Zeno, Meigs Township, Muskingum County, Ohio was the epicenter for the Lett Families Settlement. The Lett
Settlement was one of earliest of several interlocked and interrelated African American communities formed in southeastern
Ohio counties before the American Civil War. The Lett settlement began forming in 1823 when Aquilla Lett acquired property
in Meigs Township, Muskingum County, how there were a few African Americans present in the area prior to 1823,
who did not own land.
Actually the Lett Families Settlement encompassed adjoining parts of Guernsey, Morgan, Muskingum and Noble
Counties were other early African American settlers in Ohio had acquired farms. Some of these families were already intermarried
back in Maryland and Virginia before the Amerecian Revolutionary War. In Ohio they began to marry into other African American
families so that today, many families of African American descent who originated in southeastern Ohio are related, although
distant at this point in time.