Westerville in Franklin County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
One of Multiple Markers
While many American families defended slavery in the early nineteenth century, Benjamin Hanby’s family did not. Benjamin Hanby was born in July 1833 in Rushville, Ohio to Bishop William Hanby and Ann Miller Hanby. Ben’s father grew up in poverty in Pennsylvania. At age nine, he was bound over to a Quaker family to learn farming; at 16, he was bound over to a cruel master to learn saddle making. In 1828, William escaped with the help of a Virginia congressman’s family who sheltered him, and a ferry boatman who provided him passage across the Ohio River. In Perry County, just west of Somerset, William formed a harness making partnership with Samuel Miller, his future father-in-law, while studying to improve his literacy. In 1831, Hanby became a circuit preacher in the United Brethren Church, and later, during the 1845 General Conference, the 15th bishop of that church. Bishp Hanby participated in the Underground Railroad in Rushville, Circleville, and Westerville. He was a temperance crusader. He also served as one of the founding trustees of Otterbein University. William Hanby died in Westerville in May 1880, and is buried in Otterbein Cemetery.
Location. 40° 7.585′ N, 82° 56.256′ W. Marker is in Westerville, Ohio, in Franklin County. Marker is on Center Street near West Main Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in the backyard. Marker is at or near this postal address: 160 West Main, Westerville OH 43081, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Darling Nelly Gray (here, next to this marker); William Hanby, Freedom Crusader (a few steps from this marker); The Home of Benjamin R. Hanby (within shouting distance of this marker); Otterbein College (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); In Memory of Benjamin R. Hanby (approx. 0.2 miles away); Temperance Row Historic District Heritage Green Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); Benjamin Russell Hanby (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Westerville.
Additional keywords. Underground Railroad
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • Charity & Public Work • Churches & Religion •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 20, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 18, 2017, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 121 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 18, 2017, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.