Citizens, Settlers and Farmers at Webb’s Settlement
and in nearby townships or from related families in Huron County, Ohio. 1819 – 1850

 

Compiled by Jonathan Webb Deiss, July 2001, Washington DC, from microfilmed records at the National Archives, research at the Firelands Historical Society, at the Webb Settlement and supplemented by relevant data where and when feasible.

 

The Webb Settlement was a small farming community settled in 1820 by David Webb, his sons, and their friends and neighbors.  David Webb gets the credit for he was the father figure and natural leader, but the first to break into this country and the impetus behind migration was his eldest son, Harvey Webb.  His early death in 1827 and absence from the community during the years of real growth deny him the glory, but perhaps his memory was the spirit behind the community.  David Webb had lived there for almost 45 years when he died in 1865, making it the longest time he ever spent in any one place in his entire life.  Chester Ruggles, grandson of David Webb and an inhabitant of the Webb Settlement commented on the origin of the place in an article in the Monroeville Spectator, issue of 8 April 1875, “Webb Settlement was so named on account of a family of this name having been the first to make an inroad into the wilderness of this part of the township by the hand of civilization and cultivation.”

 

”David Webb’s family arrived here in the spring of 1821.  They came from the town of Riga, Genesee Co., New York, the mode of conveyance being by wagon to Buffalo, and from thence to Portland (now Sandusky City) by water, thus enjoying a voyage upon the first steamboat that was ever known to have traversed the blue waters of Lake Erie.  Having arrived at Portland (their destination being David Underhill’s on the east bank of the Huron River), they passed through, on their way, the following places: Bloomingville, Cook’s Corners and Monroeville; these were ‘way marks’ in the wilderness at the time, the road having no bounds or limits.  After arriving at David Underhill’s they commenced the pioneer life of cutting down trees, making lumber, clearing land, cultivating the soil…”  That first steamboat on Lake Erie was known as the ‘Walk-in-the-Water’ and was built in 1818.

 

Ruggles continues, “The settlement’s geographical position or location is the state of Ohio, Huron County and Ridgefield Township, being within the boundaries of the ‘Western Reserve,’ and more remotely known as the ‘Connecticut Firelands or Reservation.’  It is situated in the second section of the above township, in the north east direction from the present site of Monroeville; distance, two and three quarter miles; in a north west direction from the present site of Norwalk, three mile; and from the present site of Milan, south-westerly, three and three quarter miles; and lying between the branches of the Huron River and known by the original survey as Lot 7, being the lot… …known as sub-district No. 4.”

 

The land is unusually flat, with a drop in elevation of less than a few inches anywhere along the edges of the entire property.  It was not thought originally that the land would yield very good crops, but it is some of the most fertile, black earth that can be found and produces excellent, abundant crops.

 

Another one of David Webb’s descendants, his great-grandson Ezra Webb, remembered the first transaction of land, (condensed from the Firelands Pioneer, The History of Webb Settlement, by Ezra Webb), ”(In 1822) David Webb and his son Harvey purchased from the Executors of Jonas Cook two hundred acres more or less about 3 miles north-west of Norwalk which formed the nucleus of the Webb Settlement.  Harvey took one hundred acres from the north side of the tract for which he gave 250 gold dollars which left his father, after and accurate survey, 109 acres…”  He also states that David Webb first “…came to Norwalk in January 1821, and settled first just across the river west of the David Underhill place near the old Water Works.”  Harvey and his father both built house made of logs, and Harvey’s was lived in until 1854, when it burned.  David Webb eventually replaced his with a more common frame house.

 

The earliest known mention of the area called Webb’s Settlement in literature is in a notice placed in the Huron Reflector newspaper, (published in Norwalk, Ohio, issue of 3 May 1842), by the Trustees of Norwalk Township stating that they would be taking bids to contract work on the “…Section line road leading to the Webb’s settlement,…”  The Webb Settlement road still runs through the settlement area where it joins Halfway Road.  It originally ran westward to the area north of Monroeville.

[Click here to see an image of the notice from 1842 in the newspaper.  Click here to see an image of the road-sign at the corner of Webb Settlement Road and Half Road.]

 

MAPS and CHARTS :

 

[MAP - If you have the MRSID viewer plugin, you can download this detailed map of Ridgefield Township.  If you don’t have MRSID, then download at PDF version.]
[MAP - Click here to see a PDF road map of the area surrounding Webb Settlement Road and Monroeville.]

[Click here to see an image of the Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio Plat Book of ca 1845Section 2, page 06. Reproduced by Ken Shute for Huron County Genealogy; see also the Ridgefield Township map and township index.]

[Click here to see a satellite image of the site of the original David & Harvey Webb farm; this is also the site of the Webb cemetery (now just a mild knoll without any visible sign that it ever was a graveyard).]

 

 

1800

1800 Federal Census. City of Whitestown, Oneida County, New York.
Head, Free Males <10, 10-16, 16-26, >45, Free Females <10, 10-16, 16-26, >45, Others, Slaves
David Webb, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0

1810

1810 Federal Census.  Pompey Township, Onondaga County, New York

Head, Free Males <10, 10-16, 16-26, 26-45, >45, Free Females <10, 10-16, 16-26, 26-45, >45, Others, Slaves

David Webb, 3, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0

1819

Harvey Webb visits the Firelands, and returns to New York?

1820

1820 Federal Census.  Town of Riga, Genesee County, New York
Page#, Head, Free Males <10, 10-16, 16-26, 26-45, >45, Free Females <10, 10-16, 16-26, 26-45, >45, Foreign, Agriculture, Free, Slaves

251, David Webb, 1, 2, 0, 2, 1, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 3

 

In 1820, David Webb and family still lived in Riga, New York, and there were very few families in all of Ridgefield Township.  There were about 50 households, and only a little over 300 people living in rough log and frame homes, and no one living on the present site of the Webb Settlement.

1821

David and Harvey Webb arrived in Ridgefield Township in January 1821.  Harvey returned home to marry, coming back the next winter.

1822

In February 1822 David Webb and his son Harvey purchased from the Executors of Amos Cooke two hundred acres approximately three miles north-west of Norwalk, Huron County, Ohio in Ridgefield Township, which formed the nucleus of the Webb Settlement. Harvey paid approximately $250 dollars for one hundred acres on the north side and David was left with 109 acres. They both built log houses.

Frederick & Sally Wolcott & the Executors of Amos Cooke, Deceased to Harvey Webb, DEED
This indenture made and concluded this third day of June one thousand eight hundred twenty-two between Harvey Webb of the first part, Frederick Wolcott & Sally Wolcott wife of said Frederick of the second part & Daniel B. Cook- & David Frost, Executors of the last will & testament of Amos Cooke deceased, of the third part, WITNESSETH : Whereas said parties of the second part are owners in right of said Sally of one undivided fourth part of the tenements hereafter described and WHEREAS said parties of the third part have power over the said will to sell the residue of said tenements, now this indenture witnesseth : that said parties of the second & third parts for the consideration of two hundred and twenty-four dollars to us paid, have granted, bargained, and sold to the said party of the first part & his heirs and assigns forever one hundred acres of land to be taken from the North part of Lot No. 7 in the second section of Ridgefield in the County of Huron in the State of Ohio, (said lot being numbered according to the survey of said section by Jabez Wright, Esquire.)  To have and to hold to him the said party of the first part, his heirs and assigns forever to his and their own proper use and said parties of the third part do bind the estate of said Amos (so far as they may lawfully bind said estate but no farther) to warrant and defend the possession of said tenement to the said party of the first part his heirs and assigns forever.  But nothing is to be taken so as to make said parties of the third part liable upon the aforesaid covenant as individuals but only in their said capacity as executors as aforesaid.  In witness of which the said parties of the second & third parts have set their hands and seals on the day aforesaid : Frederick Wolcott (SEAL); Sally W. Wolcott (SEAL); Daniel B. Cooke (SEAL); David Foot (SEAL).  Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of Thomas H. Philips, Sam’l H. Philips.  Signed, sealed & delivered by Frederick Wolcott & Sally W. Wolcott in presence of us, Jabez W. Huntington, Hannah W. Wolcott.  State of Connecticut, Fairfield County SS : Danbury June 3rd, 1822.  Personally appeared Daniel B. Cook- & David Foot, Esquires, signers and sealers of the foregoing instrument and acknowledged the same to be their free act & deed before me.  Samuel H. Philips, Justice of Peace.  State of Connecticut, County of Litchfield, June 6th, A.D. 1822, be it remembered that on the day and year last written before me, Jabez W. Huntington, a Justice of the Peace for the said County of Litchfield, personally appeared Frederick Wolcott Esquire who to me is well known and signed, sealed the foregoing instrument in my presence and acknowledged the foregoing instrument to be his free act and deed for the uses and purposes therein expressed.  Likewise at the time and place aforesaid personally appeared Sally W. Wolcott the wife of the said Frederick Wolcott known to me to be such and who signed & sealed the foregoing instrument in my presence and being by me examined separate and apart from said husband acknowledged the foregoing instrument to be her free act and deed for the uses and purposes therein expressed by her freely executed without fear or coercion of her said husband.  Acknowledged before and certified by me, Jabez W. Huntington, Justice of Peace. Received and recorded July 6th, 1822 by Ichabod Marshall, Recorder.  [from Huron County Deeds, Volume 3, Page 414]

Frederick Wolcott of Litchfield, Connecticut is the son of Oliver Wolcott, signer of the Declaration of Independence.  The land belonged to his wife’s late husband Amos Cooke, and her children.  Amos Cooke was the assignee of the original Firelands Patent.

1822 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Personal Property Owner’s Name : David Webb
Horses : 1
Meat Cattle : 5
Total Tax Paid : $ .80


1822 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Personal Property Owner’s Name : Harvey Webb
Horses : 0
Meat Cattle : 3
Total Tax Paid : $ .30 

1822 may have been the year that Webb Cemetery was started.  In August of that year, Salmon Webb, son of David Webb died of ague and was supposedly the first person to die in the settlement; he was the only one of David Webb’s children to die at such a young age.  His grave or grave stone has not been located and only remnants of some stones were extant in 2001.  All of the
gravestones have been broken up and were piled along a fence.  The stone of Eliza Webb Geisler bears only the inscription 'wife of J. Geisler'.  Most bear only dates and few names.  (Photos by J. Deiss, 22 June 2001.)

In 1822 the Webb’s were joined by the families of Mr. Henry Dillingham and Mr. Asa Jacobs.  Chester Ruggles seemed to think that Dillingham was here before the Webb family, or at least was the first man to clear land in the vicinity of the settlement.

1823

1823 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Personal Property Owner’s Name : David Webb
Horses : 1
Meat Cattle : 5
Total Tax Paid : $ .80

1823 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Personal Property Owner’s Name : Harvey Webb
Horses : 0
Meat Cattle : 3
Total Tax Paid : $ .30

1824

1824 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Personal Property Owner’s Name : David Webb
Horses : 1
Meat Cattle : 6
Total Tax Paid : $ .90

1824 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Real Estate Residential Proprietor’s Name : Harvey Webb
Location : R23 T4 S2
Lot etc : NP7
Acres : 100
State Tax : $2.34
Road Tax : $ .86
Total Tax : $3.21
Remarks : 1823 with pr & (illegible)

1824 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Personal Property Owner’s Name : Harvey Webb
Horses : 0
Meat Cattle : 4
Total Tax Paid : $ .40 

In 1824 the first log schoolhouse was built and classes taught by Prudence Ellis.

1825

1825 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Personal Property Owner’s Name : David Webb
Horses : 0
Meat Cattle : 1
Total Tax Paid : $ .10

1825 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Personal Property Owner’s Name : Harvey Webb
Horses : 0
Meat Cattle : 4
Aggregate Value : $32.00

1825 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Personal Property Owner’s Name : Harvey Webb
Location : R23 T4 S2
Lot etc : NP7
Acres : 100
Value : $150.00
Houses : 0
Value : 0
Equity Values (lands & houses) : $150.00
Values of Lands Equity with the lands in other (illegible) : $209.00

1825 County Auditor – Tax List.  Webb Settlement, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Personal Property Owner’s Name : Samuel P. Webb
Horses : 0
Meat Cattle : 3
Total Tax Paid : $ .24
Notes : He is later listed on a different tax roll with 3 cattle, paying $ .40 in tax.

1826

1826 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Personal Property Owner’s Name : David Webb
Horses : 0
Value : 0
Meat Cattle : 1
Value : $8.00
State and Canal Tax : $ .01
County and School Tax : $ .02
Road Tax : 0
Total Tax Paid : $ .10

1826 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Lands and Houses Owner’s Name : Harvey Webb
Location : R23 T4 S2
Acres : 100
Value including House : $209.00
(remainder of columns contain figures but no column headings)

1826 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Personal Property Owner’s Name : Oliver Webb
Horses : 0
Value : 0
Meat Cattle : 3
Value : $24.00
Total Tax Paid : $ .32

1826 County Auditor – Tax List.  Webb Settlement, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Personal Property Owner’s Name : Samuel Webb
Horses, etc. : 1
Value : $ .40
Meat Cattle : 4
Value : $ .32
State and Canal Tax : $ .14
County and School Tax : $ .21
Road Tax : $ .57
Township Tax : $ .03
(Total) Amount : $ .97

1827

1827 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Lands & Houses Owner’s Name : Harvey Webb
Location : R23 T4 S2  Lot etc : NP7
Acres : 100
Value : $209.00
State and Canal Tax : $ .62
County and School Tax : $ .73
Road Tax : $1.04
Tax Amount :$2.40

1828

1828 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Personal Property Owner’s Name : David Webb
Horses : 1
Value : $40.00
Meat Cattle : 4
Value : $32.00
State and Canal Tax : $ .21
County and School Tax : $ .25
Road Tax : $ .36
Township Tax : $ .10
Township :$ .93

1828 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Personal Property Owner’s Name : Oliver Webb
Horses : 0
Value : 0
Meat Cattle : 6
Value : $48.00
State and Canal Tax : $ .40
County and School Tax : $ .16
Road Tax : $ .24
Township Tax : $ .07
Township : $ .62

1829

1829 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Personal Property Owner’s Name : David Webb
Horses : 1
Value : $40.00
Meat Cattle : 4
Value : $32.00
State and Canal Tax : $ .21
County and School Tax : $ .27
Road Tax : $ .36
Township Tax : $ .12
Tax Amount :$ .91

1829 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Lands & Houses Owner’s Name : Harvey Webb
Location : R23 T4 S2  Lot etc : NP7
Acres : 100
Value : $209.00
State and Canal Tax : $ .62
County and School Tax : $ .78
Road Tax : $1.04
Township Tax : $2.09
Tax Amount :$2.66

1829 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Personal Property Owner’s Name : Oliver Webb and Samuel
Horses : 0
Value : 0
Meat Cattle : 4
Value : $32.00
State and Canal Tax : $ .09
County and School Tax : $ .12
Road Tax : $ .16
Township Tax : $ .03
Amount : $ .40

1830

1830 Federal Census - Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Head of Family, Free White Males <5, 5-10, 10-15, 15-20, 20-30, 30-40, 40-50, 50-60, 60-70, 70-80. 80-90, 90-100, 0ver 100

Free White Females <5, 5-10, 10-15, 15-20, 20-30, 30-40, 40-50, 50-60, 60-70, 70-80. 80-90, 90-100, 0ver 100
Joseph Ruggles, 1, 2, 1, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0
Peter Ruggles, 1, 1, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0
Soloman Ruggles, 0,0,1,0,1,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,1,0,0,0
Chr Root, 0,0,0,0,2,1,0,0,2,0,0,1,1,0,0,0
Jacob W. Wil(?), 0,0,0,0,0,1,0,0,1,0,0,0,1,0,0,0
Isaac Bowers, 1,1,1,1,1,0,0,1,2,0,1,0,1,0,1,0
David Webb, 0,0,0,1,0,0,0,1,0,0,1,0,0,0,0,1
Henry Dilingham, 1,0,0,0,0,1,0,0,3,2,0,0,0,1,0,0
Stephen Burnhardt, 0,1,0,0,0,1,0,0,1,0,0,0,1,0,0,0
I. C. Palmer, 0,0,0,0,1,0,0,0,1,0,1,0,1,0,0,1
Wm. Crosby, 2,1,0,0,0,0,1,0,1,2,1,1,0,1,0,0
Luther Palmer, 0,0,0,0,1,0,1,0,0,0,0,0,0,1,0,0
Asa Jacobs, 0,0,2,3,0,0,1,0,1,1,0,1,0,1,0,0
S. P. Webb, 0,0,0,0,1,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,1,0,0,0
Oliver Webb, 0,0,0,0,1,0,0,0,1,0,0,1,0,0,0,0
M. L. Ruggles, 1, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0,1, 0, 0, 0
Jacob Geisler, 0, 0, 2, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 2, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0

1830 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Lands & Houses Owner’s Name : Harvey Webb
Location : R23 T4 S2  Lot etc : NP7
Acres : 100
Value : $209.00
State and Canal Tax : $ .73
County and School Tax : $ .83
Road Tax : $ .62
Township Tax : $ .20
Tax Amount :$2.40

1831

1831 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Personal Property Owner’s Name : David Webb
Horses : 1
Value : $40.00
Meat Cattle : 3
Value : $24.00
State and Canal Tax : $ .22
School Tax : $ .24 
Road Tax : $ .19
Township :$ .65

1831 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Lands & Houses Owner’s Name : Harvey Webb
Location : R23 T4 S2  Lot etc : NP7
Acres : 100
Value : $209.00
State and Canal Tax : $ .73
County and School Tax : $ .78
Road Tax : $ .62
Township Tax : 0
Tax Amount :$2.14

1831 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Personal Property Owner’s Name : Oliver Webb
Horses : 1
Value : $40.00
Meat Cattle : 4
Value : $32.00
State and Canal Tax : $ .25
County and School Tax : $ .27
Road Tax : $ .21
Amount : $ .73

1832

1832 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Personal Property Owner’s Name : David Webb
Horses : 1
Value : $40.00
Meat Cattle : 4
Value : $32.00
State and Canal Tax : $ .25
County and School Tax : $ .28
Road Tax : $ .21
Township Tax : $ .01
Tax Amount :$ .77

1832 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Lands & Houses Owner’s Name : Harvey Webb
Location : R23 T4 S2 , Lot etc : NP7
Acres : 100
Value : $209.00
State and Canal Tax : $ .73
County and School Tax : $ .83
Road Tax : $ .62
Township Tax : $ .05
Tax Amount :$2.24

1832 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Personal Property Owner’s Name : Oliver Webb
Horses : 2
Value : $80.00
Meat Cattle : 1
Value : $8.00
State and Canal Tax : $ .30
County and School Tax : $ .35
Road Tax : $ .26
Township : $ .02
Amount : $ .73
Sch. House Tax : 0

1832 County Auditor – Tax List.  Webb Settlement, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Personal Property Owner’s Name : Samuel Webb
Horses : 0
Value : 0
Meat Cattle : 3
Value : $ 24.00
State and Canal Tax : $ .08
County and School Tax : $ .09
Road Tax : $ .07
Township Tax : $ <.01
Amount : $ .25

1833

1833 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Personal Property Owner’s Name : David Webb
Horses : 1
Value : $40.00
Cattle : 4
Value : $32.00
Total Value : $72.00
State and Canal Tax : $ .21
County and School Tax : $ .36
Road Tax : $ .07
Township Tax : $ .07
Total :$ .72

1833 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Lands & Houses Owner’s Name : Harvey Webb
Location : R23 T4 S2  Lot etc : NP7
Acres : 100
Value : $209.00
State and Canal Tax : $ .62
County and School Tax : $1.04
Road Tax : $ .20
Township Tax : $ .20
Tax Amount :$2.09

1833 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Personal Property Owner’s Name : Oliver Webb
Horses : 1
Value : $40.00
Meat Cattle : 3
Value : $24.00
State and Canal Tax : $ .19
County and School Tax : $ .32
Road Tax : $ .06
Township : $ .06
Amount : $ .64

Volume 11, Page 77, Huron County Deeds – Wolcott, Stiles & Cooke to Oliver Webb of Ridgefield; 102 acres in the East part of lot 9, section 2 of Ridgefield Township; dated 5 July 1833.

1834

1834 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Personal Property Owner’s Name : David Webb
Horses : 1
Value : $40.00
Cattle : 3
Value : $24.00
Total Value : $64.00
State and Canal Tax : $ .19
County and School Tax : $ .35
Road Tax : $ .00
Township Tax : $ .03
Total :$ .57

1834 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Lands & Houses Owner’s Name : Harvey Webb
Location : R23 T4 S2  Lot etc : NP7
Acres : 100
Value : $209.00
State and Canal Tax : $ .62
County and School Tax : $1.15
Road Tax : 0
Township Tax : $ .10
Tax Amount :$1.88

1834 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Personal Property Owner’s Name : Oliver Webb
Horses : 2
Value : $80.00
Meat Cattle : 1
Value : $8.00
State and Canal Tax : $ .26
County and School Tax : $ .48
Road Tax : 0
Township : $ .04
Total : $ .79

1834 County Auditor – Tax List.  Webb Settlement, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Personal Property Owner’s Name : Samuel P. Webb
Horses : 0
Value : 0
Meat Cattle : 5
Value : $ 40.00
Total Value : $ 40.00
State and Canal Tax : $ .12
County and School Tax : $ .22
Road Tax : $ .00
Township Tax : $ .02
Amount : $ .36

1835

1835 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Personal Property Owner’s Name : David Webb
Horses : 2
Value : $80.00
Cattle : 6
Value : $48.00
Total Value : $64.00
State and Canal Tax : $ .19
County and School Tax : $ .60
Road Tax : $ .00
Township Tax : $ .38
Amount :$ 1.18

1835 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Personal Property Owner’s Name : Oliver Webb
Horses : 4
Value : $160.00
Meat Cattle : 7
Value : $56.00
State and Canal Tax : $ .48
County and School Tax : $1.26
Road Tax : 0
Township : $ .32
Amount : $2.07

1835 County Auditor – Tax List. Webb Settlement, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Personal Property Owner’s Name : Samuel Webb
Horses : 1
Value : $ 40.00
Meat Cattle : 2
Value : $ 16.00
State and Canal Tax : $ .08
County and School Tax : $ .26
Road Tax : $ .00
Township Tax : $ .16
Amount : $ .81
Notes : …according to Doug Thompson, “November 11, 1835 Samuel P. Webb and Mary Ann Webb sold to Solomon Ruggles of Ridgeland (sic) 23 acres of land.”  Solomon Ruggles was a relative by marriage who lived on a nearby farm close to Webb Settlement.

1836

1836 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Lands & Houses Owner’s Name : Harvey Webb
Location : R23 T4 S2  Lot etc : NP7
Acres : 100
Value : $408.00
State and Canal Tax : $ .91
County and School Tax : $2.39
Road Tax : 0
Township Tax : $ .61
Tax Amount :$3.92

Personal Property Owner’s Name : Sophronia Webb
Horses : 0
Value : 0
Cattle : 4
Value : $32.00
Total Value : $32.00
State and Canal Tax : $ .07
County and School Tax : $ .09
Road Tax : 0
Township Tax : $ .02
Tax Amount :$ .15

1836 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Personal Property Owner’s Name : Oliver Webb
Horses : 2
Value : $80.00
Meat Cattle : 2 
Value : $16.00
State and Canal Tax : $ .14
County and School Tax : $ .45
Road Tax : 0
Township : $ .28
Amount : $ .88

1836 County Auditor – Tax List. Webb Settlement, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Personal Property Owner’s Name : Samuel Webb
Horses : 0
Value : 0
Meat Cattle : 5
Value : $ 40.00
Total : $40.00
State and Canal Tax : $ .09
County and School Tax : $ .23
Road Tax : $ .20
Township Tax : $ .06
Amount : $ .58
Notes : It appears that Samuel sold his land to his family, and others and moved to Greenfield Township prior to 1838.According to Doug Thompson, “18 November 1837 Timothy Baker and wife Eliza Baker sold to Samuel P. Webb and wife Mary Ann Webb 24 acres of land.  23 September 1838 Samuel P. Webb and wife Mary Ann Webb sold to John Kline 24 acres of land for 40 dollars. The 1838 land ownership tax rolls for County of Huron, Greenfield Twp. lists Samuel P. Webb paying tax on 23 acres of land and 15 cattle.”  In approximately 1840 he removed to Michigan and then sometime about 1853 removed to Indiana.

1837

1837 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Lands & Houses Owner’s Name : Harvey Webb
Location : R23 T4 S2  Lot etc : NP7
Acres : 100
Value : $408.00
State and Canal Tax : $1.32
County and School Tax : $3.16
Road Tax : $2.04
Tax Amount :$6.52

1837 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Lands & Houses Owner’s Name : Oliver Webb
Section : R23 T4 S2
No. of Lot : 9
Description Remarks : E. half
Acres : 102.5
Value : $390.00
State and Canal Tax : $1.26
County and School Tax : $3.02
Road Tax : $1.95
Amount : $6.23
Notes : Oliver’s plot was along what is now Huber Road in Ridgefield Township

1837 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Personal Property Owner’s Name : Oliver Webb
Horses : 2
Value : $80.00
Meat Cattle : 8
Value : $64.00
State and Canal Tax : $ .46
County and School Tax : $1.11
Road Tax : $ .72
Amount : $2.30

1838

 

1838 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Lands & Houses Owner’s Name : Harvey Webb
Location : R23 T4 S2  Lot etc : NP7
Acres : 100
Value : $408.00
State and Canal Tax : $2.04
County, School $ B : $3.06
Road Tax : 0
Courthouse & Jail Tax : $ .81
Township Tax : $2.04
Tax Amount :$7.95

 

1838 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Lands & Houses Owner’s Name : Oliver Webb
Section : R23T4S2
No. of Lot : 9
Description Remarks : E. half
Acres : 102.5
Value : $390.00
State and Canal Tax : $1.56
County and School Tax : $2.34
Road Tax : $ .97
Court House & Jail Tax : $ .78
Township : $1.17
Amount : $6.23

 

1838 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Personal Property Owner’s Name : Oliver Webb
Horses : 1
Value : $40.00
Meat Cattle : 1
Value : $8.00
State and Canal Tax : $ .19
County and School Tax : $ .28
Road Tax : $ .12
Court House & Jail Tax : $ .09
Township : $ .14
Amount : $ .84

 

1839

 

SALLY W. WOLCOTT AND OTHERS TO OLIVER WEBB, DEED

To all people to whom these presents shall come; Greeting.  Know ye that wee Sally W. Wolcott of Litchfield in the County of Litchfield & State of Connecticut and Charles M. Wolcott of Philadelphia in the State of Pennsylvania by the said Sally W. Wolcott his agent & attorney hereunto lawfully authorized and Henry G. Wolcott and Mary F. Wolcott both of said Litchfield minors under the age of twenty-one years by their mother and lawful guardian the said Sally W. Wolcott and Richard W. Stiles & Elizabeth Stiles wife of the said Richard W. (the sd. Richard W. in right of the said Elizabeth) for the consideration of three hundred twenty seven dollars to us in hand paid and received to our full satisfaction of Oliver Webb of Ridgefield in the County of Huron, State of Ohio do grant, bargain, sell and confirm to him, the said Oliver Webb, all that tract of land lying & being situate in said town of Ridgefield described as follows (to wit) the South part of Lot No. 7 lying in said town of Ridgefield being one hundred and nine acres. To have and hold the same to him the said Oliver Webb his heirs & assigns forever.  And we the said Sally W. Wolcott and Charles M. Wolcott & Richard W. & Elizabeth Stiles do hereby covenant with the said Oliver Webb his heirs & assigns that the grantors aforesaid are well seized of said premises in manner aforesaid as of a good indefeasible estate in fee simple and have good right to sell the same as is above written & that the same is free from all encumbrances and that his & their peaceable possession we will forever warrant & defend.  In testimony whereof we have hereunto set our hands & seals the day of February 1839 Sally W. Wolcott in her own name and as guardian to Henry G. Wolcott and Mary F. Wolcott and Charles M. Wolcott by me the said Sally W. as his agent and attorney (SEAL) in presence of Mary Ann G. Wolcott, Origen L. Seymour, Richard W. Stiles, Elizabeth Stiles by E. Lane, Aty. (SEAL)  State of Connecticut, Litchfield County SS : Litchfield Feb. 25, 1839.  Be it remembered that on the day & year aforesaid before me Origen L. Seymour, a Justice of the Peace for the County aforesaid came Sally W. Wolcott to me well known & acknowledged the above instrument to be her free act & deed for the uses & purposes therein mentioned.  In faith of which I have hereunto set my hand & seal on the day & year aforesaid Origen L. Seymour, Justice of the Peace (SEAL).  State of Ohio, Huron SS : Norwalk Twp, 1840 on the day & year aforesaid before me the subscriber came Richard W. Stiles & Elizabeth Stiles his wife by E. Lane their attorney & acknowledged the above to be their act & deed.  James Vrooman, Notary Public Recd Aug 7th AD 1841.  Recorded Aug 16th 1841.  Jas M. Vandenburg Dp. Rec.  [Huron County Deeds, Volume 16, Page 448]

 

1839 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Lands & Houses Owner’s Name : Harvey Webb
Location : R23 T4 S2  Lot etc : NP7
Acres : 100
Value : $408.00
State and Canal Tax : $1.32
County and School Tax : $3.16
Road Tax : $2.04
Tax Amount :$6.52

 

1839 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Personal Property Owner’s Name : David Webb
Horses : 0
Value : 0
Cattle : 2
Value : $16.00
Total Value : $16.00
State and Canal Tax : $ .08
Co School & B(?) : $ .12
Court House & Jail Tax : $ .03
Road Tax : $ .00
Township Tax : $ .08
Amount :$ .31

1839 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Lands & Houses Owner’s Name : Oliver Webb
Section : R23T4S2
No. of Lot : 9
Description Remarks : E. half
Acres : 102.5
Value : $390.00
State and Canal Tax : $1.95
County and School Tax : $2.92
Road Tax : 0
Court House & Jail Tax : $ .78
Township : $1.95
Amount : $7.60

1839 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Personal Property Owner’s Name : Oliver Webb
Horses : 3
Value : $120.00
Meat Cattle : 3
Value : $24.00
State and Canal Tax : $ .72
County and School Tax : $1.08
Road Tax : 0
Court House & Jail Tax : $ .28
Township : $ .72
Amount : $2.80

 

1840

 

DEVISEES OF JOSPEH P. COOK TO OLVER WEBB, DEED

To all whom these presents shall come greetings, Whereas, Charles Mosely Wolcott, Henry Wolcott and Mary Francis Wolcott of the State of Connecticut as devisees of Joseph P. Cooke, late of said state deceased, are owners in fee each of three undivided twenty-eight parts of the land herein after described; and whereas said Joseph P. Cooke had entered into contract in writing for the sale and conveyance of his interest in said land and died before the completion of the same; and whereas on petition to the Court of Common Pleas for the County of Huron and State of Ohio, by Sally W. Wolcott, surviving Executors of said Joseph P. Cooke and parents of said Charles, Henry and Francis, the said Court at their H?im of October in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred thirty-nine, after hearing said petition and examining the exhibits and testimony ordered and decreed as follows to wit : It is ordered and decreed by the Court that Ebenezer Lane be and hereby is appointed and authorized to complete said contracts of said Joseph P. Coke and to make and execute deeds of conveyance for and on behalf of Charles Mosely Wolcott, Henry Wolcott and Mary Francis Wolcott, devisees of said Joseph according to the terms of said contracts; and that Ebenezer Lane convey to Oliver Webb the whole of Lot No. seven (7) in the Second Section of Ridgefield in said Huron County after deducting one hundred acres previously sold to Henry (?Harvey) Webb from the North side of said Lot.  Now therefore know ye, that I, Ebenezer Lane, by virtue of authority in me vested by said Court and in pursuance of their said order do grant, convey and confirm unto Oliver Webb of Huron County, Ohio all the interest and estate which the said Charles Mosely Wolcott, Henry Wolcott, and Mary Francis Wolcott as devisees aforesaid have in and to that tract of land described as follows to wit : The whole of Lot No. Seven in the second section of Ridgefield in said County of Huron after deducting one hundred acres previously sold to Henry (?Harvey) Webb from the North side of said Lot.  To have and to hold to him the said Oliver Webb, his heirs and assigns forever to his and their own proper use and behoof. In witness of which I set my name and seal the 3 day of March A.D. 1840. Eben Lane (SEAL)  Signed sealed acknowledged and delivered in presence of W. F. Kitteredge, I. B. Finn, State of Ohio, Huron County SS : Norwalk, March 3, 1840.  Be it remembered, That before me, the subscriber came Ebenezer Lane, the signer and sealer of the above instrument, and in the capacity as above set forth, then and there acknowledged the same to be his act and deed for the uses and purposes therein expressed.  In faith of which I set my name on the day and year aforesaid.  G. W. Choate, Judge, Huron C. P. Rec’d and recorded Sept 24, A.D. 1841. [Huron County Deeds, Volume 16, Page 488]

 

OLIVER WEBB TO ROSWELL PHELPS, DEED

Know all men by these presents, That I Oliver Webb for the consideration of one hundred dollars, to me in hand paid by Roswell Phelps, do give, grant, bargain, sell, enfeoff and convey unto the said Roswell Phelps, and to his heirs and assigns forever, a certain tract of land, lying in the Township of Ridgefield, County of Huron, and State of Ohio, and bounded as follows, lying in the Southeast corner of Lot No. (9) nine, Second Section of the Township of Ridgefield, containing ten acres.  The west line of said ten acres run parallel with the East line of said Lot No. Nine, the North line thereof parallel with the South line of 3d Lot No. 9, said ten acres, to extend half way across the same Lot No. Nine, North and South, and wide enough to contain the said ten acres.  To have and to hold to him the said Roswell Phelps, and to his heirs and assigns forever, to their own proper use and behoof.  And I the said Oliver Webb, do hereby covenant with the said Roswell Phelps, that at the ensealing of these presents I am well seized of said tenements, as a good indefeasible estate, in fee simple, and have good right to sell the same, in manner and form above written, and the same free from all incumbrances whatever.  And furthermore, I the said Oliver Webb, or myself, my heirs, executors and administrators, do covenant with the said Roswell Phelps, his heirs and assigns, the lawful possession of the above granted tenements, in him the said Oliver Webb, and I do agree forever to warrant and defend.  And be it further known, that I, Louisa Webb, wife of the above named Oliver Webb, in consideration of one dollar, to me by the grantee paid, o remise, release and forever quit claim, unto the said grantee, all the right by way of dower or otherwise, in and to the above granted tenements, In Witness whereof, we have set our hands and seals this thirteenth day of April A.D. 1840.  Oliver Webb (SEAL); Louisa Webb (SEAL).  Signed, sealed, acknowledged and delivered in presence of Samuel A. Bishop, David Webb.  State of Ohio, Huron County SS : Be it remembered that on the 30 day of April A.D. 183_ before the subscriber, (A Justice of the Peace in and for said County) personally appeared the above mentioned Oliver & Louisa Webb, and acknowledged the above instrument to be their free, and voluntarily act and deed, for the purposes and uses therein expected.  And also Louisa Webb, wife of the said Oliver Webb, acknowledged her signature and release, to be free and voluntary, and without any fear or compulsion of her said husband, and that she is still satisfied therewith.  Given under my hand at Ridgefield, this 30 day of April A.D. 1840.  David Webb, J.P.  Received and recorded the 22 day of Sept. A.D. 1840  Thomas Johnston, Recorder.  [Huron County Deeds, Volume 16, Page 180]

 

Oliver Webb to David F. Webb, Deed

Know all men by these presents, that I, Oliver Webb, of Ridgefield, County of Huron, State of Ohio, for the consideration of the sum of three-hundred dollars, received to my full satisfaction of David F. Webb, Ridgefield, County and State aforesaid, do give, grant, bargain, sell, enfeoff, and convey unto him the said David F. Webb, his heirs, and assigns forever, a certain tract of land lying in the Town of Ridgefield, County and State aforesaid, and bounded as follows : To wit the South West part of Lot 7, lying in said Town of Ridgefield, second section, South by land, owned by Samuel Reed, west by the center of the highway, East by land owned by James Barnhardt, containing as is supposed Fifty-nine acres.  To have and to hold to him the said David F. Webb, his heirs, and assigns forever, to his own proper use and behoof.  And I, the said Oliver Webb, do hereby covenant with the said David F. Webb, that at the ensealing of these presents, I am well ?? of said tenements, as a good, indefeasible estate in fee simple and have good right to sell the same in manner or form above written, and the same see free from all encumbrances, whatever.  And furthermore, I the said Oliver Webb, for myself, my heirs, executors, and administrators, do covenant with the said David F. Webb, and to his heirs and assigns, the lawful possession, of the above granted tenement forever to warrant and defend.  And be it further known that I, Louisa Webb, wife of the above named Oliver Webb, in consideration of one dollar to me by the grantee paid, do remise, release and forever quit claim unto the said grantee all my right by way of dower or otherwise, in and unto the above granted tenements.  In witness of which, we have set our names and seals this 30 day of April A.D. 1840  Oliver Webb (SEAL); Louisa Webb (SEAL).  Signed, sealed, acknowledged and delivered in presence of David Webb, Samuel A. Bishop.  State of Ohio, Huron County SS : Be it remembered, that on this 30 day of April A.D. 1840 before me the subscriber, came Oliver Webb, the signer and sealer of the above, and then and there acknowledged he same to be his act and deed for the uses and purposes therein is proper.  And likewise, came Louisa Webb, wife of the said Oliver Webb, and being by me examined, separate and apart from her said husband, and the contents of the above instrument being by me made known to her, then and there acknowledged the same to be her act and deed, by her voluntarily executed, without fear or coercion from her said husband.  David Webb J.P.  Rec’d & recorded on the 1 day of Nov. A.D. 1840.  Thomas Johnston, Recorder.  [Huron County Deeds, Volume 16, Page 219]

 

 

1840 Federal Census. Webb Settlement, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio

Head of Family, Free White Males <5, 5-10, 10-15, 15-20, 20-30, 30-40, 40-50, 50-60, 60-70, 70-80. 80-90, 90-100, 0ver 100

Free White Females <5, 5-10, 10-15, 15-20, 20-30, 30-40, 40-50, 50-60, 60-70, 70-80. 80-90, 90-100, 0ver 100
A. Blodgett, 1, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 2, 2, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0

Isaac How, 0, 0, 1, 1, 0, 0, 1 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0

I. J. Downing, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0

David Webb, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0

Dav’d F. Webb, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0

Ezra Leonard, 0, 0, 1, 2, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0

John Chapman, 0, 1, 2, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0
Sam’l A. Bishop, 0, 0, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0

Martin L. Ruggles, 1, 2, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0

Levi Baldwin, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0
Roswell Phelps,

Oliver Webb, 2, 3, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0

John Ellis, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0
E. Lynn, 0, 2, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 2, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0


1840 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio

Lands & Houses Owner’s Name : Harvey Webb
Location : R23 T4 S2  Lot etc : NP7
Acres : 100
Value : $408.00
State, Canal & T Tax : $7.34
Road Tax : 0
Tax Amount :$7.34
 

1840 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Personal Property Owner’s Name : David Webb
Horses : 0
Value : 0
Cattle : 2
Value : $16.00
Total Value : $16.00
State Canal & Town Tax : $ .28
Road Tax : $ .00
Total Amount :$ .28

1840 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Lands & Houses Owner’s Name : Oliver Webb
Section : R23T4S2
No. of Lot : 9
Description Remarks : E. half
Acres : 102.5
Value : $390.00
S. C. & T. (?) : $7.29
Road Tax : 0
Total : $7.29
School House Tax : $13.77

1840 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Personal Property Owner’s Name : Oliver Webb
Horses : 2
Value : $80.00
Meat Cattle : 2
Value : $16.00
S. C. & T. (?) : $1.72

Road Tax : 0
Total : $1.72

 

1841

 

OLIVER WEBB TO JACOB HOWE, DEED

Know all men by these presents That I, Oliver Webb, for the consideration of six hundred dollars received to my full satisfaction of Jacob Howe, do give, grant, bargain, sell, enfeoff and convey unto him the said Jacob Howe and to his heirs and assigns forever a certain tract of land lying in the Township of Ridgefield, number seven, Southwest part, second section, County of Huron and State of Ohio and bounded as follows North by land owned by the heirs of Harvey Webb, West by land owned by Allan Blodgett, South by the center of the highway, east by the center of the highway containing fifty acres of land, to have and to hold to him the said Jacob Howe, his heirs and assigns forever to their own proper use and behoof.  And I the said Oliver Webb do hereby covenant with the said Jacob Howe at the ensealing of these presents, I am well seized of said tenements as a good indefeasible estate in fee simple and have good right to sell the same in manner and form above written and the same are free from all incumbrances whatever. And furthermore, I the said Oliver Webb for myself, my heirs, executors and administrators do covenant with the said Jacob Howe, his heirs and assigns the lawful possession of the above granted tenements forever to warrant and defend.  And be it known that I, Louisa Webb, wife of the above named Oliver Webb, in consideration of one dollar to me by the grantee paid do remise, release and forever quitclaim unto the said grantee all my right by ay of dower or otherwise in and unto the above granted tenements.  In witness of which I have set my hand and seal the 11th day of May A.D. 1841  Oliver Webb (SEAL); Louisa Webb (SEAL).  Signed, sealed, acknowledged and delivered in person of David Webb, David F. Webb.  State of Ohio, County of Huron SS : Be it remembered that on this eleventh day of May A.D. 1841 before me the subscriber came Oliver Webb, the signer and sealer of the above, and then and there, acknowledged the same to be his act and deed for the uses and purposes therein expressed.  And likewise came on the 22nd day of July 1841 Louisa Webb, wife of the said Oliver Webb and being by me examined separate and apart from her said husband and the contents of the above instrument being by me made known to her then and there acknowledged the same to be her act and deed by her voluntarily executed without fear of or coercion from her said husband.  David Webb, Justice Peace.  Rec’d Aug 21st & recorded Aug 25th A.D. 1841.  Jas. F. Vordenburgh, Dp. Rec’d  [Huron County Deeds, Volume 16, Page 459]

 

JACOB GEISLER TO JOHN GEISLER, DEED

This indenture, made this 6th day of October A.D. 1841 between Jacob Geisler and Elizabeth Geisler his wife of the first part of Kendall County & State of Illinois, and John Geisler of the second part, of the County of Huron in the State of Ohio; Witnesseth, that the said party of the first part for and in consideration of the sum of two hundred dollars, good & lawful money of the U. S. A., to then in hand paid, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, having granted, bargained, sold, remised, released, aliened,& confirmed, and by these presents do grant, remise, release, alien & confirm, unto the said party of the second part, and to his heirs and assigns forever, all the following described lot, piece, or parcel of land, situate, lying & being in Huron County and State of Ohio, and further known by being the east part of Lot No. 18 in Section No. 3 in Norwich, and is bounded as follows, North, East & South, by the lines of said Lot No. 18 and West by a line parallel to said East line, and so far from it as to contain within that line and the other lines as above mention, Fifty acres of land.  To have and to hold the above bargained premises, together with all and singular the hereditaments, appurtenances, and privileges, thereunto in anywise belonging or appertaining, and all the estate, right, title, interest, and claim whatever of the said parties of the first part, either in law or equity, to the only proper use, benefit and behoof of the said party of the second part, and his heirs and assigns forever. And the said party of the first part, for themselves, his heirs, executors, administrators & assigns, do covenant and agree to and with the said party of the second part, his heirs and assigns, that they are well seized of the premises above conveyed as of a good, sure, perfect, absolute and indefeasible estate of inheritance in law in fee simple, and have good right, full power, and lawful authority, to grant, bargain, sell & convey in manner & form as aforesaid, and that the same are free & clear of al former grants, bargains, sales, liens & judgments, and the above bargained premises, in the quiet and peaceable possession of the said party of the second part against all and every person or persons lawfully claiming or to claim, the whole of any part thereof, will forever warrant and defend.  In witness whereof, the said parties of the first part hereunto set their hands & seals this day and year first above written.  Signed, sealed & delivered in presence of Launcelot Rood – { Jacob Geisler (SEAL), Elizabeth Geisler (SEAL).  State of Illinois, Kendall County SS : I, Launcelot Rood, a Justice of the Peace, in and for said County in the State aforesaid, do hereby certify that Jacob Geisler and Elizabeth Geisler, personally known to me to be the same persons described in, and who executed the within warranted deed, appeared before me this day in person and acknowledged the same to be their free and voluntary act & deed, for the uses and purposes therein set forth.  And the said Elizabeth, wife of the said Jacob, having been by me examined separate & apart from her husband, acknowledged the same to be free & voluntary without compulsion, and that she does not wish to retract the same.  Given under my hand and seal at my office in Georgetown, in Kendal County, in the State of Illinois, this 6th day of October A.D. 1841.  Launcelot Rood, J.P. (SEAL). State of Illinois, Kendall County SS : -  I, Marcus A. Fenton, Clerk of the County Commissioners, Court of said County, do hereby certify that Launcelot Rood, whose name appears to be subscribed to the acknowledgment of the within deed was an acting Justice of the Peace at the time, and duly commissioned & sworn, and authorized by the Laws of this State to take the acknowledgment of deeds.  Dated at Yorkville this 7th day of Oct. A.D. 1841 (SEAL).  In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my name and the private seal of said Clerk, no official seal being as yet provided, at Yorkville this 7th day of Oct. 1841 – M. A. Fenton, Clerk.  Rec’d May 13th 1843 and recorded the 15th W. Todd, Recorder.  [Huron County Deeds, Volume 17, Page 420]

 

1841 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Lands & Houses Owner’s Name : Harvey Webb
Location : R23 T4 S2  Lot etc : NP7
Acres : 100
Value : $418.00
State, Canal & T Tax : $7.52
Road Tax : 0
Tax Amount :$7.52

 

1841 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Lands & Houses Owner’s Name : David F. Webb
Location : R23 T4 S2
Lot : 9
Remarks : S. E. part
Acres : 59
Value : $247.00
State, County & Town Tax : $4.44
Road Tax : 0
Total Amount : $4.44
Notes : This is a section of Oliver’s land which he sold or gave to David.

 

1841 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Personal Property Owner’s Name : David F. Webb
Horses : 2
Value : $80.00
Cattle : 4
Value : $32.00
Total Value : $112.00
State Canal & Town Tax : $2.01
Road Tax : 0Total Amount :$2.01

 

1841 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Lands & Houses Owner’s Name : Oliver Webb
Section : R23T4S2
No. of Lot : 9
Description Remarks : N. E. corner
Acres : 33.5
Value : $1111.00
S. C. & T. Tax : $2.53
Road Tax : 0
Total : $2.53
Arrears : 0
School House Tax : 0
Notes :

 

1841 County Auditor – Tax List, Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio
Personal Property Owner’s Name : Oliver Webb
Horses : 2
Value : $80.00
Meat Cattle : 2
Value : $16.00
S. C. & T. (?) : $1.72
Road Tax : 0
Total : $1.72
Notes :

 

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The earliest known mention of the area called Webb’s Settlement in literature is in a notice placed in the Norwalk Reporter newspaper, (published in Norwalk, Ohio, issue of 3 May 1842), by the Trustees of Norwalk Township stating that they would be taking bids to contract work on the “…Section line road leading to the Webb’s settlement,…”

[Click here to see an image of the notice in the newspaper.]

 

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Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio Plat Book of ca 1845Section 2, page 06.  Reproduced by Ken Shute for Huron County Genealogy.

Notes : see also the Ridgefield Township map and township index.

 

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1850

 

JOHN R. OSBORN TO OLIVER WEBB, QUIT CLAIM

Know all ye men by these presents that Mr. Jacob R. Osborn and Elizabeth P. Osborn his wife of Norwalk in the County of Huron and State of Ohio for the consideration of three hundred twelve dollars received to our full satisfaction of Oliver Webb, have granted, bargained, sold, remised and quitclaimed and by these presents do grant, bargain, sell, remise, and quitclaim unto the said Oliver Webb and his heirs and assigns forever a certain tract of land lying in the second section of Ridgefield Township in the said County of Huron and more particularly described as follows, viz : The North half of the North West quarter of Lot number nine lying in said Second section containing twenty-six acres, together, with all and singular (illegible) and appurtenances thereafter belonging or in anywise appertaining and the (illegible) remainder, rents, issues, and profits thereof, and all the estate, right, title, interest, claim or demand whatsoever of them, the said John R. Osborn and Elizabeth P. Osborn, either in law or equity, of in and to the above bargained premises.  To have and to hold the same, to the said Oliver Webb, and to his heirs and assigns forever.  In witness of which, we have set our hands and seals, this 22 day of January A.D. 1850  John R. Osborn (SEAL); Elizabeth P. Osborn (SEAL).  Signed, sealed, acknowledged and delivered in presence of James Kennan, Lucy Osborn (SEAL).  State of Ohio, Huron County, SS : Be it known that on this 22 day of January A.D. 1850, before me, the subscriber, came John R. Osborn, the signer and sealer of the above, and then and there acknowledged the same to be his act and deed for the uses and purposes therein expressed.  And likewise came Elizabeth P. Osborn, wife of the said John R. Osborn, and being by me examined separate and apart from her said husband, and the contents of the above instrument being by me made known to her then and there acknowledged the same to be her act and deed by her voluntarily executed without fear of or coercion from her said husband, and that she (is) still satisfied therewith.  James Kennan, Notary Public.  Rec’d Jan 26th, 1850 and recorded the 29th, D. M. Barnum, Recorder.  [Huron County Deeds, Volume 23, Page 389]

 

1850 Federal Census. Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio

House#/Family#, Name, Age, Sex, Occupation, Value, Birthplace, …remarks

346/364, Silus Webb, 37, Male, White, Mechanic, /200, New York, na

346/364, Catherine Webb, 35, Female, White, na, na, New York, na

346/364, Lucy J. Webb, 11, Female, White, na, na, New York, in school

346/364, Ophelia Webb, 6, Female, White, na, na, Ohio, in school

346/364, Irvin A. Webb, 2, Male, White, na, na, Ohio, na

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716/738, David Webb, 38, Male, White, Farmer, na, New York

716/738, Elizabeth Webb, 42, Female, White, na, na, Pennsylvania

716/738, Electa Webb, 16, Female, White, na, na, Ohio, in school

716/738, Lewis Webb, 15, Male, White, na, na, Ohio, in school

716/738, Nathan Webb, 6, Male, White, na, na, Ohio, in school

716/738, David Webb Sr, 73, Male, White, Farmer, na, Massachusetts

717/739, Moses Adams, 44, Male, White, Cooper, 300, Massachusetts

717/739, Harriet Adams, 44, Female, White, na, na, Massachusetts

717/739, Chancey Adams, 17, Male, White, Farmer, na, New York, in school

717/739, Ruth Adams, 16, Female, White, na, na, New York, in school

717/739, Caroline Adams, 14, Female, White, na, na, New York, in school

717/739, Jane Adams, 12, Female, White, na, na, New York, in school

718/740, Ezra Leonard, 52, male, White, Farmer, 2000, New York

718/740, Sophrona Leonard, 45, Female, White, na, na, New York

718/740, Edwin Webb, 25, Male, White, Farmer, na, Ohio

718/740, Ede Leonard, 16, Female, White, na, na, Ohio, in school

719/741, Edward H. Webb, 27, Male, White, Disciple Clergyman, 1000, Ohio

719/741, Edward Leonard, 23, Male, White, Shoe Maker, na, Ohio

719/741, Ruth S. Webb, 5, Female, White, na, na, Ohio, in school

719/741, Ester Webb, 3, Female, White, na, na, Ohio, in school

719/741, Ezra Webb, 1, Male, White, na, na, Ohio

719/741, Abigail Webb, 25, Female, White, na, na, Ohio

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722/744, Daniel Ruggles, 52, Male, White, Farmer, 7000, Connecticut

722/744, Louisa Ruggles, 51, Female, White, na, na, Pennsylvania

722/744, Jackson Ruggles, 24, Male, White, Farmer, na, Pennsylvania

722/744, Mst Ruggles, 19, Male, White, Farmer, na, Ohio, in school

722/744, Dwight Ruggles, 16, Male, White, Farmer, na, Ohio, in school

722/744, Mary Ruggles, 14, Female, White, na, na, Ohio, in school

723/745, Benjamin B. Jackson, 50, Male, White, Farmer, 4000, Pennsylvania

723/745, Polly Jackson, 51, Female, White, na, na, Pennsylvania

723/745, Henry Jackson, 28, Male, White, Carpenter, na, Pennsylvania, married in year

723/745, Eden R. Jackson, 22, Male, White, Farmer, na, Ohio

723/745, Daniel A. Jackson, 19, Male, White, Farmer, na, Ohio, in school

723/745, William A. Jackson, 17, Male, White, Farmer, na, Ohio, in school

723/745, Benjamin F. Jackson, 11, Male, White, na, na, Ohio, in school

723/745, Biron Jackson, 8, Male, White, na, na, Ohio, in school

723/745, Lorana Jackson, 25, Female, White, na, na, New York, married in year

723/745, Ennulla Jackson, 3, Female, White, na, na, Ohio

723/745, Eden Ruggles, 84, Male, White, na, na, Connecticut

723/745, Artemesia Ruggles, 79, Female, White, na, na, Connecticut

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726/748, John Chapman, 62, Male, White, Farmer, 2000, Connecticut

726/748, Hannah Chapman, 56, Female, White, na, na, Connecticut

726/748, Alvin P. Chapman, 8, Male, White, na, na, Ohio, in school

727/749, Martin L. Ruggles, 46, Male, White, Ship’s Carpenter, 1800, Connecticut

727/749, Fidelia Ruggles, 41, Female, White, na, na, New York

727/749, Chester L. Ruggles, 17, Male, White, Farmer, na, Ohio, in school

727/749, Moses Ruggles, 15, Male, White, Farmer, na, Ohio, in school

727/749, Carlton Ruggles, 12, Male, White, na, na, Ohio, in school

727/749, Comfort Ruggles, 8, Male, White, na, na, Ohio, in school

727/749, Emily Ruggles, 7, Female, White, na, na, Ohio, in school

727/749, Isabella Ruggles, 3, Female, White, na, na, Ohio

727/749, Susannah Giesler, 28, Female, White, na, na, Ohio

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747/769, James B. Bishop, 40, male, White, Carpenter, na, Canada

747/769, Mary I. Bishop, 39, Female, White, na, na, New York

747/769, Josephine Bishop, 19, Female, White, na, na, New York

747/769, Jerome Bishop, 17, Male, White, Laborer, na, New York, in school

747/769, Arminda Bishop, 12, Female, White, na, na, Ohio, in school

747/769, Lucy Bishop, 10, Female, White, na, na, Ohio, in school

747/769, George Bishop, 83, Male, White, Farmer, 0, Vermont, Blind

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787/809, William A. Webb, 36, Male, White, Farmer, na, New York, na

787/809, Mary Webb, 31, Female, White, na, na, New York, na

787/809, Caroline E. Webb, 8, Female, White, na, New York, in school

787/809, Cornelia Webb, 5, Female, White, na, na, Hew York, in school

787/809, Edwin Webb, 3, Male, White, na, na, New York, na

787/809, William Silas Webb, 1, Male, White, na, na, New York, na

787/809, Sirus Campbell, 16, Male, White, Labourer, na, New York, na

 

 

Production of Agriculture, (Webb Settlement) Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio - 1850
Name of Owner : David Webb
Acres (Total – Improved and Unimproved) : 35 / 64
Cash Value of farm : $1475.00
Cash value of farming implements and machinery : $68.00
Horses : 4
Mules & Asses : 0 
Milk Cows : 7
Working Oxen : 2
Other Cattle : 3
Sheep : 25
Swine : 2
Value of Livestock : $327.00
Wheat - spring : 30 bushels
Oats : 40 bushels
Rye : 0
Peas & Beans : 2 bushels
Indian corn : 100 bushels
Potatoes - Irish : 60 bushels
Wool : 100 lbs
Orchard Fruit : 0
Dairy Products - Butter : 400 lbs
Cheese : 300 lbs

Hay : 12 tons
Clover Seed, Grass Seed, Beeswax : 0

Value of home manufacture : $27.00
Value of Animals Slaughtered : $30.00

 

 

Production of Agriculture, (Webb Settlement) Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio - 1850
Name of Owner : Ezra Leonard (former Harvey Webb farm?)
Acres (Total – Improved and Unimproved) : 90 / 50
Cash Value of farm : $3000.00
Cash value of farming implements and machinery : $85.00
Horses : 1     
Mules & Asses : 0      
Milk Cows : 4
Working Oxen : 0
Other Cattle : 14
Sheep : 20 
Swine : 1
Value of Livestock : $188.00
Wheat - spring : 30 bushels
Oats : 70 bushels
Rye, Peas & Beans : 0
Indian corn : 200 bushels
Potatoes - Irish : 20 bushels
Wool : 70 lbs
Orchard Fruit : 0
Dairy Products - Butter : 250 lbs
Cheese : 0

Hay : 20 tons
Clover Seed : 18
Grass Seed : 0
Beeswax : 60 lbs

Value of home manufacture : $40.00
Value of Animals Slaughtered : $60.00

 

 

Production of Agriculture, (Webb Settlement) Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio - 1850
Name of Owner : Daniel Ruggles
Acres (Total – Improved and Unimproved) : 200 / 78
Cash Value of farm : $7000.00
Cash value of farming implements and machinery : $156.00
Horses : 5     
Mules & Asses : 0      
Milk Cows : 6
Working Oxen : 2
Other Cattle : 18
Sheep : 36      
Swine : 6
Value of Livestock : $664.00
Wheat - spring : 650 bushels
Oats : 260 bushels
Rye : 0
Peas & Beans : 0
Indian corn : 800 bushels
Potatoes - Irish : 200 bushels
Wool : 70 lbs
Orchard Fruit : 35 bushels
Dairy Products - Butter : 720 lbs
Cheese : 100 lbs

Hay : 60 tons
Clover Seed : 4 bushels
Grass Seed : 5 bushels
Beeswax : 40 lbs

Value of home manufacture : $15.00
Value of Animals Slaughtered : $97.00

 

 

Production of Agriculture, (Webb Settlement) Ridgefield Township, Huron County, Ohio - 1850
Name of Owner : Martin L. Ruggles
Acres (Total – Improved and Unimproved) : 35 / 23
Cash Value of farm : $1800.00
Cash value of farming implements and machinery : $100.00
Horses : 1     
Mules & Asses : 0      
Milk Cows : 7
Working Oxen : 2
Other Cattle : 18
Sheep : 10      
Swine : 5
Value of Livestock : $409.00
Wheat – spring, Oats, Rye, Peas & Beans : 0
Indian corn : 300 bushels
Potatoes - Irish : 25 bushels
Wool : 20 lbs
Orchard Fruit : 25 bushels
Dairy Products - Butter : 750 lbs
Cheese : 100 lbs

Hay : 25 tons
Clover Seed : 0
Grass Seed : 2 bushels
Beeswax :0

Value of home manufacture : $74.00
Value of Animals Slaughtered : $47.00

 

 

Ephraim Herrick’s and Martin M. Hester’s farms in Bronson Township

 

1850 Federal Census. Bronson Township, Huron County, Ohio
House#, Family#, Name, Age, Sex, Occupation, Value, Birthplace, …remarks
1950/1993, Ephram W. Herrick, 57, Male, White, Farmer, 3000, New York

1950/1993, Electa Herrick, 50, Male, White, na, na, New York

1950/1993, Charles S. Herrick, 24, Male, White, Farmer, 1000, Ohio

1950/1993, Syrus B. Herrick, 21, Male, White, Farmer, na, Ohio

1950/1993, Emeline Herrick, 18, Female, White, na, na, Ohio, in school

1950/1993, Mary Herrick, 15, Female, White, na, na, Ohio, in school

1950/1993, Electa J, Herrick, 9, Female, White, na, na, Ohio, in school

1950/1993, Eugene L. Whitney, 5, Male, White, na, na, Ohio, in school

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Production of Agriculture, Bronson Township, Huron County, Ohio - 1850
Name of Owner : Ephraim W. Herrick
Acres (Total – Improved and Unimproved) : 70 / 30
Cash Value of farm : $3000.00
Cash value of farming implements and machinery : $290.00
Horses : 6
Mules & Asses : 0
Milk Cows : 3
Working Oxen : 0
Other Cattle : 3
Sheep : 50
Swine : 11
Value of Livestock : $400.00
Wheat - spring : 300 bushels
Oats : 300 bushels
Rye, Peas & Beans : 0
Indian corn : 400 bushels
Potatoes - Irish : 70 bushels
Wool : 125 lbs
Buckwheat : 52 bushels
Dairy Products - Butter : 276 lbs

Cheese : 100 lbs

Hay : 20 tons

Grass Seed : 0Clover Seed : 0

Value of home manufacture : $50.00Value of Animals Slaughtered : $80.00

 

 

1850 Federal Census. Bronson Township, Huron County, Ohio
House#, Family#, Name, Age, Sex, Occupation, Value, Birthplace, …remarks

1956/1999, Martin Hester, 63, Male, White, Farmer, na, Pennsylvania

1956/1999, Mary M. Hester, 61, Female, White, na, na, Pennsylvania

1956/1999, Martin M. Hester, 28, Male, White, Farmer, 7000, Ohio

1956/1999, Mary F. Hester, 25, Female, White, na, na, Ireland

1956/1999, Eliza Wilson, 32, Female, White, na, na, Ohio

1956/1999, John. H. Wilson, 16, Male, White, Farmer, na, Ohio, In School

1956/1999, George F. Wilson, 13, Male, White, na, na, Ohio, In School

1956/1999, James M. Wilson, 11, Male, White, na, na, Ohio, In School

1956/1999, Michael J. Ott, 24, Male, White, Labourer, na, Germany

1956/2000, Myron T. Word, 33, Male, White, E. M. Clergyman, 600, Vermont

1956/2000, Julia A. Word, 29, Female, White, na, na, Canada

1956/2000, Hibbard P. Word, 1 1/2, Male, White, na, na, Ohio

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Production of Agriculture, Bronson Township, Huron County, Ohio - 1850
Name of Owner : Martin M. Hester
Acres (Total – Improved and Unimproved) : 130 / 62
Cash Value of farm : $7000.00
Cash value of farming implements and machinery : $150.00
Horses : 4
Mules & Asses : 0
Milk Cows : 6
Working Oxen : 0
Other Cattle : 8
Sheep : 133
Swine : 8
Value of Livestock : $500.00
Wheat - spring : 670 bushels
Oats : 150 bushels
Rye : 40 bushels
Peas & Beans : 0
Indian corn : 500 bushels
Potatoes - Irish : 400 bushels
Wool : 400 lbs
Orchard Fruit : 50 bushels
Dairy Products - Butter : 500 lbs
Cheese : 100 lbs

Hay : 25 tons
Grass Seed : 5 bushels
Clover Seed : 17 bushels

Value of home manufacture : $30.00
Value of Animals Slaughtered : $150.00

 

 

Other Webb families in Huron County :

 

Production of Agriculture, New London Township, Huron County, Ohio - 1850

Name of Owner : Ephraim Webb
Acres (Total – Improved and Unimproved) : 25 / 10
Cash Value of farm : $600.00
Cash value of farming implements and machinery : $30.00
Horses : 2 
Mules & Asses : 0 
Milk Cows : 1
Working Oxen : 0
Other Cattle : 1
Sheep : 13
Swine : 3
Value of Livestock : $160.00
Wheat - spring : 0
Oats : 30 bushels
Rye, Peas & Beans : 0
Indian corn : 120 bushels
Potatoes - Irish : 35 bushels
Wool : 30 lbs
Buckwheat : 8 bushels
Dairy Products - Butter : 100 lbs
Cheese : 0

Hay : 6 tons
Grass Seed, Clover Seed, Maple Sugar, Molasses, Beeswax : 0

Value of home manufacture : $6.00
Value of Animals Slaughtered : $30.00

 

Production of Agriculture, New London Township, Huron County, Ohio - 1850

Name of Owner : Horace Webb
Acres (Total – Improved and Unimproved) : 25 / 13
Cash Value of farm : $600.00
Cash value of farming implements and machinery : $25.00
Horses : 2 
Mules & Asses : 0
Milk Cows : 2
Working Oxen : 0
Other Cattle : 5
Sheep : 16
Swine : 3
Value of Livestock : $160.00
Wheat - spring : 0
Oats : 40 bushels
Rye : 0
Peas & Beans : 2 bushels
Indian corn : 140 bushels
Potatoes - Irish : 70 bushels
Wool : 70 lbs
Buckwheat : 52 bushels
Dairy Products - Butter : 220 lbs
Cheese : 0

Hay : 3 tons
Grass Seed : 5 bushels
Clover Seed : 0

Maple Sugar : 350 lbs
Molasses : 3 gallons
Beeswax : 40 lbs

Value of home manufacture : $15.00
Value of Animals Slaughtered : $35.00

 

Production of Agriculture, Wakeman Township, Huron County, Ohio - 1850
Name of Owner : Samuel Webb
Acres (Total – Improved and Unimproved) : 50 / 36
Cash Value of farm : $1500.00
Cash value of farming implements and machinery : $100.00
Horses : 3
Mules & Asses : 0
Milk Cows : 3
Working Oxen : 2
Other Cattle : 11
Sheep : 1
Swine : 7
Value of Livestock : $370.00
Wheat - spring : 35 bushels
Oats : 30 bushels
Tobacco : 30 lbs
Indian corn : 200 bushels
Potatoes - Irish : 40 bushels
Wool : 3 lbs
Peas & Beans : 1 bushel
Dairy Products - Butter : 300 lbs
Cheese : 40 lbs

Hops : 10 (?)
Flax : 20 (?)
Flax Seed : 1 (?)

Maple Sugar : 200 lbs
Molasses : 6 gallons
Beeswax : 0

Value of home manufacture : $5.00

Value of Animals Slaughtered : $35.00

 

 

Sources :

 

Huron County Auditor’s Tax Lists

 

Microfilmed Records : T1159 Non-population Census for Ohio Roll 5.

 

1850 Federal Census, Huron County, Ohio.

 

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