From Ursuline Archives, from Sister Debbie Lloyd, archivist: 1854: Ad from Catholic Telegraph: “The undersigned respectfully informs the public that he has recently purchased and opened for the accommodation of the public the above house in the town of Westborough, Clinton County, Ohio situated on the Hillsborough Railroad. He will do all in his power to make his house comfortable for those who may honor him with their patronage. Visitors to Fayetteville, and the parents & friends of the pupils at the Ursuline Convent in that neighborhood will find it very convenient to stop at his house overnight. Everything will be done in every department to the US Hotel agreeable to the public. Francis De Rodriques.” (re: when I was growing up, it was called: “the Old Hotel”).
From “A Peaceable Pilgrimage, Quakers Migration and the Creation of Leesburg, Ohio, Highland County and Southwestern Ohio, 1775-1820” by John Fitzgerald.
A Visit from the Shakers to St. Martins… pg. 82:
“The Shakers reached their peak membership in the first half of the 1800’s. There were approximately 850 Shakers in Kentucky with a total national membership embracing 6,000. The purchase of Shaker property in Clinton County, Ohio in 1856 was one of the last outreaches in our area. It is revealing to note how the Shakers intended to bring people into this community: Late in 1857 the Shakers made an intensive effort to meet their Clinton County neighbors by visiting in homes, participating in local séances, attending a quarterly meeting of the Martinsville Quakers, touring a nearby Catholic Academy in Brown County, and holding a Shaker meeting at Westboro.” There were no converts gained by this journey to Clinton County and the community never took off.”
Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati, Ohio: Horse stolen on night of October 4th, 1878, from my farm in Brown County, Ohio, 4 miles south of Westboro, Ohio, a bay horse, 6 yrs old. with white spot on right hind heel; tail medium length: liberal reward for his return. Address, John Boyle, St. Martins, Ohio or 108 Pearl Street, City. John Boyle owned 1700 acres of land including extensive flouring mills at St. Martins, which are provided with 4 run of buhrs (grinding stones) & all modern improvements & do extensive local & shipping business.
He laid 30 miles of the 1st railroad west of the Alleghany Mountains-the Little Miami RR (connects Cincinnati to local railroads, such as the Marietta & Cincinnati and the Hillsboro & Cincinnati), With partner Patrick Roach constructed some of the most extensive public works in the Western States including completing the King’s Mt. Tunnel as well as the covered bridge on 123 toward Blanchester. Mill was located near bridge on 251 on Little Miami River.
Sr. Mary Louise “Sr. St. Charles” Rosecrans: buried in Cemetery at Brown County Ursuline, St. Martins, born Newport, Rhode Island 1852; died 2 May 1878 Brown County, Ohio. Newspaper Clipping: Gen. W. S. Rosecrans passed through Cincinnati Wednesday, on the way to St. Martins, Brown County, O. to see his daughter die. She has been in the Ursuline Convent, at that place, for six or seven years, first as a pupil in the school, and within a year or two as a nun, having taken the veil with the name of St. Charles. She is now dying of consumption. Her mother, (Ann Eliza Hegeman) has been here a month. ( Rosecrans was a Union General in the Civil War; when Morgan’s men rode by the School, little did they know the general’s daughters (and others) were students at BCU.)
Pittsburg Daily Post, (Pittsburgh, Pa): Thursday, October 30th, 1879: Miss Florence Lincoln, daughter of T.D. Lincoln, a leading attorney of Cincinnati took the white veil yesterday as Novice of the Ursuline Religious of the Congregation of Paris at the Ursuline Convent, St. Martins, Brown County, Ohio. Miss Lincoln is 22 years of age, is beautiful and has had a fine European education.
Fort Scott Weekly Monitor (Fort Scott, Kansas): Thursday, April 29th, 1880: The Pupils of the St. Ursuline Convent, at St. Martins, Ohio, Brown County, Ohio have been sent to their homes 2 months in advance of the usual time, on account of the appearance among them of a singular nervous disorder, with an epidemic tendency. It manifests itself in a nervous twitching and jerking, and while not of an alarming character, was so serious as to warrant the dismissal of the school. it is said that it yields readily to treatment when the pupils are separated.
Clinton County History, 1883, published by Beers: Jefferson Township: Dr. Andrew Flock Deniston, attended the Ohio Medical College of Cincinnati graduating in 1859 with honors. In 1861, he enlisted in Co. E, 47th OVI, chosen as 1st Lieut.; in 1864, he re-enlisted and recruited out of Clinton County as Captain, Company C of the 175th OVI. In August of 1880, he was employed as physician for the students at the Ursuline Convent at St. Martins, Brown County.
Wilmington Journal (Wilmington,Ohio),September 21, 1887: The barns at the Ursuline Convent were burned last Thursday night.
Miss Mame Denver ( where the General Denver got its name) has returned to the Ursuline Convent for another school year.
The Wilmington Journal (Wilmington, Ohio), Wednesday, February 29, 1888, from the Westboro Column: Mr. Cowden, the miller at Morrow, had started his wagon loaded with flour to St. Martins, but as the driver was passing through Blanchester, he suddenly became “dry” and therefore stopped at one of the saloons to quench his dryness, and as a natural consequence became full. After reaching the Westboro road that opened out on the Blanchester & St. Martins pike, he turned for Westboro, putting his team down to the gallop over the mud road, with 2400 lbs. of flour. By the time he reached here, his team was nearly dead. The citizens promptly seized them and put them in the livery stable and telegraphed Cowden, leaving the driver on the streets to have fun with the boys. Mr. Cowden arrived about 10 pm and took charge of his property. By this time, the driver who undoubtedly had been drugged was over his craze, and sorry enough indeed. Boys never enter a saloon. (I would imagine the only customer in St. Martins who bought such an amount of flour would be the Sisters at the Convent.)
Great Falls Tribune, (Great Falls, Montana): Wednesday, October 24th, 1900: Ursulines Unite, 1900, includes St. Martins, Ohio. By order of the Pope, a convention of the Mothers Superior of the Ursuline convents in the world will shortly be held in Rome. The purpose is to unite in one congregation under one head all the Ursuline Convents of the Catholic Church throughout the world. The order of Ursuline Nuns was founded more than 3 centuries ago expressly for the education of youth. And the members are carefully trained for that work. Ursuline Convents of the United States are at: New Orleans, Galveston, San Antonino, Laredo & Dallas Texas; St. Martins, Brown County, Ohio; Santa Rosa, Cal; St. Louis; New York; Wilmington, Del; Alton, Illinois; Toledo, Ohio; Louisville, Pittsburg, Grand Forks, ND; Columbia, , S.C.; Muskegon, MI; Frontenac, Minn; Tiffin, Ohio; Paola, Kansas; St. Peter, Montana.
Wednesday, June 5th, 1895: Wilmington Journal, (Wilmington, Ohio), Westboro: Dr. and Mrs. Hemphill attended the Alumni at St. Martin’s Convent Thursday evening, the Sisters of the Ursuline Convent entertained near 200 guests during their 5oth anniversary, commencing on the 29th and continuing 3 days, affording a pleasant stay for former graduates.
February 20th, 1903: Article entitled ‘Miss Rosecrans’ Noble Character.’ Helena, Montana. Funeral of Miss Anita (Anna Delores) Rosecrans will take place from the Catholic Cathedral tomorrow morning at @ 9:10 o’clock. Anita was born in Virginia and the daughter of General Rosecrans of the Civil War Union Army. She was educated at the School of the Brown County Ursulines in St Martins, Ohio and was a student when Morgan’s Raiders (out-riders) rode by the entrance to the grounds. Her father, General Rosecrans was Commander of the Army of the Cumberland and directed some of the greatest campaigns of the Civil War. She was the sister of Sr. Mary Louise Rosecrans or Sr. St. Charles buried in Ursuline sisters’ cemetery. She was a musician of rare attainments and considered one of the best organists of the Northwest. An eastern publishing house recently accepted a book written by her. She was also supposed to write sketches about her father. She and her sister, the wife of the Governor of Montana accompanied her father’s body when it was interred in Arlington National Cemetery.