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Re: Indian Troubles / Lincoln Co Historian
Posted by: Richard Russell (ID *****6774) Date: December 31, 2002 at 09:17:33
In Reply to: Re: Indian Troubles / Lincoln Co Historian by Ann M. Dellinger of 2014

Dear Ann:
I was blocked out for several days, by malfunction of server, to answer or post messages. Sorry.
This "Indian Story" is important to me, because it is out there, and adds confusion to the issue.
I descend from Luke Blades, whose parents, siblings, origin, are all unknown. He first appears anywhere so far found, in Old Burke, Lincoln County, middle to late 1770's.
No other Blades is recorded in area.
He first gets a Land Grant, 1778; said survey placing it in the southeastern part of present Catawba County. In the same area were the Hacklemans, Gants, Sailors, Tyners, Armstrongs, Wakefields, Perkins, Osbornes, etc. Many of these families came from Md, part stopping in Va for awhile. Luke Blades has never been found/recorded as having any connection to any of them before NC!!
Luke is already married, and with family started. There is no record found of who he married, but two of these families, because of being neighbors, only, guess he married into their line, the Sailors, and the Osborns. He was married to a Catherine ( ? ).
Luke Blades and his family, along with many of these same families, for some reason unknown to me, moved to Old 96/ Abbeville SC in the middle 1780's. Luke would not sell his land in NC untill 1798, from SC, to Sarah Neuman of Lincoln Co.
Then in 1805/6, most of these families would make another move, this time all the way up to Indiana Territory.
Luke Blades disappears at this time, either dying just before leaving SC, on the way north, or upon arrival?
By all indications, records, 1790 and 1800 census, children, etc, Luke was born about 1745/8, married about 1770.
Later, up in Indiana, a descendent of the Hacklemans, with intermarriages into the Blades, decided to write a "journal". This was Elijah Hackleman, born 1817 Indiana, died 1901 Indiana. He was pretty well known around Wabash Co Indiana, Wabash College, etc. He did make mistakes. He did make guesses. He did use color. But, all in all, did not do too bad of a job.
He called his journal, "Scrapbook No 2", or "Elijah Hackleman Scrpbook", or " Family Record, Notes and Reminiscenses and etc", depending on whatever. He began his writings in 1834, but most was done in the twilight of life in the late 1880's/90's. (born 1817,died 1901)
I would have thought that he might have heard some like story, different area, maybe era, and used it for a seed of information to build on, etc?? I know he borrowed something that happened to a couple of the Tyner girls and capture by Indians, across into Ga about 1780s, and used it for the Tyner gals in NC/Lincoln about ten years earlier.
Anyway, his story.
"Luke Blades was then 14 years of age.(supposedly in 1768).
In 1768, the Cherokee Indians made a raid on the white settlements in Lincoln Co NC, and after killing several of the settlers, and stealing a number of horses, they recrossed the Allegheny Mountains, carrying with them, three or four white boys, among whom was Luke Blades. (this area supposedly hit by the raid would be along present southeastern border of Catawba County, along Mountain Creeks branch Flat Rock Creek.) On the arrival of the party in the Cherokee country on the Tennessee River, a consultation was had among the Indians in order of how to dispose of the captives. In order to satisfy the savage thirst for blood the largest white boy was compelled to run the gauntlet, a well known Indian torture, the boy never reached his destination, but was savagely beaten to death by the squaws. The next one of the boys was delivered over to the squaws, who led him out to a small mound on the Tennessee River, compelling him to get on the hill, the squaws then knocking him off with clubs. When he was unable to arise anymore, and mount the hill, they soon dispatched him. The Indian warriors enjoyed the whole thing. A consultation was had among the tribe, and it was decided Luke would replace a killed warrior in one of the families. He worked in the fields, pulling fodder, and such. He stayed with them 3 years, untill gained their trust, and decided to escape. They had gave him a mark; by taking a knife and cutting the rim of his ears so that part of the lower part hung down in the form of large rings. One morning in the autumn of 1771 he mounted one of the best horses under his care and turned the course toward the sunrise and followed the direction for 48 hours when his horse gave out, and he pursued his course on foot and arrived in the settlement in a few days almost exhausted. In a few years (supposedly about 1774) he married a Miss Osborn, daughter of Thomas Osborn." (THAT IS THS STORY)
Could you please find any basis for this Indian story?
THANK YOU. Regards Dick

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