One of the first easterners to survey the area was John Cleves Symmes, a judge and former
Congressman from New Jersey, after whom Symmes Township is named.
In the 1780s, Symmes
became interested in the opportunity provided by a series of
land ordinances, which proposed that sections of the midwest,
including what is now Ohio, should be sold to raise funds for
the United States government. After a visit to examine the land
in 1787, Symmes returned east and received tentative
permission from the new Federal government to purchase a
section of land between the Little Miami and Great Miami
This tract became known as the "Symmes Purchase" or
"Miami Purchase" and extended south to the Ohio River. It
contained the Losantiville settlement on the Ohio River, which
became Cincinnati, as well as the settlements of Columbia and
North Bend, which grew rapidly as European pioneers migrated
across the midwest.
Several of those pioneers are buried in the LaBoyteaux-Cary
cemetery, North College Hill's oldest landmark, on the
northwest comer of Galbraith Road and Hamilton Avenue. The
cemetery was established in approximately 1806 and includes the graves of two Revolutionary War veterans and several members of the Cary family. The last burial in the cemetery was in 1860.