Draper Manuscript Collection 11YY:39(2)
Question of Lyman Draper to John Johnston, July 25, 1850.
8th. Geo: Girty, a Delaware, signed the Treaty at St. Marys in 1829. I suspect he was a son of Geo. Girty brother of Simon – George had a half-breed son old enough to take part in the battle against Wayne. You will be likely to know if he who signed the Treaty of 1829, was the same & where did he die?
Answer of John Johnston, December 1, 1850
8. George Girty a half-breed a secondary chief or counselor the son or nephew of Simon Girty immigrated westward with the Delawares in in 1822 or 3.
Draper Manuscript Collection 11YY
Letter of John Johnston? To Draper Dec. 15th, 1843
“Sir, Since my former communication, I have seen and conversed with several persons in relation to the family of Simon Girty. There appears to be the impression here that he had a no brothers in the west. At least none were known to the old settlers about here. Among others Mr. Ewing seems to be decidedly of that opinion. He gave me the only information in relation to his family, which can be relied on. He thinks the George Girty spoken of was the son and not the brother of Simon. He knew him when he lived at Zanesville. Mr. Ewing heard George Girty relate to his father, when he was a boy, his adventures and escape at the battle of the Maumee town. After the defeat he was pursued by a mounted ranger. He described himself as running for his life “And I didn’t run booty.” “I run and I run, but the white man come nearer and nearer, until I felt the horses breath on my back. I looked over my shoulder and I saw the Long Knife raised up in the air, then I fell flat down on my face and the horse jumped right over me. Now me up on my feet, and dash out into the bush.”
A sister of this same George was married to the Wyandotte Chief White Eyes. Mr. Ewing has a distinct recollection of her and that she was a woman of unmarked beauty.”
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