Crawford County, Pennsylvania
History & Biography
Part I: Directory
This township was formed in 1811. The first settlement in this township was 1798, by David McKee and Anthony Bennett. In 1799 Sydney Harriott and Henry Bennett moved in; they were followed in 1800 by Samuel
Barrackman. Among the other cotemporaneous [sic] settlers were Wm. Reed, the Collins Brothers, Patrick Davis, and James Pollock, the latter in the north-western part of the township in 1803. The first grist and saw mill was erected on Bennett's run. The first frame barn in 1818, by Saml[.] Barrackman. James Reed, son of
William, was the first white child born in the township. The first school was taught in a log house at Elliott
Corners, by Joseph Wright. The initial church organization was at Elliott Corners, and Thos. Carr was the first pastor. The church building was not erected until 1827.[ ]The area of the township is 15,865 acres, and is drained by the waters of Shenango Creek. The Erie and Pittsburgh R. R. passes southward through the centre of the township. The population by the last census was 901. During the year of 1878 the number of schools was six, with an average attendance of 198. The money expended for $971.82.
ESPYVILLE, a flourishing village in the south-western part of the township, contains one store, one M. E. Church, Rev. L. Wick, pastor; one graded school[,] one saw mill, one cheese factory, one flouring mill, one carriage shop and three blacksmith shops.