“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Near Georgetown in Brown County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Gist Settlement

Scott Township

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By J. J. Prats, June 11, 2019
1. Gist Settlement Marker
Inscription.  Through the terms of his will, absentee British landowner Samuel Gist freed his 350 slaves in Virginia. Gist (c.1723-1815) intended that these freed people would remain on the land and receive instruction in Christianity and that schools would be established for their children. The settlement of Gist’s estate funded the relocation of the free slaves to Ohio. Gist’s executors acquired over 2,200 acres of land in Ohio. These lands included two large tracts in Scott and Eagle Townships in Brown County in 1819 and another 207 acres in Fairfield Township (now Penn Township) in Highland County in 1831 and 1835. As of 2010 no descendants of the freed Gist slaves lived in the original Scott Township settlement.

(Reverse) Original Lot Owners in Scott Township Settlement. Lot 1. Old Ben 2. Old Lucky 3. Dolly 4. Little Daniel 5. Billey, Lucy, grandchildren of Old Lucy 6. Nat 7. Patcy 8. Cato 9. Abraham 10. Aaron 11. Nelly 12 Suckey, wife of Peter Clough 13. Bob Clough 14. Anthony Gist 15. Peter Punch 16. Rozetta 17. Nelson 18. Barnett 19. Aggy 20. Cain 21. Edmond 22. Caty 23. Strawberry 24. Moses Smith
Gist Settlement Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 11, 2019
2. Gist Settlement Marker
25. Anderson and Nelson, sons of Betty 26. Betty Armistead 27. Bristor 28. Jack __ and Becky 29. Tom 30. Chener 31. Hezekiah (Heziah)
Erected 2010 by Freed Gist Slaves Descendants Foundation and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 11-8.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list.
Location. 38° 54.781′ N, 83° 53.774′ W. Marker is near Georgetown, Ohio, in Brown County. Marker is on Wahlsburg East Road (County Route 81) east of South High Street (U.S. 68), on the right when traveling east. It is at the water tower inside the fence. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4642 Wahlsburg East Rd, Georgetown OH 45121, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ulysses S. Grant Boyhood Home (approx. 3.3 miles away); Ulysses S. Grant (approx. 3.3 miles away); General Thomas Lyon Hamer (approx. 3.3 miles away); Georgetown (approx. 3.3 miles away); The American Creed (approx. 3.3 miles away); School in the 1800s (approx. 3˝ miles away); Grant Schoolhouse State Memorial
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(approx. 3˝ miles away); The Washburn-Dixon Log House (approx. 3˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Georgetown.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
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This story continues on another marker- OHS 5- 36, in Highland County. Use the Related Marker link above to see it.
    — Submitted July 1, 2019, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 1, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 30, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 184 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 30, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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