Near Convoy in Van Wert County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
b. Dec 1810 d. May 1879
"The Man Who Named Convoy, Ohio"
Robert Nesbitt was born in Convoy of Donegal Ireland in December of 1810. Nesbitt emigrated to the United States and moved to Van Wert County in the late 1830's. In 1939, Nesbit(t) purchased 120 acres in Tully Township.
On June 16, 1854, Robert Nesbit and James Pettit platted a village in the western part of Van Wert County. When it was platted Nesbit named the town Convoy (Conmhaigh/Gaelic) after his Irish roots. In 1874, Convoy was incorporated.
At the age of 47, Nesbit married Catherine Byers. He resided in Tully Township for about 40 years. Nesbit served as a justice of the peace for 9 years and died on May 1, 1879 of typhoid pneumonia. He was 68 years and 7 months old. He was noted to be "a straight-forward well-to-do farmer and was much respected by a host of friends."
Erected by Convoy Community Days Inc., Convoy Business Association, Convoy Lions Club, and Convoy Community Foundation.
Location. 40° 56.3′ N, 84° 41.899′ W. Marker is near Convoy, Ohio, in Van Wert County. Marker can be reached from Pollock Road east of Lincoln Highway, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located in Sugar Ridge
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Here Lies Robert Nesbitt / The Western Terminus of the Lincoln Highway in Ohio (within shouting distance of this marker); Company D, 2nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Monument (approx. 6.6 miles away); Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Monument (approx. 6.6 miles away); Van Wert Gazebo (approx. 7.4 miles away); First County Library in the United States (approx. 7.6 miles away); The Brumback Library (approx. 7.6 miles away); Hoghe Road Bridge (approx. 8.3 miles away); The Wayne Trace (approx. 10.8 miles away in Indiana).
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