The Village of Fredericktown, Ohio
Lucas Sullivant, a surveyor from Virginia, purchased 4000 acres of land from the U.S. Government in the area between the South and East forks of Owl Creek. He offered 50 acres to John Kerr on the condition he settle there and erect a mill on the site Sullivant discovered. Kerr agreed. In the fall of 1807, he constructed a dam, raised a little log building, and started grinding or “cracking” corn.
Kerr was one of a group of Friends (Quakers) from Maryland who settled in this area beginning in 1806. The land that he came to was mostly unbroken wilderness, crossed by two Indian trials. The only settlements in the area were the “Jersey settlement,” located to the west of Owl Creek (Lucerne), which was formed by the very first settlers in the township who were from New Jersey; and small settlements at Clinton and Mount Vernon to the south.
In November 1807 Kerr laid out a town on the bluff by the west bank of the east fork of Owl Creek. William Y. Farquhar, another of the group of Friends, surveyed and platted the town, and gave it the name Fredericktown in honor of his home in Frederick, Maryland. He erected the first cabin in the Village. Kerr also built his cabin in the town and others followed. Kerr had the foresight to purchase an additional 450 acres from Sullivant and the village grew as land-hungry settlers arrived from the east. Knox County, which was established in 1808, was located in the Western Reserve so many settlers had served in the Revolutionary War and received warrants to settle this area.
If by chance you haven’t noticed the missing hands on both sides of the Webb C. Ball Village clock on the Northeast corner of the village square, they have been removed for inspection of repairs to the inside workings. I’m told repairing of the well warn out parts isn’t practical. The estimate for replacement of the internal workings is $5,000. The local Knox County Citizens had an earlier article on the clock’s condition. The … Read More
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2 E. Sandusky St., Ohio 43019
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