Court records Howard County, Mo Location: Howard County, Mo Date: Application made 1834 Text: On this fifth day of May personally appeared before the Justices of the County Court of Howard County in open Court, Samuel Teeter, a resident of the County of Howard in the state of Missouri. Aged about seventy-one years, who being first duly sworn according to law does on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provisions made by the act of Congress passed June 7th 1832. States that he was born in the month of February 1763 in Botetourt County, State of Virginia. In the year 1779 his father moved from that state to what is now the state of Kentucky.
We went from Lexington to Bryants Station. When arrived there, we were ordered to go to Martin's and Ruddle's Stations having understood that the same was burnt by the Indians and British. These Stations were on Licking River. We marched accordingly to said Stations. When we arrived there, we discovered that the Stations had been just burnt to ashes and the people who had resided there had been murdered and taken prisoners. Not being able to afford any relief, we returned to Lexington and were placed under the command of Capt. Levi Todd, who at that time had the command at Lexington and was engaged to build a fort. We were, immediately on our arrival, put to building a fort. During the time we were engaged in building the fort, some men were sent out in the woods to process some timbers to be used in the fort about the spring. Shortly after they went out, the Indians fired on them and killed a man by the name of John Wymore. When the firing was heard, some men and myself ran to their relief and got our guns shot while the Indians were scalping the man they had killed. The Indian Chief who was in the act of scalping the white man was called Wolf, and he had a harelip. The Chief was shot by our men and he fell on the man he was scalping. We tomahawked him and left him.
The History of Pioneer Lexington, 1779-1806, Charles R. Staples with a > Foreword by Thomas D. Clark, 1939, 1996. > > Pages 4-6: > "The efforts of the Indians to drive out the settlers failed rapidly, and > after the Battle of the Blue Licks August 19, 1782, Central Kentucky was > not > again visited by any large body of Indians. Prowlers, however, in small > groups kept up their depredations. John Wymore was the only citizen of > Lexington who was killed by the Indians within the bounds of the town, > although David Hunter and Robert (or Charles) Knox were killed between > McConnell's station and Lexington. These last two were residents of > McConnell's Station. John Wymore and his family arrived in Lexington in > the > fall of 1779. He carried in his hunting bag the first pig brought to > Lexington. 'In the spring of 1781, he with James Watson and Henry McDonald > were hauling timber from a hill (now the site of Central Christian Church > at > Walnut and Short Streets), when a alarm of "Indians" was given. These men > retreated towards the fort, but when they reached what is now > Upper and Short Streets, Wymore was shot by an Indian. McDonald took > refuge > behind a wild cherry tree growing where the Court House now stands and > shot > the Indian as he stooped over to scalp Wymore. The alarm reached the fort > and headed by James Masterson, a brother-in-law of Wymore's relief came > immediately. As the settlers charged out of the gate of the stockade, > Indians concealed in the cane fired a volley, but without causing any > damage. Masterson ran to Wymore and seeing the Indian trying to raise > himself, jerked the Indian's tomahawk from his belt and struck him on the > head and then scalped him. This scalp was hung on a pole, so the wind > would > blow it about and mortify the Indians'. The dead Indian's head was cut off > and placed in the cherry tree. The cane was so thick Wymore and McDonald > could not be shot at until they got into the open woods near the fort. > After > this the settlers cleared the cane away around the fort for seventy to > eighty yards. This attack came a few days before the assault on Bryan's > station. David Mitchell, an old man, was injured about this time, but > recovered. > > Twice the citizens of Lexington went into the fort, for fear of the > Indians, > one report being that there were 300 Indians at Great Crossing in Scott > County. These Indian alarms were almost constant during the good weather, > and the pioneers were always expecting an attack. While James Masterson, > Joseph Turner, and John Wymore, Jun. were out hunting news reached > Lexington > of the defeat of Cornwallis. Those at the fort expressed their joy by > gathering combustible materials and kindling a great bonfire. In the > meantime, the hunters returning, came in view of the fort and discovering > the conflagration gave up all for lost. They supposed the fort had been > taken and that it was burning. Without venturing closer to ascertain the > correctness of their impressions, they hastened down to John Morrison's > station on Hickman creek only to learn Morrison was in Lexington engaged > in > the celebration..." >