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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.

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Biographical Sketch of Daniel Pegram

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now The parents of Daniel Pegram were Scotch. Daniel was born in Petersburg, Va., but settled and lived in Bedford County, where he raised ten children, six sons and four daughters, each of whom was more than six feet in height. Thomas, a son of Daniel Pegram, married Nancy Hopkins, whose mother’s maiden name was Clark, and who had a brother, Chester Clark,, who drew $100,000 in a lottery. Thomas had but three children James L., Edward T., and William. The latter died in Virginia in his 19th year. James L. married Julia R. Oley, of Virginia, and settled in St. Charles County, Mo., in 1839, and in Montgomery County in 1845. Mrs. Pegram died in 1863. They had eight children, four sons and four daughters. Edward T. Pegram married Mildred Crane, of Montgomery County, and had two children, a son and a...

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Biographical Sketch of Joseph Poindexter

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Joseph Poindexter, of Bedford County, Virginia, was a Captain in the revolutionary war. He married Elizabeth Kenerly, and they had a son, Richard, who married a Miss Ford, of Virginia, and settled in Montgomery County in 1837. They had Elizabeth A., Parthena S., Caroline K., Hezekiah F., Eliza, Edward L., Joseph C., James W., John D., and Mary L., most of whom settled in Montgomery...

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Biography of Price Hopkins

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now The parents of Price, William, John and Patsey Hopkins, were natives of Queen Anne County, Va., but settled and lived in Bedford County. Their children married and lived near the old home place, in the same County. Price was married twice; first to a daughter of Rev; James Price, a pioneer preacher of Virginia, and second to a Miss Slater. By his first wife he had William M., John, Ann, and Sally; we have no record of the names of his children by his second wife. William M. was born July 14, 1802, and was married to Nancy Hudnall, of Bedford County, in 1832. In 1837 they bade farewell to their native place, and started toward the setting sun to find a new home. They settled on Loutre creek, in Montgomery County, near Bryant’s store, in the fall of the same year, and Mr. Hopkins set diligently to work in the cultivation and improvement of his farm. He was an industrious, honest, upright man, and enjoyed the esteem and respect of his fellow citizens in the highest degree, who manifested their confidence in him by repeatedly electing him to the important position of Justice of the Peace. He was an excellent farmer, and rarely ever complained of short crops or hard times, as his barns and...

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Biography of Colonel Edward J. Steptoe

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now The available records of the Steptoe family go back to the year 1697, when Anthony and John Steptoe, brothers, located in Lancaster County, Virginia. From one of these was descended Colonel James Steptoe of “Hominy Hall,” on the Lower Potomac. Colonel James Steptoe arose in military rank from the militia of his colony, and his career in the profession of arms began with his appointment as captain of “a company of horse” in 1734, from which position he was promoted to the office of colonel. He...

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Slave Narrative of Marshall Mack

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Person Interviewed: Marshall Mack Date of Birth: September 10, 1854 Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Age: 83 I was born September 10, 1854. I am the second child of five. My mother was named Sylveston Mack and my father Booker Huddleston. I do not remember my mother’s master, ‘came he died before I was born. My Mistress was named Mancy Mack. She was the mother of six children, four boys and two girls. Three of dem boys went to the war and one packed and went off sons what and nobody beard from him doing of the whole war. But soon as the war was over he come home and he never told whar he had been. I never saw but one grown person flogged during slavery and dat was my mother. The younger son of my mistress whipped her one morning in do kitchen. His name was Jack. De slaves on Mistress’ place was treated so good, all de people round and ’bout called us “Mack’s Free Miggars.” Dis was 14 miles northwest of Liberty, county seat of Bedford County, Virginia. One day while de war was going on, my Mistress got a letter from her son Jim wid jest one line. Dat was “Mothers Jack’s brains spattered on my gun this morning.” That was all...

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Captain Thomas Bedford’s Company Of Bedford County Rifle Company

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now A List Of Captain Thomas Bedford’s Company Of Bedford County Rifle Company Of Volunteers. Officers Thomas Buford Captain (Died of wounds the night after the battle) Thomas Dooley Lieutenant Jonathan Cundiffi Ensign Nicholas Mead Sergeant William Kenedy Sergeant John Fields Sergeant Thomas Fliping Sergeant Privates Abraham Sharp Thomas Hall Absalom McClanahan William Hamrick William Bryant Nathaniel Cooper William McColister John Cook James Scarbara Mr. Waugh John McClanahan John McGlahlen James McBride Jonn Campbell John Carter William Campbell Adam Lynn Robert Boyd Thomas Stephens Thomas Hamrick William Kerr Gerrott Kelley James Ard William Deal John Bezel John Welch William Overstreet Robert Hill Samuel Davis Zachariah Kennot Augustine Hackworth William Cook Uriah Squires James Boyd James Dale Robert Ewing Francis Seed William Hackworth John Roberts Joseph White Joseph Bunch Jacob Dooley Thomas Owen John Read John Wood – Total...

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Biography of Edmond Pearcy

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Edmond Pearcy, whose history is one of close connection with the pioneer development of the state as well as its latter-day progress and prosperity was born in Bedford County, Virginia, on the 22d of March 1832, and is of Scotch and Dutch descent. His ancestors were early settlers of Virginia, and for many years the families were represented in Bedford County. His father, Nicholas Pearcy, was born there, and having arrived at years of maturity he married Rebecca Hardy, a native of Maryland. They became the parents of twelve children, eleven sons and one daughter, and of the number but three are now living. Edmond Pearcy was the youngest of the family. He was reared on his father’s farm and received a common-school education in his native state, after which he taught school for one term. In 1852, at the age of twenty years, he started for California, but arrived in Missouri too late to join an emigrant train en route for the Golden state, and consequently spent the winter with a relative in Pike county, Missouri. In the spring of 1853 he started with a company of sixteen. They drove a band of cattle across the plains and mountains to California, but on reaching the mountains were greatly retarded by the deep snows, and were...

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Biography of John B. Goode

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now The readjustment of the national affairs after the civil war led to conditions under which the people of the north and the people of the south began to mingle, and became acquainted and ratified the feeling of mutual admiration which their prowess during the four years’ struggle had compelled for foemen who wore the gray and foemen who wore the blue. Men of the north took part in the southern business and politics; men of the south began to have a hand in the national and local affairs at the north. A paternal sentiment has resulted which has buried old animosities and raised numerous mutual interests, and today east, west, south, southwest and northwest, southern men and northern men are working hand in hand for the greater prosperity and the gradual but certain attainment of the splendid destiny of the American people. Idaho is not without its prominent men of southern birth and education, and one of the most highly regarded of these is John B. Goode, of Coeur d’Alene. John B. Goode was born in Bedford county, Virginia, August 18, 1864, a son of John Goode, long one of the most prominent men in the Old Dominion, and conspicuous in national politics since the days before the war. This distinguished son of Virginia was born...

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Biography of Thomas Jefferson Barker

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Thomas Jefferson Barker. The history of Kansas is a generalization of the histories of thousands of individuals whose character and activities made the state what it is. Hardly one of those individuals came into closer touch with the adventures and exciting realities of pioneer times than the late Thomas Jefferson Barker, who was a pioneer of old Wyandotte and for many years one of the leading business men of Kansas City, Kansas. Mr. Barker died at his home in Kansas City, Kansas, August 4, 1913, and was then nearly eighty-five years of age. He was born in Bedford County, Virginia, December 11, 1828. The Barkers were early settlers in the old Commonwealth of Virginia. His great-grandfather James Barker was one of the Virginia colonials who followed Washington as a somewhat despised contingent of the British regimentals under General Braddock into the western wilds of Pennsylvania, and was present at Braddock’s defeat at the hands of the French and Indiana. It is believed that this same James Barker afterwards fought with the colonial troops in the War of the Revolution. Mr. Barker’s grandfather was Jacob Barker, a native of Richmond, Virginia, and the father was William A. Barker, who was born in Albermarle County, Virginia, March 14, 1796. William A. Barker was a soldier during the War...

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Biography of Mark A. Leftwich

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now One of the well known newspaper men of the state is Mark A. Leftwich, proprietor of the Coweta Times-Star. He was born in Bedford county, Virginia, in May, 1852, a son of Thomas and Maria (Warwick) Leftwich, natives of Virginia. The father was an extensive planter and he served as Major in the Confederate army for three years. He was discharged at the termination of that time, because of poor health and he then went to Missouri, locating in Carrollton, Carroll county, where he became a dentist. He practiced there, enjoying substantial success, until his death, at the age of sixty-eight years. Mrs. Leftwich was sixty-four years of age at the time of her death. Mark A. Leftwich was reared and educated in Carrollton, Missouri, and Lebanon, Illinois, and after putting his textbooks aside he went to Texas, where he secured a position driving cattle across the country. He made several trips to Abilene and Baxter Springs, Kansas, and in 1868, between trips, he went to work on the “Examiner,” learning to set his first type. For five years he lived in Lexington, Nebraska, where he published the Dawson County Herald, and he then removed to Steelville, Missouri, where he published the Crawford County Democrat. For some time he published the Madison Times in Madison, Missouri,...

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Biographical Sketch of William R. Cox

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now William R. Cox, farmer; P. O. Hutton; was born in Bedford Co., Virginia, Feb. 25, 1832; when he was 16 years of age, his parents, Joel and Margaret Cox, moved to Ross Co., Ohio, living there eight years; they came to Coles Co. in 1856, and, three years afterward moved to Independence, Warren Co., where they died, his mother in 1874, and his father in March, 1876. While living in Ohio, Mr. Cox married Miss Hannah C. Thompson, April 28, 1853; she was a daughter of Nathan Thompson, who was a native of Virginia, and moved to Ross Co., Ohio, at an early day; he remained there three years; engaged in farming and milling, and in the year 1856, moved to Coles Co., Hutton Tp., and in September, 1870, purchased and moved upon his present farm on Secs. 22 and 23, containing 129 acres. For twelve years, before coming to his present home, he carried on the “Blakeman Flouring-Mill,” three and one-half miles southeast of Charleston in this county. Soon after the organization of the townships, he was elected Commissioner of Highways, serving three years; he was elected Supervisor in 1877,-for two terms. His wife was born Oct. 19, 1834; they had six children, five living – Emza H. (now Mrs. Fred. Cottingham), born June 28,...

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Virginia Wills Before 1799

A complete abstract register of all names mentioned in over six hundred recorded wills, arranged alphabetically from Adams to Wright. Copied from the Court House Records of Amherst, Bedford, Campbell, Loudoun, Prince William and Rockbridge Counties of Virginia.

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