Pioneer Life in Dayton [Ohio] and Vicinity, 1796-1840 - John F. Edgar.
Collected reminiscences "of the early history of Dayton, including the names and personal history of the pioneers of the township previous to 1840, when Dayton assumed the proportions of a city." John Edgar's history portrays the life of Dayton's early settlers, drawing on his personal acquaintance with several original pioneers. From the first houses on the banks of the Miami, built from dismantled barges and dugouts, to the christening of the "Gem City" of Ohio, every aspect of Dayton's development is treated. The text is positively brimming with names culled from land patents, deeds, public records, family collections and correspondence, forming a considerable body of valuable genealogical data for this region that was for so many years on the very outskirts of the American frontier. The volume is illustrated and retains the original index, as well as a fascinating collection of vintage notices and advertisements appearing in the newspapers of the day.
(1896), 2008, 5½x8½, paper, index, 310 pp.