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History of Alum Creek Friends Settlement / Alum Creek Friends and the Underground Railroad

 

— Historic Underground Railroad Site —

 
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Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 10, 2015
1. History of Alum Creek Friends Settlement Marker
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History of Alum Creek Friends Settlement

The first settler was Cyrus Benedict, his wife, three children, and Adam Vanduser in 1809. He built a cabin near South Woodbury in 1811. Meetings were held in a house from 1813 – 1815. The first church was built of logs in 1816. Land purchased in 1817 for a meeting house and graveyard is the present site of the church. The first building of today’s church was in 1857. The most enduring houses in the area were constructed of brick by Reuben Benedict and David Osborne in 1828 and Aaron Benedict in the 1830’s. The Reuben Benedict house served the community as “Temperance Hotel” during the stagecoach era. In 1825 the Worthington-New Haven Road was completed and these buildings, among others were used to shelter slaves.

Alum Creek Friends and the Underground Railroad

The Alum Creek Friends were legendary among UGRR circles for their skill and success in spiriting folds to Canada. Friends involved were David Osbourne, Griffith Levering, William Taber, Miicajah Dillingham, and three generations of Benedicts;
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Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 10, 2015
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Reuben, Aaron,William, a second Aaron, Gardner, Daniel, Aaron L., who had a $1,000 bounty placed on hius head by Southerners. Cousins Mordecai and Livius Benedict drove wagonloads of fugitives up to Joseph Morris in Marion County when they were but six years old. In 1835, a slaveholder and two accomplices came to the Alum Creek Settlement to reclaim his slave property, a mother and her three sons. When the mother refused to leave, William Benedict sent word to the church for help just as the Friends gathered for the Quarterly Meeting. Soon, 25- 30 people confronted the slaveholder, including Justice-of-the- Peace Barton Whipple who read the penalties for kidnapping- a fine up to $1000 and 10 years in the penitentiary. At this, the two hirelings fled into the woods. One of them remarked he couldn’t understand how all these people appeared so suddenly, as if “the Quakers rose right up out of the ground!” he exclaimed.
 
Erected by ODOT District 6 the Friends of Freedom Society* Ohio Underground Railroad Association.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RRCemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & Religion. A significant historical year for this entry is 1809.
 
Location. 40° 24.369′ N, 82° 51.57′ W. Marker is near
History of Alum Creek Friends Settlement Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 10, 2015
3. History of Alum Creek Friends Settlement Marker
full view of marker, looking east along St Rt 229
Marengo, Ohio, in Morrow County. Marker is on Marengo- Norton Road (Ohio Route 229), on the right when traveling west. Marker is in front of church and cemetery, north side, between Co Rd 24, and Rd 218. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3385 Marengo- Norton Road, Marengo OH 43334, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pagetown (approx. 3.4 miles away); Birthplace of Gen. Wm. S. Rosecrans (approx. 8.2 miles away); Mount Gilead Veterans Memorial (approx. 10 miles away); Morrow County Civil War Memorial (approx. 10 miles away); Dawn Powell (approx. 10 miles away); War Savings Stamps and World War I Memorial (approx. 10 miles away); Morrow County War Memorial (approx. 10 miles away); D.A.R. Revolutionary Soldiers Memorial (approx. 10 miles away).
 
Additional keywords. Underground Railroad
 
History of Alum Creek Friends Settlement Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 10, 2015
4. History of Alum Creek Friends Settlement Marker
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History of Alum Creek Friends Settlement Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 10, 2015
5. History of Alum Creek Friends Settlement Marker
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History of Alum Creek Friends Settlement Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 10, 2015
6. History of Alum Creek Friends Settlement Marker
the cemetery sign
History of Alum Creek Friends Settlement Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 10, 2015
7. History of Alum Creek Friends Settlement Marker
multiple signs, identifying the site
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 10, 2015, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 906 times since then and 210 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 10, 2015, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Oct. 2, 2022