Marietta in Washington County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Forty-Eight Pioneers
Haffield White • Jethro Putnam • Ezekiel Cooper • Amos Porter • Allen Putnam • Jervis Cutler • Benjamin Shaw • Oliver Dodge • Henry Maxon • Peletiah White • Jonas Davis • Samuel Cushing • Davis Wallis • Simeon Martin • Isaac Dodge
Rufus Putnam • Ebenezer Sproat • Return J. Meigs • Anselm Tupper • John Mathews • Peregrine Foster • Joseph Lincoln • Earl Sproat • Joseph Wells • Jabez Barlow • Phineas Coburn • Samuel Felshaw • Theophilus Learned • Israel Danton • Josiah White • Daniel Bushnell
Jonathan DeVol • Josiah Munrow • William Gray • Daniel Davis • William Mason • William Moulton • Edmond Moulton • Gilbert DeVol Jr. • Allen DeVol • Ebenezer Corey • Hezakiah Flint • Nezekiah Flint Jr. • Josiah Whitridge • Elizur Kirtland • William Miller • Benjamin Criswold
Erected 1893 by New Century Historical Society.
Location. 39° 24.754′ N, 81° 27.258′ W. Marker is in Marietta, Ohio, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of Front Street and West Butler Street, on the left when traveling north on Front Street. Touch for map. It is near
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ohio National Guard Armory (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lockmaster’s House (about 500 feet away); Marietta’s Historic Corner (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pioneer Marietta (approx. 0.2 miles away); Northwest Ordinance Sesquicentennial Columns (approx. 0.2 miles away); Shipbuilding (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Public Landing (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lafayette (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marietta.
More about this marker. These “forty-eight” were members of the Ohio Company of Associates, a land company formed in 1786 to settle their purchase in the newly-created Northwest Territories. In 1788 they established Marietta, Ohio, as the first permanent settlement of the new United States in the territory and are considered the founders of the State of Ohio.
Also see . . . American pioneers to the Northwest Territory. American pioneers to the Northwest Territory included soldiers of the Revolution and members of the Ohio Company of Associates.
The first group of these early American pioneers to the Northwest Territory is sometimes referred to as “the forty-eight” or the “first forty-eight”, and also as the “founders of Ohio”. These first forty-eight men were carefully chosen and vetted by several of the co-founders of the Ohio Company of Associates, Rufus Putnam and Manasseh Cutler, to ensure not only men of high character and bravery, but also men with proven skills necessary to build a settlement in the wilderness. (Submitted on May 7, 2017.)
1. The Founders of Ohio
Poem by William Henry Venable, April 1888
The footsteps of a hundred years
Have echoed, since o’er Braddock’s Road
Bold Putnam and the Pioneers
Led History the way they strode.
On wild Monongahela stream
They launched the Mayflower of the West,
A perfect State their civic dream,
A new New World their pilgrim quest.
When April robed the Buckeye trees
Muskingum’s bosky shore they trod;
They pitched their tents and to the breeze
Flung freedom’s star-flag, thanking God.
As glides the Oyo’s solemn flood
So fleeted their eventful years;
Resurgent in their children’s blood,
They still live on—the Pioneers.
Their fame shrinks not to names and dates
On votive stone, the prey of time;—
Behold where monumental States
Immortalize their lives sublime!
— Submitted May 7, 2017.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 7, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 7, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 100 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 7, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.