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This came on the Berry List. Thought I would pass it on....Lois
Last night at a lecture, I was talking to my friend & colleague
Dr. Robert (Bob) PLOWMAN of the Mid-Atlantic National Archives
in Philadelphia. He told me that on July 1, 2000, the cost of the
Military Records was going from $10.00 to $17.50 & the cost of the
Pension Records from $10.00 to $40.00 this is for the Revolutionary
War, Civil War, etc. So you may want to send for these records before
the cost goes up!
Happy hunting, Helen
This is off the norm for the list, however, this reminder could help our
Strangers in the Box
Come, look with me inside this drawer,
In this box I've often seen,
At the pictures, black and white,
Faces proud, still, serene.
I wish I knew the people,
These strangers in the box,
Their names and all their memories
Are lost among my socks.
I wonder what their lives were like,
How did they spend their days?
What about their special times?
I'll never know their ways.
If only someone had taken time
To tell who, what, where or when,
These faces of my heritage
Would come to life again.
Could this become the fate
Of the pictures we take today?
The faces and the memories
Someday to be passed away?
Make time to save your stories,
Seize the opportunity when it knocks,
Or someday you and yours could be
The strangers in the box.
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Found this site! Ruddells, Pursley, etc names
Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2000 18:23:01 EST
Subject: Check out Index George Rogers Clark Illinois Regiment American
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<A HREF="http://www.execpc.com/~sril/clark">Click here: Index George Rogers
Clark Illinois Regiment American Colonial Wars Sons Revolution SR</A>
I just found out one of my cousins is descended from Samuel Vanhook.
Are there any other Vanhooks online? BTW, I am not a Vanhook.
I am hoping to get her family interested in the June event.
For some of you that know the local folk, she is Lucian Robinson's
grandaughter. Lucian's wife is my cousin. (Don, do you know Maxine
They also have Mann ancestors. Do any of you Mahan descendants
know if that is the same family?
Also, did you know that the KY governor's wife (Paul Patton)
is a Conway?
I sent an e-mail to Daryl Litton about this and here is his response.
On Mon, 21 Feb 2000, James Porter wrote:
> Do you happen to know the source of this letter?
Yes...I copied it from a photo copy of the original.
http://www.primenet.com/~dlytton/wdc/lytton.html This is the Litton website
for those interested
James L. Porter
From: Barry1737(a)aol.com <Barry1737(a)aol.com>
To: RUDDLESFORT-L(a)rootsweb.com <RUDDLESFORT-L(a)rootsweb.com>
Date: Monday, February 21, 2000 2:11 PM
Subject: Solomon Litton Sr. letter
>I have not yet found the source of the following letter by Solomon Litton
> Does anyone know if the letter was published in a book or if this is a
>transcription of the original letter?
>Shawnee Town near ye Fort Detroit In Providence ye Canada, 1st ye March
>To my Kinsmen at ye Fort Elk Garden in ye Washington County Virginia.
>John Litton, Father & James McLaughlin, brother-in-law.
>Explaining my long absence of communicacy due to being taken from the
>of my field, by several breeds of savages on ye 26 June 1780 as a captive
>the Shawnee's commanded by Brit. Gen. Harry Bird, under His Majesty out of
>Canada. My family all were marched a foot, 300 miles to ye Fort Detroit
>where I was sold to a savage called Big Fish as a slave, is my reason. I
>have been separated from my family not knowing whence they were being held.
>I am fearful of their demise. The urgency of this dispatch, if delivered,
>have you take power of attorney to save and secure my property together
>that of Captain John Duncan, also a prisoner of the enemy in ye Canada,
>seizure by ye Commonwealth of Virginia for taxes. I had in ye spring
>out 400 acres adjoining Fran Berry on ye Cooper's Creek near ye Fort
>I am now fearful of sustaining it due to my absence.
>Present this dispatch to ye Attorney at Law at Abington or Blakesfort and
>take whatever steps needed to secure our Estates there. Ruddle's and
>Martin's forts were cannon balled and after surrender most inhabitants were
>massacred. Brains of infants on trees, some crushed under cart wheels. Ye
>older inhabited were gutted and drawn to the pleasure of ye spectators. Ye
>lassies were raped and scalped by ye savages. Fort burned and stock and
>slaughtered. A horrible massacre not yet equaled in this country.
>On ye 27th June we marched down ye Licking 70 miles to ye big Miami (down
>Ohio) thence, up ye Miami to ye head of, thence over land 18 miles to ye
>Glaise [Auglaize] thence down it ye Lake Erie, put aboard ye boat Goge,
>floated across to ye River Detroit thence put aground at ye Fort Detroit.
>which place I was taken to ye Shawnee Town, twenty miles distant. Of the
>marchers taken only 90 were counted reaching Fort Detroit. Me thinks Gen.
>Geo. Clark will pursue and liberate us? Please respond by same messenger
>Major DePayster at ye Fort Detroit, a friend of the captives.
>Your Kinsman & Patriot
>Lt. Solomon Litton
I believe the Bourbon County Duncans are connected to my Barren County
Duncans because of the following. Can anyone tell me how these people fit?
John Duncan of Barren Co. is my husband's ancestor.
Thanks, Elaine Gray EGray44180(a)aol.com
Deed Book "A" Barren Co. Ky.
Pg. 75 Joseph Duncan, wife Anne of Bourbon Co., Ky. to James Duncan for 300
pounds, acknowledged in Bourbon Co., Ky. Barren County land on Boyd's Creek
containing 500 acres being part of a Military Grant of 1950 acres patented in
the name of John Kearney and by him conveyed to James McLaughlin and by said
McLaughlin to the said Joseph Duncan by deed being date of 22 May 1800.
Recorded 5 Feb 1801
Pg. 107 James McLaughlin of Pendleton Co. Ky. to James H. McLaughlin of
Paris, Bourbon Co., Ky. 18 May 1802, 900 acres in Barren Co. on Boyd's Creek
a branch of Skagg's creek. This is residue of 1950 acres patented by John
Kerney for Military services and by said Kerney conveyed to James McLaughlin
of which said tract said James McLaughlin hath conveyed to James Galloway 300
acres whereon the said Galloway now lives, and 750 acres to Joseph Duncan.
Witn: Jno. L. Hickman, Sam'l Williams, David Hickman and acknowledged in
Bourbon Co. 11June1802
Pg. 427 James Duncan, Sr. of Bourbon Co. Ky. to Tho. & Joseph Duncan, 1810,
500 acres Boyd's creek, part of John Kerney Military Grant
Order Book 1 Barren Co. Ky.
Deed from James McGlaughlin to Joseph Duncan with a certificate of the
Clerk of Bourbon County there on endorsed was exhibited in court.
Wm. Dunkin is entitled to 100 acres as pr entry filed and ordered to be
Order Book 4 Barren Co., Ky.
Thos. Duncan's list of Taxable property rec'd & filed.
Thos. Duncan's stock mark an over bit in the right ear and a swallow
fork in the left OR
Thomas Duncan vs. Jonathan Denton former judgement confirmed with costs.
Bind Levi Pedigo Jr. orphan son of Levi Pedigo to John Dunkin to learn
trade of blacksmith to serve for the term of 3 years from first day of May
Order Book 4B Barren Co., Ky.
Oct. court 1818
Summons issued against John Duncan to appear at our county court to
be held for said County in November next to show cause why Levi Pedigo
his apprentice shall not be liberated from service on account of misuse by
August Court 1820
Joseph Duncan exempt for paying $3.75 for 3 county levies he was
overcharged in 1819.
Nov. Court 1822
Thomas V. Swearingin bound to John Duncan
July Court 1826
Wm. Morris age about 17 years and 6 mo. bound to John Duncan
Nov Court 1826
James S. Duncan Administrator of John Duncan---$1000. Edward w.
Eubank * David Miller, Sec.
Dec Court 1826
Sally Duncan, widow--Administratrix of Robert Duncan
Order Book 5, Barren Co., Ky.
Joseph Duncan & others to appraise estate of Thomas Gooden
Thomas Duncan Certificate of Adm. estate of Abjah Duncan
Lucy Foster's will presented and objected to by Joseph G. Cockrell &
I have heard of this Horn Papers hoax before. There were some people on the
SELLERS-L list throwing Internet punches at each other over this. Some people
had taken these papers to heart and based some of their genealogies on the
data contained within. I personally have never seen the Horn Papers, but have
heard about them. Its too bad something like this happens.
I was wondering how the rest of us could support the Reunion, that is by
contributions, etc.. It must cost to obtain speakers, etc.. at least to
handle their expenses. Also, is there any movement underfoot by anybody to
buy/obtain the Ruddles Fort site, that according to the Newsletter is for
sale by it's private owner? I might be mistaken about that last part, or
have misread it. I'd be glad to put some in the kitty for that worthy cause.
It would be cool that in say, 2010, there is a Ruddles Fort site with
Monument, tours, etc.. maybe a campground or something, with plaques. Is the
Ruddles group ever taking another tour (as a group) to the site? What would
be a phone number or something for Mr. Herrington (I believe that's his
name) so that when I'm out there this summer I could arrange a trip there
onto his site. Is there an iteniery yet for the 2000 reunion? Is the exact
address for the Reunion on the website? I'm sure it is but I stop and read
so much that I get lost in a website and forget what I'm there for. Glad
everybody humors me.
William Baker mailto:email@example.com
Names: Pursley, Rupert
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, February 21, 2000 12:57 AM
Subject: (no subject)
: To all:
: I am pleased to report that Fred Shaw (Neeake) chief Storyteller of
: Shawnee Nation has agreed to do some storytelling at Reunion 2000. Fred is
: Speaker you wont want to miss. Below is some information about Fred and a
: of his qualifications. Kids of all ages love him. He is fascinating.
: From: Talent Center <Brian(a)talentcenter.com>
: Be transported back in time through the mysterious power of stories to
: better understand a vibrant culture still among us. Internationally
: acclaimed storyteller, Neeake, is the Olammapise (Truth Teller) of the
: Shawandasse Nishnabe (Shawnee Nation United Remnant Band). The stories
: he holds as a sacred trust are of the balance of all life and the gift
: that each life is to the other. They are "bibadinsawawachitah," the
: proper way to walk upon the earth.
: Neeake has been sharing the stories of his people since 1971 and was
: elected as the Principal Storyteller by the Tribal Council in 1986. The
: stories are an oral tradition that has been handed down from one
: generation to the next for centuries. (In the ancient calendar of the
: Shawandasse, the year is 12,979.) The stories include history, music,
: humor, cultural perspectives, words as art, and ecology. They touch all
: of the disciplines of education and are a powerful way to share the
: insights of the circle that is life with children and adults.
: Neeake has spoken before many elementary, middle, and high schools;
: universities and colleges; graduate schools; wildlife conservation
: groups; churches; historical societies, museums, and foundations;
: international groups; and has been a featured storyteller at national
: storytelling celebrations. Neeake has worked with the Cincinnati Zoo for
: many years in their Wildlife Discovery Days event which provides wildlife
: and environmental education for 10,000 children over a 5 day period. He
: also has spoken on Thane Maynard's NINETY-SECOND NATURALIST on Public
: Radio and has worked with Mr. Maynard and Kathleen Stewart on a CD as
: part of an eagle curriculum produced by the Cincinnati Zoo. In
: recognition of his work, Neeake is included in Thane Maynard's book,
: WORKING WITH WILDLIFE, a select who's who of experts in the varied fields
: of wildlife education, care, art, and research. In addition, Neeake is a
: Rocky Mountain and Grand Canyon backpack trip leader who shares the
: natural world in an intimate way with small groups in the wilderness.
: Neeake has been recognized by the National Trust for Historical
: Preservation, a host of museums and educational institutions, and
: international groups for cultural understanding. His favorite evaluation
: is from a first grader, "I like you. You're nice!"
: Neeake, whose name means "He-Talks-as-He-Flies" or the Canada Goose,
: also is known as Fred A. Shaw. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Ohio
: University and a member of Phi Beta Kappa among other honors. He holds a
: Master of Divinity Degree from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio
: and is the senior pastor of the Trinity United Methodist Church in
: Milford, Ohio. Fred and Nancy (Eppley) were united in marriage in 1970.
: They have two children. Ross, another honors graduate of Ohio
: University, is trained as a high school social studies teacher. Anne, an
: honors sophomore at Northern Kentucky University, is pursuing a career
: with wild animals, specifically the big cats.
: TO CONTACT NEEAKE TO SPEAK FOR YOUR SCHOOL OR GROUP,
: CALL 513-576-6002 OR E-MAIL HIM AT fashaw(a)juno.com
Since my ancestor, James Brackenridge, who married Jane
Mahan, came from western PA, I had read some documents in
"The Horn Papers" trying to tie down some facts about James
and his possible siblings. I had seen all 3 volumes at my
local library, several years ago.
I was doing a search through http://www.metacrawler.com
search engine, trying to find the documents on-line, and
came up with this hit.
I was very much disappointed with the article therein. Are
any of you also aware of this hoax? Am I dense or has anyone
else been aware of it?
Mr. Terry A. Breckenridge
Ancestor of Jane Mahn and James Brackenridge
2358 Audrey Drive W
Newark, OH 43055
Oops, that last transmission of mine seems not to have transmitted.
Let me try copying and pasting the entry from the Russell County, Va.,
web site listing Solomon and his wife and other family members
buried in this cemetery. The URL is:
Soloman Litton Hollow Cemetery
Located in Soloman Litton Hollow, Rte 640 in the Corner section of Russell
Co. across the road from the Pinacle natural preserve. The cemetery is laid
out in the north-east direction, on the SW side of Rte. 640 in a rectangle,
measuring 66'X 50'. the plots are numbered from 1 thru 30, begining at the
NW corner and running, with the road (left to right) 1 to 10, then second
row from right to left 11 to 20. etc. All of the plots are occupied. They
are marked with metal markers and orginal unmarked stones. Burrial
information is on file in Rus. Co. Real Estate-Tax Collectors office and
Rus. Co. Historical Society.
Note: Items in brackets ( ) have been added by the compiler.
This file submitted by Canie Burns Litton, Jr.
(1) Charles W. Buckles (s/o Abraham Buckles & Rebecca Gilmer)
b. 1 June 1844 - d.4 July 1902
(2) Mary Taze Cowan Buckles (w/o Charles Buckles, d/o George Cowan & Mary
b. 23 May 18?? - d 17 Oct 1921
(3) Eunice Mallissa Gilbert (w/o James Harvey Gilbert, d/o James Fullen
Litton & Margaret Litton)
b. 20 Apr 1855 - d. 1 Jan 1937
(4) Zachary Taylor Litton (s/o James Fullen Litton & Margaret Litton)
b. 16 Oct 1852 - d. 19 Nov 1889
(Note: Zachary Taylor Litton is burried across two plots, 4-5)
(6) Male infant, Gilbert (s/o Harvey Gilbert & Eunice Litton)
d. 26 Sep 1889
(7) Female infant, Gilbert (d/o Harvey Gilbert & Eunice Litton)
2 Sept 1890
(8) Male infant, Gilbert (s/o Harvey Gilbert & Eunice Litton)
9 Dec 1892
(9) Male infant, Gilbert (s/o Harvey Gilbert & Eunice Litton)
26 June 1896
(10) Lucinda Redwine Litton (1st w/o James Fullen Litton, d/o Josiah
b. 29 Feb 1819 - d. 17 Aug 1845
(11) Andrew Jackson Litton Pvt. CSA, Co. G, 29th Va Cal. (s/o Soloman Caleb
Litton, Jr. & Judith Shoemaker)
b. Kty. 1 Jan 1826 - d. Apr 1864
(Note: actual death date is 26 Aug 1864. He died of fever in Richmond Hosp.
The above is a memorial marker)
(12) Pvt. George Washington Litton, CSA, Co. G, 29th Va. Cal. (s/o Soloman
Caleb Litton, Jr. & Judith Shoemaker)
b. 11 Oct 1829 - d. 1864
(Note: Actual death date is 23 May 1865. He died as a POW at Hart's Island,
White Plains NY, and is actually buried in Cypress Hills National Cem. The
above is a memorial marker)
(13) Aaron Douglas Litton (s/o James Fullen Litton & Margaret Litton)
b. 5 May 1862 - d. 28 Dec 1864
(14) Margaret Unice Litton (w/o James Fullen Litton, d/o Soloman Caleb
Litton, Jr. & Judith Shoemaker)
b. 5 May 1825 Whitley Kty - d. 16 Feb 1897
(15) James Fullen Litton Pvt, CSA, Co G, 64 Va Res. (s/o John Whitley
Litton, Sr. & Sarah Pearl Fullen)
b. 30 April 1818 - d. 23 June 1881
(16) John Jackson Litton Pvt CSA, Co G, 64 Va. Cal. (s/o James Fullen Litton
& Margaret Litton)
b. 14 Feb 1847 - d. 14 May 1937
(17) George Alvin Litton, infant (s/o Vince Litton and Susan Shoemaker)
b. 23 Jan 1819 - d. 23 Jan 1819
(18) Infant Male Litton (s/o Vince Litton and Susan Shoemaker)
b. Mar 1900 - d. March 1900
(19) Infant Male Litton (s/o Vince Litton and Susan Shoemaker)
b. 22 May 1901 - d. 23 May 1901
(20) Infant Male Gilbert (s/o James Gilbert and Eunice Litton)
b. 20 Oct 1907 - d Same
(21) Pvt. Thomas W. Litton Rev. War (s/o John Richard Litton & Sarah Ann
b. 13 May 1754 - d. 11 June 1840
(22) Carleen Dempsey Litton (w/o Thomas W. Litton)
b. 20 Feb 1760 - d. 16 Nov 1840
(23) John Richard Litton, Sr. Lt. Rev. War (s/o Caleb Letton & Grace Burton)
b. Rockville, Md. 4 July 1726 - d. 1 Jan 1804
(24) Sarah Ann Litton (Sarah Wilcoxen, w/o John Richard Litton)
b. Rockville, Md. 29 Feb 1728 - d. 13 Jan 1808
(25) Pvt Burton Caleb Litton Sr. Rev. War (s/o John Richard Litton & Sarah
b. 15 Aug 1753 - Killed by Indians 5 May 1778.
(26) Captain Soloman Caleb Litton, Sr. Rev. War (s/o John Richard Litton &
Sarah Ann Wilcoxen)
b. 24 Dec 1751 - d. 24 Feb 1843
(27) Martha Duncan Litton, POW Rev. War (w/o Soloman Caleb Litton, Sr., d/o
Thomas Duncan of PA.)
b. PA 22 Sept 1756 - d. 21 March 1821 Kty.
(28) Virginia Lee Litton (d/o Soloman Caleb Litton & Martha Duncan)
b. 20 Feb 1802 - d. 28 Aug 1803
(29) Soloman Caleb Litton, Jr., POW Rev. War (s/o Soloman Caleb Litton &
b. 22 Aug 1783 in Fort Detroit, Mi. - d. 15 Aug 1862
(30) Judith Shoemaker Litton (w/o Soloman Caleb Litton, Jr., d/o James E. &
b. 30 Apr 1785 - d. 23 Oct 1852.
490th visitor since August 24, 1998
Back to Russell County VAGenWeb
Thanks to all, listed below, who assisted me with advice
about genealogy software. I downloaded PAF 4 and will be
exploring that in the weeks to come. Thanks J Lee Sharp.
Most of what had been mentioned, I already knew. What I
like to know is which software you all use and whether or
you are happy with what you use. Some software comes with a
lot of CD's, that I heard are relatively useless or lacking
a lot of useful information. What are your opinions of that
Mr. Terry A. Breckenridge
Ancestor of Jane Mahan and James Brackenridge
2358 Audrey Drive W
Newark, OH 43055
Terry A Breckenridge,
I saved this notice from another list, just in case. I guess
you are the
--------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Carolyn Feroben" <Sweetwater(a)sierratel.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Feb 2000 08:19:29 -0800
Subject: Re: [GOLDRUSH] research software
Folks, if your looking for new genealogy software I think
you will find
this very helpful and interesting.
For a great way to compare genealogy software , the State
California GenWeb Project, Richard Wilson has posted this
the State GenWeb Coordinators list-
Although this doesn't have much to do with the California
I thought I should mention a few Web pages I have created
genealogy software programs. This is always a very popular
topic at the
national conventions I lecture at so I felt I should let
everyone in the
project know about them.
For a comparison of the major Windows based genealogy
programs go to:
For examples of Web pages created by the major genealogy
programs as well
as most of the shareware Web page creation programs go to:
I hope this information can be useful to some of
wilson(a)compuology.comCalifornia USGenWeb Project Coordinator
California USGenWeb Page http://www.compuology.com/cagenweb/
The USGenWeb Project Page http://www.usgenweb.org/
Computers for Genealogy Page: http://www.compuology.com/
I have used Family Tree Maker and Family Origins and find
Family Tree Maker
much easier to use. I like most things about it. A few I
would like to
change, but it does a very nice job.
I'm a descendant of Samuel Porter and Elizabeth Dunkin of
Someone sent me this: I hope this helps.
James, Generations by Sierra Software is the PC equivalent
(almost) of Reunion. I think Leister might have sold off
the PC version
of Reunion somewhere around version 4 or 5 so they have very
look and feel but have progressed in slightly different
directions since then.
I just got a copy of Generations, version 6, for my niece at
$59.95 with a $50 rebate
James L. Porter
One of the best genealogy software is PAF 4,
Personal Ancestor File.... It is a free download
from www.familysearch.org ....
go to the site, click what's new at the top left corner,
find free download
on the list and follow instructions....
Give it a try, then if for some reason you don't like it,
you can buy
something else, but most people like PAF.
J Lee Sharp
I first saw Reunion on a friend of mine's computer system.
He is a MAC user
as well and I found the PC equivalent which is called
Generations and can be
accessed from the Sierra Homepage.
I was a former Family Tree Maker user, but really like
I'm a "Mac" man myself and I have good news for you--Reunion
available for the PC. It is available in the earlier
I promised to post more deed abstracts from Cape Girardeau Co., Mo.
mentioning the Ruddell surname, and here are the remainder. Most just refer
to a deed I posted last week.
Deed Book D:
Page 13. 30 Nov 1815. George RUDDELL of Lawrence Co., Mo. Terr. [now Ark.]
to James FARRIS. For the sum of $700, 300 arpens on the waters of Hubbell's
Creek where sd FARRIS and family now live; being part of the land granted
to Rainey BRUMMETT by the Spanish Government, and conveyed by sd BRUMMITT
to sd RUDDELL on 30 Jul 1814; beginning on the LOSLEA's line; adjoining
Blemus HADEN, formerly LOSLEA's, the heirs of Joseph FITE, decd, heirs of
McCRACKEN that was formerly Rainey BRUMMITT's, and land formerly belonging
to John LAYTHAM and now James DOWTY's. Signed George RUDDELL. Witnesses
William WILLIAMS, Ch. S. HEMPSTEAD, Jno. ABERNETHIE (JP). Recorded 30 Nov
Deed Book E.
Page 8. 6 Mar 1819. William RAMSEY and Elizabeth, his wife, of Lawrence
Co., Mo. [present-day Ark.] to William TIPTON. For the sum of $75, 54 1/2
acres, more or less, being part of a grant from the Spanish Government to
Andrew RAMSEY senar, the balance of which is now owned by Rebecka HARBISON.
Signed William RAMSEY, Elizabeth RAMSEY. Witness George RUDDELL (Justice of
the Peace in Lawrence Co., Mo.). Recorded 20 Apr 1819.
Deed Book F.
Page 110. 20 Mar 1821. Richard MENEFEE, agent and attorney for Jarrot
MENEFEE, to Joseph GEISTWITE, both of Pulaski Co., Ark. For the sum of
$150, 100 arpens, more or less, being part of the settlement right of
Ranney BRUMMITT, as described in a deed from George RUDDELL to Jonas N.
MENEFEE, then agent and attorney for Jarrot MENEFEE. Signed Jarrot MENEFEE
by his agent & attorney Richard MENEFEE. Witnesses J. B. HIGGINBOTHAM;
James C. NEWELL (Justice of the Peace in Pulaski Co., Ark.); Alexander
RENNICK, Clerk, by Richard MENEFEE, Deputy Clerk of Pulaski Co., Ark.
Court; James LEMON, Judge of the Court of Common Pleas in Pulaski Co., Ark.
Recorded 9 May 1821.
Page 565. 6 Aug 1825. Joseph GEISTWITE of Ark. Terr. to James A. ATKINS.
For the sum of $100, 100 arpens, more or less, being part of the head
settlement right of Ranney BRUMMETT, as described in a deed from George
RUDDLE to Jonas N. MENEFEE, agent for Jarrot MENEFEE. Signed Joseph
GEISTWITE. Witnesses R. DAUGHERTY, Clerk, C. S. THOMAS, George FRICKE.
Recorded 26 Aug 1825.
Page 572. 3 Sep 1825. James A. ATKINS to Leavin WADKINS. For the sum of
$100, 100 arpens, more or less, being part of the head settlement right of
Ranny BRUMMET, as described in a deed from George RUDDLE to Jonas N.
MENEFEE. Signed James A. ATKINS. Witness Ralph DAUGHERTY, Clerk. Recorded 3
I have not yet found the source of the following letter by Solomon Litton Sr.
Does anyone know if the letter was published in a book or if this is a
transcription of the original letter?
Shawnee Town near ye Fort Detroit In Providence ye Canada, 1st ye March 1781
To my Kinsmen at ye Fort Elk Garden in ye Washington County Virginia.
John Litton, Father & James McLaughlin, brother-in-law.
Explaining my long absence of communicacy due to being taken from the tilling
of my field, by several breeds of savages on ye 26 June 1780 as a captive of
the Shawnee's commanded by Brit. Gen. Harry Bird, under His Majesty out of ye
Canada. My family all were marched a foot, 300 miles to ye Fort Detroit
where I was sold to a savage called Big Fish as a slave, is my reason. I
have been separated from my family not knowing whence they were being held.
I am fearful of their demise. The urgency of this dispatch, if delivered, to
have you take power of attorney to save and secure my property together with
that of Captain John Duncan, also a prisoner of the enemy in ye Canada, from
seizure by ye Commonwealth of Virginia for taxes. I had in ye spring marked
out 400 acres adjoining Fran Berry on ye Cooper's Creek near ye Fort Martin.
I am now fearful of sustaining it due to my absence.
Present this dispatch to ye Attorney at Law at Abington or Blakesfort and
take whatever steps needed to secure our Estates there. Ruddle's and
Martin's forts were cannon balled and after surrender most inhabitants were
massacred. Brains of infants on trees, some crushed under cart wheels. Ye
older inhabited were gutted and drawn to the pleasure of ye spectators. Ye
lassies were raped and scalped by ye savages. Fort burned and stock and fowl
slaughtered. A horrible massacre not yet equaled in this country.
On ye 27th June we marched down ye Licking 70 miles to ye big Miami (down ye
Ohio) thence, up ye Miami to ye head of, thence over land 18 miles to ye
Glaise [Auglaize] thence down it ye Lake Erie, put aboard ye boat Goge,
floated across to ye River Detroit thence put aground at ye Fort Detroit. At
which place I was taken to ye Shawnee Town, twenty miles distant. Of the 300
marchers taken only 90 were counted reaching Fort Detroit. Me thinks Gen.
Geo. Clark will pursue and liberate us? Please respond by same messenger to
Major DePayster at ye Fort Detroit, a friend of the captives.
Your Kinsman & Patriot
Lt. Solomon Litton
I am pleased to report that Fred Shaw (Neeake) chief Storyteller of the
Shawnee Nation has agreed to do some storytelling at Reunion 2000. Fred is a
Speaker you wont want to miss. Below is some information about Fred and a few
of his qualifications. Kids of all ages love him. He is fascinating.
From: Talent Center <Brian(a)talentcenter.com>
Be transported back in time through the mysterious power of stories to
better understand a vibrant culture still among us. Internationally
acclaimed storyteller, Neeake, is the Olammapise (Truth Teller) of the
Shawandasse Nishnabe (Shawnee Nation United Remnant Band). The stories
he holds as a sacred trust are of the balance of all life and the gift
that each life is to the other. They are "bibadinsawawachitah," the
proper way to walk upon the earth.
Neeake has been sharing the stories of his people since 1971 and was
elected as the Principal Storyteller by the Tribal Council in 1986. The
stories are an oral tradition that has been handed down from one
generation to the next for centuries. (In the ancient calendar of the
Shawandasse, the year is 12,979.) The stories include history, music,
humor, cultural perspectives, words as art, and ecology. They touch all
of the disciplines of education and are a powerful way to share the
insights of the circle that is life with children and adults.
Neeake has spoken before many elementary, middle, and high schools;
universities and colleges; graduate schools; wildlife conservation
groups; churches; historical societies, museums, and foundations;
international groups; and has been a featured storyteller at national
storytelling celebrations. Neeake has worked with the Cincinnati Zoo for
many years in their Wildlife Discovery Days event which provides wildlife
and environmental education for 10,000 children over a 5 day period. He
also has spoken on Thane Maynard's NINETY-SECOND NATURALIST on Public
Radio and has worked with Mr. Maynard and Kathleen Stewart on a CD as
part of an eagle curriculum produced by the Cincinnati Zoo. In
recognition of his work, Neeake is included in Thane Maynard's book,
WORKING WITH WILDLIFE, a select who's who of experts in the varied fields
of wildlife education, care, art, and research. In addition, Neeake is a
Rocky Mountain and Grand Canyon backpack trip leader who shares the
natural world in an intimate way with small groups in the wilderness.
Neeake has been recognized by the National Trust for Historical
Preservation, a host of museums and educational institutions, and
international groups for cultural understanding. His favorite evaluation
is from a first grader, "I like you. You're nice!"
Neeake, whose name means "He-Talks-as-He-Flies" or the Canada Goose,
also is known as Fred A. Shaw. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Ohio
University and a member of Phi Beta Kappa among other honors. He holds a
Master of Divinity Degree from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio
and is the senior pastor of the Trinity United Methodist Church in
Milford, Ohio. Fred and Nancy (Eppley) were united in marriage in 1970.
They have two children. Ross, another honors graduate of Ohio
University, is trained as a high school social studies teacher. Anne, an
honors sophomore at Northern Kentucky University, is pursuing a career
with wild animals, specifically the big cats.
TO CONTACT NEEAKE TO SPEAK FOR YOUR SCHOOL OR GROUP,
CALL 513-576-6002 OR E-MAIL HIM AT fashaw(a)juno.com
Following is a query concerning the Seek family. The researcher in
question is hoping to find a connection with Ruddell's and Martin's forts.
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Subject: Martins and Ruddles Stations
Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2000 15:37:35 PST
From: "John Little" <johndavidlittle(a)hotmail.com>
Dear Mr. Francis,
I was wondering if you could help me? I am researching an ancestor of
by the name of Dorothea Seek. She was the sister of Conrad and Nicolas
The following information was found in a two volume set of books called
John Askin Papers (1796-1820), edited by Milo Quaife, Secretary-Editor
the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Library, 1931.
ìConrad Seek died in Detroit of cholera, Oct. 31, 1832, aged sixty-two
years. His obituary notice published in the Democratic Free Press for
November 8, stated that in childhood Conrad and a younger brother were
stolen from their home in Kentucky by a band of Indians from the Detroit
region. The brother remained with the Indians until his death, ìfive or
years since.î Conrad was purchased from them by a trader and taken to
Montreal, where he learned the tailorís trade. In time, he married and
removed to Detroit.
These statements presumably rest upon family knowledge and authority.
authentic records, we learn that in 1790-91 Nicolas Seek, tailor, was a
discharged loyalist living in New Settlement (on Lake Erie). Mich. Pio
Colls., XXIV, 178. ...On Feb. 14, 1794, the Land Board of Kent and
Counties in session at Askinís home in Detroit granted Nicolas Seek a
land on Thames River, and on April 11, 1794 granted the adjoining lot to
Conrad (whom we presume to have been brothers), both grantees taking the
oath of allegiance and loyalty, Ont. Bur. Archives, Report 1905, pp.
251. Conrad was a householder of Detroit shortly after the opening of
century. ...He married Mary Morrison and seven children were born to
the period 1801-16.î
As you can see, no mention was made concerning Dorothea, but I know
French marriage record that Conrad was at his nieceís wedding (daughter
Dorothea and Jacob Hill) and was mentioned as the uncle. Dorothea died
sometime between 1790 (census) and 1808 (land claims as deceased). She
have been older than Conrad.
An acquaintance from the French Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan
suggested that possibly Conrad, Nicolas and Dorothea were part of the
children taken during the raid on either Martinís or Ruddles Stations. I
checked your Web site but the Seek family was not listed.
Some more pertinent facts that might be helpful are as follows:
1) Conradís fatherís name was John as stated in the book French
the Detroit River Region by Father Dennison.
2) Jacob Hill m Dorothea Seck (Seek) at Detroit 1781/1782, such
was from the Detroit Genealogical Societyís magazine but no source was
listed for this information.
3) There was a John Secke (Seek?) who came to Virginia in 1674 as
the Passengers and Immigration List published by Gale Research
4) There was a Michael Thomas Seek who came embarked at Philadelphia,
1730 as listed in Passengers and Immigration Lists published by Gale
Have you in any of your research come across this family? As I
from your Web site that many of the families were of German descent and
first names of Conrad and Dorothea are definitely German names. Might it
also suggest that the family could have been with the Martin or Ruddles
group? Also, many of the survivors that arrived at Detroit were then
to Montreal. Might that suggest that Conrad could have been with this
even though he would probably have been very young?
I am requesting information as to the Seek family:
1) Whether you have heard of this family?
2) Whether, if not at Martins or Ruddles station, then somewhere in the
3) If not, could you suggest some alternate routes for further research
either Michigan, Kentucky, Pennsylvania or Virginia?
I want to take this time to thank you for reading this message, and if
can help me it would be greatly appreciated. If there is any other
information that you need, please feel free to contact me, although I
I have given you all that I know.
Dianne J. Little
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I have recently switched from a Mac to a PC ( I'm not all
that sure it was a good move yet, by the way). Anyhow, I
used "Reunion", a very good piece of software, but is not
available on the PC. I would like some advice as to which
software most of you use and/or where I can find resources
that describe the pros and cons of the different brand names
Any help would be most appreciated.
Mr. Terry A. Breckenridge
Descendant of Jane Mahan and James Brackenridge
2358 Audrey Dr. W
Newark, OH 43055
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----- Original Message -----
From: Patty <6224472640(a)email.msn.com>
Sent: Tuesday, February 15, 2000 4:32 PM
Subject: the Book: John Ruddell of the Shenandoah Valley: his children...,
by H.T. Smutz, Ed.D.
: Dear Ruddlesforters:
: In 1974, the book John Ruddell of the Shenandoah Valley: His children and
Grandchildren was written and published by Harold Turk Smutz. It has been
out of print for about 15 years . I have spoken with Mr. Smutz's son who is
willing to publish more copies if there is an interest. The cost would be
based on the number of copies and the costs of publishing,mailing and
handling. For those of you unfamiliar with the book, it deals with the
descendants of John Ruddell, Sr. 1695-1781 and aligned families. His son,
Capt. Isaac Ruddell, Sr. and his many branches of families are in the book.
It is a remarkably researched book and I feel that
: this opportunity is worth mentioning to you. Some of the families
mentioned are: Hites, Cooks, Bowmans, Haines, Ridley, Rogers, Grimes,
Griffith, Goare, Davis, Bird, Mulherins, and many more --too many to list.
: If you are interested could you please let me know and I will add your
name(s) to the growing list?
: Patty Muherin Tedrick
I received this letter a while back with no source other than it was from the
Draper Papers. Is there any Munger researchers out there who know the exact
Letter of Joseph Munger Jr. to Lyman C. Draper, March 8, 1847.
Colchester, March 8th 1847
My Dear Sir:
I am very much pleased to know that we have a friend, in a stranger,
who seems to be searching after truths and facts, relating to my grandfather,
Simon Girty, his pesagunations (?), adventures and captivity with the
Indians. Which I am afraid will be rather hard to come at, at so late a
period, but no doubt, there can be yet some facts gathered that will tend
much to soften the hatred of his enemies toward him, his name, and
I have just returned from a visit to Maj. Girty, my uncle and
Grandmother Girty, for the purpose of pertaining their minds on the subject.
They seem both quite willing to give all the information in their power, but
will principally depend on Maj., the old lady's memory having failed her very
much. James Girty, that you spoke of, died last summer. The Maj. said he
would collect all he could think of and in his neighbourhood, and then come
to Colchester to see my Father & Mother and what they could recollect, and
write you the result. But to provide for some delay, and as the Maj. is very
much occupied with other business he may not be able to attend to this
immediately, he has just raised to the Colonelship of the 1st Essex Regiment,
a magistrate and member of the District Council at the present time.
Wishing you may succeed in all your undertakings, I remain ____ your
Joseph Munger, Jr.
Here's a great little narrative by William Craycraft, son of Maj Charles
Craycraft who was captured in 1781 on the Ohio. It mentions William McMillen
who was most probably the same man who appears on the prisoner lists at
Quebec in 1782 and was released August 22, 1782. He was captured at Ruddell's
Station June 24, 1780 and the Indian Chief Logan mentioned in this article
died in the fall of 1780 after the Bird expedition. Logan was present at
Ruddell's Station when it was captured. I think the place of capture in this
article could be wrong since the writer got the information from his father
who knew McMillen, just my opinion. Oral tradition tends to warp stories a
little. Everything else seems to fit the William McMillen who was captured at
Ruddells. Also Major Charles Craycraft appears on the same prisoner list with
William McMillen of Ruddell's Station. (see Rebel Prisoners book) The Captain
Bawbee mentioned may be Duperon Baby.
-- History of Northern WV Pan-Handle, by J.H. Newton, org. pub. 1879, pg.
Logan's Death/Maj. Charles Cracraft
The following account of his death came into the possession of the eminent
historian Lyman C. DRAPER, secretary of the Wisconsin Historical Society, &
by him was furnished to Mr Brantz MAYER, the author of an interesting little
work entitled 'Logan & Cresap.' In his communication to MAYER upon the
subject, DRAPER says:
"In August 1781, Maj. Charles CRACRAFT, of Washington Co. PA, & 12 men
descending the Ohio, as part of Gen. G.R. CLARKE's intended expedition
against Detroit, were intercepted near the mouth of the Great Miami by a
large body of Indians & made prisoners. Maj. CRACRAFT's son Wm. CRACRAFT has
furnished me his recollections of his father's relation of his captivity &
events connected therewith & among them the following about LOGAN, which he
communicated to me under date of October 1st, 1853, by which you will
perceive I did not possess it when you prepared & published your original
work on LOGAN & CRESAP in 1851. I will give it in the plain narrative
communicated to me, & if you have occasion to use it you must put it in shape:
" I think in my last letter to you mention was made of an acquaintance had by
my father, at the time of his captivity with Alexander MACOMB, a resident
near Detroit & father of the late Gen. Alexander MACOMB of the United States
Army, his father was ever kindly treated & furnished with reading matter to
while away the tedium of his captivity, having given his parole not to run
away, nor pass more than 3 miles beyond the limits of Detroit. At that time a
certain William McMILLEN, who had been taken prisoner by the celebrated
Indian chief & warrior LOGAN, was in the employ of Mr. MACOMB working on his
farm, & there my father became acquainted with McMILLEN & learned from him
much of LOGAN's life & history. It appears that LOGAN & McMILLEN had hunted
together before the war, & McMILLEN was made prisoner by LOGAN & his party
near Clover Lick, on the Greenbriar fork of the Great Kanawha river,
Virginia, & taken to Detroit & retained there, & with the privilege of
personal freedom by remaining in or near the post of Detroit. It appears that
McMILLEN was a favorite of LOGAN, for the latter called often to see him when
returning to Detroit with scalps & prisoners.
" I will give you as near as possible the relation given by my father as to
LOGAN's death. Many years before my father's decease, I had read JEFFERSON's
account of LOGAN with much interest, which accounts for my recollection of
the narrative given me by my father. And now to the narrative:
" It appears that LOGAN in one of his trips to Detroit, & I might say his
last one, with scalps & prisoners, after having made disposition of them
according to the then British regulations, got into an Indian drunken frolic
& became so troublesome that Captain BAWBEE, the commissary of the Indian
department, kicked him out of the store-house. LOGAN took it in high dudgeon,
& the next day he went to Mr. MACOMB's residence to hunt up William McMILLEN;
& after meeting him & passing the usual salutation, LOGAN said: 'Bill, I want
to have a talk with you & wish you to meet me at the Spring Wells below
Detroit, signifying the time by pointing to where the sun would be in the
horizon. McMILLEN acceded to his request & at the appointed time met LOGAN at
the Spring Wells.
" LOGAN commenced by giving an account of the abuse he had received from the
British at the hands of BAWBEE. 'Bill', said he, addressing McMILLEN, 'Why,
BAWBEE kicked me out of his house & called me a dog! Bill, I won't fight for
the British any more; they have treated me very bad. Now, Bill, take this
tomahawk & tell how many prisoners & how many scalps I have taken from the
Big Knives (the Virginians) for the British.' LOGAN had made a notch record
on the other side for each scalp. McMILLEN said he counted them, & they
exceeded 70. 'Now Bill', continued LOGAN, ' I would go back to the Big
Knives, if I thought they would not kill me, & would kill & take as many of
the British as I have done of the Big Knives; but I dare not go. Bill, I can
kill as many bucks as any Indian on the Scioto river; I will go home, & hunt
deer, raccoon & beaver.' And from the narration, it seems that LOGAN soon
left Detroit for his home on the heads of the Scioto; & meeting some of his
nation on his Journey homeward, who had some rum, he became boozy again,&
then pursued his way to his camp, & in passing the Indian wigwam of the squaw
whom he claimed for his cousin, he asked her for something to eat. She said
they had nothing. LOGAN called her a liar & took his whipping stick or ramrod
& gave her a severe whipping , calling her a lazy bitch, then mounted his
horse & made off. The husband of squaw coming home, & finding his wife still
crying & learning the cause of her trouble, & the course that LOGAN had gone,
& knowing that he would have to make a circuitous route to avoid a swamp,
took a nearer way, & got ahead of LOGAN, & lay in ambush until he came near,
& then shot. At the crack of the rifle, LOGAN sprang from his horse, with his
gun in one hand, while with the other he struck himself on the breast, at the
same time advancing a few steps towards the place where the concealed Indian
lay, exclaiming, 'I am a man!' & fell to the ground to rise no more.Thus
ended the life of LOGAN, the once & mighty Mingo chief & warrior, whose name
& acts had carried dismay & terror to the frontier settlers.