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Keeping an Eye on the Lower Muskingum: Gen. Don Carlos Buell’s birthplace

April 13, 2013
The Marietta Times

There was only one Civil War Major General born in Washington County, Ohio. Don Carlos Buell was born in Adams Township on March 23, 1818, son of Salmon D. and Eliza Buell Buell. It is convenient to say he was born in Lowell (or Buell's Lowell, as it was originally called), but until 1964 this was actually incorrect. Buell's Lowell was not laid out until March 22, 1838, so the future general was born on his parents' farm. Even after Buell's Lowell was surveyed, near the Muskingum River the west line of Market Street was the corporate line-upriver was outside the line and downriver was within Lowell. The Buell house was slightly upriver from Market Street and outside of Lowell. The proper designation for Gen. Buell's birthplace was Adams Township within 100-150 feet of what is now Lowell. This all changed on April 7, 1964, when the Lowell Council annexed the portion of Buell's Island that at one time included the Buell House. (Plat Book 9, p. 79) After this it is correct to say Gen. Buell was born in what is now Lowell.



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