A while back I sent to the list the pension statement of James Flack who
served at Ruddell's station as a private and was subsequently captured with
everyone else. In his file is another deposition by Andrew Dougherty who was
captured with his father near Pittsburgh and saw James Flack in Montreal. In
his deposition he mentions another captive who was captured with James Flack
by the name of Alexander Laughlin. Here's the deposition:
(Pension S5407, James Flack Westmoreland Co., PA)
Andrew Dougherty being duly sworn in open court deposes and says that in the
summer of the year 1780 deponent with his father, two brothers and a sister
were taken prisoners in Ligonier Valley by the Indians and marched by them
to the neibourhood of Lake Erie. We were treated with severity and my sister
and one of my brothers they killed on the road. After some time they took us
down the lake to a Creek called by the Indians Wallet Creek and delivered us
to the British. By them we were carried to Montreal when we arrived in the
month of August. We remained prisoner in Montreal until the 14th of August
1782 when we were released and permitted to return home along with three
hundred and thirty two American prisoners, men, women, and children.
Sometime in the summer of 1781 this deponent in Company with his father met
James Flack. who has sworn and subscribed to the above declaration in the
street of Montreal on a Sunday. We had been neighbours in Ligonier Valley.
In the course of conversation he told my father he had been taken prisoner
in a fort in Kentucky, that he intended making his escape, that if we could
get on the island he would be glad to have us along said he had been
purchasing necessaries for the journey my father said he could not venture
to go for that we (the boys) could not stand such a journey I was in the
thirteenth year of my age my brother was three years younger my father asked
him whether he was able to steer home through the wilderness he replied he
had the pilot in his pocket my father requested him if he got home before to
inform my mother that he was in Montreal that my brother and my self were
with him that my sister and brother was killed by the Indians. James Flack
charged my father strictly that he should not speak himself or suffer us to
speak of his intended escape we then parted he residing on the island
opposite the town. I heard nor saw no more of him until I heard he had
escaped in company with some other prisoners this was a short time after the
conversation mentioned. On our return from Montreal when released from
imprisonment one ALEXANDER LAUGHLIN who was of our company told us he had
been taken prisoner at the same time James Flack was in a fort in Kentucky.
[Andrew Dougherty, May 22, 1834]
In the book "Rebel Prisoners at Quebec" p. 27 is the prisoner return that
lists both James Flack and Alexander Laughlin.
P. 153 - Return of Rebel Prisoners sent by order of Brig. Gen. Powell from
Niagara the 23rd April 1781 and Arrived Montreal 12 May 1781.
James Brown - a prisoner who enlisted in the Naval Dept. and afterwards
formed a plan to desert with six men.
James Fleck - Intended to desert with James Brown
Alex Lauchlin - Ditto
James Wilson - Ditto
Thomas Gray - Ditto
James Waller - Ditto
Will'm McKenzie - Ditto
Some of these other men could possibly have been at Ruddell's station. There
were 12 others listed taken prisoner at different times.
Does anyone know if this Alexander Laughlin could be the same man who was
Capt. John Dunkin's brother-in-law? Dunkin had a brother-in-law named
Alexander Laughlin was married to Ann Sharp, sister to Eleanor (Sharp)