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Deposition of Joseph Barnett taken before Michael Campbell

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CollectionNational Archives and Records Administration: 1st Cong, House, Sec War Reports, RG233 view image
Document Information
Date June 8, 1790
Author Name James Barnett (primary) Location: Nelson County
Recipient Name [not available]
Summary Sworn testament of Indian attack with details on murder and capture.
Document Format Document Signed
Document Notes [not available]
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups James Barnett; Michael l Campbell; Indians; Indian Nation; captives; prisoners; savages; hostiles; Joseph Barnet; justice of peace; holy evangelists of almighty god; party of Indians; girl; boy; ;
Related Places Nelson County; Hartford town; Rough Creek; frontier; river; territory; ;
Keywords Indian attack; murder; capture; murder; scalping; captives; prisoners; deposition; tomahawks; captivity; brains; soul; ;
Key Phrases [not available]
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Deposition of Joseph Barnett taken before Mich E Campbell June 8th, 1790.
"Nelson County Jsp
"This day came Joseph Barnet Ep before me a Justice of the peace for said County and suade Oath of the Holy Evan-gelists of Almighty God, That on the Eighteenth of April last past (being lords day) about the hour of five in the Evening a party of Indians fell upon a few de-fenceless people who was returning from Hartford Town on Rough Creek to a function at the house of this Deponent being two miles
miles distant,-killed a Girl of twelve years old and a Boy of eight years old, cutting them in a cruel manner with Tomahawks (suppos'd) - hit an ancient Lady of both respectable family and character in her right arm, head, & back in a cruel manner with a [indecipherable] and after having Scalped her alive left her and his [indecipherable] with her and carried off the Daughter of this Deponent a girl near eleven years old into captivity-. They were pursued by a party till night, which gave them an opportunity of escaping _ The above mentioned Boy lived till Tuesday morning, following, having his Scull split with a Tomahawk and a great part of his brains on the outside of his wounded Scalped Scull - and the old Lady is yet alive notwithstanding all the misery she has endured - further this Deponent Saith not.
Observe that the above
persons was returning from [undecipherable]