John King and King Family Cemetery
The Kings, a family of staunch Presbyterians, were active in the Underground Railroad. From 1838 to the end of the Civil War, here, at the John King Farm, a network of extended families operated an Underground Railroad Station. Following the ridges (now Ridge Road) through the Great Black Swamp, fugitive slaves were delivered from Henry County to the King Farm in Fulton County. The farm was located on the overland route from Ohio to Michigan that passed through the swamp to the Detroit River, Lake St. Clair, and then into Canada.
In 1848, John's brother, Reverend William King, brought fifteen enslaved people whom he had freed to live on the King homestead. They learned northern agricultural methods, received wages for the first time, and prepared for a life of freedom. The family risked severe penalties by instructing them to read and write along with the King children. This group was the nucleus of the Buxton Mission founded by Reverend King in Canada that became a destination for freedom seekers making a new life in a free country.
The family burial ground, established in 1838-1839, includes a memorial stone
Ford Bevard Cauffiel • Phyllis Hobbs Cauffiel
Naomi R. Bayer Twining; Historian, Memorial Coordinator
Erected by National Underground Railroad Network To Freedom.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Cemeteries & Burial Sites. A significant historical year for this entry is 1838.
Location. 41° 33.539′ N, 84° 0.093′ W. Marker is in Delta, Ohio, in Fulton County. Marker is on Ohio Route 109 just south of County Road F, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5939 Rte 109, Delta OH 43515, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. International Underground Railroad Monument (here, next to this marker); Reverend William King (here, next to this marker); Delta Unknown Dead Memorial (approx. 1.3 miles away); Delta World War II Memorial (approx. 1.3 miles away); Delta Korean War Memorial (approx. 1.3 miles away); Delta Soldiers Memorial Monument
Credits. This page was last revised on April 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 27, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 27, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.