Nelson T. Gant House
The Historic National Road in Ohio
In November, Gant returned to Virginia and made another attempt to buy his wife. His offer was refused. With no alternatives, he and Maria simply left. Gant and his wife were caught in Washington, D.C. and put in jail. A month later they were taken to Virginia where Maria was returned to her owner and Nelson remained in jail.
On December 12, 1846, Gant was put on trial for stealing his wife. He was acquitted of the charges since a wife could not be compelled to testify against her husband. Two months later, enough money had been collected from friends in Ohio and Virginia to buy Maria’s freedom.
In June 1850, Nelson, Maria, and
The Road That Helped Build The Nation.
An All American Road—National Scenic Byway
Erected by Presented by the Ohio National Road Association, Inc.
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Historic National Road marker series.
Location. 39° 56.722′ N, 82° 1.858′ W. Marker is in Zanesville, Ohio, in Muskingum County. Marker is on West Pike (U.S. 40), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1845 West Pike, Zanesville OH 43701, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Nelson T. Gant House (here, next to this marker); Y-Bridge (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Y-Bridge (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Y-Bridge (approx. one mile away); Muskingum County Medal of Honor Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); Muskingum County Vietnam War Memorial
Also see . . . Nelson T. Gant - Ohio History Central. (Submitted on July 4, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Roads & Vehicles •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 30, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 916 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 30, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. 4, 5. submitted on July 1, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.