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DECEMBER 2009


ABSTRACT OF SANDUSKY COUNTY OHIO WOLF SCALP ORDERS DRAWN ON THE TREASURY OF THE STATE OF OHIO

Sandusky County Ohio Wolf Scalp Record

Wolves were such a menace to Ohio's early settlers that statutes were enacted to "encourage the killing of wolves." They were amended in 1821, 1829, and again in 1831. In June 1831, the law allowed residents to receive a bounty from the state treasurer of Ohio of $4.25 for each wolf scalp (with ears intact) of a wolf over the age of 6 months. For a wolf under the age of 6 months, a bounty of $2.50 could be claimed. Before receiving their bounties, it was necessary for claimants to produce the scalp and swear before the county clerk that the wolf had been killed in the county within the last 20 days. Furthermore, claimants were required to swear that they "had not spared the life of any she-wolf within your power to kill, with design to increase the breed." County commissioners had the option of increasing the bounty to as high as $6.00 per scalp.

Above is an image of the first page of Sandusky County, Ohio's Wolf Scalp Record kept by the county treasurer. The record lists the names of claimants, dates, and the amount of bounties to be paid by the state of Ohio for wolf scalps produced before the Sandusky County Clerk of Courts for the year 1836. Below are abstracts of the same record book through 1859.



An abstract of Wolf Scalp orders drawn on the Ohio State Treasurer in the year of our Lord 1837

No. of Order

Date of Order

Amount dollars

Amount cents

To whom payable

20

Feby 6

4

25

Joseph A. Thrupedan

21

” “

4

25

Elizer Baldwin

22

“ 17

4

25

John Gallant

23

Apr 10

4

25

John Gallant

24

“ 18

4

25

William Batomic

25

May 18

4

25

Loren Silvey

26

“ “

4

25

Loren Silvey

List of Wolf Scalp orders drawn on the State Treasurer AD 1838

No. of Order

Date of

Order

Amount dollars

Amount

cents

To whom payable

27

January 23

4

25

John Gallant

28

March 9

4

25

Same

29

“ 22

4

25

same

30

“ 23

4

25

Matthew D. Hancock

31

Sept 21

4

25

George Wales

32

Nov 21

4

25

Ezra Griffin

33

Dec 15

4

25

Matthew D. Hancock

Wolf Scalp orders drawn on the State treasury from December 15th AD 1838 to Dec 15.1839

No

Date of Order

Amount dolllars

Amount cents

To whom payable

34

January 10. 1839

8

50

John Gallant

35

Feb 8 “

8

50

Henry Cochran

36

Feb 8 “

8

50

Same

37

Apr 18 “

20

00

Jason Holcomb

38

May 10 “

4

25

John Snider

39

May 15 “

4

25

John Gallant

40

May 16 “

4

25

Lemuel Randall

41

May 27 “

28

50

John Snider

42

“ “

10

00

James King

43

June 10 “

42

50

John Snider

Wolf Scalp orders drawn on the State treasury from December 15th 1839 to December AD 1840

44

January 2. 1840

4

25

John Joseph

45

” 25 ”

4

25

James King

46

Feby 25 “

4

25

George Boyles

47

March 4 “

4

25

John Gallant

Wolf Scalp orders drawn on the State treasury from December 15 AD 1840 to Dec 15 AD 1841

48

March 10. 1841

4

25

Lemuel Randall

Wolf Scalp orders drawn on the State treasury from December 15 1841 to December 15. 1842

Date

Amount

dol

Amount

cent

To whom payable

49

August 13. 1842

4

25

Samuel Scott

50

Sept 12 “

4

25

do do

51

Nov 29 “

4

25

George Rule

52

Dec 13 “

4

25

Lemuel Randall

Wolf Scalp orders drawn on the State treasury from November 11, 1843 to June 3, 1844

53

Nov 11. 1843

4

25

Phineas Gridley

54

Nov 18. 1843

4

25

Michael Steell

55

Dec 4. 1843

4

25

Major K. Haskell

56

July 17. 1844

4

25

Darling H. Burton

57

Feby 21. 1844

4

25

William Sick

58

May 14. 1844

15

00

Richard Storms

59

June 3. 1844

4

25

Richard Storms



Wolf Scalp orders drawn on the State treasury 1849

60

March 12. 1849

4

25

Nicholas Mathew



Wolf Scalp orders drawn on the State treasury April 28, 1852 to April 21, 1859

61

April 28 1852

4

25

John Oberst

62

Dec 19 1854

4

25

H P Hathaway

63

April 21 1859

15

00

George Bowers