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The History of Mount Orab, Ohio

and the early settlers

 Mount Orab is located in Brown County, Ohio about 12 miles from the county seat of Georgetown. Brown County's majority of population was of people from the State of Virginia, because it was part of the Virginia Military Survey. The land was granted to Officers who served in the Revolutionary War in the State of Virginia and the Officers of the Army in the State of Virginia.

  The County was named after General Jacob Brown who was an officer in the War of 1812. Thus the County was then organized in the year 1817.

Mount Orab is the largest village in Green Township. The name Mt. Orab was named after the biblical name of Mt. Horeb in the bible. Green Township was created on December 2, 1834. It was originally a part of Clermont County, and was created from portions of Sterling Township.

Before any lots were laid out, a store was kept on the southwest corner of Broadway and High Street. Henry Dennis was the first merchant of the town and James McClure was also one of the beginning merchants. The first village smith's were Charles Zeller and Henry Varley. The village was laid out by Daniel Keethler on September 3, 1850 and the lots were surveyed by a William McLain. There were only 19 lots in the beginning. (See "Surveyed Lots" below)

Surveyed Lots

The first postmaster of the town was Levi G. Marshall on January 7, 1854, some of the others to follow are William Weeks, and Dr. Michael Stroup. To see a list of the postmasters (see "Postmasters" below)

Postmasters of Mt.Orab, Ohio

In 1877 an addition of 31 lots more were added to the village by a Mr. Smith. (see "Surveyed Lots" below)

Surveyed Lots

The physicians were Dr. Michael Stroup, A.E. Earhart and J. R. Lancaster. Later Dr. Michael Stroup's son, Joseph Michael Stroup became a Dr. in his fathers footsteps.

H.C. Newcomb was the publisher of the Mt. Orab Monitor for two years until he moved his paper and business in August 1886 to Williamsburg, Ohio because the establishment was a non paying business in the town of Mt. Orab.

The telephone service had began in the 1900's. There were so few subscribers to the telephone exchange in the beginning. They didnt publish directories at that time. Instead the call numbers where published in counties weekly newspaper. (see "Telephone Call Numbers" below)

Telephone Call Numbers

If your looking for a cemetery list go to

Brown County Cemeteries

If your looking for information on other Townships in Brown County, Ohio go to:

Brown County, Ohio Townships

Other Valuable information about Brown County, Ohio go to:

Tax Lists for Brown County, Ohio

Brown County, Ohio Genealogical Society Book List

Brown County, OhGenExchange.Org (


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