Underground Railroad Cemetary

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Historic Marker

The Alum Creek Friends were legendary among UGRR circles for their skill and success in spiriting folds to Canada. Friends involved were David Osborn, Griffith Levering, William Taber, Miicajah Dillingham, and three generations of Benedicts: Reuben, Aaron, William, and a second Aaron, Gardener, Daniel, and Aaron L., who had a $1,000 bounty placed on his head by Southerners. Cousins Mordecai and Livius Benedict drove wagonloads of fugitives up to Joseph Morris in Marion County when they were but six years old. In 1835, a slaveholder and two accomplices came to the Alum Creek Settlement to reclaim his slave property, a mother and her three sons. When the mother refused to leave, William Benedict sent word to the church for help just as the Friends gathered for the Quarterly Meeting. Soon, 25 to 30 people confronted the slaveholder, including Justice-of-the-Peace Barton Whipple who read the penalties for kidnapping - a fine up to $1,000 and 10 years in the penitentiary. At this, the two hirelings fled to the woods. One of them remarked he couldn't understand how all those people appeared so suddenly, as if "the Quakers rose right up out of the ground!" he exclaimed.

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Unknown Markers and Historic Tombstones

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Reuben Benedict Active Part of Underground Railroad in Ohio