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Durbin and Sapp Errata for Knox County Ohio


1806. George Sapp, Sr., entered the first piece of land within the present limits of Union about 1806. He settled in the northwestern part of the township. The Sapps, who were the first to settle in the township, as now constituted, have long been prominent in the county. Four brothers, George, Daniel, William and Joseph, emigrated from Maryland to Knox county in 1806, two of the brothers, George and Daniel, settling within the present limits of Union. The ancestors of the Sapps were members of Lord Baltimore’s colony of Maryland. Jonathan, son of George Sapp, sr., who was born in Union, July 17, 1809, was the first white child born in the township. He was married in 1830 to Miss May Durbin. Their children were Simeon, Catharine M., Susan, Francis, William, Francis second, Edmund, Sarah Ann, Susannah, John B. and Timothy. George Sapp, sr., was a soldier of the War of 1812, acting as ensign in Captain John Greer’s. company. His brother Daniel was a lieutenant in. the same company.  The settlers lived in great fear of the Indians, and during the absence of George Sapp in the army his wife would take her children each night to a block-house, which stood near the present site of Rossville, and stay over night Daniel Sapp raised a family of twelve children. Hon. William R. Sapp, one of his sons, was many years a leading citizen of the county. The four brothers have been dead many years, but their descendants are still numerous in Union and adjoining townships.[1]

1806 Nathaniel, William, Joseph, John and Isaac Critchfield, five brothers, emigrated from the neighborhood of Cumberland, Md., to Owl Creek. Joseph Critchfield married Peggy Sapp ; he died in 1843. Of their nine children, we have the following memoranda: Mary was the second wife of Col. John Greer; Elizabeth married Robert Waddle; Catharine, George Lybarger; Phoebe, Wm. Beckwith ; Alvin and William are in Indiana; Isaac in Hardin county; John in Mt. Holly; Joseph died in Indiana. [2]

1806 Freak tornadoes touch down and wreak destruction on the settlers in Knox County[2]

1807. The Catholics were the religious pioneers of Union. Shortly after the first settlers came to the township, George Sapp, sr., Elias Arnold, David Logsdon, Samuel Durbin, sr., Thomas White and wife, Catharine Sapp, Mrs. Daniel Rogue, Benjamin Durbin and wife, and Isaac Dial, organized what is now known as “St. Luke’s Catholic church, of Danville,” which is situated about one mile west of that village. The congregation consisted chiefly of emigrants from Maryland, who were descendants of Lord Baltimore’s English Catholic colony. The society was organized by Rev. Edward Fenwick.[1]

1807 Fredericktown, the principal mart of business for the farmers of the north western portion of Knox, is laid out by Kerr and Wilson. The former began immediately the erection of a grist-mill upon the site of a mill yet standing near Fredericktown; he also laid out Fredericktown on the first quarter, seventh township, fourteenth range, United States military district, which, on the eleventh of November, 1807, he acknowledged in the presence of George Chambers, before William W. Farquhar. [1] [2]

1808 October. First regular vote was taken for State and county officers. Poll-book of an election held in the township of Wayne, in the county of Knox, and State of Ohio, the eleventh day of October, 1808, at the house of Daniel and Abner Ayers, in the town of Frederick. John Kerr, chairman, Nathaniel M. Young, John Cook, Henry Roberts, judges, and Jacob Young, William W. Farquhar, clerks of the election, were duly sworn as the law directs, previous to their entering on the duties of their respective offices. List of voters: Casper Fitting, Joseph Talmage, Amariah Watson, Abraham Lyon, Joshua Vennom, Samuel Wilson, Charles McGowen, Joshua Milligan, Reuben Skinner, Jacob Cook, Henry Roberts, John Kerr, Henry Markley, Nathaniel M. Young, John Walker, William W. Farquhar, Jacob Young, John Cook, Richard Hall, Thomas Durbin, Samuel Durbin, Jeduthan Dodd. Thomas Townsend. An examination of the above list of voters, will give a pretty fair idea of the number and names of the settlers in Wayne township in 1808, though Wayne township then occupied a large territory, and only a portion of those named then lived within the present limits of this township. [1]

1808 October 28 A board of commissioners for the county of Knox was seated at Mt. Vernon and Ordered, that the Clerk issue an order on the County Treasurer of the county for the sum of one dollar and fifty cents for killing one wolf, proven before William Y. Farquhar, esq., in favor of James Durbin.

1809. The first road was the Mt. Vernon and Coshocton, cut out about 1809. The Mt. Vernon and Millersburgh road was laid out soon afterwards.[1]

1809. The first church building, a log one, was built about 1809 or 1810. George Sapp, sr, donated the land for the church and cemetery attached to it.[1]

1809 Thomas Durbin, Quaker, took residence in Fredericktown. [1] [2]

1809 – 1850 Danville, its post-masters have been W. R. Sapp, Enoch Sapp, and S. W. Sapp.[2]

1809. George Sapp elected JP, Union Twp[2]

1809 John and Samuel Durbin, the Critchfields and Sapps are among the earliest & first settlers[2]

1810 Sixth Term of Court January, 1810. Wm. Sapp was appointed guardian for John Melton, and gave bond in $50.[2]

1811 Judges of election for Union Twp Wm Sapp, George and Daniel Sapp[2]

1811 29 April Tenth Term of Court “George Sapp is appointed admr. of George Sapp, decd.; Danl. Sapp & John Greer, Securities.”[2]

1812. George Sapp re-elected J.P., Union Twp[2]

1812. The first grist-mill was erected by Robert Griffin, about 1812 or 1813. It was located in the southeastern part of Union township, on Owl creek.[1]

1812 Captain John Greer raised a company in the eastern part of the county, of which Daniel Sapp was Lieutenant, and George Sapp, Ensign.[2]

1812 Fredericktown has nine log cabins and one frame building; dwellings, shops, huts all told. [2]

1812 March 14th At a special meeting of the Associate Judges Scott Durbin is named a constable for Morris Twp[2]

1814 – before. The Critchfields, & Durbins settled prior to 1814.[1]

1815 – Danville is one of the oldest towns in the eastern part of Knox county. The exact date of its laying out cannot be ascertained. Jonathan Sapp, son of George Sapp, sr., who with Robert Waddle was the founder of the town, puts the date as late as 1818, although it is generally claimed to have been as early as 1813 or 1814. [1]

1815-1818 circa. The first post-office in the eastern part of Knox county was established at Danville, and W. R. Sapp was the first postmaster.[1]

1815 Aug 7th. The sixth of court term was held August 7th, 1815.  Samuel Durbin & Wm. Sapp sit on a jury. [1] [2]

1815. The first saw-mill in Union township was built about the this time, by Daniel Sapp, on Little Jelloway creek.[1]

1816 December 24th. Samuel Durbin sat on a grand jury that found six bills of indictments. [1]

1817 June 23 Court ordered reimbursement for inquest of body Wm. Conaway Jr.[2]

1819. Daniel Sapp elected JP , Union Twp[2]

1822 Daniel Sapp re-elected JP, Union Twp[2]

1825 Daniel Sapp re-elected JP, Union Twp and a Knox County Commissioner[2]

1826 Ben Butler elected JP, Union Twp[2]

1830. The Methodist Episcopal church was organized. The original members of this church included John Durbin and wife. [1]

1832. Daniel Sapp and Joseph Sapp elected JP, Union Twp[2]

1834 April 20. The Christian church of Danville was organized by Elder James Hays. The first members included Daniel Sapp. [1]

1835 Daniel Sapp re-elected JP, Union Twp[2]

1838 Joseph Sapp JP Jefferson Twp[2]

1840 John Durbin is JP for Morris Twp [1]

1844. Alexander McGrew Justice of the Peace, Morris Twp[2]

1847. Alexander McGrew reelected JP Morris Twp [2]

1850. Thomas Durbin is listed in directory of businesses as a tinner. [1]

1851 Timothy Colopy is Infirmary Director, Knox County[2]

1854 J.B. McGrew is Infirmary Director, Knox County[2]

1854-1858 WF Sapp was Prosecuting Attorney 2 terms[2]

1856 Oct 23rd Antioch Lodge, No. 286, F. and A. M., located in Danville, was organized under charter. Solomon W. Sapp is a charter member who was also elected the first secretary.[1]

1863 – Charles Robert Bradfield read for medicine with Drs. Sapp and Balmer of Danville for 3 years. He practiced with them from 1870 to 1872 after he graduated. [1]

1870 March 1st – Solomon W. Sapp dies.[1]

1880. Julius Sapp runs a grocery store, John Smithhiser a clothing store, the Sapp Brothers a hardware store, Emrick & Sapp run a hotel [1]

[1] History of Knox County Ohio, Its Past and Present, N.N. Hill, Jr, 1881, AA Graham & Co, Mt Vernon, Ohio

[2] A History of Knox County, Ohio, from 1779 to 1862 Inclusive, By Anthony Banning Norton

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