Streetsboro is situated twenty-six miles from Cleveland. The
C.C. & S. Railroad runs through the western part of the township
and the C. & P. crosses its southwestern corner.
Streetsboro was the last township in the county to be
settled, owing to the high price which the owner, Mr. Titus
STREETS, put upon the land. Settlement
began in 1822 and '23. Settlers came in rapidly, some even
having their cabins just a trifle across the way before that
In great contrast to the long ago is our town of the present
time. In place of the rude cabin, with its door hung upon wooden
hinges, creaking as it turned, we have fine homes and well-kept
farms. In lieu of the ox-cart we have our carriages, and
luxuries adorn our homes.
The first school taught in the township was kept by Clarinda
CASE in the northwest corner of the
township. Her father worked on the Cleveland and Wellsville
turnpike. She boarded the hands and taught school, consisting of
The first school taught at the center of the township was
kept by Almara TAYLOR, of Aurora, who
afterward became the wife of Cadwalleder
The writer has not been able to learn much of her except that
she was an excellent woman. Although better off than most of her
neighbors, it was her delight to visit the less fortunate,
especially if in distress; to carry to them of her bountiful
store, and in many ways showing her good works. Mrs. CRAWFORD
was born in Aurora and settled here about 1828.
The families of LANEs and STUARTs came among the early
settlers, the STUARTs coming in the year 1828. Mrs.
STUART's maiden name was Mary
VIETS. Her parents came from Becket, Mass.,
and settled in Aurora, where she was married and lived until her
oldest son William, now Lawyer STUART, of
Ravenna, was born. When he was yet a babe they came to this
place, she on horseback carrying her child; and all the road
through what is now a beautiful country, with well kept farms,
was then only marked by blazed trees. Mrs. STUART died many
years ago. She was quiet, retiring, and a home-keeper; she died
The Presbyterian church of this place was first partly
organized at the home of David LANE,
January 13, 1833. The following day being the Sabbath, Rev.
Beriah GREEN preached, and arrangements
were made by which a society could be kept together. They were
strict in those days, for in looking over the church records, we
find that no one could mail or take mail from the post office on
Sabbath days. Persons could be excluded from the church
communion if they sang louder than the elders thought best.
Matters were brought before the church of many descriptions,
and the spiritual welfare of all was most jealously guarded.
Cinderella BALDWIN came with her
parents from Connecticut in 1816, and to the town of Atwater,
where they made their home.
The journey from Conn. Was made in a wagon and took four
weeks. When near the line of Ohio, a son, aged ten years, who
had been sick on the way grew worse, and they were obliged to
stop and care for him. Before many days he died; they laid him
to rest under a pile of logs, and with sad hearts took up the
In after years their home, in company with a brother's across
the way, became a station on the underground railroad, where
many a poor slave was helped on his way to freedom. When
Cinderella was ten years old she spun a skein of eight hundred
threads; the thread was so fine that she drew the entire skein
through her thimble. A part of the linen was woven into
curtains, and is still in the possession of the spinner.
In 1832 she became the wife of Enos PAGE
and came to his home in Streetsboro. Her early training had well
fitted her to become the wife of a pioneer.
The first year of their married life they had no chimney, the
smoke going out of a hole in the roof, and the fire built on the
ground a step below the floor. They afterwards built one of
sticks and mud. Five children were born to them the youngest, a
son, is now living on the place where we believe his parents
first settled. Together they toiled early and late, plenty
finally smiling upon them.
They were among those who founded the Baptist church, and
were always to be found doing the will of the Lord. They lived
together 50 years, Mr. PAGE dying in 1885. Mrs. PAGE is still
living at the age of 85. It is to her daughter, Mrs. Mary
MELLEN, of Ravenna, with whom she resides,
that we are indebted for this history of Mrs. PAGE.
Julia Dunn LITTLE (Mrs. O.E.
HANNUM) settled in Streetsboro in 1835,
coming from Middlefield, Conn. She was a woman of sweet
disposition and rare intelligence, the mother of eight children,
to whom the best of all was given, namely, a good education. Two
daughters were teachers in our common schools for years, much
beloved by their pupils.
The last few years of Mrs. HANNUM's
life was spent in Denver, Col., where she died, February 9,
Polly RUSSELL was born in Chester,
Mass., March, 1806, and came with her parents to Ohio in 1811,
settling in Aurora. March, 1826, she married Luther RUSSELL, and
with him commenced pioneer life in Streetsboro.
Within the shadow of the old forest they built their log
cabin. While the husband felled the sturdy denizens of the wood
and prepared the primitive soil for cultivation, she was not
idle. Together they endured all the trials and privations that
fall to those living in a new country. Five children were born
to them. Mr. RUSSELL died in 1878. Mrs. RUSSELL, or Aunt Polly,
as she was better known in the community, was a good woman, of a
gentle and retiring disposition, seldom in the later years of
her life going beyond the confines of her own home.
Her life was full of good deeds; several orphan children
looked upon her as mother. She died in the month of September,
1896, at the ripe age of 90, widely known as one of the oldest
pioneers of Portage County.
Of the five children born to Mrs. RUSSELL, one, Miss Libbie,
born 1834, is still living and with willing hand has taken up
the work that her mother laid down. An aunt, an invalid for
years, is being cared for in her own home. Her good deeds, like
her mother's, are legion; very unostentatious, her left hand
known not what her right hand has done.
A promising young editor in a flourishing Indiana city, owes
his start in life to her timely help and sympathy. Always kind
and sympathetic, she is much beloved. She has been in poor
health for a number of years; before that her noiseless footstep
in many homes where the death angel had laid his pitiless hand,
has been like a blessing from heaven. She has covered up for the
last time the faces of so many of our dead, that we owe her this
"For God who knows each separate soul, Out of our commonplace
lives makes his beautiful whole."
Anna NORTH, of Middletown, Middlesex
County, Conn. Became the consort of Daniel
JOHNSON, 1806, and with him came to Ohio. They first settled
in Hudson, afterward among the earliest settlers of the
northwest portion of this township. She was the mother of seven
daughters and two sons. Her husband was a soldier in the war of
Her granddaughter relates of her, that during his absence
Mrs. JOHNSON used to lay the pitchfork at the head of the bed in
case the Indians came in the night to disturb her and her little
flock. Such an act shows the courage and strength of a woman,
left alone in the wilds of a new country, with Indians and
fierce animals to guard against.
In the course of time Mr. JOHNSON returned from the wars and
lived for many years afterward. At his death she received a land
grant from the government for 160 acres of land, which she sold
for two hundred dollars.
Mr. JOHNSON received fifty dollars for building the first
frame house in the township. The reward was given by Titus
STREETS, the owner of the town. They were
both energetic, ambitious people, good citizens. Before his
death Mr. JOHNSON laid out a burial place, which he wished to be
kept for his family and their descendants. At the death of the
wife, Harriet (Mrs. John TROTTER) the
second daughter, inherited her mother's portion, which at her
decease, she willed to her daughter, Mrs.
HAYES. Mr. JOHNSON's wishes have been
respected all these years and the little city of the dead still
remains and is well cared for.
Mrs. JOHNSON died in 1834; her daughters were Jerusha (Mrs.
Orrin GILLMORE), Harriet (Mrs. John
TROTTER), Lucetta (Mrs. Francis BROOM),
Hepsebeth (Mrs. Cyril PARKER), Fanny (Mrs.
Albert PLUM), and Chloe, who died at 18
years of age.
Susanna MARTIN was united in marriage
to G.B. McGREW, Enon Valley, Pa., 1838. Their bridal trip was a
journey to Streetsboro, to the home he had made for her some
time before. It was a comfortable log house, located
Pennsylvania fashion, beside a nice spring of water, about a
quarter of a mile from the woods, mostly maple trees.
She commenced housekeeping in the primitive style of those
days; all the cooking was done over the open fireplace. The
kettles were suspended on hooks that were hung on a crane over
the fire; the baking was mostly done in an out-door brick oven.
Sometimes a small baking of bread would be done in a bake
kettle; coals would be raked upon the hearth and the kettle set
on and covered up with an iron lid, then covered with coals.
Later on she purchased a tin oven, which was set in front of the
fire-place, and thought to be a great improvement over the bake
kettle. Ten children were born to her, two dying in infancy. She
early united with the Presbyterian Church, and went to church on
horseback, often carrying two little boys behind her, and a babe
in her arms.
As the family increased, they rode in a lumber wagon, drawn
by oxen. The children were early taught to attend church under
all and every circumstance. The pastor could always find a
welcome and a home within her doors. The writer can testify that
others could, also.
Her warm motherly heart was large enough to take in the whole
world. Her death occurred February, 1884.
"And if we believe that Christ died and rose again, even so
those that sleep in Jesus will God bring with him."
Lois Julia MATHEWS, who first saw the
light of this world in Westfield, Mass., came to Ohio in the
year 1834, and settled in Streetsboro four years later. She was
the wife of Orman THOMAS and has been a
resident of the town 58 years; her husband has been dead several
years, but lived until after the celebration of their golden
wedding, which took place in 1888. Mrs. THOMAS is passionately
fond of flowers. Before failing health prevented, her garden was
a thing of beauty, the whole summer long, neither has she kept
it all for herself, having scattered her seeds and flowers with
a liberal hand. Now, at over eighty years of age, she is bright
and ambitious. Except failing eyesight she is in full possession
of all her faculties.
Elizabeth STUART was born in Stow,
Summitt County, O., in 1807, and came to Streetsboro in 1827,
the young wife of Robert LAPPIN. They
settled in the west part of the township. When they first began
their home life they had no door, except a blanket for the day
and a few rude boards placed in position at night. She was the
mother of four boys and three girls.
When the oldest child was about ten years old, and the
youngest a babe, her husband died, leaving her to rear her
family. She had to battle along alone as best she could.
She took good care of her own. Her oldest child married and
died, leaving a baby girl, Sara PECK (now
Mrs. M.G. GARRISON), to her mother's care.
The grandmother became a mother to the wee toddler. How well she
performed her trust none knows better than the child herself,
who is now the loved and honored wife of our county treasurer,
I might enumerate yet further many virtues, but space
forbids. She is now, at the age of 89, the beloved and honored
one in the family circle, a sweet old lady, well and happy, and
can look unblushingly back over the record of a well spent life,
full of home ties and endearments, which to a womanly woman is
the best gift that God can give.
Esther BLACKMAN, born in Chester, N.Y.,
was the daughter of Samuel and Esther BLACKMAN, who came to
Aurora about the year 1808, the journey being taken in an ox
cart. She was the eldest of a family of four children and was
married to Elisha STAUNTON in 1826.
The young couple located at first in Shalersville, where the
husband opened a store; they resided there until the winter of
1835, when they removed to Streetsboro, and spent the remainder
of their lives. They lived together fifty-nine years. Two
children were born to them, both residents of our town. Mr.
STAUNTON was Justice of the Peace, and a Godly man. He died in
1885. Mrs. STAUNTON was a woman of rare goodness and piety,
always cheerful and benign. Her face reminded the writer of a
smooth, placid river. No matter what the undercurrents were the
face never showed anything but the "peace that passeth
understanding." Her daughter, Mrs. O.D.
PATTERSON, when speaking to us of her, said that she never
would allow anyone in her presence to speak unkindly of another
"you must be charitable!" was her invariable rebuke to the
gossip or talebearer. Like Shakespeare, she though, "He who
steals my purse, steals trash, but he who filches from me my
good name, takes that which ne'er enriches him and makes me poor
indeed." No one could see and know such a woman without being
helped and strengthened in the duties of life. She died in 188_.
Miss Clarina BRONSON, born in
Winchester, Conn., 1813, at 20 years of age was married to
Charles BENTLY. They started immediately
for their new home in Streetsboro. Ohio was termed the far west,
and it took weeks to travel the distance which is only now a
trip of eighteen hours. Those were the days when a letter was a
treasure value, for the postage was twenty-five cents, and the
person who received the letter paid the postage.
Mr. BENTLY died in 1848, leaving his wife and three children
on the farm where they had began. Mrs. BENTLY was a woman of
great strength of character, and wonderful tenderness. The heavy
burdens that were laid upon her at the death of her husband, she
took up and bore bravely. As her historian says of her, now
after her death: "She came of a typical New England family, of
plain living and 'high thinking.' There was always time in her
life to do good, she was a devout church woman, and the good of
church and home was always uppermost in her heart."
It was a happy day for the mother when her only daughter,
Miss Luette BENTLY, graduated with honor at the Lake Erie
Seminary, in Painesville, Ohio. The daughter afterwards became a
teacher in the school, and is now devoting her life to the noble
work, in the same place where she received her training.
The last years of the mother's life were spent in Painesville
with her daughter, and at her decease, the home which her soul
had lived in was brought back to Streetsboro for burial, which
occurred in December, 1887.
Miss Electa BRONSON came to Ohio to be with her sister, Mrs.
BENTLY, 1841. The joy of her life was to teach the children, and
nearly every winter and summer for almost thirty years, she
taught in the schools of Hudson and Streetsboro, and men and
women of middle life can bear witness to the wonderful
enthusiasm of Miss BRONSON as a teacher, as also that many were
the lessons learned from her not to be found in books. Her
interest in her pupils did not cease when the terms ended, but
through all the years of her life she was a tender, helpful
She, together with her sister, Mrs. BENTLY, were the "leading
spirits" in fitting up a large unused room over a store for a
select school, sometime in the early sixties. Here Miss BRONSON,
or "Aunt Lecta," (as most of us called her), taught, as well as
others. The building unfortunately in a few years took fire and
was burned to the ground. The last years of her life were spent
in her native state.
Sarah Ann WRIGHT, of Hudson, was
married to Losa CASE, May, 1837. The first
time Mr. CASE met her, she wore a plain shawl, a calico dress of
her own make, a sunbonnet of the same kind with paper board for
stiffening; rather a plain costume for a young lady - at least
the young woman of the present generation of laces and furbelows
would think it to be.
The April before they were married she rode on horseback
behind her betrothed husband to Streetsboro, to see the tamarac
log cabin which he had built and which afterwards became her
There they began housekeeping. Her marriage dowry was two
feather beds (the feather being picked from the geese by the
young bride prior to her wedding), an iron teakettle, a small
iron pot, and a basket of dishes, which her father brought to
her. The father of Mr. CASE gave him five dollars to make the
first payment on their humble home. With such gifts and helps
which were generous offerings in those days, they began life. In
her husband's own words to the writer: "I would say as did
Solomon, she proved to be a great blessing, a prudent wife from
They were church people, used to come to church in an ox
cart, and often in a stone boat; none except those who have
ridden in that fashion know how to appreciate it. No doubt they,
with their health and strength, took as much solid comfort in
that way, as they enjoyed when in years afterward, they rode in
their carriage behind a prancing team of horses.
With her husband she showed an interest in the underground
railroad, which in those times ran from one cabin to another. It
often was a hard matter for a fugitive to get through, their
conductors many times risking life and property in their
endeavors to succor the escaping slave.
One Friday night, about 1850, seven colored people were
brought under cover of the night to their home; word had been
received a few hours before of their coming, and notice that
extra precaution must be taken, as fears were entertained that
they were being shadowed. The poor blacks were concealed in the
barn, so badly frightened they hardly dared to stir. On Sunday
afternoon the young daughter, now Mrs. Ella
SCOTT, of Hudson, prevailed upon them to go to the home for
their dinner, after which they sang a few of their negro songs.
About nine o'clock in the evening, Mr. CASE took them into his
buggy and carried them to the next station in Northfield, that
conductor carrying them to Cleveland, putting them onto the boat
which conveyed them to Canada. Mrs. Case died 188_.
The families of the DOOLITTLEs and FOOTEs arrived together
from New Milford, Conn., Christmas, 1825. They settled in the
eastern part of the township, living together in a double log
house, until Mr. FOOTE could prepare a
place for his family.
Laura PALMER-FOOTE was a stirring,
ambitious woman, the mother of twelve children, nine of whom
lived to reach maturity. She did nobly the work a pioneer woman
was called upon to do spinning and weaving the cloth for the
family, as well as flax for beds and napery.
Well do we remember the wide old-fashioned kitchen, with the
fire-place and brick oven at its side, which on baking days held
such dauntless stores of goodies. The pies and custards, which
came out from grandma's oven have never been surpassed.
Mrs. Alamanda DOOLITTLE, the
daughter-in-law of Benjamin DOOLITTLE, is living near the place
where the first house was built. A rose tree is planted near
where the old chimney stood; in fact the chimney stone is still
in its place where it has rested since 1825. If the old
landmarks had tongues what tales would be told of hopes and
fears, of griefs and graves.
The present Mrs. DOOLITTLE is a widow. There are several
families in town who are her descendants. She is in her 78th
year, has always enjoyed unusual health and vigor, until a few
months ago, when she had the misfortune to fall down the cellar
stairs and a broken hip and dislocated wrist was the
Mrs. DOOLITTLE has a great deal of the hardy pioneer spirit,
strong in her likes and dislikes, much attached to her family.
She has in her possession a towel over one hundred years old,
spun by her maternal grandmother, Lucy GREEN,
of Bethel, Vermont.
Martha ROGERS was born in Champlain,
N.Y., in 1797, married Tyler WING in 1814,
moved to Ohio in 1832. Whether Streetsboro was the first place
of residence our informant does not tell us, but it undoubtedly
was, as within the early memory of an old resident, she lived
upon the place now occupied by Mr. BIERCE.
She was a woman who had been in very poor health, but received
much benefit from the change of climate, and was soon able to do
all the work for her family of five boys and two girls.
In the spring of '52 she moved to Auburn, O., where she died
Previous to 1822 no white person had ever made a home in
Streetsboro. Occasionally travelers, campers, maybe surveyors,
had penetrated its then unbroken forests, but not until that
year had the ax been laid at the root for a clearing for the
white man's cabin.
To such a primitive home, prepared by Stephen
MYERS, did he bring his wife Rebecca and
their infant daughter Lucinda. In September of 1822, Stephen had
put up a log house, now the property of E.C.
CRISPELL; the family moving in before its completion. There
were no windows; a quilt served as a door by day, the opening
being boarded up at night to ensure the safety of the inmates
against the attacks of wild animals, and fires were built
out-of-doors to keep creatures at a distance.
Even these precautions failed to keep them away at all times,
for emboldened by hunger, or by the contemplation of a feast,
while the family were in the house, a bear came in broad
daylight and killed a hog. A gun was set, which, fortunately for
the winter's larder, was successful in killing the bear.
Neighbors were no nearer than a mile, and that not until
1823, when Samuel WALKER and wife moved in
What wonder that Mrs. MYERS was very much afraid to be left
alone, when addition to the wild beasts, it was no unfamiliar
sight to see ten or a dozen Indians filing by on their way to
the river to hunt and fish.
This pioneer mother, Rebecca WALKER MYERS
was born in Georgetown, Va., and died in Hudson, 1879, aged
eighty-three. Of her five daughters all are living, above the
age of sixty, only one of whom resides in Streetsboro;
Elizabeth, Mrs. D.F. McGREW, from whom and her sister Lucinda,
Mrs. Benjamin DeHAVEN of Northfield, O. we have received this
The third settler, Isaac STREATOR, in
1824, built a log house upon the farm now owned by Miss Emma D.
PATTERSON, and in March of that year,
Susan STREATOR, Isaac's daughter, then a girl of sixteen, came
to keep house for her father and brother, Alpheus, while they
cleared four acres of ground, planting it to corn.
That accomplished, they returned to their home in Aurora,
leaving the young girl to her spinning and the care of the crop,
which needed constant watchfulness to preserve it from the
depredations of the wild hogs, then a numerous, savage horde.
Wolves, too came to the very doors snarling and snapping their
One day, while alone, Susan took a walk of about half a mile
into the woods east of the house, coming to a fallen tree, lying
well up from the ground; she placed her hands upon it, gave a
spring, alighting on her feet upon the log, and was astonished
to see confronting her a man upon horseback, who looked up
smilingly into her face and said "Little girl, I guess you are
lost," to which she replied, "No, I am not," when he informed
that anyway he was, and did not know which way to go. She gave
him the direction desired, he thanked her and rode away, to her
Afterward, telling her father of the meeting with the
stranger, he told her the man was Jim BROWN
the counterfeiter who had been living in the woods all summer.
In the fall of that same year, he was arrested, tried and sent
to the State's prison.
Susan was born in 1807 in Becket, Mass. and came to Ohio when
nine years old, walking nearly half the way. She was present at
the first wedding in Streetsboro, in February, 1826, herself the
bride, and Alonzo ROOT of Shalersville the
groom. They settled upon the farm, now owned by Henry
SAWYER, changing in 1835, to the farm now
the property of their son Wallace, and where the husband died in
In 1846 she was married again to Lewis GREEN, and about 1864
changed her residence to Hartford, Wis., where she buried her
second husband. In 1888 she went to Crete, Neb., where she is
spending a quiet old age at the home of her daughter Mrs.
Augusta WING, and it is from her pen at the age of eighty-nine
that we receive this valuable information regarding her own
history, and much that will be given elsewhere in the narration
of other characters.
Clarina PLUMB was born in Middleton,
Conn., in 1786, married Isaac H. STREATOR, came to Ohio in 1816
accomplishing the journey in six weeks, with an ox team, moved
to Streetsboro in 1824. Of her daughters other than Susan,
mentioned elsewhere, Charity married Obadiah ROOT, and died in
Louisville, Ky.; Paulina married Calvin GREEN,
and while yet a young woman, died in Streetsboro.
Orilla married Alpheus STREATOR and is still living, a
lovable Christian woman in Braceville, O., and Artemicia, the
wife of Edward KENT, a son of Zenas KENT,
lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Clarina STREATOR is remembered as of gentle disposition, kind
to all about her. The closing years of her life were spent at
the home of Dr. W.S. STREATOR of Euclid avenue, Cleveland, not
in idleness but having ever in remembrance the words of Christ
"Ye have the poor always with you," she filled her days with
good works and deeds.
It is to her son, W.S. STREATOR, and a grandson, Harold A.
STREATOR that we are indebted for much of the data relating to
the STREATOR and PLUMB genealogy. The sole representatives of
the STREATOR family now living in Streetsboro are Wallace ROOT
and family, Wallace being a son and Susan and Alonzo ROOT.
Hannah ALDERMAN STREATOR came to
Mentor, O. in 1816. In 1830, after the death of her husband,
Isaac Heminway STREATOR, she came to Streetsboro to find a home
with her only son, Isaac H., where she remained until her death
in 1847, aged eighty-nine. She was a strong, able-bodied woman,
who, when seventy years old went to Connecticut on horseback to
visit her mother, then a woman of ninety, whom she found in
perfect health, engaged in spinning flax, able to work all day
or walk two or three miles.
Abigail WINTERS, wife of Benjamin ROOT,
arrived in Streetsboro in the early thirties. But little is
remembered of her other than her exceptionally fine
housekeeping. She died near Louisville, Ky. Of her many children
and grandchildren who once lived in Streetsboro, but one
remains, Wallace ROOT, a grandson, all others having found homes
elsewhere or passed on to the great beyond. One of her
daughters, Clarissa, born in Canada, December, 1816, was married
in Streetsboro to Rev. Philander GREEN, November, 1835; went to
Norton, O., returning to Streetsboro for the years '36 to '38.
She died in 1839, leaving two little boys, Frank, now Rev. F.M.
GREEN of Stowe, O., and Wallace, for many years a resident of
The aged husband, who resides with his son, F.M. GREEN, gives
us the dates and writes further concerning the young wife of
long ago, "She was a good girl, and fair to look upon, a good
Christian a good wife and mother, and no one knows how much I
want to see her."
One of Abigail ROOT's sons, Decalvus,
married Martha HARMON, of Mantua, the
"Martha Carmen" in "The Portrait" by A.G.
RIDDLE, who the author thus describes, "Little demure Martha
was twenty, a shapely, sweet girl, with black piquant eyes, and
full of womanly ways. She had been very thoroughly educated, and
her hands and presence had shed an air of grace and refinement
over and through the farm house, which such a young woman can
only glamour a home with."
Five or six years of Martha's married life were spent in
Streetsboro, on the farm now occupied by William
HILL, Jr., and where, at least, two of her
daughters were born, Mary, Mrs. William PIERCE
of Mantua, and Abigail, who married s southern gentleman by the
name of MARKS.
Eliza WOODHOUSE, a descendant of Lord
Dudley, or England, was born in Westerfield, Conn., 1801, where
she was married 1826 to Josiah COMBS. In
1837, with her husband and four little girls, she came to
Streetsboro, arriving in a midnight snow storm.
The family settled upon the farm now owned by a daughter,
Frances COMBS, and where the mother died, May, 1873. Mrs. COMBS
was a fine looking, intelligent lady, particularly fond of
reading; social in her nature, and given to hospitality; an
excellent cook, and expert needle-woman. Her daughters have in
their possession many articles of her handiwork, among them,
their father's wedding coat, fine embroideries, and dainty
articles of feminine adorning.
Owing to a disease of the eyes, the last eight years of her
life were spent in darkness, but bearing all with patience and
resignation, she still labored with her hands, knitting, doing
plain sewing and other simple work. She was the mother of eight
children, three of whom reside in Streetsboro - Elizabeth, Mrs.
Charles PACKER; Lucy, Mrs. Wallace
ROOT, and Frances M. COMBS; two in
Michigan - Kate, Mrs. Henry STONE of
Rutland, and Ellen, Mrs. Nathaniel RUSSELL
of Pioneer. Two daughters died in Streetsboro, Sarah, and Addie,
Wife of Hart L. RISLEY.
Ardelia SUTLIFF, wife of William McGREW
came from Springfield, O. sometime in the early thirties, and by
the death of her husband in 1838, was left with the care of six
children, all under ten years of age. She was again married to
James HIGGINS, by whom she had four
children. About the time of 1855 or '56 she moved to Stowe, O.,
where she died.
Mercy SEYMOUR, of Castile, N.Y., came
here with her husband Samuel OLIN in 1839.
Mr. OLIN was a widower with seven children when she became his
The journey from York was accomplished with horses, their
goods being loaded in three wagons. After locating here Mr. OLIN
built a large brick home, which for many years was known as
"Olin's Inn." It is now the home of O.S.
DOOLITTE, a grandson of Mr. OLIN, and called Olin's Corners.
No doubt it was as much due to the faithful and efficient
management of the wife, as to the jolly good nature of the
husband, that they flourished and prospered. She was as kind and
good to her husband's children as to her own; indeed, everyone
who knew her can testify to her largeness of heart, especially
to the unfortunate and suffering.
She was the mother of seven children, one dying in infancy.
They carried on the hotel work for eleven years until the
Cleveland & Pittsburg R.R. destroyed the business. The last few
years of her life were passed in a beautiful home which her
husband built, not far from the first one. Now together they lie
in the beautiful Evergreen cemetery, which together they donated
to the town. She died April 23, 1880.
All honor and praise to the pioneer women of our town, and
every other. Well we know the foundation upon which the fair
structure has been builded, was helped in the laying by the
brave women, who so nobly shared the early trials of pioneer
life. For what is there that a woman will not do for those to
whom she has given "the crown jewel of her being," her heart's
devotion and love! It is the same the world over, whether high
of low, rich or poor, bond or free, the sacrifices of woman for
loved ones are always free and willing.
Mrs. Ella COWLEY
Streetsboro Committee - Mrs. E.C. ROOT, Miss Lucy SPERRY