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Re: Fleenor Fort-Wash Co IN 1811 (McKnight Fort?)
Posted by: Janice Smith (ID *****4813) Date: August 24, 2007 at 16:52:16
In Reply to: Re: Fleenor Fort-Wash Co IN 1811 (McKnight Fort?) by Don Denny of 572

The McKnight and Fleenor forts were in different locations. A book I purchased from the Washington Co., IN. Historical Society, "Pioneer Pickings" by Horace Heffren and copied by Clara Marie Burns, retyped and indexed by James E. Bolding in 1993, is a collection of newspaper articles originally published in the newspaper "The Salem Democrat" from 1876 to 1881. These were reports of meetings/programs conducted annually by descendants of original settlers to the county and others interested in county history.

Pg. 82 contains this reference: "As to the forts, they were nearly all on the road fro Canton to Philadelphia. The first, Parr's fort at the place no owned by Dr. Harrod; the next the Thomas Thomson fort on {the} C.B. Thompson place; the McKnight fort, on the place where Robertson McKnight lived and died, and where Wm. McKnight now lives."

Pg. 355 states: "Morris T. Denny was born in mercer County, Kentucky, August 11, 1811 and came to Indiana April 12, 1812 to the John Fleenor Fort, erected for protection against the Indians."

Pg. 402 states: "Block houses were built all over the country from the Ohio River to the verge of the settlements. There was one near Fredericksburg, one at Beck's Mill, one at Fort Hill, one at Peter Zink's, one inSalem, on the lot where John Manly resides on the hill in the west part of town; one near Harristown, one near Canton, one at mcKnight settlement, on at the Baner place, one at John Fleenor's place north of Salem, one near Plattsburg" [the Hattabaugh Fort] "one at Dewalt's and several from Millport to Brownstown."

I have a family research website dedicated to the descendants of my two family lines: Johannes & Anna Flinner, the parents of the Fleenor/Fleener/Fleners who are now scattered across the country. Johannes brought his family from Germany in 1754, lived in PA., then MD. and eventually the family moved to SW VA. in the early 1770s. Several of the family began to migrate to TN., KY. IN. and beyond as early as 1811. The George Hattabaugh family who settled in Wash. Co., IN. in 1809, brought with them their daughter who was married to Thomas Denny. George was born Johann Georg Hettenbach in 1761 and was the son of Johann Michel Hettenbach who was born in Montgomery Co., PA. in 1732. Anyone interested in joining our family association (it's free) and having access to our records of many of the early Hoosier pioneer families may contact me. You must share an ancestor of one or both of these family lines.


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