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Jonathan Alder

Born: Sep 17, 1773

Death: Jan 30, 1849

Birthplace: United States of America

Nationality: United States

Jonathan Alder

Date of Birth : Sep 17, 1773
Date of Death : Jan 30, 1849
Birth Place : United States of America

Jonathan Alder was an American pioneer, and the first white settler in Madison County, Ohio. As a young child living in Virginia, Alder was kidnapped by Shawnee Indians, and later adopted by a Mingo chief in the Ohio Country. He lived with the Native Americans for many years before returning to the white community. Alder settled near present-day Plain City, Ohio, where he became a farmer. He was reunited with his birth family, which moved to Ohio with him, and also had a short career as a military officer during the War of 1812. A middle school, high school, and school district in Plain City all bear his name.


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