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A PIONEER HISTORY
of
Wayne Tp., Darke County, Ohio
by
Samuel Long
1901
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PIONEER HISTORY

      Mr. Blotner owned eighty acres adjoining Dunwoody. He too was of Pennsylvania Dutch, and the Blotner and Resor families were connected. Blotner said he always sowed his wheat on Good Friday except when it came on Sunday. Of the family were Saul, Mike, John, Barbara, Catharine, Rebecca and other girls. They grew to citizenship and were well known. Saul and John were members of the 40th O. V. I, in the war of the Rebellion. Saul was killed in battle and John lost an arm, but lived many years as the one armed soldier, dying in very recent years. Of the lineage there are a number in our citizenship.
      Shantz owned lands north of John Brandon of late years owned by Moses Swallow. He was the primitive cooper of the Swamp Creek Settlement. Of the family was Leonard and Rebecca. Leonard Hess, well known and remembered, was a brother-in-law and uncle. There are none of the descent in the township. To the east of Shantz was one Freshoird who was succeeded by Dabe, both French immigrants. Of the former family there was one Joseph, quite well known, and of the latter were Prosper and Jane. Prosper became a conspicuous citizens in the later years and Jane married and went to other parts. Of this descent there is quite a few in our citizenship. The old farm is now owned by John B. Pequignot whose boys are of our well known citizens.
      James Shalloupe, called Jerome, a son-in-law of old Mr. Marchal, owned forty acres adjoining Dunwoody and Shantz. He sold it in the earlier years, and in years modern was owned by Leonard Hess, a bachelor, well remembered. Jerome wenk to other parts. The forty acres west was occupied by one called Fisher, who had a son called Joseph, in modern years well known, the ownership passed to Bruey who married Mary Lemoine and to several owners since.
      North of Jerome and adjacent to Shantz was Peter Frantz another son-in-law of Marchal and a French immigrant of the early years. Frantz owned or became owner of a large tract of land. He was quite a farmer of his day, builded the largest if not the first, bank barn of the settlement, the timber in which was of vast quantity and huge proportions. The old landmark is in possession of Milton J. Randolph as is the old homestead. Frantz spoke French fluently and understood the English quite well, and so was conspicuous in business affairs between tbose who could not speak both languages, and in the matter of local politics. Of the family were Nicholas, George, Joseph, Mary, Catherine, Louise who grew to citizenship well known, and of this lineage there are quite a generation here and in other parts.

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      Nicholas Giganda was north of Blotner and adjacent to Frantz, to southwest, owning one-quarter of a quarter section. He was a French immigrant and came to his homestead from Cincinnati in 1836. Of his family were Vincent, Eugene, Mary V., Mary A. and Margaret. This Giganda family and the old Marchal family were intermarried. Of these families there is quite a lineage and seem to have been energetic and prominent, Catholic in religion, and in politics as a rule Democratic. Vincent obtained a fair English education and became a prominent citizen of Patterson township, afterwards removing to Portland, Ind. He is quite proud of his boyhood nativity. Giganda was the first buried in the Catholic cemetery at Frenchtown ceded by the Subler brothers, and where in 1847 was erected the second Catholic Chapel in the township, a wooden structure, which was succeeded by a brick, and recently refitted and enlarged with a new beautiful and modern building, and where was the one lone mound, is now quite a city of the silent dead. Eugene owns the old homestead and of this lineage there are a few in the township and more in the adjacent vicinities.
      John P. Manier was to the west of Blotner, owing one-half of a quarter section upon the verge of the rising plateau or clay lands of the Frenchtown settlement. He was among the first of the French immigrants and forest homestead builders. His successor was Henry Resor, which family was well known. Manier was a merchant of old Jacksonville and at Newport. Of his family were Peter, Joseph, Felix, Mrs. Coughlin, and Eulalie, and of the lineage there is quite a number in our citizenship.
      Hubert Gubeaux was north of Manier, owning eighty acres. He too was a French immigrant, dying many years ago, and the homestead was long since sold, the greater portion for several years was owned by Frank Parmenter. Of the family were August, Phillip, Joseph, Celestine, Mrs. B. Bruder and Mrs. Eugene Didot. Of the lineage there is a number in the citizenship of adjacent vicinities.
      Christopher Poly was North of Frantz, owning one-half of a quarter section. He too was a French immigrant who made a farm and reared a large family of which were Frank, Julia, Rosa, Adeline and Jane. Of this lineage there are a number in the township who are well known citizens. Celestine Pequignot was west of Poly owning eighty acres where he built up a good farm and reared a large family, of which were Jule, John, Joseph, Louie, Rosella, Mary, Pauline, Louise, and Emma, and of this lineage there are a number in our citizenship. To the north of Pequignot and Poly were

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Abner Greer and Frank Poly, pioneer boys, who each cultivated farms in their township, and to the east of Greer was Nicholas Marchal, each purchasiug eighty acres.
      West of Gubeaux was Christopher Lemoine a French immigrant. Of the family were Christ, John and Mary. The farm was sold to Samuel Stevenson, the Author's old teacher, who was quite a scholar. In later years the farm was owned by Horatio Dye. They were citizens well known and of the lineage there are only a few in our citizenship. Jacob Marchal was south of Lemoine. He was a pioneer boy who owned 80 acres and reared a large family all of whom became citizens well known.
      Joseph Smith was to the west owning a quarter section. Of his family were John, August, Albert, Jule, Frank, Joseph, Louie, Mary, Adaline, Josephus, Jane and Mary. He sold his place several years ago and went to Pattersson township. Tonise Pequignot was near by owning one-half of a quarter section and erected a homestead. Of his family were John, Andrew, August, Margaret and Jane, who became citizens well known and of this lineage there are quite a number in our citizenship here and adjacent parts. The farm has passed to other owners.
      The Sublers of which there were two, Peter and Jacob. Peter owned eighty acres of which he made a farm and of his family were Sebastain, Louise, Catharine, Joseph, and Teresa, well known. Jacob owned eighty acres also and of his family were Jacob, August, Joseph, George, Frank, Peter, Mike, and Mary who became citizens well known. Of the lineage of Sublers there is quite a generation.
      The Barga Brothers, fartherest north was John J., owning eighty acres. Of the family were John N., Frank, Ellen, and Mary, who became citizens well known. Next came John P. Barga owning eighty acres and acquiring other acres still. Of his family there was one girl, Catharine. Of the Barga lineage there is quite a generation in the township and adjacent vicinities all citizens well known.
      Mr. Dapore was far to the south of the French settlement owning eighty acres. Of the family were Prosper, Justin, and Frank, who became citizens well known, and of the lineage there are quite a number in our citizenship here, and adjacent parts. Most of those last named were both immigrants and emigrants, coming to Stark county first, then entering lands of the Government at Cincinnati, came out to their lands then a howling wilderness, where now are fine farms and have their fourth school house and other advances according.

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Viewing the Old Hills and Vales.

      As we saunter over the old Village site, looking north and, northeast, west and southwest we, like old Moses, can view the vales and hill-slopes of the old Swamp Creek Settlement from Thomas Bayman's to the Metzcar farm, and from Boomershine's to old Mr. Simon's forest home, or, ascending to the dome of the high sehool building our eye's vision sweeps the view of the school lands and beyond to the east, the plateau of clay Iands of Frenchtown nortwestward, the vale of Indian and Swamp creeks to where their waters commingle with old Stillwater, and to the south and to Webster thither it flows and to the southeast o'er German Homestead, called "Dutch Roost" we think of the primeval forest and its varied and gigantic growths in which they reared their homesteads and cleared out their farms.

The Primeval Forest.

      Forests where grow the oak of the white, red and burr variety from which the timbers were hewn and the boards were rived for the hewn buildings that succeedded the round-log cabin, and the rails were split that fenced the fields in the after years; a forest of gigantic walnuts from which the planks were sawed that encased window and door, or made the door or cupboard of the household; of ash, gray or white, out of which planks were sawed that made the floor, kept neat by a sister's hand that could scrub or scour, for carpets were very rare those days: of hickory, shellbark or bark tighter grown, that towered skyward waving their lofty tops, which were felled for fire wood that burned bright and glowing, or the bark was used by the back woodsmen to guide his nocturnal steps as he hunted the fur-bearing animals of the forest, or the old pioneer, fast growing old, came from home neighborly call or worship at the solemn chureh. Of buckeyes so numerous that by such name the state is called, the fruit of which, worthless otherwise and buckeyes called, formed pretty toys for the young "chaps" of the backwoods, easily chopped for back-logs of the household fire and lasted long; a forest of sugars and maples from which in the spring time the sap would flow furnishing a sweet draught or boiled into syrup sweeter still, or to molases yet more sweet, or stirred to sugar, caked or brown, was the "chaps" delight, for they did not call them "kids" then: indeed the young swain and blushing maid thought it fit speech for letter

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Table of Contents
pages [3]-5  pages 6-9  pages 10-13  pages 14-17  pages 18-21  pages 22-25  pages 26-29
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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