Ohio History Journal

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At the close of the American Revolution when the

Great West was still an unknown vastness, save from

the tales brought out by leather and fur clothed traders,

or scouts, fortune and fancy invited and beckoned the

settlers of the Colonies to come and partake of its virgin

fertility. The Continental Congress, which was with-

out funds, desiring to strike the popular chord pleasing

to the ear of those who had fought and starved in this

dismal battle for Freedom, arranged with the different

land-holding companies to pay, those who desired, in

land for their services.

The Ohio Company, whose office may still be seen

in a marvelous state of preservation at Marietta, Ohio,

had a grant of land in the Southeast portion of the, then

known, Northwest Territory and a portion of this was

offered. Among those who accepted land, so located,

were a number of Virginians, who had fought with

Morgan's Famous Riflemen, and these men, with their

families and all earthly belongings, came trekking

through the dense wilderness and passes of the Alle-

ghany Mountains; their heavy ox carts loaded with a

heterogeneous mass of women, children, household

goods, farm utensils, cattle and other livestock, making

a bedlam that marked the oncoming of civilization's en-

croachment on forests of yesterday.

Among these hardy and steel knitted pioneers were

the Hietts and the Gards, who received their grants of