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Chillicothe in Ross County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Catherine Cougar

 
 
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By Dale K. Benington, July 11, 2012
1. Catherine Cougar Marker
Inscription.
In Memory of Catherine Cougar

Pioneer wife and mother. Born in New Jersey 1732. Captured by Indians 1744, in Berks Co. PA and for five years held a captive at and near this place. Sold to French Canadian traders she served in Canada for two years. Finally gaining her freedom, she returned to her former home only to find her parents gone and herself homeless. She lived with her friends 1756, when she married George Goodman who died in 1795. With her son John came to Ohio in 1798, and by a strange fortune settled on this spot where she had been held a captive while with the Indians. Died in 1801, and lies here in the place chosen by herself and cleared by her own hands.
This monument erected to her memory by her great grandchildren in 1915.
Restored by Immell family descendents in 2007

 
Erected 1915 by the Great Grandchildren of Catherine Cougar.
 
Location. 39° 27.274′ N, 82° 58.644′ W. Marker is in Chillicothe, Ohio, in Ross County. Marker can be reached from Orr Road (County Route 526) north of U.S. 23, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. This historic marker is located north of the farm house at 1440 Orr Road,
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By Dale K. Benington, July 11, 2012
2. Catherine Cougar Marker
View of the historic marker situated between two trees, with a wooden farm fence in the background.
on the back edge of the farm field, about 40 yards east of the road. The marker is situated in front of a wooden fence, tightly wedged between two trees. When the planted crops have started growing, the view of the marker is blocked from the roadside. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1440 Orr Road, Circleville OH 43113, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Nelson John Dunlap (approx. 2.6 miles away); Logan's Speech (approx. 4 miles away); Cornstalk (approx. 4 miles away); Chief Logan / Logan Elm (approx. 4 miles away); Grenadier Squaw (Non-hel-e-ma) (approx. 4 miles away); John Boggs Memorial (approx. 4 miles away); Site of Logan Elm (approx. 4 miles away); Capt. Michael Cresap (approx. 4 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The following information was copied from the Ohio Archaeological and Historical Quarterly, Volume 31, Page 302: "West of the Chillicothe-Columbus Pike a short distance south of the Alfred Immell home, there was erected in 1915 a fine monument to mark the last resting place of Catherine Gougar Goodman, the first white woman in Ross County of which there is any positive record. This monument is near the road from which a well beaten path indicates
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By Dale K. Benington, July 11, 2012
3. Catherine Cougar Marker
View of the historic marker looking north along the back edge of the farm field.
that it is frequently visited by the passers-by. It was erected by the descendants of Catherine Gougar, headed by Honorable Oliver P. Goodman, former member of the Ohio House of Representatives and mayor of Kingston, Ohio. Many of the family lived in Green Township and Chillicothe. The spot where the monument stands Catherine Gougar Goodman cleared herself and requested that she should be buried there. It was there that she was held captive by the Shawano Indians in the long ago. This is historic ground and is visited each year by many tourists."

 
Regarding Catherine Cougar. While I was taking pictures of this historical marker I had an opportunity to talk with the farmer, Mr. Davis, who owned both the farm and farmland where the historical marker is located, as well as the farm across the street. He indicated that he was involved in the building of the farm house, across the street from the historical marker, around the still standing log house of Catherine Cougar. He also indicated that one of that farm's log out-buildings also dated back to the time of Catherine Cougar.
 
Also see . . .
1. Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society. Ohio archŠological and historical quarterly. This is a link to information provided by the Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society. (Submitted on September 15, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. Ohio archŠological and historical quarterly - Volume 31 - Pages 295-303 - Google Books. This is a link to information provided by Google Books. (Submitted on September 15, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Acknowledgement
I would like
Catherine Cougar Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 11, 2012
4. Catherine Cougar Marker
View of the historic marker looking south along the back edge of the farm field.
to acknowledge that John Winkler, the author of "Wabash 1791, St. Clair's defeat," was kind enough to take me on a historic marker tour, and this was one of the historic markers that he shared with me.
    — Submitted September 15, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.

 
Categories. Native AmericansSettlements & SettlersWars, US Indian
 
Catherine Cougar Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 11, 2012
5. Catherine Cougar Marker
View looking north from behind the farm field, in the direction of the historic marker, which is situated by the distant large tree in the middle of the picture.
Catherine Cougar Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 11, 2012
6. Catherine Cougar Marker
View looking northeast, from along Orr Road, in the direction of the historic marker, which is situated by the distant large tree in the middle of the picture.
Catherine Cougar Log Cabin image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 11, 2012
7. Catherine Cougar Log Cabin
View of the house that the owner, Mr. Davis, indicated was built around the still standing log house of Catherine Cougar.
Catherine Cougar Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 11, 2012
8. Catherine Cougar Marker
View of the log structure that the owner, Mr. Davis, indicated also dated back to the days of Catherine Cougar.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 12, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 608 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on September 15, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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