A Brief Hibbs History – By: Mike Swaldo

I’ve been researching Hibbses– not an easy task. The Hibbs family is very old and very large. Our Hibbses first came into Ohio in 1815. Isaac Hibbs (wife unknown, but possibly Elizabeth Cuppy) and his sons Samuel, Joseph, and Isaac Jr., and Daughter Nancy. They purchased land in Jefferson county (now Loundon Twp. Carroll County), and are listed as “Entrymen,” or original landowners in Carroll county. Isaac’s wife, Mary Lucas, died in 1828, and is buried in Kilgore Lutheran Cemetery.

During the 1840’s, Isaac Jr. (now remarried to Julianne Mathews), Step-daughter Isabella, and his two sons Mahlon and Isaac (III) purchased land and farmed up in Oldtown Valley (Co.Rd. 24). Isaac Jr. died in 1858 and is buried in Forney Cemetery (now on private property) up in Oldtown. Isaac and his wife Margaret Markley returned to Carroll County where he later served in the Civil War as a member Co. K, Reg. 98 of the OVI. Mahlon and his wife Eliza Ellen Wise stayed in Tuscarawas County and raised their six children, Harvey, Thursa (m. Daniel Meese), Enos, Almeda (m. Phillip Heldt), Charlotte, Isaac George, William, and John. Mahlon eventually left Oldtown Valley and moved into Lehn’s Valley (now Wainwright) where he had a small farm up where Sani Rd. now goes. Mahlon and Eliza were membeers of st. James Lutheran Church in Tuscarawas. Both are buried there.

Mahlon and Eliza’s oldest son, Harvey (m. Anne Elizabeth Kuhn) lived where Bob and Wilma Briggs now live. Harvey and Anne’s children were George William (m. Emma Farrell), Emma (m. Charles Toben), Ida May (m. Frederick Davis from England), Lucy (m. Joseph Mathias), Albert (m. Clara Hancy), Anne (m. William Ashbaugh), Ella (Ellen Irene) (m. August W. Brieske (Broeske)), Caroline (m. Harry Owens), and Mary (m. Evan Francis).

Harvey and Anne purchased a farm near Alliance where they continued to farm. Eventually, they relocated to Geauga County with Emma and Lucy. Harvey died in 1919 and Anne in 1923. Harvey and Anne Hibbs, the Tobens, and the Mathiases are all buried in Overlook Cemetery in Parkman, Ohio.

Pissocra Family

As told by Ronald Pissocra:

The Pissocra Store played a large part in the history of the Goshen Community.

Ronald Pissocra’s grandparents, Innocents (not sure of this spelling) and Theresa Pissocra started their grocery business in 1916. They sold it to their son Carl in 1929.

Carl and Elle operated the store (and side room as a “beer parlor”) through World War II. In 1946 they closed the grocery store and went into the “Army Surplus” business. Around 1950 they closed that business and went into the “home improvement” business.

Thus, it was the only store and business in the Goshen Community.

Innocents and Theresa raised three daughters; Mary Heldt, Inez Heldt, Edith Bonvechio, and son Carl.

Carl and Elle raised two sons, Ronald and Carl both now living in Dover, Ohio.

I have many fond memories working in the store and delivering groceries every Tuesday and Saturday to most of the people living in and near Goshen.