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Near West Jefferson in Madison County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Jonathan Alder

First White Settler in Madison County (1773-1849)

 
 
Jonathan Alder Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 21, 2008
1. Jonathan Alder Marker
Inscription. Seven-year-old Jonathan Alder was captured by a Native American war party in Virginia in 1782 and taken to a Mingo village north of the Mad River in Ohio where he was adopted by an Indian family. He remained with the Indians until after the 1795 Treaty of Greenville ended the Indian Wars in the Ohio Country. As white settlers entered the region, Alder frequently served as an interpreter. In 1805, he journeyed to Virginia and was reunited with his original family. He returned to Ohio with his new wife, Mary Blont, and built a cabin on Big Darby Creek. His cabin is now at the Madison County Historical Society Museum in London. Alder is buried in Foster Chapel Cemetery.
 
Erected 2002 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Madison County Historical Society Museum, Jefferson Township Trustees, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 1-49.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 39° 59.661′ N, 83° 15.81′ W. Marker is near West Jefferson, Ohio, in Madison County. Marker is on Plain City-Georgesville Road (Ohio Route 142) 0.2 miles south of Morgan Road, on the right when traveling
Jonathan Alder Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 21, 2008
2. Jonathan Alder Marker
Looking north.
north. Touch for map. Marker is near entrance to Foster Chapel Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: West Jefferson OH 43162, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. West Jefferson (approx. 3.4 miles away); New Hampton and Ludlow's Road (approx. 3.8 miles away); New Hampton Cemetery (approx. 3.8 miles away); Sunset Cemetery Spanish-American War Memorial (approx. 5.3 miles away); Sunset Cemetery All Veterans Memorial (approx. 5.3 miles away); Sunset Cemetery War Memorial (approx. 5 miles away); Alton Cemetery Veterans Monument (approx. 5.8 miles away); Hilliard Veterans Memorial (approx. 6.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Jefferson.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Alder's cabin is located to the southwest in London, Ohio.
 
Also see . . .  Jonathan Alder. (Submitted on March 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesNative AmericansNotable PersonsSettlements & Settlers
 
Foster Chapel Cemetery Sign image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 21, 2008
3. Foster Chapel Cemetery Sign
Jonathan Alder Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 26, 2009
4. Jonathan Alder Grave Marker
Jonathan Alder Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 26, 2009
5. Jonathan Alder Grave Marker
Foster Chapel Cemetery Entrance image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 21, 2008
6. Foster Chapel Cemetery Entrance
Joseph and Rachel Harbage Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 21, 2008
7. Joseph and Rachel Harbage Marker
On cemetery entrance post.
Harbage Cornerstone Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 21, 2008
8. Harbage Cornerstone Marker
Corner-Stone from Joseph Harbage Home, 1879.
Fairview Cemetery Flag Pole image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 21, 2008
9. Fairview Cemetery Flag Pole
The inscription reads simply, "Our Soldiers."
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 22, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 2,024 times since then and 171 times this year. Last updated on February 10, 2011, by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 22, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   4, 5. submitted on January 20, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on October 22, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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