My wife is an Easter descendant.
The James Ayres Easter you mention above is a man of some repute in the local history. James married Harriet Maria Copas in Adams Co, OH, April 12, 1827.
As noted in "A History of Adams County, Ohio from its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time including Character Sketches of the Prominent Persons Identified with the First Century of the County's Growth and Containing Numerous Engravings and Illustrations" by Nelson W. Evans and Emmons B. Stivers, published in West Union, Ohio by E.B. Stivers (1900) at p. 481:
"Bloody Bridge." In 1876 the present wooden bridge over Ohio Brush Creek at Satterfield's on the Rome pike was erected,
and its completion was celebrated with a picnic and dance in the new structure, which then was known as the Forge Dam
bridge. During the day Simon Osman and his two sons, who resided near by, and James Easter and his son, also residents of the vicinity, between whose families there had been ill feeling for years, got into a fight in which Simon Osman was stabbed to death by James Easter and he was injured for life by one of Osman's sons. John Easter, the son, was severely stabbed by one of the Osman boys. There was so much blood spilled in and about this bridge in this conflict between the Osmans and the Easters on that September day that it has ever since been known as "bloody bridge."
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