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From: Gina Reasoner <>
Subject: GEORGE WOLCOTT - SUMMIT COUNTY
Date: Tue, 12 Oct 1999 13:18:31 -0400


1882 HISTORY OF LA GRANGE COUNTY INDIANA
F.A. Battey & Co., 1882

GEORGE WOLCOTT, deceased, was born in Torrington, Conn., July 26, 1806,
and was one of a family of twelve children. When sixteen years old he
removed with his parents, Guy and Abigail (Allyn) Wolcott, to Summit
County, Ohio. His father dying in August of that year, he had charge of the
home farm unitl 1828, when he went to Wadsworth and engaged in farming
until 1832. August 6, 1828, he married Miss Margaret Hine, of Tallmadge,
Ohio, and for a time was engaged in saw-milling and the manufacture of
fanning-mills at Wadsworth. In 1836, he sold his possessions here, and in
March, 1837, he located on the southern line of Johnson Township, where he
commenced reclaiming the then unbroken forest. One of the first industries
started by Mr. Wolcott was a mill fed by a race half a mile long, which he
dug himself. By this excellent management, it was not long before a little
settlement sprang up around him, which took the name of Wolcottville, in
his honor, now a thriving village of 500 inhabitants. He built mills,
shops, stores, houses, etc. He erected the Wolcottville Seminary, hired
teachers, and through his endeavors made Wolcottville what it now is. He
was peculiar in disposition, but was a friend to the poor and needy, and at
an early day did much to relieve those suffering from fever and ague, then
so prevalent. In politics he was a Whig, but afterward a Republican. He
died March 31, 1857, but his widow is yet living, at the advanced age of
seventy-eight, in Wolcottville. They were the parents of six children -Ann
L., Abby A., Rowena R., Almira J. (deceased), Elton R., Marshall F. and
Amelia M. (deceased). Mrs. Wolcott is living a retired life on her property
near the village; she owns seventy-four acres of good land and is one of
the highly esteemed old settlers of Johnson Township.

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