Monday, December 23, 2013

1976 - Our Heritage: Colerain Township, Ohio. Colerain Twp.Bicentennial Committee

(Draft... Transcribed for Fair Use only.)

(Google: 1976 "Our Heritage" Colerain Ohio Bicentennial Committee)

[Was this an early version of the 1994 book? See: 'The new book, "Colerain Township Revisited" will include some information from a cookbook history published by the historical society years ago. Wells is updating the information through 1993 and is organizing the information in what she hopes will be a clearer fashion.']


The Bevis Family

Posted by Carol Eddleman 
The Bevis Family
June 14, 2011 01:12PM


Dr. Howard L. Bevis, who died at Columbus, Ohio April 24, 1968 
was a descendant of this pioneer family who were among the early 
settlers of the Northwest Territory. He was a graduate of the 
University of Cincinnati, receiving a Bachelor's degree and a law 
degree there. He taught law at UC and was the secretary of the 
Charter Amendment Committee which organized the Charter Party in 
Cincinnati. He was appointed state director of finance in 1931 and 
in 1933 became an associate justice of the Ohio Supreme Court to 
fill out an unexpired term. He received a doctor of science of 
law degree from Harvard and joined the Harvard faculty in 1935 as 
a professor of government and law in the graduate school of business 
administration. He became the seventh president of Ohio State 
University in 1940. He was president of the state's largest 
university for sixteen years until his retirement in 1956. He was 
married in 1914 to Alma D. Murray, a classmate of his student days 
at the University of Cincinnati. They had one son, Murray Bevis. 
Dr. Bevis was a member of the Colerain Historical Society during 
the past several years, expressing his interest in the area which 
his ancestors helped to settle. 

Issacher Bevis, the pioneer ancestor, was in the Revolutionary 
War in Capt. Taylor's Company of the 7th Battalion of the Cumberland 
County, Pennsylvania Militia. He was the only child of Thomas Bevis 
born 1710 in England, and Ann Draper Bevis. Issacher was born in 
Burlington County, New Jersey in 1740 and there married Ann Kirk- 
patrick about 1776. They moved to Huntington County, Pennsylvania, 
where their children were born: Charlotte, 1778; Elizabeth, 1779; 
Jesse, 1783; and Andrew, 1785. The family came to Ohio in 1792 and 
helped to re-settle Dunlap's Station abandoned the previous year 
after St. Clair's disastrous defeat. Elizabeth died January 14, 1801 
and was buried in the Dunlap Station Cemetery. Her stone records 
the earliest known burial. Issacher followed her in 1805 and Ann 
was buried beside them in 1835. 

Jesse Bevis, in 1808, married Sarah Martin, daughter of Samuel 
W. Martin, another early pioneer. They lived in a cabin near the 
site of his father's home on the Great Miami. Jesse built a large 
flatboat on the river bank in 1812 and, taking his own and his neigh- 
bors' produce to sell in New Orleans, set off down the river. There 
he sold his boat load of goods and the boat, bought a horse and made 
his way back over the old Indian trail known as the Natchez Trace. 
This dangerous journey was undertaken by venturesome pioneers because 
there weren't enough buyers for their surplus produce. Jesse Bevis 
returned home with $400, with which he purchased a tract of land in 
Colerain Township and in 1816 established the settlement known as 
Bevis. As the hamlet grew larger he built a grist mill near the head 
of Bluerock Creek and later a distillery which had an output of 20 
gallons a day. He made another flatboat journey to New Orleans in 
1825, taking his older sons with him. (The family genealogy lists 
his brother Andrew as dying in Vicksburg in 1825. Andrew must have 
lived in Colerain Township for his children all married people known 
to be residents of Colerain Township. Perhaps Andrew was on this 
trip and died on the way down the river). This trip was very profit- 
able and less dangerous as they were able to return by steamboat. He 
was able to increase his land holdings in Colerain Township and to 
improve his buildings. He replaced the old log cabin in 1818 with 
a large frame building, with a porch running the full length of the 
south side of the building. Jesse Bevis was appointed postmaster, 
the postoffice expanding into a general store, later into a prosper- 
ous tavern. Some years later this frame was replaced with a sub- 
stantial brick. In 1836 the old distillery burned and was replaced 
by a much larger one. The first steam engine in the area replaced 
the horse power machinery of the old distillery. About the middle 
of the century the distillery was converted into a sawmill. The 
old brick tavern and community meeting place had to be abandoned 
with the building of the Colerain Turnpike, which moved the route 
some distance west of the old one, which had joined the Hamilton 
Road by what is now known as Belmont Avenue in College Hill. The 
old route had been Banning Road as far as Pippin, then somewhere 
between Pippin and the present Colerain Road until it joined the 
present road somewhere in the vicinity of Struble Road. The 
building of the turnpike left the old Bevis settlement stranded and 
it naturally moved to the scene of greater travel. A large frame 
tavern was built on the turnpike and dedicated New Year's Eve of 
1855. Jesse and his sons dug a huge well, some 20 feet in diam- 
eter across the pike from the tavern. This was called Franklin 
Well. One of his sons started a bus line from Cincinnati to the 
tavern. Another son, Martin Bevis, built a hotel known as the 
Bevis House at the terminus of the bus line, Court and Walnut 
Streets. The 12 children of Jesse and Sarah (Martin) Bevis were: 
Martin and Eleanor (Stout) Bevis; James A. and Margaret (Ramsey) 
Bevis; Elizabeth Bevis and Joshua Davis (whose sister Phebe marr- 
ied Peter J. Laboyteaux; David and Axsher (Stout) Bevis; Mary Bevis 
who married John Ramsey and later, James Dick; Charlotte, whose two 
husbands were James Beard and Samuel Withrow; Anna (twin of Char- 
lotte) was the wife of Thomas Moorhead; Jesse and Nancy (Williamson) 
Bevis; Sarah was the wife of Harp Huston; Catherine married Stockton 
West, a descendant of Charles West, who founded West Union, later 
to become Groesbeck; Samuel and Elizabeth (McHenry) Bevis; John K. 
and Katy (Hughes) Bevis. 

The grandchildren of Jesse Bevis were united by marriage to 
many other of the early pioneer families. Names of Gosling, 
Maynard, Struble, Huston, Wetherby, Bosserman, Peck, Jessup, 
Williamson, West Hughes, Moorhead, Stout, and many other families 
familiar to students of local history. Many of these went to other 
parts of the country to become leaders in other communities. Issac- 
her, son of Martin and great-great grandson of Issacher, the pioneer 
was a prominent businessman in St. Louis. Philemon Bevis, great 
grandson of Jesse, was one of the leaders in national Y.M.C.A. work. 
Reverend Norman Bevis was the pastor of the U.B. Church at New Haven. 
Clifford and Joseph Bevis were in business in Harrison, Ohio. Clif- 
ford was also a member of the State Legislature. Physicians in the 
family were Dr. Ralph Peck, of California; Dr. J.A. Davis, of Coving- 
ton, Ky.; Dr. Campbell, in Newton, Ohio; and Dr. James Potter, of 
Baltimore. Dr. Howard L. Bevis's record is well known. Great grand- 
sons of Jesse in Cincinnati are St. Clair Bevis and Robert Bevis. 
Emory A. Bevis lives in Dunlap, Colerain Township. The Bevis family 
has had along and interesting connection with Hamilton County's 

Mrs. Howard L. (Alma) Bevis, a member of the Colerain Historical 
Society, sent some interesting historical information on the area. 
Quoted from her letter: "Regarding the Bevis house at Bevis: It 
was the home of David Bevis, my husband's grandfather. Perhaps it 
was built by his father, Jesse Bevis, owner of Bevis Tavern of early 
days. It was the first house in that area to have central heating. 
The heating system was installed by David Bevis's son-in-law, Peck, 
a member of the heating firm of Peck, Williamson, and Co. 
There used to be a large, very substantial barn on the property 
that dated back many years. (Note - The barn is still there and has 
many Bevis initials carved on the old beams. The house, also, is 
still there. It is owned by Klei Lawnmower Sales & Service 10345 
Colerain Pike. Dr. Howard Bevis once stopped and talked to Mr. Klei, 
later wrote him giving him the history of the house. The Klei family 
are very proud of their home and its history). 

The Bevis house was on the west side of the Colerain Pike at the 
top of a rise. I remember it as the house on the highest point at 
Bevis, a little north of a road that leads east from the Pike. (Struble 
Road). The original Bevis Tavern was located on the Pike, which was 
then a little east of where it is now. This other road ran east from 
Colerain Pike at the point where the Tavern was. (The original Bevis 
Tavern site was on present day Bevis Lane. the old Colerain Road hav- 
ing been located about a quarter mile east of the present one at that 
point. The original Colerain Road left the Hamilton Road by what is 
today Belmont Avenue in College Hill). 

The Tavern was operated at the time of the Andrew Jackson cam- 
paign for on one wall of the main room was scrawled a campaign slogan. 
At Bevis there was a well. known as Franklin Well. which furnish- 
ed water to residents of the area. As I recall. the well was on the 
present Colerain Pike, east side. It was very large and covered with 
a frame shed. 

David Bevis was the father of twelve children. They and their 
families were accustomed to gather at the David Bevis home on Sundays 
after church. My husband was a frequent visitor. 

David Bevis's brother, Jesse. operated the Bevis Hotel at Court 
and Walnut Streets Cincinnati. I think he also operated the Tavern 
at Bevis. (Note - the 1855 Directory shows: Bevis House (Bevis & 
Ridenour) s.e.c. Court & Walnut; Martin Bevis. s.e.c. Court & Walnut. 
The 1858 Directory - Alfred Bevis (Leavitt & B.) Furnishing goods, 
bds. Bevis House; Martin Van B. Bevis - bar k. Bevis House. In 1859 
appears; Bevis, Martin Van B. - clk - Bevis House; Bevis, Issachar, - 
clk - bds Bevis House. In 1861, Bevis, Martin B. & Riley B., Prop. 
of Bevis House. In 1862, Bevis, Uriel - b.k. at Bevis House; Bevis, 
Jesse (John B. & Co.) h. Bevis, Butler Co.; Bevis, John & Co. (John 
B. & Jesse B.) prop. Cincinnati & Colerain, Venice & New London Omni- 
bus Line - 169 Walnut St. In 1870 the Bevis House changed owners, 
but carried the Bevis House name until 1881, when it became the 
Globe Hotel). 

David Bevis built the U.B. Church at Bevis and laid out the 
adjoining cemetery. He said he was inclined to follow the teachings 
of Alexander Campbell (Disciples of Christ founder), but established 
the United Bretheren Church at Bevis because most of the residents 
of the area subscribed to that faith. 

Although Issacher and his son Jesse Bevis bought up their neigh- 
bors' corn liquor and floated it on a flat boat down to New Orleans 
where they sold it and bought a horse and made their way up the Nat- 
chez Trace, the Bevis family later became staunch drys. 

When I was at Zanesville years ago, I attended a picnic meeting 
of the Bevises there. As I recall the Bevises there knew they were 
related to those in Hamilton County, but were uncertain as to the 
chain of relationship. Apparently some of the Bevises coming west 
from New Jersey remained in eastern Ohio, but Issacher followed the 
John Cleves Symmes party to Losantiville." 

(Source: Bicentennial publication: Our Heritage: Colerain Township, Ohio. Colerain Twp. Bicentennial Committee, 1976.) 

Sorry, only registered users may post in this forum.
Click here to login
(c) 1997 - 2011 US Biographies Project,17247,17247

Elizabeth McCleve's DsS story
Carol Eddleman
McCleave, George
June 13, 2011 01:57PM Admin

An inquiry was made about George  McCleave, a Revolutionary soldier, who came with his family to Colerain about 1790. The genealogy of Samuel and Elizabeth (McCleave)  Smith states that George McCleave's wife died soon after their arrival at Dunlap's Station. Elizabeth was keeping house for the motherless family at the time of the Indian attack. She helped to defend the Station by molding bullets as did all of the women in the fort. 
She had two brothers, John and Benjamin, and a younger sister, Mary. 
About 1803 John McCleave left Coleraine, went to the Dry Forks of White Water in Indiana. In 1814 he again moved westward to what is now Lawrence County, Ill. Benjamin McCleave and his father, George, followed John to Illinois. Although they cannot be found in Hamilton County records, the Butler Co. census of 1807 shows a George McCiief in Fairfield township and Benjamin McClief in Ross. 

(Source: Bicentennial publication: Our Heritage: Colerain Township, Ohio. Colerain Twp. Bicentennial Committee, 1976.),17241,17241

Welcome! » Log In » Create A New Profile
US Biography Project

The Abner Johnson Family

Posted by Carol Eddleman 
The Abner Johnson Family
June 14, 2011 01:17PM

Abner Johnson was born in New Jersey in early June 1759 and by 
1777 was a wagoner with George Washington's troops in the Battle 
of Princeton which cleared all but a small part of eastern New 
Jersey from the British under Cornwallis. 

Abner was married to Jemima Hampton and had two sons Carey and 
Abner. One or both of them "went west" after the Northwest Territory 
was opened, coming up the Miami valley, one of the first streams to 
be followed away from the broader and more frequently traveled Ohio. 
Together with some of the Hedges family they selected land in the 
valley and extending up the timbered hills rising above it in the 
area of Ft. Dunlap. Later Abner had married Jane Kirkpatrick and 
they had six sons and three daughters who grew up in a log cabin 
on the hills overlooking the "Big Bend" of the river. 

The daughter Hannah was married first to Anthony Ludwig Hedges. 
Their children were Jane (Matson), Eliza (Sater), and Mary (Lamb). 
None of them moved far away and their husbands were all active in 
the Cincinnati and Coleraine area. 

After the death of Anthony Hedges at the age of 29, Hannah mar- 
ried George Tabor Marsh. Marsh had earlier been married to Sarah 
Ann Smith and had a daughter known to Hannah's children as "Aunt 
Lockey". They had lived in Cincinnati, but George Marsh and his 
daughter became integrated in the Venice (later called Ross) neigh- 

The family cemetery was established on the low land near the 
river where repeated floods and natural build up of the soil over 
the years covered foot stones and low headstones. 

Jane and Abner lie side by side near a tall well-marked stone, 
and George Marsh lies by his daughter in another part of the ceme- 

This neighborhood drew Hannah Johnson's children into the same 
circles as the Gilliland family. James Gilliland, a Presbyterian 
minister had made a missionary journey along the Ohio in 1809 and 
had been pastor at Red Oak, Ohio for many years. His son, Adam 
Baird Gilliland was with the church in Venice for a long time. 
And so it came about that Adam Gilliland's son married the 
daughter of Hannah Johnson Marsh. Their daughter Sarah Johnson 
Marsh became my grandmother about one hundred years after Hannah's 

Norma Kidd Green 
(Mrs. Roy M. Green) 
Lincoln, Nebraska 
(Mrs. Green is a member of the Colerain Historical Society and her 
contribution is greatly appreciated). 

An article by "Conteur" in 1924 stated: "In 1790 John Dunlap 
and a small group of settlers had established themselves in a remote 
part of the great tracts purchased by John Cleves Symmes from the 
Government . In the following years the little colony called Dunlap's 
Station was abandoned after the route of St. Clair's army because of 
fear of attack by the victorious Indians. They could recall that in 
January, 1791, Shawnees led by the famous Blue Jacket, had besieged 
for two days and nights in great force the 11 pioneers and 13 sold- 
iers from Ft. Washington until they were driven off by a re-enforce- 
ment from the fort. 

Meanwhile, new pioneers had steered their flatboats from Redstone, 
Penn., now Brownsville, to Dunlap's Station. These new recruits cheer- 
ed the hearts of the Dunlap settlers and again roused the desire to 
reclaim the partly cleared region of the Great Miami country. Among 
these new colonists at Dunlap, in 1792, were Issacher Bevis and Abner 
Johnson, who had married the sisters Jane and Ann Kirkpatrick." 

(Source: Bicentennial publication: Our Heritage: Colerain Township, Ohio. Colerain Twp. Bicentennial Committee, 1976.)

Re: The Abner Johnson Family
August 21, 2012 01:15PM
Looking for a link to trace the forebearers of my great-great-great grandfather Matthias Johnson (born Nov. 5, 1803 in Stillwater, Sussex County, NJ). Abner Johnson seems to be the closest connection, as his name appears in that area (married Catharine Vogt Sep. 11, 1799) at the time, but no other records have been found.
Sorry, only registered users may post in this forum.
Click here to login
(c) 1997 - 2011 US Biographies Project,17248,17248


Our Heritage - Colerain Township1 says the township was created in 1794 with its earliest settlement being Fort Coleraine, also Fort Dunlap or Dunlap's Station. Dunlap's Station was established in 1790 by John Dunlap, a surveyor and a native of Coleraine, Ireland.

Our Heritage4 mentions a George McCleave who brought his family to the settlements of Coleraine about 1790. A son, John McCleave, went to Indiana about 1804, and in 1814 to what became Lawrence County, Illinois. John McCleave’s brother, Benjamin, and father, George, followed John to Illinois. The marriage of a McCleave to John Dunlap‘s widow may have precipitated a combination of two John Dunlaps into one man.

Our Heritage33 says James Dunlap was a guardian in 1854 to her McCleave children. 

Image is scaled. Click image to open at full size.

Enhanced photo. Hannah A. Marsh. That may be Enoch Danford's Civil War stone in the background. Born Hannah Johnson, daughter of Abner Johnson and wife Jane Kirkpatrick, she first married A.L. Hedges (his name also shown as Anthony Ludwig [sic] Hedges and Anthony Ludlow Hedges); second she married George Tabor Marsh, whose first wife was nee, Sarah Ann Smith. These notes are sourced from a letter written by Norma Kidd Greene (Mrs Roy Greene of Lincoln Neb) in an excerpt from a 1976 Colerain Twp. publication (which I do not possess). Hannah Johnson Hedges Marsh's three daughters with A.L. Hedges are written there as Jane Hedges Matson, Eliza Hedges Sater, and Mary Hedges Lamb. Are living Hedges line descendants out there? Please write. Norma Kidd Greene's letter is said to be within a book: Source: Bicentennial publication: Our Heritage: Colerain Township, Ohio. Colerain Twp. Bicentennial Committee, 1976. Also....Aprille Cooke McKay of Ann Arbor, MI posted (1998) that her full name was nee, Hannah Ayers Johnson.
Added by: DBardes