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					                           Pioneer Women of Strongsville

                               CUYAHOGA COUNTY.

    Some fifteen miles trom Cleveland in       mortal eye until that day when we shall
  a southwesterly direction, out what is      see the King in His beauty. To write
  known as the Wooster pike, lies              even a sketch of the people of any pe-
  Strongsville (being so called after John    riod without singling out here and there
  S. Strong), a township like many an·        individual persons would be at least a
  other in this Western Reserve, almost       difficult task.
  wholly given up to agriculture.        Al-     In Februarv. 1816, Mrs. John Hilliard
 though it can boast of one railroad-the      (Bernica Whitney) came to Stroflgsville
 Cleveland, Lorain & Wheeling-on its          with her husband and father and little
 western border, running from north to        daughter, E liZa, and a company of men
 south through the township. True, you        who came to survey the township, from
 will sec here and there a mill, shop or      near Marlboro, Vermont. They built
 factory. and at splendid distances from      their log cabin a little southeast from
 each oth er may be observed the general      the center, and commenced life by clear-
 store. where the wisdom and genius of        ing a few acres of land and planting it
 the township congregate to talk over         to corn that spring.
 public matters and learn the latest news.       During the springand early summer
    Passing through the township now,         of that year Mrs. Hilliard. !.hen onJy
 and observing the thrift and pr osperity     twenty-one years old, was the only wo-
 of its inhabitants, the comfort of all, and  man in Strongsville township, and, with
 the nffiuence of many, one would hardly      her little daughter, constituted the en-
 imagine that this was once n dense for-      tire female society oi this town; and it
 est. whose slumber-ing echoes were           is not saying too much for them to as·
 awakened by the scream of the panther,      sert that they were very largely the
 the howl of the wolf, and the whoop of
 the savage.                                        LEADERS OF FASHION.
    To glide along nt nlmost lightning           Did Mrs. Hilliard ever have callers?
 speed on that prince of modern pleasure      Oh, yes. One bright summer morning,
 jnventions. the bicycle, ov~r the many      after she had swept the floor, covered
 smooth and obstructionless roads that ' the fire-for they had no matches in
 stretch their endless lines through and     those days--and dusted the stone hearth,
 across this region, and then realize that   she heard a strange noise, and, turning
 much less than a century ago, to cover      towards the fireplace, saw a huge rat-
the same distance which you have made        tlesnake stretched at full length on the
in one short hour, n1eant days, and per-     warm hearthstone, and rattling "to beat
 haps weeks of tedious toil and danger.      the band." She ran to the door and
We meet the aged and infirm o ld set-        called her husband, who cam~ and dis-
tlers and smile at their quaint and prim-    patched the creature. which measured
 itive ways and sayings, but we never        over five feet in length.
realize what it really signified to be a        The husband returned to his chop-
pioneer of this region in our grand-         p ing and she to her work, but soon she
father's day.                                heard a similar noise behind the hearth
    Much of the history of those early       stone.     Again her husband was sum-
days has never been written, save by         moned, and the mate to the first snak<"
the recording angel in that great Book       was dragged from his hiding place and
of Remembrance which God keeps. and          sent to bear the other one company.
whose pages will never be scanned by            Again during the summer, while her
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                                  STRONGSVILLE.                                       479
  husband and aU the rest of the men            record. so fnr as we can find, as to what
 who came west with them were gone to           the bride wore. who gave her away,
 C olumbia to a raising, leaving Mrs. Hil-      whether the bridal party were 1h0wered
 liard and little Eliza alone, and the only     with rice, or anything else of imponance
  inhabitants of the township, as they          that occurred at the wedding. Evidently
  suppo•cd, the door of their log cabin          the record from which we take the
 was unceremoniously pushe<l open and           above facts was kept by a man that
 n big Indian, with gun, knife and toma-        didn't know the difference between
  hawk, walked in and asked where the           point lace and a rag carpet, or he would
 ruen were.                                     not have neglected all the important
     As soon as she could catch her breath,     fenturcs of the occasion.
 which her beating heart seemed to have            ln 1823 Polly Towsley was married to
 •~nt after the men, she told him in            Elijah Bosworth and moved to Strongs-
 trembling tones wnere they hod gone.           ville. Like most of the young women
 t•:<pecting herself and child to be mur-       of her day she was expert with the spin-
d~>red. of course.     :11 r. Lo walked along   ning wheel and loom, and well $he m•ght
and took a seat. Little Eliu, not think-        be, for on the deftness and swiftness of
 ing ol harm. went up to him and offered        the fingers of the housewife rested very
him the piece of bread she happened to          largely the comfort and happiness of
 he cotinR at the time. He took it, be-         the family in those days. Think of the
 ~tan catmg it. and took her on his knee.       infinite difference there is now from
 Snnn after he got up and left, without         what it was when the hatcheling, cnrd-
 making known his business or even              jng, spinning. weaving, cutting and
lt·aving his card. and Mrs. Hilliard neg·       making all had to be done by hand, and
 lt•ctccl to a•k him to call again.             often by one pair of hnnds, nnd that,
     In the fall of that same year Guilford     too, the
 Whitney. 1-lrs. Hilliard's fa ther, re-            HANDS OF THE MOTHER!
 tul'lled to Vermont and brough t his
 ''if.;. An tile. and five children b3ck to      And th is was not for her•el f alone, but
tin< wc~tcrn home, nnd with them cnme            for her husband and little ones growin~r
 \ I r Thaddeu~ Lathrop and family and           UJ> in the household, with its constant
 ~1i« Charlotte \Vallace,        also Retire     cares and many wants. Yet with all
<;ron• Stronfr. a young unmarried man.          these duties pressing upon her, she found
 \lay we not hope that in the lond em·           time to let her light so shine that it is
hraee of that loving mother. who abo            lovingly $aid of Polly Towsler "she was
~ame with the family. and whose he.1rt          a de,·oted Christian woman.'
ltad throbbed with a thousand fears for            In the year 1825 ll!ira Bosworth was
hrr girl who had gone out from the              born. and when eighteen yean of age
nlcl "''"'" to make for husel£ a new            she taught a district school at seventy-
unc. awny on the \Vestern Reserve. and          five cents a week and hoarded herself.
the ~is.tcrs' and brothers' presence and        The next year she was married to J obn
flfTcC'tinn were 1non• than comr>ensation       Flemming Heazlet, and died in 18.59.
 fM a ll her heretofore solitary glory?            Tn 1817 Abijah Haynes settled in
    Thi• year was one fraught with great        Strongsville w ith his wife and family, of
 intcrr<t to Strongsville, for we find re-'     which were Theodocia, Susan and Lu·
 corded that dllring the winter Charlotte       cy. \Vhat privations that journey from
 \Vnllnce. who accompanied Mr. Whit-            Sudbury, Mass., brought to those stur·
 ney ancl hi• family back to Ohio, was          dy people one can but imagin e.
 111nrried to Hollis Whitney. I am half            Susan Haynes (Mrs. Caleb Carpenter)
 Htclined •to think that that was premed·       was born 1801. She was one o£ the six
 itntc<l ancJ that she came all the way from    children of Ahijah Haynes, and, being
 Vermont to break the previous record           <>ne of the oldest of the family, had her
 of tlu~ township, and to inaugurate a          part in the cnre, labor and privations
 cu,tonl which. it see:mtt, has pre\..-ailed    which belong to pioneer life       Beside
 here- quite ~xtensively ever since.            the housework. which !ell to all, she
    \Ve nre not infonned as to who i•sued       was teacher in a district •chool. In
the marriage license, whether it was            1823 she was married to Caleb Carpenter
 \fo•es Cleaveland or John Farley, but          and commenced housekeeping in a log
l>e that as it may. nothing is said in the      house he had built on his fum about
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480                             STRONGSVILLE.
three years before, one mile east of the     eastern part of the township; the next
center.                                      year returning to Stoughton as he
   Here she faithfully performed the du-     came, stopping at Pompey, N. Y .. 1<;>
ties of wife and mother. To be a pio-        visit an uncle, where he became ac- ·
neer needed courage; in this she was         quainted with a Miss Charlotte Dean,
not deficient.   Her home was a mile         whom he afterwards married. bringing-
from any neighbor, but she remained          her to Strongsville in 1820. with all the ir
alone with her children, caring for home     wealth stowed away in an ox wagon.
and stock when it was necessary for her         The following is an extract from a
husband to make a three days' trip to        letter written by them to his father in
Newburgh with wheat and corn for the         December. 1820 (now in possession o f
family's bread.                              their only daughter, Mrs. Thomas Bro-
  At one time while alone, a bear made       die):                ·
a raid on the pig-pen near the house            "We left Pompey, N. Y., the lOth o f
and carried off a young pig, one which       October, and had a prosperous journey,
sent back a shrill squeal in the dead of     although it rained nearly every day till
night. There is now standing on the          we arrived at Buffalo, which was the
place an apple tree which sprang from        19th. The roads were muddy but not
the core planted by Mrs. Carpenter in        very deep. After that the weather was
front of the Jog house. f..-om an apple      very pleasant, but through the beech
Mr. Carpenter was lucky enough to            woods for about 30 mi les ii was very
bring home on one of his trips to New- .     unpleasant traveling. Through the bles-
burgh, being the first fruit she had seen    sing of God we enjoyed the comforts
since cotning from her eastern home.         of health, which we never can be thank-
   Mrs. Carpenter, like most of the wo-      ful enough for. We arrived at Strongs-
men of her time. was expert at spinning      ville the 30th of October; found Apollos
and weaving, and provided the family         Southworth and family well ; U1ey have
with w earing apparel. She was a mem-        a very 6ne daughter (Deborah) . born
ber of the Congregational Church of          the 4th. We expect to leave here in a
Strongsville. Her influence was always       few days, as our house is nearly ready.
felt for good in family and neighbor-        Charlotte says she is very well contented
hood.                                        and likes the situation o f the place, and
   She had 6ve girls and three boys ;        that is a great co nsolation to me to
twice the mother of twins. She died          have her so contented. You wished me
where she li\•ed. in 1841. 'I11e lumber      to tell you bow the oxen stood the j our-
for the frame house now standing on          ney. They traveled very well and proved
the Carpenter place. was ready for the       to be a tough, hardy yoke of cattle. One
builder at her death, but she was never      of the spokes worked loose in the felly,
to  see the new home she had waited lor
and hoped to enjoy. Do we often think
                                             which appeared to be some rotten. but
                                             answered to get here with. We had the
of the privations and hardships our          good fortune not to leave or lose any-
 predecessors suffered, to prepare the       thing, but found a sixpence,·a whip and
present comforts and luxuries for our        some old iron, which I sold for two shil-
use?                                         lings. This from your affectionate chil-
   Deborah Fisher. o f Canton, Mass.,        dren. Charlotte and Asa Drake."
married Apollos Southworth and moved            We do not need to be told of the la-
to StronRsville in the year 1820, where,     bors and joys and triumphs, the Rriefs
with her family, she lived and died, leav-   and burdens that fell to the lot of Char-
ing a record behind enshrined in the         lotte Drake ere the Master said to her.
hearts of those who knew her, of a life      "It is enough: come up higher."
well spent and full of good works.              Mrs. John Tarry (RosaiLne Clark)
   Asa Drake came to Strongsville in         came to Strongsville in 1820 with her
the year 1820, walking all the way from      father's family, Timothy Clark.      They
Stoughton, Mass., bringing with him          came with an ox team from Westerfield,
his wardrobe in a knapsack swung             Conn. She, like others of that tiJ?e,
across his back with a cane which had        lived in the modest log cabin, rema1D-
been handed down four generations--          ing in the township seventy-five years.
the cane still remains in the family. He     She is now living at Litchfield, Ohio,
purchased 170 acres of land in the south-    with a sister's son. Mr. Charles Stone-
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Suffice it to say she identified hersell      the days of her Childhood, where, with
with this community very early in the         her father and mother, brothero and
period of its existence. and rightfully       sisters, she lived in the old log house.
claims a place for her name in the list          Betty Ann Brainard married Franklin
or                                            Strong in 183.5, and settled in the south-
  STRONGSVILLE'S PIONEERS.                    ern part of the township on what is
                                              known ns the "Stone Hill," where she
   Relief Newton was married to Eben-         Ji,•ed for over fifty years. Even 38 late
ezer Fuller, July. 1810, and moved to         as lhc time of her coming there were
Strongsville in 1826, purchased a farm        to be found deer. bear, and wild tur-
in the southwestern part of the township      keys in abundance. She was early left
which was then a wilderness, and raised       a widow with the care ::tnd training of
twelve children. Was n kind and lov-           the small children. and she, too, strug-
ing mother, strictly religious, and friend-    gled with cares, hard<hips and priva-
ly tO all                                      tions. A member of the church and al-
   Sally Durfee was married to Oliver          ways ready to help her nsighbors in
Jl icks, and in 183-l moved to Strongs-       times of tro11ble and sicknen She died
ville. They built a little log cabin on       at the age o£ 77 years. "And thou shalt
the western town line. where. it is sig-      love thy neighbor 35 thyself."
nificantly said, "They could hear the             Mary Hitchens married Thomaa Reed
bench nuts rattle down the small, low         at Sithney, England, and died in this
chimney as U1e wind swayed the over-          countrv in 1872, shortly after the birth
hanflang branches.'"                          of their youngest child. :llr. Reed came
    She had to contend with sickness,         to this country in ,the year 1!137; located
 tnisfortune and paver!)·, ns her hus-        in Strongsville, where, later on, he was
 bnnd 's health failed, leaving much or       joined by his wile and twdve of their
the care of clearing away the forest and       thirteen children; the cl<lc>t, Thomas
t·nring lor a family ol eleven chi ldren       Reed, Jr.. remaining in the old country.
upon her bands. She remained in this           W h o can doubt but th~t h er life, too.
place until the year 18.)2, when they sold    like those other noble worne11, was spent
their farm and moved to Clinton Coun-         m usefulness :.nd Cllristian love nnd for-
ty, ~I ichigan.                               titude?
   Su,an Hicks (Mrs. Lyman Cobb)                 }l3nnah. daughter of Wheeler Cole,
rame to Strongs>-ille in 1833, at the age     m3rried Edward Hitchens Reed. She
of six: months, and remained here for         wu born in Strongs,•ille. 1825, and died
twenty years. She was a golden-haired,         IM7, lea,·ing: one daughter, Florence,
curly-headed girl, chuck full of fun and      now :llrs. II. K. W. Stebbins of Youngs-
mischief.     She, like the rest of her       town. Ohio.
neighbor~. was poor, but she says of             1\lrs. 1farvin Stone (Hannah West)
her.elf, "I Wall contented and happy."        was born in Ludlow, Ma~s.. and died
She received her education in a little        at Berea. 1893.         She was married at
log schoolhouse. where, at time•. she         Strongsville to Marvin Stone in 1834.
frankly admits, she was compelled to sit          Mr5, Stone was a woman of rare
upon or under the cross-legged table          gifts and most definite 'and interesting
lor some violation of rules.                  personality, She inherited a cheerful,
   She was taught when quite young to         courageous ~pirit. which had been disci-
do nil kinds ol housework, such as spin-      p lined by trial, united t o a clear C hris-
ning. weaving, carding and knitting of        tian faitn. which did not faller in times
flax and wool. Think of it. 0 ye r:irls       of darkness.        Her home was always
of tod:1y, who do all yottr spinning on       open to friend and stranger, and her
a pneumatic tire over faultless roadways I    hospitality was a characteristic recog-
How would you like to change places           nized by all who knew her, leading peo-
with the girls of long ago?                   ple of all denominations to seek the
   She moved to Michigan in 18.~2. where      soci31 joys of her home.
<he now resides. and. although hu brow           The whole community in which she
i~ furrowed. and the golden hair which        lived bea r willing tribute to her useful-
once adorned her head is fast giving          ness. whfich was devoted to its hiaheat
place to the silver gray, her heart is        public interests, and her kindness and
Young, and her mind wander~ b:>ck to          "3crificial spirit' as a neighbor and friend.
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482                             STRONGSVILLE.
In early times, before the day of profes-         Achsah Colburn, wife of Elijah Ly-
sional nurses, she was ever ready to           man, came to Str ongsville in 1846. She
leave her home to watch by the bedside         was a woman of fine, Christian and ed-
of the sick, or in other ways to minis-        ucational attainments. Her life was a
ter in sympat-hy or servlce.                   very busy one and very helpful to those
    In the hard time when the farm was          under her i11struction.    In her early
not paid for, she wrought to                   years at Strongsville she was more or
             W!N THE DAY                       less engaged in litera.ry work. being [or
                                               some years a paid contributor to the
of freedom from debt. and with n ine            "Rural America," published at Utica.
children, all of whom lived to maturity,       N.Y.; also to the 0 Guidc to Holiness,"
she fought a good fight, and rejoiced          a monthly magazine, published at Bos-
at J ast in victory.                           ton., Mass., and an occnsiona I contrlbu...
   Miss Rosaline Clark Stone was born          tor to the "Oberlin Evangelist," and
in Strongsville in 1838. She was mar-          "Christian Press," of C incinnati. \Vhen
ried to Rev. Wm. M . Ingersol l, 1861,         the ''Ohio Farmer" first catne out in
and died :u Wnshi ngton. D. C., in 1878.       C leveland, the first paper in th e state
Mrs. lngcrsoJI was a woman o f rare            that was entirely devo ted t o the inter-
grace of character and decided convic-         ests o f farm~rs and their families, she
tions :IS a Christian bel iever. She won       adopted it at once, as d id also her hus-
the affection and confidence of all class-     band, and contributed to its columns
es as a pastor's w ife, and has left in the    quite frequentlv. as long as the first ed-
places of her husband's pastorate a            itor (Thomas Brown, Esq.) remained in
memory long cherished by those w h o           cha.-ge.
can1c under h er influence.
   Dorothy Brett came to Strongsville             Mr. and M rs. Thaddeus Lathrop
in 1831, when the piece of land they           (Betsey Eastman) and family came to
settled upon was a wilderncs$.         She     Strongsville in 1819, (rom Connecticut.
married Stephen Ashby. By thtir l111-          The journey in those days was a slow
tiring effort~ that wi lderness farnt was      and tedious one. the hardships of pio-
transfonned into n home of comfort.            neer liic which they e n countered would
Sh~ WilS an invo.tlid for n1:1ny years, be..   appC<·u· to the youn ger geoeratlon a l-
ing :.fllictecl with pal~y. and, prior to      most incredible.
her aftllction, a woman or unusua l en-           Did you ever visit a cemetery and
ergy and ambition. She was tenderly            there give reign to your thoughts? Go
cared for l,y her dau~hter Jane through        with me, if you will. to that little spot
all her declining years.                       where death laid his first victim. If
   Betsy. the olde~t doughrer. who mar-        you nee-d the inscription on the stone
ried Russell Freeman in 1.838. at t he age     that loving hands have since raised
of 18, settled o n a [ann in this township               OVER THE SPOT,
where she lived for o'·er fifTy years.
   Jane Ashl>y, nnother ~laughter, mar-        you will simply r ead th:tt on such a day
ried Jonalhnn Hubbnrd Hancock. She             Polly. wife of Lyman Strong, died; and
wa.o; a consistent Christian and lived in      as you mark the ever... increas-ing num·
Strongsville for over fifty years. She         ber of those mounds. and read the bare
was a model housekeeper and a true             statement that on such a day th is one
friend.                                        or that one fell, you will get all the En-
   Judith A. Potter. the wiie of \Villiam      glish language can convey of those sad
Barber, arri\·ed in Strongsville 1841.         events.
where s he still re5ides. She was a good          Susan Lathrop (Mrs. Benjamin Tut-
nurse. a kind nnd S),npathetic woman.          tle), daughter of Thaddeus Lathrop, on
   Mrs. Daniel Dr;q>or (Sarah Savery)          one occa~ion, while employed as a
came to Stron~tsville wit:• her husban d       teacher, saw a huge rattlesnake stretched
and four children from \Vantnge. Eng.          at full length across the threshold. In·
They were six weeks cro~~ing the ocean         stant ly a small boy wtts put out at an
and two weeks coming fro m N. Y .. ar-         opening in the wall, which served as a
riv ing here July, 18U7. where seven n1ore     window. and ran to a field where.some
children were born. She lh·ed here un-         men were working. who came and dis-
til the time of her d eath. which occurred     patched th e snake before school could
September, 1881.                               be resumed.
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   J\sher Selover and wile (Ruth Baker)          and the various church and reform so-
c:ame to Strongsville in 1841, purchased         cieties. of which she is n member. AJs
a rnrm on what is known as the Berea             a .,real"
rond. Mrs. Selover was a daughter of
C~{lt. Peter Baker, one o£ the old Revo-         DAUGHTER OF THE AMERICAN
lut •onary soldiers, who suffered with                 REVOLUTION
hu nger. lacerated feet and little cloth-       she was recen tly presented wi th nn ele-
ing th(ll long, cold w inter at Valley
Forge. Mrs. Selover died some years             gant souvenir spoon, from Washington,
a go. leaving a large family, most ol           D. C., througli the "Western Reserve"
\Vho•n are lhring in Ohio.                      Chapter, Cleveland. of which she is a
   Mrs. Nathan Foster, nee Betsey Hu-           member. Well posted on the vital ques-
let, was born in Lee. Berkshire County,         tions which are stirring society, and with
~laos., April, 1811.     In 1816 her father's   mental powers still forceful, she is spend-
family removed to Brunswick, ~{edina            ing her sunset days in her pleas:ant Be-
County. 0 . and suffered many dangers,          rea home...
hardships a~d privations.                          Hanna A. Foster, daughter of Betsey
   :-; o' ember. 183'2. there wa< a double      Hulet Foster, should not be omitted
wcdd1ng in John · Hulet's home. when            Crom this memorial, originated and spon-
hi' daughters, Jane Terena and Betsey,          sored by C\eYeland women, with whom
wt!rc married, the first becoming ~tra.         she has long been intimately auociated,
Aaron Porter, and Betsey, Mrs. Nathan           :tnd by whom sl\e is admired and loved.
Fo<ter. The ceremony was performed              A valued member of the Ohio Womnn's
by Rev. John Janes, of precious mem-            Press Club, a poet of more than local
ory. His wife and infant daughter, now          reputation, ge ntle, refined, and unselfish
                                                to the degree of immolation, her life has
     ~fRS.    i\!ARY B. INGHAM,                 been one of devotion to others. A t t he
                                                celebration of Cleveland's Centennial
of C le veland. were presen t.                  IJirthdnv. she easily won the prize offered
   s(~()ll nfter   mnrriage the young coup-     for the best written ode for the occasioa.
le~ located in     Albion, liv ing in the same  As non de plumes wer e signed to all
 hnu<c. There Jane. :lfrs. Foster's eld-        the poems, the judges had no idea to
'"t child, was born. Mr. Foster pur -           whom they belonged until after a de-
cha;e<l a farm one h:>lf-mile east of Al-       cision had been reached.
bion and built, in the then thick woods,            l\Iiss Foster's dainty verse and prose
 the lo!f house which. as the y~ars sped        h:>\'C nOt only graced the P3!rCS Of print,
t>a,t, became too small for the growing         but have contributed much to the pleas-
family. :md was abandon~d for the new           ure of church anniversaries and college
!>rick h ou•e t'rected a little t'ast of the    reunions in the town in which she re-
uld cahin. l\trs. Foster is the mother of       sides.
thrt'e 1ons nnd five daughters: all, ex-            Lucy A. Whitman (Mrs. Lucy A.
<>cpt the youngest, Fannie, who died in         Merrick) was born at E:>st Haddam.
infnncy. nre Mill living. Jane married          Conn .. 1817, and her girlhood dnys were
 fo'red~rick J, .aartlett, and residrs at Ce-   spent in Connecticut and New York.
•lnr Point. this county. Mary becarne, At the age of twenty years she came
the wife or Mitchell C lark and Wll< wid-       with he r father's family to Brunswick,
owed in early life. She subsequently            Med ina County. Oh io. and two years
m arried J. T . Hulet: her home i~ in           later, 1839, married Edgar M. Me.-rie k ,
 Deren . Hann~ A. lives w ith her /nr-          and migra ted to Strongsville, settling
''nt<: and Emily M .. wife o f Rev. . P.        on a farm. M rs. Merrick had two sons .
 .Ifill~. owinr;r to her relation to the itin-  J . E. and H. W. Merrick. who nrc ~till
crncy. h:\s '"here no continuing city."         residents of the town. The father, Ed-
    Two dau!fhters and the three <Ons art'      gar M. Merrick, di.-d September, 1889.
cnlle~te ~traduates. Mrs. Foster's father       at the ripe old age of eillhtv-three years,
W:t!\ a soldier in the Revolutionary w:tr.      their wedded life being a period of fifty
'" were thr,ce of her uncle<. H t'r t'ldt'st    years and two days.
b rother served in the war of 1812, and            Mrs. Merrick has been a resident of
G eorge H., her eldest son, in our civil        Strongsville for fifty-seven years. and
wnr        ~1r<~t_ Foster. at    eighty·six. is during that time has seen the city of
hright nnd active, both in home duties          Cleveland grow from a mere village to
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484                                STRONGSVILLE.
a mighty city. second JO none in the            and carried out in their ilves the prin-
great state of Ohio.                            ciples which were taught and practiced
   Rosanna Bosworth, wife of Russell            by her.
Harris, was born in IIerkon1er County,              They nil now hnve left the shore~ or
N. Y .. 17!16. married in Ferrington, N         time, but their influence is still felt. and
Y. Coming to Ohio about 18:.!1, rode            the world is the better for their havin~:>
most of the way in a sleigh on the bor-         lived in it.
der of Lake Erie and settled in Strongs-             or her descendants two grandchil-
ville.                                          dren. Dr. Harlan Pomeroy and "!\ir.
   She had ten childre1r, the firs t child       Frederick D . POJ)C. and four great-
born 1818, in '-ioroe County, N . Y.            granrlchildrell", Mr. F. T. Pomeroy. Mrs.
   Mrs. Harris dic<1 in Cleveland. Au-           Ida Pope McKinstry. Miss Utlltic L
gust 23. 1878, and was buried in River-          Pope, a. teacher in the High Schools.
side cemetery. She would have been              and l\liss Julia Pope, are residents of
100 years old hac! she lived this centen-       Cle' eland.
nial year. A daughter ol John Bosworth.             '-Irs. Kezia Pope Pomeroy came from
Baptist minister, she was a member of            New Dedford, Mass.. with her father's
the Baptist Church all her life, a good,         family in the year JRHl. at the :t'l'e oi
Christi:ln woman; and her dnughter,             ten years. to make n new home in the
l\1 rs. M. A. Hammour. resides on Case          forests o f Ohio. They •cttled in Strongs-
a\"enue, Cleveland.                             '·ille. The hardships of pioneer life only
   Among the first settlers in Strongs-         helped to de,·elop the noble
\"illc township were Jonathan Pope and          SELF-SACRIFI CING CHARACTER
wife (Kczia june). with their family of
four sons and four daughters. one               that has left a lasting influence upon :tll
daughter remaining in New Bedford,              with whom she c:~n1e in contac-t. She-
~b~s., from whence the family emigrat-          waM rJHirried in January~ 1831, lO Alan-
ed.                                             son Pomeroy. and proved indeed a help-
   The oldest son came a year in advance        mate in the truest and highest ~en•e of
of the rest of the family. and upon his         the word. Always interested in her hus-
departure irom home his mother m:tde            band's line: of bu~in~ss she was a contin-
for him a knapsack. which, when filled          ual strength to hiJ11 . The love '!nd de-
 weighed twenty-five pounds. C11rious           votion she always g:n·e her fanHiy was.
to know tJ1e contents, he begnn to in-          most heautifully returned to her by both
vestigate. and aln1 ost the fi rst thing that   h er sons and dnu~hters.
n1ct h is eye wns. n~ he termed it, the            \Vi se in her counsel she helped and up-
"family chart." the precious Bible. which       lilted all who came in her presence. She-
made such an impression upon him that           and her husband were •trong forces in
e'·en in his last years he often referred       building and maint.~ining the town. t~at
to 1t.                                          )o\"35 their home for many years, 111\'tng
   Her famiiy were remarkable for their         liberally of their means as God had
piety. She brought her stro ng faith and        prnspe•·cd them.       No weary h eart or
tru~t in God with her to her wildernus          empty hand e,·cr nppcaied to her in
home. and alway~ made religion para-            '":lin.    Many a wc:~ry one ha• been_
mount to everythin(l" else. A Methodist         cheered by her kindly remcmbra.nce. 0•
church was orgamzed at their house              the nine children that blessed the~r home
•oon after their arrival, and she did           six ue still lh·ing. Her three dnughtel""
much t oward moulding the religious             are Mrs. Henry Day. Elyria 0.; Mrs.
sentiment of the community.                     C. \V. D. Miller. formerly of Berea. noW"
    She cheerfully nnd bravely bore the         livinl{ in Santa Barbara. Cal. ; Mrs. W
burden• and hardships o f pioneer life,         W. Sm ith. Litchfield. 0.
and in every way J)Ossible, by her indus-           In June, 1819, Gui)ford Whitney's s~c­
try and frugality. helped to sustain and        ond daughter, Vina. married RcllrC"
rear her family.                                Grove Strong. the young man who had"
   To her latest day cvcry philanthropic        ac-companied the family from Vermon~
and Christian work r~cetved her hearty          Thirteen children were ad<led to thts.-
sympnthy and support. She lived t o a           home only seven living to m3tnrity.
rioc old age. respected by cveryonc.            Her lire work wa s fini$hed at the age
    Her children. emulated her exnmple          of forty years. (She must have suffered!
                             Pioneer Women of Strongsville

                                  STRONGSVILLE.                                          485
 the pangs and perils of maternity, added           Mrs. Charles Drake, nee Elizabeth
 to that of pioneer life oftener than evef'y     Buham. was bom in Worcutershire,
 two yearo}.                                     England. in 1840. \Vben abe wa.s elev-
    At one time she was very ill, and help       en months of age her parents started
 was n eeded.     Her husband's brother,         with her lor America. Upon reaching
 Lyman Strong, wh., was a cripple, hav-         Liv.,rvool they wanted to do some .shap-
 ing lost one leg. took a tallow candle an      ping, and, as the captain of the steamer
 his hand and started through the woods         ...,ured them of two or three hours be-
 on his erutebe.s, going from th" Strong         lore starting, they left little Eiizabeth
 homestead to Albion, one mile distant,         with ~ome friends and went on a shop-
 not over brick pavement, but over loga,        ping tour. Imagine their surprise and
 through the dense forest, and w:tding          gTief to find. on their return, the boat
the riv<!r. Had bas feeble light gone out       gone and their babe "ith it I The cap-
 he wo;.ald have 1..ecn obHgcd to remain        tain, however. tri<!d to make amends lor
just where he was with the wolves bowl-          his blunder by bdng as generous as.
 ing :tround him.                               possib le in every way, furnashing the
    Her eldest daughter, Marcia A., born        milk for the .little one.         Alter being
an 1823, became the wile of Robert M.           four weeks on the water they reached
Ashley, and died in 1853. Her second            New York, and then were obliged to
daughter, Mary D., born in JS:'S, mar-          wait three weeks for teh mother. who
ried \Villiam H. Ashley, in U:l4!l. Her         found her litile one just alive. They re-
< leatb occ urred in September, 1854. The       mained in New York a few days, while
third d:tughter, Harriet E., born in 183:!,     the babe recuperated. and then started
ma.ded Chipman Strong. He lived but             for Cleveland, and finally found their
a few years. Alter his decease she mar-         way to Strongs\'ille. Ohio, where they
ried Edward H. Reed, with whom she              sett.led.   Mrs. Drake's mother wns a
lived hat>(lily sixteen years, when the         Methodist preacher.
angel or death called her home in No-               Very early in the history ol this town-
vcmber, I~. alter many montlts of in-           ship we find that the good people were
tense suffer-ing. To know l)er was to           la)'ing the foundation for more than
love her, for she was a noble Chris-            the prcs.,nt Jiie, for as early as 18.17 the
tian woman, alway~ ready to do her part          F irst Congregational Church was or-
in every good work.       During the civil      gan it.ed with a membcrsh 1p o i eight
war she was one of the                          persons. They were: Seth Goodwin
        LEADING WORKERS                         and Deborah. his wife; Ahijab Haynes
                                               and Jerusha, his wife; Guilford Whitney
who sent help to the soldiers. Her life        and Anna. his wile; Hollis \Vhitney and
and work long will be remembered.               Barnicey Hilliard. 0£ the noble men
   The fourth daughter, Vina W .. born          and women who got the ir nrst relig-
in 183-1. married Leland Spencer, and           ious traininR (outside of their home)
removed to Wisconsin, 1870. Their sec-          in this church. it js not in our province
ond son. D. Merrick Strong, married            to speak. The list of ministers. judges.
Miss Almira Bryant, daughter of Fran-           physicians, lawyers and soldiers would
cis S. and Betsey E. Bryant. who came           reach n sco-re..
to Strongsville from Coshocton Coun-                But these pages are devoted to wo-
ty, Ohio, in 1844, but formerly from            m"n only. and hence· their names and
Nel son, New Hampshire. !\fn. Bryant           dc.,ds, be they ever so brilliant and hon-
died in 1865. an active member of the          ored. rnust se<!k n record "lsewbere; but
llaptist Church , then existing in Albion.      that they need to be eommemonned
   Almira B. Strong and hu~band still           bv 3 fr"e and prosperous people, 1 pause
live on the old homestead where they            £rom my present task just long enough
have lived together for over 42 yean,           to inscribe right h"re, in honor of the
and e:1n tell many interesting things in wome:n." who~ blood coursed
regard to the early days of Strongsville.      through their veins, the fact that no leas
   Ann E. Ba-yant. her eldest si5ter, mar-     than twenty ol this township's noblest
ried Laban Heazlit in 1886. and removed        and best young men answered lo their
to Strongsville the same year from Co-         country's call in her hour of its gr.,atest
shocton County, and lived here until           distress: eleven or that number have
18GS, when she wa.s called home.               answered their --roll call,'" and others
                            Pioneer Women of Strongsville

486                            RTRONGSVI LLE.
~aring about in their bodies the mark s      back to their peaceful walks of life, is
of their loyalty, arc waiting with low-      hid :>way alone in the bosom of God.
ered heads and listening ears. for the       But that n nobler harvest h as been gath-
b ugle. call of t he last muste r ou t.      ered nnd multitude~ of n oble men and
  Names of other nobJ women who
                     e                       women trained and fitted for the varied
 came to this town~hip as late as 1846       duties of life have gone forth from those
 have been banded us: to give but the        Strongsville homes to add to the wultb
 mo5t meager sketch of all their lives       and the worth of other homes and other
would require more time and space than       land~~ we are sure.
a work ltke this would warrant: nnd,            Looking back over all thesl': years,
 b~sidcs. Strongsville could hardly have     and contemplating the fruit of their
been snid to be o. pioneer town as late as   ho.nds. the outcome or thei • undertak-
 H!4(). T hat much ns been left out in       ing~. a nd the possibilities oi the future,
 t he ~tory of the live< of those women      we would stop with reverence beside
who"c names appear in these pages. no        their tombs: and ~umming up all our
on~ i~ more con!ttcious than the writer.     rf'spcct and admiration and wonder and
The most that could be looked for would      love lor them into one word, we would
 be ju" a word here and there, and the       write on the marble slabs t.bat sile11tly
 render must fill in the space and be able   1narl..: th eir Testing place,
to ret\d between the li nes.                                 PIONEER.
    Whnt part those women took in the
shaping the thoughts of today. we sh all          Mrs. Elizabeth Bart lett Canniff,
nc,•cr fully know in this life. How much                                   Historian.
of the !!ipirit that was in them was be-
quc:uhed to th~ir offspring, and served        Comminee-Mr,. ~fnry Jane Hender-
th<·nt well as they followed thc~r coun-     shot Dnrtlett. :Mrs. Hattie Strong Clad<,
t ry'• tlag in after years through bloody    l\Iiss Tnmzen Haynes. Mrs. Minnie
confl icts. some to prison and some to       \Vintcrburn Lathrop, Mrs. Orilla Cros~
death. and othcrq wi th stricken bod ies,    Graves. ~us. Eva Curtis \Vard.
                              Pioneer Women of Strongsville
      Last            First          Page      Last             First            Page
Ashby         Betsy                   482   Foster      Emily M.                 483
Ashby         Jane                    482   Foster      Fannie                   483
Ashby         Jany                    482   Foster      George H.                483
Ashby         Stephen                 482   Foster      Hanna A.                 483
Ashley        Robert M.               485   Foster      Hanna A. (2)             483
Ashley        William H.              485   Foster      Jane                     483
Baker         Capt. Peter             483   Foster      Mary                     483
Baker         Ruth                    483   Foster      Mrs. Nathan              483
Barber        William                 482   Foster      Mrs. Nathan              483
Bartlett      Frederick J.            483   Freeman     Russell                  482
              Mrs. Mary Jane Bart-
Bartlett      lett                    486   Fuller      Ebenezer                 481
Beaham        Elizabeth               485   Goodwin     Deborah                  485
Bosworth      Elijah                  479   Goodwin     Seth                     485
Bosworth      John                    484   Graves      Mrs Orilla Cross         486
Bosworth      Mira                    479   Hammour     Mrs. M. A.               484
Bosworth      Rosanna                 484   Hancock     Jonathan Hubbard         482
Brainard      Betty Ann               481   Harris      Russell                  484
Brett         Dorthy                  482   Haynes      Ahijah                   479
Brodie        Mrs. Thomas             480   Haynes      Ahijah                   485
Brown, Esq.   Thomas                  482   Haynes      Jerusha                  485
Bryant        Ann E.                  485   Haynes      Lucy                     479
Bryant        Betsey E.               485   Haynes      Miss Tamzen              486
Bryant        Francis S.              485   Haynes      Susan                    479
Bryant        Miss Almira             485   Haynes      Theodocia                479
              Mrs. Elizabeth Bart-
Canniff       lett                    486   Heazlet     John Flemming            479
Carpenter     Caleb                   479   Heazlit     Laban                    485
Carpenter     Mrs. Caleb              479   Hicks       Oliver                   481
Clark         Mitchell                483   Hicks       Susan                    481
Clark         Mrs. Hattie Strong      486   Hilliard    Barnicey                 485
Clark         Rosaline                480   Hilliard    Mrs. John                478
Clark         Timothy                 480   Hitchens    Mary                     481
Cleveland     Moses                   479   Hulet       Betsey                   483
Cobb          Mrs. Lyman              481   Hulet       Betsey                   483
Colburn       Achsah                  482   Hulet       J. T.                    483
Cole          Hannah                  481   Hulet       Jane Terena              483
Day           Mrs. Henry              484   Hulet       John                     483
Deake         Asa                     480   Ingersoll   Rev. Wm. M.              482
Dean          Miss Charlotte          480   Ingham      Mrs. Mary B.             483
Drake         Mrs. Charles            485   Janes       Rev. John                483
Draper        Mrs. Daniel             482   June        Kezia                    484
Durfee        Sally                   481   Lathrop     Mr. & Mrs. Thaddeus      482
Eastman       Betsey                  482   Lathrop     Mr. Thaddeus             479
Farley        John                    479   Lathrop     Mrs. Minnie Winterburn   486
Fisher        Deborah                 480   Lathrop     Susan                    482
Foster        Betsey Hulet            483   Lathrop     Thaddeus                 482
                             Pioneer Women of Strongsville
      Last              First       Page       Last              First   Page
Lo           Mr.                     479   Strong      Polly             482
Lyman        Elijah                  482   Strong      Retire Grove      479
McKinstry    Mrs. Ida Pope           484   Strong      Retire Grove      484
Merrick      Edgar M.                483   Strong      Vina W.           485
Merrick      H. W.                   483   Tarry       Mrs. John         480
Merrick      J. E.                   483   Towsley     Polly             479
Merrick      Mrs. Lucy A.            483   Tuttle      Mrs. Benjamin     482
Miller       Mrs. C. W. D.           484   Wallace     Miss Charlotte    479
Mills        Rev. J. P.              483   Ward        Mrs. Eva Curtis   486
Newton       Relief                  481   West        Hannah            481
Pomeroy      Alanson                 484   Whitman     Lucy A.           483
Pomeroy      Dr. Harlan              484   Whitney     Anna              485
Pomeroy      Mr. F. T.               484   Whitney     Annie             479
Pomeroy      Mrs. Kezia Pope         484   Whitney     Bernica           478
Pope         Jonathan                484   Whitney     Guilford          479
Pope         Miss Hattie L.          484   Whitney     Guilford          484
Pope         Miss Julia              484   Whitney     Guilford          485
Pope         Mr. Frederick D.        484   Whitney     Hollis            479
Porter       Mrs. Aaron              483   Whitney     Hollis            485
Potter       Judith A.               482   Whitney     Vina              484
Reed         Edward H.               485
Reed         Edward Hitchens         481
Reed         Florence                481
Reed         Thomas                  481
Reed, Jr     Thomas                  481
Savery       Sarah                   482
Selover      Asher                   483
Smith        Mrs W. W.               484
Southworth   Apollos                 480
Southworth   Deborah                 480
Spencer      Leland                  485
Stebbins     Mrs. H. K. W.           481
Stone        Miss Rosaline Clark     482
Stone        Mr. Charles             480
Stone        Mrs. Marvin             481
Strong       Almira B.               485
Strong       Chipman                 485
Strong       D. Merrick              485
Strong       Franklin                481
Strong       Harriet E.              485
Strong       John S.                 478
Strong       Lyman                   482
Strong       Lyman                   485
Strong       Marcia A.               485
Strong       Mary D.                 485

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