Note: e Family Assoc. p 11.
Ibid. 'When Susannah was one year old, she and her father, Richard Williams, were captured by indians. Her father escaped, but Susannah was held captive for 13 years. She was released in an exchange of prisoners and identified by a birthmark on her arm. Her scalp-lock had been taken and she was said to have worn a little cap all the rest of her life.'
"The Chalice", Issue 13, #1, May 1995. Natl Blue Family Assoc. p 32. "...Richard Williams, father of Susanne Blue who, with her father, was captured by Indians and taken to Detroit area from which Williams escaped and some 13 years later got Susanne back to Hampshire. (by Willard M. "Bud" Ansel)"
"The Chalice" Issue 13, #1, May 1995. Natl Blue Family Assoc. "Our Peters Lineage" by Willard Monroe Ansel. "In the year 1773, Peter Peters died and in his last will and testament, being dated Oct 17, 1772 - probated on March 9, 1773, it was stated that Peter Peters had three daughters, namely, Mary, whom it was revealed was married to Peter Rambow; Hannah was wed to Robert Parker, a son of John Parker who was the builder of Fort Parker... The will also establishes the fact daughter Susannah was married to Richard Williams to whom lot #32 had been conveyed a year earlier. ...at time of death, 182 acres of land on New Creek, now Mineral County, WV which he devised to his three sons-in-laws, Peter Rambo, Robert Parker and Richard Williams."
Transcribed by Jeffrey C. Weaver,1998."The 1781-82 Hampshire County, Virginia Personal Property Tax List". http://www.ls.net/~newriver/va/hamp82al.htm.Williams,Richard. Tithes:2. Slaves above 12:. Horses:9.Cattle:23.
Land Office,Northern Neck Grants, Card 43 of 170. Williams, George Junr. & Williams,Richard. 23 Feby 1730. King George County. 798a. On the branches of the Great run adjoining Hooe's land, & the land of John Kempar. N.N.Grants C,p110, folio. 15807. Original.
Ibid. Card 107 of 170. Williams,Richard, 9 July 1792. Hampshire County. 413a. On the Grindstone and on the west side of the South Branch of Potowmack. N.N. Grants W, p 40-42. 15848. Original and N.N. Surveys 2, p 135-136.
Ibid. Card 39 of 170. Williams, George. 15 July 1762. Hampshire County. 218a. On the North Branch of Potomack. N.N.Grants K,p 481. 15804. Original.
Ibid. Card 37 of 170. Williams,George. 14 Apl 1742. Prince William County. 227a. Which he purchased of John Fishback. Northern Neck Grants E, 1736-42. p 445. 15803.
Ibid. Card 40 of 170. Williams, George. 2 Nov 1770. Fauquier County. 231a. beginn.g & c on Rappahannock River. (called Hedgman) Northern Neck Grants I, 1757-81, p 183-184. 15805. Original.
Ibid. Card 106 of 170. Williams, Richard. 23 Feby 1730. King George County. 798a. See Williams, George Junr. and Williams,Richard. 23 Feby 1730. N.N. Grants C, p 110, folio. 15847. Original.
Charles Morrison, "Early Fairfax Land Grants and Leases Along the South Branch of the Potomas" WV History,V37 (Oct 1976) pp 1-22. Richard Williams 232 acres.
http://www.northamericanforts.com/East/wveast.html#pleasant Richard Williams' Fort (1756 - 1760's), RidgedaleA settlers' stockaded fort located about one mile north of the "Hanging Rocks". Probably garrisoned by the militia on occasion. Attacked by Delaware Indians in 1764.
State of Virginia Enumerations Hampshire County - 1782. Williams, Richard Sr 10 whites, 10 blacks.
"Journal of Rev. Francis Asbury, Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church" Vol I, Aug 7, 1771 to Dec 31, 1786. NY, 1852. p 476-480. "July 1784. Saturday, 31. I praise God for health of body, peace of mind, and a desire to be holiness to the Lord: I am led into a deep and sweet union with God...Richard Williams, on the north branch of the Potomac, was taken prisoner by the Indians. It may be satisfactory to many to record in this journal his own account of the wonderful deliverances he experienced, and the extraordinary combinations of providences by which he was restored to his family. A few days before Braddock's defeat, nineteen Indians beset the house, killed his father, his mother, and one of his brother's sons: Williams and his child they secured as prisoners, and took them away to Fort Pitt, (now Pittsburg,) tying his hands to a tree every night to prevent his escape; the child he fed with wild cherries or sawice berries; but it was taken from him at the fort. On the day of Braddock's defeat, he was taken across the Ohio River, and guarded to Detroit, where he found the garrison reduced to the extremity of eating horseflesh. After staying some time at Detroit, he made his escape, taking with him a Frenchman's gun and ammunition; and pushed homeward, first by curve lines, and then in a more straight direction. The Indians pursued and headed him, which obliged him to alter his course: wading through a deep stream, the water went over his head, and wet his powder. For three days he travelled on, until, being pressed by hunger, he stopped to dry his wet powder, but on examination he found it all dissolved away: his next shift was to dig sarsaparilla for sustenance. He went on, and by good fortune found a fish which a bird had dropped, and ate that. Continuing on, he came to a large river, where he saw two canoe loads of Indians pass; from these he hid himself: the Indians being out of sight, he made a raft of two logs, and by this contrivance gained the opposite shore. After this, he was three days without eating or drinking, and reduced to extreme suffering: he saw an Indian, and escaped him, and came to a stream of water of which he drank, and soon after a plum tree, some of the fruit of which he took along with him. The day following he fared something better, having found part of a fawn, which he roasted, picking the bones and the marrow, and carefully preserving the meat for future need. After the venison was all eaten, on each succeeding day, for three days, he found a squirrel. He afterward caught and eat a pole-cat: at another time he saw a hawk fly up, and going to the spot he found a wild turkey. Travelling on, he came to the Ohio and waded it: near this place an Indian threw a tomahawk at him; he tried to escape, by climbing up a wild-cherry tree, but found himself too weak, and he fell into the hands of two Frenchmen and five Indians, and thus found himself once more in the power of his enemies. With these he feigned derangement; they, however, took him along with them to Fort Pitt. On the way he tired, and they threatened to kill him; he told them he was willing to die. Arriving at the fort, an Indian charged him with being a prisoner from Detroit: he was forthwith put under a guard, and a council held in the French language, to determine what was to be done with him. The sentence of the general was, that he should be shot; to this some objected, saying that his spirit would haunt them if he was killed there, and advised his being taken to the island and buried in the sand. He was told that he should eat no more meat there, that the crickets should eat him. He behaved himself as though he understood nothing they said, yet he knew the general purport of their conversation, although they spoke in French. He relates, that one morning before day, while in the fort, he fell into a trance: he beheld spirits for his conductors, and lightning also: the guards being both asleep, he climbed up the high wall, and clambering over the spike palisades, got out safe. Having still to pass the sentinels, and not knowing where they were placed, he was discovered just as the cock crew for day; the sentinels mistook him for a comrade, and let him pass. At this time he felt a conviction that his wife prayed for him, and this was communicated in an unusual manner; and she, during his absence, had great comfort, and an assurance that she should see her husband again. Excaping (sic) thus he made the best of his way without interruption until the evening, when he heard a gun fire some distance behind him; presently another--these were his pursuers, who had found his track in the woods: he strove to run, but he was too weak. Another gun yet nighter (sic)to him went off: he made what way his strength would allow, and when he came to places where he left no track, he made zigzag courses to deceive them, and give him time to get ahead; but there were so many of them, they would still discover his track again. Thus he struggled on until seven guns were fired, the last of which he supposes to have been within two or three hundred yards from him; now his heart began to fail, and he thought he was gone, yet he resolved to labour onward as long as he had life. At the firing of the last gun, his pursuers crossed his track and got ahead of him; taking advantage of this circumstance, he turned outof the path, letting the Indians who were behind tread in the footsteps of those before. Following the direction now taken, he had not gone far until he came to a path which led to a settlement of the whites; this he did not long keep, but going round the ehad of the ravine, laid himself down, concluding that, if his track was again discovered, he would be favoured by the darkness. The Indians did get his track twice, but never overtook him. He went on in the dark as well as he could, sometimes feeling the bushes with his hands; among the rocks he often fell down from weakness; having gained smoother ground, he stopped and lay down until day. His enemies, it seems, had not given up the pursuit. He had not long left his hard lodgings when he heard the report of two guns; but coming to a hill where no mark of a footstep could be traced, he steered his course for Bedford, and came on a trading path in which he kept. Five days he lived on acorns; afterward he found some wild cherries; but lo! while he was eating, up comes an Indian. The Indian asked him where he was going; he said, "To the Delaware:" the Indian then took him by the hand and gave a whoop, when presently others joined him. By these he was kept a prisoner for some time: he appeared bold; was active in cooking, and by his cleverness got the favour of the captain, who praised him, and said, he could do everything like an Indian. He had more than he needed to eat: the captain, however, was very careful to secure him every night, by making him lie down in one corner; here he drew a cord over some hoop-poles and tied deer's hoofs to the end, so that if Williams pulled open the poles they would rattle and the deer's hoofs would strike the captains face. With these Indians Williams stayed a long time: they went to war and left him to provide deer for the squaws. At last he found an opportunity of escaping, which he improved, and arrived safe at his own home. He is now a faithful man-his wife a pious woman; and they have preaching at the house."
Rootsweb.com WorldConnect Ben Marshall [email protected] 1754 - Captured by indians in Hampshire County. Father, John, mother, wife and son killed during French and Indian War.1756 - Richard Williams, on returning from his capture by indians (1754), built fort on Lot 32 belonging to Peter Peters, land granted by Lord Fairfax in 1749, 10 Aug. This land on South Branch Potomac near "Hanging Rocks". Sold by Peter Peters to Richard in 1772.... story (Jane E. Ailes) of Richard Williams capture by indians prior to spring of 1755.1765, 4 May - HamDB_1_294 - Providence Williams of Berkeley County, SC appoints his brother, Richard, attorney to convey to Daniel Cresap, 200 acres on forks of Potomac and and North Branch.1765, 14 Aug. - Hampshire County Deed Book, Providence Williams of Berkeley County, SC to Richard Williams by power of attorney, 200 acres on Potomac River, Wit: Edward Musgrove, James Williams, James McFadden.1766, 12 Aug. - Hampshire County Deed Book, Providence Williams of Berkeley County, SC to Daniel Cresap of Hampshire County, 180 acres on Potomac River, 60 pounds, brother, Richard, appointed attorney. Wit: James Keith.1772,8 Nov. - Richard Williams of Hampshire from Peter Peters of Hampshire, Lot #32, 232 acres on South Branch (Wappacomeo), 360 pounds.1773 - Hampshire County - will of Peter Peters names daughter Susannah and Richard Williams, son-in-law, named executor.1790 - HamDB - John Williams, eldest son of Richard, to William Litton, 232 acres, leased and renewed 1796.
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