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Thomas Girty Obituary - 1820
Posted by: T. Scott Kennedy Date: September 14, 2001 at 17:52:32
In Reply to: Re: Catherine Girty & John Bayles Butler Co by Jim Sellars of 181

From the Butler Centinel - 11/11/1820

On Thursday, the 3rd, instant THOMAS GIRTY, in the ninetieth year of his age.

The name of this veteran and of some of his family, is associated with some of the most interesting events in the history of the first settlement of this country. Could the incidents of his life be collected, they would form a valuable
work, and would give proper idea of the interpidity enterprize (sic), and heavy sufferings of that class of early settlers, who were formerly called Indian Hunters. Girty was born in 1731, in Shennan's valley: he was taken prisoner with his whole family in '55 by the indians and brought to Fort Kittaning, where his step-father was burnt in his presence at the stake. After this hellish transaction the four brothers and mother were sent off among the different tribes of Northwestern Indians. Thomas Girty made his escape and fell in with Gen. Armstrong. The rest of the family were exchanged in the year '58 at the General Forbes treaty.

Thomas Girty has remained in this country ever since. We will try to collect some of the incidents of this
old man for our readers.


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