Biography of Joseph H. Larwill
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Joseph Hart Larwill, deceased, was outstanding among the influential and widely known pioneer citizens of Wooster. He was born at Chesterton, England, in 1784, and was nine years of age when he came to the United States with his parents and settled in Philadelphia. Later, the family removed to Pittsburgh, Pa.

Mr. Larwill was appointed in 1804 by the United States Land office, under management of Col. John Beyer, with assistants, to survey by sections the lands of Wayne, Stark, and Columbiana counties. After preliminary surveys he located his younger brother, William, in Wooster to continue the work. From 1806 until 1808, Joseph H. Larwill was one of the proprietors of the site of Wooster and of Mansfield in Richland County. In 1810 he was appointed by the General Assembly as commissioner for laying, opening and making public the road from Canton west through Stark and Wayne counties to Mansfield. The following year he was appointed by Hon. William Eustic, Secretary of War, as first lieutenant of artillery in the U. S. Army. In 1912 he took part in the British and Indian War and drew the original map of Fort Meigs within six weeks of its seige. He was also held prisoner of war for several weeks.

Faith in the future of the little town of Wooster prompted Mr. Larwill in 1814 to persuade his father, William C. Larwill, to remove here and establish a home just north of the present public library. The family consisted of Joseph, Julia, William, Mary, John and Jabez. On an acre of ground extending west from Market Street the family established a homesite.

In 1817 Joseph H. Larwill married Nancy Quinby, the daughter of Ephriam Quinby, the proprietor of Warren, Trumbull County, Ohio.

Mr. Larwill served as senator from Wayne and Holmes counties during 1826, and in 1829 he was appointed receiver of money for public lands at Tiffin by President Andrew Jackson, who was his close friend and associate. Mr. Larwill also was receiver for public lands at Bucyrus, Ohio, in 1834. He and his brothers were prominent in Ohio politics for many years and held the offices of commissioner, recorder, clerk of court, clerk of the senate, and senator.

Mr. Larwill died in 1867 and is buried at Wooster. He was known for his stern integrity, resolute purpose, and broad intelligence. He was a member of the Baptist Church at Wooster, of which his uncle, David Kimpton, was a charter member and lay preacher.

Although having no children of their own, Mr. and Mrs. Larwill showed great interest in their many nieces and nephews, all of whom spent much time in the Larwill home.

From:
History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931


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