John Kenney and John Goudy were the first
settlers in Sugar Creek township, and John and James Goudy were the next,
and after them came my father, Peter Cox, and then Samuel Cook, William
Homan, and Rev. James Adams, who was the first preacher in the locality.
William Homan was the first Justice of Peace, elected about 1826. At an
early day an election was held where Sugar Creek, East Union, Baughman
and Greene corner, and every man who attended it went home with two offices.
The first school-house built was on the farm where I live, and Samuel
Cook was the first man to teach school in Sugar Creek Township. It was
a subscription school, and the rates were fifty cents per capita per month
to the pupil, and in the absence of money most anything else received
for pay. The first school-house erected in Dalton stood upon the site
of the present cemetery, the first teacher being Peter Voohes. The first
church (Presbyterian) was built near the south-west corner of the quarter
now owned by S. Snavely, Samuel Arnold owning the land at that time, Rev.
Adams being the first minister. This was the first church built in the
town or township. William Goudy built the first grist-mill on lands now
owned by John Cully three miles south-west of Dalton. It was constructed
of logs, had one run of burrs, made of niggerheads, the neighbors helping
to dig the race. It was built in 1823-24. William Goudy and Sarah Bates
were probably the first couple married in the township in 1815. John Kenney’s
wife was the first woman buried in the Presbyterian graveyard west of
Jacob Cox was born in Fayette County,
Pennsylvania August 29, 1801. His father Peter Cox was a farmer and a
native of Pennsylvania, on the Susquehanna River, and was born in 1775.
His grandfather emigrated at an early date from Hamburg, Germany, and
after his arrival, as was the usage, was sold, his period of servitude
being seven years, during which time he made three unsuccessful efforts
to escape. When he crossed the Allegheny mountains to settle in Fayette
county, Pennsylvania, he had six children, two of whom, Peter, the father
of Jacob, and a sister, were packed in wallets, one in one end and one
in the other, and placed on horseback.
Peter and his family, on their removal
to Ohio, temporarily located in Stark county in 1814, and in October of
the same year they removed to Wayne county, although he had been to the
premises before harvest and erected a cabin on the farm--one hundred and
sixty acres which his father had previously entered. Peter died in 1841.
Jacob Cox married to Jane Denman, of Ten-Mile,
Washington county, Pennsylvania, December 4, 1823, and had nine children,
eight of whom are living. Their fiftieth bridal was celebrated December
4, 1873, at which their eight children, with their families, were present.
His wife died April 18, 1874. For his years, Mr. Cox is quite a remarkable
man, never having had a fever, never having taken but two portions of
medicine, and never in bed sick only when he had the measles.