Jayne Broestl has published an interesting article in the Westlake and Bay Village (Ohio) Observer that says, in part:
If you are wondering what first brought the New England settlers to the Western Reserve some 200 years ago, you might start by visiting the website of Cuyahoga West Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society at http://goo.gl/NfjsT. Just click on the “Pioneer Women” menu tab.
Cuyahoga West’s webmaster, John Noble, has posted an article that was written by local history instructor Bob Rich and appeared in a July 1996 issue of The Plain Dealer.
For the most part, New England farmers had a difficult life working the thin and rocky soils of Connecticut and Vermont. Ohio’s Western Reserve promised an easier way of life, with cheap, fertile land and abundant game to provide them with a hearty diet. But what the settlers found here was nothing like the idyllic lifestyle that was depicted in the painting that was circulated by the Connecticut Land Company, to entice settlers to purchase land in the Western Reserve of Northeast Ohio.
You can read the full article at http://goo.gl/kBcAK
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