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Harpersfield Township, Ashtabula County, Ohio
Township
Harpersfield Township's former government building
Harpersfield Township's former government building
Location of Harpersfield Township in Ashtabula County
Location of Harpersfield Township in Ashtabula County
Country United States
State Ohio
County Ashtabula
Area
 • Total 25.9 sq mi (67.2 km2)
 • Land 25.8 sq mi (67.0 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 886 ft (270 m)
Population (United States Census, 2010)
 • Total 2,695
 • Density 104.5/sq mi (40.2/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 39-33642
GNIS feature ID 1085727

Harpersfield Township is one of the twenty-seven townships of Ashtabula County, Ohio, United States. The 2010 census found 2,695 people in the township.

Geography

Located on the northwestern edge of the county, it borders the following townships:

  • Geneva Township - north
  • Saybrook Township - northeast corner
  • Austinburg Township - east
  • Morgan Township - southeast corner
  • Trumbull Township - south
  • Thompson Township, Geauga County - southwest corner
  • Madison Township, Lake County - west

Part of the city of Geneva is located in northern Harpersfield Township, and the unincorporated community of Unionville lies in the township's northwest.

Name and history

It is the only Harpersfield Township statewide.

The township was first settled by Revolutionary War Colonel Alexander Harper and his family, who moved from Harpersfield, New York on June 28, 1798. Colonel Harper died there in September of that year.

It is said that soon after landing, Colonel Harper placed his staff in the ground and dedicated a portion of land as a cemetery, and he himself was the first to be buried there; he being the first white person buried in the Western Reserve, whose grave can be identified. An appropriate monument bearing an inscription with the name and date of birth and death, and recounting the virtues of the pioneer and patriot still marks the spot. This cemetery is on the county line at Unionville village.

Harpersfield Township was described in 1833 as having one store, two flouring mills, two saw mills, one fulling mill, and two forges.

Points of interest

The Harpersfield Covered Bridge is located in Harpersfield Township.

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