Incident of the War of 1812 as related by Abigail Kistler d/o Mary Gregg George
In July of that year my grandfather, SAMUEL GREGG, and my father JOHN H GEORGE ,with their families ,migrated from Belmont County to Knox County, Ohio, settling on the stream known as Big Owl Creek, one mile and a half south of Fredericktown, at that time an unbroken wilderness.
Our pioneers were notified of the declaration of war with Great Britain before reaching their new home in the wilds of Knox County. Now that it was determined, our little band had a great deal of fear from the Indians, having no shelter but their wagons, until a cabin could be built, which was the first thing to be done. A few families had located in Fredericktown, who all joined to help, and soon a cabin went up and our party of thirteen people had a home. Established in their new home they felt more comfortable but still suffered much from fear of Indians. This was alleviated to some extent by the great kindness of John Chapman *(Johnny Appleseed) who kept them fully posted as to the movements of the Indians.
Now that our pioneer band had a cabin the next comfort was a milk house. No small comfort this. It was built by removing several feet of earth, supporting a roof over it with strong brush and wild grass, then covering with earth, sodding it to turn rain, - now a floor in the center to walk on, and it was complete and named it the cave.
What was the consternation of our little band when one morning a large body of Indians (as they supposed) were seen rapidly approaching the cabin. What could be done? No time to be wasted. Quick as a thought my mother (Mary) flew to the cave with the four little ones, her little brother (Asa) six years old, her little sister (Tacy) four years old and her own two babies. She seated the two older children on the floor of the cave with the little ones on their arms, and shut the door without hope of ever seeing them again. Returning to the cabin, she learned that the supposed Indians were remnants of Hull's suffering army, shoeless and hatless and almost without clothing. All hands went to work to prepare meals for the hungry men, forgetting the children in the cave, until it was necessary to go to the cave for milk and butter. Then with what tenderness did the mother and sister embrace each dear little prisoner, as she took them from the cave. Let us see where are now the children of the cave.
First we find the little six year old brother, Asa Gregg at West Liberty, Iowa. The little sister four years old, Tracy L. True at Urbana, Ohio. The older of her two babes, a boy,Jesse is now at Varna, Marshall County, Illinois, and I, the younger, I am now at Mansfield, Ohio, with my sister (Mary Ann), Mrs. Levi Zimmerman.
(Signed) Abegail Kistler
Abigail George siblings are shown as: Jesse George 1810, Samunel Gregg George 1814-1905, Mary Ann 1815-1898, John 1822-1910, Abel 1825, Vilinda 1827-1888, William H 1830-1900..
Samuel Gregg George born 2-1814 in OH and died in 4-2-1905 in Tulare, CA. Jesse George born 11-22-1810 in OH and died in IA. Mary Ann George born 10-6-1815 in OH and died in 1-28-1898 in OH. John George born 8-1822 in OH and died in 4-11-1910 in WA. Abigail George born 11-28-1811 in OH and died in 8-28-1897 in OH. Abel George born 4-13-1825 in OH, Vilinda George born 4-9-1827 in OH and died in 1888 in IA and William H George born 1830 in OH and died in 4-1900 in CA.
*(note) Johnny Appleseeds real name was John Chapman ,born in Ma. and died in Ohio. Famous for planting apple trees across America.