|Posted By:||Sharon Lemkuil|
|Subject:||Re: Cushetunk 1754-1784 Early settlers of Delaware Company|
|Post Date:||August 24, 2011 at 09:57:38|
|Forum:||Sullivan County, NY Genealogy Forum|
I am very interested in finding out about these men.
My understanding is that these men of the Delaware Company came from Connecticut. Others in the region are from New York (the Dutch families).
I am a descendant of Moses THOMAS who was killed by the Indians and had established a trading post "at the mouth of the Cushetunk". He had a son Moses who was killed in the Battle of Minisink, and another son Elias THOMAS, who moved to West Deer, Allegheny Co., PA. The Moses THOMAS who was killed and his son Elias are my ancestors. Elias Thomas and Jacob "Denny" (probably Derry) were about ten years old when Moses Thomas was killed and they ran to Minisink for help. By doing this they saved the remaining man, Willet and the women and children who had gone to the block house (fort) for protection.
The names Willet, Van Etten, Derry (various spellings) and RUSS (not Ross) are also connected to this family as well as Courtright (various spellings).
Years later a second Indian attack involving this family happened in Allegheny Co., PA and may have been related to the first events. Elias THOMAS had moved his family across the river from his in-laws, the Russ's, a few days before the attack which killed Elias' father-in-law Abraham Russ, his mother-in-law Amy Russ, his unmarried brother-in-law 19 year old Cyrus Russ and a young child. Others, two named Courtright were killed here. Elias Thomas rescued the women and children who escaped and took them across the river to safety.
Accounts of both of these events are in a narrative about Tom Quick, and the second incident has several versions told about it.