25 October 2007

William Worthington, Revolutionary War Soldier & Lochrey's Massacre Survivor

My ancestor, William Roark, another Lochrey's Massacre survivor, provided an affidavit for William Worthington's Revolutionary War pension application.

The deposition of William Roark, taken at, the house of Michael Roark in the county of Gallatin and State of Illinois on the 14th day of July 1832:

In the service of the State of Virginia; I belonged to Captain Catt’s company of drafted militia men, under it’s command of Col. Loughery. We marched from the county of (left blank) in the State of Virginia, in the month of June or July 1781 to Wheeling and join Brig. Gen Clark, but in descending the waters some distance below Wheeling, was ___ from this army and was overtaken by Col. Loughry and his corps until we met with a __ of Indians below the mouth of the Big Miami and was defeated by them. William Worthington was also taken prisoner but was separated …until about October when we again met in Detroit, both of us prisoners. We were then delivered over to the British .. by then (November or December) taken to an Island about forty miles above Montreal where we were kept as prisoners until June 1782 at which time he was sent to Montreal from which place I have always understood he made his escape, then October or November.

William Worthington's name is listed on a Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, historical marker. William Roark lived in Muhlenberg County before moving to Gallatin County, Illinois.

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