Memoirs of the Early Pioneer Settlers of Ohio
Under the leadership of Rufus Putnam, 48 men departed New England during the severe winter of 1787/88 and made their way west through the mountains to Sumrill’s Ferry on the Youghiogheny River in Pennsylvania. There they spent the winter building two huge flatboats to carry them down the Youghiogheny, to the Monongahela River and then down the great Ohio River to their destination, a point of land at the mouth of the Muskingum River. Here, these pioneers would establish the first settlement in the territory northwest of the Ohio River and name it Marietta.
Among these early pioneers, who opened the door to western settlement of the United States, were many heroic men and officers of the American Revolution. George Washington said, “I know many of the settlers personally, and there never were men better calculated to promote the welfare of such a community.” General Lafayette, the Frenchman who fought alongside the colonists during their struggle for independence said, “I knew them well. I saw them fighting for their country. They were the bravest of the brave. Better men never lived.”
This book contains the true stories of these great men and other pioneers who withstood Indian warfare, starvation, sickness, death and deprivation to establish themselves in the wilderness of the early American frontier and begin the westward expansion of the greatest nation on earth.
This book is a follow up and companion to Hildreth's Pioneer History.