Pioneer and General History of Geauga County [Ohio] With Sketches of Some of the Pioneers and Prominent Men [2 volumes] [ paper]


This book is a compilation of histories, township by township, of Geauga County, Ohio, whose creation dates back to 1805, and whose settlement reaches even farther back, into the eighteenth century. Each section of the book was written by a resident of its focus township, which allows for not only enjoyable variations in style throughout the text but also for a thoroughness and veracity that could not have been otherwise achieved. With huge success, the Historical Society has reached its goal for this work: “the gathering up and preserving the names of the early settlers, with the date of their arrival in the county; facts, incidents and reminiscences connected with its early settlement, together with such relics as may be of interest and value.” The book opens with a general county history, which includes its establishment, geography, government, settlement, and just about every other conceivable aspect of its development and daily life. Transcriptions of historical speeches add to the flavor of the reading. Following this chapter are sections dealing with each of the county’s sixteen townships, which are packed with details like those mentioned above, plus biographical sketches of notable citizens and local anecdotes. A more thorough investigation of Geauga County would be hard to find! A new surname index gives researchers ready access to the nearly 13,000 names found in this work.

The Historical Society of Geauga County

(1880, 1994, 2010), 2013, 5½x8½, paper, index, 2 vols., 872 pp.

ISBN: 9780788401022