Written by residents of various townships within Union County, Ohio, this text is one no Union County researcher should be without. This comprehensive work opens with four hundred pages' worth of histories: those of the Northwest Territory, the state of Ohio and Union County. Histories date back to sixteenth-century inhabitants and explorers, and chart the regions' courses through the late nineteenth century. Government documents, records of businesses, organizations and churches, periodicals and private papers have all been tapped-and some transcribed-to write these chapters. Next, over one hundred pages are dedicated to a "Military Record," detailing the county's roles in the Revolutionary, Mexican and Civil Wars, as well as the War of 1812. Rosters of soldiers, interments in military cemeteries, and "Marches, Battles and Sieges" complete this section. Finally, almost seven hundred pages comprise fourteen chapters, each of which tracks the history of one of the county's townships: Paris (Marysville), Union, Darby, Jerome, Mill Creek, Dover, Liberty, Leesburg, Allen, Jackson, York, Claibourne, Washington and Taylor. Along with the history written for each township are biographical sketches of township "patrons," listings which the preface indicates are "full and complete." A map of Union County, almost ninety portraits of residents and more than a dozen illustrations of historical events and locations complete this work. An every name index makes finding people easy.
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