The History of Union County, Ohio
The history of Union County, which has been for a year past in course of JL preparation, is herewith presented to the patrons of the work, in a form which is confidently believed will prove satisfactory to all. The magnitude of the task of writing such a history can only be conceived by those who are experienced, and the thousand other details attendant upon the preparation and publication of the work are familiar to and can be appreciated only by those who have engaged in similar business. The result of twelve months of hard labor is a history of which the compilers and publishers are proud, and which, if possessing imperfections, is as nearly accurate as it has been possible to make it in the time taken, and may be considered authentic and reliable. The writers have been conscientious in the execution of their duty, and those persons engaged in the various other branches have also attended faithfully and well to the tasks assigned them. The first eleven chapters of the general his- tory, as also chapter thirteen, were prepared by Pliny A. Durant, who also wrote the history of Marysville. Chapter twelve is contributed by Judge John B. Coats. Part IV. Military Record, was contributed by Col. Will L. Curry, to whom are due the earnest thanks of writers and publishers for the interest he has taken in the work and the facilities he has afforded, when within his power, to those in search of information for insertion in this volume. The histories of Paris, Claibourne, Darby, Jackson, Jerome, Leesburg, Washington and York Townships were written by John B. Mansfield, of Ashland, Ohio, and those of Allen, Dover, Liberty, Mill Creek, Taylor and Union by N. B. Holder, of Greenville, Ohio. R. L. Woodburn, Esq.. of Marysville, furnished an article on the County Agricultural Society; Dr. T. P. Shields, of Watkins, contributed an excellent paper upon the County Grange; William Lee, of Marysville, is the author of the article upon the County Bible Society and a sketch of his brother, Cyprian Lee, deceased; Judge P. B. Cole furnished interesting biographical sketches, mentioned elsewhere, and is also credited with many special favors; Capt. H. C. Hamilton, of Eichwood, furnished interesting reminiscences which were added to the history of Claibourne Township; Kev. John Graham, of Richwood, prepared the religious history of his township, and others in all parts of the county have contributed freely of their knowledge and allowed the gentlemen in charge the use of very many documents bearing upon the early history of the county.
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