Looking for the husband of Abigail GEORGE KISTLER b. 1811 in Knox Co., OH.
d/o JOHN H. GEORGE & MARY GREGG who were pioneers of OHIO. The following is a story she told aboutan incident with her family in 1812.
Incident of the War of 1812 as related by Abigail Kistler d/o Mary Gregg George
In July of that year my grandfather, Samuel Gregg, and my father John H. George with their families migrated from Belmont County to Knox County, Ohio, settling on the stream known as Big Owl Creek, one mile and a half south of Fredericktown, at that time an unbroken wilderness.
Our pioneers were notified of the declaration of war with Great Britain before reaching their new home in the wilds of Knox County. Now that it was determined, our little band had a great deal of fear from the Indians, having no shelter but their wagons, until a cabin could be built, which was the first thing to be done. A few families had located in Fredericktown,
and all joined to help, and soon a cabin went up and our party of thirteen people had a home. Established in their new home they felt more comfortable but still suffered much from fear of Indians. This was alleviated to some extent by the great kindness of John Chapman *(Johnny Appleseed) who kept them fully posted as to the movements of the Indians.
Now that our pioneer band had a cabin the next comfort was a milk house. No small comfort this. It was built by removing several feet of earth, supporting a roof over it with strong brush and wild grass, then covering with earth, sodding it to turn rain, - now a floor in the center to walk on, and it was complete and named it the cave.
What was the consternation of our little band when one morning a large body of Indians (as they supposed) were seen rapidly approaching the cabin. What could be done? No time to be wasted. Quick as a thought my mother (Mary) flew to the cave with the four little ones, her little brother (Asa) six years old, her little sister (Tacy) four years old and her own two babies, She seated the two older children on the floor of the cave with the little ones on their arms, and shut the door without hope of ever seeing them again. Returning to the cabin, she learned that the supposed Indians were remnants of Hull's suffering army, shoeless and hatless and almost without clothing. All hands went to work to prepare meals for the hungry men, forgetting the children in the cave, until it was necessary to go to the cave for milk and butter. Then with what tenderness did the mother and sister embrace each dear little prisoner, as she took them from the cave. Let us see where are now the children of the cave.
First we find the little six year old brother, Asa Gregg at West Liberty, Iowa. The little sister four years old, Tracy L. True at Urbana, Ohio. The older of her two babes, a boy,(Jesse) is now at Varna, Marshall County, Illinois, and I, the younger, I am now at Mansfield, Ohio, with my sister (Mary Ann), Mrs. Levi Zimmerman.
(Signed) Abegail Kistler
I would like to know the name of the man she married, And when and any children that may have resulted from their
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