Do you have any idea what records are available in Detroit on the prisoners
during their captivity. If you could check around I would appreciate it.
Martha Pelfrey of Northern, KY University thinks there should be much
information about how they lived while there. Martha Pelfrey will be at our
That idea about press coverage is excellent. I think I will explore that. My
Ancestor was Samuel VanHook. He was a Lt. under Capt. Gatliff and was called
up in March 1780 for defense of Martins Station. His older Son Samuel Jr. was
out of the fort at the time of the attack. Samuel VanHook Sr. was taken
captive along with his daughter Rachel and Son Benjamin. His wife Hannah was
tomahawked and scalped by the Indians when she went out to find the Cows. Her
bones are believed to be in the burial vault at Ruddles.