19 August 2014

Askin's Letter And The Greenville Treaty

[Excerpt of a] Letter of John Askin, Jr., in regard to the making of the Treaty of Greenville:


"...John Askin, Jr., to Colonel Richard England, then British Commandant at Detroit...throws a strong contemporaneous side light on the situation of affairs at Detroit at that day. It also is an interesting revelation of the character of Major General Anthony Wayne."

"It is easy to read between the lines that Askin was at Greenville to prevent the signing of a treaty. General Wayne perceived this, and sent him to Fort Jefferson until the treaty was signed."

See more about the Askin family here.

18 August 2014

Abingdon's Black's Fort

At the farm of Captain Joseph Black, where Abingdon now stands, between four and five hundred people collected together to build a fort. The erection of Black's Fort was begun on the 20th day of July 1776, the same day that the battle of Long Island Flats was fought and the news of the victory of the settlers in that battle was received the next day.

Source: Black's Fort Messenger, The Official Newsletter Of Abingdon, VA
(See "Source" link above for the whole map and newsletter)

About the 24th of July 1776, Capt. James Montgomery, who had settled on the south fork of Holston river about eight miles from Black's Fort, came to the fort he and two other families having decided to defend their own homes.

*Black's Mill Dam

17 August 2014

Jacob v. The State

He [Return Jonathan Meigs] was a thoroughly trained lawyer, not only in the common law of England and the practice in Tennessee courts...as applicable to this country.  He was regarded as a great advocate, and specially distinguished himself in defense of the negro slave Jake Bradford, who was indicted for killing his master. [Source]


The story of Jake Bradford was found in the New York Times via a book entitled Runaway Slaves, Rebels on the Plantation, By John Hope Franklin and Loren Schweninger: 

"On 17 August 1840, the day of a great Whig political convention in Nashville, Tennessee, Jake, a slave owned by an old and respected farmer, Robert Bradford, refused to go to work. Like other blacks in the neighborhood, he wanted to go to the convention, listen to the speeches, and attend the celebrations. The overseer informed Bradford that Jake was "in an ugly mood" and asked him what to do. Bradford said he would speak with Jake and see if he could calm him down. Bradford was unable to placate the black man and ordered his overseer to tie him up for a whipping. Jake quickly drew a knife. "Whether he aimed to cut the rope or the Overseer no one knew," a Nashville slave recalled, "but he made a wild thrust which killed Mr. Bradford on the spot."'

16 August 2014

Rebecca Neighbors In The Family Tree

Rebecca Neighbors, who married Asel [or Asa] Greer, was my 4th great-grandmother.  The best tangible proof of that is the 1850 census.  It is presumed that Rebecca's daughter, Mary Greer, married John Johnson.  The fact that Rebecca, who was born in Virginia, is living with the Johnsons in 1850 lends credence to the familial relationships.  The Johnsons' son, James, who was age 10 in 1850, was my 2nd great-grandfather.  His son, James Dudley Johnson was my great-grandfather.  James Dudley Johnson's daughter, Katherine, was my grandmother.  [See part of the family tree]

1850  IL    Gallatin   Eagle Precinct  
  Johnson     John  56   M      Farmer            Geo
         Mary           57   F          Va
         Elijah  15   M    Laborer     Ill
         Nancy J.       12   F            Ill
         James          10   M            Ill
         Marten         9    M            Ill
 Greer    Rebecca        70   F                Va       

This Wikitree entry included a more extensive family tree for Rebecca Neighbors than the tree I currently use.

15 August 2014

Neighbors Versus Neighbors

From Virginia Memory at the Library of Virginia:

Locality Index Number Original Case Number
CAMPBELL CO 1833-019  
Plaintiff(s) Defendant(s)

14 August 2014

Where was Hochelaga?

Native American names:


Hochelaga (former name of Montreal)---O-ser-a-ke: "Beaver dam."  See above for more.