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Coopertown (Cooperstown) – Townsend Township Location: 41.357768, -82.872745 on SR 101 at the intersection of Smetzer Rd Remnants: Parkhurst Cemetery on the south side of the GPS coordinates Description: It was founded brothers James B. Stark (1825 – 1905), Lorenzo D. Stark (1822 – 1896)., John Stark (1820 – 1865), & Civil War veteran Albert Stark (1828 – 1873) who were coopers (barrel makers) in the mid-1800s. They were born in New York & moved to Ohio with their parents around 1840. Aside from the barrel factory, Coopertown had a general store owned by Benjamin Bacon (1789 – 1854) from England & William Willis (b. 1801) from England who also owned a shoe shop, & a wagon shop was owned by William Wales (1826 – 1910). The town went into immediate decline when it missed out on the Sandusky, Dayton, & Cincinnati Railroad which rolled through the township a mile northwest of Coopertown. James Stark subsequently moved the cooper shop to Clyde in Green Creek Township in 1852 & opened a grocery store with Lorenzo. There are a few other members of the Stark family interred in Parkhurst Cemetery along with other former residents of Coopertown, but everyone mentioned in this listing was laid to rest in McPherson Cemetery 6 miles southwest of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of US 20 & SR 101 (E Maple St) in Clyde.
Demarsville – Rice Township Post Office: 1857 – 1859 Location: 41.443274, -83.062142
on SR 53 at the intersection of C R 145
Remnants: none known Description: The proprietor, War Of 1812 veteran Thomas DeMars (1795 – 1862), was of French descent. He married Margaret (Bissonnet) DeMars (1802 – 1850), had a few children, & owned a 233 acre farm on the north side of C R 145 which was passed down through the next couple of generations of the family. Thomas & Margaret were laid to rest in LaPrairie (St. Philomena) Cemetery 2 miles south of the GPS coordinates on Cemetery Rd off of Fisher Rd. It’s the oldest Catholic cemetery in Sandusky County. Levi Tilton (1822 – 1901) from New York was the only known postmaster. He married Susannah (Hineline) Tilton (1831 – 1890) & had a few children. The Tiltons owned a 41 acre farm just northeast of the town’s main intersection on SR 53 & were buried with relatives 9 & 1/2 miles southwest of the GPS coordinates in Oakwood Cemetery on Oakwood St in Fremont. Many of the DeMars family descendants were also interred in Oakwood Cemetery. In the late 1800s to early 1900s, the Demars Point Hunting & Fishing Club was located on the north side of Little Muddy Creek along SR 53 & contained 130 acres of recreational marsh land.
Exeter (York South Ridge) (Wales Corners) – York Township Post Office: 1850 – 1864 Location: 41.315771, -82.902593 on S Ridge Rd (Co Rd 175) at the intersection of Wales Corner Rd Remnants: Wales Corners Cemetery in the northeast lot of the intersection, former one-room schoolhouse in the northwest lot of the intersection
Description: The town had a baptist church at Wales Corners Cemetery, the school which is now a private residence, & a blacksmith shop & wagon shop on the Colvin farm in the southeast corner of the intersection. Its post office was originally called York South Ridge, named after the York family in the county & the massive glacial sand ridge it was on, with James C. Wales (1821 – 1882) serving as the postmaster. James moved to Lucas County & was buried there in Whitehouse Cemetery on the east side of Cemetery Rd. The post office name changed to Exeter in 1852 & Henry Nichols (1812 – 1882) from Vermont was appointed to the postmaster position after James moved. Henry arrived in the township in 1836 & built a hotel in Clyde called the Nichols House in 1867. He was buried with relatives in McPherson Cemetery 4 miles west of the GPS coordinates at the intersection of US 20 & SR 101 (E Maple St) in Clyde. Some members of the Colvin family were laid to rest with other residents in Wales Corners Cemetery, including members of the York family dating back to James York (1789 – 1840) from New York & Eliza (Hamblin) York (1810 – 1889).
Gibsonburg Junction – Woodville Township Location: 41.432531, -83.318546 on US 20 at the 4-way intersection of SR 300 & Magsig Rd Remnants: Sugar Creek (Collins) Cemetery 3/4 of a mile northwest of the GPS coordinates on the north side of US 20, historical marker in the cemetery, former school in the southeast corner of the intersection, old houses & farm buildings in the area Description: Gibsonburg Junction was a crossroads town between the Pennsylvania & Northwestern Railroad & the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway. Many residents were interred in Sugar Creek (Collins) Cemetery which was established in 1836 & is the oldest in the township. The cemetery fell into disrepair in the late 1800s with most of the gravestones getting lost to time & nature. It has since been cleaned up & receives regular maintenance. The former school is now a restored private residence.
Hoovers Corners (Hardscrabble) – Ballville Township Location:41.263752, -83.131161 on Tiffin Rd at the intersection of Deran Rd along Indian Creek Remnants: Decker (Hoover) Cemetery on the west side of Tiffin Rd just north of the intersection Description: This small farming town was founded by German immigrants Lawrence Hoover (1807 – 1882) & Mary Hoover (1811 – 1889) who were early pioneers in the county & owned a 100 acre farm on the west side of the intersection. They were buried in the cemetery with 3 of their children named Henry, Mary, & Lawrence who all passed away at young ages. The cemetery was established on the northern end of the Hoover farm & there was a church in the southeast corner of the intersection. The Decker family was the most prominent in the area in the mid to late 1800s, led by Benjamin Decker (1816 – 1901) & Elizabeth (Myers) Decker (1823 – 1889) moved to Ohio from Pennsylvania & had several children. They were also laid to rest with relatives in the cemetery.
Teemes – Townsend Township Post Office: 1891 – 1906 Location:41.418744, -82.862951 on Teems Rd between US 6 (Chickasaw Trail) & Yetter Rd Remnants: none known Description: Teemes was a prosperous farming & postal town with a school. George A. Cowell (1862 – 1948) was the postmaster. He was buried with relatives 5 miles southeast of the GPS coordinates in Castalia Cemetery on Bardwell Rd in Castalia in Margaretta Township, Erie County.
Tousaint – Woodville Township Location: 41.479458, -83.387556 on Rife Rd between Trapp Rd & Emch Rd along Toussaint Creek Remnants: none known Description: This small farming town sat on the Pennsylvania & Northwestern Railroad, formerly the Toledo, Tiffin, & Eastern Railroad.
York North Ridge – York Township Post Office: 1833 – 1855 Location: 41.338424, -82.908846
on SR 101 between Mugg Rd & Wales Corners Rd Description: As with York South Ridge (Exeter / Wales Corners) the town was named after the York family in the county & the massive glacial sand ridge it was on. It had a school on SR 101 near the GPS coordinates & a steam-powered saw mill in the southwest corner of the intersection of SR 101 & Wales Corners Rd. The postmasters were Josel Sizer, C. S. Shults, Samuel Sizer, George H. Jones, & C. S. Shults again took on the position until the office was discontinued.
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