Mahoning Dispatch, Canfield, OH, Fri, 8 Aug 1930
By G.W. Kunkle
"LUMBERTON, ONCE A BUSY HAMLET, LONG FORGOTTON"
"Ever know or hear of a hamlet or community in Mahoning county of the name of Lumberton. It existed back three-quarters of a century and more ago but is now only a memory. Lumberton was on the Berlin-Damascus road, just south of the Berlin township line in Goshen township. It was never a platted hamlet or had a post office.
A shoemaker of the name of Abram Shinn, who came from New Jersey, in 1831, locating there, was responsible for the name. In his work and conversation with patrons and neighbors he is said to have talked so much about his old New Jersey home town of Lumberton, that the name incidentally came to be applied to the Goshen township settlement.
An industry of this settlement was a grist mill built in 1827 or 1828 and operated by Benjamin Test, it later was purchased and conducted by William Meredith. William Shinn in early years conducted a blacksmith shop there.
About 1833 a little land of the followers of Elias Hicks built a log meeting house on the Abram Shinn farm, where they held services on Sunday, the building used as a school house during the week. A plat of ground for cemetery purposes was set apart in connection with the church lot. The first burial in this little cemetery was an infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kirkbride and Sarah Meredith, wife of William Meredith the mill operator.
Later the members of this church purchased property and erected a church edifice on the Berlin side of the township line, this known as the Grove Meeting house. In this church, Sojourner Truth, Abbie Kelley, Oliver Johnson, James Barbaby and other noted anti-slaving workers of the day and time were speakers. Among families composing membership of this old church were those of Abram Shinn, John Shinn, Robert Kirkbride, Adna Silver, Ezra Brammin and Elisha Fogg.
In what was known as Lumberton in the early sixties, Sarah Arbuckle for a year or so conducted a photograph gallery and George Bales operated a blacksmith shop.
South of Lumberton on Mill Creek, back in the 1830's Thomas Votaw built and for about ten years operated a grist mill. It's water wheel of the over-shot type, he selling later to Israel White, who also conducted it a few years. There was also a grist mill in this neighborhood in Berlin township in the early 30's. This operated by tramp horse power when water was low."
Contributed by Jennifer L Neff
GPS Coordinates: 40.98765, -80.94498
- Added: 11 Jul 2010
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