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Pike  County

Ohio, USA

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     Pike County is located in the Appalachian region of the U.S. state of Ohio.  According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 28,709.   Its county seat is Waverly.  Pike County was organized on February 1, 1815, from portions of Scioto, Ross, and Adams Counties, and was named in honor of Zebulon Pike, the explorer and soldier who had recently been killed in the War of 1812.

     The following counties are adjacent to Pike County: Ross County, Ohio (north); Jackson County, Ohio (east);  Scioto County, Ohio (south); Adams County, Ohio (southwest); and Highland County, Ohio (west).

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The following are names of persons, found within our databases as having been either born, married or died in this location. Names in dark red denote direct ancestral lines. To find out more about each surname listed click on the corresponding Link.

McVicker; Moreland; Pinnell; Scruggs and allied families  (MMPS)

Eubanks;   Peachee;  

Bozarth; Peiffer; Quigley; Rhubart and allied families (BPQR)

 

Dellinger; Knecht; Pfeffer; Silar and allied families  (DKPS)

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Family History Notes

Map of the County

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Family History Notes

     In 1803 Ohio was admitted to the Union as the seventeenth state (and the first under the Northwest Ordinance).  By 1806 our Eubanks ancestors had moved from Fleming County, Kentucky to Mifflin Township in Ross County, Ohio.  This group would include our 6th great-grandparents John and Sarah (Vanderford) Eubanks along with several of their children and their families.  Most notable among this group were our  5th great grandparents Richard and Alice (Peachee) Eubanks, as well as two of John and Sarah’s other sons George Eubanks and William Eubanks, (our 5th great-grand uncles). Around 1807 both John and Sarah Eubanks would pass away at the original homestead along Ohio Route 41 in Perry Township.   This place is located near where the present day community of Cynthiana. This locale would become a part of Paxton Township by 1809 and upon the establishment of Pike County in 1815 this area fell into what is now Perry Township of Pike County.  Between 1835 and 1840 David Eubanks, who is a son of the aforementioned George Eubanks laid out the town of Cynthiana, and named it in honor of his wife Anna and daughter Cynthia.  

     Richard Eubanks is found on the Ross County tax lists from 1807 to 1810.  It is believed that Richard Eubanks passed away at this locale around 1810-13.   After Richard’s death his widow Alice Peachee (our 5th great-grandmother) married Henry H. Eubanks, Sr. the son of Richard’s brother William Eubanks.  At which she removed to nearby Brush Creek Township in Highland County, Ohio where the aforementioned William Eubanks had made his homestead.  Alice Peachee Eubanks died in 1854 and is buried at the Cynthiana Cemetery in Pike County as is her son Absalom Eubanks who died in 1894.

     George Eubanks is first found on the Ross County tax rolls in 1806. Records show that, in 1807, he completed a transaction for 200 acres of land for $700.00.  This property was probably the aforementioned original homestead along Ohio Route 41 in Perry Township.   As one of the early settlers to this area George quickly became active in the local community and in 1807 was one of several supervisors of highways.  On April 2, 1810, in a local election he is listed as one of several to do house appraisals. In April 1811 he is named as one of two listers of taxable property and appraisers near Paxton Township. In the election of April 1813 he is elected as a trustee. On December 1, 1829 George bought 95 acres for $200. There are addition al records where sold land to others and particularly to his son David Eubanks. George died at Perry Township September 30, 1838 at the age of 79, and is buried at the Cynthiana Cemetery.

Map of the county

Map of the County

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Pike Co., OH (Gen-Sites)

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Cynthiana;  Cynthiana Cemetery;  Perry Township;  Waverly

Cynthiana

LOCATION:http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9a/Erioll_world.svg/18px-Erioll_world.svg.png  Country: United States;  State: Ohio;  County: Pike;  Coordinates/Map: 39°10′25″N 83°20′55″W

DESCRIPTION OF GEN-SITE: Cynthiana is a census-designated place in northwestern Perry Township, Pike County, Ohio, United States.  Although it is unincorporated, it has a post office, with the ZIP code of 45624.  It lies along State Route 41.  Between 1835 and 1840 David Eubanks, laid out the town of Cynthiana, and named it in honor of his wife Anna and daughter Cynthia.  

State Route 41 in Cynthiana

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ANCESTORS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GEN-SITE: see Family History Notes above.  

INTERNET WEB LINK(S):  Cynthiana, Ohio OH Community Profile;  

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Cynthiana Cemetery

LOCATION:http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9a/Erioll_world.svg/18px-Erioll_world.svg.png  Country: United States;  State: Ohio;  County: Pike;  Coordinates/Map:  39° 10' 29.72" N, 83° 20' 48" W

DESCRIPTION OF GEN-SITE: Cynthiana Cemetery is located on the east side of OH State Route 41 at the northeast edge of Cynthiana, Ohio (Perry Township, Pike County). Cynthiana Cemetery is still an active cemetery. Most of the older gravestones are located at the back (east side) of the cemetery. The majority of gravestones are still standing, but as with any older cemetery there are quite a few broken ones. There is a beautiful view of the surrounding fields from the cemetery, and there are some very friendly cows in the pasture next to it.

Cynthiana Cemetery

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ANCESTORS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GEN-SITE: See Family History Notes above.  See also Eubanks buried at Cynthiana Cemetery.

INTERNET WEB LINK(S): Cynthiana Cemetery;  Find A Grave: Cynthiana Cemetery;  Cynthiana Cemetery, Histopolis

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Perry Township

LOCATION:http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9a/Erioll_world.svg/18px-Erioll_world.svg.png  Country: United States;  State: Ohio;  County: Pike;  Coordinates/Map: 39°9′43″N 83°20′2″W

DESCRIPTION OF GEN-SITE: Perry Township is one of the fourteen townships of Pike County. Located in the northwestern corner of the county, it borders the following townships: Paxton Township, Ross County – north; Benton Township – east; Mifflin Township – southeast; Brushcreek Township, Highland County – west; and Paint Township, Highland County – northwest.  No municipalities are located in Perry Township, although the unincorporated community of Cynthiana lies in the northwestern part of the township.  The township is much as it was in the 19th century when the 1880 population was 879.  The 2000 census found 913 people in the township.  Several local churches were established at Cynthiana during the 1800’s. The Methodist Episcopal Church was organized in 1841.   A United Brethren Church was also located at Cynthiana and is one of the oldest churches in the county, having been organized in 1820. The Presbyterian Church of Cynthiana was organized in 1846.  Fairview Chapel was the name given to the Christian Union Church which was organized in 1882.  Names of a few of the old pioneers in Perry Township as follows: John Swan, James Wilson, John Core, David Irons, Jno Ferneau, Nathaniel Willis, Jno Shields, Benj Umpstead, Jno Penn, George Eubanks, Stephen Berry, Samuel Garner and David Eubanks.

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Cynthiana Presbyterian Church

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ANCESTORS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GEN-SITE:   see Family History Notes above

INTERNET WEB LINK(S): Perry Twp., Pike Co., OH- Wikipedia;  Births & Deaths, Perry Twp., Pike Co., OH;  Perry Township's History;   Perry Twp., Pike Co., OH - Genealogy Resources

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Waverly

LOCATION:http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9a/Erioll_world.svg/18px-Erioll_world.svg.png  Country: United States;  State: Ohio;  County: Pike;  Coordinates/Map: 39°7′34″N 82°58′59″W

DESCRIPTION OF GEN-SITE: Waverly is a village in, and the county seat of Pike County. The town was formed in 1829, as the construction of the Ohio and Erie Canal along the west bank of the Scioto River brought new growth to the area. In 1861 the county seat was moved here from Piketon.  Waverly was platted circa 1829 and by 1840, it had 306 inhabitants. Waverly is served by the Garnet A. Wilson Public Library.  The Pike County Court House is located in Waverly at 100 East 2nd Street, and the County Government building is located at 230 Waverly Plaza.

ANCESTORS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GEN-SITE:   see Family History Notes above

INTERNET WEB LINK(S): Pike County Courthouse (Historical Marker);  Village of Waverly Website; Pike County Public Records;  

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Gazetteer of Places

 in This County

Changes of County Boundaries

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Gazetteer of Places

The list below will assist in your research regarding the matching of your ancestor’s birth, marriage, death dates and the place(s) within this locality at which these events may have occurred.

 

US Home Town Locator

Profiles for  68 cities, towns and other populated places in Pike County, Ohio

Map of Pike County Ohio

Pike County Physical, Cultural & Historic Features | Schools

Pike County ZIP Codes | Area Codes

Pike County Land - Property, Farms & Ranches

 

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Pike County, OH, United States

Details | Resources | Townships | Cities | Cemeteries

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Links To Populated Places Within This County

Villages:   Beaver;   Piketon;   Waverly

Townships: Beaver;   Benton;   Camp Creek;   Jackson;   Marion;   Mifflin;   Newton;   Pebble;   Pee Pee;   Perry;   Scioto;   Seal;   Sunfish;   Union

Unincorporated communities: Arkoe;   Bethel;   Buchanan;   Byington;   Camp;   Cynthiana;   Dailyville;   Elm Grove;   Givens;   Idaho; Jasper;   Latham;   Morgantown;   New Fain;   Omega;   Poplar Grove;   Stockdale;   Wakefield;   Zahns Corner

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* includes but not limited to Cemeteries, Churches, Locales, Schools,

Military Installations;  Populated Places, Post Offices, Streams, and Trails

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Historical Changes in the Boundaries of this County

     Conducting genealogical research in the United States requires an understanding of county boundaries.  As the population grew more counties were created to meet the public’s need for localized governments.  This phenomena was common in all states during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.  As such you must be sure that you are not looking for records in the wrong county or state. 

     The web-site for the Atlas of Historical County Boundary Project provides interactive maps for all states. This Atlas is meant to be a resource for people seeking records of past events, and people trying to analyze, interpret and display county-based historical data like Land Records, Probate Records, Court Records, Tax Records, and Vital Records that document birth, death, and marriage.   Listed below are the boundary changes for this county, the dates they occurred, as well as the government statute that decreed the change.  To see actual changes in a mapping format follow this LINK to the Atlas of Historical County Boundary Project .

PIKE COUNTY, OHIO: Map(s) and descriptions of Historical Boundary Changes

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01 Feb 1815 - PIKE created from ADAMS, ROSS, and SCIOTO.

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07 Feb 1843 - PIKE exchanged with JACKSON.

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historical changes of county boundaries in all 50 U.S. States.

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Links to More About This U.S. State

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State-Wide Resources

For more information about the U.S. State in which this county is located  click  on  these  LINKS:

 

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Resources which enhance our knowledge of the places inhabited by our ancestors are almost as important as their names.

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This LINK will take you to Maps, Gazetteers,   and other helpful  resources  that will assist you in discovering Ancestral Locations. 

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Our “Gen-Tool Kit” has been primarily designed for those researchers who may be traveling to this location to perform on-site studies of their family history, or to just visit some of the interesting historical sites located in the area.  It can be very satisfying to mix research with sightseeing at historical and scenic spots.  Such activity not only gives you an understanding of the land but a needed break from intense research sessions.  When visiting an ancestral county for genealogical research we’ve found that the three most important places to visit are the county courthouse; the county library; and the county historical and/or genealogical societies.  It is also good to plan ahead by contacting any site you intend visiting in order to ascertain where it is and when it will be open.  This is especially true with regard to historical and genealogical societies.  We hope that the following information will provide you with a better idea of what resources are available, within this county, to the family historian.

Cemeteries

County History

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 County Records

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Cemeteries

Cemeteries

·         Cemeteries of Pike County

·         Givens Chapel Cemetery

·         Jackson Cemetery

·         Photographs of Pike County Cemeteries

·         Pike County Cemetery Transcription & Photo Project

·         Pike County Cemeteries

·         Pike County Cemetery Index

·         Pike County Cemetery List

·         Pike County Cemetery Project

·         Pike County Cemetery Registration

·         Pike County Index Cemetery Photo Project

·         Pike County, Ohio Cemetery List

·         Straight Creek Cemetery

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History

History

National Register of Historic Places listings in Pike County, Ohio