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Henry, Houston

Once the Indian threat was resolved by the War of 1812, new pioneers begin arriving in Shelby County, Ohio. They still established their homes on a county creek because water was needed for transportation, drinking, irrigation of crops, etc. They also settled in other areas such as Green Township (Sturm and Robinson families) and Houston.

Houston takes its name from Robert Houston who after purchasing 320 acres of land, moved to Loramie Township from Kentucky with his wife, Margaret. Their son, Harvey, bought part of that land in 1820 and in 1838, had a survey made for the town of Houston. The plat was recorded May 25. Robert had four children.

Another very important settler, David Henry, came to what is now known as Pasco in 1814. Henry held many governmental posts including Justice of the Peace, County Commissioner, and he was also the County’s first auditor. In 1819, Henry was appointed Director of the town of Sidney and was responsible for its platting and selling of the lots. He was responsible for keeping many of the records that now shed light on the earliest days of the county.

'Pioneer' segment written in October, 1997 by Sherrie Casad-Lodge

 

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