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Silas Fore Pension (rejected)
Henry County, Kentucky R3650
On this 2d day of September 1844 personally appeared before the Henry
County Court in open Court Silas Foree of the said County of Henry and State
of Kentucky aged 78 years, who being first duly sworn according to law doth
on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of
the act of Congress passed June 7th 1832.
That he entered the service of the United States and served as herein
stated that is to say he was born in the County of Prince Edward in the State
of Virginia on or about the 1st day of January 1766 according to the best
information which he has on the subject. That soon after his birth his mother
died leaving 13 children to wit: Hezekiah and John Foree and Judith, Polly,
Keziah and Martha Foree and this declarent besides six others that after her
death and he thinks in the early part of the winter 1777/8 his father Peter
Foree together with the said 7 children left Virginia and came to the State
of Kentucky to the present County of Bourbon and located at the fort at
Martin's Station about 3 or 4 miles below Paris. He states that in March 1778
he thinks was the month and year the Indians made an attack on the fort and
young as he was being only 12 years of age or thereabouts at that time he
volunteered and aided in the defence of it and the Indians were repelled. He
further states that in the month of June following (1778) as well as he
remembered his father died leaving him and his brothers and sisters orphans
and two or three days afterward an attack was made by the British and Indians
upon Riddles Station situated about seven or eight miles from the fort at
Martins Station and that post was captured by them. He states that they heard
the firing at Martin's Station and being satisfied that an attack was there
made they prepared themselves at the fort at Martin's Station for defence
apprehending that an attempt would be also there made and this declarent
again was mustered amongst the men for its defence and they dispatched two
men for reinforcements one of whom was captured by the enemy (his name
McGuire) and the other escaped. On the day after the man who had been
captured came to the fort in company with some British officers and they
demanded a surrender and the prisoner advised that the demand should be
complied with which was accordingly done and the whole number at that place
became prisoners of war including men, women and children. The fort was
commanded by Charles Gatliffe and the prisoners there taken including those
taken at Riddles Station (in the former was included this declarent) were all
taken by the British and Indians to Detroit where many of them including
declarent was kept until in the summer of the year 1782. He states that one
of his sisters died or was killed on the way to Detroit that his other
sisters and his brother Hezekiah together with himself were kept at Detroit
and his brother John was sent to some other place. In the summer of 1782
declarent understood that an exchange of prisoners was agreed upon and he
together with the other prisoners were taken to Ticonderoga and as he
understood were there exchanged and were taken charge of by some American
officers. He states that at that time there were 3 or 4 ship loads of
prisoners to be exchanged and after the exchange they were including this
declarent taken into the charge and under the care of some American officers
who conducted them some distance into the interior and this declarent and his
brother John reached the County of Prince Edward in the State of Virginia
about 1st September 1782 it having been upwards of four years from the time
he was taken prisoner at the fort at Martins Station until he reached his old
home in the State of Virginia. He further states that Capt. Gatliffe was
absent when the fort was surrendered having gone to the salt works as
declarent understood. This declarent recollects well the names of various
persons who lived about said fort when it was surrendered a portion of whom
were among the prisoners nearly or quite all of whom he supposes are now
dead. He recollects David White, Joel Hill, - Vanhook, William Whitesides,
Solomon Litton, William McGuire, Capt. Duncan, Charles Gatliffe, - Lovelace,
Samuel Poter, William Foster, Thomas Foster, Thomas Berry, William Leforce, -
Mahan, William Mahan, and Thomas Mahan and his own brothers and sisters. He
supposes however that all of them are dead. His brother Jesse lives now in
Trimble County, Kentucky but he was not at the fort. He knows however of this
declarents abscense and of his return and of it being said that he was a
prisoner and was exchanged. He has a niece also in the State of Missouri
daughter of Hezekiah who was six or seven years old at the time the fort was
surrendered and if she is alive she can testify to the facts herein detailed
she being also taken and kept as a prisoner. This declarent states that after
he returned to Virginia when he was exchanged as before stated he remained in
Prince Edward County four or five years then married and moved to Nottoway
County, Virginia where he continued to live until about 1803 or '4 when he
moved to Shelby County, Kentucky where he remained one year and then moved to
the neighborhood of where he now lives in Henry County, Kentucky. He states
that his original family record is lost. He also states that he knows of no
one now living by whom he can certainly prove his services and his detention
as a prisoner except as before stated.
He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or amount except
the present and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the
Agency of any State.
Sworn to and Subscribed the day and year aforesaid.
Silas (his X mark) Foree
Did someone on this list send a compilation of what the Draper Manuscripts
contained and the volume number?
I've had a lot of trouble with my server and have lost old email.
I DO NOT KNOW THIS PERSON...HOWEVER, HER EMAIL ADDRESS
IS BELOW AND AT THE VERY BOTTOM IS AN URL TO A SITE. FOR
THOSE WANTING TO HELP, THERE ARE CONTACT ADDRESSES
BELOW. Other than clean up the forwarding markings, I added nor
deleted nothing from the origional message......Lois
---- Original Message -----
From: Clarice Mills <claricemills(a)sprintmail.com>
Sent: Thursday, September 23, 1999 10:44 AM
Subject: [carolinaroots] Good Morning!
Good Morning to you dear people! I cannot believe it, I actually am
online but my modem rate is very very slow. My phones are in and out
of service but thank the Good Lord we have a home and all is well even
if our nerves are a little frazzled. We still wait in anticipation for the
roads to my son's home to be opened. My son talked to the highway
patrol this morning and he assured him that both highway entrances to
his home are under 4 foot of water.
Yesterday my husband and I went to the pickup point at Sam's Club
where they are loading trucks to take supplies to the needy people.
We bought lots of socks, men and women's underwear, jackets and
baby food and diapers to try and then helped to load the trucks where
other people were doing the same. As of this morning we have filled
5 trucks with donations and to see the people working together would
bring tears to your eyes. One man said he had lost everything but that
he had $100 in his pocket and he wanted to give that, it was all he had.
The news media tried to talk to him and he walked away crying. It just
breaks your heart. Yesterday they found the body of 18 year old
Christopher Child who had been missing since Thursday floating in the
water behind the ECU campus. Our death count for eastern NC is 41
at this time but the officials say they fear the totals will be much higher
when the water finally recedes.
I know many of you want to do something to help the people in this area
and anything you can do would be greatly appreciated. I can only speak
freely for the relief funds in Pitt County though they are so many others
in other counties that need help as well. I will cite the numbers or areas
that you can help below:
For Cash Donations please send to:
Hurricane Floyd Relief Fund
c/o Pitt County Financial Services
1717 W. Fifth St.
Greenville, NC 27834
For Clothing Donations:
2337 Dickinson Avenue
Greenville, NC 27834
Volunteer Services for Clean Up or Rebuild. (They are
trying to organize these efforts in a community)
Please Call - (1-888-835-9966)
Above all your prayers are desperately needed for these persons who
have lost their homes, their livestock, their businesses and most of all
the ones who have lost a loved one.
Love to each of you,
2582 Mobley's Bridge Road
Grimesland, NC 27837-9713
> Hello cousins,
> Did someone on this list send a compilation of what the Draper Manuscripts
> contained and the volume number?
> I've had a lot of trouble with my server and have lost old email.
> Marilyn Merritt
> ==== RUDDLESFORT Mailing List ====
> Please check out the "Ruddell's and Martin's Fort Web Page at http://www.shawhan.com/ruddlesfort.html
Our library has a book of a few hundred pages which is an index to the
Draper Manuscripts. I have forgotten the name and author. If your
library has a copy it is worth studying. There are some notes online, I
assume you have searched for "Draper Manuscripts". I think they are
located in Madison Wisconsin.
This is to let everyone know that I still have my pictures on-line, but I
changed the address to http://tv.acmecity.com/gameshow/259/picnic.html
These are the pictures from our June 26 picnic.
A couple of you had asked to create a link to the old address...This is a
reminder to please change the URL to reflect this change.
My thanks to Rob Jones and Jon Hagee for making this change possible.
Keith Morris...in Suffolk, VA
Greetings to all:
As you probably know we have made available the book "Wilderness Road" By
Robert Kincaid through our organization for $18.00 plus $2.00 S&H for a total
of $20.00. We have delayed ordering the book to allow more people time to
send in their money and have extended the deadline till October 1, 1999. To
those of you who have inquired please make Checks or Money orders payable to:
Ruddell & Martin Stations Historical Association
and send to our secretary Peggy Warth at:
Ruddell & Martin Stations
PO Box 297
Alexandria, KY 41001
Remember any profits from the sale of the books will go toward the
expenses of Reunion 2000 to beheld, Saturday, June 24, 2000
Thanks to those who have already ordered,
I came into contact with a daughter of a long time Zumwalt researcher and she
told me about a book some of you may be interested in. It was written by Nita
Zumwalt Robbin. Its about 500 pages full of early Zumwalts. You can order a
copy from her for $30.
Nita Zumwalt Robbin
1685 Riverside Rd.
Bigfork, MT 59911
Apparently this family is associated with the John Link family who was
captured at Ruddell's Station. There was a John Link who was married to
Margaret Zumwalt. John was supposedly killed at Link's blockhouse in PA in
1781. They may have had a son, John Jr. who also married a Margaret and went
to Kentucky with his nephew John Zinn. Mrs. Robbin said her information
states that John Zinn and probably Link went to live with George Zumwalt in
Kentucky. I'm working on getting more information on this. If anyone has any
information on the Link/Zumwalt/Zinn connection please let me know.
I have put on the web an HTML version of the Summer 99 Ruddlesforter. This
should allow the people who could not download the pdf version to view the
newsletter. It should print out OK, just not as fancy as the pdf version. I
will still work towards getting a printed version for those who would like to
subscribe to it. If anyone has any problems with the web version please let
The various articles are bookmarked on the web page so you can use your back
button to return to the table of contents.
The Fall issue should be out soon. I'm just waiting on Mark Hickman's OK to
use his picture. The HTML version of the Fall issue may take a few weeks to
finish. I'll be out of town next week. Enjoy the Ruddlesforter.
Well, the Fall issue of The Ruddlesforter is complete. Its coming out a
little early at the the request of some of the members so we can all read
about the reunion that was held this summer. Lois Wark has written an
excellent article about the event. Hopefully we can have an even larger
turnout next year.
Before I put it on line I need to ask for permission to print two reunion
pictures, one by Keith Morris (SAR photo) and one from Mark Hickman (Martin's
fort graveyard). If you two could send me an e-mail giving me the A OK I'll
put the newsletter online this week.
I think everyone will like the latest issue. We have three articles written
by members of the group, and they are fantastic. I strongly encourage others
to write about their ancestors for future issues. We'd all like to here what
you have discovered about your ancestors. Once all the great source documents
are printed it will be up to the members to find interesting articles for the
newsletter. Articles don't necessarily have to be directly concerned with the
actual capture of Ruddell's or Martin's stations. Maybe something on frontier
life, the Wilderness trail, frontier dress or how to do family research. Any
related topic would be welcome to the newsletter.
I'm working on setting up a subscription plan for printed copies of the
newsletter. Some members have experienced problems with downloading while
others just want a good quality color copy. I'll work on making this happen
and once I figure out the cost, I'll pass it on to the group. We also need to
figure out how to get copies of the newsletter to the various libraries in
the areas where our ancestors came from.
That's all for now.
Jim Sellars, your editor
Greetings to all:
The Wilderness Road Book is till available for $18.00 plus $2.00
shipping. Make check or money order payable to Ruddell & Martin Stations
Historical Assoc. Mark on your check "Wilderness Road Book" and send to
Ruddell & Martin Stations Historical Association, PO Box 297, Alexandria, KY
41001. The Email is ruddells(a)aol.com, or warth297(a)aol.com. That's Peggy
Warth our Secretary/Treasurer. We will hold on till September 15th to get as
many orders as possible. The more orders we get the less it cost the
organization. So by ordering you benefit the association, help promote
"Reunion 2000" and get a wonderful book too.
When going over my post on the children of Tomas Mahan and Margaret Hawkins
Mahan I need to make a couple of corrections.
Dau Minerva Hawkins Mahan b 24 Oct 1806 m William Payne
Add son George Andrews Bellard Mahan b 7 Aug 1809 m Hanna Jane Griffith.
Sorry Carolyn Kent
Captured at Martin's station 1780
Thomas Mahan b 25 Dec 1758 VA d 22 Apr 1814 m 8 June 1797 KY to Margaret
Hawkins b 17 Sep 1772 VA d 3 Mar 1855.
Emily Mahan b 23 June 1798 m (1) George Jamison (2) Nimrod Menifee
Berry Ann Mahan b 2 Feb 1800 m William Dickson
Quintella Mahan b 11 June 1802 m Clabourne Chandler
Fielding Mahan b 11 June 1802 m Rebecca Clemins
Gillian "Ann" Stephens Mahan b 21 Nov 1804 m Thomas M Dickson bro to Wm
Minerva Hawkins Mahan b 24 Oct. 1806 m Hanna Jane Griffith
Pamelia Andrews Mahan b 2 Mar 1813 died young
My line Gillian Mahan that m Thomas M Dickson