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Migrants from Wells Township to Medina, Ohio
The Migration To Medina County, Ohio From Wells Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania
J. Kelsey Jones - December 2006

In the early 1830’s, several families removed from Wells Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania and traveled west to Medina County, Ohio. The majority of these families settled in Homer Township. Their route of travel, the extent of the number of families, and which year(s) each family arrived in Ohio we are not entirely informed of. The families included Atkins, Campbell, Goff, Husted, Judson, Kelly, Knapp, McLean, Osgood, Reed, Rowley, and Voorhees.

Perhaps the earliest family to remove to Homer Township was Solomon and Huldah Goff. Solomon last appears on the 1831 assessment list of Wells, which was compiled in late fall of 1830, which may indicate they removed from Wells in 1831. Solomon was a Revolutionary soldier and his pension application, dated 8 July 1833 Medina County, Ohio, stated two daughters had married and moved to Medina County and he removed there to be near them.

Bethuel Goff, Luman Goff, Benjamin S. Judson, Samuel Judson, Ithamar Judson, Isaac Judson, Charles Knapp, Thomas Osgood, George Rowley, and Ananias Rowley all appear on the 1834 assessment list of Wells, compiled in the fall of 1833 and do not appear in 1835.

In 1840, the following families who had resided in Wells or with family connections to Wells were enumerated in Homer Township.

Benoni Campbell and Mary Leonard
Bethuel Goff and Mary Fox
Benjamin S. Judson and Catherine Osgood
Samuel Judson and Arilla Rice
Isaac Judson and Clarissa Goff
Ezra Kelly and Martha Rowley
Thomas Osgood, Jr., and Abigail Ingals
Miller Husted and Sally Osgood
George and Anna Rowley
Martin Patterson and Abigail Osgood
Charles Voorhees and Mary Goff
Samuel Atkins

The following families were enumerated in 1840 in neighboring Harrisville Township, Medina County, Ohio:
Charles Wright Knapp and Elvira Judson
James W. Knapp
Ananias Rowley and Aurora Goff
Joseph Reed

Enumerated in Granger Township in 1840
Daniel Ray and Sarah Goff
William Goff and Sarah Ann Bates
 

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