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Judge Benjamin McCullough Mahlon Marshall (Piatt)

Judge Benjamin Piatt was a merchant, a banker and a farmer. During the War of 1812 he was the Quartermaster General. After the war he bought 1700 acres in the Mac-A-Cheek Valley in Logan County, Ohio. In 1828, he built his log home in the wilderness and his wife, Elizabeth Barnett Piatt, and their children moved into the area from Cincinnati.

The Judge was obliged to uphold the Law, but his wife was an avowed abolitionist and their home was a stop on the Underground Railroad. When the Judge was away from home, an iron statue in front of the house held a "freedom flag" to signal that it was save to enter.


Near the year 1800, Benjamin M. Piatt, then a young man, came with his bride, a Virginian of high birth, to live in Cincinnati. Mr. Piatt was a lawyer, and his sound sense and clear head soon made him the lead in public affairs. In time he was made Judge; and with his law partner, Nicholas Longworth, Esq., did much for the city in its young days. It is said that Mrs. Piatt had the first piano brought to Cincinnati. She did not dream that her taste, and wish to have her children well taught in all the things she had learned in Virginia, would be the first step towards making Cincinnati the music centre of the land; yet such was the case.

In the year 1828, Judge Piatt bought a large farm on the small stream which the Indians called Macochee, and on the spot where the Indian village of that name once stood.

Mrs. Piatt, whose taste was not confined to music alone, had the grounds laid out with great care; a large tract being filled with roses and other fine flowers. The place is still owned by Judge Piatt's sons.
From "A History of Ohio in Words of One Syllable" written in 1888 by Annie Cole Cady, pages 137-141.

BENJAMIN M. PIATT, eldest son of Colonel Jacob Piatt, and long and lovingly known to the people of Logan county, was born in New Jersey, December 26, 1779; died at Mac-o-chee, April 28, 1863.
Judge Benjamin M. Piatt is well remembered by his surviving friends and neighbors of Logan county, as a man of marked attributes and of reticent but amiable temperament. Something of a student he possessed a thoughtful turn of mind that made him more of philosopher than a man of active life. He had his share of adventure, however, as he began his business career boating produce from Kentucky to New Orleans before the day of steam-boating, when the flat boat and broad horn were floated down in continuous peril from floods and foes, to be broken-up and sold at New Orleans, when these primitive merchants returned on horseback with their compensation in gold about their persons. In that unsettled condition of a sparsely settled country, one carried his coin and life in perpetual danger. Many were the adventures of the two brothers, Benjamin M. and John H. Piatt, that chilled the blood of listeners in after life. At the earnest solicitation of his wife, Benjamin M. Piatt abandoned this hazardous but lucrative life of river merchant, and, studying law, was admitted to the bar. Not long after he was appointed district attorney for the southern district of Illinois. This was an arduous position and as it required his continuous presence in that State he decided to move his family also. He selected as a residence Kaskaskia, a settlement on the Mississippi, at the mouth of the Kaskaskia river.
While practicing his profession at Kaskaskia an event occurred strikingly illustrative of his character. He was defending a man charged with manslaughter in the court at Kaskaskia, when his client in an unguarded moment seized the sheriff’s rifle and fled. The sheriff made an appeal for a posse. Mr. Piatt, indignant at his client, said he would bring the man back if authorized by the court. This being given he hurried home, procured his rifle and horse, and went in pursuit. He overtook the criminal at the Mississippi river. The man had secured a boat and was some distance from shore. Mr. Piatt dismounted and ordered the fugitive back. He was only jeered at. Mr. Piatt brought his rifle to bear at the instant the fugitive did his. But it was well known throughout the country that Benjamin M. Piatt was a most remarkable shot with the rifle, as he continued, until his failing sight robbed him in his old age of this accomplishment. The desperado knew this and looking along the deadly level of his lawyer’s rifle dropped his own and returned to shore.
At this moment the sheriff arrived and the lawyer delivered his prisoner to the officer. To disarm and fasten the late fugitive to a horse was the work of a few moments. The man’s legs were tied under the horse’s belly, his arms strapped to his sides and his hands left enough at liberty to handle the reins. He was ordered to ride forward and sheriff and lawyer followed. They had scarcely got under way when the sheriff motioned his companion to ride more slowly. When far enough back not to be overheard the sheriff said in a low tone: “Now, Benny, let’s fix him for slow traveling, I’ll take aim at his right leg and you at his left, and when I count three we’ll fire a couple of bullets through his trotters.” “You cowardly brute,” cried Piatt, his eyes blazing fire. “do you think I would consent to mutilate a helpless man?” “I wont be answerable for his return then.” “Nobody asks you. I was authorized to arrest him. You get away from here. I will do it my own way.” The indignant sheriff did ride away, and Mr. Piatt calling to the prisoner to halt, rode up and cutting his bonds said: “Now we’ll ride into town like gentlemen,” and they did.
The life in Kaskaskia was one of trial and hardship. Mr. and Mrs. Piatt found themselves among strangers, who spoke a different language, poor and struggling for the necessaries of life. There was little to encourage Mr. Piatt in the practice of his profession, yet he would willingly have persevered, had not his family been subjected to such great privations. His wife’s devotion and untiring exertions overtaxed her strength, and she lost an infant soon after his birth. Following immediately upon this Mr. Piatt was stricken with a serious illness brought on by exposure in the performance of his duties. There was a constant dread of earthquakes, several convulsions having occurred. The proximity of the Indians was also a source of great uneasiness to Mrs. Piatt.
After the war of 1812 the encroachments of the Indians became more alarming, and Mr. Piatt determined to return to Cincinnati. At Cincinnati he formed a partnership with the celebrated Nicholas Longworth, and between the practice of law and judicious investments in real estate he accumulated quite a fortune for that day. In course of time he was appointed to fill a vacancy on the common pleas bench. After, in 1816; he was elected a member of the State legislature, and as the records show, was the first to introduce a bill establishing the common school system. He proposed, however, that the State should meet half the cost of a pupil’s schooling, and this should not go beyond reading, writing and arithmetic. The motion made subsequently to give every child a collegiate course he considered not only impossible but likely to break down the system. “You make a system,” he said, “where one boy gets a full meal and fifty boys go hungry.”
In the prime of life and amid a most prosperous business career, Judge Piatt bought his farm of seventeen hundred acres, and building a double log-cabin for himself and family, devoted the rest of his life to agricultural pursuits, made pleasant by books and studies for which he had a mind and temperament to enjoy.
There is a singular strain of contradiction in the Piatt blood. Their ancestors left France because they would not be Catholics, and yet, “left to” themselves, have nearly all returned to the Catholic faith. While Colonel Jacob Piatt of the revolution and his son Benjamin M. were extreme Federalists, believing in Hamilton and a strong central government, their children to-day are ultra Democrats.
When the late civil war broke upon us Judge Piatt was aroused to great indignation at what he called the infamous crime of the Southern leaders, and engaged actively in sustaining the government. He not only gave freely from his means to organize volunteers but sent his sons and grandsons to the field. When in the midst of the war he was stricken down with a grave sickness, and the suggestion made that his children be sent for, he said: “No, they cannot prolong my life, but they can and are serving their country; let them alone.”
And so the grand old patriot passed to his final rest, when the war whose drum-beats his very heart echoed in its last throbs was drawing to a triumphant end. “I do thank God,” he said, “that my dying eyes will not close on a dissevered Union. So long as I have children to remember me, let them remember this, my last will and testament to them
Benjamin M. Piatt’s quiet, philosophical life was in striking contrast to that of his younger brother, John H., and recalls the lines of the German poet as translated by Longfellow:

“The one on earth in silence wrought,
And his grave in silence sought;
But the younger, brighter form
Passed in battle and in storm.”
From "Historical Collections of Ohio" by Henry Howe. Pub. 1908 pgs 109-112.

John H (Piatt)

A compilation of laws, treaties, resolutions, and ordinances which relate to lands in the state of Ohio p 279
Agents to sell and convey lands
Act of Dec 10, 1823, LL 1823-4, p6. Benjamin M Piatt and N Longworth, appointed agenst for John H Piatt's personal representatives.

William Hart (Piatt)

Appears to have been in Kansas as his personal papers are in special collections at Witchita State University
Series 1-- Correspondence
Box 1 FF 1 Two letters written to W. H. Piatt from his brother John in Illinois. The first is dated September 16, 1855. It a typical letter between two immediate family members. John writes about daily activities. He talks about buying and selling cattle. There seems to be a Spanish fever affecting some of the stock and he seeks William's advice on such matters. There is also discussion of weather, health, and visiting William in the future. The second letter is dated February 5, 1858. It discusses a letter received from Richard.
Box 1 FF 2 A collection of five letters written to W. H. Piatt from his brother James Jr. in California. The letters span a time period of March, 1854 to April, 1857. James is consistently asking William's advice on financial matters. He talks about coming for a visit to Monticello, Illinois. There is discussion of the cattle industry, crops, family health, and the weather.
Box 1 FF 3 Correspondence to W. H. Piatt from his brother Noah N. Piatt in California. The seven letters of N. N. Piatt are dated October 1, 1855, September 1856, September 3, 1866, October 24, 1856, August 11, 1866, March 15, 1868, and the final letter's date is illegible. He writes William to discuss cattle and hog prices, his family's health, the death of his wife, and how well brother Richard is doing financially. There is also the typical day to day goings on that is involved in a general letter.
Box 1 FF 4 Correspondence to W. H. Piatt from his brother Richard in California. The fifteen letters date from March 1852 to August 1877. A myriad of topics include: weather, crop prices, cattle prices, visiting Illinois, health, Indian problems in southern part of California, different business ventures including mine acquisitions, domestic help, and death of a family member (Richard's son) .
Box 1 FF 5 Miscellaneous letters from Charles Marquiss, Henry Marquiss, H.T. Sadorus, and wife Clarinda to W. H. Piatt. The five letters cover a time frame of October, 1853 to January, 1859. Topics include visits to Californian and Illinois, livestock prices, family well being, land acquisition, weather during travel, basically just keeping everyone up to date on what is going on with the different family members. The folder also contains a letter with the sender and receiver unknown and a letter written to Richard Piatt form the General Sand Office, May 9, 1849.
Series 2 -- Miscellaneous
Box 1 FF 6 File containing checks signed by James or William Piatt. The checks date between February 20, 1858 and October 1859.
Box 1 FF 7 File containing various newspaper clippings about Piatt owned mine, copies of newspaper clippings, obituaries, and pages out of books dealing with Piatt County history. There is also some information on Butte County California, (where Richard, Noah, James, and John lived at one time or another) and a photograph of Ida Piatt (1899).
Box 1 FF 8 Letters regarding a bank draft written to N. N. Piatt, February 13, 1873. The letters discuss the matter and were written in 1924