In This Issue: Spring 2005

This edition of the Northeast Ohio Journal of History focuses for the first time on nineteenth century Ohio. In our feature article, “’I Devise and Bequeath’: Property and Inheritance among the Scottish Highlanders in Scotch Settlement, Columbiana County, Ohio,” Amanda Epperson discusses the social and economic implications of the wills and probate records of Scottish settlers in Columbiana County.

In keeping with the nineteenth-century theme, our virtual museum tour is Kyle Liston’s exhibit on John Brown. As this interpretation was on display until very recently at the Brown House of the Summit County Historical Society, more images will appear in this feature over the summer as the museum dismantles the exhibit.

For access to other images and artifacts from Northeast Ohio’s nineteenth-century past, be sure to read William Barrow’s overview of “The Cleveland Memory Project: an On-line Database for Research and Education” in our “Notes and Comments” section. An award-winning history site with over 17,000 images, documents, sound and film clips from Ohio ‘s past, the Cleveland Memory Project is an invaluable resource for researchers and students of Northeast Ohio History.

While you are visiting the journal, please take the time to drop by our new discussion board. Taking advantage of the technology available to us as an electronic journal, we believe this new feature will make our journal more interactive and serve to engender substantive debate, discussion, and exchange of information for all people interested in the history of Northeast Ohio.

In addition to the usual book reviews, we also encourage the reader to explore the other features of our site. For those who missed earlier issues, please visit our “Archives” link, which contains the entire contents of our first volume. We have expanded our “Research Links” feature, adding not only more primary sources but also more links to local historical agencies. We strongly encourage the reader to suggest or send new links for this page. The same is true for items in “Current History,” which is a clearinghouse for information on events of a historical nature in Northeast Ohio. Because we update this section constantly, please feel free to send announcements for it at any time.

We would also like to remind our readers that printer-friendly versions accompany each item. These PDF files are not only easier on the eyes when printed, but also contain basic issue data and page numbers for convenience in citation.

As always, please address any inquiries about this project (or about any other aspect of the journal) to the editor at kkern @ uakron. edu. We welcome all comments and suggestions.

Kevin Kern

Feature Article:

“I Devise and Bequeath”: Property and Inheritance among the Scottish Highlanders in Scotch Settlement, Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Amanda Epperson

Book Reviews:

Carl M. Becker
Stewart Bennett and Barbara Tillery: The Struggle for the Life of the Republic: A Civil War Narrative by Brevet Major Charles Dana Miller, 76th Ohio Volunteer Infantry

Arthur E. DeMatteo
H. Wayne Morgan: William McKinley and His America, Revised Edition

Andrew Lindsay
Jonathan Knight: Opening Day: Cleveland, the Indians, and a New Beginning

E. Paul Morehouse, Jr.
Al Simpson: Along the Towpath, A Journalist Rediscovers the Ohio & Erie Canal

Notes and Comments:

The Cleveland Memory Project: an On-line Database for Research and Education
By: William C. Barrow


Cascade Locks Park, Akron
Text By: Jack Geick
Design By: Gregory Wilson, University of Akron

Summit County in Photographs
Text and Design By: Kyle Liston


William C. Barrow is the Special Collections Librarian for the Cleveland State University Library and chairs the Greater Cleveland History Digital Library Consortium. He has a Master of Arts in History from Cleveland State University and a Master of Library Science from Kent State University.

Carl M. Becker, a World War II veteran, taught at Wright State University for thirty years. The extensive listing of publications to his credit includes several works on U.S. sports history. Other academic interests include Ohio History and World War II from the American perspective.

Arthur E. DeMatteo is an assistant professor of History at Glenville State College in West Virginia. He earned his doctorate from the University of Akron in 1999, and has since taught at a number of colleges including the University of Akron , Cleveland State University , and Wilmington College. His research interests include Progressive Era urban politics in the Midwest and American Labor History.

Amanda Epperson is a senior lecturer at the University of Akron. After completing a Master of Arts in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, she went on to earn her Ph.D. from the University of Glasgow in 2003 under the direction of Professor Edward J. Cowan. Her research interests include eighteenth century Scotland, migration studies, and the Atlantic World.

Jack Gieck is a filmmaker and historian who produced the last motion picture of Akron history in 1977 and authored A Photo Album of Ohio’s Canal Era (1988).

Andrew Lindsay, a native of Canada , is with the Francis Marion University History faculty for the 2004-05 school year. His main area of interest is the history of sport in the United States. Dr. Lindsay’s dissertation, “Boxing in Black and White,” a study of the impact of race upon boxing, was recently published by McFarland Press. He is currently researching college football rivalries.

Kyle Liston is currently completing his Master’s thesis at the University of Akron examining the construction of racial identity in Fascist Italy within the colonial sphere of Ethiopia. He worked as an archivist and assistant to the curator of the Summit County Historical Society in 2003-04. Following conferral of his M.A., Kyle will pursue a doctorate in History at Indiana University-Bloomington.

E. Paul Morehouse, Jr. currently teaches in the Department of History at the University of Akron. His previous publications include “Rebuilding a Dream” and “History of the Ohio Canals,” both published in the March/April 2004 issue of OGS Genealogy News, a publication of the Ohio Genealogical Society.