History of Pataskala

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The first settler to the area which was to become known as Pataskala was David Heron, who was living here in 1805 when Richard Conine and his wife Sarah visited the area. Richard Conine, who was to become known as the "Father of Pataskala", liked what he saw, and when he returned home to New Jersey, he arranged to purchase 2,000 acres of land here.
    He returned to this area in 1821 to live and built the first grist mill in the area at the south end of town, and prior to 1850, platted a village which he called Conine.However, by the end of 1850, he had sold most of his land, much of it to Jess Stoneman Green, and it was Green who actually put the village of Pataskala on the map. Green laid out lots and sold them, built buildings for businesses, and donated land for schools and churches.
    In 1851, the village of Pataskala received its first Post Office, and controversy grew over the name of "Conine" until finally the name "Pataskala", which is an Indian word meaning Licking, was decided upon and from that point the village continued to grow until it was finally incorporated in 1891.
In 1994 Lima Township and the Village of Pataskala voters agreed to establish a merger commission to research a possible merger. In 1995, the citizens voted unanimously to accept the merger proposal, and as of January 19, 1997, the Secretary of State declared Pataskala to be of city status.
    The City of Pataskala encompasses 39 square miles of territory. Its boundaries begin at the Franklin/ Licking County lines on the west and extend to past Watkins road on the east. The northern boundary is south of CR. 25, Morse Road, and Jersey Township.


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Richard Conine

Amy, I was searching the net for family data when I ran across your brief article on Pataskala.  Since my name is Richard Conine, I took an immediate interest.  My father's family has lived in the area of Tom's River, New Jersey for generations.  My grandfather ran a large chain of New Jersey-based hardware stores in the '40s and '50s.  There are mills and roads named for the Conine's throughout the region.  Many of my cousins live in Ohio and my father John's middle name is Richard, which he never tired of telling me was/is a name handed down from generation to generation without fail.  I have little doubt that I am a descendent of the man you described.  I just wanted to add my voice to your history.  The Conine's are alive and prospering and we wish Pataskala well, though we wouldnt mind if the name was changed back again.  Be well.  My email is raconine@gmail.com.

Aug 29, 2011 09:37 AM #1

I thought Pataskala was the native American for 'bright waters' which is what they called the Licking river

Jun 13, 2014 10:40 AM #2
Richard Conine

Rosina, you're correct. Pataskala means "bright waters" and was the name given to the river by Native Americans. It was later changed to Licking by white settlers due to the numerous deer licks they found in the vicinity. The Licking River and Licking County names stuck and are still around today. The original settlement name, 'Conine', was abandoned and Pataskala was adopted instead. So the town is named "Bright Waters" and the poor river is misnamed for the salt deposits once found on its banks. History is so much fun.

Jun 13, 2014 11:14 AM #3
Dan Stires

Would anyone know what tribe of American Indians lived here? Could they have been Shawnee or another tribe of Indians? Where would you begin to search for this information? My wife and I live in Bright Waters and the Licking river runs behind our home. You mentioned "poor river", would this be because it is such a small water creek? I often wondered why they would name it a river when it is so small.

Jul 16, 2014 04:53 PM #4
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