The Pathfinders of Jefferson County

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Feb 1, 2012 - 222 pages
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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: family from Buffalo creek, Carpenter started with two horses for Fort Pitt, for the purpose of obtaining salt. While on the way he was captured by a band of Wyandot Indians and taken to the Moravian town, where he was compelled to give up his clothing in trade for an Indian costume. He was then taken to Sandusky, where he was held a prisoner until the following spring, when he escaped and made his way to Fort Pitt. He returned to his family and immediately removed to his cabin at the mouth of Short creek. One day while at work in his corn patch, says the account published by Caldwell, he was'fired or. by an Indian from the adjoining woods, and severely wounded. The Indian attempted to scalp him, but was driven off by Carpenter's wife, a stout, resolute woman, who went to his assistance, and made such vigorous resistance that her husband escaped into their cabin, when the Indian fled. After Col. Williamson's expedition to the Moravian village, says the same account quoted above, John Carpenter was summoned to Fort Pitt as a witness in the investigation, and as he identified his clothing found in the possession of the Moravians, he proved a valuable witness for Williamson. . Other families followed Carpenter across the river and the cabin was strengthened to the dignity of a fort. George Carpenter, a noted Indian spy, established a fort below the mouth of Rush run in 1785. Fort Steuben was erected by the government at the time of the survey of the first seven ranges, the Indians in this region being very hostile, to protect the surveyors. This was in 1786. The fort was constructed by Capt. Hamstramck and was completed in 1787. It stood on the second river bank, what is now known as High street, the south line running to the north line of the old Miller residence on the corner...

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