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From: "Brenda J. Van Dyke" <>
Subject: Re: [OHHOCKIN-L] Laurel Twp.
Date: Tue, 16 Feb 1999 21:09:04 -0500
All the below info was taken from the History of Hocking Valley, Ohio
(published in 1883).
Page 829: Laurel was "recognized" as a voting precinct when a petition was
presented by the inhabitants of township 12, range 18, original survey,
asking for the privilege of electing their own trustees, was granted at a
"Court Commissioners" session on January, 1819. It was not "formally"
organized into a township until March 2, 1824.
Other dates I found that townships were "formally" organized:
Green Twp. - June 2, 1823
Laurel - March 2, 1824
Falls - March 4, 1828 (from Green Twp.)
Jackson Twp. - December 6, 1831
Eagle Twp. - May 9, 1818 (date of election; present townships of Eagle and
Jackson in Vinton Co.)
Salt Creek - May 9, 1818 (date of election; present townships of Salt Creek
and Benton, Hocking Co.)
Marion Twp. - December 29, 1832 ("Ordered, That the petition of the
inhabitants of that part of Good Hope and Falls townships lying in
congressional township 15, of range 17, in Hocking County, be made a
separate township, to be called Marion, and known as No. 11." )
Benton Twp. - December 5, 1836 ("Ordered, That the petition of the
inhabitants of township 11 of range 18 be granted, and that in compliance
therewith that said township be set off from Salt Creek and be made a
separate township, by the name of Benton, and known as No. 12.")
"There were numerous changes in those early days in township and also county
lines. For instance, Green Township took in north of the river and
Falls-Gore, which was so much of township 14, range 16, as lay in Hocking
County. Falls was also changed several times. Good Hope and Marion, which
belonged to Falls Township, was petitioned to be set apart, June 7, 1824, as
a separate township. This was done the following December, and an election
ordered on the first Monday of April, 1825, at what was then called the
paper-mill. The township was to be called Good Hope." (pages 823-824)
Pages 831-832: "Hocking County was organized March 1, 1818, and was formed
from the counties of Fairfield, Ross and Athens. Since that time changes
have been made, losing and gaining, equally, yet making the correct boundary
of to-day possible only by waiting until changes had ceased. Previous to
1850 her territory was as now, excepting Ward Township, the east half of
Starr, the two north tiers of sections in Marion Township, and only two of
the south tier of sections of Perry. In 1850 Vinton County was organized,
her first County Court being held in March of that year. At that time
Hocking lost three townships, Jackson, Swan and Brown, which went to Vinton
County, but received in return the remainder of Starr, Perry and Marion
townships, and in February, 1851, Ward Township from Athens County. In 1840
Hocking County had the following townships: Benton, Falls, Good Hope,
Green, Jackson, Laurel, Marion, Salt Creek, Starr, Swan adn Washington. It
had at that time 442 square miles of territory."
Hope this helps!!
Brenda Van Dyke
From: Lynn Scheu <>
Date: Tuesday, February 16, 1999 7:17 PM
Subject: [OHHOCKIN-L] Laurel Twp.
>Does anyone know when Laurel Township became a township? Was it one of the
>original twps. Or was it formed of Goodhope and parts of another? Maybe
>Benton? The map I looked at in my ever-handy Charlie Goslin (p. 111) seems
>to indicate that, but I have no dates. We might find it helpful to have
>the dates for all the Townships established. Anybody???
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