BEAVERCREEK — John Paul moved from Cincinnati to Beavercreek in 1799. He purchased 2,000 acres of land in 1803 near the fork of the Shawnee Creek in present Xenia. He deeded one and one-half acres of the land for public use. The Court House stands on that property. He served as Clerk of the County Commissioners, Clerk of the court of Common Pleas and Clerk of the first Supreme Court as well as County Auditor and Recorder. He moved to Indiana in 1809 where he founded the city of Madison.
Joan Baxter is a local resident and weekly historical columnist.