This is from Joseph Munger Jr., son of Joseph and Sarah Girty Munger, and grandson of Simon and Catherine Malott Girty. This is family recollection, so take it for what its worth. Joseph got the stories straight from Catherine Malott Girty herself.
Draper MSS 10E:143-150
From letter dated Jan. 17, 1849.
8. He [Simon Girty] was married near Amherstburgh Fort Malden to Miss Catherine Malott, who was born 5 miles from Hagerstown Md. – was taken prisoner on the Ohio River one day and night sold below Fort Wheeling by the Delawares then taken to the Muskingum River rested 3 days and then to there village on Mad River remained with the Indians 4 years and 3 months.
He was partially blind 2 years, and one year quite blind before he died in 1818, his age about 85. Was generally healthy even in old age, died suddenly, perhaps brain fever.
He had five children, some old papers but of little service though there is some that show he sustained a loss of about $30,000 in land property, in leaving the Americans when he did.
Joseph Munger's reply to further questions Feb 9, 1849:
Lyman Draper: What is your grandmother’s age? – in what year, and at what age, was she taken prisoner? – and what connections and others were taken with her, and who commanded the boat? – who was it captured them, and was Simon Girty of the party? When was she married?
Joseph Munger: Her age is about 85-88 thinks she was 12 or 15 the year of Independence – was a prisoner at that time says Simon her husband was old enough to be her Father. Her mother and 7 children taken the same time – Capt Runald’s the commandant of them was shot in the boat, a child also shot in her lap while in the boat – 20 in all that were taken alive. There was another boat in where the rest of her family were, that was not taken, one brother William Malott and a sister that afterwards settled on St. Louis. The brother’s account from her brother Wm Malott says he is some place up the Missouri river, about Council’s Bluff or further west – the name of the chief was Neshash on [your?] was about 50 – Simon was not of the party.
Draper’s Interview with Catherine (McKenzie) Girty, August 5, 1863, DM 17S:191-192
Mrs. Malott was in Detroit and Simon Girty got her daughter Catherine from the Shawanoes by pretending to only wish to take her to see her mother, and promising then to take her back, but instead he married her – she about eighteen.
Mr. Joseph Malott (father of Mrs. Girty) had started from Maryland with his family to migrate to Kentucky. On the Monongahela united with a Mr. Reynolds and got two boats – Mr. Malott (of French descent) had the cattle and horses placed in one, and the family in the other, Reynolds having charge of this boat – and Mr. Malott of the stock boat. They descended the river and somewhere on the Ohio in March (abt. 1778 ) while near shore in a bend or elbow of the river, concealed Indians fired, killed Reynolds, a small child and captured the family boat and about twenty prisoners altogether. There were Ralf Nailor and one Dowler, young men, and a Mr. Hardin and wife whose child was killed. Nailor said before giving up, he would have one shot, and shot killed an Indian. Mr. Malott had his cue shot off, and an eye of one of his horses shot out, but finally escaped with his boat and stock. He and his wife had besides Catherine (afterwards Mrs. Simon Girty) Theodore, Keziah, and Peter – Keziah married Robert Forsyth, who died at St. Louis in Indian trade agency. Peter and Theodore settled in Canada, and left many descendants.
Mrs. Reynolds had a black woman, and the Indians, by same freak, constrained the Negro woman to put on the best of Mrs. Reynolds’s clothing, and made Mrs. Reynolds act as her waiter.
Catherine Malott when taken was fourteen years old, and was four years and four months in captivity. She died in January 1852, aged 88, thus born in 1764 – captured in 1778 – married in 1782 – oldest child died in infancy, about 1783, John died in infancy about 1784, Ann, born about 1786, married Mr. Govro [Peter Geauvreau,] Thomas Girty about 1788, died in 1812 from overheat and exhaustion in carrying a wounded British officer from Masuago – Girty a fine man, and class leader in the Methodist Church. Sarah born in 1791 married Joseph Munger, Prideaux Girty born Oct. 20th 1797, and died at Dayton, Ohio. – Jan. 1853.
Draper’s interview with John Girty and Simon Munger, September 8- 9, 1846, DM 3S:122-124.
Girty married a white woman, Miss Catherine Malott, who with her mother and two sisters and a brother were captured by the Indians – and Girty obtained her and their release, took them to Detroit, and married her. Major Prideaux Girty, is Major of militia, acted as such in suppressing the [?] of 1837 and is a magistrate. He has seven or eight children, and resides at Gosfield P.O., Essex County, Canada West – about 48 years old.
Draper’s interview with Sarah (Girty) Munger, December 15-16, 1864, DM 20S:195-218.
The Malott Captivity, and Girty’s marriage – Peter Malott, (not Joseph Malott, as some have stated) wife and four children, Mr. And Mrs. Runnels and three children and another family with five children were in one boat descending the Ohio, while Mr. Malott and two other men occupied another boat, in which was the stock – the stock boat went ahead – and seeing bushes cut and blinds made on shore, ordered the rear boat to push out farther from shore – when instantly the Indians rose up from behind their blinds, and fired – Mr. Malott had his wig shot off, but he and his boat escaped. In the family boat, Mrs. Runnel’s little girl, four or five years old (not her husband) was killed by a fatal shot – when one of the men in the boat made signs of going to shoot, when Mrs. Malott tried to dissuade him from it – he declared he would, and shot and killed an Indian. One of the Indians now jumped into the water, and seized the boat, and with others, soon had the possession. The Indians, every night as they camped, held councils to decide the fate of the man who had killed one of their number; they finally saved him for the sake of getting the large reward offered by the British for prisoners, but loaded him heavily with plunder and compelled him to carry the weary burden.
Mrs. Sarah Malott was taken and sold to the British at Detroit, but her children were distributed among the Indians – but all were eventually rescued. Catherine, her daughter, was adopted in a chief’s place, by an old squaw, who had children grown, and was used well. Simon Girty became acquainted with, and attached to, her, and stole her away, she promising to marry him if he would rescue her from savage life. They were married at the mouth of Detroit river, by a German preacher named Vatsbaugh.
Mrs. Malott’s son Peter grew up, several years after – and went back to the old home region in Maryland, to see if he could learn any thing of the father, who supposing all his family had been killed, returned, re-purchased his old housestead , and married a young wife. When Peter came, and revealed the real state of affairs, the young Mrs. Malott sent word back by him to his mother, that if she would come, she should have her prior place as wife, and she the younger would leave. But the elder Mrs. Malott was a woman of great industry, had raised her family well for a new country, and had too much spirit to return under the circumstances – and declined going, and never more heard any thing concerning her husband, and she soon after died. She settled in Canada, and died early – about 1796 – Mrs. Munger does not personally remember seeing her.
Joseph Malott, the oldest of the descendants, about 70 years old, residing in Canada, lives near Kingsville – a younger brother, Peter, near there.
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