Welcome to Hopewell Township
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here goes to a lot of people
Save for Linda all of these people
are descendants of the Shiplett
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This township was organized March 3, 1812. Several annexations and re - annexations brought it to its present size by 1819. It is bounded on the north by Licking township, the east by Falls and Springfield Townships, the south by Newton Township and Perry County and on the west by Licking County.
The land is generally of a rolling nature, which makes it ideal for farming, the principal vocation of the population. Small family farms abound here. Flint Ridge, the underlying layer of stone so highly prized by the Indians, begins its rise in the western portion of the township and extends into Licking Co. Some oil and gas have been discovered here.
The area is watered with several small streams, Kentís Run, Thompsonsís Run, Poverty Run, Timber Run, and Sand Creek, all of which lie within the watershed of the Muskingum River. The Licking River, Known as Licking or Pataskala Creek in early printings, was dammed by the Army Corps of Engineers in the late 1950ís. Hence, a part of the Dillon Reservoir borders the northeastern corner of the township.
pioneer families who settled within the township were Hinton,
Bonifield, Carr, Jennings, Wilson, Henslee, Manley, Hamilton,
Coffman, Willey, Clabagh, Morgan, Colvin, Franklin, Richey, Burley,
Boyle, Winegardner, Smith, Emeny, and Beams.
The first schoolhouse was built in 1814, a log cabin affair in the first quadrant, it was taught by Abraham Frey, although a Dr. Duzenberry, who was also a physician of sorts, first began proper instruction of the children in 1812.
The national Road, that great early highway of migration, ran through the township and spawned the earliest villages, taverns, wagon shops, etc. However, it was preceded as the first public road further south, which ran from the city of Zanesville through the county to the other larger communities. Interstate 70 and US Route 40 parallel one another as the principal roadways today. An extensive system of county and township roads, make the township easily accessible.
Religion played and
important part in the lives of the early settlers and small
congregations of Baptists, Lutherans, and Presbyterians were formed.
They met in individual homes until their membership grew and allowed
them to build churches for their worship. many of the laid aside a
section of the church lands as burying grounds.
J. William Barrett
My ancestors the Shiplett's came here
from Va. and settled in
Hopewell Township at what was called Jacks Hollow 3 to 4 Miles southwest of Mt. Sterling which is some 8 miles southwest of Zanesville in Muskingum County.
The Beginning for My
Charles Franklin born in 1769 MD
traveled to Ohio after 1820 and before 1830
The Franklins seven children were
raised in Ohio after having been born in MD Elizabeth their baby was born in Va.
on the trip to Ohio.
Upon completion of the Franklin
home Charles Franklin's first act was to form a group that met in his and others
homes, later in the year this group built the Methodist Asbury Chapel which to this day is well maintained.
It is said that on the Franklin
farm all of the Shiplett children were born and raised.
The Hughes also had moved into the
area from New York
Notes for WILLIAM PERLEY "CALEB" HUGHES:
His father was drowned in the sinking of a boat in England, or from the boat while coming to America. He left his widow, 2-year-old Caleb, and a daughter. Caleb's mother came to Glen Falls, New York, where she left Caleb with his father's brother, while she and the daughter headed west by stage coach to go to her brothers. They were never heard of again. Mattie Beggs believes Caleb was raised by a William James, where Caleb learned the shoemaker's trade - this being at Glens Falls.
On June 20,1820, Caleb married Amy Allen, who was born on April 7,1800 in New Jersey. The marriage is believed to have been in New Jersey, which state had been the home of her parents. However, it is thought that Amy Allen had been staying in Coshocton, Ohio, where a wealthy brother, Joe, owned a large store. Some think the wedding was in New York State - possibly Glen Falls.
The names of Amy Allen's parents are unknown to me, but it is known that Amy had at least 4 brothers - Joe, Wesley, Search and John, and a sister Phoebe. Search, it is believed, was killed in the war of 1812. Phoebe married a Sam Liggen or Leggeff, and lived in lndianapolis and had a son who was an attorney Wesley came to Ohio with Caleb. He had 3 wives and 22 children. Either John or Wesley had a daughter named Mary, who married a ________ Liek of Morristown, New Jersey, and they had a son, Harry Liek, born around 1877(?) and a daughter Flora or Florence. Joe had a store and the post office at Coshocton, Ohio. Whether John came to the Mt. Sterling area is not known, but Allen reunions are still held around that vicinity, and it is believed that they are the descendants of either Wesley or John.
Young Amy was a descendant of the Sargents, also known as Searches, who came from England and located in Brooklyn. Family legend tells that the ground where the huge skyscrapers of New York City stand is rightfully the property of the Sargent descendants.
There is a story told of Caleb and Amy arrived in Zanesville crossed the famous Y bridge with only twelve cents left in cash, with them were the children born to them at that time Indy Ann, Allen , Joseph and Maria.
Amy's parents, too, came
to the Zanesville area, they lived it is
thought near Finley Chapel Ohio 3 miles north of Mt
Sterling They are both buried in the Williams Cemetery
between Zanesville and Mt. Sterling. Although no markers were put on their
graves, the exact location was pointed out to Mattie Beggs years ago. Whether
they preceded their daughter Amy, and her husband Caleb to Ohio is not known. We
know nothing of their lives.
A log cabin stood down in the hollow near a spring and a creek, and into this building, which was to stand for over 100 years until destroyed by fire, moved Caleb Hughes, Amy, and children.
The farm was about 80% hill.
The approach to the farm buildings from either road was down a very steep grade.
About 10 acres were tillable. A creek wound from NW to SE, running in back of
the barn and house, and into it trickled the cool water of an exceptional spring
that never dried up until the dreadful drought of 1930. The hills contained fine
clay for pottery. A small coal bunk was just east of the property. Here were to
be born the rest of their family: William; Isarah or Isaiah; Amy and Amanda.
Caleb, the shoemaker, set up his shop in one corner of his house, which was to
serve his customers and family for the next 42 years. Many came here for
measurements and fittings. Caleb was a short, rather chunky man. He talked very
little and never uttered a cross or slang or swear word. He and his wife were
members of the
1830 Caleb Hughes an brother in law
Wesley Allen bought land for 333.00
The farm was located south of
Mt Sterling The Andy Smith Farm later known as the Hugh Franz and Ula Fisher
Farm was on the east.
Amy Hughes was a surprised lady
when visited by a good friend Phoebe
It is said Amy Hughes Shiplett was the community nurse attending most of the mothers in that area.
Mattie Beggs Hughes adopted by the Hughes or raised by them after the death of her mother worked for the Felton family doing housework for 75 cents a week. It is written in my book that Mattie later gave the bell for the present Mt. Sterling church which replaced the old church which stood in the rear of the cemetery
The Shiplett children married into
these families from the area.
Nelson Shiplett along with brothers
in laws William and Joe Hughes
The old farm was a great place to
raise children .There was a fine orchard
One of the outstanding events of
the year was the apple butter making bee Several of the neighbors such as the
Varners or Belle Dick would join the Shiplett's. Apples would be prepared and put
into a huge 30 gallon brass or copper kettle over an outdoor fire, it was cooked
slowly and stirred constantly, at about midnight the apple butter would be
packed into stone jars capped with tin lids and sealed with wax. A chicken dinner
would be served at midnight much to the consternation of the children who were
not permitted to stay up for the spread. It was a great occasion.
A marvelous singing school was
conducted in Mt Sterling on several occasions by Dunk Van Allen (an uncle of R.S.
VanAllen), one of the many excellent singing Van Allen's. many of the Shiplett's
The National Pike or highway
between Columbus and Zanesville through Mt Sterling was a wonderfully improved
road but a toll gate was maintained on it with a long pole that impeded your
progress until you paid ten cents .To avoid this outrageous expense the back
dirt road to Zanesville was usually used.
1870's to 1900
James Simpson and his family lived
in Mt Sterling one of his sons Ross had married Emma Shiplett daughter of Nelson
and Amy .In about 1880 James visited his brother who lived south of Belvidere
Illinois Spring Township , as his brother was childless and as James had
plenty of youngsters he left there two of his children
Roland who died in 1886 and
Elizabeth who died 1881
The depression of 1890 was far
reaching and few families escaped its effect Ross and Emma Simpson lost their
home in Illinois and went back to Ohio for six months. The Alfred and Lou Martin
family moved from Columbus in with the Nelson Shiplett family up on the Morrison
A picture of Burrier School ,second of students of Burrier School. School was located on Flint Ridge, on the farm of Jacob Burrier (born 1809) who married Charity Crown. They bought the farm in 1833 from a J. Boyer. Teachers that were hired roomed at the Burrier residence. Several of the Burrier's also taught.
Marriages in Hopewell at Asbury Chapel. Email me I will look thru my papers .
Some assorted Muskingum County
marriage pages I have collected.
Welcome Shiplett son of
Ephraim returned to Mt. Sterling in 1902 and bought the Shelby Atwell half
interest in the old farm. Later his father and mother sold him their half, so he
was sole owner.
In 1917, 85-year-old Nelson Shiplett and 77-year-old Amy held their 60th wedding anniversary in the same house where they had been married, and she had been born. 60 were present, including the couple who had stood up with them.
On April 16, 1921, Nelson died of a stroke and was buried in the Mt. Sterling Cemetery. Amy there after spent time with the different children, but starting about 1924 made her home with State and Nellie Van Allen, where she died on Sept. 10, 1930 after a long period of feebleness. She was buried beside her husband.
James Alfred and Charles
Shiplett had gone over to Perry county to live
And that was life in Hopewell
township in the 1800's to the early 1900's
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