Clark County, Ohio

History and Genealogy



County Officers


From The History of Clark County, Ohio
Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1881 - Page 263


The subjoined lists are not offered as being quite complete, though not far from it. The public records do not always supply the information wanted, as many of them are of such a character as to be of but little use to whoever searches for historical facts. In a few cases the abstracts are missing, and there is no clew to who was elected, unless the fact be stumbled onto by chance.

The assessors of real property are not given, as the list is not near perfect and would be of little interest.

The names of the Infirmary Directors are given under the head of "County Infirmary."

REPRESENTATIVES TO UNITED STATES CONGRESS.

Samson Mason, Samuel Shellabarger, J. Warren Keifer.


STATE SENATORS TO LEGISLATURE.

Alex Waddle, Harvey Vinal, John D. Burnett, Saul S. Henkle, Samson Mason, J. Warren Keifer, Alex Waddle, Thomas J. Pringle


REPRESENTATIVES TO STATE LEGISLATURE

James Paige, John Daugherty, James Foley, John A. Alexander, Charles Anthony, Ira Paige, W.V.H. Cushing, Alex Waddle, Stephen M. Wheeler, Isaac Housman, John M. Gallagher, Samson Mason, Samuel B. Williams, Henry W. Smith, John D. Burnett, Samuel Shellabarger, William Goodfellow, John H. Littler, A. Denny Rogers, John Howell, R. D. Harrison, Henry C. Houston, Perry Stewart, Benjamin Neff, John F. Oglevee, Enoch C. Dial, Nathan M. McConkey.*


COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

1818-20 — John Black, James Foley, Enoch B. Smith. 1820-25 — James Foley, John Black, John Heaton. 1825-26 — John Black, John Heaton, John Layton. 1826-27 — John Layton, John Black, Pierson Spining. 1827-30 — John Black, John Layton, John Whiteley. 1830-31 — John Black, John Whiteley, William Werden. 1831-33 — John Whiteley, William Werden, Elnathan Cory. 1833-34 — John Whiteley, Elnathan Cory, Oliver Armstrong. 1834-36 — John Whiteley, Elnathan Cory, Oliver Armstrong. 1836-38 — Elnathan Cory, William Holloway, John Whiteley. 1838-40 — Elnathan Cory, William Werdon, John Whiteley. 1840-41 — John Whiteley, William Werdon, Melyn Baker. 1841-42 — Melyn Baker, Adam Shuey, John Whiteley. 1842-47 — Melyn Baker, Adam Shuey, Robert Turner. 1847-48 — Robert Turner, Melyn Baker, William Whiteley. 1848-49 — Melyn Baker, John Whiteley, Samuel Black. 1849-51 — William Whiteley, Samuel Black, Adam Baker. 1851-52 — Adam Baker, William Whiteley, Ezra D. Baker. 1852-56 — William Whiteley, Ezra D. Baker, James F. Whiteman. 1856-57 — Ezra Baker, James F. Whiteman, Samuel W. Sterrett. 1857-58 — James F. Whiteman, Samuel W. Sterrett, Daniel O. Heiskell. 1858-61 — Samuel W. Sterrett, Daniel O. Heiskell, D.L. Snyder. 1861-63 — Samuel W. Sterrett, Daniel O. Heiskell, L. B. Sprague. 1863-64 — Samuel W. Sterrett, David Hayward, E.B. Cassily. 1865-66 — David Hayward, E.B. Cassily, Perry Stewart. 1866-67 — E.B. Cassilly, Perry Stewart, David Hayward. 1867-68 — E.B. Cassily, William O. Lamme, Jacob Seitz. 1868-69 — E.B. Cassily, William O. Lamme, William D. Johnson. 1870-72 — E.B. Cassily, William D. Johnson, N.M. McConkey. 1872-72 — William D. Johnson, N.M. McConkey, H.G. Miller. 1874-75 — H.G. Miller, N.M. McConkey, J.H. Blose. 1875-76 — N.M. McConkey, J.H. Blose, George H. Frey. 1876-77 — J.H. Blose, George H. Frey, Edward Merritt. 1877-78 — George H. Frey, Edward Merritt, Mark Spence,* John Scarff. 1878-79 — George H. Frey, Edward Merritt, John Scarff. 1879-80 — George H. Frey, John Scarff, Leon H. Houston. 1880-81 — John Scarff, Leon H. Houston, Jonathan S. Kitchen.


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Date. Auditors. Treasurers. Recorders.
1818 John Daugherty John Ambler David Kizer
1819 John Daugherty John Ambler David Kizer
1820 David Higgins John Ambler David Kizer
1821 William Wilson John Ambler David Kizer
1822 William Wilson John Ambler David Kizer
1823 William Wilson John Ambler David Kizer
1824 William Wilson John Ambler David Kizer
1825 William Wilson John Ambler Saul Henkle
1826 James S. Halsey John Ambler Saul Henkle
1827 James S. Halsey John Ambler Saul Henkle
1828 James S. Halsey Cyrus Armstrong Saul Henkle
1829 James S. Halsey Cyrus Armstrong Saul Henkle
1830 James S. Halsey Cyrus Armstrong Saul Henkle
1831 James S. Halsey Cyrus Armstrong Saul Henkle
1832 James S. Halsey Cyrus Armstrong Saul Henkle
1833 James S. Halsey Cyrus Armstrong Saul Henkle
1834 James S. Halsey Cyrus Armstrong Saul Henkle
1835 James S. Halsey Cyrus Armstrong Isaac Hendershot
1836 James S. Halsey,
S.M. Wheeler
Cyrus Armstrong Isaac Hendershot
1837 Stephen M. Wheeler Cyrus Armstrong Isaac Hendershot
1838 Reuben Miller Cyrus Armstrong Isaac Hendershot
1839 Reuben Miller Cyrus Armstrong Isaac Hendershot
1840 Reuben Miller Cyrus Armstrong Isaac Hendershot
1841 Reuben Miller Cyrus Armstrong Isaac Hendershot
1842 Reuben Miller Cyrus Armstrong Isaac Hendershot
1843 Reuben Miller Cyrus Armstrong Isaac H. Lancy
1844 Reuben Miller Cyrus Armstrong Isaac H. Lancy
1845 Reuben Miller Cyrus Armstrong Isaac H. Lancy
1846 Reuben Miller Cyrus Armstrong
†William Berry
Isaac H. Lancy
1847 Reuben Miller S.B. Williams Saul S. Henkle
1848     Robert Black
1849 Reuben Miller Samuel B. Williams Robert Black
1850 Reuben Miller Samuel B. Williams Robert Black
1851 Reuben Miller Samuel B. Williams Robert Black
1852 Reuben Miller Samuel B. Williams Robert Black
1853 Reuben Miller Samuel B. Williams John H. Thomas
1854 Reuben Miller Samuel B. Williams John H. Thomas
1855 Reuben Miller William C. Frey John H. Thomas
1856 John Newlove William C. Frey Isaac Hendershot
1857 John Newlove William C. Frey Isaac Hendershot
1858 John Newlove William C. Frey Isaac Hendershot
1859 John Newlove Theodore A. Wick Isaac Hendershot
1860 John Newlove Theodore A. Wick Isaac Hendershot
1861 John Newlove Theodore A. Wick Isaac Hendershot
1862 John Newlove Theodore A. Wick H.S. Showers
1863 John Newlove Thomas R. Norton W.S. Miranda*
1864 John Newlove Thomas R. Norton Ashley Bradford
1865 John Newlove Thomas R. Norton Ashley Bradford
1866 John Newlove Thomas R. Norton Ashley Bradford
1867 John Newlove Theodore A. Wick Ashley Bradford
1868 John Newlove Theodore A. Wick Ashley Bradford
1869 John Newlove Theodore A. Wick Ashley Bradford
1870 John Newlove Theodore A. Wick Ashley Bradford
1871 J.F. Oglevee Richard Montjoy Ashley Bradford
1872 J.F. Oglevee Richard Montjoy Ashley Bradford
1873 J.F. Oglevee William S. Field Ashley Bradford
1874 J.F. Oglevee William C. Frey Ashley Bradford
1875 Quincy A. Petts William C. Frey Ashley Bradford
1876 Quincy A. Petts John W. Parsons Ashley Bradford
1877 Quincy A. Petts John W. Parsons Ashley Bradford
1878 Quincy A. Petts John W. Parsons Ashley Bradford
1879 Quincy A. Petts John W. Parsons Ashley Bradford
1880 Quincy A. Petts John W. Parsons Ashley Bradford


Date. Sheriffs. Coroners. Surveyors.
1818 Cyrus Ward John Hunt William Wilson
1819 Thomas Fisher John Hunt William Wilson
1822 Thomas Armstrong John Hunt William Wilson
1824 John A. Alexander John Hunt William Wilson
1826 William Sailor John Hunt William Wilson
1828 William Sailor William Needham William Wilson
1830 William Berry William Needham Reuben Miller
1832 William Berry William Needham Reuben Miller
1834 John Lattimer Harvey Humphreys Reuben Miller
1836 John Lattimer Harvey Humphreys William A. Rogers
1837     Samuel Harvey
1838 William Berry John Hunt John R. Gunn
1840 William Berry   John R. Gunn
1842 Absalom Mattox   Thomas Kizer
1844 Absalom Mattox   Thomas Kizer
1846 Daniel Raffensporger   Thomas Kizer
1848 Henry Hallenback   Thomas Kizer
1850 Henry Hallenback   Thomas Kizer
1852 Joseph McIntyre   Thomas Kizer
1854 Joseph McIntyre Morton Cary Thomas Kizer
1856 John E. Layton   Thomas Kizer
1858 John E. Layton   Thomas Kizer
1860 James Fleming   J.D. Moler
1862 James Fleming   J.D. Moler
1863   Cyrus Albin Thomas Kizer
1864 Cyrus Albin Isaac Kay Thomas Kizer
1865   James Fleming Thomas Kizer
1866 Cyrus Albin Reuben Miller William Brown
1868 E.G. Coffin W.B. Huffman William Brown
1870 E.G. Coffin Oscar F. Bancroft J.D. Moler
1872 Cornelius Baker Biddle Boggs Thomas Kizer
1874 Cornelius Baker E.G. Coffin Thomas Kizer
1876 E.G. Coffin James Kinney Thomas Kizer
1878 E.G. Coffin J.L. Coleman Chandler Robbins
1880 James Foley J.L. Coleman Frank P. Stone


CLERKS OF COURT

John Layton, Thomas Armstrong, Saul S. Henkle, James S. Halsey, Harvey Vinal, Absalom Mattox, Edward P. Torbert.


PROSECUTING ATTORNEYS

Zepheniah Platt, George W. Jewett, Samson Mason, Charles Anthony, James L. Torbert, Charles Anthony, William White, John S. Hauke, James S. Goode, John C. Miller, Dixon A. Harrison, Thomas J. Pringle, Walter L. Weaver, George C. Rawlins, Walter L. Weaver.


PROBATE JUDGES

James S. Halsey, James L. Torbert, John H. Littler, Enoch G. Dial, John C. Miller


COUNTY INFIRMARY

During the first sixteen or eighteen years of the history of this county, the poor were "farmed out," as it was called, i.e., let to the lowest bidders, who provided food, clothing, and all that was necessary for the ordinary wants of those unfortunates. During the session of the Board of Commissioners, held on the 4th day of December, 1833, a resolution was passed to purchase a lot for the erection of a suitable poor house. In the following month (January 18, 1834), the records show that Joseph Perrin transferred a tract of 48.54 acres to Clark County; on this ground the present infirmary stands. In 1839, Richard Rogers deeded another tract, adjoining the first on the north, to the county. On the 18th day of April, 1835, the commissioners contracted with Hugh Degear and John Thompson to erect a suitable building for the sum of $2,500. In December, 1835, the Commissioners appointed Joseph Perrin, Charles Cavileer and Cyrus Armstrong as Infirmary Directors. On January 7, 1836, the first Board of Directors met and organized, and on February 8, same year, they appointed Dennis Jones Superintendent, and inserted a notice in the Pioneer that the poor house would be open for the reception of inmates on the 1st day of the June following (June 1, 1836). A little before this, however, (May 30), John Ross, of Bethel, was admitted, he being the first one in the present house.

Francis Elliott was appointed Superintendent March 1, 1842, to succeed Dennis Jones.

The record is quite imperfect, as the next entry is dated December 14, 1842, at which time the Directors were J.W. Kills, Joseph Osborne and Levi Lathrop, with Dr. Keifer as physician. February 14, 1853, Directors were Kills, Osborne and Peleg Coates; Dr. A. Bruce appointed to fill vacancy caused by Dr. Keifer's removal from the county. December 13, 1853, Dr. —. Foster appointed physician. December 18, 1855, Directors — Kills, Osborne and Coates; Drs. Foster and Kay, physicians. December 9, 1856, Directors — same; Dr. Foster, physician. April 10, 1857, Dr. Isaac Kay appointed to fill vacancy. January 13, 1858, Directors — same; Dr. Reeves, physician. December 5, 1860, Directors — same; Dr. Reeves, physician. December 9, 1861, Directors — Kills, Osborne and William Eby; Dr. Reeves, physician. February 21, 1862, there is another break in the record, as the entry informs us that Christopher Laybourn was re-appointed superintendet, but omits to say when Francis Elliott ceased to fill the office. December 8, 1862, Directors — same; Dr. Kay, physician. February 23, 1863, Directors — same, W.H. Ford, Superintendent. December 14, 1863, Dr. Kay, physician. January 7, 1864, Directors — William Eby, Joseph Osborn and Alex Ramsey; Superintendent Ford re-appointed. December 12, 1864, Dr. Kay re-appointed. January 5, 1865, Directors — same; Superintendent — same; Doctor — same. Janury 10, 1866, Directors — same; Superintendent — same; Doctor, John Rogers. July 2, 1866, Directors — Osborne, Eby and J.R. Miller. October 15, 1866, Directors — Osborne, Eby and J.D. Stewart. January 7, 1867, Directors — same; Superintendent — same; Dr. Kay, physician. 1868, Directors — same; Superintendent — same; Dr. Whitehead, physician. 1869, Directors — same; Superintendent — same; physician — same. 1870, Directors — same; Superintendent — same; Dr. Jesse O. Davy, physician. 1871, Directors — same; Superintendent — same; Dr. Whitehead, physician. 1872, Directors — same; Superintendent — same; physician — same. 1873, Directors — same; Superintendent — same; Dr. John Rogers, physician. 1874, Directors — Osborne, Stewart and John T. May; Superintendent — Ford; Dr. H.H. Seys, physician. 1875, Directors — same; Superintendent — same; physician — Dr. W.E. Potter. 1875, Directors — same; Superintendent — Isaac Curl; physicain — Dr. W.E. Potter; during this year, E.B. Cassily was appointed Director, to fill vacancy caused by the death of Joseph Osborne. 1877, Directors, Samuel Rhodes, John T. May, J.D. Stewart; Superintendent — Isaac Curl; physician — Dr. W.E. Potter. 1878, Directors — Rhodes, Stewart and John E. Layton;*Superintendent — Isaac Curl, superseded by James Fleming; physician — W.E. Potter. 1879, Directors — Rhodes, Layton and Isaac Kindle; Superintendent — Fleming; physician — W.E. Potter. 1880, Directors — same; Superintendent — same; physician — Dr. W.E. Potter. 1881, Directors — same; Superintendent — same; physician — Dr. Ormsby, to date (February 15, 1880).

The institution is under the careful management of the above directory in a manner at once pleasing and satisfactory to all concerned. The grounds are pleasantly situated, about one mile north of the court house.


THE CHILDREN'S HOME

The origin of these noble public institutions can be traced to the active labors of a class of philanthropic people in different parts of the State. The subject was discussed upon the platform and through the press as long ago as the year 1856. In every large town or city in the State were more or less of a certain class of homeless children, who were dependent upon public charity for all that goes to make good citizens of the youth of the land. The war of the rebellion added great numbers of unprotected and helpless children to the already long list. This prepared the popular mind for decisive action, which was made practically manifest by an act of the Legislature, on the 20th of March, 1866.

By this law, the Commissioners of any county in the State were empowered to take all necessary steps in the direction of providing a suitable home other than that of the County Infirmary for such of the homeless children as chanced to be within the jurisdiction of said Board of Commissioners. This could be done in one or more ways — either by contributing to any private institution already established, or by purchasing the same, or by organizing and erecting an entirely new establishment.

About the year 1875, the subject of building a home in the county began to be agitated. After due consideration of all minor questions petaining to the matter, the Board of Commissioners selected the present site, and on the 10th of May, 1877, they contracted with various parties for the erection of suitable buildings, and on the 4th day of March, 1878, Frederick Halford, Clifton M. Nichols and E.B. Cassily were duly appointed Trustees of the Children's Home. On the 14th day of March, same year, William Sloan was as appointed Superintendent, and his wife, Mrs. Mary Sloan, as Matron of the same.

On the 1st of April, 1880, Nathan M. McConkey and wife were appointed to succeed Mr. and Mrs. Sloan, and in their hands the institution is at present.

The home is located directly north of the infirmary, and about three-fourths of a mile distant therefrom. It is on the tract or lot of land purchased from Richard Rodgers in 1839, and formerly used as a wood lot for the infirmary. The site is well chosen, being far enough from the city to be sufficiently secluded, yet near enough for easy access by those who have occasion to visit the establishment.


* Reuben Wallace, of Bethel Township, was a member when the county was erected. Joseph Keifer is said to have been a representative also, though the date does not appear.

* Died in office.

† Berry appointed to fill vacancy caused by death of Armstrong.

* A. Bean for a few months in 1863

* Died in office