (1842 – 1909) and Preshia (Edwards) Roach (1850 – 1938). Anson and Preshia were buried with relatives in Moose Ridge Cemetery on Moose Ridge Rd in Center Township.
Fair Pleasant (Van Buren) Post Office: 1839 – 1842
Description: In December of 1839, A Mr. Johnson introduced notice of a bill to change the town name of Van Buren to Fair Pleasant at a meeting of the Ohio House Of Representatives. The bill was ratified and the act was passed on January, 20, 1840. Fair Pleasant was listed in the 1843 A Table Of Post Offices In Ohio as a discontinued office in the county. The location might currently be in Noble County which was formed in 1851 from parts of Monroe, Morgan, Gurensey and Washington Counties. Dyes Settlement, for example, listed as a ghost town in Monroe, is present-day Renrock in Noble.
Hope Ridge – Center Township Post Office: 1858 – 1872
Location: 39.790633, -81.123750
on SR 800 between Township Hwy 35 and Water Works Rd
Remnants: Hope Ridge Cemetery at the GPS Coordinates, old houses and farm buildings in the area
Description: Hope Ridge had a church and a school and was founded by Irish immigrants Reverend John Clingan (Clinghan) (1783 – 1858) and Mary Clingan (1787 – 1865). They were buried with relatives in Hope Ridge Cemetery. Some other big surnames from the area are: Burkhead, Donnely, Ford, McFadden, Rouse, and Wittenbrook.
Jerles – Franklin Township Post Office: 1884 – 1905
Location: 39.738563, -81.295296
on SR 145 at the 4-way intersection of SR 724 and Township Hwy 834 (Mallett Rd)
Remnants: old houses and farm buildings in the area
Description: The proprietors were Thomas Jerles (1851 – 1935) and Mary Jerles (1851 – 1924). Thomas was the town’s postmaster. Jerles also had a school on the east side of Bean Ridge Rd and a church on the east side of SR 145, both north of the GPS coordinates. They can be found in the 1898 county atlas. Thomas and Mary were buried with many relatives in Greenwood Cemetery on W Spruce Ave in Byesville, Guernsey County.
Jonesville – Salem Township Post Office: 1831 – 1855
Location: 39.749220, -80.920940
on Township Rd 4 (Gibbs Rd) off of SR 78 near Sunfish Creek
Remnants: Salem Church and Cemetery and St. James Lutheran Cemetery on Sykes Ridge Rd (County Rd 4) south of Sunfish Creek
Description: John L. Jones built a mill next to the creek in the early 1800s. The town had about 15 houses and a school and 3 churches along Sykes Ridge Rd. A road crossed the creek near the GPS coordinates in the mid-1800s and headed south to Sykes Ridge Road.
Lecompton (Shannon) – Summit Township Post Office: 1839 – 1841 and 1858 – 1883
Location: 39.758675, -81.248300
on SR 145 at the 4-way intersection of Hanson Ridge Rd and Bracken Ridge Rd
Remnants: none known
Lecompton was originally called Shannon. It had a school (Summit Township No. 6) on the west side of Bracken Ridge Rd north of the GPS coordinates. It was on land owned by Jacob Hamilton (1817 – 1895) and Maria (Robison) Hamilton (1817 – 1864). Jacob was a postmaster, township trustee, and a land appraiser. A Methodist Episcopal church at the intersection of SR 78 and Township Hwy 830. The town was passed up by the Bellaire, Zanesville, & Cincinnati Railroad and couldn’t compete with nearby Lewisville, which had faster growth and was rewarded with a train station.
Lyman Post Office: 1901 – 1903
Description: It was east of Antioch.
Perryopolis Post Office: 1839 – 1849
Description: none found
Pleasant Fountain Post Office: 1839 – 1843
Description: As with Fair Pleasant and Perryopolis, Pleasant Fountain may have ended up in Noble County.
Pryor (Ethel) – Seneca Township
Location: 39.790197, -81.304535
on SR 78 at the intersection of Swazey Rd
Remnants: old houses and farm buildings in the area
Description: The town was on the Bellaire, Zanesville, & Cincinnati Railroad. Its proprietors were a branch of the Pryor family in the county, including George and E.N. Pryor. The name of the post office was Ethel. There was also a school (Seneca Township No. 4) east of the GPS coordinates on Bracken Ridge Rd.
Quarry – Bethel Township Post Office: 1880 – 1912
Location: 39.591096, -81.220646
on SR 260 between Witten Ridge Rd and Hopewell Ridge Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: Quarry was founded by John S. Hall (1839 – 1914) and Margaret Hall (1846 – 1914). They operated the post office and a general store on the east side of SR 260 close to the GPS coordinates. John and Margaret were buried with relatives in Hopwell Cemetery on Hopewell Ridge Rd.
Twilight (Youngs Mills) – Adams Township Post Office: 1860 – 1904 Location:39.776921, -81.013718 on Sunfish Creek Rd at the intersection of Center Ridge Rd Remnants: none known Description: Twilight had a school and a mill on Henthorn Rd off of Center Ridge Rd north of the GPS coordinates along Piney Fork. The mill and town was originally called Youngs Mills. A general store in the area was operated by the Taylor family.
Clarington, OH – (1822 – present farm and river town slowly abandoned over time)
Classification: small town
Location: Salem Township, Monroe County – On SR 7 at the intersection of SR 78
David Pierson opened a grocery store in the area in 1815. Later in 1822, he bought more land from William Henthorn and decided to name a town after his daughter, Clarinda Peirson. A post office was established in 1824 and the town had around 1,000 residents in the 1890s, but the population has been declining since then. It was at 384 in the 2010 census. The Ohio Valley River Museum is at 112 Ferry St.