Settlement of the Virginia Military District and Ross County

NathanielMassieYoung Nathaniel Massie made a name for himself as a top notch surveyor who knew the Ohio Country well. He accumulated a massive amount of land in payment for his surveying services in the this new unsettled Virginia Military District.  His land would only be of value if people came here to settle.

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Americans Settle the Ohio Country The U.S. Government helps the financial plight of the war veterans while helping itself to settle the newly established Northwest Territory.

Virginia Military District-3  The U.S. government’s plan to pay veterans with land.

Nathaniel Massie Settles Chillicothe-3


Along the Ohio Trail: A Short History of Ohio Lands




Frontier kid, Simon, guides students through Ohio history.

Audience: 3rd and 4th grade students

A great resource made available by the Ohio State Auditor’s office. Pages can be printed individually and/or viewed via projector from the internet.  This is a free resource, educators are welcome to make copies to share with students

The booklet is available via PDF format at:

Table of Contents:

Ohio Geography

Prehistoric Ohio

Native Americans

Explorers and Traders

Ohio Land Claims 1770-1785

The Northwest Ordinance of 1787

Settling the Ohio Lands 1787-1800

Ohio Statehood 1800-1812

Ohio and the Nation 1800-1900

Ohio’s Lands Today

Origin of Ohio County Names