The Shawnee had a presence in the Ross County area for a period of about 150 years. There were numerous encampments and several signifigant villages such as Old Town at the site of present day Frankfort. The most famous of the Shawnee, Tecumseh, never lived in Ross County, but visited here at least twice.
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Ross County, An Indian Crossroads – Indian “Highways” brought Indians of many tribes through Ross County. Some of those trails are our highways of today. Incliudes map showing location of Ohio Indian tribes, indian trails, modern highways.
The Shawnee Indians in Ross County– The Shawnee once called Ross County their home.
Tabitha & the Hungry Indians– Tabitha Thomas Streevey lived most of her seventy-five years in Huntington Township, but her family was one of the first to live in Chillicothe.
On Orr Road (old U.S. Route #23) about nine miles north of Chillicothe there is a monument about 200 ft.east of the highway. This monument marks the final resting place of one of the first white women to live in this section of our state. It is the grave of Catherine Gouger Goodman.
Catherine made two trips to Ohio. The first time she came she was a captive of the Shawnee Indians. Fifty-four years later she again came to live here. This time she came with her son’s family and, strangely enough, settled in the very same place where she had lived as an Indian captive fifty-four years before.
Indian Calendar– The Indians used nature to measure time.
The Story of Tecumseh–3/4th grade level overview of Tecumseh. Includes a map from the book, Tecumseh, Shawnee War Chief -by Jane Fleischer, gives an overall view of where Tecumseh spent most of his life.
Tecumseh, Shawnee War Chief -by Jane Fleischer, This book, which is available at Amazon.com is a great children’s book about the life of Tecumseh.
Ohio History Central- OHS webesite: http://www.ohiohistorycentral.org/w/Tecumseh?rec=373