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

Underground Railroad /

Underground Railroad in Morgan County

 
 
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 9, 2010
1. Underground Railroad in Morgan County Marker
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Inscription.
Front Text :

"Underground Railroad"

Some of the main Ohio Underground Railroad lines that fugitive slaves used on their way from the Ohio River toward Canada and freedom followed the Muskingum River. These lines, however, were not easy. Under the 1793 and 1850 fugitive slave laws, runaway slaves could be captured and returned to their owners. Therefore fugitives traveling this route were led by "railroad conductors" in a zig-zag pattern to elude the bounty hunters. And because it was so dangerous and difficult many of the early runaways were young men. Conductors hid slaves in caves, barns, and secret places at or near the Underground Railroad. And many people helped their friends and neighbors involved in these activities. Various routes connected the Muskingum River from Belpre on what is today State Route 339 to Waterford and Little Hocking via State Route 555 to Putnam in Muskingum County.

Back Text :
"Underground Railroad in Morgan County"

The main route of the Underground Railroad through Morgan County followed the old Lancaster Road through Chesterhill, Pennsville, Rosseau, Morganville, and Deavertown, a swathe of land about twenty-five miles long and sixteen wide along the Muskingum River. One of the most interesting Underground Railroad conductors on the route was
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 9, 2010
2. Underground Railroad Marker
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a man named Rial Cheadle. He was born in Stockport, was involved in stations in several places in Morgan County, and worked with an Abolitionist society in Big Bottom. He was a carpenter, button maker, and later a teacher. Acting as a witless man and singing silly songs, Cheadle fooled slave catchers who thought him incapable of helping fugitives. Other people from Morgan County included members of the Quaker community at Chesterhill, William Cope at Pennsville, and the Thomas Gray family and Affallia, and Reuben Deaver at Deavertown. All were instrumental in doing everything possible to help former slaves to freedom.
 
Erected 2009 by Bellepre Historical Society the Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 19- 58.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 39° 32.898′ N, 81° 47.401′ W. Marker is in Stockport, Ohio, in Morgan County. Marker is on Broadway Street (Route 266), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. marker is in the west lawn (Water Street side)of the Stockport Mill. It is adjacent to the Stockport Mill marker #7- 58 and an antique turbine display. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1995 Broadway St, Stockport OH 43787, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 9, 2010
3. Underground Railroad in Morgan County Marker
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At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Stockport Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Two Riverboat Pilots (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Big Bottom Massacre (approx. 0.9 miles away); Quaker Meeting House (approx. 5.8 miles away); Windlass or Crab Winch (approx. 7.2 miles away); Two River Towns: McConnelsville and Malta (approx. 7.2 miles away); Howard Chandler Christy (approx. 7.6 miles away); McConnelsville Persian Gulf War Memorial (approx. 7.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Stockport.
 
Additional keywords. Underground Railroad
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RR
 
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 9, 2010
4. Underground Railroad in Morgan County Marker
marker site, old turbine from mill, post of other marker is visible behind
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 9, 2010
5. Stockport Mill
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 283 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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