Quakers, Indians and Education

Posted on October 23, 2020

The Quakers were active in educating Indians in both traditional school and English agricultural methods. Wapakoneta, was an American Indian town, with a population of some 500 Indians living there in 1808. Wapakoneta, 1831   Mt Pleasant Quaker, Jonathan Taylor, purchased 500 acres of land in the vicinity of Wapakoneta....

Abigail Flanner

Posted on October 21, 2020

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Albi Cottage, home to the Flanners Ah, the year was 1836, Abigail Flanner and her friends made a pact on New Years Eve to write someone famous. Abigail chose Fitzgreen Halleck, and they carried on a correspondence throughout the year.  Halleck was a popular NY poet who rubbed shoulders with...

Quakers and Indians

Posted on October 19, 2020

The Quakers believed it a part of their Christian duty to look after the Indians. They established committees specifically for Indian Concerns or Affairs.  Quakers were recruited by the Federal Government to deal with the Indians since they had good relations with the Indians. In January 1816,  a committee was...

Black Republicans

Posted on October 16, 2020

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Black Republicans   Black Republican doesn’t mean what you probably assume it means, although we certainly had black republicans, (D S Bruce for one, but we’ll talk about him later. )the term was applied to the Republicans who were abolitionists and supported legislature that provided equal rights for blacks....

Horse Thief  Detective Agency

Posted on October 14, 2020

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The 19th century man relied heavily on his horse.  Many aspects of everyday life involved a horse in one way or another, whether for transportation of persons or goods, to pull a plow or any number of agricultural chores that made life easier for farmers, and industrial work in mines...

J T Updegraff

Posted on October 12, 2020

Jonathan Taylor (J.T.) Updegraff, well known physician and surgeon, member of congress, owner and trainer of fine horses. 1822-1882.   J. T. Updegraff was born in 1822 to David and Rebecca (Taylor) Updegraff, on a farm just west of Mt. Pleasant. It was there that he spent his boyhood days....

American Indians and Quakers

Posted on October 12, 2020

The Quakers and American Indians had good relations.  The Indians related to the Quakers form of religion, in that they didn’t have preachers and believed women were equal.  Interestingly, Ohio has retained many of the American Indian place names, a list of some follows.  Even the youngest among us will...

Race and Politics

Posted on October 9, 2020

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  As you can imagine race overflowed into politics.  In 1804, Ohio passed a law prohibiting runaway slaves from entering the state. All blacks entering the state had to register their freedom papers upon entering. It was against the law to employ a black person without seeing a copy of...

Lupton brothers

Posted on October 8, 2020

Lupton brothers, Albert and  Lewis, were born in Jefferson County to parents, George Lupton and Sarah Crew, in 1856 and 1859 respectively.          Lewis Lupton.                                              ...

Moses Fleetwood Walker

Posted on October 7, 2020

    Moses Fleetwood Walker (1857-1924) was born in Mount Pleasant, Jefferson Co. The son of Dr Moses W Walker (1821-?) and Carolina Ohara (1823-1893). In 1883, Fleet Walker was signed to play for the Toledo Blue Stockings, a minor-league team in the Northwestern League. In 1884 the team became...

David B Updegraff

Posted on October 6, 2020

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  David Brainerd Updegraff was born in 1830 on a farm near Mt. Pleasant to Quaker parents, David and Rebecca (Taylor) Updegraff .       His mother, Rebecca, and his grandfather and grandmother Jonathan and Ann Taylor were well known Quaker ministers.   David was married first in 1852 to...


Posted on October 5, 2020

  RACE Race is a challenging subject to tackle. It’s also a very interesting subject with so many aspects. Rather than tackle it lets just put a few things out here and you can continue the research yourself.   Race is not biological. There is no gene or cluster of genes...

Jake Washington

Posted on October 2, 2020

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We have said in the past, The Mt Pleasant abolitionists were Quaker, Presbyterian, Baptist and Methodist. They were men, women and children.  They were black and they were white.   Many people think that most of the people involved with the Underground Railroad were white. The truth is that most...

J C Hoge

Posted on October 1, 2020

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The occupations relating to horses in the previous post did not include horse/stock breeders. Mt. Pleasant was home to several stock breeders who were very well known in the local area and beyond.  James Clayton Hoge. Known as J. C. Hoge owned and operated The Oakland Stock Farm. His family consisted...

Jesse Thomas

Posted on September 29, 2020

Jesse Thomas Jr.              by Guest blogger and descendant of Jesse and Avis Thomas, Mark Thomas   Jesse Thomas Jr. was born May 28, 1771 at Mattamuskeet, Hyde County, North Carolina; being the 2nd son of Jesse Thomas-Sr. and Sarah Muncy, who had a total...


Posted on September 28, 2020

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  What is the truth? Let’s get philosophical for a minute.  What is the truth? What is true for me, may not be true for you. Take it a step further. There’s your truth, my truth, the truth of the community, perhaps others. Bear with me. My truth: I saw...

Colonization or Assimilation?

Posted on September 25, 2020

  Where would the freed slaves live once emancipation was achieved? Some favored assimilation, while others like Benjamin Lundy supported colonization. Lundy traveled to Haiti, Mexico, Texas and Canada looking for suitable land to settle the freed slaves on.  The American Colonization Society purchased land on the West Coast of...

William Reid

Posted on September 24, 2020

William Reid: Skilled Wheelright and so much more!   William Reid was born Apr. 2, 1807 in Hancock County, VA (WV). He was married in 1835 to Rachel Scott Mitchell and their family included 8 children. In 1840, William purchased lot #2 on the corner of Union and Concord streets and...

Ottoway Moore

Posted on September 23, 2020

James Ottoway Moore was one of the emancipated Taliferro slaves who was relocated to Mt Pleasant.  He was twenty years old when he arrived.  In 1858 he is listed as a hack driver in Mt Pleasant.  The hack was the predecessor of the taxi.    The Wheeling Times of Tuesday...

David Milner

Posted on September 22, 2020

      David N. Milner, was born in  Guernsey Co., Ohio in 1814. At the age of 16, he apprenticed to be a saddler. He worked that trade for over 60 years. His harness shop was located in a building that had previously been a tavern, located on the...