Ohio History Journal

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[Charles Williams was the first white settler - so claimed - in what

is now the city of Coshocton. Mr. Williams settled there in the spring

of 1800, the town being laid out the next year. For a season or two

prior to his locating at Coshocton, Mr. Williams had grown a crop of

corn on "the prairie" four miles up the Walhonding River. Mr. Wil-

liams was a typical pioneer, and his sketch written by himself is of special

interest because giving not only glimpses of the early life of those days,

but of the average education of the early settlers. This reminiscence

was written by Mr. Williams in an old account book in the year 1831

and was copied by James R. Johnson, of Coshocton, from the original

manuscript now in the hands of Joseph Mizer of Bloomfield, Ohio. The

article as herewith printed gives the spelling, punctuation, and capitaliza-

tion of the original manuscript. The words in brackets being interpola-

tions of the- EDITOR.]

Charles Williams is 67 yars last October 16 1830. October

1779 stared from  fiten [fifteen] mill [mile] Creek in Marland

Crost the monten barfooted Cam     to plas Calend brush run 7

mills west of now Cald Washanten town thar I staid under my

fathers Control in the sprink of 1781 the ingens tok a famly and

kild som about one mill off in the sam spring my father moved

to Cox fort thar I lived hard biled wheat and Corn in slats

homney in the fall lived very will on Cashaws and punkens and

milk gord Cupes horn spouns or wood ingens kilen and taken all

most evey weak som bodey I then beCam abiel to Carey a gun

foled [followed] nothing god [good] was not thout of hardly

In 1783 I went in the Countery with my father on Cross

Crek 3 mills [from] the fort in a short tim I beCam a hunter

kild bars and dayar [deer] and every other thing all most afer

som tim I went to my self the ingens kild one yanky in my haring

then wee rased about 20 man and foled [followed] them and

over hold [overhauled] the ingens in Suger Creek pans [plains]

at the moth [mouth] that I kild one I think and wee got the

Whit mans bibel and a dead [deed] for som land went hom saife

I think the yare 1784 Crost the river when I under stand that