Biographical Sketch (1880):70, p. 486 facing, includes portrait of Jesse Baughman.
"Jesse Baughman, son of George and Barbara (Steele) Baughman, was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, on the eleventh of June, 1802. His parents were of the well-known Pennsylvania-German blood. His father was a carpenter, but Jesse was brought up mainly on the farm, giving, however, some attention to education in the common schools of that time. In 1805 his parents removed to the country near New Albany, Plain Township, Franklin County, and when Jesse was in his eleventh year, in 1812, they again removed, this time going to Mifflin township, where they lived upon a farm, and where both died in the fullness of years. Young Baughman was married May 26, 1825, to Miss Catharine Turney, of Mifflin, and settled on the old farm till after his second marriage (his first wife died December 1, 1838) which occurred May 3, 1840, and was to Miss Mary Albery, a young lady of a German-English family, residing in Jefferson Township, and sister of Judge Albery, of Columbus. He was the founder and original proprietor of the village of Bridgeport, which he laid off in 1853. In 1859 Mr. Baughman built the first gristmill ever erected in Mifflin Township, at Gahanna, and managed it with success until 1865, when he sold out on account of poor health, and afterwards did some light labor in farming, but most lived a retired, quiet life, free from manual labor. He served as county commissioner for Franklin County one term - 1853-5, and was quite often elected township trustee, assessor, land appraiser, and to various other minor offices. He was one of the first to promote the organization of the Franklin County Pioneer Association, of which he remained an active member. He was a Democrat in politics, and a Presbyterian in his religious convictions, ever an active man in church and Sabbath-school. He died in Gahanna on the last day of 1878, much lamented by a great number of relatives and friends. In an autobiographical notice which he contributed to the newspapers some years ago, he said of himself, and doubtless, with the utmost truthfulness: 'In all my dealings I have never been sued, neither have I ever sued any one. I never spent twenty-five cents for cigars or tobacco, and was never intoxicated in those seventy-three years" — [the time he had then resided in the county.]
By his first marriage Mr. Baughman had five children — four sons and one daughter — of whom four are living: Rev. George Baughman, a clergyman resident in Eaton, Preble County, Ohio; Joel, a farmer near Gahanna; Josiah, an engineer at Westerville, and Mary Ann, now Mrs. Eskridge Carter, wife of a farmer in Blendon Township. Seven children — three sons and four daughters — were the issue of the second marriage. Four of them yet survive: William Sandford Baughman, a farmer near Gahanna; Francis, a lawyer at Battle Mountain, Nevada; Esther Josephine, now Mrs. Robert Collier, residing at No. 152 Hamilton Avenue, Columbus; and Lewis Clifford Baughman, the youngest child, yet at the old home in Gahanna, residing with his mother who is still, though somewhat advanced in years, in vigorous health, and gives promise of long life."Biographical Sketch (1880):70, p. 485.
"Jesse Baughman, another son, was for many years one of the prominent enterprising citizens of Mifflin. He laid out the village of Gahanna; was engaged in manufacturing; was a farmer, and in other respects assisted the advancement of the township, none, perhaps, doing more. He was twice married, his first wife being Catharine Turney, and his second Mary Albery, a sister of Judge Albery, and who is still living. Jesse Baughman died in 1878."1802 Birth:167,70, p. 486 facing, includes portrait of Jesse Baughman.
Birth date of 11 June 1802 correspsonds to age at death (76 years 6 months 20 days) recorded on tombstone at Gahanna Cemetery, Gahanna, Franklin County, Ohio. Birth location of Wahsington County, Pennsylvania from History of Franklin and Pickaway Counties, Ohio,
published in 1880, which also lists birth date as 11 June 1802.1810 U.S. Census:46, p. 269.
Franklin County, Ohio census lost.1819 Church Membership:70, p. 487.
A Lutheran Church was established in Mifflin Township. George and Jesse Baughman were early members of the church.1820 U.S. Census:46, p. 270.
Franklin County, Ohio census lost.1826 First Marriage:455
Marriage of Jesse Baughman on 26 May 1826 to Catherine Terney in Franklin County, Ohio.1826 Guardianship:45, p. 193.
"August 18, 1826. Jesse Baughman chosen as guardian by Daniel aged 18 yrs. and George 15 yrs., minor heirs and John, infant heir of John Turned dec'd. Securities, George Baughman and Andrew Dill."1830 U.S. Census:1019
Ohio, Franklin County, Mifflin Township
Head of family •• Jesse Baughman
males under 5 •• 2 << John, age 1, and Joel, an infant
male 20-30 •• 1 << Jesse, age 28
female 20-30 •• 1 << Catherine
(Adjacent to George Baughman and David Baughman)1834 Executor of Father’s Estate:45, p. 220.
Jesse Baughman served as executor for the estate of George Baughman, May 7, 1834. Franklin County estate, no. 0969.1840 Second Marriage:454
Marriage of Jesse Baughman and Mary Alberry on 3 May 1840 in Franklin County, Ohio.1840 Second Marriage:45, p. 235.
"Alberry, Mary — Baughman, Jesse — May 3, 1840. Uriah Heath, Minister of the Gospel. 3-251. (Consent of her father, Pater Alberry)."1840 U.S. Census:1014
Ohio, Franklin County, Mifflin Township
Head of Family •• J. Baughman
2 males 5-10 •• (Joel, age 9, and Josiah, age 6)
2 males 10-15 •• (John, age 11)
1 male 30-40 •• (Jesse, age 38)
1 female under 5
1 female 20-30 •• (Mary, age 22)
1 female 70-80 •• (Jesse’s mother?)1848/49 Founding of Village of Bridgeport:49, v. 1, p. 425.
"In 1848-9 Messrs. John Clark, Esquire, and Jesse Baughman, Esquire, living in close proximity, were mutually inspired to found a town, which, mayhap, might sometime grow into a city. Squire Clark, on one side of the dividing line, laid out and had platted a town bearing the name of Gahanna. Squire Baughman proceeded to lay out and have platted a town which he christened Bridgeport, and it became a race as to which name should survive — it is Gahanna now. In 1849 Gahanna post office was established and it still retains a place on the map. Thomas Young was the first postmaster serving from 1849 to 1853, to be succeeded by John T. Baughman who held the position in 1859."1850 U.S. Census:1399
Franklin County, Ohio (Mifflin Township)
Enumerated 20 November 1850
Jesse Baughman •• 48, male, farmer, $5,000 real estate value, born in Pennsylvania
Mary •• 32, female, born in Ohio
John •• 21, male, student, born in Ohio, attended school within the year
Joel •• 19, male, farmer, born in Ohio, attended school within the year
Josiah •• 16, male, born in Ohio, attended school within the year
Sanford •• 10, male, born in Ohio, attended school within the year
Francis •• 6, male, born in Ohio, attended school within the year1850 Turnpike:50, p. 77.
"The Columbus and Johnstown Turnpike Road. By an act passed March 1, 1850, Robert Neil, Windsor Atchison, George Ridenour, Jesse Baughman and Walter Thrall, and their associates, were incorporated by the name of the ‘Columbus and Johnstown Turnpike Company,’ to construct a turnpike or plank road, from Columbus to Johnstown, passing through New Albany, with the privilege of extending it to Mt. Vernon, in Knox County. The capitol stock subscribed and paid, is between ten and eleven thousand dollars, divided into shares of $25 each; but the stock may be extended to $70,000. The Company organized, and in the summer of 1851, constructed about seven miles of the road, extending from Columbus to Walnut Creek, opposite to the village of Bridgeport; and erected two (less than half toll) gates on it. The construction, so far as it is made, is paid; and the Company are receiving moderate dividends. The further extension of the road is considered doubtful. The Company is governed by a Board of five Directors. The present Board consists of Ermine Case, Pres’t; Robert Neil, Windsor Atchison, George Ridenour, J. W. Baldwin."1851 Board of Commissioners:50, p. 146.,651, p. 149.
Jesse Baughman elected to the Franklin County Board of Commissioners in place of Hines.1853 Founding of Village of Bridgeport:48, v. 1, p. 509.
"The village of Gahanna, known in part as Bridgport, was laid out on the bank of Big Walnut in 1849 and 1853, the Gahanna part by John Clark and the Bridgport part by Jesse Baughman. The two were soon united and the name of Bridgport dropped. Mr. Clark owned one of the finest farms in the county just outside the village, which has developed into a handsome suburb. Its a very busy little place, as it has a large tourist patronage and is close to the airport recently established by the city of Columbus. The hilly country surrounding Gahanna is fast being taken up by residents of Columbus for handsome suburban homes and for extensive orchard projects."1853 Founding of Village of Bridgeport:45, p. 18.
"John Clark founded the town of Gahanna in 1849, at its present location, and Jesse Baughman followed in 1853 with the village of Bridgeport. There was considerable rivalry between the two towns, which were divided only by what is now Granvile Street."1859 Grist Mill:45, p. 18.
"The first grist mill in the township was built in 1859 by Joel and Jesse Baughman."1860 U.S. Census:
Jesse Baughman found in indexes in Franklin County, Mifflin Township, p. 50.1878 Tombstone:167
Gahanna Cemetery, Gahanna, Franklin County, Ohio.
d. Dec. 31, 1878
age 76y 6m 20d