Several months ago another family researcher told me something interesting
about one of George Lail's (Loyl) daughters. In 1835 Eve Lail Franks gave a
deposition to the Federal Government to the effect that a Michael Leonard
had been present at Ruddles Station and was a member of the company guarding
the fort. This was an avidavit in support of a revolutionary war claim. I am
told there are other such affidavits. At least some of the statement covered
the captivity period.
As yet I have been unable to get a copy of the document but that seems like
an interesting avenue to approach.
As far as I know Virginia did not recognize these militia units as worthy of
Land Grants so the only bounty came from the National government in the mid
1830's pension I spoke of earlier. In order to qualify the applicant had to
be alive himself or have his widow apply as far as I know. I do not think
there was a provision for children.
Since a young man of 15 in 1780 would be age 70 in 1835 there is a high
probability that most of these pensions were for surviving spouses.
Thats it for now,
At 06:57 PM 6/16/98 -0700, you wrote:
>The three Lail/Lale brothers (spelled Loyl in some records) were at
>Ruddles Station on that fateful day in June 1780.
>We do not know what happened to Henry LAIL (1)and we must assume that
>Peter was killed. Peter's wife, Mary, and two daughters were taken
>prisoner and taken to Michigan. Peter also had a son, Peter (2) whose
>fate is unknown.
1) Henry Lail returned to North Carolina by 1784 possibly with a bride.
We are can not prove it but some persons in that branch of the family
vehemently claim Indian blood going back to Henry. We have no idea who
he married but as a rule the Indians took only small children and women
captives, so we have our doubts.
Henry left NC in 1807 and relocated to Tennessee and finally to Arksnsas
where he died ca. 1830. The Lail/Lales of Arkansas and Texas descend from
2) Peter Lale Jr. was we think raised in the Household of his cousin
Evelas Lail Franks, wife of John Martin Franks (married in captivity
circa 1783). He had a family of his own which was based in Grant Co.,
KY. He (Peter Jr.)disappears from the records circa 1830-31.