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The Ruddells and Martins Station
Historical Association Annual Gathering was held in the Arlington Room of
the Worthington Center at Blue Licks Resort State Park Saturday June
At the beginning of the business meeting, the only
President RAMSHA has had since its formation in March 1998, H. Don Lee,
stepped down from his post and turned chairmanship of the meeting over to
1st Vice President Jon Hagee. The membership attending voted to accept
Don's resignation. Then the members elected Jon Hagee to be President,
Bill Overbey to be 1st Vice President, and Don Lee to be the Secretary and
Treasurer, filling the position held by his wife, E. Carol Lee, until her
death in March 2014. The position of 2nd Vice President and Recording
Secretary was left open.
Then the members voted to change the
bylaws to create the position of President Emeritus. The members elected
Don Lee to that position.
Following the business meeting, the
program consisted of two parts. First, Quinton Tyree of the Park Staff,
presented an analysis of the Battle of Blue licks fought, at the Park
location August 19, 1782, by three Kentucky units of the Kentucky Militia
versus the British and Indian forces. Second a three-person group from
West Virginia, Thadd McClung, his son Ayden and Bill Hunt came as the
King's 8th Regiment of Detroit who (along with Canadian militia and
several hundred Indians) took the Kentucky forts in 1780. They gave a
fascinating presentation of the uniform, gear, and firearm of a British
Following lunch at the Hidden Waters
Restaurant of the Park, Jon Hagee and Quinton Tyree led the group to the junction of the Buffalo Trace and battlefield where they described the
battle that had taken place there August 19, 1782. The pioneers had passed
through the ruins of the abandoned Ruddells Station immediately before the
Battle of Blue Licks.
Then Jon Hagee led a caravan to Tanner's
Station which is a recreated 1784 fortified blockhouse. From there he led
the group to Nicholas County to the last cabin in Kentucky occupied by
Daniel Boone and family prior to moving to Missouri. Next the caravan
proceeded to Ruddles Mill to the Old Stonermouth Presbyterian Cemetery
where Isaac and Elizabeth Bowman Ruddell are buried. Then the caravan
drove by the old mill site on its way to the farm of Dunny and B. T.
Darnell (who was with us all day) to the site of Ruddell's Station and the
Burial Vault on the bank of the South Licking River.
Bill Overbey, 1st
It is not certain if she died at Ruddell's fort or Martins. They lived at
both places at one time or other. Samuel Vanhook was listed as the quarter
master for the forts which means he hunted for the forts and supplied meat.
He said in a deposion that he was a tailor by trade. The information is she
went out on March 10, 1780 with 12 year old Benjamin to find the cow. She
could hear the cow bell but didn't know the raiding Indians had the bell.
They scalped her and took Benjamin prisoner. Benjamin was later able to
escape. No doubt she was buried near one of the two Fort site. Samuel VanHook
was my 5th great grandfather.
In a message dated 6/9/2014 10:16:29 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
Dear Sir or Madam:
I am a member of your group. I was going to our meeting but I have a
reunion at about the same time. I am trying to find Hannah Higgins (daughter of
Ebenezer Higgins) who was killed by Indians at Martins Station I think This
was in 1780. If I come later is there anyone I could talk to to find her
finial resting place. I am stumped
Ruddle's & Martin's Stations Historic Association
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Dear Sir or Madam:
I am a member of your group. I was going to our meeting but I have a reunion at about the same time. I am trying to find Hannah Higgins (daughter of Ebenezer Higgins) who was killed by Indians at Martins Station I think This was in 1780. If I come later is there anyone I could talk to to find her finial resting place. I am stumped