The Settlement of Matthew Hubbard
Darrell E. Hamilton
Matthew Hubbard came to Ashtabula as agent for his uncle,
Nehemiah Hubbard who had purchased a large tract of land from
the Connecticut Land Company. The large tract of land nearly
comprised all of what is now Ashtabula City.
On May 21, 1804, Matthew Hubbard left Trenton, New York
with William Pierce, a young man hired by Matthew Hubbard to
be a companion and laborer for the summer. Along the way, the
two men meet up with Joshua Stow of Connecticut who was with
the company which surveyed Western Reserve into Townships.
On June 3, 1804, the three men reached the Ashtabula River at
which time, Joshua Stowe parted their company to continue his
journey west to the Cuyahoga River.
Having crossed the Ashtabula River, Hubbard and Pierce
went in search of th George Beckwith cabin. Thinking the cabin
would be deserted, both men were surprised to find the widow of
George Beckwith and her two small daughters still living in the
cabin. Also at the Beckwith cabin at the time were Samuel Beck-
with, brother of George Beckwith, and a Mr, & Mrs. Thompson.
After the metting at the Beckwith cabin, the two men continu-
ed on. On June 4 they arrived in Austinburg where they meet up
with Judge Austin, founder of Austinburg. At the Austin cabin,
Hubbard and Pierce were treated with the abode of hospitality of
which they had never seen before among strangers.
After leaving Austinburg, the two traveled back to Ashtabula
to erect a log cabin. The site Mathew Hubbard picked was just
south of the Beckwith log cabin.
Matthew Hubbard's mission to Ashtabula was to be an agent
for his uncle and to look out after his uncle's interest. In exchange
for his services, Matthew Hubbard was to receive a large tract of
land to become a permanent settler. Matthew Hubbard would not
become a permanent settler in 1804. Every year for four years,
Matthew Hubbard would leave Ashtabula and spend the winters
in the East. It was not until 1808 that Matthew Hubbard would
build a permant home on South Ridge to bring his family to Ashta-
bula in April of 1808.
Matthew Hubbard was born in Middletown, Connecticut on
April 29, 1783. At the age of fifteen, he moved with his parents to
Trenton, New York. He was married less than seven months when
he made his first trip to Ashtabula. Matthew Hubbard left many
desendants as twelve children were born to Matthew and Mary
Willard Hubbard. He died at the age of 87 in 1869. Him and his
wife are both buried in Chestnut Grove Cemetery.