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Death of John Turner - 1756
Posted by: Jim Sellars Date: September 01, 2001 at 06:45:42
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Pennsylvania Gazette, August 19, 1756.

"Since our last, we have received several Letters relating to the taking Fort Granyle [Granville], in Cumberland County, the Substance of which is as follows, viz. That on the 30th ult [July], under the Command of Lieutenant Armstrong, to guard some Reapers in Sheanan Valley: That soon after he left the Fort it was attacked by about 100 French and Indians, who were bravely kept at a Distance all that Afternoon and Night by our People: That the next Morning the Enemy took Juniata Creek, and came under its Bank to a Gutt (said to be about 12 Feet deep) and crept up till they camewithin about 30 or 40 Feet of the Fort, where the Shot from our Men could not hurt them: That into that Gutt they carried a Quantity of Pine Knots, and other combustible Matter, which they threw against the Fort, till they made a Pile and train from the Fort to the Gutt, to which they set Fire, and by that Means the Logs of the Stockade catched, and a Hole was made, through which the Lieutenant and a Soldier were shot, and three others wounded, while they were endeavouring to extinguish the Flames: That the Enemy then called to the Besieged, and told them, they should have Quarter, if they would surrender; upon which, it is said, one John Turner immediately opened the Gates, and they took Possession of the Fort: That they made Prisoners 22 Soldiers, 3 Women, and 5 or 6 Children, of which the French took the young Men and Women, and the Indians the older Men and Children; and having loaded them with Flour, &c. they set off, after setting up French Colours near the Fort, on which they left a Shot Pouch, with a written Paper in it: That when they had marched a little Way from the Fort, the French Commander ordered Captain Jacobs back to burn the Fort, which he did: That the Prisoners travelled five Days with them till they came to the Place where they had left their Baggage and Horses, where they found ten Indians, and some white Prisoners, and heard that a Number of Indians, with more Prisoners, had left that Place the Day before they got there: That one of our Soldiers growing weak, and not able to keep up with them, they killed and scalped on the Top of a high Hill: And that another Man, named Barnhold, being wounded in the Arm, they did not tie him in the Night, by which he made his Escape, after being six Days with them, and brought the above Intelligence. It is said one of the Indians was slightly wounded."

The Pennsylvania Gazette, October 14, 1756.

Extract of a Letter from Lancaster, October 12, 1756.

"The Prisoners and Scalps taken at Kittanning are brought hither, with Jacob's Horn and Pouch, and many Belts of Wampum. There seems to be no Doubt of his being killed. The Prisoners have been examined here by the Governor. They say that Turner, the Corporal at Fort Granville, who ordered the Gate to be opened to the Enemy, was put to Death by the Indians when they got him to Kittanning. They tied him to a black Post, danced round him, made a great Fire, and having heated Gun barrels red hot, they run them through his Body; they tormented him thus near three Hours, then scalped him alive; and at last held up a Boy, with a Hatchet in his Hand, to give him the finishing Stroke."


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