Underground Railroad Agents in Coshocton County / Muskingum River Underground Railroad Corridor

Underground Railroad Agents in Coshocton County / Muskingum River Underground Railroad Corridor (HMO7G)

Location: Coshocton, OH 43812 Coshocton County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 16.875', W 81° 52.565'

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Side A:
The acknowledged host of the Underground Railroad in Coshocton County was Prior Foster, a well respected African American who lodged fugitive slaves in his shanty at Harbaugh Corner. He fed, sheltered, and clothed them and then accompanied them to the ferry to cross the Muskingum River to Hanging Rock. There they would remain hidden until they could be safely forwarded north. Virginians knew about the Underground Railroad at Roscoe Village. Slave owners and bounty hunters lurked there in search of fugitives. Other leading Underground Railroad operators in Coshocton County were James Luther, William Boyd, William Elliott, Samuel Weir, Mr. and Mrs. William M. Johnson, Eli Nichols, Reverend Alexander Campbell and his son Charles, Ebenezer Seward, John F. Shannon, Benjamin Waite, Thomas Powell, and Ebenezer Bigham.

Side B:
The Muskingum River forms at the confluence of the Tuscarawas and Walhonding rivers at Roscoe Village and flows south approximately 100 miles to the Ohio River at Marietta. During the first half of the nineteenth century, fugitive slaves from Virginia crossed the Ohio River and followed Underground Railroad lines north toward Canada. Four Underground Railroad lines converged in Roscoe Village on the Muskingum River. The first followed the river north out of Marietta through Rainbow and Waterford. An Ohio River crossing at Belpre connected runaways with the Muskingum River at Putnam in Muskingum County. Two others came from the west through Granville in Licking County and New Concord in Muskingum County. From Roscoe Village, fugitive slaves sometimes traveled from station to station along the Ohio-Erie Canal that was completed in 1825. The canal ended at Lake Erie where the runaway slaves were assisted in crossing into Canada.
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HM NumberHMO7G
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
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Marker Number7-16
Year Placed2009
Placed ByBelpre Historical Society, The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 7:54am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 425525 N 4459342
Decimal Degrees40.28125000, -81.87608333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 16.875', W 81° 52.565'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 16' 52.50" N, 81° 52' 33.90" W
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Area Code(s)740
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 490-536 N Whitewoman St, Coshocton OH 43812, US
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