THE ORIGINS of this book go back to a brisk, windswept November day in 1929, when, in my ninth year, I accompanied my father on a visit to the lonely Indian cemetery at the small village of Goshen near New Philadelphia, Ohio. It was the seventeenth day of the month and the 121st anniversary of the death of the missionary David Zeisberger. My father knew the basic Zeisberger story, as did most Tuscarawas Countians of his day. I was enchanted as he related the history of this fascinating man and his many Indian friends who lay buried at our feet in this lonely little cemetery. The cemetery is still there, just as it was those many years ago, a testament to the Moravian Church, which owns the land, and the Tuscarawas County Historical Society members, who care for and maintain the cemetery.
For the next fifty years I gave little thought to David Zeisberger and his friends. I was too busy providing for a wife and four children though I lived all this time only several miles from the Goshen cemetery.
By 1980, I was semiretired, and it was time to give some thought to David Zeisberger. In the meantime, much had been done in Tuscarawas County to perpetuate his story. In 1921, the Tuscarawas County Historical Society was formed specifically to find the exact location of, and partially
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Publication information: Book title: David Zeisberger:A Life among the Indians. Contributors: Earl P. Olmstead - Author, David Zeisberger - Author. Publisher: Kent State University Press. Place of publication: Kent, OH. Publication year: 1997. Page number: xxi.