Note: He went out to Ohio in 1799, helping his brother and his brother-in-law clear a small plot of land to which the two families removed during that winter. Their planting was one of the first in the virgin area. The settlement was on Rush Creek, in what became Rushcreek Township, Fairfield Co., Ohio. He and his children figured prominently in the development of that Co., and many of his descendants have been connected with that area to this day. In 1825, John and Catherine were part of the first class (11 members) making up the Jerusalem (German Reformed) Church, at Bremen. HISTORY OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY, CHAPTER XXXIX. RUSH CREEK TOWNSHIP.
It seems that John Ashbaugh was the first settler. He came from Redstone, Pennsylvania, down the Ohio River to the mouth of the Hock-hocking on a flat-boat, and came up the latter in a canoe to Rush Creek, and settled---having brought his family with him---on Raccoon Creek, about 1798 or 1799. To him was born the first child in what is now Rush Creek township---his son David, born January 1st, 1800.
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