BIO Series Photo 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7...
Photo/design by Gary G. Ballard, San Diego
Family Documentary:

To learn more about Chief Black Hoof, please go HEREshelbycountyhistory.org, and HERErootsweb.com.
Photos of the 170-year-old bow may be viewed
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Shawnee War Chief and Statesman Chief Black Hoof, 1722-1831

William Cochran and his family squatted the Defiance Trail,
Auglaize River area in 1821, on the edge of the Great Black Swamp.

The oral family history states the revered Shawnee war chief and statesman, Black Hoof, took personal interest in William and his son, James

It is written that Black Hoof gifted a bow and arrow to James so he could participate in sports with Black Hoof’s grandsons.

The bow and arrow and story have been in the family since....

This graphic is part of a 200-photo, 45-minute video documentary on one of the first white families to homestead northwest Ohio in the early 1800s, the Great Black Swamp, Defiance Trail, Auglaize River, Scott's Crossing, Lima, Elida, Delphos area.

A 30-minute version of the documentary and more than 20 of the restored vintage 1800s 1900s historical photographs may be viewed HEREgballard.net

The free on-line documentary also contains an in-depth 2002 interview of a 76-year-old elder woman which connects the Treaty of Greenville 1795, Indian Removal Act 1830, and Trail of Tears (late 1830s) to her family oral history.

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