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Lee Massacre of Major John Lee
Posted by: Larry Myers (ID *****9935) Date: July 11, 2009 at 15:29:58
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I am working an issue about an incident that happened between Sunbery Pa and Lewisburg PA. It's about the Massacre of Major John Lee and his family. I believe this family and incident was connected to Thomas Lee the President of the Ohio Land Company.

This is the incident and I was wondering if anyone would know anyting about this?


The murder of Maj. John Lee and several members of his family, some time on August 16, 1782, was very cruel and caused much excitement among the people. He lived near what is now the little town of Winfield, a few miles above Northumberland, on the west side of the river. It was a warm evening, and Lee and his family, with one or two neighbors, were eating supper. Suddenly a band of Indians burst upon them. Lee was stricken down and scalped, and an old man named Walker shared the same fate. Mrs. Boatman was killed and scalped, and a daughter was also scalped. Two or three escaped. A son of Lee named Robert was returning home, and when he came in sight of the house the Indians were leaving it. He fled to Sunbury and gave the alarm. In the mean time the Indians, retreated up the river, carrying Mrs. Lee and her infant child with them as prisoners. Colonel Hunter hastily collected a party of twenty men and started in pursuit. When they reached the house they found Lee and Miss Boatman still, living. They were sent to Sunbury on litters for treatment, but Lee soon after died. Miss Boatman recovered and lived for many years.
Claudius Boatman appears in histories of early Lycoming Co. PA as a near-legendary figure.

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