ALSPACH HEYL, ESTHER - Franklin County, Ohio | ESTHER ALSPACH HEYL - Ohio Gravestone Photos


Greenlawn Cemetery
Franklin County,

1st Settlers

1788 - 1878

1792 - 1867

Christian's full given name was Johann Christian. He was the first German settler to Columbus and served on the City Council for 14 years, was a County Treasurer for 8 years, and was an associate judge in the Court of Common Pleas for 14 years. In addition, he was also appointed to the first public school board and was the first Chief of the City of Columbus Fire Department. His home on Sunbury Road was a stop on the Underground Railroad and contained evidence of a trap door and tunnel that led to a hay barn west of the house.

Heyl was a baker by trade and baked for soldiers quartered in Franklinton during the War of 1812. He also founded the city's first Lutheran Church and helped to financially underwrite the German Theological Seminary--later to become Capital University. He also operated a hostelry at Rich and High Streets in the early 1800s. This hostelry was first known as the Swan and later as Franklin House. Close to the Statehouse, it was a stop for members of the General Assembly and was a location of civic events.

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Submitted: 3/20/16 • Approved: 3/21/16 • Last Updated: 3/24/16 • R225315-G225313-S3

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