Venedocia History Index Page
Historical newspaper and document collection of Becky Zirkle
A 1906 welsh language newspaper article about Venedocia and Salem Church made available
by the National Library of Wales. Here is a
not very good machine English translation of the article.
Village council minutes going back many years
History of the Clover Leaf narrow guage railroad
where Venedocia is described in 1877 as a "remote lumber camp"
100 and 150 anniversary and St David's day music
Early 1900's Eisteddofd Knights of Pitthysis, and Venedocia male chorus
The Jones Family History, including Jonestown's
Abraham Jones. Made available by Stephen 'Strategy' Jones.
See also The Life of Abraham Jones
A 2005 PBS Antique Roadshow apprasal involving Ohio's
1848 Governor William Bebb
A collection of old phone books, newspaper articles and other source documents from the collections of The Brumback Library.
Most Salem Church annual reports from well into the 19th century are available for download. The older reports are in the Welsh language. These reports include membership lists and are a great source of information for people doing genealogical research into their Venedocia roots.
York High School project. If you graduated from York Township High School check out this book of information about York High School graduates. With permission, this book is now part of the Venedocia.org site.
Selected documents from the
Venedocia village government's archive.
Old postcards of Venedocia.
- --Salem Church in 1898.
- -- Main Street looking North sometime after 1917. Cambrian Hall is the second building on the left.
- --The front and back of a post card written in 1904 by Venedocia Presbyterian Church Pastor Rev. Danial Evans Jones to Venedocia physician Dr. John S. Jenkins.
A 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica article
that says "See Edw. Breese, Kalendar of Gwynedd (Venedocia), on Anglesey, Carnarvon and Merioneth (London, 1873)."
The Venedocia history book project, sample chapter
Interview of Thomas Clarence (Si) Evans (27k pdf file), including a first person account of growing up in the village during the late 1890's and early 1900's. Here is the same file with added photos of Si Evans and other individuals mentioned in the text (831k pdf file, press "refresh" if the file doesn't appear to load properly the first time).
And here is
Source information for the Si Evans document.
If you have trouble viewing the large Si Evans file directly off of the web using a browser it is recommended that you first download the file and then view it directly off of your hard drive with Adobe Reader. To download the file RIGHT click the above "Here" link and select "Save link as."
The origin of the name "Venedocia" found within a poem describing village life in the late 1800's.
Photos of the Miami and Erie Canal Historical Marker in Delphos.
Ohio's Governor Bebb, who helped found Venedocia is mentioned in the marker's text. In the 19th century all commerce into and out of Venedocia entered and left via the canal at the site of this marker.
Photos of the Venedocia historical marker. You can
view the north side which describes the history and culture of Venedocia. You can also
veiw the south side which maps the August 1794 route of General Anthony Wayne's army through Van Wert County on its way north to fight indians at the battle of fallen timbers.
A newspaper article about the
history of the Jervis Bebb and Morris families
that founded Venedocia in 1848.
A first person account of establishing the Venedocia settlement
by immigrants from Wales, with a description of the "rapaceous
beasts" to be found in the dense forest surrounding the settlement. This document is very interesting.
The history of Venedocia from the 1830's through 1974, including
this quote about early life in York township: "Nothing could be heard except the howling of
the wolves and the hooting of the owles."
History of Venedocia's Salem Church, a 150 year old congregation.
Inscriptions on all the stones in cemetaries important to Venedocia's
history. Included are the Venedocia
Cemetery and the Horeb Cemetery. Some grave markers in each of these cemetaries
have Welsh text and/or indicate a Welsh birthplace.
The Venedocia War Memorial listing those who have served in wars
since the American Revolution.
An 1850 letter from Van Wert county to wales, written by the
William Bebb who established the Venedocia Welsh settlement.
Quotes about Venedocia from the book "History of Van Wert County"
The history of Venedocia's Memorial Park from a Times Bulletin newspaper article
Venedocia's Rees family genealogical information
Thomas Jones' 1886 obituary
1874 Geologic Map of Van
Wert County and accompanying text, from the 1874 Report of the Ohio Geological Survey,
Volume 2, Part 1, chapter 38. The accompanying text lists tree species native to VW county.