Monroe County was formed on January 28, 1813 from portions of Belmont, Guernsey and Washington counties. It was named after James Monroe, the U.S. Secretary of State when the county was formed, and later fifth President of the United States.
“When Chester Bishop was digging a cellar for Asabel Booth, at Clarington, many years ago, he came across a skeleton, the bones of which were removed carefully by Dr. Richard Kirkpatrick, and from his measurement the height of the man when living would have been 8 feet and 5 inches. It is probable that these were the bones of the big Indian of whom the Indian at Jackson’s told me.
- Chicago, Toledo, H.H. Hardesty & Co., Pubs., 1882.
History of Monroe County, Ohio A Condensed History of the County;
Biographical Sketches: General Statistics; Miscellaneous Matters &c.
Publ. H. H. Hardesty & Co, Publishers, Chicago and Toledo 1882, http://www.ohiogenealogyexpress.com ‘the height of the man when living would have been eight feet and five inches.