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Source: NMHS Newsletter May 2001

Early North Manchester Residents

1834 - 1865
Reprinted from A Sense of Place: Reflections on the Life and Times of North Manchester by Dr. Ladoska Z. Bunker.
What follows is an incomplete list of persons living in the town and its early additions from 1834 to 1865. A further listing from 1865 to 1900 is in the making. If you have relatives who were early residents or knowledge of persons on this list, any information would be much appreciated. Please get in touch with the North Manchester Historical Society.
  • Melitis Andrews, 202 East Third Street
  • Asa Beauchamp, owner of the American House Hotel.

  • Bonewitz Family.
  • Phoebe Butterbaugh, first white child.
  • Cowgill family, shoemakers, tanners: Cowgill family, 201 North Mill: son Carey, daughters Kate (Harter), Rowena (Harter) Tryon.
  • J.R. Dailey, Black Hawk war veteran.
  • Francis Eagle, came here with the Harters, prominent attorney in Wabash.
  • Reverend Bryant Fannin, circuit rider.
  • Columbus Flook, potter.
  • Ezra Ford, 201 West Third Street; William Ford.
  • Frame family: Mahlon, James; William Frame, Mexican War veteran.
  • Goshorn family, one a physician.
  • Grist family, builders.
  • Allen Halderman, donated land for pioneer cemetery.
  • Joseph Harter, the pioneer: 11 children by first and second wives, came here in 1836: sons Joseph B. Harter, Jacob Harter, prominent citizens through early 1900s.
  • Col. Richard Helvey, 1834, 202 East Main Street.
  • Henry Lantz and wife, Lantz House hotel, 202 Walnut Street; had flour mill and other enterprises; to California in the Gold Rush, 1849.
  • Metzger family. One member went to california with Henry Lantz, 1849.
  • Noftzger family, 1845, L.J.; sons Charles and Sam.
  • Peter Ogan, founder of the town, cabin at 125 East Main Street, wife Mary Anne. John Ogan, brother of Peter, miller.
  • Morris Place, operated the Quaker school on South Maple Street.
  • Isaac Place, 309 South Maple Street, with the Underground Railroad.
  • Eli Rager and wife Jeannie Willis, 204 South Maple Street.
  • Ruse family, Third and Walnut Streets.
  • Hiram Sheets, with Underground Railroad.
  • Tighlman I. Siling and brother, furniture makers before 1854.
  • Alex Spurgeon and son John, builders.
  • Daniel Stone, here in 1836.
  • William Thorne, merchant, residence at 207 West Main Street; George, 1840 and following, had racetrack at the edge of town.
  • Ulrey family, 401 East Third Street.
  • Wallace-Marine family, South Mill Street.
  • Wicks, Martin, a pioneer.
  • Willis, William E., first postmaster, 1839.
  • Whitlow, Hiram, blacksmith.
  • Windle, Albert, 311 North Market Street.
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