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The Entrance to Highbanks Metro Park

John O’Meara, Executive Director and Richard Rapp, Park Manager

                                    Unveiling the Historical Marker

Eleanor Hawk, great-great-great granddaughter of Seth Case                                             





                                                The Speakers

Richard Converse, Gerald Glenn, Carole Wilhelm, J. D. Britton,

   Kim Cellar, John O’Meara, Eleanor Hawk and James Ward


                                              Descendants of Seth Case

                                                 Historical Society Representatives

                        Eleanor Hawk, Richard Converse, Luella Yarnell, J. D. Britton,

                Clara McCammon, Carole Wilhelm, Jo Cornish-Gerwig, Marge Bennett


                                                  The Converse Family

Richard Converse, Betty Converse, Bill Converse, Tonia Converse, Logan Converse,

       Mary Wall, Barbara Collins, Marie Bouic, Leanne Converse, Ed Converse

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National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Documentation



CASE, GEORGE - Delaware County, submitted by Mrs. George L. Pugh, Radnor, Ohio.


Born 3-4-1759, Connecticut; died 2-19-1834; buried in a field East of Powell, Ohio , Liberty Twp, Delaware Co. Pvt, Connecticut Militia.  He came from Simsbury, Connecticut to his farm on west bank of Olentangy River, south of Powell Rd circa 1806. He married Electa Moore. One daughter, Electa, married Nathan Carpenter, son of Capt. Nathan Carpen­ter, Revolutionary Soldier and first settler of Liberty Township, Delaware County, Ohio. Delaware Historical Society replaced his stone in 1954. 42nd N S D A R Report.

CASE, SETH - Delaware County, submitted by Mrs. George L. Pugh, Radnor, Ohio


Born 1749, Simsbury, Connecticut; died 1820; buried on his farm on which he settled on West bank of Olentangy River, north of Powell Rd, Liberty Township, Delaware County, Ohio. He served in Captain Mills' Company, Connecticut State Troops, 1776. Enlisted Sept 15; discharged Sept 3rd. Wife, Eunice Tuller married in Simsbury; Connecticut.  Had brother, George Case, who was also a Revo­lutionary War Soldier. Seth Case purchased 300 acres of land, north of his brother’s land on West bank of Olentangy River. 56th N S D A R Report.



   Official Roster of the Soldiers of the American Revolution Who Lived in the State of Ohio--1959



Article Published in This Week In Olentangy on June 9, 2004




By Carole Wilhelm


Richard Converse doesn't let the dust settle.


One year after the dedication of a historical marker in Orange Township, there was a similar dedication in Liberty Township on June 12. The Ohio Historical Society marker honored the Case family, The Union Land Company and Olentangy River Road.


Converse is a man who delves into family history and one who wants to let citizens know the significance of the past in their community. You might be surprised to learn that he lives in Florida and has tackled the challenges of research and bureaucracy from afar. I know from experience that seeking approval for designation of an historical site or event is not easy. His ancestors would be pleased to see his accomplishments!


Last September, Converse visited the area and spent some time at the Powell Liberty Historical Society. He met Eleanor Hawk, a founding member of the society, and discovered they had an ancestor in common-Seth Case.


Judy Brozek, an area historian and writer, shared her knowledge and research materials, and I provided additional guidance during this project.


The earlier marker honored Anson Williams, Converse's great-great-great-grandfather and James Kilbourne, who surveyed the Columbus and Sandusky Turnpike, now U.S. Route 23.


The new marker will recognize some of his Case family ancestors who were among the 26 members of The Union Land Company, purchasing land in Liberty Township in 1806. They came from Simsbury, Connecticut, and paid James Kilbourne $2.00 per acre for lots totaling from 100 to 300 acres. Kilbourne formed the company to purchase United States Military Lands after the Revolutionary War. He paid $7,000 for the 4,000 acres in southeastern Liberty Township.


Converse discovered George's land is located in what is now the northwest section of Highbanks Park, so it is fitting that the marker is in the park, a place with many visitors. The ceremony on June 12 was at 10 a.m. in the Big Meadow Picnic Area, and sixty guests attended.


The marker also highlights Olentangy River Road in Liberty Township, a road with which locals have a love­-hate relationship. Who can disagree with a resident who said she feels like she is "driving through an oil painting" when she cruises the scenic byway? Yet, traffic delays along the same route are a daily frustration for 21st century travelers.       .


Back in 1808, the year Delaware County was established, the county commissioners authorized " a County Road on the west side of Whetstone (note: the Olentangy River) beginning at the Indian boundary line thence to the Town of Delaware thence to the South line of the county as near the Whetstone River as the ground & angles of the River will admit of."


Converse has spent countless hours in his research, enjoying most every minute, I am sure. In a December email he was giving me an update on his work and contacts, he wrote: "Do I sound excited? I love it when a plan starts to come together." He is a busy man in his retirement.


The Powell Liberty Historical Society is the recipient of the material he has acquired and produced. We win in two ways.  Our genealogy files improve and our township now has an Ohio Historical Society marker.


Thanks Dick.


Carole WiIhelm is a member of the Powell Liberty Historical Society.

The author gave permission to make minor changes to her article.





The Union Land Company was a land company organized by James Kilbourne, the founder of Worthington, Ohio, in Connecticut January 6, 1806. The Company was formed to purchase land in the United States Military Lands in the State of Ohio. The land was located in Liberty Township, Delaware County. The section they purchased was in Range 19, Township 3, and Section 4 of the United States Military Lands. This Section 4 was the southeast section of Liberty Township. This section consisted of four thousand acres.

This four thousand acre section was sold to James Kilbourne for $7,000 by James Parker of Perth Amboy, New Jersey. Kilbourne in turn sold the land to the twenty six Union Land Company members for $2.00 per acre. The deed was executed January 7, 1806. Mortgage Deeds were signed in Connecticut before various Justices of the Peace in Hartford County. Twenty three of the twenty six members received mortgages from James Parker. The interest rate was six per cent on the mortgages.

Deeds were duly executed from James Kilbourne to the twenty six men who agreed to partition this tract of land to each one their due proportion. The land was divided by running a line due north and south through the center of the said land, and said line is to continue as the line division between the two tiers of lots-one called east and one called west. This section four was originally divided into forty lots. However, later it was discovered that there was an error in the survey and two additional lots were laid out at the top or the north of said section. One lot was added to each tier prior to 1810 to compensate for the error. In 1810 Elam Tuller owned Lot 41 and Aaron Strong owned Lot 42.

The lots were numbered starting at the top (north) of the easterly section numbering one to twenty from north to south. Then the westerly section was numbered from south to north from twenty one to forty. Later lot number forty one was added to the westerly tier and lot forty two was added to the easterly tier.

There were five members of the Case family who were partners in the Union Land Company.  They were Ambrose, George, Jonathan, Jr., Seth and Silas.  It is believed that Jonathan passed away before coming to Ohio because the land was deeded to his heirs.   Together the Case family purchased 950 acres of the 4,000 acres in the southeast section (section four) of Liberty Township.

The acreage and farm lot numbers originally purchased by each Case family member were: 

The other members of the Union Land Company and the farm Lots they purchased were: 


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In the deed of partition for the Union Land Company's 4,000 acres of land in Range 19, Township 3, Section 4 dated January 9, 1806 there were three roads described. Two were north south roads and one was an east west road. One north south road today is Liberty Road. The east west road today is Jewett Road. The second authorized road to run north south was farther west from the Whetstone River than it is presently presently is located but none the less it was authorized and today it is the 01entangy River Road,


In 1804, Franklin County Commissioners ordered a road built from Franklinton, now a Columbus neighborhood on the west bank of the Scioto River, to what today is Upper Sandusky in Wyandot County.


"All it meant was cutting out enough trees to make it passable for wagons," said Judith Brozek to Columbus Dispatch Staff Reporter, Donna Glenn. 


Delaware County was formed in Ohio in 1808. One of the early acts by the Delaware County Board of Commissioners took place on June 15, 1808. On that day they heard a petition for a County Road on the west side of Whetstone River [later renamed to Olentangy River] beginning at the Indian boundary line (northern boundary of Delaware County) thence to the Town of Delaware thence to the south line of the County as near the Whetstone River as the ground and angles of the River would allow. This petition was made in the presence of Azariah Root, Joseph Vance and Thomas Buthe and was ordered to be granted. This petition was recorded in the Commissioners Journal #1 currently on file at the Delaware County Records Center.


At the Delaware County Board of Commissioners meeting on August 9, 1808 Azariah Root made a return of the survey of the County Road on the west side of the Whetstone River. The survey and coordinates were entered into the Commissioners Journal #1 on the above date.


This is the earliest record that was found of a survey for what is now the Olentangy River Road. However, "the ancient trail that became a state route is documented as far back as 1797 when Major Israel Ludlow referred to an Indian path on the west side of the Olentangy River," Judith Brozek told Dispatch Staff Reporter Donna Glenn.


A survey for a State Road from Columbus to Delaware (known as the State Road 315) and on to Norton was surveyed in May and June 1824 by James Kilbourne and was dated July 3 rd 1824. The Road (today is partly known as State Route 315) was laid out north from Columbus past the

R. Wilcox property (between the 3 rd and 4 th mile markers), passed by Cooks property (between the 5 th and 6 th mile markers) passed by Worthington (founded by James Kilbourne and the Scioto Company in 1803), passed by S. Hinton's property between the 14 th and 15 th mile markers), passed by the meeting house (Old Liberty Presbyterian Church) at the 16 th mile marker, on north to the Town of Delaware, where it passed by the Kooks property and the Meeker Mill (between mile markers 20 and 21). It was specified that the State Road be laid out on the west side of and as near to Whetstone River as possible.


The Survey and field notes for the State Road from Columbus to Norton, commenced on March 19 th 1824. The original survey was certified and signed the 3 rd day of July A. D. 1824. The cost of the Kilbourne survey was $140.25.


Today this State Road is at least in partly known as Olentangy River Road and State Route 315.


One road is designated as a State Road in an 1847 plat map of Section Four of Liberty Township. This road was laid out along the Whetstone River (today known as Olentangy River) starting at the northern boundary of Lot 42 in the eastern tier of Section 4 of Liberty Township and exits this Section of Liberty Township at the south east lot line between Lots 17 and 18 in this tier of farm lots.


Today this State Road included in the 1847 plat map (and called Chapman Stone Road) is known as Olentangy River Road or State Route 315 and ends on the north where it intersects with U. S. Route 23 south of Delaware, Ohio.


In the History of Delaware County and Ohio Published in 1880 the following reference is made to a trail on the west bank of the Olentangy:


"Another of the landmarks of the Township [Liberty] was the pioneer tavern of David Thomas, which stood on the west bank of the Olentangy, on the trail from Sandusky to Franklinton, and was the general stopping-place for travelers between those towns. This tavern was kept by Mr. Thomas from 1811 until his death in 1826 ..."


A Record of Road Improvement was originally filed in the Auditor's Office, Delaware County, Delaware, Ohio on February 2 nd 1882 with an estimated cost of $17,000. This documentation was copied at the Records Center of Delaware County, Delaware, Ohio from Volume 2, Page 378 of the Gravel and Improved Road Record #2.


This document records that, "the resident land owners of Delaware County, whose lands are situated within two miles of the contemplated improvement of Chapman Road. The road is described as beginning on the Goodrich farm at the intersection of the road on [the} west side of the Olentangy River [formally called the Whetstone River] and the south line of Liberty Township it being also the line between Delaware and Franklin Counties. The path of the road was described as thence northerly on said Road to a point near the south line of John Wilson's farm thence across the Olentangy River to the road on the east bank. Thence [go] northerly on said road to the Delaware and Columbus Pike. Northern boundary [is] to be the line between Liberty and Delaware Townships. [The] said Road [is] to be a double track."


Today this highway is designated as the Olentangy Heritage State Scenic Byway and continues to follow the ancient Indian trail along the Olentangy River and remains a significant north-south road.


One resident wrote in support of the Scenic Byway designation, “I feel like I’m driving through an oil painting.”  The Dispatch writer described the byway thusly, “during the summer, sections of tree lined roadside along the corridor offer a dense canopy in breathtaking green.  In winter, the river’s chill, outlined in stark gray, is visible through the tangle of bare branches.”  A current resident remembers as a girl that at the end of World War II the road was still a gravel road.


Two principal villages established in Liberty Township were Powell established on February 1, 1876 by A. G. Hall and Hyattsville on February 6, 1876 by H. A. Hyatt.

Some of the 60 people attending the dedication




                                                                                                                                               Chauncy Hayes                                            Pam McKinney










                                    June and Phil Petrie

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