Augusta Township

Carroll County Historical Society

Notable Individuals

John Rutledge was a well-known funeral director, he was born in Augusta February 27, 1863, where his father, William Rutledge, established a funeral home in 1850. John joined his father in the business at twenty years of age. John graduated from Mount Union College and Barnes School of Embalming at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He also operated a General Store in Augusta for 33 years before moving to Minerva where he and his son-in-law, Arthur Jackson began the Rutledge-Jackson Funeral Home in 1923.

In 1937, Ohio State Funeral Directors presented him with a fifty-year membership pin. He retired from the funeral business in 1948 after 65 years in practice. His descendants are still operating the funeral home in Minerva. John Rutledge was a member of the county, state and federal funeral directors association and was one of the oldest licensed funeral directors in the state. He was an active church and civic worker and president of Minerva Community Association. Mr. Rutledge passed away November 22, 1954.

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 The Enoch Gray Family (1758 – 1919)

Enoch and Nancy Gray and their children were one of the few black families in Ohio prior to 1820. They settled in Augusta Township in 1819 south of the road near 2239 Brussell Rd NE. They lived there on a small 10 acre farm for about one hundred years.  Nancy Gray’s obituary states that she was born in Culpepper, Virginia, was raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania and came to Augusta Township, Carroll County in 1819, the same year she was married. Her children were all born here.

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Abner and Hiram were volunteers who served in Company F, 126th regiment, Ohio Volunteers in the Civil War. Hiram (or Hi) was respected in the community for his carpentry skills. Hester (or Hettie) was the last of the family to survive. She was known for ministering to the sick and dying. They were members of the Herrington Bethel Church, which met in the home of John Herrington, who came to the area about the same time. The whole family is buried in the Herrington Bethel Cemetery. Enoch and Nancy’s children included: Mary, Catharine, Tabitha, abner, Nancy, Hester, Hiram, and Emelia.


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Robert H. Longsworth 

Elected to six consecutive two-year terms as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, Mr. Longsworth also served as superintendent of Carroll County Schools for 16 years (1948 – 1964). Mr. Longsworth was born in Antrim, Ohio and graduated from Jeffersonville High School in Fayette County, Ohio. He continued his education by receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from Adrian College in Michigan and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Pittsburgh. He then did additional post graduate work at Columbia University in New York and Duke University at Durham, North Carolina. After moving to this area, he lived near Augusta with his wife and their four children at 8048 Abbey Road NE and later moved to 3015 Aurora Road NE. He began teaching at Perrysville School where he taught and coached.  for three years. Then he came to Augusta School as Principal before resigning to become superintendent at Hartville School. He was there for three years and then became the Superintendent of Carroll County Schools. After that, he served as Associate Professor at Kent State University.
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While serving as Ohio State Representative (1952–1964), he also served on the House Education Committee for six sessions, was chairman of the committee for four years and served as vice-chairman of the Capital Improvements Committee. He was also a member of international and state professional, educational and school administrator’s associations.  

A 32nd Degree Mason, he was a past member of Augusta F & AM Lodge, Member of the Carrollton Royal Arch Masons, Steubenville Scottish Rite and York Rite. He served as Deputy Grand Master of the 24th Ohio Masonic District. Mr. Longsworth was a member of the Historical Society and was a Republican supporter. His friendly nature and wisdom, which made him well known and popular, are missed by those who knew him. 

John Herrington
Founder of Herrington Bethel Methodist Church
 

The Herrington family traditional stories vary; but a common thread runs through them that John’s parents died as a result of an Indian attack when he was quite young. Some accounts say he was eighteen months old, others two years old, still others say he was five years of age. 

John died May 18, 1862, aged 103 years, four months and 18 days. He is buried beside his wife Hannah in the Herrington Cemetery, near the church. More…

 

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