Harpersfield Township, Ashtabula County, Ohio

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Harpersfield Township, Ashtabula County, Ohio
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
Coordinates: 41°44′49″N 80°57′35″W / 41.74694°N 80.95972°W / 41.74694; -80.95972Coordinates: 41°44′49″N 80°57′35″W / 41.74694°N 80.95972°W / 41.74694; -80.95972
Country United States
State Ohio
County Ashtabula
 • 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[1] 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[2]
GNIS feature ID 1085727[1]

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.[3]


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

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[edit]

It is the only Harpersfield Township statewide.[4]

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.[5][6]

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.[5]

Harpersfield Township was described in 1833 as having one store, two flouring mills, two saw mills, one fulling mill, and two forges.[7]

Points of interest[edit]

The Harpersfield Covered Bridge is located in Harpersfield Township.


The township is governed by a three-member board of trustees, who are elected in November of odd-numbered years to a four-year term beginning on the following January 1. Two are elected in the year after the presidential election and one is elected in the year before it. There is also an elected township fiscal officer,[8] who serves a four-year term beginning on April 1 of the year after the election, which is held in November of the year before the presidential election. Vacancies in the fiscal officership or on the board of trustees are filled by the remaining trustees.

Currently, the board is composed of chairman James Pristov and members Edward Demshar and Cliff Henry, and the fiscal officer is Sharon Rohrbaugh.[9]


  1. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ 2010 Census Interactive Population Search, Harpersfield, OH United States Census Bureau, 2010. Accessed 30 December 2011.
  4. ^ "Detailed map of Ohio" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. 2000. Retrieved 2007-02-16. 
  5. ^ a b A Record of the Revolutionary Soldiers buried in Lake County, Ohio. New Connecticut Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, Painesville, Ohio, 1902.
  6. ^ Ashtabula County, Ohio Ashtabula County, 2007. Accessed 2007-05-28.
  7. ^ Kilbourn, John (1833). "The Ohio Gazetteer, or, a Topographical Dictionary". Scott and Wright. p. 233. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  8. ^ §503.24, §505.01, and §507.01 of the Ohio Revised Code. Accessed 4/30/2009.
  9. ^ Harpersfield Township Contacts, Harpersfield Township. Accessed 2009-08-25.

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