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Near Springfield in Clark County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Keifer Cabin Site

Pioneer Archeological Work

 

óAt George Rogers Clark State Park/ Peckuwe Battle Field ó

 
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, May 27, 2015
1. The Keifer Cabin Site Marker
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Inscription. You are standing on the site of a cabin built by John Keifer in 1824. John Keifer (1802- 1863) and his wife Elizabeth Donnel (1805- 1865), daughter of surveyor Jonathan Donnel, resided here until 1830. That year the family moved to another farm closer to Springfield. John and Elizabethís daughter, Caroline was born in the cabin in 1829.

Elizabethís father, Jonathan Donnel came from Pennsylvania and may have settled in Bethel Township, just west of George Rogers Clark Park, as early as 1795. Johnís father George Keifer, originally from Maryland, settled in the Township in 1812. John Keiferís cabin sat on a 100 acre tract that was once part of his fatherís much larger farm, which encompassed most of the 1780 Peckewe (Piqua) Battlefield. When George Keifer died in 1845, John and Elizabeth returned to Bethel Township and resided the rest of their lives on what was left of his fatherís original farm along the west side of Tecumseh Road. John Keifer was a farmer, US Marshal, Federal census taker, and the cousin of Civil War general Joseph Warren Keifer.

From 1831 until 1835 the cabin which stood on this site was home to Frederick Mennert, (sometimes spelled Minert or Minard), born 1795, his wife Elizabeth Bachman, born 1791, and their five children. Their fifth child Frederick, Jr. was born in

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By Rev. Ronald Irick, May 27, 2015
2. The Keifer Cabin Site Marker
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the cabin in 1833. Frederick Mennert had formerly owned a grist mill in Blair County, Pennsylvania. In 1830 the family moved to Ohio and in 1831 Frederick purchased John Keiferís cabin and the old Leffel Mill located along the Mad River just downstream from the cabin. After going bankrupt in 1835, Frederick and his family moved to Tazewell County, Illinois. There he opened a tavern and later purchased another grist mill. Frederick and his wife died in Illinois.

After the Mennert family left the area, the Keifer cabin and surrounding 100 acres went through several owners. By the time Daniel Hertzler purchased the property in 1853 the cabin had long been abandoned and was probably in a state of disrepair. Any remaining foundation stones and bricks from the chimney and a nearby smokehouse were probably reused in the construction of the Hertzler mansion. All that remains of the Keifer cabin is the stone hearth foundation, which was discovered here during an archaeological excavation carried out in the spring of 2012.
 
Location. 39° 54.57′ N, 83° 54.706′ W. Marker is near Springfield, Ohio, in Clark County. Marker can be reached from South Tecumseh Road (Ohio Route 69). Touch for map. marker is located is George Rogers Clark State Park, on the hill, behind the Hertzler

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By Rev. Ronald Irick, May 27, 2015
3. The Keifer Cabin Site Marker
marker can be seen at a distance. there are six plaques on the fence surrounding the dig site
Mansion. Marker is at or near this postal address: 936 S Tecumseh Rd, Springfield OH 45506, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Battle of Piqua, or Picawey (a few steps from this marker); General George Rogers Clark / Tecumseh (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Battle of Piqua (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Peckuwe Shawnee Memorial (about 400 feet away); Tecumseh (approx. 0.3 miles away); In Memory of Those Men Who Died in the Battle of Piqua (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Piqua (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mad River Township Civil War Memorial (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, May 27, 2015
4. The Keifer Cabin Site Marker
second plaque; Peckuwe Battlefield, with Hertzler Mansion, and Keifer cabin
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, May 2, 2015
5. The Keifer Cabin Site Marker
3rd plaque; Henry Howe drawing, showing the Keifer cabin
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, May 27, 2015
6. The Keifer Cabin Site Marker
4th plaque; typical cabin, with artifacts from the dig
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, May 27, 2015
7. The Keifer Cabin Site Marker
5th plaque; more artifacts
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, May 27, 2015
8. The Keifer Cabin Site Marker
6th (final)plaque; artifacts
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, May 27, 2015
9. The Keifer Cabin Site Marker
the hearth foundation
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, May 27, 2015
10. The Keifer Cabin Site Marker
the Hertzler Mansion, which eventually replaced the Keifer cabin. Viewed from the cabin site.
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, May 27, 2015
11. The Keifer Cabin Site Marker
looking down at the Peckuwe battlefield, from the Keifer cabin site. Historical markers and flagpole are visible through the trees.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 29, 2015, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 285 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on May 29, 2015, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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