I would like to renew my plea for information regarding the family of Erasmus Jones and Lemuel Jones, Rachel and Nancy Clark, James Houck and associated families.
Jones:Erasmus Jones was born in 1789 in Maryland.He had at least two siblings...Lemuel and Rachel perhaps others...Philip, Nelson, Joseph.They traveled to Washington Township, Licking County and Miller Township, Knox County in Ohio from Maryland.Erasmus enlisted in Captain Samuel Dunnavan's Company Ohio) to fight in the War of 1812 as a private.He served from July 31 through September 5, 1813. He served also served in Ohio for Captain John Connor's Company (Ohio Militia). Lemuel Jones (wife Nancy Clark...sister of Rachel) served under Captain Snowde (Maryland Militia).Erasmus married Rachel Clark on March 13, 1813.Their first child, Nelson was born in Falling Waters (in the panhandle of...now...West Virginia...at that time it was probably Maryland) in 1816.There were three sons and seven daughters born to the couple (Nelson, Joseph, Rhoda, Allen, Mary, Angeline, Rachel, Harriet and Caroline).Erasmus and Rachel owned a 200 acre farm near Utica, Ohio.Erasmus and Lemuel's sister Rachelher husband Joseph Penn and children moved to Ohio in November, 1811.Rachel began having children in Ohio in 1818.Her grandson, George Walter Stevens would become the President of Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad.Erasmus Jones died 29 November, 1862 and is buried at Utica Cemetery North.He was 73.Rachel Clark Jones was born in 1796 and died 17 January 1872.She is buried at her husband's side.
From The History Of Knox County - Hilliar Township - Chapter XXXVI
Hilliar Township was laid off from Miller, upon petition of its citizens, August 28, 1818.It is the southwestern township of the county.The first settlement was called "Houck's," and was principally made up of the families of James and Jacob Houck and Joseph Jennings, who erected the first cabins, and graced the principal building, through Mr. Lamson, with the first brick chimney put up in this township. This settlement wasabout one mile southwest of the present village of Centerburg.
Great difficulty was wxperienced by the early settlers in getting to and from mill.We find as early as April 26, 1810, Jacob and James Houck, Joseph Jennings...and others, met at doctor Hilliar's farm and united in petitioning for a road to Douglass' mill.the prayer was granted and Wm Gass, Charles Cooper and Isaac Bonnet were appointed viewers.
An account from James Houck:
In the spring of 1802, accompanied by five young men from the head waters of the Juniata, in Pennsylvania, I made the tour of central Ohio on horseback. Zanesville then contained six log cabins and one hewed log house. In the winter of 1803, in company with a party of young men on a bear hunt we camped at the mouth of Dry creek, near where Hughes' tavern now stands. In company with Jacob Houck and James Jennings, I followed Dr. Hilliar to Knox county, Ohio, the doctor having preceded us about three years. There were then four or five families in the new settlement, and our nearest neighbors were the widow Perfect and her six sons, five miles west of us. Our next nearest neighbors were Higgins, seven miles northeast of us, and the Hardesties and Yoakams beyond.During the winter of 1812, I went to Zanesville, purchased one hundred bushels of oats at twenty-five cents per bushel, hauled the same to Upper Sandusky and sold it to the army quartered there at two dollars per bushel. It was there that I made the acquaintance of Simon Girty. When the Indians became troublesome the settlers took refuge in the Perfect block house.
In 1811, the Wooster, Mt. Vernon & Columbus road was laid out. I met the viewers and surveyors at Mt. Vernon, and volunteered to pilot them through. My services were accepted and I led them to the northeast corner of my brother Jacob's land ; thence due west along our north lines, laying the road all on Stanbery's land, north of us. Having passed our lands I again turned to the southwest, and led them to Zoar-now Galena. I cut then timber and brush from the road, from Higgins' to Zoar. Commissioner Mitchell gave me the contract. I knew Dr. Richard Hilliar. He was a good looking, ambitious man of medium size. He would never transact any business with a man who told him a falsehood. When we came to Hilliar township he lived in a pole house and had seven acres of land cleared; the work was done by a man named Hyatt Willison, from the settlement ten miles north. Dr. Hilliar was affected with consumption and dropsy, but boasted that he lived eighteen years in spite of death. Before his death he broke down some brush near a cherry tree in the woods, about thirty rods southwest of the forks of the Sunbury road, and directed that he be buried there and his grave be left unmarked, and he wanted no man to say, "Here lies old doctor Hilliar." His orders were obeyed, and "no man knoweth of his grave to this day.
A Story About James And Settling A Dispute
On one occasion, during an apple-bee at Jacob Houck's, a "scap" of bees mysteriously disappeared, and suspicion rested on one Ferdinand McLain, who indignantly denied it, and challenged young James Houck to seftle the matter according to the frontier code, i. e. take it back or take a whipping. Houck chose the latter horn of the dilemma, and took the beating, but when it was over he said: "Of course you can whip a sick man, but I'll see you about this next election day." Accordingly on election day they met, and Houck struck McLain with such force that he was rendered insensible, and it was with much difficulty that his friends resuscitated him. This should have ended the matter, and probably would, but whiskey got the better of them, and the difficulty was only settled after eight more bloody battles had been fought. That was regarded as very fair amusement for one day."
In 1823 James Houck donated an acre of ground to the public for a graveyard and school-house. On this ground a small log house was built, which served its purpose well, and was the only one in the township for a number of years. As the settlement progressed other houses were built in various parts of the township, but the instruction imparted in them was of a rather inferior quality.
James Houck was a Judge of the first election.Jacob Houck (1824) and William Reynolds.(1822) were Justices Of The Peace.
James daughter, Sophia married the son of William Reynolds, Amos. In September, 1849, an epidemic killed Sophia.Her daughter, Emily died in October and Amos died the following March.James and his wife Sarah raised their granddaughter, Caroline, the youngest remaining child of Amos and Sophia.They were in their late 60s.Carrie (later) moved in with an older brother Burr and other family members.She married Nelson M. Jones and moved to Illinois.