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I am one of the original tellers The events began in the State of Virginia 1860s Brown County, Eagle Township, Ohio Online research

Samuel Gist owned slaves in Virginia. Upon his death, his will provided that all his slaves be freed and moved to a free state and provided with a homestead, schools, churches, etc. Four million dollars was set aside in his will for this endeavor. My great-great-great grandfather, George Cumberland, born in 1775, was one of the slaves freed. He and others, walked from Virginia to Ohio where land was provided for them to farm. The land given to the new "settlers" was untillable, making their lives extremely difficult. This settlement is known as the "Brown Settlement" or the "Gist Settlement."

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