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Ripley, Ohio

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Ripley is a village in Union Township, Brown County, Ohio.

In 1804, Colonel James Poage claimed the 1000 acres he was granted for his service in the American Revolution and laid out the town of Staunton in 1812; it was renamed in 1816 to honor General Eleazar Wheelock Ripley, an American officer of the War of 1812.

Ripley became in important stop along the Underground Railroad. Among the abolitionists in Ripley are John Rankin, former slave John P. Parker, former slave William Q. Atwood, Thomas McCague, Thomas Collins and Dr. Alexander Campbell. The most famous fugitive slave who was aided in Ripley was Eliza Harris, who was later immortalized by Harriet Beecher Stowe in Uncle Tom's Cabin.


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