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Monday, June 09, 2014

Girty's 'tribes'

1741 - Born and raised as Irish-Colonial (white), among mostly Germanic eastern Pennsylvanians.
1750 - Father killed by native in drunken duelist. May have witnessed.
1756 - Captured by French & Delaware, and step-father burned in front of him when 15. Family split
     up. Adopted by the Seneca (Iroquois League), in NW Penn, then Ohio. Then Wyandont-Hurons.
1864? - Hired by the British, then Americans as scout/interpreter/spy... Fort Pitt.
1776 - Brits and Americans asked for his help (spoke 11 dialects, but illiterate). Snubbed, then
     charged with treason.
1778 - Repulsed by the uncontrolled 'Squaw Campaign,' that killed three women and a child. He and
     two others joined the Brits / Shawnee to stop genocide. For the next sixteen years, Girty was
     employed in the British Indian Department at Fort Detroit.
1794-1818 - Canada.

Essentially a freedom-fighter / warrior? UEL?
Moved between worlds, with no home or safety.
Most Indian Tribes were essentially familial, with Extra-Gens marriages, so he was necessarily an outsider, despite love and respect. Loyal to McKee and Kenton... Extremely violence during War as Hell...

Girty, Pinterest, Howells-1897...

Howells' Stories of Ohio - one of first Girty stories?


"...The Frenchmen at Gallipolis were not the stuff that the founders of great states are made of; but the New Englanders at Marietta were, and so were the New Jerseymen at Cincinnati, who followed next after them in time. These had even a harder struggle in their beginnings than the people at Marietta, for there the emigrants made their settlement under the guns of Fort Harmar, in a region loosely held by the milder Delaware tribe of the Algonquin nation; but the lands between the Great Miami and Little Miami were claimed and held by the fierce Miamis and Shawnees, and they had been so long the battle ground of the Indians and the Kentuckians that the region was called the Shawnee Slaughter House. The great warpath of the tribes ran through it from the Ohio River to Lake Erie, and the first white settlers had to build stations with blockhouses and stockades before they could begin to till the ancient fields, where from time to time immemorial the Indians had planted and gathered their harvests of corn. The first settlers arrived from New Jersey in December, 1788, some eight months after the settlement at Marietta, and in a little more than a year a fort was built at Cincinnati and garrisoned with United States troops; but in 1791 a band of five hundred Indians, led by Simon Girty, attacked Dunlap's Station at Colerain. They were beaten off only after a stubborn fight, though the Americans were armed with the cannon which the savages so much dreaded; and before they raised the siege they burned a white prisoner near the station.
Marrieta, Ohio 186

This was a surveyor, and one of those New Jersey men of education and substance who were the earliest settlers in the Symmes Purchase, as the tract between the two Miamis was called. John Cleves Symmes, a prominent citizen of Trenton, had bought the land of the government, and he came himself with his friends to make the place his home... The fort was built in 1790, and called Fort Washington; it was the strongest fort in the Northwest Territory, and to its strength Cincinnati owed her freedom from attacks by the Indians; it was of hewn timber, and was eighty feet square. At Cincinnati, Harmar and St. Clair began their march to defeat; here too the recruits for Wayne's army gathered and encamped before they began their march to victory...
One of the later captives of the Indians was a boy of eleven named O. M. Spencer, who was seized near Cincinnati in 1792, and carried to a Shawnee village on the Maumee, where he was taken into a family. His case is peculiarly interesting because Washington himself asked his release through the British governor of Canada; and he was at last returned to his friends by canoe to Detroit, by sailing vessel to Erie, by land to Albany, by water to New York, and by land through Pennsylvania to Cincinnati. He was two years in getting back to his friends..."


Girty brothers.

Graphic novel ordered.

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Girty... "A Monster So Brutal:"... & Textual Evidence...

Simon Girty and the Degenerative Myth of the American Frontier, 1783-1900

"...This graphic account of the torture and death of American militia Colonel William Crawford at the hands of Delaware Indians on July 11, 1782, near the Sandusky River in northeastern Ohio, is ... the cornerstone of one of the most pervasive myths of the nineteenth century -- the degenerative saga of Simon Girty, the infamous frontier renegade and so-called "white savage." 

Friday, June 06, 2014

Frontier Ohio, 1788-1803, 3 Volumes

Frontier Ohio 71

"...stations. At the Muskingum, Marietta had not only the protection of the federal Fort Harmar, but its own Campus Martius; at Belpre, Farmers' Castle more than once proved a refuge from Indian attack; up the Muskingum at Waterford was the frontier outpost maintained by the Ohio Company and called Fort Frye. A recession of the frontier took place in 1791 when the settlement at Big Bottom, farther up the Muskingum, was wiped out by an Indian massacre 

Eckert, Allan W. - The Life of Tecumseh. 1992... Historical Fiction

"A Sorrow in Our Heart 407
...On January 10, Blue Jacket with Simon Girty beside him, led a party of some three hundred Shawnees, Miami, Delawares, and Polawatomies against one of the newest of the settlements on the Ohio side of the river, Dunlap's Station, which was located eighteen miles northwest of 

Military - Bresnahan & Rankine

Just found Death Certificate... (See FB note)


Sagarsee, Mac - 70th D-Day Anniversary

USGenweb maps - Indiana

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Pennsylvania - Girty & Himmell + Lenape

Girty was born in 1744 at Paxtang (Harrisburg) about 50 miles south of Sunbury, Northumberland (& Himmell Lutheran Church where 1776 Burget baptism took place).

Also, found this map of Lenape-Delawares.