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Founders of New Albany

 
 
Founders of New Albany Marker (Side A) Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., December 14, 2008
1. Founders of New Albany Marker (Side A)
Inscription. Side A:
A tavern and inn, for which Noble Landon (1783-1866) obtained a liquor license in 1835, formerly occupied the southeast corner of High and Main streets. In 1837 Landon and William Yantis laid out the town of New Albany in 50-by-100-foot lots, with Landon's lots lying on the east side and Yantis' on the west side of High Street. Landon was born in Litchfield, Connecticut, lived as a young man in St. Albans, Vermont, and migrated to Licking County, Ohio, in 1810. He was the first clerk and first Justice of the Peace in St. Albans Township and first postmaster in Johnstown and later in New Albany. In addition to contributions as a builder-developer, Landon gave to the village lore the story of a remarkable conversion. Long known as a heavy drinker, he suddenly ordered kegs of whiskey he owned to be carried into the street and broken. He then attended church regularly.
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Side B:
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From Frederick County, Maryland, of German descent, William Yantis was a War of 1812 veteran of the Battle of North Point, where British General Ross was killed and William's neighbor Francis Scott Key wrote the “Star Spangled Banner.” Arriving in Fairfield County, Ohio, in 1815, he married Elizabeth Schissler of Washington County, Maryland, and had nine children.
Founders of New Albany Marker (Side B) Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., December 14, 2008
2. Founders of New Albany Marker (Side B)
In 1819 he bought Plain Township land that he settled and farmed. In 1837 he and Noble Landon platted New Albany Village, to which he appended an addition in 1850. Among his possessions were a trunk of books, saddle- and harness-making tools and surgical instruments. On September 23, 1883, The Westerville Review reported, “he was an eccentric man, who claimed some knowledge of medicine. Good hearted, to one who was a friend he would give up most everything he possessed, but with one he disliked he would have nothing to do....”
 
Erected 2003 by New Albany Plain Township Historical Society, The Heischman Family, New Albany Community Foundation, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 62-25.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 40° 4.955′ N, 82° 48.491′ W. Marker is in New Albany, Ohio, in Franklin County. Marker is on Johnstown Road/Main Street (U.S. 62) 0 miles east of Ohio Route 605, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Albany OH 43054, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. New Albany and Plain Township Veterans and First Responders Memorial
Founders of New Albany Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., December 14, 2008
3. Founders of New Albany Marker
Looking west along US 62/Main Street. Veterans/First Responders memorial in background.
(a few steps from this marker); The Sylvester Ranney House (within shouting distance of this marker); George and Christina Ealy House and Land (approx. 0.6 miles away); Disposal of Land in Plain Township (approx. 0.7 miles away); Wagnor Cemetery (approx. 1.1 miles away); Archibald's Mill (approx. 1.4 miles away); Smith’s Burying Ground : Pioneer Cemetery (approx. 2.2 miles away); Central College Presbyterian Church (approx. 4.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in New Albany.
 
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