Unionville in Ashtabula County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Colonel Alexander Harper
Colonel Alexander Harper
At the head of a party of 25
Landed at the mouth of Cunningham Creek
3 miles North of here
And founded here
The first permanent settlement in Ashtabula Co.
At the time of his arrival
There were only 15 other white families settled
In the Western Reserve
At Youngstown, Cleaveland and Mentor
Born in Middletown, Conn. in 1744.
With his brothers
Founded Harpersfield, Delaware Co, New York in 1770
Served as Captain in the Revolutionary War
Was captured by the Indian Chief Joseph Brant
And spent 3 years as prisoner in Quebec.
In 1797 he formed with his relatives a company
Which purchased 6 townships in the Western Reserve
From the Connecticut Land Co.
And the same year on his first trip selected this
As the most promising one and named it
Colonel Harper selected and gave this site
For a burying ground
And dying of malarial fever on Sept. 10, 1798
He was buried here in a hollowed out log
His is the oldest marked grave in
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Revolutionary.
Location. 41° 46.806′ N, 81° 0.149′ W. Marker is in Unionville, Ohio, in Ashtabula County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of South Ridge Road (Ohio Route 84) and County Line Road. Located at the gates to the cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Unionville OH 44088, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Harpersfield (a few steps from this marker); Unionville Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); Ransom E. Olds-Birthplace (approx. 3.1 miles away); Harpersfield Covered Bridge (approx. 3.4 miles away); Rabbit Run Theater (approx. 5.1 miles away); Thompson Ledges / Thompson Ledges Park (approx. 6.6 miles away); Charles Martin Hall (approx. 6.8 miles away); Hugh Mosher and the "Spirit of '76" (approx. 7.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Unionville.
Also see . . . Colonel Alexander Harper at FindAGrave.com. (Submitted on December 22, 2020, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 22, 2020, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 35 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 22, 2020, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.