Data for person:William Huston (4)
From: From Karen on Houston Archives, 20 June 1998 What is the original source for this information?
"An Indian Captive from the Cumberland Valley, named Jane Cochran, was seen by William Huston, an Indian trader, on the 9th of November, 1758, about one hundred miles from the Ohio. Was she never returned, and to what family did she belong?"
“The Pennsylvania Gazette of June 24, 1756 gave this account: “The following is a list of the persons killed and missing at Bighmans’ Fort, viz: George Woods, Nathaniel Bigham, Robert Taylor, his wife and two children, John McDonnell, Hannah Gray, and one child missing. Some of these supposed to be burnt in the fort, as a number of bones were found there. Susan Giles was found dead and scalped in the neighborhood of the fort. Robert Cochran and Thomas McKinney found dead, scalped. Alexander McAlister and his wife, James Adams, Jane Cochran and two children missed [missing]. McAlister’s house was burned and a number of cattle and horses driven off. The enemy was supposed to be numerous as they did eat and carry off a great deal of Beef they had killed.” Also captured were Francis Innis, his wife Margery and their three children, Nathaniel, Jane and Mary. Rootsweb intermediate source
Huston saw Jane Cochran about two years after her capture. Whether this was a reference to William Huston of Catfish Creek is not clear. Huston's sighting of Cochran, however, is 16 years before we have a William Huston confirmed in Washington County. It seems unlikely that this would be the same person. An interesting question is what was the ultimate fate of Jane? She obviously survived the initial period of captivity, and so can reasonably be expected to have survived through the end of the F&I, and to have been repatriated as many other captives were. Q 22:12, 6 April 2010 (EDT)
Joseph Huston was an early settler in the Washington area. He was a cousin of a William Huston, described as the earliest white settler in the region...that William Huston was born in 1729 (36 years older than his cousin). Joseph and his wife, Elizabeth Beckwith, had 8 children, named Sarah, Isabella, Cyrus, Joseph, Eliza (grandmother of Alex Wilson Hart), Mary, William and Hamilton. Sarah was the oldest. ... "Joseph Huston, a cousin of William Huston, built a stone house long known as The Buck" tavern, and commenced keeping public-house in 1796, and so continued until his death in 1812."
Joseph Huston was an early settler in the Washington area. He was a cousin of a William Huston, described as the earliest white settler in the region....William Huston was born in 1729 (36 years older than his cousin). Joseph and his wife, Elizabeth Beckwith, had 8 childre, named Sarah,
Isabella, Cyrus, Joseph, Eliza (grandmother of Alex Wilson Hart), Mary, William and Hamilton. Sarah was the oldest.
"Joseph Huston, a cousin of William Huston, built a stone house long known as The Buck" tavern, and commenced keeping public-house in 1796, and so continued until his death in 1812."
The rifle and the remnants of the equipments carried by Jacob Rowe on this occasion are now in the possession of the writer of this letter. "We remained in Mr. Wolfe's house until February, 1782, while my father was preparing his cabin, into which we finally entered, but not to rest. In fifteen or twenty days after entrance into our log cabin, Martin Jolly came running breathless to tell us that a savage murder had been committed but ten miles distant. In two hours we were in Wolfe's fort. From the fort my parents removed to Catfish (Washington), and spent the residue of 1782 and to April, 1783, on the farm of Alexander Reynolds, recently owned by Dr. F. J. Lemoyne. On this farm we were living when the Moravian Indians were massacred, and when the militia army were defeated under Col. William Crawford, and he captured and burned by a slow torture to death. James and Hugh Workman were both in that expedition, and I fancy I see . the two women now, when James Reynolds came running to my mother exclaiming, ' Jamy Workman is killed!' James Workman, who was a married man, was not killed, but returned to his family and lived many years afterwards. A like report came in regard to Hugh, and happily proved untrue, to the great joy of his betrothed wife, Peggy Bryson, living then with her brother-in-law, Thomas Nichol. John Campbell, of Pigeon Creek, was killed in the action. The fate of William Huston, son of John Huston, William Johnston, and William Nimmons, was never accounted for. The two latter were both married men, and left children." 
About this time two young girls on Wheeling Creek, by the name of Crow, were in the woods hunting their cows. They were captured by some Indians, and, after some consultation, the elder was tomahawked and scalped; but the younger being twelve years of age, they reserved her for another death, but providentially they were doomed to disappointment. They stripped her of her clothing, gave her some yards start, and a young Indian larger than herself was ordered to pursue, tomahawk, and scalp her. In running the chase for life or death the foot of the Indian was caught by the root of a tree and he fell. Before he recovered himself she was too far off to be taken, notwithstanding the Indians fired their rifles after her. 
From Source:Lathrop, 1926
The very first tavern in this locality hardly that indeed but rather a house whose owner entertained travelers- opened in 1774, by William Huston, was a cabin on the olc trail followed by pioneers journeying between the Ohic River and the mountains. It was known as Catfish Camp, and Huston is said to have been the only white man ther living in that part of the state.
From Crumine, 1902 What a temptation to stop and enlarge upon the names and places and conditions disclosed in the foregoing old papers! At whose "Dwelling House," or at what hotel or hall, at Catfish Camp, was held this council of war, about four years before we had a Town of Washington on the site of Catfish Camp, indeed, any County of Washington ? The only dwelling here at that date, so far as now known, was the cabin of William Huston, which was at the old spring, nearly opposite the new residence of Mr. Winfield McIlvaine, on East Maiden Street; for in the spring or early summer of 1774, Michael Cresap, on his way home after his alleged killing of Logan's kindred, stopped over night with Mr. Huston. But we do know that the blood of some of the men who took part in that council of war flows in the veins of members of our bar practising at this date
From Crumine, 1902
MONEYS PAID OUT FOR BUILDING THE COURT HOUSE IN THE TOWN OP WASHINGTON BY ANDREW 8WEARINGEN AND JOHN HOGE, ESQ.
March 26  Paid William Huston for stone 6 0 0 [for construction of Courthouse] June 15  Paid Huston for 18 perch Stone for Corthouse steps ... 580 Dec. 4  John Mcquiston for 40 days tending mason 7 0 0
History of Washington County, Pennsylvania: with biographical sketches of many of its pioneers and prominent men / edited by Boyd Crumrine. Illustrated. Philadelphia: L.H. Everts and Co., 1882.
Joseph Huston, a cousin of William Huston, built the stone house long known as the "The Buck Tavern" and commenced keeping public-house in 1796, and so continued until his death in 1812. He left a widow and three sons--Cyrus, Joseph, and Hamilton and four daughters--Sally, Isabella, Elizabeth, and Polly.
Citing: Information from the SESQUICENTENNIAL EDITION of 150 Years of service of The Washington Reporter of Washington, Pa. August 15, 1958. 
THE FIRST SETTLER AT CATFISH CAMP
The question is often asked "who was the first settler at what is now Washington?" There is no doubt the he was WILLIAM HUSTON. The date of his settlement is not known, but he was here on April 29, 1774, for on that night GEORGE ROGERS CLARK, CAPTAIN MICHAEL CRESAP and several other Fountiersmen on their way from Wheeling to Redstone Old Fort (modern Brownsville) stopped at the cabin of WILLIAM HUSTON. This cabin was located at a strong spring in the rear of the present Fifth Ward school in East Maiden Street. The statement made by General Clark that HUSTON was the only white resident is proof that he was the first white settler. ...
WILLIAM HUSTON was here in 1774 was proven by George Rogers Clark, who on June 17, 1798 wrote an account of the events that led to Dunmore's War of 1774, one of which was the massacre of Chief Logan's people by a party of whites led by DANIEL GREATHOUSE Young George Rogers Clark, who later conquered the Northwest during the Revolution, was on his way down the Ohio with a party bound for Kentucky when they heard that an Indian war was about to break out.
...WILLIAM HUSTON, the first settler of Washington died there in the late in 1802, or in January of 1803, for his will was probated January 24, 1803