Zeisberger Cemetery in Goshen   Save
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Description: This 1930s-era photograph shows an area surrounded by an iron fence with 10 stone pillars. The body of David Zeisberger, missionary and founder of nearby Gnadenhutten, as well as William Edwards, missionary, and William Henry "Chief Killbuck" Gelelemend, who was head chief of the Delaware Indian Council, are buried within the enclosure. There are also several rows of Indian graves and a few other missionaries buried in the cemetery. Zeisbergers Memorial Cemetery, sometimes called the Goshen-Indian Cemetery, is located between Goshen Valley Road SE (Township Hwy 322) and David Road SE in Goshen. A Moravian village was established in Goshen in 1798 by David Zeisberger, of Pennsylvania, and a band of Christian Indians. For 16 years after the Gnadenhutten massacre in 1782 the little band of refugees had moved from place to place. In 1798 they went back to Tuscarawas, setting up new villages on the 12, 000 acres of land granted them by Congress, and prospered for a while. But the deaths of the missionaries and the return of Pastor Heckwelder to Pennsylvania left the Ohio converts without effective guidance, and Goshen and the other missions settlements declined. In 1832 Goshen ceded its holdings to the Government for $6, 654, and the town virtually disappeared. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: SA1039AV_B15F01_018
Subjects: Cemeteries--Ohio; Moravian Church -- Missions -- Ohio; Gnadenhutten Massacre, Gnadenhutten, Ohio, 1782; Zeisberger, David, 1721-1808
Places: Gnadenhutten; Goshen (Ohio); New Philadelphia (Ohio); Tuscarawas County (Ohio)