the following is taken from
"OUR TOWN" Bucyrus, Ohio - 1976 Bicentennial Issue
The name Bucyrus has been the subject to much research to discover why it was so named. An examination of the original contract between Mr. Norton and Col. Kilbourne will prove that the town was named Bucyrus from the
beginning. It was spelled the same way in the first legal papers of the village.
Col. Kilbourne desired to
have a name for this town different from that of
any place inhabited by man since the world was
created. He succeeded. Some say that one of Col. Kilbourne's
favorite historical characters was Cyrus, the Persian
general, and that the town was named for him. The country
around this town was very beautiful so Col. Kilbourne
prefixed the syllable "bu" for beautiful declaring that the name should mean beautiful Cyrus." Other
authorities including John Hopley in his HISTORY OF CRAWFORD COUNTY, say that Bucyrus is
an Egyptian word, the name being derived from
Busiris, a city of ancient Egypt near the
Nile. The word pleased his fancy and he changed it
to Bucyrus as a good sounding name.
When Samuel Norton, from
Pennsylvania, reached Bucyrus in October 1819, the
party consisted of eighteen persons: Samuel Norton,
his wife Mary; three daughters, Louisa, Catherine
and Elizabeth; three sons, Rensselaer, Warren and
Waldo; Mr. Albigence Bucklin, a brother of Mrs. Norton,
and his wife and six children, and an adopted daughter,
Polly. The eighteenth person was Seth Holmes who
guided them here. He had been through this region as a
teamster in the War of 1812.
On arriving here they found an old wigwam standing in the woods in what is now the court house yard. This they occupied for three days while the men built a log cabin.
It was of round logs and was built on the banks of
the Sandusky just west of the Sandusky Avenue bridge on the old Shonert property. A cabin similar to this was built for
the Bucklin family north of Mansfield street just
west of the T. and O.C. embankment. The pioneers
were as comfortably situated as possible for their
first winter; the Nortons and Bucklins in their
cabins, Seth Holmes in the wigwam. Seth Holmes was
Bucyrus' first old bachelor.
Whether Mr. Norton realized it or not, the site he Selected is situated on the dividing line or highest ridge of the state. Water in one part of the city flows south to the
Ohio, Mississippi, and on to the Gulf of Mexico. In
the other part it flows north to the Sandusky and
When Norton first settled
on the land it had been surveyed-but it was not entered for sale. As soon as it was open for purchase Norton went to Delaware on horseback and entered 400 acres on which the central part of
Bucyrus still stands. Returning home, he gave Mr.
Bucklin the 80 acres where he resided. He promised
him that amount if he would come to Ohio. Mrs.
Norton refused to make the trip unless her brother
and his family came along. February 11, 1820, that
first winter, a daughter, Sophronia, was born to the
Nortons, the first white child born in Bucyrus.
Mr. Norton built himself
another log cabin on the southeast corner of Galen and Spring. This was much larger, a double log cabin, two rooms downstairs, two front
windows,- a spacious loft. The chimney, for six
feet, was actually- built of stone. It was the
palatial residence of the county, one that well
became the future founder of Bucyrus.
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