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Death of Andrew Anderson from Cuyahoga precipice
Posted by: Mary Snyder (ID *****5534) Date: July 20, 2003 at 10:20:32
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I am seeking information on this event for Andrew Anderson.
I found a copy of a bible record that was in the possession of Eli Anderson, 2409 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne, IN. The Bible record was copied 03/21/1870 and submitted to the Mormon Church by a Mrs. Dodge, 1942.

Andrew lived in Vermont, served in the Revolution, and probably lived in Ridgeville, OH at the time of his death(Aug. 3, 1816). Inserted in the bible was a statement about Andrew's death; briefly he was killed by falling from a high precipice in Vermillion River, Huron County, OH (stated by Calvin Anderson).

The following was from an obituary for Rosilla Linscott, daughter of Sarah Anderson & Thomas Linscott:

Mr. (David) Anderson's parents came to Ohio with them, but stopped in Cuyahoga county. In 1816 the father (Andrew)came to Columbus to visit David and decided to remove his family to that place, but while returning and within ten miles of his home, he fell from a precipice and was so badly injured that he died alone. In all probability, while he was resting overnight, the bell on his oxen indicated that they were straying away, and in his efforts to reach them in the darkness he lost his life. Twenty-four hours later the oxen returned to the farm house where they had been fed and it was then that search was made for the owner, but it was two days later that his body was found. His immediate family, consisting of the wife, two sons, and two daughters were removed to David's home and cared for until able to care for themselves.

Has anyone ever come across a record of this event or can tell me how I might find a record? The information seems to be conflicting: one says Huron & the other says Cuyahoga County. I realize that some counties were split up but so far, I have not found his grave or a record that this happened. Thanks in advance for any help!

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