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Venedocia in Van Wert County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Anthony Wayne's March Across Van Wert County / Venedocia Village

 
 
Anthony Wayne's March Across Van Wert County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 6, 2010
1. Anthony Wayne's March Across Van Wert County Marker
Inscription. [South Side of Marker] : "Anthony Wayne's March Across Van Wert County"
To the right is the route taken by the U.S. Legion under Major General Anthony Wayne as it marched across what would become Van Wert County. The army of 2,800 men camped west of this marker near the present cemetery on the night of August 4, 1794. Wayne's orders were to subdue Native American tribes and his destination was a major village at the junction of the Auglaize and Maumee Rivers (now Defiance). Finding it abandoned, Wayne marched down the Maumee River and was attacked by a force of Indians on August 20. Wayne's victory at the Battle of Fallen Timbers ended the Indian Wars of the 1790s. The Treaty of Greene Ville, signed by Wayne and the representatives of twelve tribes, opened much of Ohio to American settlement.

[North Side of Marker] : "Venedocia Village"
In the fall of 1847, Governor William Bebb and a cousin of the same name traveled to Van Wert County to buy land for a settlement of Welsh immigrants. In April 1848, three immigrant families from North Wales--the Bebbs, the Jervises, and the Morrises--traveled by the Miami-Erie Canal to establish Venedocia. Wolves, panthers and other wild beasts were frequent visitors to the settlement and according to one settler, scratched at doors during the night. The
Anthony Wayne's March Across Van Wert County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 6, 2010
2. Anthony Wayne's March Across Van Wert County Marker
Close-up view of the map showing Anthony Wayne's march across the county that is affixed to the historical marker.
descendants of Venedocia's settlers have preserved Welsh culture in the area. Until the organization of the Venedocia Presbyterian Church in 1895, all regularly scheduled church services were conducted in Welsh. All annual reports of the Salem Church were printed in Welsh until 1917. The Welsh Gymanfa Ganu (hymn sing) continues to this day and is one of the community's biggest events. The Salem Presbyterian Church, seen from this location, was built in 1898.
 
Erected 1998 by Van Wert County Historical Society, Venedocia Lion's Club, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number #3-81.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 40° 47.161′ N, 84° 27.697′ W. Marker is in Venedocia, Ohio, in Van Wert County. Marker is on Ohio Route 116 0.2 miles west of Jefferson Street. Touch for map. This historical marker is located in the Venedocia Cemetery, just west of town, in a war memorial. Marker is in this post office area: Venedocia OH 45894, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Venedocia War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); 105 Howitzer Anti-tank Gun
Venedocia Village Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 6, 2010
3. Venedocia Village Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Leslie C. Peltier (approx. 7.4 miles away); Miami and Erie Canal / Delphos (approx. 7.6 miles away); Miami – Erie Canal (approx. 7.8 miles away); Miami and Erie Canal (approx. 8 miles away); Hoghe Road Bridge (approx. 8 miles away); Spencerville Veterans Memorial (approx. 8.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Venedocia.
 
Categories. MilitaryNative AmericansSettlements & SettlersWars, US Indian
 
Anthony Wayne's March Across Van Wert County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 6, 2010
4. Anthony Wayne's March Across Van Wert County Marker
View of historical marker in the left foreground with a view of the cemetery in the background.
Anthony Wayne's March Across Van Wert County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 6, 2010
5. Anthony Wayne's March Across Van Wert County Marker
View of the historical marker in the right foreground with the cemetery in the background and the village war memorial in the far left background.
Venedocia Village Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 6, 2010
6. Venedocia Village Marker
View of the historical marker in the right foreground and of the village of Venedocia and Salem Presbyterian Church in the distant left background.
Venedocia Village Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 6, 2010
7. Venedocia Village Marker
A distant view from the site of the historical marker of Salem Presbyterian Church which is described in the text on the historical marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 9, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,078 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on April 9, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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