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Andrews – Washington Township
Location: 40.640359, -82.520006 on SR 13 at the intersection of Andrews Rd Remnants: none known Description: The proprietors were Stephen Andrews (1775 – 1861) & Surviah (Carpenter) Andrews (1792 – 1864) who were pioneer farmers & livestock raisers. They moved to Ohio from New York in 1813, had 9 children, & were buried with relatives in Bellville Cemetery on SR 97 in Bellville. The town also had a school (Washington Township No. 5) in the northwest corner of the intersection of SR 13 & Kochheiser Rd.
Condon (Conden) – City Of Mansfield (formerly in Madison Township)
Location: 40.768574, -82.567049 on W 4th St at the railroad underpass between N Brookwood Way & N Home Rd Remnants: none known Description: It was on the New York, Pennsylvania, & Ohio Railroad on land owned by Benjamin Condon (1843 – 1915) & Luther Condon (1858 – 1916). They grew up on a farm there & inherited the land from their parents Elisha Condon (1807 – 1890) from Pennsylvania & Nancy (Flora) Condon (1816 – 1898) from Maryland who were pioneers in the county. Nancy tragically died from burns she received after her clothes caught fire from a stove spark. Everyone mentioned in this listing was buried with relatives in Mansfield Cemetery on Altamont St in Mansfield. Condon had a school (Madison Township No. 4) in the northwest corner of the intersection of W 4th St & Trimble Rd on land owned by the Trimble family.
Cookton – Springfield Township Post Office: 1884 – 1903
Location: 40.802631, -82.655951
on SR 314 at the railroad crossing between Hook Rd & Cookton Grange Rd Remnants: none known
Description: The town was founded by Damsell W. Cook (1832 – 1922) & Anna (Murray) Cook (1841 – 1913). Cookton was on the Pittsburgh, Ft. Wayne, & Chicago Railroad, also called the Panhandle Route, & had a waterhouse for the railroad which is now a pile of rubble on the south side of the tracks east of the GPS coordinates. A school (Springfield Township No. 3) was on the south side of Beam Rd between SR 314 & the railroad tracks. Damsell & Anna were buried with relatives in Shelby – Oakland Cemetery on SR 61 (S Gamble St) north of town in Shelby in Sharon Township. The waterhouse was on land owned by Samuel Brandt (1846 – 1913) & Arey (Musselman) Brandt (1849 – 1922). They were buried with relatives in Greenlawn Cemetery on SR 181 (Crawford – Richland Line Rd) in Crestline in Sandusky Township.
Davis – Worthington Township Post Office: 1884 – 1903 Location:40.609239, -82.347673 on Turgend Rd at the intersection of McCurdy Rd
Remnants: old houses & farms in the area
Description: It was a small farming & postal town founded by a branch of the Davis family in the county. John & S.K. Davis owned most of the land in the late 1800s. Robert McConkie (1831 – 1904) was the town’s first known postmaster & was buried with relatives in Bunker Hill Cemetery 2 & 1/2 miles southwest of the GPS coordinates in Bunker Hill Cemetery at the intersection of SR 97 (Cleveland St) & Bunkerhill South Rd. He was succeeded as postmaster by Joseph M. Hosfeld (1856 – 1909) from Knox County. Joseph was laid to rest in Independence Cemetery 6 miles southwest of the GPS coordinates on the east side of Liberty St in Butler. George E. McConkie (1865 – 1952) was the town’s last postmaster. He later moved out of the state & was buried in Tulare Cemetery on the west side of S Blackstone St in Santa Cruz County, California.
Dew Drop Location: unknown Description: none found
Forest – Plymouth Township Location:40.959399, -82.686063 on SR 98 at the intersection of Henry Rd Remnants: former school on the west side of SR 98 north of the GPS coordinates Descripton: Forest was along the B & O Railroad & had a school (Plymouth Township No. 1) that’s now a private residence. John A. Clark (1865 – 1911) built a small depot next to the railroad tracks that was used a flag stop for passengers. He was buried with relatives in Greenlawn Cemetery on SR 181 in Crestline in Sandusky Township.
Hines (Hinesville) – Sharon Township Post Office: 1874 – 1906
Location:40.872058, -82.719834 on Hinesville Rd at the intersection of SR 96 Remnants: Myers Cemetery on SR 39 at the intersection of Davis Rd Description: The town was founded by Nickalous Heinz (1821 – 1895) & Margaretha (Stienbach) Heinz (1820 – 1882) who donated land for the track path of the Mansfield, Coldwater, & Lake Michigan Railroad. Their son George Hines (1851 – 1927) & Regina (Metzger) Hines inherited the land & had several children. The family name was Americanized from its Germanic origin to Hines in the mid to late 1800s. The railroad was bought by the Toledo, Walhonding Valley, & Ohio Railroad & the tracks are long gone. Hines also had a church next to Myers Cemetery & a school across the road on the south side of SR 39. The Hines (Heinz) family was buried in Sacred Heart Cemetery on SR 61 south of town in Bethlehem.
Myers – Jackson Township Location:40.843112, -82.622951 on Myers Rd (Co Hwy 201) at the railroad crossing between SR 39 & Rock Rd (Co Hwy 150) Remnants: none known Description: Adam Myers (1780 – 1855) & Elizabeth (Howard) Myers moved from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to Stark County, Ohio in 1823. They relocated to Richland County in 1827 & completed construction of their log cabin in 1828. Adam & Elizabeth owned an 80 acre farm, had 7 children, & donated land for tracks of what would later become the B & O Railroad. Pioneer life was tough in the early days & the family even made their own clothes. John D. Myers (1828 – 1914) & Elizabeth (Feighner) Myers inherited the farm & expanded it to 112 acres. John was a township trustee & superintendent of a Lutheran Sunday school for 10 years. Everyone mentioned in this listing was buried in Mt. Bethel Cemetery on the south side of Myers Rd between Plymouth Springhill Rd (Co Hwy 191) & SR 39 east of the GPS coordinates. The Lutheran church was across the road. Myers also had a school (Jackson Township No. 6) at the intersection of Rock Rd & Stine Rd (Co Hwy 169).
Riblet (Riblets Corners) – Sandusky Township Post Office: 1836 – 1860 Location: 40.756174, -82.706036 on SR 309 (Park Ave W) between Crestline – Blooming Grove Rd & SR 181 Description:Revolutionary War veteran Christian Riblet (1761 – 1844) & Christina Magdalene (Shull) Riblet (1763 – 1852) moved from Pennyslvania to Richland County in 1831. They had 4 children, including their son Daniel (1791 – 1866) who served in the state senate from 1854 – 1856 & was the town’s postmaster. The Riblet’s farm was a well known stagecoach stop for people traveling between Mansfield & Bucyrus. It served as an inn, tavern, & had a post office from 1836 – 1860. The entire town consisted of the Riblet’s farm, a chapel, & a few other farms. The Atlantic & Great Western Railroad, later bought by the Pittsburgh, Ft. Wayne, & Chicago Panhandle Route, ran through the area but there wasn’t enough accommodations around to attract more residents. Christian & Christina Riblet were buried with several of their family members in Riblet Cemetery on the south side of SR 309 about 1/2 mile east of Horning Rd close to the Sandusky & Springfield Township border.
Runners (Richland) (Planktown) – Cass Township Post Office: 1833 – 1838 & 1838 – 1863 Location:40.957688, -82.585075 on SR 603 at the intersection of Ganges – Five Points Rd (Co Hwy 207) Remnants: old farms with newer houses in the area Description: Plantown is still a populated place & has a lot of history that needs sorted out. Runners & Richland are sometimes referred to as ghost towns, but they’re the same location as Planktown. SR 603 was once part of an early 1800s road that ran from Knox County through Richland & up to Lake Erie. It’s most important use was hauling wagons full of grain, usually wheat. Taverns & hotels were also needed along the route for the drivers, oxen, & horses to get much needed rest. David Long (1811 – 1881) had a cabin near the GPS coordinates that was more frequently becoming a stopping place, but he was a tanner & didn’t want to run a hotel. As many as 200 teams of wagons would pass by the cabin on any given day. So David sold his cabin to Michael Runner (1801 – 1850). It was known as Runner’s Hotel at that time. Michael opened a post office in the establishment & owned the first grocery store in the area. John Plank helped run the hotel, was also a postmaster, & bought the hotel from Michael. John platted a town around the hotel in 1837 & originally called it Plymouth, but there was already a village by that name on the Richland & Huron County border. John changed the name to Richland & the post office of that name ran from 1838 – 1863, but residents affectionately called it Planktown. It grew to have around 200 residents with 2 stores & 2 hotels. When the railroad arrived in nearby Shiloh, residents started moving there as it was much more of a bustling community & offered more economic opportunities. Planktown stated turning into a haven for gamblers, bandits, criminals, & lawlessness in general, which drove most of the remaining honest & hardworking folks away over the next couple of decades. By 1880, Planktown didn’t have any businesses left & was down to 7 families. The area never lost its name though & has since been repopulated with newer residences.
Saint Johns – Monroe Township Location:40.645902, -82.348967 on Covert Rd (Township Hwy 637) off of SR 95 on the north side of Pleasant Hill Lake
Remnants: Saint John Cemetery at the GPS coordinates
Description: The town was named after its Evangelical Lutheran church & cemetery that was built on land owned by Abraham Darling (1794 – 1872). He was buried with many relatives in the cemetery.
Spring Grove – City Of Mansfield (formerly in Madison Township) Location:40.787434, -82.513363 on SR 13 at the intersection of the southern rd of the Mansfield Correctional Institute Remnants: none known Description: Spring Grove was a 55 acre plat addition to Mansfield with expectations of the city stretching north in the future. The land ended up getting purchased by the state during construction of Ohio State Reformatory prison its grounds.
Stewart – Springfield Township
Location: 40.780168, -82.590236
on Lexington – Springfield Rd at the intersection of Ferguson Rd
Remnants: none known
Description: The proprietors were a branch of the Stewart family in the county.
Winchester – Worthington Township
Location: 40.609145, -82.407459
on SR 95 at the intersection of Hagerman Rd along Clear Fork
Remnants: old farm barns & buildings on SR 95 south of the GPS coordinates
Description: Winchester was platted in 1845 by Noble Calhoon (1816 – 1900) & Eliza (Willock) Calhoon (1818 – 1887) as a farming & mill town. It had 2 schools, one in the southwest corner of the intersection at the GPS coordinates, & another on the other side of Clear Fork at the intersection of Wilson Rd & Benedict Rd. A few of the residential lots sold & were improved, but the Calhoons couldn’t keep up with the payments on the land purchase & the remaining property was sold at a sheriff’s auction. The Calhoons did well in life after the failure of Winchester though. They had 3 children & successfully ran a large farm. Noble & Eliza were buried with relatives in Perrysville Union Cemetery on E Church St in Perrysville in Green Township, Ashland County.
Newville, OH – (1823 – 1940s farming & mill town abandoned during a flood control project on the Mohican River)
Classification: small town
Location: Worthington Township, Richland County – On US 95 at the intersection of Pleasant Hill Rd
The town was founded by John Frederick Herring (1767 – 1832) in 1823, a few years after he built a grist mill on Clear Fork Creek. He is buried in Newville Cemetery off of the u-shaped road across from where Pleasant Hill Rd runs into US 95. The town was named after Newville, Pennsylvania where John Herring was born. It grew to have a few stores, several churches, a school, & a post office that ran from 1830 – 1906. Pennyroyal Distilleries also operated near Newville & employed several local residents.
Newville Church was built in 1911 & moved to a less flood prone area. It still sits at the corner of O’Possum Run Rd & Swigart Rd. The demise of Newville becoming a ghost town was a two stage process. First the railroads passed it up & instead had stations in Butler & Perrysville, both about 4 miles from Newville. The town population didn’t grow much in the late 1800s & early 1900s. Later in the early 1940s, the Army Corps Of Engineers advised the remaining residents to leave because of a dam that was being built on the Mohican River. There are still some foundations & partial buildings from Newville’s former commercial center left in the woods on the west side of Pleasant Hill Lake.
Riblet, OH (Riblet Corners) – Richland County (1830s – 1860s farming town abandoned over time)
Classification: ghost town
Location: Sandusky Township – On SR 309 (Park Ave W) between Horning Rd & SR 181
Revolutionary War veteran Christian Riblet (1761 – 1844) & Christina Magdalene (Shull) Riblet (1763 – 1852) moved from Pennyslvania to Richland County in 1831. They had 4 children including their son Daniel who served in the state senate from 1854 – 1856. The Riblet’s farm was a well known stagecoach stop for people traveling between Mansfield & Bucyrus. It served as an inn, tavern, & had a post office from 1836 – 1860. The entire town consisted of the Riblet’s farm, a chapel, & a few other farms. The Atlantic & Great Western Railroad, later bought by the Pittsburgh, Ft. Wayne, & Chicago Panhandle Route, ran through the area but there wasn’t enough accommodations around to attract more residents. Christian & Christina Riblet were buried with several of their family members in Riblet Cemetery on the south side of SR 309 about 1/2 mile east of Horning Rd close to the Sandusky & Springfield Township border.
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