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Rockford in Mercer County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

History of Anthony Shane

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By Charles T. Harrell, June 25, 2011
1. History of Anthony Shane Marker
Inscription.  Anthony Shane, born Antoine Chene (meaning oak in French) sometime between 1760 and 1770 to a French Canadian father and Ottawa Indian mother, grew up among the Shawnee tribes on their lands in Ohio. He hunted and fished the St. Marys River with them. He knew the tribal leaders and was acquaintance of Tecumseh. As he fought alongside his kinsmen and the British against the military expeditions of the 1790s, one wonders if he ever considered that one day he would work for the U.S. Government.

The tribes were abandoned by the British in 1794, and Shane wound up dealing with the Indian leaders of that time including Tecumseh. He became an interpreter, messenger, scout and according to Government records, during the War of 1812, Shane was very busy as a messenger, advisor, and leader of Indian scouts. In April of 1813 when he British besieged Ft. Meigs, under the command of William Henry Harrison, Shane barely escaped a scalping. He was at the decisive Battle of Thames on October 5, 1813 where Tecumseh lost his life and helped identify the mutilated body for the army.

In 1814 for his serviced during the War of 1812, Shane received
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By Charles T. Harrell, June 25, 2011
2. Anthony Shane Memorial Complex
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a grant of 320 acres of land on the south bank of the St. Marys River. Named Shane’s Grant, this land was located at what was referred to as the 2nd Crossing of the St. Marys. And, it was here that Shane plotted Shanesville on June 23, 1820. On June 5, 1866, Shanesville was incorporated and became known as Shanes Crossing. In 1890 the U.S. Postal Service decreed the town would be called Rockford.

In 1817 Shane was once again called upon to act as an interpreter for the Fort Meigs Treaty in which the Ohio tribes ceded much of their land in Northwest Ohio. For this work Shane was given a 640 acre reservation across the river from his other grant. In the 1820’s he was hired in as the supervisor of the road construction on present day State Route 118.

Shane and his wife Lamateshe lived on Shanes Reservation north of the river and farmed the ground. “Although people of mixed ancestry often suffered from racial prejudice in the period, Shane was actually admired by the community and described as the best known man in the area.” Lamateshe was regarded in his esteem as well.

Shane left for Kansas in 1828 as part of another government relocation of the Shawnee Indians. He sold the reservation to Colonel William Botts Hedges, who once leased some land to John Champman (Johnny Appleseed) for planting apple seeds. Shane made his home on the Kansas
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By Charles T. Harrell, June 25, 2011
3. Cabin of Anthony Shane
River and later at Fort Leavenworth. Shane died in 1834 in Kansas in his 60’s.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansSettlements & SettlersWar of 1812. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #09 William Henry Harrison series list. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1813.
Location. 40° 41.601′ N, 84° 39.329′ W. Marker is in Rockford, Ohio, in Mercer County. Marker can be reached from Front Street near North Oak Street. Located in Shane Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rockford OH 45882, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Locating, Moving, and Restoration of the Anthony Shane Log House (here, next to this marker); Hedges Memorial Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Rockford Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of the First Automobile Wreck (approx. 5.8 miles away); First Successful Automobile (approx. 5.8 miles away); Ohio City Civil War Memorial (approx. 5.8 miles away); Willshire Veterans Memorial (approx. 7.7 miles away); Willshire, Ohio (approx. 8.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rockford.
Also see . . .  History of the Log House & Anthony Shane, Founder. The Shanes Crossing Historical Society (Submitted on July 5, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.)
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By Charles T. Harrell, June 25, 2011
4. Horse Drawn Plow.
Donated by Owen E. Weaver, A lifetime resident and farmer in Mercer County. Plow was also used by his father Chester L. Weaver.
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By Charles T. Harrell, June 25, 2011
5. Veteran Memorial Display
Dedicated by American Legion post 508 For the veterans of all our wars we dedicated this display. We hope this display will always remind us of the many sacrifices, and sometimes lives, our veterans and their families made to preserve our freedoms. Dedicated July 2001
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 1, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,131 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 1, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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