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

URL above contians the names of UGRR Operators in the State of Ohio....according to Wilber H. Siebert. Scroll down to Logan county and you will that the Piatt's are NOT listed.

Logan County, Ohio was very active in the UGRR as you can see by the list of Operators. And there were a "significant" number of AA Operators identified by the asterisks.

Local tradition states the Piatt's, Mrs. Piatt, in particular was involved in the UGRR operations. The story goes that the Judge was frequently on the road and Mrs. Piatt used those times to assist in housing and transporting fugitives thru the area. As a Judge, Piatt was legally bound to enforce the Fugitive Slave laws and he supposedly "looked the other way". The story continues with the use of a "lawn jockey" being the signal for when it was safe to bring fugitives thru the Piatt properties. A flag in the hand of the jockey meant it was safe, no flag meant "stay away" and bypass the Piatt property.

Hope this helps,

Art Thomas

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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