MySource:Quolla6/Martin to Draper, 7 July 1842

MySource Martin to Draper, 7 July 1842
Place Southwest Virginia
Year range -
Martin to Draper, 7 July 1842.

Colonel William Martin to Dr. Lyman C. Draper, July 7, 1842 (Draper MSS 3 XX 41-2, fide Russell County VA USGENWEB]

"Among the families settled as above were those of Archibald Scott, a man of more than ordinary considerations in those regions, and _____ Ball, who had settled together about midway between Clinch and the Station. With these families, especially Scott’s, I became intimate in traveling back and forthward. At length, I had been to Clinch on business, returning in company with William Hord, my mate, a term then used among us for intimates. We called at Scott’s and got refreshments. This was in the month of June, 1785. Some four or five days after this the Indians killed Scott, and all his family, except his wife. Her they took prisoner. She finally escaped and returned. I saw her soon after, and she gave me the following narrative, viz: ‘One night, just after dark, her husband and children having gone to bed, she, being up, and the door open, the Indians jumped into the house, the first notice they had, and shot and killed her husband as he arose from his bed, and then dispatched the children. In the meantime, one fellow laid hold on her and protected her against the violence of the others. They then rifled the house of such things they thought proper to take, and among others, her saddle. The other family, Balls, defended themselves and were not injured..."