My Thompson/Garriott family of Washington Co., IN, remark about fleeing the Indians within a fort known as the McKnight Fort. Perhaps the fort wasn't in the holdings of the McKnight Family, but that of the Fleenor family...or vice a versa. The dates and migration trails are correct for either scenario.
See the Washington Co., Ind. website re: the particular Fleenors we're discussing.
Morris T. Denny was born in Mercer Co., Ky, Aug 11, 1811 and came to Indiana April 12, 1812 to the "John Fleenor Fort", erected for protection against the Indians. Sarah Denny his wife was born Dec 5, 1816 in Washington County, Indiana. They were married Feb 19, 1847.
(NICHOLDSON , D.D., farmer, Ladoga, one of the old and respected citizens of Ladoga, was b. in Jessamine Co, Ky, Dec 1, 1811. His father, Benj. Nicholdson came from Va. to Ky when a boy and marr. Jemima STARS and in 1812 removed to Washington Co IN where he was one of the pioneers for that co. In 1813 and 1814 he was compelled to live in a fort for protection from the Indians. ... In 1832 he marr. Miss Elizabeth FLEENOR , a native of Washington Co IN who has proved a faithful wife and mother. http://www.rootsweb.com/~inmontgo/bios/bion-p.htmhttp://www.rootsweb.com/~inmontgo/bios/bion-p.htm)
================ If there were two forts, that, too, would be interesting... ================
THE MCKNIGHT FORT
NEAR SALEM, WASHINGTON CO., INDIANA
The McKnight family moved from Washington Co., PA thru Mercer Co., KY to Washington Co., IN in the early 1800's. Would like info about the fort that was built. The info I've shared below is the only info I have to offer in return.
See the Washington Co., Ind. website re: the particular McKnights we're discussing.
The only relationship my family (Garriots and Moses & son John C Thompson) has with McKnight's that I actually know of is that of friendship. Please, if you have any info on this branch, check it for info of a Moses or John C Thompson. Know a Thompson married into this McKnight branch, but can't link to mine.
Letters from my Thompson family members who have long passed on...regarding a fort...
In 1811 Moses Thompson moved from Mercer County, Kentucky to Washington County, Indiana to the McKnight Fort, near Salem. In 1827, or there about, he moved to Carroll County. About the same time, John C. Thompson, father of James Harvey, also moved to Carroll County.
Oh yes, I forgot to tell you, the Thompsons, the Garriotts and some other neighbors had to build a fort where they took refuge from the Indians. I believe your great-grandfather learned his letters while they were in that fort. I don't know just the location, but I think it must have been in the general location of Washington County, Indiana, which is not too far from the Ohio River. And I would not be surprised if these people did not originally come across the Ohio River from Kentucky. . . . I learned that day that Moses Thompson, my great-grandfather, and the father of my grandfather John C. Thompson, came to southern Indiana from Mercer County Kentucky. He must have been the one who had to flee to the fort from the Indians.
3rd letter... Great-Grandfather Thompson moved to Washington County in the year 1810. He moved into the old fort at that place, and later settle on the land that is now known as the old Bakus farm.