Near Marengo in Morrow County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
History of Alum Creek Friends Settlement / Alum Creek Friends and the Underground Railroad
The first settler was Cyrus Benedict, his wife, three children, and Adam Vanduser in 1809. He built a cabin near South Woodbury in 1811. Meetings were held in a house from 1813 – 1815. The first church was built of logs in 1816. Land purchased in 1817 for a meeting house and graveyard is the present site of the church. The first building of today’s church was in 1857. The most enduring houses in the area were constructed of brick by Reuben Benedict and David Osborne in 1828 and Aaron Benedict in the 1830’s. The Reuben Benedict house served the community as “Temperance Hotel” during the stagecoach era. In 1825 the Worthington-New Haven Road was completed and these buildings, among others were used to shelter slaves.
The Alum Creek Friends were legendary among UGRR circles for their skill and success in spiriting folds to Canada. Friends involved were David Osbourne, Griffith Levering, William Taber, Miicajah Dillingham, and three generations of Benedicts; Reuben, Aaron,William, a second Aaron, Gardner, Daniel, Aaron L., who had a $1,000 bounty placed on hius head by Southerners. Cousins Mordecai and Livius Benedict drove wagonloads of fugitives
Erected by ODOT District 6 the Friends of Freedom Society* Ohio Underground Railroad Association.
Location. 40° 24.369′ N, 82° 51.57′ W. Marker is near Marengo, Ohio, in Morrow County. Marker is on Marengo- Norton Road (Ohio Route 229), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in front of church and cemetery, north side, between Co Rd 24, and Rd 218. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3385 Marengo- Norton Road, Marengo OH 43334, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles Pagetown (approx. 3.4 miles away); Birthplace of Gen. Wm. S. Rosecrans (approx. 8.2 miles away); Mount Gilead Veterans Memorial (approx. 10 miles away); Morrow County Civil War Memorial (approx. 10 miles away); Dawn Powell (approx. 10 miles away); War Savings Stamps and World War I Memorial (approx. 10 miles away); Morrow County War Memorial (approx. 10 miles away); D.A.R. Revolutionary Soldiers Memorial (approx. 10 miles away).
Additional keywords. Underground Railroad
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Churches, Etc. •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 10, 2015, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 204 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 10, 2015, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.