Moses Euans (Marjorie Marquis Gould's Great-Great-Grandfather;
a cousin to the Heath's)
His Arrival in Logan County
Moses Euans, an old Revolutionary soldier, at the earnest solicitation of Job Sharp, who had known him well in Virginia and had sent him accounts of the settlement in Zane Township, came up to the Sharp settlement in 1803 on horseback. Satisfying himself in regard to the fertility of the soil, the excellent climate, etc., he returned to Virginia and purchased several military claims. In 1804, he and his family started for Zane Township, but reaching Chillicothe at the beginning of the winter season, he remained there until the following year when, with a five-horse team, he came to the settlement, locating his claims on the land now occupied by his grandchildren--my grandfather, Levi, and where my mother was born. His two sons, William and Joseph, served in the war of 1812-the latter as captain. The year 1805 witnessed the settlement of James and Joseph Stokes. They were both born in Culpepper County, Virginia. James brought with him his wife, Phoebe, daughter of Moses Euans. They settled in Zane Township and built the first. frame house in this township. This frame house was a great curiosity to whites and Indians alike. (The brick house where my mother was born was built in 1813)
I-p468. The earliest settlers were noted for their hospitality. Whoever came among them, though a stranger, they shared with him their humble but wholesome food; and indeed such was their generosity that of times they would deny themselves for the purpose of tending to the wants of their guest. Their domestic economy was simple, because their wants were few and their demands easily satisfied. Their little log cabin was to them a home whose memory was long cherished.
In the earlier days of the settlement, the men wore breeches and roundabouts of tanned deerskin, with shirts of homespun. The women wore kirtles of doeskin, while linen and linsey-wolsey served in place of the homespun garments of the men. It was not until 1823 that Lot Inskeep opened the first store in a small cabin near the old Inskeep sawmill and sold pins, needles, tinware and a little English calico. Previous to this time, the only goods sold were by an Indian trader at Zanesfield, named Robindi.
Shoe packs and moccasins were the only coverings for the feet. The latter were made from hogskin, and consisted of a piece of skin large enough to cover the foot, which was lapped across the front and then sewed up from the toe to the instep, where an opening was left to insert the fooL The heel was then sewed up, forming quite a comfortable covering.
When the weather was very cold, they were lined with wool and were half-soled. Traveling tinkers used to journey from settlement to settlement, and remelting all the old pewter dishes and platters that had been broken or worn out, would recast them. In 1818, the Connecticut Yankee clock peddlers made their appearance for the first time and clocks became an institution in all the well-to-do families.
It was some time before scissors came into the settlement; and Mrs. Lydia A Marquis related that, while making a quilt, she was compelled to cut the blocks out with a knife, as there was not a pair of shears in the settlement. For salt, they had to travel to Portland, now Sandusky City, or to Chillicothe, generally taking a load of wheat and returning with salt and other necessary commodities. In 1810 a bushel of salt cost $13. They tried to make salt from deer licks but in all
cases the project failed.
In 1808, the greatest consternation prevailed in the little settlement on account of the failure of the corn crop. Jose Garwood, in a manuscript written a few days before his death, relates that in that year Dan Garwood, Moses Euans and George Harris, with a five -horse team, went to Chillicothe to get a load for the use of settlement. Jose, then quite a boy, went along to ride the fifth horse as they threaded their way on the zigzag road down the Darby (river). He further relates that wheat was not planted until that year, 1808.
Interesting facts copied from Life in the Woods for the Early Pioneer: The first marriage was that of William Euans and Rachel Stokes, in 1811 (p.471- parents of my grandfather, Levi Euans). The strong log house of Job Sharp was used as one point where the families of Sharps, Warners, Inskeeps, Euans, Stokes and Curls gathered on a threatened Indian attack; from the top of the house a lookout was kept for the Indians (p.475).