1832 Painting of Robert Lucas

Governor Robert Lucas Home on Market Street

photo by Tyrone Hemry May 2008

photo by Tyrone Hemry March 2008

     Pike Counties second jail and only remaining jail building, built in 1853 by Peter and Thomas Higgins, at $5.00 per perch, was used as a county jail until 1861 when the county seat was moved to Waverly. The two story building measured 45' by 36'. Note: First jail was a log structure built in 1817 and the first jail break came in 1819.
     A fire August 2nd 1900 destroyed the interior of the jail building. The fire was contained by the Waverly fire department as Piketon had no fire department. Waverly fire department charged $38.30 for there services and it got the city council on the ball and organized a volunteer fire department in October 1900. Information curtsey Jim Henry
     Now used as Dogwood Headquarters. The building in the past has also been used as a personal residence. The Blanton Family owned it from about 1944 to 1953. The Blantons sold out to a company who used it as Elms Restaurant and gambling place. It also has been Piketon's municipal building and police station.
    Jane Blanton Beverlin tells about as a kid the family of eight would go next door Saturday night to the opera house and watch a movie for 10 cents each.

Picture of Dolly Evelyn Dunham Hall, known as "Teddy".  Born at the jail in 1909.  Picture was taken at the old Piketon Jail. Carla Dunham supplied this picture and she stated, " I know my grandparents lived there at least until 1912. I've always heard my grandfather was the jailer but I don't know if this is true or not. It's possible because he was a deputy in Scioto County in the 1920's when his brother Harry was the Sheriff."

Jail cells that are still in the building and was used by the Piketon Police when the building was used as the police station.

photo by Tyrone Hemry April 26, 2008
Former First National Bank Building
photo by Tyrone Hemry April 2008

now closed and is now a gas station

‚Äč photo by Tyrone Hemry March 2011

Foster's Hardware purchased by E&H Hardware Group in April 2016

photo by Tyrone Hemry August 2006

Pike Hill Manor

photo by Tyrone Hemry July 2011 

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Or mail to Waverly City Guide, 455 Hay Hollow Road, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601 

STATE OF OHIO, Pike  Court of Common Pleas, of the term of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and Seventeen
THE Grand Jurors of the state of Ohio, empannelled and sworn to enquire of crimes and offences, committed within the body of Pike county aforesaid, in the name and by the authority of the state of Ohio aforesaid, upon their oath present, That Nathan Glover late of the county of Pike aforesaid, on the twenty fourth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixteen at Seal township, in the county of Pike did play at a game of cards at an Ordinary and public place then and there kept by one Thomas Jones of said County - contrary to the statute in such case made and provided and against the peace and dignity of the state of Ohio.
Witness: John Finneman
Joseph Sill, Prosecuting attorney for Pike County.


Some of the signers of this document were notable individuals in the history of Pike County, and most can be  located in the 1830 US Census. There is ample evidence to date this document with a high degree of certainty to the 1830s.

To the Honorable the Judges of the Court of  Common Pleas of Pike County
The petition of the undersigned freeholders of Pike County humbly represent to your Honors that we conceive a Ferry across the Scioto River opposite to the town of Piketon at the landing formerly occupied by Elisha Fitch, would conduce to the public convenience. We therefore recommend Pierson Nolind one of our citizens, as a man of good character and well calculated to accommodate the public. We therefore pray your honors would grant him a licence for that purpose. And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.
Petitioners Names:
James MooreJames, B. Sample (?), A. Osborne, Saml. Duke, Wm. Steenberger, David Ware, Jacob Stinson, Andrew Laurence (?), Robert Clark, Jas(?) Sargent, David Daniels, Peter Fortney, George E. Green, Joseph Smith, Michael Caudy, Wm. Blackstone

Cincinnatati & Hillsborough Railroad extending through Piketon to the Jackson coal fields

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Vanmeter Farm, Piketon, Pike County, Ohio. Photo postcard of an IHC 30-60 Mogul pulling 14 plows on the Vanmeter Farm, ca. 1915. The Mogul 30-60 was built by International Harvester from 1913 to 1917 in the company's Chicago, Illinois Tractor Works. It had a 60 hp (45 kW) IH engine.

From the Bowden Postcard Collection

Dock Roberts, getting in the hay at his house on Camp Creek in Pike County.  

Gary Roberts collection showing his grandfather

1827 INDENTURE Massey Beauchamp to James Moore Blacksmith Pike Co, OH  

Piketon taxes paid at treasure dept in Piketon

I think this is the sad last days of the Piketon Depot although I may have this mixed up from some place else.

Henry Moore

Eventualy what became the D T & I RR when it was built, as the Springfield, Jackson, and Pomeroy Railroad Company,  in 1876-77 between Robins and Glade used about 5 miles of this rail way right away.

Waverly Watchman 13 June 1876

Note the iron never did get laid

General James Moore House built around 1824
photo by Tyrone Hemry April 2008

    James Moore came to Ohio with his parents and 12 brothers and sisters. They migrated to Chillicothe from Virginia in 1801 traveling overland to Pittsburgh then down the Ohio River by flatboat to Alexandria near present day Portsmouth.
     Using their horses and wagon, they cut their way to Chillicothe. James was only 8 years old at this time. A few years later he joined a flatboat expedition down the Scioto River and then up the Ohio to Kanawha River in Virginia (now West Virginia) and the salt works. On the way back, he was forced to come overland from Alexandria because of low water.
    In his teens, he began an apprenticeship to George Haynes, a Chillicothe blacksmith. He learned well but before he could strike out on his own, the War of 1812 began. He volunteered as a private in Captain Sam Joes' volunteer company, serving until August 13, 1813 in Ohio.
    James moved to Piketon October 13, 1813, entering a partnership in the blacksmith shop of William Woods. He kept the business, which was good because of the well traveled Chillicothe-Portsmouth transport business.
     By 1817, James had enough funds to Mary Ann Chenoweth, daughter of one of the first settlers of Pike County. When she died, in 1853, he married Anna Bateman. Neither marriage produced any children.
     He continued to "smithy" until 1829 when he was elected Sheriff and re-elected for three successive terms. In 1839 he was appointed Ohio Deputy Marshall.
    In his military life, he remained active in the Ohio Militia, being commissioned a Lieutenant-Colonel in 1823 and a full Colonel in 1831. Then he elevated to the rank of Brigadier General. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, Ohio Militia.

Information curtsey Jim Henry

 Dr. William Hurst Family and their home in Piketon, Ohio in 1882

 Governor Lucas Home diagram drawing by WPA

1812 Painting of Robert Lucas

Note Robert Lucas signed as Foreman.
Lucas in 1816 settled in the newly-created Pike Co., where he became prominent in local affairs.  This document with his signature as Grand Jury Foreman dates from that time in his life. In the 1820s became an ardent Jacksonian. He was elected Governor of Ohio in 1830 and re-elected in 1832.
Piketon Library 200 E. Second Street
photo by Tyrone Hemry April 2008

1850 Painting of Robert Lucas

Current First National Bank Building
photo by Tyrone Hemry June 2008
Former Piketon Police Station 109 East Third Street
photo by Tyrone Hemry March 2008
Robert Lucas  was born in 1781 in Shepherdstown, VA. (now WV) the son of William Lucas and Susannah Barnes. At about the age of 19 he moved to the Scioto Valley. He was elected to the Ohio legislature for the first time in 1808. He married Elizabeth Brown, his landlord's daughter, in 1810. They had a daughter, Minerva, in 1811. In 1818 he was named Speaker of the Ohio Senate. In 1822, he lost the State Senate election to his former brother-in-law and political rival, William Kendall. Shortly after, around 1824, Lucas built this large brick house two miles east of Piketon, named Friendly Grove, which became an epicenter of local political activity. Lucas won his senate seat back in 1829, in a special election after Kendall resigned and was elected Senate speaker again. He was elected as the 12th Governor of Ohio, serving from 1832 to 1836. He went on to serve as the first Governor of Iowa Territory from 1838 to 1841. He died 7 February 1853 in Iowa City, Iowa.  

Scenes from around Piketon, Ohio