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A PIONEER HISTORY
of
Wayne Tp., Darke County, Ohio
by
Samuel Long
1901
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the bell rang starting, Engineer Seymore at the throttle, John Madson, conductor, and William E. Laramore, grand marshall of the day, when open went the throttle, on turned the steam and away went the train westward bound, but not all, for two or three cars at the rear end with passengers loaded, a surplus of the engine's capacity to pull, remained quiet and unmoved, to those passengers' great chagrin, and the spectators' great amusement, for many were there who did not want to ride, not much!

John Madson's train, they could not catch,
      Nor would Seymore back, the flat cars fetch,
As Seymore westward whistling went
      He more increased their discontent
.

Spectators laughing, standing by
      Caused them to turn their faces 'wry.
A ride like that is very rare!
      And that was what gave them "the scare."

      Mid afternoon came, and the excursion party returned, and then the patriotic hosts were marched, Grand Marshall, William E. Laramore commanding, to the public square, where the flag of our country on a large flag-staff fifty feet in air, waved, the stars glittered, and the stripes marched in rythmic wave to the tune, "Yankee Doodle," to the safekeeping folds of which, Laramore committed his celebrators and citizenship, and the Fourth of July to the keeping of Dr. Williamson and Engineer Seymore. That was a Red-Ribbon Day, and a way-mark of passing out of the Old into the New.


      By way of Post Script under the head of the "Village Tradesmen" we add the following:
      "Frank Potier was the primitive wagon maker of the village on the corner where now is the Odd Fellows' building. He was of large avoirdupoise and muscular strength in proportion. He had a predecessor whose name was Jacob Nail. One Peter Finfrock was his successor whose auger for the boring of hubs is in possession of Fred Moore and was made in I787. It is yet in good repair, and was originally owned by the grandfather of the Author's wife and came across the Allegheny mountains as the property of her father."

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The Pioneer Trail Resumed.

      Absalem Brandon, who was not a resident pioneer, but his son, William, and daughters, Mrs. Hannah Dunwoody and Mrs. James* Conner were, is said to have brought out from the "Old Dominion," the apple seeds from which were grown the scions, from which the orchards on the many Brandon farms resulted. Fruit of these trees, the Author has often eaten to his fill, drank many a tin-full of cider of this same fruit, and carried many a piece of bread to school for his dinner, spread, not only with golden butter, but with apple butter of this same fruit, and apple pie as well, which makes us think of the school days of youth, and say, "dear old days, a thing of beauty is a joy forever."
      Anthony Brandon, one of the seven sons of old Richard, seems not to have owned any real estate here, and died in early years. Of his offspring there were Lewis, Rolla, Matilda, Sarepta, Zephah, and Mary. The mother and widow moved to Ft. Jefferson, Darke county. Walter Brandon, old Uncle "Watty" called, and oldest of the seven brothers, owned one-half of a quarter section between Swisher and Greer and on either side of Swamp Creek. His children, some of whom were of mature years on arrival, were James, Walter, Levi, 'Squire, Mariah, Sallie, and Harriet, all of whom became prominent citizens of the community.
      David Brandon succeeded to the old Childer's homestead near the mouth of Swamp creek. He and York were the early Justices of the Peace. Of his family there were Xury, Zimmery, Rufus, Nephah, Clayburn, Gabrilla, Lucinda, Letta, and Almira, well known in early days. Richard Brandon jr. and father of Rev. Richard, owned a part of Vincent G's., and died when his children were small, but his widow lived to a great age and was known as old Aunt Anna. Of these chihlren there were Robinet, Richard, Isaiah, and Polly. They were well known citizens in the earlier community.
      Job owned one-half of the quarter section to the north of the old homestead. He was one of the leading citizens. Of his family there were Jefferson, Zar, Marshall, William,

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* [Transcriber's note] To prevent later confusion, Long seems to have erred here. Mrs Hannah Dunwoody's sister was Mrs Elizabeth Conner. Elizabeth was the wife of -Richard- Conner, not James.

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Van, Sidney, Jane, and Marinda. John owned a quarter section to the east of Job. He was a well known and thrifty farmer. Of his children there were Joel, Lewis, Harrison, John, Mary, Marinda, Lucinda and Eliza Jane, well known citizens. Vincet G. owned a quarter section adjoining Alexander Brandon his cousin, afterwards the Dr. Williamson farm. Of his family there were Robison, John H., Levi, Huldah, Hannah, Mary Jane, and Lydia. He with his children were well known citizens.
      Walter and James Brandon, sons of Uncle "Watty" owned lands to the west of Vincent their uncle, James on the north and Walter on the south side of the east branch of Swamp creek. Of Walter's family there were Xury, Squire, Lavina, Julia Ann, and Margaret. Of old Uncle Jimmy's family (for he lived to a ripe old age, while Walter died in the earlier years) there were David, John, Jane, Elizabeth, Ailsie, and Martha. Old Uncle Jimmy was a well known and active citizen, and all these children became citizens well known.
      James Brandon, father of Rev. T. A. Brandon, who was an able and distinguished preacher and evangelist of the Christian denomination, owned a quarter section east of his relative John, and sixty acres on the south of it and east of Ward's. He had a family of thirteen children, among them were Alexander Brooks, Thomas, and Mrs. Job Shaffer well known in this community. His sister, Elizabeth, lived with him. but marryiug Aaron Carson, he became owner of sixty acres in the northwest corner of the named quarter section and known as the Carson farm. Of this marriage there was no issue. Carson then married Mrs. Amelia Spencer. Of their children there were Aaron and Elizabeth, and Aunt Milly's James and Charles, of the family. This was an estimable family well rememhered. Brandon in early years traded his remaining quarter section, now owned by Washington and his son, Joseph Long, to Washington's father, Stephen Long of the Stillwater settlement adjacent to Pleasant Hill, Miami county for one-half of a quarter section there. Hence the retiring of this Brandon family and the appearing of Long's. Of this latter family there were Washington, Albert,

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Stephen, John, Samuel*, Rachel Jane, Sarah Ann, Mary Elizabeth. These remained in the vicinity and of them there is a goodly progeny well known.
      Relative to the Aaron Carson farm later and reliable information tells us, the first occupant was Peter Radabaugh, but whether he had a Sheep-skin deed or a Squatter's right to the land, the writer cannot determine, perhaps the latter for it is said from his lone cabin could be seen the camp fires of the roaming, semi-civilized Indians. He afterwards purchased lands beyond Stillwater, southward where the family well known, was reared. Of the children were William. John, Joseph, and eight sisters, which was a good providence to the older Swamp creek boys as some of them chose them for their wives of whom were Modest Taylor and Robinet Brandon, all of whom were well known in the time of which we write, and Joseph with his family the years onward. There is a number of the lineage in this community.
      Alexander Brandon, brother of James, owned a quartcr section tipping James on the northeast and east of Henry Swisher. He had no children, but reared, Richard, who became the Rev. Richard Brandon, a local pastor and revival preacher in the Christian denomination in the earlier years. Lavina Brandon (wife of Rev. A. Long) and Mary Jane Reed (Mrs. Zachariah Hoel). He sold a part of this quarter section to Samuel English and the remainder to John Marchal, a French immigrant, and purchased Mr. Finkbone's farm west of Vincent Brandon and adjacent to Jacksonville, and there lived for many years as old Uncle Alexander, and the leading church deacon. Allen Reed owned a homestead south of and adjoining the farms whereon was Jacksonville village. He was long a well known citizen. Of his family, there was Isaac, Thomas, James, John, Allen, Finley, William, Margaret, Mary, Sally, and Huldah, and his second wife's girls, Harriet and Mariah. They were all well known citizens of the period we write. A most thrilling incident, occurred as Mr. Reed was crossing Stillwater on his coming. The stream was much swollen but he was told it was fordable. No sooner had he driven into the river than his horses had to swim to stem the flood, and the wagon in which were the wife

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* [Transcriber's note] This Samuel is none other than the author himself.
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pages 30-33  pages 34-37  pages 38-41  pages 42-45  pages 46-49  pages 50-53  pages 54-57
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