History of Athens County, Ohio

History of Athens County, Ohio

    A reprinted and improved version of the original book by Charles M. Walker originally published in 1869. This rare history tells of the early settlers into the Ohio Country.  From the formation of The Ohio Company, the first settlement at Marietta, the formation of Athens County and the Ohio University, it contains the names of many of those first settlers as well as first hand, detailed accounts of what life was really like on the early American Frontier. 

    Before Ohio became a State, the area north of the Ohio River was called the Northwest Territory and it was a real challenge for these people to descend the Ohio River and try to make a life in the wilderness.  Many of them didn't make it.  Not only did they have to contend with hostile Indians but also the nature of the wilderness itself.  Wolves, Panthers and Bear were numerous and dangerous as evidenced by this entry in 1806: “Resolved, by the Board of Commissioners, that the bounty on wolves' and panthers' scalps for this year shall be as follows, viz: For any wolf or panther under six months old, three dollars, and for all above that age, four dollars per scalp.” 

    Genealogists will treasure this book as much as lovers of history. It contains the names of many early settlers and the biographies of a lot of them. It is guaranteed that you will have a far better understanding of what life was like back in those days once you read this book.

 

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