He reportedly fought at the Battle of Tippecanoe, accompanied by an Indian friend. The latter was wounded in the hand by a saber cut and was thereafter known as "Old Cuthand." (This story is completely unverified, however.) He traveled from Indiana to Texas c.1823 with his family, accompanied by "Old Cuthand." He intended to join Austin's colony but stopped at the Burkham Settlement to raise a crop of wheat and never left.