|From the BPC Historical Collection
Meigs County, Ohio was created in 1819 and named for Return Jonathan Meigs Jr. one of the early
pioneers who surveyed and settled the Northwest Territory. He Washington County, then Athens
Not long after the founding of Marietta in 1787 pioneers began settling in what is now Meigs
County, Ohio. In 1876, Stillman C. Larkin and others formed the Meigs County Pioneer Society to
collect and preserve the history of the early settlers of Meigs County and such other matters of
interest as may be declared by the Society to be worthy of recognition and preservation. This
book, originally published in 1908, is a result of their efforts and gives us a wonderful look into the
In this work you will find biographies, names and some very fascinating stories of these early
settlers and their descendants. This edition has been completely revised, reformatted and edited
from the original and has been fully indexed for easier reading and research.
Stillman Carter Larkin was born March 8, 1808
in Rutland, Meigs County, Ohio. His father, Abel
Larkin was from Rutland, Vermont and settled at
Rutland, Meigs County in 1804. Stillman’s
childhood, youth, manhood and old age were all
spent in Rutland.
He was a self educated man with a philosophical
cast of mind, with a clear apprehension of public
affairs and a careful student of political affairs.
A member of the Christian Church the greater
part of his life, he left the record of a faithful
disciple in the performance of religious duties
and the example of an unblemished character.
He died January 17, 1899.
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