Pioneer Life in Richland County
by James M'Gaw
Originally published in 1858 in Mansfield, Ohio by Roeliff Brinkerhoff of the Mansfield Herald. The book was serialized in the Herald and also published in pamphlet form in three parts.
M'Gaw carefully researched the subject matter and interviewed surviving pioneers, including Weseley Copus who was present at the Copus Massacre as a child. M'Gaw's account of the events leading up to the Copus and Zimmer Massacres, and related War of 1812 events locally in Richland County formed the basis for much of what was recounted in A. A. Graham's 1880 history of the county and other subsequent accounts.
Out of the factual events and real people including Johnny Appleseed, the Zimmers (Seymours), Ruffner, Bunty Billy, Captain Pipe and others, M'Gaw overlays a love story plot and frontier hero exploits in the manner of the American backwoodsman novels of the day.
Little Journeys has created this facsimile edition from the original first edition and published it in limited numbers since 1999. In this 2010 printing, the type has been reset to more closely emulate the original and it has been printed and bound in a larger run to meet the demand of the upcoming War of 1812 Bicentennial year. 304 Pages, softbound.$19.95 plus $2 shipping in the US.