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Underground Railroad Research Forum

Re: Piatt of Ohio
In Response To: Re: Piatt of Ohio ()

Kate wrote:
"Your contention that no documentation exists for that site (that you know of) fits with all other resources I have checked. I don't think it can even be called a local oral story - it is most likely a family story that ends up surviving and overshadowing the oral stories of the mostly black and a few white participants in that region. As we know, this is often the sad result of the obscuring and obliteration of black history."
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Hi Kate,

Below is the Court record for one of those oral stories of black folks regarding their UGRR efforts in the Champaign/Logan county area of Ohio.

The story is that these three (3) defendants were responible for creating a disturbance which allowed fellow UGRR operatives (black) in assisting fugitive slaves in making their way northward with some slave catchers in pursuit of them.

William Adams is the son of Lewis Adams, grandson of Frank Reno and brother of David Adams (Hancock County, Ohio) documented by Siebert as UGRR operatives in Champaign County, Ohio. Levi Stanup (Stanhope) is also documented as an UGRR operative by Siebert and his brother, Richard Stanup, is the husband of Lewis Adams daughter, the former Sarah Adams.

These relationships....Adams, Reno and Stanup point to "AA family" involvements that are often overlooked in the telling of the UGRR story. And the route from Clark County to Hancock County, Ohio thru Logan & Hardin along today's US/OH Rte 68, or the Simon Kenton Trace, as it is now referenced.

Also note the date of the case 1853.....3 years after the passage of the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law and during a period when the Slave Law was being rigidly enforced.


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