8 Foot Nephi Skeleton Discovered Near the Hill of Cumorah
According to the Book of Mormon a giant race known as the Nephi once inhabited New York.
The Deseret News, Nov 11, 1893
A VISIT TO OHIO
An Interesting Trip to Sandusky: Many Relics of Early Times Discovered
Sandusky, Ohio, Nov. 9th, 1893. - I leave Sandusky on the steamer Kirby for Detroit, Michigan today, to visit my old home in Pontiac, about 30 miles from Detroit. Sixty years ago I was baptized in that place and it is there where I first saw the prophet Joseph Smith.
While visiting friends in Sandusky I have been very much interested in some of the history of this country, especially its early times, when a prehistoric race were dwellers on the land, and the islands which abound in the lake and now are pleasure resorts. Charles N. Freeman has given much time in searching after relics in the early settlement of Lake Erie shores. He says at one time 23 skeletons were disinterred . Many others were not disturbed, but the 23 were examined by Dr. Charles Stroud and T. I. Williams, who decided the skulls to be of a race superior to the Indians. Some of them were eight feet tall; others were 7 feet. These large skeletons were not confined to the shores of Lake Erie and Ontario, but were found throughout the entire state of Ohio. Dr. Stroud decided there was no doubt that at one time a superior race of people inhabited the country, but mystery shrouded their history.
I was informed by an aged gentlemen that recently he had taken a thigh bone from the ground on a farm about forty miles from the Hill of Cumorah; it was computed to belong to a person eight feet high. Only the other day I met a gentleman on the steamer City of Sandusky, from a trip to Putin-Bay Island, who informed me that on this small island of 13,000 acres, twenty-five miles out from Sandusky, in Lake Erie, skeletons of an unknown race were found that were over eight feet long. This opened up a very pleasant conversation in which he said he was very much interested in regard to colonists from the Tower of Babel 2000 years before Christ. The eleventh chapter of Genesis declares that the Lord would scatter the people from the Tower upon all the earth.
Kelly's Island is one of the gems of Lake Erie and is twelve miles northwest of Sandusky. Seven acres of ground in a circular form of earthwork contained bones of a large race of people.