Welsh Hills, Ohio (Images of America Series)

Welsh Hills, Ohio (Images of America Series)

by Janet Philipps Procida


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In 1796, several Welsh families fled their homeland to start new lives in America. Theophilus Rees and Thomas Philipps are considered the founding fathers of the Welsh Hills. In 1801, after residing for a few years in Pennsylvania, Rees and Philipps purchased about 2,000 acres of land in Licking County, Ohio. This area is known as the Welsh Hills. Soon they were joined by other families with the last names Thomas, Lewis, James, Johnson, Griffiths, Evans, Jones, Davis, Williams, Owens, Price, King, Cramer, Shadwick, Pugh, White, and Hankinson. Their descendants still reside in and around the Welsh Hills. The Welsh Hills is predominately located in Granville and Newark townships, but a small portion is also located in McKean and Newton townships. This fertile land with hills and valleys and an abundance of timber and natural springs enticed these families to make their permanent home the Welsh Hills.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738578170
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 08/02/2010
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 127
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

The author, Janet Philipps Procida, was born and raised near the Welsh Hills. She is a sixth-generation descendant of the founding families. The photographs gathered for this book are mostly from privately owned family collections. The Granville Historical Society offered photographic input and support in preparation for this book.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 The Land 9

2 The People 17

3 Children 39

4 Welsh Churches 53

5 Welsh Schools 61

6 Homes and Farms 71

7 Welsh Cemeteries 89

8 Industry 97

9 Livestock and Pets 107

10 Celebrations and Entertainment 115

Bibliography 127

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