Ohio History Journal

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[In Volume XI, page 230, of the Society's Publications was a valu-

able article by Prof. R. W. McFarland of Oxford, Ohio on the

Chillicothes. This article led to an interesting discussion in the Chilli-

cothe News-Advertiser, of which Mr. W. H. Hunter, one of the trustees

of the Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, is editor. We

reprint the articles which speak for themselves. The communications by

Dr. Morgan and Prof. McFarland appeared in the daily issue of the above

named paper on the dates of January 7, and February 2, 1903, respec-

tively.-E. 0. R.].



To the editor of the News-Advertiser.

In your issue of December 19, you make mention of Dr.

McFarland, a correct historian, having written an article for

The State Historical Society Quarterly on the Chillicothes, and

republish the paper.

He writes of five different towns having that name, and

draws special attention to town No. 2, which he locates about

three miles north of Xenia.

He states that this town is the one so often mentioned in

connection with Boone and Kenton, and admonishes the people

who read the lives of these two hunters to bear it in mind. The

reader will take notice that he speaks of these two men as being

only hunters.

The next town of importance in connection with history in

the mind of the Doctor is Chillicothe No. 3, which he locates on

the west side of the Scioto river near the present site of Westfall.

The present writer is very skeptical in regard to the location of

this town. It is generally conceded that about all the Pickaway

towns were situated on the east side of the river. Besides, the

writer is in possession of history that recites the story of a peri-

lous escape of a company of surveyors from the Indians in 1794,

and when they halted and camped for the night it was in the

vicinity of where Westfall is located. A body of trained men