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Van Wert County

The First Settlers from Wales

York Township, Van Wert Co (Courtesy of Kristina Kuhn Krumm)

York Township, Van Wert Co
(Courtesy of Kristina Kuhn Krumm)

Some Welsh families had probably settled in Van Wert County in the eighteen thirties. A man named Evan B. Jones and his family, from Cwmpenllydan, Llanbryn-mair, are believed to have moved to the area about 1838 and made their home at Long Prairie, about six miles west of where the village of Venedocia stands today. There is mention of another Welsh family who settled in south Van Wert too, the Prys family, who moved there from the Welsh Hills in Licking County.

The Rev. J. P. Morgan published an early history of the Welsh settlement in Van Wert County in an article published in The Cambrian in 1882 (English) >>

Van Wert County was quite untamed at this early period. Large parts of it were covered in woods and there were no paths or roads, but despite that, the Welsh were ready to brave the difficulties and buy land in Van Wert County.


The history of the first Welsh settlement in the county begins in 1848 with the advent of three families to Venedocia >>