Aaronsburg – South Bloomfield Township (formerly in Knox County)
Location: 40.398394 -82.695172  
on SR 229 at the intersection of Columbus  Fredericktown Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: It was platted in 1824 by Aaron Macomber who had a wood bowl making business with a turning machine run by horses. The town also had a wool hat shop owned by Hugh Hartshorn. The residential lots in Aaronsburg never sold & it was quickly abandoned.

Barcelona – North Bloomfield Township (formerly Bloomfield Township in Richland County)
Post Office: 1833 – 1834
Location: 40.667542 -82.718524
on Williamsport – Williamsburg Rd at the intersection of Iberia – Bellville Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: Barcelona was a small farming & postal town. William Wallace was the postmaster & the office moved to Bloom Grove when it was platted.

Centerburg
Location: unknown, was 8 miles southeast of Mt Gilead
Description: none found

Florida Grove – Franklin Township (formerly in Knox County)
Location: 40.550729 -82.776623 
on Cardington Williamsport Rd at the intersection of Morrison Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was founded in the early 1820s by Reverend George Van Eman (1786 – 1870) from Pennsylvania, Plumb Sutleff, & Samuel Hardenbrook. Some of the residential lots sold but the town never flourished & reverted back to farmland in the mid 1800s. George later moved out of the county & was buried with relatives in Maple Grove Cemetery in Findlay, Hancock County.

Friendsboro – Cardington & Gilead Township (formerly in Marion County)
Location: 40.516561 -82.864181 
on US 42 at the intersection of Cardington – Edison Iberia Rd along Whetstone Creek
Remnants: Union Cemetery on the south side of US 42 between Furbey Rd & Worthington – New Haven Rd
Description: Friendsboro was founded in 1822 by Asa Mosher (1771 – 1843) & Bethiah Mosher (1771 – 1856) who were Quakers. They moved to Ohio from Bristol County, MA & had 11 children. The land was surveyed by War Of 1812 veteran Colonel James Kilbourn who founded Worthington, OH & a few smaller towns. Friendsboro had a cabinet shop built by John Shaw on Whetstone Creek, but the water power was insufficient for its needs & the town never grew any. Asa & Bethiah were buried with relatives in Union Cemetery.

Grays Corners
Post Office: 1858 – 1865
Location: unknown
Description: It was founded by a branch of the Gray family in the county.

Indigo – Peru Township
Post Office: 1854 – 1864
Location: unknown, was in the southern portion of the township near Indigo Creek
Description: This small farming & postal town had a saw mill & school.

Jamestown (Kelly’s Corner) – Franklin Township (formerly in Knox County)
Post Office: dates not listed
Location: 40.538664 -82.777821   
on SR 95 at the 3-way intersection with Pulaskiville Rd & Criswell Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: The town was founded by James Bailey who built a general store & Appleton Rich had a blacksmith shop. Bailey’s store was bought by Allen Kelly (1785 – 1871). He also opened a tannery & was the postmaster. The town faded out of existence after Allen retired & sold the store. He was buried with relatives in Bryn Zion Cemetery northeast of town on Bryn Zion Rd in Gilead Township.

Kelker – Congress Township
Post Office: 1898 – 1903
Location: 40.620061 -82.747180   
on Williamsport  Crestline Rd between Marion – Johnsville Rd & Trimbe Rd
Remnants: Pleasant Grove Church & Cemetery on Williamsport Crestline Rd south of the GPS coordinates, former one room schoolhouse across the street from the cemetery, old houses & farms in the area
Description: The proprietors were Rudolph Kelker (1841 – 1908) & Ida (Cook) Kelker (1836 – 1909) who had a few children, nice farm, & were prominent members of the community. Rudolph was the postmaster & the church, school, & cemetery all pre-date the establishment of the town. The Kelkers were buried with relatives including Rudolph’s parents in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

Morehouse – Peru Township (formerly in Delaware County)
Location: 40.407010 -82.901775 
on SR 229 (Marengo – Norton Rd) along Turkey Run between Kilbourne – Cardington Rd & Benedict Rd
Remnants: Morehouse Cemetery at the GPS coordinates
Description: Morehouse was founded in the early 1830s by Stephen Morehouse (1771 – 1855) & Elizabeth (Steinbeck) Morehouse (1775 – 1868). They had 11 children & moved to Ohio from New Jersey. Some of their children came to Ohio too & some stayed behind. The town had a few saw mills over the years, two tanneries, & a school. Stephen & Elizabeth were buried with relatives in Morehouse Cemetery.

Moshers Mill – Cardington & Gilead Township (formerly in Marion County)
Location: 40.517152 -82.866701 
on US 42 at the intersection of Mosher Rd
Remnants: Union Cemetery on the south side of US 42 between Furbey Rd & Worthington – New Haven Rd
Description: The proprietors were  Asa Mosher (1771 – 1843) & Bethiah Mosher (1771 – 1856) who were moved to Ohio from Bristol County, MA & had 11 children. Asa was a township trustee & constructed a grist & saw mill on Whetstone Creek that was completed in 1821. Asa & Bethiah were buried with relatives in Union Cemetery.

Peerless (Peerless Station) – Bennington Township, Morrow County (formerly in Delaware County) & Porter Township, Delaware County
Location: 40.350617 -82.765175 
on Peerless Rd (Mt Vernon Olive Green Rd) at the former railroad crossing between SR 656 & Moody Rd
Remnants: old houses & farms in the area
Description: Peerless was on the Toledo & Ohio Central Railroad. The train station was purchased by a local farmer in 1941 & converted to a corn crib.

Penlan – Harmony Township
Post Office: 1898 – 1901
Location: 40.445441 -82.746309   
on Penlan Rd (Co Rd 184) at the intersection of Township Rd 179
Remnants: Mt Pisgah Baptist Church at the intersection, old houses & farms in the area
Description: This crossroads town had a general store, school, & the church that was constructed in the mid 1870s.

Queen Settlement (formerly in Marion County) – Canaan Township
Location: unknown
Description: The town had a church & school & was founded by War Of 1812 veteran William Queen (1789 – 1851) & Elizabeth Queen (1795 – 1879). They were buried with relatives in Glendale Cemetery on Glendale St in Cardington.

Rome – South Bloomfield Township (formerly in Knox County)
Location: 40.408755 -82.705301   
on SR 314 (Chesterville – Sparta Rd) at the intersection of Prospect Mt Vernon Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: It was platted in 1827 by Lemuel Potter (1778 – 1860) & Anna (Terry) Potter (1785 – 1849) but never grew any. Lemuel & Anna were buried with relatives in Bloomfield Cemetery on Rich Hill Bloomfield Rd.

Steiners Corners (Stiners Corner) – Lincoln Township (formerly in Delaware County)
Location: 40.481369 -82.820646 
on SR 61 at the intersection of SR 529 (Cardinton – Chesterville Rd),
Remnants: Asbury Cemetery on the south side of SR 529 west of the intersection, Buck Cemetery on the north side of SR 529 across from Asbury Cemetery
Description: The town was founded by William Stiner (1772 – 1837) & Marian Stiner (1792 – 1874). It had two saw mills (one steam powered), a Methodist church, & a school in the 1850s. William & Marian were buried with relatives in Asbury Cemetery. The Bucks were also a large family in the area.

Surprise – Washington Township (formerly in Marion County)
Post Office: 1826 – 1903
Location: 40.610779 -82.842085 
on Marion – Williamsport Rd at the intersection of Mt Gilead – Iberia Galion Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: This farming & postal town had a school & was on the Big Four Railroad (Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago, & St. Louis).

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Steam Corners, OH – (Mid 1800s – present farming & saw mill town with less residents than in the past)

Classification: small town

Location: Troy Township, Morrow County – On Steam Corners – Lexington Rd at the intersection of SR 314 (Chesterville – Shelby Rd)

The town was first settled in the 1850s as a small farming community. It had population boom in the early 1860s when a steam powered saw mill was constructed nearby, so they started to call the area Steam Corners. A post office moved into town in 1864 but was later discontinued. A new post office was built that ran from 1865 – 1901. The first store in town also opened in 1865. In the late 1800s to early 1900s, Steam Corners had a school, church, general store, tavern, wagon shop, & a blacksmith.

There isn’t much left in town besides a Methodist Church that sits next to the last school the town had, the remains of the last store near the center of town, & maybe 15 – 20 homes. Its biggest attraction these days is the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course about a mile east of Steam Corners on Steam Corners – Lexington Rd. 

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Morrow County Ohio Ghost Towns Research Resources

1857 – Morrow County Map

1871 – Morrow County Atlas

1901 – Morrow County Atlas

1880 – History Of Morrow County Ohio

1911 – History Of Morrow County Ohio – Vol. 1

1911 – History Of Morrow County Ohio – Vol. 2