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Escape of Capt. John Hinkson
Posted by: James Sellars III (ID *****7318) Date: October 04, 2002 at 18:00:59
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Rev. John D. Shane's Interview with Daniel Bryan (Draper MSS 22C14[18-19])

Byrd landed his baggage at Falmouth. First went to Riddle's (or Hinkston's Station, as it is otherwise named.) The people of every town had their grip, their hold. If it was by the wrist, and the man seized his prisoner by the arm, and then came up & seized the man already taken by the grip proper to his town, it was his prisoner. It was this that occasioned such squabbling. The Indians seizing by the proper grip, was not willing to let his man be stripped. While the 1st one, determined, if he couldn't have any more, at least to have the clothes. So they rolled and & dirtied them all. They were all wallowed.

Byrd, seeing the inhumane treatment, to which the prisoners were there exposed, determined not to go to Martin's Station, until the Indians agreed to let them have all the prisoners with one suit of clothing on them. So Byrd told them at the surrender, to put on as many suits of clothing as they could.

Hinkston was taken at Riddle's Station (He gave name to the Fork of Licking, of that name, & to this station.) They had gotten back with the prisoners, and were encamped beyond Licking, at Falmouth. While there, it was, that he made his escape. He had been stripped, in common with the others, but one of the British officers had given him an old London brown suituit [suit?] coat. At night , he went out to make water-as if-but determining to make his escape. When he had gone as far as he thought the guard would let him, he moved his limbs to see if he had suppleness enough left to attempt it. He then flew off, not seeing where he went the Indians howling and hallooing in the pursuit. The army was encamped on the bank, so that he came suddenly to the brink of the precipice, & plunged into deep water. The Indians were all the while in hearing. Hinkston, who was a good swimmer, speedily gained the opposite shore, & made his way on towards Bryan's Station. That night he heard a party of Indians owling & gobbling, (he heard a bell 1st.) and discovered that he was near by their camp, without their discovering him.

The last party he passed, was within 6 miles of Bryan's station. When Hinkston arrived at Bryan's Station, & brought the news of the capture of Martin's & Riddle's Stations (for it was not known there before,) some who had just been out hunting their horses, & had gotten them, were for going back to the old settlements. Charles Lockhart, (who was a surgeon,) got up & said for every man or woman who had a horse to clear out. And, what, said [blank], shall those do, who have no horses? Go to Lexington, said Lockhart.

Hinkston, when he perceived the terror his tidings had spread, got up & explained that the Indians were on their way off, that the largest party had already gone, and that the others he had spoken of, were then on their way. On this their fears subsided.

From McConnell's, (cabiners,) they soon came into Lexington.
From McClelland's Station they probably went to Harrodsburgh
From Todd's Station, at Bowman's Spring, (before Bowman came out,) they went into Lexington.
From Craig's Station, where Wickliff's is, & Grant's Station, towards Millersburg, they went to Bryan's Station.

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