(Research):On July 4th, 1803, John Reasoner, coming from Pennsylvania with his family, established a…

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(Research):On July 4th, 1803, John Reasoner, coming from Pennsylvania with his family, established a home on Zane's Trace, a short distance east of the present site of New Concord. He was the fifth family to settle between Cambridge and Zanesville. When John Reasoner came here there were only six women living in what is now Guernsey County. He had married the Widow Thompson who was formerly Elizabeth Wilson. Robert Thompson, who was present at the service of her son [sic].

Within the year following the arrival of John Reasoner, he had two or three families as neighbors. Nothing is known about the Reverend Arbuthnot other than he conducted the first service. Travelling through to Zane's Trace he may have been invited to stay over Sunday to preach to the settlers. Harry Reasoner, a great grandson of John Reasoner, who is now living near the home of his pioneer ancestor, has a record of the meeting beneath the beech tree. According to it the persons named here "communed". Before coming here John Reasoner was active in the work of the Presbyterian Church and he so continued thoughout his life.

John Reasoner's is said to have been the fifth family to establish itself on the Zane Trace between Cambridge and Zanesville. It is stated by Reasoner descendants who have the records that the first Presbyterian service in the county was conducted by a Rev. Arbuthnot, an itinerant preacher, under a beech tree at the Reasoner home on 4 July 1803. In the following year, Muskingum County was erected from Washington County. Hanry Reasoner, the fourth son of Peter, owned the land where the town of New Concord now stands.

He was an Elder and one of the original members of the Pleasant Hill Presybterian Church and a devout Christian. He was six feet tall, slender and erect, with a dark complexion, black hair, and dark eyes. He was a studious man with a mild disposition and good judgement. He was the first of the Reasoner clan to go west into Ohio. He entered the state at Steubenville and followed the old Steuben or Zane's Trace, which is now the Ohio portion of the William Penn Highway, to Cambridge, then on to the place he located in Westland Township, Guernsey County, just below where New Concord stands.

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John Robert Reasoner
February 26, 1774
246 Rostraver, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, USA
9 January 15, 1850
170 75 Muskingum, Ohio, USA
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