Title: History of Montgomery County, 1882
Note: NS0080411 NS0080412
Publication: Beers, Chicago
Title: History of Laura, Ohio
Note: NS0080341 NS0080342
Publication: Self Published., Laura, Ohio
Author: HONEYMAN, Gale Edwin Spitler (498)
Title: Quaker Records of the Miami Valley
Note: NS0110471 NS0110472
Publication: McDowell Publications, Route 4, Box 314 Untica, Kentucky 42376, 1980
Author: Eileen Davis & Judith S. Ireton
Title: Kelly, Richard
Author: Richard KELLY
Note: [ralphroberts.ged] [roberts.GED] [lkreider.ged] In the year 1801, Caleb came from North Carolina through the mountain gaps into eastern Kentucky, then to the Miami Valley on a prospecting tour with others. They made the long journey, and fared well. Caleb returned to his wife and children in the Fall, and that winter prepared to move to Ohio. The emigrant party was made up of Quakers and among them Caleb, his wife Susanna and their six children. Starting very early in the spring of 1802 well equipped they were probably six months on the way. Household goods, a few implements, grain and seeds with all their belongings were packed in Conestoga wagons with the women and children. A number rode the extra horses that were brought along to pull over the mountains, and for changing teams at other times. Their route was through the mountains of North Carolina and across the corner of Virginia to the headwaters of the upper Cumberland river, then along the old Warriors' road which hand then become a good open roadway through Kentucky to the Licking river and to Cincinnati. The lands had not been surveyed north of Dayton and the only way was to select a tract and occupy it. They met with no special unpleasant incidents on the journey and had good camp equipment with plenty of flour, cornmeal, fruit and game. Good pastures kept the horses in fine condition. The men folks, who had sold off their cattle rather than drive so far, bought other cattle in Kentucky. Crossing the Ohio river at Cincinnati in July, they came up the Miami Valley to Waynesville, where they made a good camp and remained several weeks, while the men prospected for good and available lands for permanent homes. the most daring of the settlers were pushing into the dense woods north of Dayton. Returning to Dayton from one of his exploring expeditions in search of a site, Caleb Mendenhall put up over night at Newcom's tavern and there learned of a man who had made a little clearing and built a cabin near a big spring on the west side of Stillwater river about twenty miles above Dayton and afterwards abandoned it. Caleb visited the land and cabin, was pleased with it, hunted up the man and bought his cabin. He returned to the cabin, fixed it up, then toward the close of August proceeded to Waynesville for his family. John Hoover and family started with Caleb and family from Waynesville in wagons about the 1st of September, driving cattle and hogs with them. Three or four days later they passed through Dayton fording the Miami river just above the mouth of Wolf creek, and camped there that night. [Ed note: This is near the present day United Methodist administrative building on Riverview Avenue.] Next day, probably September 6, the movers began their journey north over the road now known as Salem pike, to its intersection with the Wayne military road just west of Salem, then through Phillipsburg to the cabin that Mendenhall had purchased and on land that subsequently entered as part of section 33, Union township, Miami county. The farm lies two miles south of West Milton and three fourths of a mile west of Stillwater river. The Mendenhall family at once took possession of the cabin and that evening, a few hours after their arrival, Tamar, a daughter, was born. The Quakers assembled in Caleb Mendenhall's cabin for their first religious meeting then in other cabins until authority was obtained in December, 1806, for holding monthly meetings. The first organized church in Union township was the West Branch church in 1804 organized by the Mendenhalls and others of that little colony. - undated clipping.
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