Gallipolis in Gallia County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Landing of the Welsh in Gallipolis
On April 1, 1818, six families from the Cilcennin area of Mid-Wales sailed from Aberaeron, Wales to Baltimore. The group of 36 people was led by John Jones Tirbach. From Baltimore they traveled to Pittsburgh and then by flatboats down the Ohio River toward their destination-Paddy's Run in Butler County in the southwest corner of Ohio. They stopped in Gallipolis for provisions where their boats were cut loose by either travel-weary women or citizens of Gallipolis who wanted them to stay. The men found work on the Gallipolis to Chillicothe road that was under construction. The terrain reminded them of Mid-Wales, so they purchased land near Centerville and remained. These Welsh prospered and wrote home to Wales with news of their success, prompting others to come.
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In the 1830s and 1840s, several hundred Welsh families followed the first group to Gallia and Jackson counties. This mass exodus was due to the economic stress and oppressive government at the time, and lack of religious freedom. Farming, iron production, manufacturing of clay
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Madog Center for Welsh Studies, University of Rio Grande, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 13-27.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Civil Rights • Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1998.
Location. 38° 48.377′ N, 82° 12.322′ W. Marker is in Gallipolis, Ohio, in Gallia County. Marker is on 1st Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Marker Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gallipolis OH 45631, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gallia County, Gallipolis and the Ohio River (here, next to this marker); 1790 - Gallipolis - 1940 (a few steps from this marker); High Water Marks (within shouting distance of this marker); Yellow Fever Victims (within shouting distance of this marker); World War I Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Gallia County Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Gallipolis (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); J.P.R. Bureau House (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gallipolis.
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Also see . . .
1. Welsh Ohioans. (Submitted on May 9, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Jackson County, Ohio. (Submitted on May 9, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Gallia County, Ohio. (Submitted on May 9, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. The Wales-Ohio Project. (Submitted on May 9, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 9, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 947 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 9, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.