Sunday, February 16, 2014

A Brother Lost and Found

This post isn't about food but, I did find it interesting. So, here you go.

On March 21, 1782 near Walker's Creek in what is now Bland County, Virginia, a band of Indians attacked settlers and their families in an attempt, apparently, to repel the foreigners that had invaded their land. Finding an entire family save one son at home in their cabin, they killed the father and took his wife and two of his children captive. Even though the band of Indians were immediately pursued by experienced woodsmen, they were never located.

A number of years later, General Rogers Clarke engaged in one of his several expeditions to quell the Indian threat in Kentucky was encamped on the banks of the Ohio river waiting for the return of a group of scouts led by a man named White. One account of the story claims that White was on an intelligence gathering mission looking to take an Indian prisoner for questioning. Another account claims that White was out looking for game. Most likely, he was out looking for game while on his mission for the General. Either way,  White discovered an Indian village after following "a faint trail." A short distance from where he and his group camped, he saw a solitary Indian sitting on a log mending his moccasins. White's first instinct was to shoot the Indian. But, after realizing that the sound of the discharging rifle might alert other Indians, he decided to stalk his prey instead.

Creeping softly up from behind, White "being remarkable for" his "size, strength, agility, courage and prudence" grasped the Indian by the throat and presented a pistol to his head. In a few hurried words in the language of the tribe, White explained that if he made any noise he would shoot him instantly through the head. This threat convinced the Indian to return to the General with White and his men. After returning to the General with their prize, upon beholding the Indian Clarke exclaimed, "This is no Indian!"

After interrogation, the "Indian" explained how he was kidnapped by Indians as a little boy near Walker's Creek. After attempts to confirm the truth of the many details of his story, White and the "Indian" realized that they were brothers. That "Indian" was his little brother that was kidnapped so many years earlier. White's brother would later serve in the Kentucky Legislature but was known to still spend months at a time in the woods.

Sources - A New and Comprehensive Gazetteer of Virginia, Joseph Martin, 1835 & History of Southwest Virginia, 1746-1786, Washington County, 1777-1870, Lewis Preston Summers, 1903


  1. Hi ! I too live in Virginia and I read some comments posted on a BBQ site where you were talking about "katsup" My grandmother use to make a Katsup that wasn't like the stuff you buy today. She made it from peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, vinegar and spices. It was sweet, salty, and tangy! I remember telling her that, it wasn't real katsup. She use to say it is the real katsup! She was born and raised in VA. She and my grandfather raised there own meat, vegetables, and they milked there cow and Nanny made butter. She sewed and made almost everything! They were living off the land that is how they were raised too! We lived near Scotchtown the home of Patrick Henry and The Childhood home of Dolly Madison. My grandmother's family actually lived there (they rented the home) in the 1920's. COntact me directly and I will see if I can find the original recipe for her Katsup.
    Kim Stanley

    1. Hi Kim:

      That's some great family history! Thanks for posting!