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

Thank goodness for the 'flawed research' of Kate, Leigh and many others. Were it not for their persistance in attempting to separate fact from fiction stories like the one found at

would continue to be thrown at the 'myth' loving public.

For years researchers and historians had been shouted down and their efforts described as "flawed" until recent DNA studies have proven Blue Jacket NOT to be a white captive, Marmeduke Van Swearingen, adopted by the Shawnee later known as Chief Blue Jacket, but rather of Native American ancestry. A whole industry was built around the Blue Jacket myth... an outdoor drama and several books were written about the white captive, Blue Jacket.

Interestingly the Piatt story & the Blue Jacket drama are from the same area of Ohio, the Miami Valley, and in one of the posted messages in this thread is a reference to a Xenia newspaper perpetuating the Piatt story. Xenia is where the Blue Jacket outdoor drama was presented prior to this year. The Drama is now being re-written to reflect the 'true', non-mythical heritage of Blue Jacket.

I felt I had to respond to the 'flawed' research statement as I myself have been studying the UGRR in this area of Ohio and the Blue Jacket story for the better part of 20 years. My ancestors, Lewis Adams, David Adams, Frank, Lewis & Joseph Reno and Taply Bray are listed by Wilbur H. Siebert as UGRR operatives and conductors in Champaign, Hardin and Hancock counties in his work "Mysteries of the Ohio Underground Railraod", which BTW, the Piatts are NOT listed as Operatives/Conductors.

Another personal connection is the interview of Rachel Reno, the wife of Frank Reno and mother-in-law of Lewis Adams by Lyman C. Draper of the "Draper Manuscripts" taken ca 1863. Rachel was born in Blue Jacket's Town, near Bellefontaine, in Logan County, Ohio. Rachel is a 4th great-grandmother of mine and her daughter Susannah, married Lewis Adams 1 Jan 1816 in Urbana, Ohio.

Interview of Rachel Reno

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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