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HISTORY OF LICKING COUNTY. - page 475
The National road was the means of building up many towns along its route, and among others Kirkersville, in this township; and, in fact, it is the only village in the township except Kirkersville station. It was laid out in 1832, by Dr. William C. Kirker, who owned some fine land at this point on South fork, at the mouth of Bloody run. He, probably, built the first dwelling in the place. Thomas Youmans was, probably, the first man of family to settle there; he erected a building and kept a "tavern," as these were in great demand along that road, both while it was in course of construction, for the purpose of feeding the workmen, and for many years after, for the traveling public.
John C. Alward, born December 21, 1811; came to this county with his parents in 1818. October 19, 1837, he married Miss Margaret Youmans. Miss Youmans was born in New Jersey, February 19, 1817, and came to this county with her parents, Thomas and Caturah Youmans, about 1825. Mr. and Mrs. Alward settled on his father's home farm, where they now reside. They have six children - four sons and two daughters. In 1850 he was nominated for State senator, by the Democracy of Licking county, and was elected by a majority of about four hundred, and served a term of one year. In 1851 he was reelected to the senate under the present constitution and served a term of two years. He served as captain of a militia company one year, lieutenant colonel two years, and was then promoted to colonel of the regiment, which he commanded about two years, in all making about five years service in the militia of the State. He has made farming and stock raising his principal vocation, making thoroughbred sheep a specialty.