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Chesterhill in Morgan County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Quaker Meeting House

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., February 7, 2009
1. Quaker Meeting House Marker
Inscription. Despite the fugitive slave laws that prohibited harboring runaway slaves, fugitives found refuge in the Quaker village of Chesterfield, now Chesterhill. Legend tells that no runaway slaves were ever captured here, although many were hidden and helped on their way to freedom in Canada. A well-organized branch of the Underground Railroad ran through Morgan County with Elias Bundy as a principal conductor. Bundy sometimes concealed fugitive slaves in the woods east of Chester Hill. Historian W.H. Siebert says Bundy, Jesse Hiatt, Nathan Morris, Abel W. Bye, Joseph Doudna, Arnold Patterson, and Thomas Smith “belonged to the inner circle of old and reliable Friends [Quakers] upon whom dependence could always be placed.” The first Monthly Meeting was held on October 21, 1839 at the location of the present Meeting House, which was built in 1834.
 
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The P & G Fund, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 15-58.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 39° 29.245′ N, 81° 51.821′ W. Marker is in Chesterhill, Ohio, in Morgan County. Marker is on Coal
Quaker Meeting House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 7, 2009
2. Quaker Meeting House and Marker
Street (Ohio Route 555), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chesterhill OH 43728, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Big Bottom Massacre (approx. 5.7 miles away); The Stockport Mill (approx. 5.7 miles away); Underground Railroad / (approx. 5.8 miles away); Two Riverboat Pilots (approx. 5.8 miles away); Historic Amesville (approx. 7.8 miles away); Ames Academy Bell (approx. 7.8 miles away); Frank Henry Gifford (approx. 7.8 miles away); Western Library Association (approx. 7.8 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Chesterfield Monthly Meeting. (Submitted on March 8, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Quaker Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 7, 2009
3. Quaker Cemetery
Behind Meeting House.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,829 times since then and 114 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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