Asheville Citizen- Feb 5, 1898

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Asheville Citizen- Feb 5, 1898 - Salis- Tucka-.eege the Hominy. Early...
Salis- Tucka-.eege the Hominy. Early Settlements in Buncombe. Shortly after the conclusion of the Revolutionary war, in 1781 or 1782, settlers from the headwaters of the Catawba and the adjacent country, whose frontier establishment was the block house at - Old Fort,' began to cross the mountains into the Swannanoa valley. Among the first of these was Samuel Davidson, who came in with his wife and infant child and one female negro slave, and settled upon the Swannanoa a short distance east of Gudger's Ford near the present railroad station called Azalia. He had been here but a short while when one morning he went out to feed some stock. Soon his wife heard the report of a gun, and, knowing too well what had happened, she took her child and the servant and made her way along the mountains to the Old Fort. An expedition from there at once set out to avenge the death of David son. They found him near his cabin. killed and scalped, and buried his body on the mountain near by; where his grave may still be seen. It is further said that they met and conquered the Indians in a battle fought near the mouth of Rock House Creek in that immediate neighborhood. An uncertain tradition says that a brother of Da vidson who was with him at the time was found by the avenging party scalped and left for dead, but that he recovered and survived for several years, although with impaired mental faculties. In this expedition to avenge tne death of Davidson was the late Ma jor Ben Burgin who died - at Old Fort In November, 1874, lacking but one month of being ninety-five years old. He was then a mere lad. From him the details of this event weie derived. an ed he in of

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  1. Asheville Citizen-Times,
  2. 05 Feb 1898, Sat,
  3. Page 4

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