The Mohican Indians built a village west of Jerome Fork of the Mohican River about 1762. It was called Mohican Johnstown. John Baptiste Jerome settled about one mile northwest of Mohican Johnstown, where he sold seed corn and traded horses and cattle. Jerome was a Frenchman, born in Montreal, Canada, married to an Indian woman and lived in a cabin near the foot of what became Main Street in Jeromesville. Mohican township was among the first settled and organised in Ashland County and among the first European settlers were John, Thomas and William Eagle who purchased land between 1801 and 1809 and Thomas Newman who bought 160 acres on December 9 1809. (William Eagle's son George W Eagle married Elizabeth Austen the daughter of John and Susan Austen.)
In 1812, General Beall's army cut a road through forest from Wooster through Jeromesville to the west. "Jeromesville was in the Mohican township, situated where the Mansfield-Wooster old-time stage road crossed the the Jeromefork of the Mohican River. It became a village on Feb 14 1815 when Christian Deardorf and William Vaughn purchased the land from John Baptiste Jerome and named it in his honour. It was surrounded by fine farming lands with fertile soil and good climate.
But the area was inhabited, by Indians, an intermixture of several tribes;
Mohegans, Delawares, Wyandottes, Shawnees, Chickasaws, and some Cherokees. Until the 1812 war they friendly, when, recruited by the British they became hostile. For protection three blockhouses were erected to which the settlers would run from their cabins whenever the alarm was given, sometimes remaining for several days.
In 1848 Jeromesville "contained 6 stores (in 1848) and about 500 people.
Hargrave Tavern and post office, later the Lincoln Inn until the 1890s, a cabinet making workshop and home of Charles Alleman, home and consulting rooms of Dr Lewis, furniture store, and currently an antique shop is considered to be the oldest structure in Ashland County, having started in 1812.
Following the death of Jerome sometime in the late 1800s, his four room cabin was moved from the banks of the Jerome Fork by horse and wagons to the top of the hill [what hill?]. When Ralph Austen and his new wife Mary married in the 1920s and needed a place to live, the old cabin was standing empty, available and cheap. Despite the cleaning and fixing required to make it liveable they bought the house and raised a family.
In the upstairs bedroom can still be seen the old logs behind the narrow lathe added later. Some years later when the living room door needed rehabilitating a hole and burn mark with the appearance of a burning arrow having hit the door was revealed beneath many layers of enamel and paint. An application of clear varnish has preserved this possible artifact for posterity and conjecture.
Ambrose Senior bought land in 1818 [from C & M Deardorff. Deardorff appears to have been a land agent.]. After emigrating in 1821 he purchased more land. According to Land Entries in Mohican Twp, now Ashland Co, then Wayne Co. Ambrose Austin bought 80 acres in 1821 from James Arnold. According to The Ashland County Research Guide for Mohican Twp. Ambrose Austen obtained an original US Patent on 80 acres 9 Jun 1821. (In the land records of Ohio, the seller is the grantor, the buyer is the grantee. Therefore, land is granted to the grantee by the grantor. If the land was granted by the US Land Office, the grantee was given a patent once the land was lived on, farmed, and paid for. The patents are valuable today because they were actually signed by the President of the United Stated. Most around that time were signed by Madison. The earliest ones were signed by Washington or Jefferson.)
In 1834 he bought Lot 63 from Joseph Doan which was given to his daughter Charlotte in his will. “I also give and bequeath to my youngest daughter, Charlotte Austen a house and Lot 63 in the town of Jeromessville, Wayne County and State of Ohio for her sole ----------- and her heirs and assignees forever".
When he died, his will dated 21 Feb 1837 listed several properties:
1. East half of NE quarter of Section 8 range 15, Township 21 lying in the
aforesaid County (Wayne).
2. 20 acres being part of the NE Quarter of Section 8 Township 21 and range 15
of the Canton District.
3. Lot of ------ice of land situated in the said county of Wayne and State of
Ohio being part of the SW quarter of Section 4 Township 21 and range 15
containing 2 acres.
4. House and Lot #61 in Town of Jeromesville.
John probably emigrated in 1821 with his father Ambrose and brother Joseph (no
mention of other members of the family). He was granted land (land grant no 22-495) on March 6 1821 in Plain (Section 24, Range 16). He married Susan Newman in 1827 and had 11 children. On his land in Austinville, later renamed Funk, he built a house of red brick near to the Pleasant View Cemetry which, although now in need of repair is still standing. [ map from Lynn. insert photo provided by Caroline] He died in 1866, aged 72 and was buried in Pleasant View cemetery, Funk. The house was passed to son Joseph who sold it prior to his moving to Cleveland in the late 1880s.
[Picture John Austen headstone]
On 14 April 1840, aged 42, she married Sparkes Bird who was born at Redstone in Pennsylvania. She was the second of his three wives. On her father's death in 1843, Charlotte inherited "a house and Lot 63 in the town of Jeromessville, Wayne County and State of Ohio for her sole ----------- and her heirs and assignees forever". (Four years after her death in 1860 he married Rachel Finley) Sparkes Bird was a nephew of General Beall with whom he obtained employment in 1816 on his farm which occupied most of what became Wooster. He also became acquainted with John Driskel a notorious leader of deperadoes in Green township, horse-stealing, incendiarism and house-breaking. It was said that "the boldness of their crimes created terror wherever they appeared." By 1823 he had cleared a farm and built a cabin in Lake.
Joseph was a hop grower and according to his obituary published in (?email from Lynn?) ?lived on a farm until 1832; he then engaged as a salesman in a store at Ashland, where he remained about one year, when he went back and took charge of his father?s farm, where he has since lived". In 1839 a steam-gist mill at Mt Eaton was destroyed by an explosion of the boilers. A John Murphy was killed and James Brradley and Jeremiah Nelson died a few days later of scalding. "Joseph was also seriously injured, but recovered. One of the boilers was flung fifty yards up a hill, splitting a saw-log in its course, and gashing the frozen earth." Douglas, 1878, The History of Wayne County" p 585.
On March 11 1850 after his father died in 1843, and his mother in 1849, "he went with a wagon train the overland route to California, (arriving on the 8th of July) where he remained a little more than a year, when he returned, via San Francisco, by water, and bought his brother?s share in the old homestead.? [quoted obituary, need reference]. He married Catharine Heichel in 1854.
Ambrose Jr is listed in the 1850 Census and is recorded as having sold a
property in 1855 to Joseph Austen [?source. Presumably his brother]. Nothing is known of two children recorded in the 1850 Census (Ashland County, Mohican TP, p121[MA]) Mary born in 1837 and Lucy born in 1841. [CP] He seems to have then disappeared. He may have gone to California as there is an A. Austen listed in Sacremento in the 1860 Census.[MA]
John and Susan (Newman) Austen
On his land in Austinville, later renamed Funk, he built a house of red brick near to the Pleasant View Cemetry which, although now in need of repair is still standing.
Austen families from Thanet, Kent, UK
- John married Elizabeth in Ramsgate, c1780
- John Austen married Mary Philpot of Ramsgate in 1788
- Edward Austen b 1786 and Rebecca Lawson
- Abraham Austen, b c1776, of Stourmouth married Elizabeth Standen
- Benjamin Austen b1774, married Jane Laming in Margate
- James Austen b 1761 married Susannah Belsey in Ramsgate
- Nathaniel Austen b 1675, and Mary Tickner of Ramsgate
- Thomas Austen b 1785 of Sarre
- Thomas Austen b 1810, married Mary Ann Sergeant in Ramsgate
Austen families of East and South Kent
- John Austen of Northbourne, Kent. 1575 - 1624
- William Austen (b c1813) and Alice Jenner
- Richard Austen and Ann Longley at Lydd, 1797
- Robert Austen (b 1772) and Sarah of Dymchurch
- Robert Austen of Wickambreaux m Elizabeth, 1504
- John Austen, b 1767, m Sarah Baker of Rochester & Ashford
- James Austen, b 1727, and Elizabeth Pierce of Goodnestone
- Robert Austen m Elizabeth Ashby, Hythe 1763
- Thomas Austen (b 1806) and Winifred Wyles from Dover
- William and Richard Austen of Monks Horton, 1800
- John Austen b 1691, Chillenden, m Ann Naylor
Austen families from West Kent
- William and Elizabeth Austen of Heronden, Tenterden
- Edward Austen & Elizabeth Vane, m 1711
- Thomas Austen m Anne Button
- Thomas Austen of Yalding, b c 1730.
- Thomas Austen (b 1748) m Mary Randalls of West Farleigh
- Richard Austen b 1544, Tenterden and Elizabeth Kenworthy
- William Austen and Catherine Edwards of Cowden
- William and Sarah, Sevenoaks, c 1800
- John and Hannah Austen of Benenden, b c 1766
- Thomas Austen b 1815 in Tenterden and Sarah Wightwick
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- Jonas Austen (b1598) and Constance Robinson of Staplehurst
- John Austen of Goudhurst m Joan Berry, 1584
- George Austen (b 1823) married Sarah Hammond
- David (b c1670) & Ann Austen of Hawkhurst
- John Austen of Staplehurst (1700s)
Austen families from Sussex
- James Austen and Sarah Clout of Frant, c 1659
- Richard Austen, 1750 and Elizabeth Forster of Walberton
- Henry Austen of Barcombe m Lucy Adams in 1806
- Thomas b 1770 and Mary Austen
- Edward and Anne Austen of Burwash, c 1700
- William Austen m Mary Payne of Ticehurst, 1778
- Richard & Margaret Austen of East Grinstead, 1694
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- Frank Henry Austen, radio relay pioneer of Thanet
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- Sir Robert Austen, 1697 - 1743
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