Neighbor Family of Newcomerstown

The NEIGHBOR Family of Newcomerstown, Ohio


Descendants of Leonard Neighbour Immigrant To America 1738, by L. B. Neighbour, Dixon ILL. 1906,  2nd Printing 1980

p 30-31

"The Coming of Our People"

   Following is an extract from the commencement essay of Miss Rosa Crater, at her graduation from the Newcomerstown Schools, about 1890. She wrote of the pioneers of the village - of her own forefathers - and for an audience that included many of their descendants:

   In 1814, Nicholas Neighbour, a man of great enterprise, of some learning and of considerable means, migrated here from German Valley, N. J., hoping doubtless to find a country where he might realize health, riches and honor. It is a great pleasure to add that his hopes were amply realized. For one thing, he was made one of the early judges of Ohio.

   A road had been blazed out to the westward by some restless, undaunted Yankee, and that road, now known as the "State Road," was the only means of communication from the settled east.   Judge Neighbour evidently thought he had reached the land of promise, when he arrived at the Tuscarawas Valley, as he bought hundreds of acres of the land all around us, and immediately returned to his native New Jersey.

   With such thrilling tales of the "New West" did he beguile his neighbors that by July in the next year, seventy-two souls, headed by the indomitable Nicholas, had sold all their worldly possessions and were wending their way into the Tuscarawas Valley.

  In wagons, some covered, some uncovered; some drawn by horses, some by oxen, were loaded their simple household belongings. Beds for the sick and the babies were improvised: but very sick or very young was the one who was willing to submit to the intolerable jolting. Mothers preferred to walk, carrying their babies in their arms.

  A picture of this little caravan, slowly wending its way over the mountain and valley, nearly a century ago, is one that should hang on the walls of every memory. These people were to establish not only homes, comfort and independence for themselves, but they were to lay the foundation of liberty, of character and of happiness, for generations unborn.

  We who are their descendants will surely be pardoned if, ninety years after their coming, we express a pride that we must feel because the blood of these sturdy pioneers flows through our own veins.

   There were the Starkers, the Neighbours, the Hoaglands, the Tuffords, the Douglasses, the Craters, and others as worthy. I wish to-night, facing their descendants, I could characterize them all with the eulogy they deserve.

   In the last day of July, 1815, the emigrants reached a spot known as the "Old Ferry," and there their journey was at an end. The old Coshocton county bridge, touching land now owned by George Miskiman, Jr., occupied afterward the site of the Old Ferry.

   On the site of the present residence of T. A. Banks, Esq., David Neighbour built a rude log cabin, in the fall of 1815, (then the only kind of house possible)and this was the first house in the present corporation of Newcomerstown.

   Soon after, Judge Neighbour, with the assistance of his brothers, built a log house near the present intersection of the State Road with the C. & M. railroad.

   Just above the cabin of David, William the third brother built a shelter for his wife and little ones, and to-day (like a little grim old sentinel of the past), it stands, at the entrance to our new cemetery.    So far as I can find, this, and a few unlettered mounds in the old cemetery, are all the visible remains of the founders of this beautiful village.

  p 35

  "Neighbour Town"

  [From the Cambridge, O., "Scrap Book."]

    As reference has been made in OUR SCRAP BOOK to a place called "Neighbour Town," we give the following facts concerning its history.
     Among the earliest settlers of Oxford township, in our bordering county of Tuscarwas, was Judge Nicholas Neighbour, who came from New Jersey in 1814, and bought 1900 acres of land. Returning home in the fall, he, the next spring, led out a company of sixty emigrants to his claim. Among these colonists were the families of his brothers, David and William, and other relatives. The Neighbours had clearings along a road south of the Pan Handle railway, and from their number and association the settlement was called Neighbour Town. Judge Neighbour was the first postmaster. When, however, a  village was regularly laid out in the locality, it was given the name of  Newcomerstown."

History of Tuscarawas County Ohio, 1884

page 876

"JACOB NEIGHBOR, farmer and stock-raiser, P. O. Newcomerstown, was born in this township March 6, 1844, and is a son of Jacob and Susanna (Neighbor) Neighbor (cousins); the former, of Irish descent, came to Ohio from Dutch Valley, N.J., when he was ten years old. He was born April 4, 1803, making him now an octogenarian; the latter, also of Dutch Valley, N. J., was born in May, 1804. The subject of this sketch was married, September 20, 1871, to Jane McFarland, born in Adams Township, Coshocton County, Ohio, in January, 1842, and a daughter of Ezekiel and Isabel (Corbet) McFarland, the former a native of Michigan, of Irish extraction, the latter a native of Coshocton County, and of German and Irish descent. By this union there are four children -- Alvin O., born September 3, 1873; Theodore C., born September 27, 1875; John A., born January 27, 1877; and Anna Belle, born June 27, 1879."

Contrary to what is stated in this brief biography, the Neighbor family was of German, not Irish descent. The original Jacob Neighbor, who I will refer to as Jacob, Sr., was the son of David Neighbor, one of the three brothers who are credited as founding Newcomerstown. Jacob, Sr. died in 1909, in Newcomerstown, and he is buried at East State Street Cem., Newcomerstown, Tuscarawas Co., OH. His wife, Susanna, daughter of William and Catherine (Swackhammer) Neighbor, died on 5 Oct 1885, and she, too, is buried at East State Street Cemetery.

Jacob Neighbor, Jr. was a soldier in the War of Rebellion, serving in Co. C, 51st Ohio Inf Reg.. He died on 18 Feb 1919, at Grant Hospital, Columbus, OH, following surgery, and he is buried at East State Street Cemetery. His widow, Jane (McFarland) Neighbor was born on 2 Dec 1842; and died of "infirmities of age" on 3 Nov 1932, Newcomerstown. She, too is buried at East State Street Cemetery. Jacob and Jane's obituaries are included on the clips & obits page.

page 875-76

"WILLIAM NEIGHBOR (deceased) late farmer and canal-boatman in New Jersey, was born in New Jersey in 1807, and was a son of William Neighbor. Our subject emigrated to Newcomerstown, and was married, September 24, 1833, to Sarah Cline, born April 11, 1815; died March 5, 1856. They were the parents of ten children, four living. Mr. Neighbor next married, April 9, 1857, Polly M., daughter of Milton and Catherine (Fasborough) Smith, and a widow of Martin Cline. She is a native of this county, born April 24, 1827. By her second marriage, Mrs. Neighbor had a family of two -- Marcia E. (deceased), and Frank Milton. A daughter by her first husband is the wife of G.W. Mulvane. She has one brother and one sister, two half-sisters and one half-brother. The subject of theis sketch was a member of the Masonic order, and of the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which church his widow is also a member." [information not relating to William Neighbor was cut from the paragraph]

page 876

"DAVID NEIGHBOR, of the firm of Hicks & Neighbor, Newcomerstown, dealers in boots and shoes, is by trade a cabinet-maker, and has been a traveling salesman and insurance agent for ten years. At the present time he is traveling for Millers & Hustons, of Columbus and Pittsburgh, and has been quite successful. During the war, he was a member of the Fifty-second Regiment, with Col. Daniel McCook, and served as Second Lieutenant. His brother, S. M., who was killed, was Captain. He received his wound June 27, 1864, and died at Chattanooga July 8, attended by his wife and brother. Our subject was wounded August 5, 1863, at La Vergne, Tenn., and had his left limb broken in two places. His mother was killed by being thrown from a horse. He was married twice; the first marriage was March 11, 1858, with Harriet A. Piper, daughter of Jesse O. Piper, who was born January 2, 1839 and died February 28, 1872. By this marriage there were born four children -- Jesse E., Elsie E. (deceased), Mary F. and Frank E. (deceased). The second marriage was on March 12, 1873, with Miss Emma O. Davis, a native of this country, where she was born March 2, 1850. She is a daughter of Charles F. Davis. By this marriage there are four children -- Frank S., Laura A. (deceased), Estelle H. and Edna O. Our subject was born September 24, 1836, in Newcomerstown. He bears the name of one of the oldest families in this vicinity, and from which Newcomerstown first received a name, it being formerly called Neighborstown."

[David Neighbor was the son of Lambert Bowman and Harriet (Meek) Neighbor, and the grandson of David and Elizabeth (Trimmer) Neighbor.]