Pioneer tragedy-TDN-p.6-27 Nov 1954

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Pioneer tragedy-TDN-p.6-27 Nov 1954 - PAGI SIX. THE DAILY NEWS, MR. KUNG Further...
PAGI SIX. THE DAILY NEWS, MR. KUNG Further Light On A Pioneer Tragedy By ALBERT M. RUNG 820 North 16th St., Harrisburg, Pa. Two Mapieton readers, Mrs. Celia Baker and Mrs. May R. Buchanan, have been mentioned mentioned on past occasions for the valued aid given the writer. Both have told a number of local incidents incidents that occurred in days long past, and the happenings would undoubtedly have been .forgotten if their loyal efforts nad not succeeded in preserv- g the records. Mrs. Buchanan was respon- iible for the interesting account account of the strange disappearance disappearance of the little folks in Easter Hollow, as well as other events in the vicinity of Mill Creek. She has promised to tell the result of her observations on .an area of Brady Township after they have been completed completed and, as so little of the region's history history is known, it would seem that a fertile 'field therefore awaits her efforts. Data On Eaton Descendants Received Perhaps the outstanding event in Brady's history was the tragic slaying of Loudenslager and the Ea.tons by Indians. Beyond a record of these depredations given in local histories, We were told little regarding the subsequent activities of the members of the Eaton family who survived. However, a communication received several months ago from B. R. Faust of Mill Creek revealed the surprising information that he and Mrs. Faust had been corresponding with descendants of the Eaton family. Calling upon Mr. Fausr a short time- later, we discussed the Loudenslager and Eaton murders and he kindly turned over the correspondence relative to the Eatons that the writer might make a transcription. According to Historian U. J. Jones, young Loudenslager, who resided in the upper end of the Kishacoquillas Valley, left his home on horseback for Fort Standing Stone just previous to the Tory uprising, with the thought of enlisting with Major Uuggage to guard the lead rnines in Sinking Valley. When he reached the head of the valley, five or six Indians in company with a white man appeared appeared upon an eminence, from whence three Indians and the white man fired at him. Loudenslager was seriously wounded, while his horse, which had also been hit, took fright and dashed madly on toward Standing Stone with its heroic rider still clinging to its back. Died On River Jones then states: "Weak and faint from the loss of blood, when he got there he was unable to move, and some of the people carried him in and sared for him as well as they could; but he was too much exhausted to give any account of the occurrence. After some restoratives were applied, he rallied, and gave a statement statement of the affair. His description of the white man in company with the Indians was so accurate, that the people knew at once that Hare, if not the direct author, was the instigator, of this diabolical outrage. "Loudenslager, for want of good medical attendance or an experienced surgeon, grew worse, and the commander, to alleviate his sufferings if possible, placed him in a canoe, and despatched him, accompanied by some men, on his way to Middletown,—then the nearest point of any importance; but he dieo after the canoe had descended the river but a few miles." Eaton Tragedy Next—Tory Responsible From all reports eventually gathered against Jacob Hare, it was reasonably certain certain that evidence given by the dying Loudenslager Loudenslager pointed definitely to the notorious Tory. The excitement at the fort had about reached its height, according to Jones, when more bad news arrived. He continues: "On the same day, the party that shot Loudenslager went to the house of Mr. Eaton (though probably unaccompanied by Hare), in the upper end of the same valley bur, nor finding any men about the house-—Mr. Eaton being absent—they took captives Mrs. Eaton and her two children, and then set fire to the buildings. The work of devastation was on the point of being completed when Mr. F.aron reached his home. He did not wait to see his house entirely reduced to ashes, but rode to Standing Stone as fast as his horse ccuid carry him and spread the alarm. The exasperated exasperated people could hardly muster sufficient sufficient patience to hear the particulars before they started in pursuit of the enemy. They travelled with all the speed that energetic and determined men could command, scouring scouring the country in every direction for a period of nearly a week, but heard no tidings of Mrs. Eaton and her children, and were forced to give her up as lost. "This aroused the wrath of the settlers, and many of them were for dealing out summary summary punishment to Hare as the instigator; but, in the absence of proof, he was not even brought to trial for the Loudensiayer murder, of which he was clearly guilty. The act, however, put people upon their guard; the most notorious known tory in the county had openly shown his hand, and they knew what to expect of him. "Mr. Eaton—broken-hearted, and almost' distracted—hunted for years for his wife and children; and, as no tidings could be had of them, he was at last reluctantly forced to believe believe that the savages had murdered them. Nor-was he wrong in his conjecture. Some years afterwards the blanched skeletons of the three were found by some hunters in the neighborhood of Warrior's Mark. The identity of the skeletons was proved by some shreds af clothing—which were known to belong to' them—still clinging to their remains." Home Of Eatont Near Eagle Mills .The Africa history (1883) in its account of Brady Township adds little to the version given by Jones, except stating "The Eaton house was on the hillside by the spring below the present Eagle Mills." The Eagle Mills was located along Saddlers Run, approximately a mile northeast of Mill Creek, and was said to have been a prosperous industry in its time. We learn more concerning the Eatons, however, from the data obtained by Mr. Faust in his correspondence with Eaton descendants, principally with the Rev. N. E. Davis, 268 Sherman Avenue, Ashland, Ohio. Family Originated In Wales From the recent data we learn that the Eaton family came from Radnershire, Wales. With the record beginning back in the 17th century, thence coming down to the third generation we find that David, father of the unfortunate family, was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, in 1737. He married Mary Eaton who was probably a cousin, a practice not uncommon back in those times, and the family "record is thus shown: "DAVID EATON born 1737. Was a Baptist minister and cooper. Born in Warminster, Bucks Co. Pa. Moved to Mill Creek, Cumberland (later Huntingdon) County, Pa. Lived in Brady Twp., near Stone Mountain, in log house. Locality was called called Milliken Mill property. Settled there about 1775. Married Mary Eaton of Philadelphia, who was born June 24, 1737. David was a Captain in the Revolutionary War, serving under Col. Johnston in 8th Batt. of the Penna. Militia. "Children of David and Mary: 1. Isaac, Jan. 8, 1764. 2. Joseph B. Nov. 3, 1765 (married Bathsheba Sackett). 3. James, no date. 4. George, April 17, 1768. 5. Mary Parnell, Feb. 10, 1770. 6. Martha, July 5, 1773, died July 14, 1813. 7. Kezia Ann, born about 1774, married Root. 8. Thomas, Born about 1775. An infant without name killed by Indians." Only One Child Died As the record continues it reveals a different different version from those given "in our histories, histories, as we find that Mrs. Eaton and one (not two) of her children died with her, while four children were taken captive by the Indians; another fact which history appears to have overlooked. The record resumes: "David Eaton was the grandfather of Edith DeFord, whose mother was Mary Parnell Eaton, above, who married Joshua DeFord, DeFord, probably son of -Jacques DeFord of Juniata Valley, near where the David Eaton family lived (see history DeFord Family). The terrible event that took place on June 10, 1778, at the .log house at Mill Creek, took the lives of Mary Eaton and her baby. They were evidently taken to Warriors Mark, twelve miles away and there killed and scalped, as the bones were later found in the woods. Joseph, George and Isaac were away from home, as was. David Eaton who was at the mil). Mary Parnell, Martha, Kezia and Thomas were taken on the long trip to Montreal and sold to the British for eight dollars each. Thomas died there. The three girls^were found five years later by the father, who'had been told of their fate by a woman captive after her return from Montreal. David Eaton married Elizabeth Razor, a widow. The Betty Razor Spring, which supplied supplied their needs, is still running in 1954." Rev. Davis' adds this note to the closing lines: "1 have .a picture of a large tree from which flows a stream conning from a spring called 'Bettie's Spring.' This picture shows two stones that are supposed to mark the place where David Eaton and his second wife, Elizabeth Razor, were buried. There is no name on these stones." "First Man Buried At Mill Creek" The death- of David Eaton occurred November 12, 1794, while that of his second Wife is not given. The Africa history states that "David Eaton was the first man buried at Mill Creek" (P. 222), while a description of the Mill Creek .Evangelical ^Lutheran Church (P. 228) contains the fol.owing: "The ccme^ tery in connection is the oldest in the township, township, and one of the first persons interred there was Adam Hail. His remains were carried to the yard by an ox-team driven by Jacob Hawn." The cemetery recalled is undoubtedly as ancient as all have claimed, and is located near the intersection of Route 26 and the highway leading to McAlevys Fort across Lick Ridge. The church has long since disappeared and the writer has been unable to find any trace of its location during several visits made through the sadly neglected confines. There certainly would be innumerable accounts of history to thrill forever succeeding generations, generations, had the annals of this area been preserved, but unfortunately only a fesv meager shreds have been left to support our knowledge. Story Incomplete The later record of the Eatons here presented gives additional facts which' local history has omitted, yet the story is far from complete. Some may note that David Eaton was an officer in the Revolution, and yet observe the puzzling situation that he was residing in Mill Creek during the most vital time of the conflict. It is somewhat curious that the writer's great-great-grandfather, Caleb Armitage, Sr. (1737-1832), was born the same year as Eaton, and likewise settled in Mill Creek, later returning to his former home in Germantown at the start of the war to join the Continental Army. He also became became a captain in a Philadelphia battalion and returned to Mill Creek before the end of the war, therefore it \& possible that Eaton could have served in the early, as well as later days, of the Revolution. However, Brady Township offers an endless endless field for historical research, in the opinion of the write/, and we hope to recall some results results of our efforts there in the near future. a position give by Saturday. in on rapidly lo' and rapidly. in his of and of a Co. the the W pay . by ties for Mifflin Dr. the Mr. and and H. „ the Ernest j i 1 in I ' I to j out, j the : I

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