"The cabin located on the former Bart Watson property is the reconstructed cabin of Peter Strait, son of Jacob Strait."
This is contrary to what My Watson related to me on my visits to him. I will have to find the original notes and tape recordings. It also does not fit in with the original accounts that I have read.I never saw "North" Of Peters cabin but if so it would fit. as does Hill above Peters Cabin, you see Peters cabin was supposed to be the one on the north side of the run, nestled in the curve of the hill.
According to topical maps of the area the hill behind the cabin at the Watson place would be called east of the cabin not north, and the hill appears to be awfully steep to be carrying up bodies, and the only place suitable would be very high up, whereas the hill that the cemetery is located on is much more easily accessible with a gentler access climb,The hill would also be considered "north on Peters cabin","above Peters Cabin" and "behind Peters cabin"
The cabin still standing is not nestled in a curve it is at the opening of an offshoot of the little valley
"While he was alive, Mr. Watson said that the roof and a hole in the floor was burned through during the massacre. The cabin was hastily repaired after the massacre as winter was setting in."
None of the accounts I have read have stated that in the raid of Oct 3 1786 any of the Indians went to any of the cabins. Instead according to Billy Dragoo's personal account, they were in a rush to get out of the area.Some went ahead taking him and his mother and the others waited knowing someone would come to check on them.They were not a large enough party to attack the cabins easily since a warning had been put out about them in the area and everyone was gathered at one or two cabins under the guard of a few of the men and older boys who had not gone to Bellville. They were not there for a war, they wanted only the fast take, the easy ambush, withhorses taken, a few trophies etc.The capturing of Elizabeth And William increased the necessity of leaving the area fast. They had the scalps of two men along with two captives plus a few horses. That was doing very well for a small raiding party at that period
It is possible that incident of the cabin burning happened in the later raid that killed his son Jacob who was married to Elizabeth Dragoo
The fact that Jacob was the first burial in the cemetery was related to me by a John Straight many years ago who was at that time residing in a nursing home at Fairmont. I was told to speak to him about the old history because he was the oldest living descendent in the area and had a great deal of information on the line. He also had a family bible in his possession. (sorry again it escapes me the name) that had some of the Straight names and dates with mention in the 1800s of a "Mary being buried in the Jacob Straight Cemetery where Jacob & Peter are buried"
Mr. Straight was the first clue I had to the two Jacobs, one married to Nathaniel Woods Sister, the other to Elizabeth Dragoo.Father and son.
He said Family tradition had it that both Jacobs were killed by Indians.Jacob married to Elizabeth dragoo being killed "a year or two" after his father was killed in 1786. This would fit in much better with the birth of Jacob "K" Straight who was born 16 Oct 1787 a full YEAR AFTER the death of Jacob Straight ;-)
Although I have found no validation of that specific raid where Jacob Jr was killed,it is not at all unlikely that there was one.Many of the raids were not recorded officially but family records state persons killed in a raid
Also Stop and think?How many pregnancies have you heard of, that last over a year? Elizabeth Dragoo could not possibly have been the consort of the Jacob who was killed Oct 3 1786
Her Jacob had to be alive AFTER the raid of Oct 3 1786,and at least in the first part of 1787 unless ghosts can get a woman pregnant ;-)
Yes I am smiling, smiling that people have not stopped and thought about the time frame. Especially the women who research, They should at least know how long a pregnancy can last.
So many people take a fictional account written by someone out of revenge and don't bother checking the facts just because it was "published" and the continue to spread the mis information without properly validating it. Nothing wrong with that as long as they keep their mind open to the actual data and then go about correcting the mis information
There is absolutely NO validation that Elizabeth Dragoo was consort of the Jacob Straight killed in 1786. Actual facts show otherwise such as the Date of Jacob "K" Straights birth
The fact that an Elizabeth "Strait", Mother of Peter transferred land to him over 20 years after the raid. The name was "Strait" not "Kennedy" as it would have been on the documents if it were the Elizabeth who married Kennedy.
There were TWO Elizabeth's married to TWO Jacobs
The Dragoo family researchers actually uncovered the first evidence of Mr. Kennedy's wrong data when they discovered the marriage records of a Jacob Straight who had Married Elizabeth Dragoo, which proved his allegations of her being a Straight, daughter of his brother Peter was very wrong. But even after that, his mis informed data has been used.
It is time that responsible people researching this stopped basing their research on amyth created in the Civil War era because of a family split over politics, and started researching fresh with an open mind as if they never heard themyth. Throw out the info he published.If one or two is so very wrong then you can't trust any of it THEN and only then will the actual history of that day be straightened out
Now mistakes can happen.I am not condemning anyone for mistakes. The ability to correct those mistakes as new info is found, and the ability to see mistakes in looking at the data is what responsible research is about. I am continuously correcting information as more valid information comes in to me. Most of my information on family off shoots comes from someone in those lines, since it is impossible to do all that research myself.
I'll never forget the sheet that was submitted by one person.He had his great grandfather married to his great great grandmother.I kept only the info on his immediate family and his parents, with what he sent just as notes to be compared. A couple years later I found the correct info on his line and sent it to him.It was to late he had already published his "Book" Think in future years what people are going to think when his book is found and used for reference. You know someone is going to think "Why that dirty old lady"
Well enough of my rant over this.I guess seeing the same wrong things repeated over and over just got to me a bit