Near Port Washington in Tuscarawas County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Salem Mission
John Gottlieb Ernestus Heckwelder 1743–1823. Born in Bedford, England, March 12, 1743, Heckwelder immigrated to America with his mother and father at the age of eleven. In 1762, at the age of nineteen, he accompanied Christian Frederick Post to the Tuscarawas Valley in an aborted attempt to found an Indian mission among the Delaware. Their efforts were interrupted by the Pontiac uprising and Heckwelder barely escaped death from hostile Indians opposed to the project. At the request of David Zeisberger in 1771 Heckwelder entered the missionary service, was ordained in 1778, and served until 1786.
Erected 1993 by Tuscarawas County Historical Society and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 2-79.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 40° 18.399′ N, 81° 32.231′ W. Marker is near Port Washington, Ohio, in Tuscarawas County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 36 and Salem Park Road (Local Route 213), on the left on U.S. 36. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Port Washington OH 43837, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Denton "Cy" Young (approx. 3.8 miles away); Newcomerstown Desert Storm Memorial (approx. 3.8 miles away); Cy Young (approx. 3.8 miles away); Newcomerstown Korean War Memorial (approx. 4.2 miles away); Gnadenhutten / The Gnadenhutten Massacre, "A Day of Shame" (approx. 6.3 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Thirty Thousand Miles With John Heckewelder. Book by John Gottlieb Ernestus Heckewelder and Paul A. W. Wallace on Amazon.com (Submitted on April 23, 2006.)
2. An Account of the History, Manners and Customs of the Indian Nations Who Once Inhabited Pennsylvania. Book by John Gottlieb Ernestus Heckewelder on Amazon.com (Submitted on April 23, 2006.)
3. The Tuscarawas Valley in Indian Days 1750-1797: Original Journals and Old Maps. Book by Russell H. Booth on Amazon.com (Submitted on April 23, 2006.)
Categories. • Churches, Etc. • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
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