A HISTORY OF THE BARNES RIDGE COMMUNITY
by Marsh Allen Snyder
(8 Oct 1899- 24 Feb 1990)
(Corrections and additions will be welcome)
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Since this community is to be stripped of its top vein of coal soon, probably within two years. I decided that it would be proper and fitting to write the history of this community as I know and have heard it from my grandparents, Allen McGee Snyder end his wife Christiana Beymer Snyder. Also I have picked up information from many other people who resided in this community.
Early settlers claim that the Seneca Indian Tribe had a camp or a small town on land now owned by the Hanna Coal Company. Wilson Barnes was the last owner before selling the farm of eighty acres to Hanna. The Wilson Barnes family found many arrowheads just above their orchard when cultivating that field. The Indians had located the camp just above a good spring of clear cool water.
Lewis Wetzel the Indian fighter and hunter traveled this area on hunting trips many times. He hunted as far west as Morgan County and left his name carved on a large rock near Malta, across the Muskingum River from McConnelsville, Ohio. Some of Wetzel's exploits have been written up in a book called "The Forest Rose."
The area just to the east of Barnes Ridge was surveyed by the colonial or the new U. S. Government in 1786. The line runs along the east side of the farm formerly owned by George Craig. This was called the Seven Ranges—meaning seven ranges of Townships. The area where Barnes Ridge is located was surveyed soon after the Seven Ranges were surveyed, probably In 1796. A surveyor by the name of Ludlow did a lot of this surveying in the eastern part of Ohio as well as around Columbus. He gave his name to many townships in the state. One street In Columbus is named Ludlow Street.
Martin Crow was hired as a hunter to supply the surveying party with venison, turkey, elk, buffalo, beaver, raccoon, grouse, rabbit and other meats. Martin Crow frequently hunted this area west of the Ohio River with Lewis Wetzel, probably before he was hired to hunt came for the surveyors. They also hunted Indians and Martin once had part of an ear shot off by an Indian.
William Barnes was probably the first settler on Barnes Ridge. He probably bought one hundred twenty acres from the government as we know that he owned and lived on part of that land and built a good hewed log house of three rooms and an attic, plus two good hewed log barns and other small buildings. William Barnes settled on Section 13, in Marion Township, Range 8. I do not know the year that William Barnes settled on Barnes Ridge, however I would guess that it was between 1810 and 1830. A federal road was cut through the timber along the ridge above William Barnes’ house, about two hundred yards from the house. The road let eastward toward Barnesville and Washington, D. C. It led westward to Sarahsville, passing along the ridge top immediately south of Fredricksdale and state Route 146 in that area. William Barnes operated a tavern in his home to furnish food and lodging to men and he furnished hay and corn and corn and stables for the horses. Deep depressions still show on the landscape, which were cut by the wagon wheels passing over the road. I have worked and hunted by this old road many times. My grand (?) John Amos Franklin was born in 1837. He said he had seen and talked to U. S. Senators and representatives who traveled this road to and from Washington D. C. This road was used from the time it was cut by the federal government until it was abandoned when other roads and railroads took its place, long before the year 1900.
Barnes Ridge is made up of three ridges, which run southwest toward East Union and State Route 78. These ridges run into one ridge, which runs northeast to State Route 146. State Route 146 follows the main ridge from Summerfield to Whigville. This ridge is the divide between Wills Creek and Duck creek, Barnes Ridge is drained by the branches of the East Fork of Duck Creek.
As soon as the middle or main ridge of Barnes Ridge was settled a road was opened along that ridge which put the older road out of business. This road is now labeled county Road No. 51, and leads from East Union to Summerfield by use of one state road and one other county road, Barnes Ridge is located astride County Road No. 51, and about half way between East Union and Summerfield. From the Barnes Ridge School it was about three miles to Summerfield and also three miles to East Union.
It is related in Ohio History that a large detachment of general Arthur St. Clair's troops cut a road through the forest from the Ohio River to the western part of the state. It is possible that this body of troops cut the road above William Barnes cabin in 1791.
William Barnes children were: Amelia; Lige; Nathan; nicknamed “Nace"; Otho; Aaron; and one nicknamed "Doc". Doc was a soldier in the Civil War and drowned while swimming in the south. Swazey Guiler married one of William Barnes' Grand-daughters, Aaron's daughter, I believe, Otho was a carpenter and built most of the barns on Barnes Ridge. Most of these barns had hewed log frames pinned together with wood pins and were very strong. Otho Barnes married Susannah Neisonger, also spelled Niswonger, and Nisswonger. Otho had one son named John Henry Barnes who became a noted artist and settled in Seattle, Washington state. "Nace" Barnes was a schoolteacher in Barnes Ridge and taught my grandfather, Allen McGee Snyder and also John Henry Barnes. John Henry learned to be an artist by using colored keel stones from the creek to draw pictures, when I was in grade school at Barnes Ridge, I also used colored Keel stones from the creek to draw on a slate as well as on paper. I have seen a portrait of James McClintock painted by John Henry Barnes and It looked as natural as life. It was owned by Harry McClintock.
Barnes Ridge was named after William Barnes, but Barnes Run was probably named after Peter Barnes who settled on that run about 1840. Peter came from Freeport, Harrison County, to Barnesville and then to Noble County. Some of Peter Barnes’ relatives founded Barnesville.
Peter Barnes and his family were not supposed to be any relation to William Barnes who settled on Barnes Ridge, however, Peter had one descendant named William who lived on Barnes Ridge in recent times, or in my lifetime
Barnes Run follows State Highway Route 78 from Summerfield to the East Fork of Duck Creek, one mile south of East Union. Barnes Run would be considered the south boundary of Barnes Ridge.
The next community south is Lexington Ridge, which now is being strip-mined. Barnes Ridge and Barnes Run are both named on U.S. Govt. Maps, as is Wolf Pen Run which is to the north of Co. Road 51, and flows toward East Union.
Nathan Barnes had a daughter named Alcena who married Fremont Calland of Summerfield, Ohio. Nathan had a son, Charles Barnes who married Martha "Mat” Franklin. Charles' children were: Herm; Nina; Max and Dan I believe Nathan Barnes also had a son named Pearley who moved to Columbus and worked in the Post Office.
Peter Barnes had eight children. He came from Belmont or Harrison County about 1833. His son Abel was born at Freeport, Harrison County in 1814. A history of the Peter Barnes family is given in the "Noble County History" on page 396, also on page 463. It is given in Marion Township, and again in Stock Township, because Peter Barnes lived in both Townships at different times. James Barnes a son of Abel Barnes graduated from Muskingum College in 1883 with a B.S. Degree. He moved to Pratt, Kansas and became a County Surveyor and real estate operator and became wealthy.
"Abel W." or Wilson Barnes children were; Harry; Blanche; Mary; Winifred; James and Hughes. Hughes is a professor at Muskingum College. Winifred was a teacher and married Earl Gibbs at Medina, Ohio. Blanche was a teacher and also worked for the Highway Patrol at Medina, Ohio. Harry became a county official at Marietta, Ohio. Wilson Barnes married a Warren for his first wife and had one son, Harry, by her, she died and Wilson married Kate Hughes of Monroe County.
Allen Barnes was a son of Abel Barnes and a brother of Wilson. He married Minnie Guiler and a sister of Swazey Guiler. Allen's children were; Vernon; Sherman; and Leona. Sherman and Leona died young. Vernon was a teacher and taught at Barnes Ridge and later at Summerfield High School. He ended his schoolwork as County superintendent of Jackson County schools. Vernon married Cleo Hannahs and had two sons, Verril and one whose name I do not remember.
Allen Barnes was a great church member and Sunday school Superintendent. He was a very good man. He attended Allen's Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church regularly (Barnes Ridge Church). The church was named for Allen Wharton, the first person buried in Barnes Ridge Cemetery adjacent to the church. The land for the cemetery and the first church, a log one, was donated by the Wharton family. This farm was later owned by William Meek who married Amanda Wharton. The new church a nice frame one was built about 1894 and one half acre of land for it was donated by Allen McGee Snyder. This church has been abandoned for many years as most farmers as they got old sold their farms to the Consolidation Coal Company (Hanna), and then died or moved away. I helped put a new bell in the belfry of this church about 1912 or 1914. It had the finest tone that I have ever heard. It has been moved to another church.
The Wharton’s ware some of the first settlers on Barnes Ridge. They were fine people and great church members. Amanda Wharton, Meek's brother, William Wharton, married Catherine Snyder. William was an excellent carpenter and fine stair-builder. He settled in Cambridge, Ohio. His daughter married Dr. McKee of Caldwell, Ohio. One of William's sons was a brick-layer named John Wharton and John had a son named William, who la also a brick-layer and still lives in Cambridge.
Doc Barnes had three sons: Carl, Clel, and John Leroy Barnes. Carl and Clel went west and one of them at least worked for a railroad. To the best of my knowledge, Doc Barnes married a Lemmax. John Barnes married Geneva Franklin and they had four daughters, the oldest one whose name I do not remember, died in child-birth at Hannibal, Missouri. John and his wife had moved to Hannibal about 1880 and came back to Barnes Ridge about 1900 or later, to take care of Mrs. Barnes' father and mother, John B. Franklin and wife who was Hannah Wharton. I believe Hannah was a sister of Asbury Wharton. John Barnes other three daughters were: Mae; Glenna; and Ila. Ila taught a Sunday school class for boys which I attended. She was a very good teacher. Mae married Dr. Dick Pearl Snyder who was born and reared on an adjoining farm. Glenna married Frank Craig of state Route 78 and Ila married Friend Wilson, also of State Route 78.
John B. Franklin was a son of John and Mary Franklin. John B. was born In Pittsburgh in 1825. He owned a small farm now known as the Will Franklin farm. It is a beautiful flat ridge and is now owned by the Hanna Coal Company. John B. Franklin along with Joseph Davidson in their younger years dug coal to fire the boiler at the Steamtown Woolen Mill. They dug coal to fire the mill at night and operated a blacksmith shop in the daytime. I believe the Woolen Mill was owned by Dr. Reuben P. Summers and his engineer was a man by the name of Aerhart. This mill made fine heavy blankets of pure wool. I remember seeing one owned by my grandmother, Christiana Beymer Snyder. I believe that I have slept under it. The blanket was pure white.
Steamtown had tobacco packinghouses and a store operated by John A. Franklin and Swazey D. Franklin who were second cousins and married sisters. Steamtown was a stop on the Ohio River and western Railroad and this writer rode the railroad many times.
Joseph Davidson owned forty acres, which he probably bought from the government land office very early. He sold it to Samuel Snyder about 1838. It has been in the Snyder — since that date. It is now owned and occupied by Charles Snyder Jr. Joe Davidson Is mentioned in the noble County History as settling in Center Township.
Nathan (Nace) Barnes taught school at Barnes Ridge for a time about 1860. He had one son named Charles who died of either appendicitis or a bowel obstruction. Alcena Barnes Calland had a daughter, Blanche, who married Edgar Richey of Senecaville, Ohio. Charles Barnes lived in the same house, hewed log, where his father and grandfather lived. Nathan, his father moved to Summerfield.
In the early part of the 1800's John King bought and owned all the land from Barnes Ridge to East Union on what is now called King's Ridge. Before that, Abel Barnes lived on a farm just north of the State Route 78 and near the present beer parlor. Later James Robinson married a King girl and lived there. James had ten or more children. I remember only part of them, Pearley and Ten (?). Pearley bought a farm near Mt. Ephraim and Pearley's son Ralph also bought a farm on State Route 146. James Robinson's brother John was the next occupant of this farm and he also had twelve or more children. I do not remember all of their names and I get James' children mixed up with John's. This farm now belongs to the coal company. The next small farm north of John Robinson's was owned by Charles Floyd, a good christian man who came to church regularly. The next small farm north was owned by Allen Floyd and was sold to Dr. Staats of Summerfield and then to the coal company. John Floyd was a son of Charles and rented the Staats farm and then the Amanda Week farm for eighteen years and then moved to Freeport, Harrison County, where his two sons Cecil and Leland Floyd lived and still live.
Rinaldo King lived just west of the Staats farm on King's Ridge with his large family of children who attended Barnes Ridge school. Paul Ray and family lived just north of Rinaldo King and that small farm was sold to Mr. King. The next farm north and also north of County Road 51, was owned for a time by a William Barnes who was a cousin of Wilson Barnes. It was then sold to a Mr. Gant who married Rhoda Barnes, a sister of Wilson Barnes. Rhoda Gant's children were; Wilson, John, Homer, Laura, and Rose. Laura married Taylor Hague as his second wife, and Rose married John Guiler who was a son of Samuel Guiler. Homer Gant was my first schoolteacher. He was an excellent Sunday school teacher and superintendent for many years at Barnes Ridge Church. Homer's children were; Francis, Helen, Marcus, and Margery, there were seven school teachers who made their home on Barnes Ridge at the same time, namely,; Homer Gant, Francis Gant, Helen Gant, Blanche Barnes, Clay Barnes, Dick Snyder, Emmett Franklin, Florence Meek, and Clarence Snyder. Some of the teachers at Barnes Ridge were; Homer Gant, Clifford Franklin, Emmett Franklin, Mae Barnes, Vernon Barnes, Glen Guiler, Marsh Snyder, Victoria Snyder, Blanche Barnes, Florence Meek, Ethel Guiler, Elwyn Large, Asbury Davis, Nathan Barnes, Del Jackson, A. G. Wharton, Lois Guiler, Martha Philpot and Rev. John Stewart.
William Guiler settled one mile southwest of Whigville. He married Mary Franklin a sister of Alexander Franklin and she was a daughter of Thomas Franklin. Most of the people who settled In the Whigville Community came from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Samuel Guiler was a son of William. Samuel married Caroline Snyder of Barnes Ridge and spent his life where he was born. I believe all the Guilers that I know of were descendants of William.
Swazey Guiler was a Civil war veteran. I am not sure if he was a brother of Samuel. Swazey was in many battles, especially Gettysburg. He was a good poet. I heard him recite the poem which he had written "The War Fifty Years Ago." at the Ridge Church on or about Decoration Day 1914. Swazey married one of William Barnes’ granddaughters. I believe Aaron Barnes’ daughter. Swazey's children were; Edgar, Jud, Herbert, a Methodist Episcopal Minister whose daughter lives In Caldwell, A Ille, a Mrs. Miracle and a Mrs. Davis. Swazey had a sister, Rose, who married George Cater, a sister Minnie who married Allen Barnes, a brother. Franklin Guiler who married Josey Settle, and a brother Sherman, and a brother, Rev. John Lewis Guiler.
Franklin Guiler bought the farm, which Ab Robinson owned. Ab is burled on the ridge close to the Federal Road. He is buried in a fenced lot with a nice monument. Franklin Guiler's children were; Cora, Minnie, Eva, Homer, Clara and Howard.
Ab Robinson was the father of John Robinson, James Robinson, George Robinson, Anna Eliza Hill and one daughter who married a King and after his death, Wes Murrey.
Homer Guiler married Myrtle Snyder and they bought the Jack Lucas farm. Jack was a Civil War veteran and married Mary Wharton a daughter of Doctor Hopper Wharton. Doctor Wharton was one of the first physicians that I remember. Homer Guiler’s children were: Kenneth, Kermit, Vera Mae, Milford and a daughter named Jewel by his second wife. Myrtle Snyder Guiler died in 1927 or 1928.
Robert Hill married Anna Robinson. Robert was a very good salesman. Their children were: Taylor, Harman, Orpha, Ocie, Raymond and one daughter who married Alvin Moore and one son whose name I do not remember.
Will Meek's children were: Florence, Bertie and Friend. Friend married Ilo Fogle and moved to Akron. His mother also went with them. Bertie Meek married Clarence Snyder. They lived in Dayton. Florence Meek married a Mr. Farst of Mount Vernon, Ohio.
George Cater owned about eighty acres. He was a fine christian man. He married Rose Guiler and had several children, namely: Nellie Snode, Lottie, who died young, Ada married Carr Davis, Grace, Blanche, Mary and Verril. All except Nellie married after the family moved to Sarahsville where George Cater had accepted the position of superintendent of the Noble County Ohio Home. Phil Barry. Chase Barry and John Archer drilled a gas well on the Cater farm about 1910, which still produces gas. It has been producing gas for over 65 years. The farm was bought by Frank Craig and he piped the gas to his home on State Route 78. Finley Fogle lived on the Cater farm and rented it for several years. Finley was a good carpenter and a good christian man. His sons did the farming. They were: George, Monroe, Gay, Clifford and the girls were, Ilo and Wava.
Alexander Guiler married a Summerfield girl whose name I do not remember. His son, Olen, was my school (teacher ?) in 1913-14. Olen married Lois Dotson and moved to Cleveland. Kile married Fern Groves. William was killed by a train. Dewey died of measles at age 14. Harold Guiler lives on the home farm on state Route 78. Mabel married and lives in Cleveland.
A man by the name of Gant owned the farm during the 1800’s, which was acquired by John B. Franklin. Gant also owned another forty acres farther east. At that time about 1850 these two pieces of land were separated by the farm of Samuel Snyder. Alexander Franklin acquired the last mentioned forty acres and gave it to his daughter, Violet Franklin Summers, the wife of Dr. Reuben P. Summers. Dr. Summers’ son Alec lived on this forty acres and raised two sons, Mack and Tom. Tom was a lawyer in Marietta and Mack had an insurance business there. Then another son of Violet Summers moved from Caldwell to the small farm. This was Johnny Summers who reared his children and spent the remainder of his life here. John Summers' children were: Reuben, "Rube"; Elizabeth; William, who was killed by the kick of a horse, and Chase.
Reverend Frank Wharton owned and lived on forty acres which joined the Summers farm on the north side and the Allen and Charles Snyder farm on the west side. Rev. Wharton raised a family of several children on this small farm, it is good limestone soil as is most of Barnes Ridge. Frank's children were; May, William, Lewis and Olive. If there were others I do not remember them. Rev. Wharton was finally called to a full time preaching assignment with the Methodist Episcopal Church at Powhatan, Ohio, and spent the remainder of his life there. About 1909 an oil and gas company from Pittsburgh, Pa., leased the Wharton farm and drilled a well to the Berea grit sand, 1936 feet deep, ''The well came in a powerful gas well making (3,250,000) three million two hundred fifty thousand cu.ft. of gas per day. I was there when the well was drilled in and also when it was tubed. It made an ear piercing whistle which caused the workman to use cotton in their ears while tubing the well. At 16 cents per thousand cu.ft. this well would have grossed the Pittsburgh owners $487.50 per day. If Rev. Wharton had received one eighth of the gas, it would have paid him $60 per day. But the lease was written, promising to pay $150 per year for a gas well, plus free gas for one dwelling, therefore it is reported that the preacher only got $150 per year out of this powerful well since no one lived on the farm and the house had been torn down. The hill where the gas well was drilled is 1287.ft. above sea level and is one of the highest hills in eastern Ohio. It has always been called Wharton's Hill and was nicknamed Pike's Peak by John L. Barnes who had seen Pike's Peak In Colorado.
The next eighty acre farm north and east of the Rev. Frank Wharton farm was owned at an early date by Alexander Franklin. Whether he bought it from the government, I do not know. He passed it on to his daughter, Rosa P. Gulick. It has been known as the Gulick farm since Mrs. Gulick inherited it. It was inherited I believe by Mrs. Gulick's son, John Gulick and then sold to the Bode brother's, merchants of Summerfield, I believe it is now owned by the Hanna Coal Company, a subsidiary of Pittsburgh Consolidation Coal Co. The first people living on the Gulick farm that I know of was the Whittington family. One daughter, Margaret Whittington married Marion Snyder, and spent her life on the Snyder farm, one son; Dr. Whittington practiced medicine in Marietta, Ohio. Two or three other Whittington sons went to Marietta and engaged in truck faming.
The next occupant or renter of the Gulick farm was Jason Moore whose sons were: Taylor, Edward; Jason married Kinsey Johns' sister of State Rt. 78. They had one daughter who married John Morris, a schoolteacher, and I believe another daughter, who married William Bates. The next renter on the Gulick farm was George Miller who operated a coal nine for many years. His children were: Otis, Paul, who was killed in World War II, Pearl, Margaret, Elsie and one or two more girls whose names I do not remember. Otis operated the mine for a while after his father died.
Milton Van Dyne, lived in a house on the Newton Meek farm, and operated a coal mine for many years .He also lived on the Summers farm and farmed and operated a coal mine. Milt was an excellent shot and a good gunsmith. His children were: Inez, Aimee, Matilda, Harry, and I believe one or two others.
Newton Meek owned and lived on the next farm south of the Gulick farm. He married Susanna Snyder. He was a Civil War Veteran. He was badly wounded in the leg and was crippled badly. His children were: John, Charles, Mania and one girl who married a carpenter and lived at Indian Lake. Frank Meek, a brother of Newton, and Will Meek, married Ellen Snyder.
The Newton Meek farm was sold to Jesse Gordon who had married a daughter of Jake King. Jesse's children were: Herman, one son who was killed in India by a falling tree during World War II, Willard who for a while owned the Marion Snyder farm, Cleo, Mary, Lloyd and possibly one or two more. Willard sold the Marion Snyder farm to the coal company. Jesse Gordon owned forty acres of the Marion Snyder farm, which he sold to the coal company.
Fawcett Craig was born in 1843. See page 392 in the History of Noble County, Ohio, for a history of this family. Fawcett owned the next farm to the east of the Gulick farm. This farm joined the west boundary of the Seven Ranges of Townships, which was surveyed in 1786.
Fred Gordon married Clara King of East Union and bought the Charles Floyd farm and farmed and operated a coal mine for years and then bought the adjoining farm occupied by George "Squire" Barnes. George was a brother of Wilson and Allen Barnes. Fred built a new house and lived here for many years and was the first in this community to sell to the Hanna Coal Co. He then bought the Charles Morrison farm near Fredericksdale where he died of injuries received in World War I.
John Moore married a Miss Miller a sister of John Miller of East Union. Mr. Moore was a carpenter by trade. He lived at the bottom of the church hill on County Road number 51, where Raymond Hill now lives. Moore's children were: Alvin, Truman, George, Joe, and one daughter who married "Preach" McElfresh of Summerfield.
Andy Young owned a farm that joined the Wilson Barnes farm. Andy had a son, Ross, who went to school at Barnes Ridge. Andy sold the farm to James Donnelly and moved to the area of Mansfield, Ohio, around 1900. Andy's farm was mostly on the north side of the old Federal Road.
Amelia Barnes, daughter of William names, married Asbury Wharton. Asbury's children were; Amanda Wharton Meek, William Wharton, Arthur Wharton, who married George Cater's sister, Nathan "Nace" Wharton and Mrs. Gib Pringle of Steamtown. Asbury Wharton lived beside the old Federal Road on the farm later owned by Will Meek. Asbury first lived on land formerly owned by William Barnes his father-in-law.
About 1830 three brothers and a sister left Frederick County Maryland for eastern Ohio country, now in Noble county. They were, Frederick Snyder, John Snyder, Samuel Snyder and a sister and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Ball. Samuel Ball bought and settled on forty acres immediately south of the Summers farm in Section 13, Range 8. Ball sold his forty acres to John Snyder and moved to the first farm west of Sarahsville now on State Road 146. John Snyder bought and settled on Section 24, Northwest quarter consisting of one hundred sixty acres. He now owned 200 acres. Sam Snyder bought forty acres in the southeast corner of Section 14 of Range 8 from Joe Davidson in 1838. He also bought eighty acres from a man and his wife from New Jersey at about the same time. Sam now had one hundred twenty acres. Frederick Snyder settled on the ridge one half mile south of Mt. Ephraim Station, on state Route 146. Frederick Snyder was married twice and had eleven children by his first wife, and three by his last wife. One son, Tom, moved to Columbus, Indiana, and operated a hardware store all his life. One daughter married a Brandt, one a Love, of near Caldwell and one a Coen. We have lost track of the other children from Frederick's first wife. By his second wife, Frederick had Homer Snyder, Margaret Snyder Graham and Emma Jane who married Rev. John Stewart. Frederick Snyder's first wife is buried at Whigville. His second wife was Nancy Morrison Capel born 1819, died 1874. Frederick Snyder was born in 1791, died 1875. Homer Snyder married Margaret Pettay of Sarahsville. Homer had one son, Clyde, who married Lou Davidson of Fredericksdale.
Samuel Snyder's children were "Lish" or Ulyston, a Civil War Veteran; Mahlon who was killed in the Civil War at Missionary Ridge; Elizabeth who married Samuel King; and another daughter, who married a Hayes at Middleburg. Lish's second wife was a Love.
John Snyder, also spelled snider in old records, married Anna Neisonger, also spelled Nisswonger and Niswonger, and had ten children as follows: Marion, Rich, Allen Mcgee, Shepherd, Susanna Snyder Meek, Ellen Snyder Meek, Cornelia Snyder Scharf, Emily Snyder Burris, Caroline Snyder Culler, and Catherine Snyder Wharton. Marion married Margaret Whittington and bought the home farm. Marion's children were: Clarence, Harry and Inez. Clarence married Berta Meek. They died in Dayton. Harry married Grace Robison of Monroe County and they bought a farm in Champaign County, Ohio, where they have many descendants. Inez married Howard Franklin and they have one daughter, Victoria, who married Richard Horton. Rich Snyder married Lillian, a daughter of Mahlon; Rich had a general store in Sarahsville for many years and then bought a farm near Whigville. Mahlon Snyder's wife was Karen Hamilton, a sister of Joe Richner's mother of Sarahsville. Allen Snyder married Christiana Beymer. Allen's father died when Allen was sixteen years old. His mother said she would cook for the three boys if they would raise large crops of tobacco and pay off the other heirs. Therefore, Allen was paying for a farm when he was sixteen years of age. Marion took the south half and Allen the north half of the farm. John Snyder bought Sam Snyder's farm about 1850. That was the part of the farm that Allen got. Sam moved to a farm near Ava. Sam's first wife died about that time. Allen Snyder's children were: Charles R., Dick Pearl, and Myrtle. Charles married Violet Franklin and she died at age forty-two, leaving the following children: Marsh, of Columbus, Shirley Trigg of Zanesville and Matilda Archer of Zanesville. For his second wife, Charles married Sula Thompson. They had one son, Charles Jr., who lives on the home farm, which sits astride the center of Barnes Ridge. The land for the school and church both was furnished by the Snyder family. The church and school were both on County Road 51.
Rich Snyder's children were: Elsie Snyder Bode, Herb who married Dick O’Neils daughter and had Paul and Nedra. John married a Gibson and they had one son, John Jr., of Caldwell, Ohio John Sr. bought the home farm near Whigville and farmed for several years and then held a county office for many years.
Shepherd Snyder served four years in the Civil War and attained the rank of lieutenant. He came home after discharge, and then went to Macksburg to work in the oil fields. He married a Smithson and had one son, Howard and Howard had one daughter named Elizabeth. Shepherd and then Howard operated a store In Macksburg for many years.
Violet Franklin Snyder was born January 27, 1874 in a beautiful red brick home which was about one air line mile due north of Barnes Ridge school and in the direction of Whigville. This house was built by Alexander Franklin the grandfather of Violet. Alexander was a bricklayer in Pittsburgh before he came to this area. He first built a log cabin beside the Federal Road and then burned the brick on his land and built the brick house with a basement and first and second floors with a hallway through the center of the house on both floors. The front of the house faced east toward Steamtown and Summerfield. I have slept in an upstairs bedroom and the sun would rise over the ridge road and shine into my eyes and wake me up. There was an addition to the house extending westward, of two stories and containing a large room on the first floor, plus a kitchen, and sleeping rooms upstairs. All downstairs rooms had coal and wood fireplaces. A beautiful portico graced the east front of the house. The hallway through the main part of the house exited onto this portico. Comfortable covered porches were built on each side of the west addition full length. The hallway exited to the west on one of these porches. The north end room on the first floor was used as a parlor. It had etched glass knobs five inches in diameter to hold back the bottoms of the window curtains. The knobs were placed about waist high on the side of the window frames. I assume that this house was built about 1830. John Amos Franklin Violet's father was born In 1837. He said the house was built, cracked and rebuilt before he could remember. A solid pine hedge was planted and kept trimmed one hundred yards long from the house to the barn. Also a flagstone walk five feet wide led from the house to the barn. John A. Franklin had the house plumbed for gas about 1915. John Amos Franklin’s mother was a member of the Amos family who founded the Cambridge Jeffersonian newspaper. The beautiful pine hedge was flanked on the west by a very large garden and also by a vary large orchard to feed the ten Franklin children of John A., John Amos Franklin died in 1926 and I believe the farm was sold to Austin Hurst of Caldwell. It is now owned by the Hanna Coal Company. The old brick can be seen at a distance of one half mile from County Road 51. The Barnes Ridge Road and also from State Route 146. Wouldn't that have been a sight to see that beautiful brick house about 1840, standing in endless woods and only log cabins far and few between, The closest brick houses were at East Union and Summerfield and that is still true. The large magnificent bank barn is still standing. While hunting deer I love to walk into the old brick. It brings tears to my eyes because I have fond memories of uncles, aunts, and beautiful scenery, of people, martins gracefully flying and catching mosquitoes and other insects.
For more information on pioneer families of Barnes Ridge and Noble County, see, "Noble County History," "Stories of Guernsey County, Ohio" and "Connor and Masters, pioneer Families of Guernsey County, Ohio, by K. Margaret Conner and her husband. Families named in the above named books are: Stewart, Stone, Finley, Beymer, Snyder, Lemmas, Franklin, Danford, Cochrane, Capel, Weems, Findlay and many others. E. Margaret Masters Conner is a granddaughter of Reverend John Stewart. Mrs. Conner and her husband lived in Cambridge, Ohio, until recently. I have Information that they have moved to Arizona.
Mrs. Conner in her book has traced her ancestors back to France and other European countries back about a thousand years.
TO - STUDENTS, of Caldwell, Shenandoah, and other High Schools. (By Marsh Allen Snyder)
Do you want to go to Dental College? If so you may be able to get a loan at three percent interest by contacting the secretary of the Dental College at the Ohio State University. Dr. William Dew, a native of Summerfield, Dr. Dick Pearl Snyder, an illustrious native of the Summerfield community, willed more than one million dollars ($l, 000,000) to the Ohio State University, four hundred thousand dollars ($400,000) to the medical college for research and six hundred thousand ($600,000) to the dental college for loans to dental students at 3% interest. Dr. Snyder was born June 14, 1883, within 200 yards of the Barnes Ridge School and died in August 1971 at his home in Upper Arlington, a suburb of Columbus. Dr. Snyder was head of the Oral Surgery Department for many years.
Marsh Allen Snyder
91 East Northwood Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43201