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Oxford in Butler County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Legend of the Baby in the Well

 
 
The Legend of the Baby in the Well Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 3, 2009
1. The Legend of the Baby in the Well Marker
Inscription.
This original dug well relates to one of the several fascinating legends of Zachariah and Elizabeth DeWitt. As reported by Ralph McGinnis in The History of Oxford, Ohio, from the Earliest Days to the Present, Zachariah heard Elizabeth's screams as she discovered that their baby was gone:

“Finally, when the despairing mother had about given up hope, a thin, but indignant wail was heard proceeding from the vicinity of the open well in the cabin yard. Mrs. DeWitt knew the voice of her offspring. She rushed to the well, and peering down, saw her pride and joy floating on the surface of the water. The voluminous skirts of the infant's dress had caught the air in its descent into the well and it had been bouyed up nicely. The child was fished out with a garden rake, wet and petulant, but unharmed, and lived to four score and ten.”
 
Erected by W.E. Smith Family Charitable Trust and the Oxford Museum Association.
 
Location. 39° 30.647′ N, 84° 43.129′ W. Marker is in Oxford, Ohio, in Butler County. Touch for map. Marker is at the DeWitt Homestead, 1000 feet north of Oxford-Trenton Road (Ohio Route 73) via an access road, and about 0.8 miles east of Patterson Avenue (US Route 27). Marker is in this post office area: Oxford OH 45056, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
The Legend of the Baby in the Well Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 3, 2009
2. The Legend of the Baby in the Well Marker
At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The DeWitt Family / The DeWitt Log Homestead (within shouting distance of this marker); The Verlin L. Pulley Tower (approx. 0.6 miles away); Langstroth Cottage / Lorenzo Langstroth (approx. 0.7 miles away); Alumnae Hall (approx. 0.7 miles away); Freedom Summer 1964 (approx. mile away); William Holmes McGuffey House (approx. 0.9 miles away); William Holmes McGuffey (approx. 1.1 miles away); Mother of Fraternities (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oxford.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Well at the DeWitt Homestead image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 3, 2009
3. Well at the DeWitt Homestead
The DeWitt Homestead image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 3, 2009
4. The DeWitt Homestead
The DeWitt Homestead Sign image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 3, 2009
5. The DeWitt Homestead Sign
Looking east along Oxford-Trenton Road. Location of access road to homestead.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 4, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,348 times since then and 79 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 4, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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