Catalogue of Wellington Union Schools, 1881-1882
This small publication includes a wealth of information: board of education members; teacher list; superintendent’s report; enrollment numbers; curriculum by grade; required text book titles; bylaws; and an annual list of graduates from 1873 to 1882. A paper copy is held in the Herrick Memorial Library’s local history collection. “The Catalogue of the Wellington Union Schools, just issued from the ENTERPRISE office, is as neat and handsome in quality of paper and in typographical style and execution as anything we have seen in that line from any office. It is a credit to our Foreman, Mr. F. Ladd, who is experienced in fine printing and binding, and this specimen of his work shows that there is no need of going away from Wellington to get a superior job of printing done” (Wellington Enterprise, 11-1-1882, pg. 3).
Commemorative Biographical Record of the Counties of Huron and Lorain, Ohio (1894)
This compilation of biographical sketches includes profiles of nearly fifty notable men from Wellington, including Deacon John S. Case, Mayor George L. Couch, multiple members of the Horr and Wadsworth families, John Howk, William Rininger, and many more. Approximately twenty percent are accompanied by portrait photographs or engravings. A hard-bound copy is held in the Herrick Memorial Library’s local history collection.
The most complete index to the graves of Wellington’s Greenwood Cemetery is a published volume compiled by Linda Navarre in 1996; it is available in the Herrick Memorial Library’s local history collection. Partial lists of graves (some illustrated with headstone images) are also available via RootsWeb and Find-A-Grave.
History of the First Congregational Church of Wellington, Ohio (1892)
Pamphlet written by the Reverend W. E. Barton, pastor of the church. A paper copy is held in the Herrick Memorial Library’s local history collection.
History of Lorain County, Ohio (1879)
This early county history was issued just sixty years after Wellington was first settled. The main section describing the village begins on page 347 and runs to page 366 (do not overlook the full-page illustrations included both before and after the text). Wellington is also referenced in multiple other chapters and biographical sketches throughout the volume. Multiple hard-bound copies are held in the Herrick Memorial Library’s local history collection.
History of the Oberlin-Wellington Rescue (1859)
An eyewitness account, including full court transcripts, of the famous rescue case of 1858. Compiled by Jacob R. Shipherd. A hard-bound copy is held in the Herrick Memorial Library’s local history collection.
History of Wellington (1922)
Carrie Vischer (1861-1940) delivered this paper before the Sorosis Club, Wellington’s ladies literary society, in 1922. Walter Cole, then editor of the Wellington Enterprise, offered to print the piece in its entirety as a special supplement to the newspaper. It contains factual inaccuracies, but is an enjoyable read and a good jumping off point if you are just beginning to study the history of the village. A paper copy is held in the Herrick Memorial Library’s local history collection.
Lorain County Auditor GIS
The Lorain County Auditor’s office maintains this interactive county map. It is an invaluable tool for those tracing the history of individual properties. Each structure has associated metadata including parcel number, address, current and sometimes former owners, multiple photographs, detailed footprint drawing, and even scans of legal conveyance documentation. One caution: the default year of construction listed for “old” structures, if the actual year is unknown, is 1900.
Lorain County News, The (1860-1873)
This newspaper was briefly co-published in Oberlin and Wellington during the Civil War. Issues dating from 1860 to 1873 are digitized and searchable. The Herrick Memorial Library owns a complete run of the newspaper on microfilm.
Lorain County Probate Court
A searchable index of wills, inventories and marriage licenses dating back to 1824. Access to microfilm of all indexed documents is available free of charge onsite at the Elyria Justice Center. (Photocopy fees do apply.)
Lorain County Records Retention Center Early Tax Duplicates
Tax records for Wellington and its surrounding communities can be found here for the years 1824 until approximately World War II. (Available content varies by location.)
Map of Lorain County, Ohio (1857)
This oversized, hanging map–digitized and available through the Library of Congress–contains an inset map in its upper right-hand corner that is the earliest detailed representation of Wellington of which I am aware. An accompanying business and residential directory provides names and addresses that I have often been unable to find anywhere else. The map can be used in conjunction with Archibald Willard’s painting, Village of Wellington, 1857 (available through the digital repository Ohio Memory) created the same year.
Memorial to the Pioneer Women of the Western Reserve (1896)
This publication was originally released in four parts, issued over the period from July 1896 to February 1897. It was later reprinted in two volumes. The section describing Wellington is in Part Two (September 1896), from pages 308 to 317. Herrick Memorial Library holds hard-bound copies of the reprinted two-volume set and an accompanying index.
Pioneer or West Herrick Cemetery
No known paper records survive for the oldest Wellington cemetery, located on West Herrick Avenue. A partial list of burials can be found on Find-A-Grave.
Rise and Decline of the Cheese Industry in Lorain County, Ohio (1960)
This excellent study by Wellington native Frank Chapman Van Cleef (1881-1984) was first published in the Ohio Historical Quarterly, after he delivered it to the Lorain County Historical Society in 1958. Van Cleef worked in the industry as a youth, as did his father, an employee of Horr Warner & Co. The Herrick Memorial Library holds a printed copy of this article in its local history collection.
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
Sanborn maps are an extraordinary historical resource. The insurance company compiled detailed drawings of densely populated areas all across the United States as tools for assessing liability risk. They contain an enormous amount of information about commercial, public and residential structures. The Ohio Web Library allows access for research purposes to a collection of black and white digitized maps of Ohio communities. There are forty-three maps of Wellington, dating from October 1884 to April 1949. Note: you will need a valid Ohio library card in order to access this content; you will be asked to provide your card number and verify your library upon sign in.
Standard History of Lorain County, Ohio (1916)
A significant portion of the Wellington content in this two-volume set seems to be lifted without change from the 1879 History of Lorain County, Ohio. Chapter twenty-four in volume one focuses on Wellington (pages 510 to 530), though it is mentioned in numerous sections and biographies throughout the work. Volume one contains general histories; volume two contains biographical sketches and portraits. Herrick Memorial Library holds multiple copies of this set in its local history collection.
Wellington Enterprise, The
The years 1879 to 1899 are digitized and searchable in the free Library of Congress online repository Chronicling America. Additional years are available via microfilm and hard copy at the Herrick Memorial Library. Hard copies of some years are also available at the Southern Lorain County Historical Society, a.k.a. the Spirit of ’76 Museum. An index to all births, marriages and deaths is hosted on the library website. (Note: content for the years from 1921 to 1948 is currently incomplete, but is constantly being updated as available issues of the newspaper are indexed by the Wellington Genealogy Group.)
Wellington Family Album
The Herrick Memorial Library hosts an online photographic repository called the Wellington Family Album. A searchable index of thumbnail images and descriptions can be found here.
Wellington Genealogy Group
The website of the WGG includes free online publications such as an index to the 1851 tax maps of Lorain County, Ohio; an index to the records of the Cowling-Truman Funeral Home; and church records of Huntington, Ohio (1833-1897). There are also publications for sale, including the records of the First United Methodist Church of Wellington from 1858 to 1974.