York Township

Towns, Past and Present

     Courtney Corner, Fish Creek, Metz, Page, York Center

Settlers Before 1840
1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana  page 595

Cowee BARNS Royal B. HIX Alvah PHELPS
Fayette BARRON Charles F. HODGES Griswold PHELPS
Jackson CORY George JENKS Calvin POWERS
Jeremiah DILLINGHAM David K. JONES Stephen A. POWERS

* Most of these pioneers were from New York

Township History
Abstracted from the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana  pages 594-602

                Thomas PARSONS (deceased) b. Apr 1823 in Harrisburg, Pa
                        moved to Crawford Co., Ohio near Leesville
                        m. Sept 16, 1845 to Nancy M. McClaskey who d. Aug 7, 1876
                        moved to Lagrange Co., Ind in Oct 1845
                        moved to Steuben Co., Ind in 1847
                        d. July 8, 1880 in Angola aged 57 y 3 m
                Calvin POWERS (deceased) b. March 5, 1808 in Ontario Co., NY
                        moved to Steuben Co., Ind in 1837
                        married twice, second wife survives
                        six children -- 3 sons, 3 daughters
                        buried in Powers Cem
                Joseph W. THOMAS (deceased) b. 1823 in Bucks Co., Pa
                        moved w parents Moses & Prudence THOMAS to Crawford Co., Ohio in 1835
                        moved to Williams Co., Ohio in 1840
                        second child in family of 11 children
                        settled in York Twp soon after 1840
                        d. June 7, 1882
                  John CROY, his son Andrew CROY, and Elmus BARRON went hunting in 1841 to Williams   Co. Ohio.  John and Elmus got separated from Andrew who hollered, pounded on trees, and felled a tree to try to guide them back.  Andrew went home the next morning thinking they were lost forever, but they arrived back home late in the day having had only a squirrel to eat.

                David K. JONES came with his mother from New Hampshire to Wall Lake, near Orland, Ind,  and then York Township in 1838.  While in York Township, he had terrible trouble with bears trying to steal his pigs.

Town History of Metz
J.W. GOODALE --- furniture and undertaking
GOODALE & STEVENS --- dry-goods
CULVER & NORRIS --- dry-goods
C.S. MYERS & Co. --- drugs
BOWSIER & PORTER --- hardware
Samuel D. PORTER --- postoffice
Caleb RAKESTRAW --- hotel
Job WILLIAMS --- blacksmith
B. BURCH --- wagon and repair shop
J.B. SHAFFER --- flouring mill
William REEK --- saw mill
Henry RAPP --- shoemaker
Elmus BARRON --- gunsmith
Mrs. CULVER --- millinery
F.F. WOOD, C.W. GOODALE, E.F. STAUFFER, H.M. BYALL --- physicians


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