Bedford County , Pennsylvania
Ancestor Stories

Ellen Weber sends an interesting item. I think it's our first story concerning the conflict between our early pioneer Bedford County ancestors and the native american population that were contesting their presence. Ellen writes:
"The following is an interesting account apparently taken from an early Bedford County History. Thus far I have been unable to verify the account. It is as follows and concerns Martin Hauser, Sr died ca 1777, Morrisons Cove, Bedford Co., Pennsylvania. Martin wife unknown, children Martin Jr b. 1756, Jacob b. 1758, Rachel b. 1759, John, and Anna Catharina.

The attack occurred in the Morrison's Cove area (near Martinsburg, Pa). Martin, Sr. and his son, John, were killed by the Indians. Jacob or "Yuck" was pursued for 3 days but escaped by literally running the shoes off his feet. Martin, Jr. and Rachael were captured. (the next bit of information came from an article in some Barron records) The mother was supposedly visiting in Pittsburgh and therefore not harmed. Rachael and Martin were dragged and led for many days to the site of present day Detroit. After several years (unsure either 2 to 3 1/2) he escaped and returned home. Rachael was released after 7 years. It is said her mother paid a man $20 to bring her back home. She then married Nicholas Barron II. from Somerset Co."

Can anyone add or verify any of this very interesting story?

Ellen Weber
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