ohgenweb Perry County

Welcome to Perry County, Ohio
History and Genealogy a proud part of the OHGenWeb project in USGenWeb!

    Did you know that in the late 1800's Perry county was known to have the largest working coal mines in the world?  People from all over the world came to work in these mines.  The coal was used to make fires in furnaces that were cooking  pig iron nuggets into iron used for making steel.  After a purer grade of iron was found in the Great Lakes, the mines closed, and around 1900 there was an oil revolution and practically every yard had an oil well drilled because Perry county land was full of oil.  Today farmers are in the county working organic farms on the land and raising  non antibiotic fed cows and chickens for healthier eating options so that Perry county will continue to be a viable asset to the state of Ohio.

    I am Sandra Mitchell Quinn the webmaster of this site.  I spent several years growing up in the Wayne National Forest in Coalgate hollow, Coal Township, Perry County, living near where my Mitchell ancestors mined coal since the 1880's. I come from a long line of coal miners. My great grandfather was the motorman for Coal mine number 7.  My grandfather  was a truck driver and  heavy equipment operator for the Murray City coal mines. My dad was a coal truck driver in the Peabody coal mines up until the mines closed in the 1970's due to high sulfur content. My ancestors have been in Perry county since 1800, starting with the Allen's, Skinner's, Criswell's, Dusenberry's, Spurgeon's, Morrison's, Main's, Robinson's and Mitchell's.

     I plan on sharing historical info and genealogy with you that I have learned and gathered over the years about these families and what they were doing in the county as time allows.  Please feel free likewise  to donate information to this site and help it grow to one of the best in OHGenWeb.  In the links below you will find information that has been donated and also links to others research sites.  Have fun researching your genealogy!

New Straitsville School
New Straitsville Public School 1907

 Great Local Pages for your
Perry county research and entertainment!

Southeastern Ohio Coal Industry What is Appalachian Language Anyway?
Murray City Train Depot and Coal Mining Museum Descendants of Emma Allen Skinner Spurgeon
Mitchell Girls Singers-A memory tribute to my sisters  and step grandpa Raymond Sanborn (must  turn on your computer speakers)
Descendants of Gideon D. Mitchell New Straitsville Moonshine Festival
Picture of my niece, a past Queen of the Moonshine Festival Perry County Family Files
Articles from the May 11, 1876 New Lex. Democratic Herald
Perry County Schools Perry County Road Map
New Lexington Tax Assesments for 1875 Perry County Court Proceedings from 1875
OHGenweb Tombstone Photo Project OHGenweb Tombstone Transcription Project
Interment.net Perry county Tinker Graves
Little Cities of Black Diamonds Roseville Historical Society
Perry County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogy Society Tim Fishers Excellent Perry County indexes website
Tim Fisher's Perry County Excellent Maps and Biography Books online Perry County Genealogy Library
Perry County in Howe's History of Ohio by Joan Asche Perry County OHGenweb Ftp Archives
Perry County Ohio Poorhouses Story Perry county Message Board System
Perry County OH mailing list The Digital Shoebox Project
Hillbilly Bears Appalachian Ohio Historic courthouse Perry County, Somerset Ohio
Perry county, OH Political Graveyard Sons of Union Veterans Cemetery Database, Perry county, OH
Ohio Death Index 1913-1944 Genforum Perry County
Federal Land Patents Ohio's Native Americans
Native American Rolls Friends of Freedom Society, Underground Railroad Assoc.
 Foundation for Appalachian Ohio Wayne National Forest
Buckeye Trail Rural Action
Ohio Hill Country Perry county Vital Records Index

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