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Rome Township, Lawrence County, Ohio

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Rome Township is one of the fourteen townships of Lawrence County, Ohio, United States. Athalia, the second-smallest village in Lawrence County, is located midway along Rome Township's shoreline.

Rome Township was originally called Center Township but the name was changed about 1821. The first settler was Joseph Miller who built the first log cabin in 1787 at what became known as Haskellville. Others who followed soon afterward were Joel Gillett, A.T.F. Fuller, Samuel Swain, Jacob Proctor, Benjamin and Isaac Bell, Enoch Dodridge, Rev. James Haskell, and Robert Hall.

The apple variety which became known as "The Rome Beauty" is credited to Alanson Gillette. As a lad of eight or nine years old his father, Joel, had given him a tree sprout which had sprung from below the graft of trees he had bought in Marietta. The sprout which the boy planted was the original Rome Beauty apple tree which is well-known to this day.


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