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Slave Narrative of John Cameron

Person Interviewed: John Cameron Location: Jackson, Mississippi Date of Birth: 1842 John Cameron, ex-slave, lives in Jackson. He was born in 1842 and was owned by Howell Magee. He is five feet six inches tall, and weighs about 150 pounds. His general coloring is blackish-brown with white kinky hair. He is in fairly good health. …

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James Bethel Todd of Detroit MI

James Bethel Todd8, (Bethel7, Jehiel6, Stephen5, Stephen4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born March 25, 1830, died Nov. 25, 1898, in Detroit, Mich., married June 10, 1860, Louisa M. Howard, who was born Nov. 22, 1840, at Amherst Island, Canada. Children: 2067. James Howard, b. May 26, 1869, in Pultneyville, N. Y. 2068. Percival.

The Discovery Of This Continent, it’s Results To The Natives

In the year 1470, there lived in Lisbon, a town in Portugal, a man by the name of Christopher Columbus, who there married Dona Felipa, the daughter of Bartolome Monis De Palestrello, an Italian (then deceased), who had arisen to great celebrity as a navigator. Dona Felipa was the idol of her doting father, and …

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Slave Narrative of Sam McAllum

Interviewer: Marjorie Woods Austin Person Interviewed: Sam McAllum Location: Meridian, Mississippi Date of Birth: September 2, 1842 Age: 95 Place of Residence: Meridian, Lauderdale County To those familiar with the history of “Bloody Kemper” as recorded, the following narrative from the lips of an eye-witness will be heresy. But the subject of this autobiography, carrying …

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Biographical Sketch of Myron Bond Vorce

Vorce, Myron Bond; pres. Vorce Engineering Co.; born, Cleveland, Aug. 14, 1871; son of Charles M. and Evelyn Cornelia Marshall Vorce; public school education; married, Detroit, Mich., 1903, Miss Ethel Ridgley Stearns; clerk in store; then went with a surveying party; became interested in engineering; studied along that line while in Tennessee; accepted position with …

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An Account of the Sufferings of Mercy Harbison – Indian Captivities

On the 4th of November, 1791, a force of Americans under General Arthur St. Clair was attacked, near the present Ohio-Indiana boundary line, by about the same number of Indians led by Blue Jacket, Little Turtle, and the white renegade Simon Girty. Their defeat was the most disastrous that ever has been suffered by our arms when engaged against a savage foe on anything like even terms. Out of 86 officers and about 1400 regular and militia soldiers, St. Clair lost 70 officers killed or wounded, and 845 men killed, wounded, or missing. The survivors fled in panic, throwing away their weapons and accoutrements. Such was “St. Clair’s defeat.”

The utter incompetency of the officers commanding this expedition may be judged from the single fact that a great number of women were allowed to accompany the troops into a wilderness known to be infested with the worst kind of savages. There were about 250 of these women with the “army” on the day of the battle. Of these, 56 were killed on the spot, many being pinned to the earth by stakes driven through their bodies. Few of the others escaped captivity.

After this unprecedented victory, the Indians became more troublesome than ever along the frontier. No settler’s home was safe, and many were destroyed in the year of terror that followed. The awful fate of one of those households is told in the following touching narrative of Mercy Harbison, wife of one of the survivors of St. Clair’s defeat. How two of her little children were slaughtered before her eyes, how she was dragged through the wilderness with a babe at her breast, how cruelly maltreated, and how she finally escaped, barefooted and carrying her infant through days and nights of almost superhuman exertion, she has left record in a deposition before the magistrates at Pittsburgh and in the statement here reprinted.

Biography of Gerald Francis Wilson

Gerald Francis Wilson. Among the contributing factors to progress and prosperity in Clay County are the newspapers, and in taking them into account the Leader, at Longford, should by no means be overlooked. It is a live, wide-awake, progressive journal becanse such are the characteristics of its able editor and manager, Gerald Francis Wilson, who …

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Biographical Sketch of E. R. Grasselli

Grasselli, E. R.; manufacturer; born, Cleveland, 1872; son of C. A. and Johanna Ireland Grasselli; married, Detroit, Mich., April, 1901, Mabel Field; one son, Eugene Grasselli; began business with the Grasselli Chemical Co.; now 2nd vice pres. and treas.; director Broadway Savings & Trust Co. and Woodland Ave. Savings & Trust Co.; member Union, Country, …

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Early Exploration and Native Americans

De Soto and his band gave to the Choctaws at Moma Binah and the Chickasaws at Chikasahha their first lesson in the white man’s modus operandi to civilize and Christianize North American Indians; so has the same lesson been continued to be given to that unfortunate people by his white successors from that day to this, …

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Migration of Families out of Norwich VT

At the first enumeration of the inhabitants of eastern Vermont, as made by the authority of New York in 1771, Norwich was found to be the most populous of all the towns of Windsor County, having forty families and 206 inhabitants. Windsor followed with 203, and Hartford was third with 190. The aggregate population of …

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Biographical Sketch of Charles Edmund Jackson

Jackson, Charles Edmund; manufacturer; born, Lowestoft, Eng., April 10, 1865; son of Edmund J. and Lucretia Betts Jackson; educated, Lowestoft, Eng., and Cleveland, O.; married, Detroit, Mich., July 19, 1890, Mary M. Cooper; one son, Herbert C. Jackson; mgr. E. C. Jackson & Co.; business founded Aug. 20, 1896; machine and blacksmith shop and a …

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