I was reading through the book "George Rogers Clark papers, 1781-1784,
Springfield, Ill.: Trustees of the Illinois State Historical Library, 1924" and
found some records of the Western Commissioners regarding the folks at Martin's
Station. It mentions those in Capt Gatliff's payroll marked with an "X" had
enlisted in the British army. Here's the record:
"Monday 26th May 1783.
No. 28—Bundle Fayette Militia. A Pay Roll of Capt. Charles Getliffs Company
of Kentucky Militia from 17th March to 26th June 1780 is Settled by the
Commissioners amounting to L.236.3.7 3/5 Entered Page 168.
Note the Captain in this Pay Roll is to receive Lieutenants Pay, the
Lieutenant Ensigns Pay, the Ensign Sergeants Pay, and One of the Sergeants the Pay of
The men whose names are marked x inlisted with the British at Detroit,
Several of the Men are returned—The opinion of the Commissioners is, that the Money
remain in the Treasury, till call’d for by the Claimants or their properly
In looking at a copy of the original payroll, the follow are marked with an X:
Samuel Vanhook Sr.
Samuel Vanhook Jr.
It has been mentioned in other records that Thomas McGuire joined the British
after his return from Indian captivity. George Loveless was also suspected
too as he was known to have carried reports between the British and Indians,
but the others are news to me. Interesting.
The Spring 2000 issue of the Ruddlesforter has a copy of this payroll of Capt
Gatliff with the marked names.
I'm researching a Nancy FOSTER who was born in New Jersey in 1774 married a RIDDLE/RUDDELL? in Bourbon Co., KY and was widowed by 1795 when she married George Peter LOY in Lexington KY. As you can see, I don't have much to go on. Have you come across this lady? The fact that she's a Foster and married a Riddle/Ruddell makes me think she's connected to the Martin's Station/Ruddell's Fort folks. She and George Peter Loy moved up to Butler Co., Ohio soon after marrying. Thanks, Bob Goode