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Life and travels of Colonel James Smith – Indian Captivities

James Smith, pioneer, was born in Franklin county, Pennsylvania, in 1737. When he was eighteen years of age he was captured by the Indians, was adopted into one of their tribes, and lived with them as one of themselves until his escape in 1759. He became a lieutenant under General Bouquet during the expedition against the Ohio Indians in 1764, and was captain of a company of rangers in Lord Dunmore’s War. In 1775 he was promoted to major of militia. He served in the Pennsylvania convention in 1776, and in the assembly in 1776-77. In the latter year he was commissioned colonel in command on the frontiers, and performed distinguished services. Smith moved to Kentucky in 1788. He was a member of the Danville convention, and represented Bourbon county for many years in the legislature. He died in Washington county, Kentucky, in 1812. The following narrative of his experience as member of an Indian tribe is from his own book entitled “Remarkable Adventures in the Life and Travels of Colonel James Smith,” printed at Lexington, Kentucky, in 1799. It affords a striking contrast to the terrible experiences of the other captives whose stories are republished in this book; for he was well treated, and stayed so long with his red captors that he acquired expert knowledge of their arts and customs, and deep insight into their character.

The War with the Indians of the West during Washington’s Administration

After the termination of the Revolutionary War, the hardy settlers of the west had still a contest to maintain, which often threatened their extermination. The Indian tribes of the west refused to bury the hatchet when Great Britain withdrew her armies, and they continued their terrible devastation. The vicinity of the Ohio River, especially, was the scene of their operations.

Campbell County, Kentucky Church Records

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Trigg County Kentucky Family Bible Records

Trigg County, Kentucky Family Bible Records (Hosted at Trigg County USGenWeb Archives Project ) Blake and Christiana Baker Family Bible John W. Caldwell and Lucinda Young Family Bible Minnie Elizabeth Crider Family Bible Levi Dunning and Jennet Carney Family Bible...

Campbell County Kentucky Family Bible Records

Campbell County, Kentucky Family Bible Records (Hosted at Campbell County, Kentucky KYGenWeb ) Baker, Samuel Bennett Family Bible Baker, Thomas Moore Family Bible Ball Family Bible Bonar Family Bible Bryan Family Bible Carll Family Bible Carroll Family Bible Chambers,...

Barren County Kentucky Family Bible Records

Barren County, Kentucky Family Bible Records (Hosted at Barren County USGenWeb Archives Project ) Andrews Family Bible Berry Family Bible Berry-Harrison Family Bible Bewley-Bailey Family Bible Bybee Family Bible Cockrill-Payne Family Bible Cox Family Bible Curd-Snoddy...
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