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An Early History of Vienna Township

"Early Times in Ohio," Western Reserve Chronicle, April 10, 1867, page 2 (digital image of original page available here):

For the Chronicle.
Early Times in Vienna.

EDITOR CHRONICLE:--A few items of the first settlement of Vienna, as I get them from some of the oldest settlers here. One says, Uriel Holmes came from Litchfield, Connecticut, in the spring of 1798, having in his employ Samuel Hutchins, Edward Scofield, Titus Hays, David Clark, Robert Edmond, and Raphael Cook, a Surveyer [sic]. Arriving in June, they traveled all the way on foot, and leading a horse that carried their cooking utensils, and built a cabin near the present residence of Homer Leet, Esq; they surveyed the Township, cleared a piece of ground and sowed to wheat, and then they oiled their cooking utensils, covered them with leaves and built a large brush-heap over them, and a number of brush-heaps around near them—and then they set out, on foot, for their homes in Connecticut, to winter. And in the spring of 1799, Uriel Holmes, Samuel Hutchins, Edward Scofield, Raphael Cook, and Hoodly, set out for Vienna with an Ox team, two Cows and a wagon. When they came to the Mahoning River, a short distance below Youngstown, they came up with Col. Hilman, who could not get across the river. All hands went to work, cut the bank and got their teams over and started on their journey, Holmes taking the lead and Samuel Hutchins driving the team with the first wagon that ever passed through Youngstown, stopping for the night with Capt. Young. Early the next morning Raphael Cook set his compass and leading the way, the party started for Vienna, marking and cutting their road as they went along. (hence the name of the Holmes road) and succeeded in reaching Vienna the second night, and stopped on what has since been known as Merils Hill, near the present residence of Homer Leet, Esq. In the fall of 1799, Isaac Flower moved his family on, accompanied by Denis Palmer; they were the first white family in Vienna, and settled about one mile southwest of the center—there Lavina Flower was born, the first white child born in Vienna. On that farm was the first school, kept by Ira Bartholomew’s wife, Boadicia, in the winter of 1804-‘5.

In the spring of 1802, Seth Bartholomew, Abiel Bartholomew, Wm. Clinton, and Jerry Hill, came on in one party. Another party came the same years, among them were Joel Humason, Isaac Humason, Simeon Wheeler, Wm. Laferty, Mr. _ Scott, and Isaac Woodford, and settled at or near Paynes Corners. Samuel Lowry came and settled one-half mile west of the center. In the fall, Abial Bartholomew, and Wm. Clinton, went back to Connecticut—and in the fall of 1804, Abiel Bartholomew, Samuel Clinton, Wm. Clinton, Calvin Munson, Jesse Munson, Joseph Bartholomew and Ira Bartholomew came on, with their families and six teams and wagons, arriving on the 7th day of October; having been forty-one days on their journey. Less than three months after their arrival, and on the first day of January, Abiel Bartholomew and his son Will[i]am, went to cut some timber for bed-steads, and in falling a black walnut tree near where Adam McClurg’s barn now stands, a limb broke off, flew back hitting Abial on the forehead, causing his death. Dr. Leavitt of Leavittsburg was called to attend him; they had to go around by Niles to get across Musquito Creek; a doctor from Vernon was also called. Abial died on the second day after he was hurt, and was the first person buried in Vienna.

In the winter of 1799 and 1800, Bethsheba, wife of Isaac Flower, set a steel trap under where her chickens roosted, and shut the dogs in the cabin, and in the night she heard the trap spring, she got up (Mr. Flower being sick with a fever) and let the dogs out, and followed them about twenty rods from the house, where the dogs were in a fight with a large wolf; she got a hand-spike, when her daughter brought a torch so that she could see; she pounded the wolf on the head with hand-spike until she thought it was dead, and dragged it to the house, just as she was going to take the trap off its leg, Mr. Flower looked out and told her she had better kill the wolf before she took the trap off, and she got an ax and struck the wolf on the head when it jumped upon on its feat [sic] again, but a few more well directed blows with the ax made it tame enough to skin. This was the first wolf killed by a woman that I have heard of in Vienna.
Updated 8/16/2020
Vienna Center, facing east.
Postcard from the Vienna Historical Society's collection
Donated by Dave Cover

Vienna Center, facing west.
Postcard from the Vienna Historical Society's collection
Donated by Dave Cover

1874 Vienna Center map