Remarkable Ohio

Serpent Mound Marker
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11-8 Gist Settlement Marker Front

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Side A: Gist Settlement-Scott Township. Through the terms of his will, absentee British landowner Samuel Gist (c. 1723-1815) freed his 350 slaves in Virginia. Gist intended that these freed people would remain on the land and receive instruction in Christianity and that schools would be established for their children. The settlement of Gist's estate funded the relocation of the freed slaves to Ohio. Gist's executors acquired over 2,200 acres of land in Ohio. These lands included two large tracts in Scott and Eagle Townships in Brown County in 1819 and another 207 acres in Fairfield Township (now Penn Township) in Highland County in 1831 and 1835. As of 2010, no descendants of the freed Gist slaves lived in the original Scott Township settlement. Side B: Original Lot Owners in Scott Township Settlement. Lot 1. Old Ben 2. Old Lucky 3. Dolly 4. Little Daniel 5. Billey, Lucy, grandchildren of Old Lucy 6. Nat 7. Patcy 8. Cato 9. Abraham 10. Aaron 11. Nelly 12 Suckey, wife of Peter Clough 13. Bob Clough 14. Anthony Gist 15. Peter Punch 16. Rozetta 17. Nelson 18. Barnett 19. Aggy 20. Cain 21. Edmond 22. Caty 23. Strawberry 24. Moses Smith 25. Anderson and Nelson, sons of Betty 26. Betty Armistead 27. Bristor 28. Jack __ and Becky 29. Tom 30. Chener 31. Hezekiah (Heziah)