From Ohio History Central
Women faced many challenges on the Ohio frontier. The first white women arrived in the Ohio Country around the time of the American Revolution, as wives of missionaries and soldiers. The first white child born in Ohio was Johanna Maria Heckewelder, a daughter of missionaries sent by the Moravian Church to convert the Delaware Indians. These early women did not stay permanently in the region.
Life for women on the Ohio frontier was both challenging and dangerous. Women died in accidents and from complications from childbirth. Frontier women did not have a very long life expectancy. Most did not live to see their fortieth birthday. Women faced a difficult life in Ohio in the late 1700s, but conditions did begin to improve as the region became more settled.
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