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Early Wooster Twp. records

April 5, 2014
The Marietta Times

"The name of the township was changed from Wooster to Watertown, December 6, 1824, the object being to avoid the annoyance of having two Woosters in the same State, there being a town and township bearing that name in Wayne county," says Williams History of Washington County (p. 621). Until recently a book survived that contained the original minutes of Wooster Township in Washington County. The late Ross Stapf Jr. purchased the book at an auction. In 1974, with his permission, this writer made Xerox copies of the book. Since then a fire destroyed many of Stapf's papers, which probably included the original Wooster Township records since they have not been located. There will be several articles from time to time relating to these records taken from the copies. This article discusses the general makeup of the Wooster Township minutes (1807-1815). Other articles will include more specific topics, including the duties of some of the first officers, the early years of the Watertown Board of Education (1839-1857), 1840 school enumeration lists, and others.



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