Gallipolis in Gallia County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Landing of the Welsh in Gallipolis
On April 1, 1818, six families from the Cilcennin area of Mid-Wales sailed from Aberaeron, Wales to Baltimore. The group of 36 people was led by John Jones Tirbach. From Baltimore they traveled to Pittsburgh and then by flatboats down the Ohio River toward their destination-Paddy's Run in Butler County in the southwest corner of Ohio. They stopped in Gallipolis for provisions where their boats were cut loose by either travel-weary women or citizens of Gallipolis who wanted them to stay. The men found work on the Gallipolis to Chillicothe road that was under construction. The terrain reminded them of Mid-Wales, so they purchased land near Centerville and remained. These Welsh prospered and wrote home to Wales with news of their success, prompting others to come.
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In the 1830s and 1840s, several hundred Welsh families followed the first group to Gallia and Jackson counties. This mass exodus was due to the economic stress and oppressive government at the time, and lack of religious freedom. Farming, iron production, manufacturing of clay products, banking, politics, and the professions became the leading occupations of the Welsh and their descendants. Evidence of their successful industries still exists in Oak Hill and Jackson.
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Madog Center for Welsh Studies, University of Rio Grande, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 13-27.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 38° 48.377′ N, 82° 12.322′ W. Marker is in Gallipolis, Ohio, in Gallia County. Marker is on 1st Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is between the City Park and the Ohio River. Marker is in this post office area: Gallipolis OH 45631, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gallia County, Gallipolis and the Ohio River (here, next to this marker); 1790 - Gallipolis - 1940 (a few steps from this marker); Yellow Fever Victims (within shouting Our House (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Dunmore War 1774 (approx. ¼ mile away); Charles E. Holzer, Sr., M.D. (approx. 0.3 miles away); African Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); In Memoriam (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gallipolis.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
Also see . . .
1. Welsh Ohioans. (Submitted on May 9, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Jackson County, Ohio. (Submitted on May 9, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Gallia County, Ohio. (Submitted on May 9, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. The Wales-Ohio Project. (Submitted on May 9, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 9, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 746 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 9, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.