Photo by Dale K. Benington
The act by congress in 1808 allowed William well's right to occupy and develop land with an option to buy the land at $1.25 per acre (rather than having to bid for the land, as was usually the case)
William Wells was captured at seventeen and adopted and raised by Chief Graviahatte and taught the ways of the Native American. Wells was given the name Apekonit (Wild Carrot) because of his red hair and married the daughter of Chief Little Turtle.
In 1794, Wells changed sides and was eventually killed by Potawatomi Indians in the battle of Fort Dearborn in 1812(To read the entire article click the title of this story)