I finally got a hold of the Draper papers. Here's another version of the Malott captivity from a daughter of John Thickston. Her name was never mentioned in the file. The narrative is longer but deals mainly about the Thickston family.
Draper Manuscript Collection 13CC10-12
Runnels & Malottes Attacked – 1780.
My father was in Logan’s campaign. Came to Kentucky in the year 1780. Landed at Louisville in the month of March. Came from the South Branch of the Potomac. There were 3 boats in company, coming down. We were attacked at an island just below Pittsburgh, where the river was narrow. Captain Runnel’s had one boat for a family boat, and another in which he put his horses. There were but three families in that boat. Malottes and Hardin’s, and part of his things were in our boat, and Runnel’s. Runnells was a gentleman. Didn’t row any. The others were hired. He (Runnels) run into the mouth of the boat; right into danger. My father, John Thickston (John Thickston) and John Pringle had the third. Capt. Runnel’s boat was taken, and all the men killed but one; (there were 7 or 8) and he was at the helm. Girty told him if he would come to, they wouldn’t hurt him. He did his best, and got to Mrs. Hardin, who was taken, said they burned him next day. (They) Mrs. Malotte, and 6 children, were also taken. Had one child shot, I think. Girty took the oldest one, who was a right pretty girl, for a wife. Said to be the prettiest woman in Detroit. This was Simon Girty. Coonrod Coleman and another man, went to Detroit to get these exchanged. Brought back Mrs. Hardin, (her husband, John Hardin was on our boat at the time, we were weak handed, had but 3 men, and he sometimes came to help us,) Mr. Malotte and one child, a little boy. (Mrs. Malotte died while out.) He (who?) lived after his return (Mr. Malotte’s return) at the Spring Station, in Ky, 6 miles from Louisville. There were 3 Hardins; William, (went by the name of Hairy Hardin, there grew so much hair on him lived up somewhere towards Baird’s old town.) and Thos: (steered the horse boat.) brothers, and John their cousin, in ours. Wm: got into the canoe attached to the horse boat. Reynolds was a drunken sort of man, then half (half?) through his liquor. The wind was high, and the rest didn’t want to start from Pittsburgh. But he would, and when he went, his horse boat had to go, and then we went along. The winds drove the boats right into shore. Wm. Hardin had a canoe, and went into shore (from the horse boat,) every now and thento see if he could see any tracks. When he got down to this narrow place from the island, he gave the alarm, saw the tracks. The Indians rushed down. Reynolds was so careless and rash, he was almost the first one killed. Had two black-girls, his wife, and all his family killed. Girty called to Tom Hardin to steer in and come to shore (and there shouldn’t be a man hurt). Hardin swore. Said he would see him in H--ll first. Girty then said he would have her (the boat) in half an hour, and no thanks to him. “Back away!” said Hardin, using most profane language. Two horses and a man were killed, and another man wounded, meanwhile the horses kept up a most dreadful kicking. Runnel’s boat was drawn to the Indians coming in up to their necks in water to draw it to. After we got away, we expected they would get in that & pursue. But supposed that it was only the whiskey they found in that boat, that persecuted them from pursuing. With this boat fastened to, they tolled in another. While they were in the boat, the Indians rushed down upon them. The 22 boats was about to go in, but took the alarm.