Shenango Township

Shenango Township History

Shenango township resulted from the division of the old Neshannock township in 1805. At that time it extended north to include the territory of what is now Hickory township as far north as Sharon. This territory was detached to form part of Hickory township in 1833.

In the spring of 1796 Samuel Byers and Andrew Wylie came out of Virginia, following the course of the Monongahela to Pittsburg and thence up the Beaver and Shenango valleys to a point not far from the south line of what is now Shenango township. A cabin was built, and in the course of the summer their families were brought from Virginia and established in the wilderness.

About the same time with the above settlement Thomas Canon, of Philadelphia, came into the valley, locating near Middlesex, and founding the family whose present generation furnishes some well known names in the citizenship of the county. Some of this family are now identified with Mill Creek township, on the opposite side of the county.

The trade of weaver was certainly an unusual occupation among the pioneers. In the majority of families the making of cloth was part of the household pursuits. Richard Van Fleet, who arrived in Shenango township in 1798, was a young man and by trade a weaver, but combined with that occupation the work of farming. His name has since been borne by numerous descendants.

William Bell settled here in 1798. Dr. John Mitcheltree became the first physician of this part of the county early in the following century, and the families of both have since lived in the county. George Walker was an Irish settler whose name is given among the taxables of this part of the county in 1801. His grandson is a merchant of West Middlesex.

Source: Twentieth Century History of Mercer County, 1909, page 167-168

Shenango Twp. Cemeteries Shenango Twp. Census Records Shenango Twp. Towns & Villages
Beulah Cemetery
Haywood Cemetery
Presbyterian Cemetery
United Brethren

Furnace Hill
Semple's Mills
Stony Hill
West Middlesex

Transformation of Shenango Twp.
Formed in 1805
From Neshannock Twp.
Then divided into Hickory Twp.

Shenango Geological Survey
Township Map
1873 Atlas
Shenango Township Landowners Map

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