Early History of North Kingsville
and
North Kingsville
by
Darrell E. Hamilton
       The very first settlers of  Kingsville, were all squatters.  Most of them came from western
Pennsylvania with very little or no money at all.  Most of them probably  knew they were  squatters
when they settled the area but more  than  likely  they may not of had a choice for various reasons,
mainly being all of them were very poor.
       Eldad Harrington was the very first squatter who had a reputation as a great hunter and fisherman.
He  came  to  Kingsville  from western  Pennsylvania  in  the  late  summer of 1803.  He erected his
cabin on the bottom lands of the Conneaut River near  the  bend  of the stream.  In 1805,  Harrington was
followed by seven other squatters and their families. Most of these  families  hoped they would be able to
earn enough money to buy their land. Sometimes they would sell their improvements to the land  to buy
their own  land  and start over.  This  was  a  common   practice   in  the  Connecticut  Western Reserve  
 for  early  settlers.  The names  of  these  early  settlers  or  "squatters", as labeled by many earlier
historians were  Israel Harrington,  Elijah  Lewis,  Andrew  Stull,  Daniel Tolbert, Leonard and Michael
Widener, a Mr. Blackman and a  Mr. and Mrs. Blackamore,  all of whom where  from  western   
Pennsylvania.  Mr. Blackamore was a soldier in the Revolutionary War with the  Continental  Congress.
       In the early years of  Kingsville, even though  the Indians  had "sold" their lands, they had been
granted the right to hunt and fish on their former lands by the treaty of Greenville. Kingsville had an
abundant wildlife and fish as did  the rest  of  Ashtabula Township. By the end of the War of 1812, most
Indians had left the Connecticut Western Reserve.
       The first settler who was a land owner in what we now know as Kingsville - North Kingsville, was
Captain Walter Fobes who came from Norwich, Massachusetts in 1805. Fobes' life was  short lived
as he died in 1816. Kingsville at one time was known as Fobes' Dale after the first land owner in the
township that settles  there.  For a short while, although not officially,  Kingsville  was  called  "Fobes'
Tale". The settlers of early  Kingsville  did  not  like  the  name  that their  town  was  being   called by
substituting  the   "D"   for   a  "T'. The  settlers  finally   got  together  and   renamed   their  township,
Norwich after the town that Captain Walter Fobes came from.
       The  name  "Norwich"  was short  lived.  A traveler who was just passing through "Norwich" heard
heard about the controversy of  renaming the township which had become known as "Fobes' Tale".
Unlike Ashtabula, the people of  Kingsville must have been more easily influenced with the power of
whiskey just like the Indians of the Connecticut Western Reserve. An inintinerant named King
suggested that the town be named after him. In return, King would give the people four gallons of whiskey
The people agreed and Kingsville was born. The township of Kingsville was organized in 1810 and was
the first township created from Ashtabula Township.