Mary BOATMAN: Birth: 1748. Death: 1846
James BOATMAN: Birth: BET 1752 AND 1763.
Cornelius BOATMAN: Birth: BET 1752 AND 1755.
Note: In the following story, relating the Lee Massacre of 1782 in Lycoming County PA, the Mrs. Boatman referred to is the 1st wife of Claudius (Gloude) BOATMAN, SR. and the surviving daughter (referred to as Miss Boatman) was Rebecca BOATMAN b. 1766 who later married Isacc SMEE.
From the LYCOMING COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA GENEALOGY PROJECT
The murder of Maj. John Lee and several members of his family, some time in August, 1782, was very cruel and caused much excitement among the people. He lived near what is now the little town of Winfield, a few miles above Northumberland, on the west side of the river. It was a warm evening, and Lee and his family, with one or two neighbors, were eating supper. Suddenly a band of Indians burst upon them. Lee was stricken down and scalped, and an old man named Walker shared the same fate. Mrs. Boatman was killed and scalped, and a daughter was also scalped. Two or three escaped. A son of Lee named Robert was returning home, and when he came in sight of the house the Indians were leaving it. He fled to Sunbury and gave the alarm. In the mean time the Indians, retreated up the river, carrying Mrs. Lee and her infant child with them as prisoners. Colonel Hunter hastily collected a party of twenty men and started in pursuit. When they reached the house they found Lee and Miss Boatman still, living. They were sent to Sunbury on litters for treatment, but Lee soon after died. Miss Boatman recovered and lived for many years. Claudius Boatman appears in histories of early Lycoming Co. PA as a near-legendary figure.
On a slight elevation, a few rods east of the first fork of Pine creek, repose the remains of Claudius Boatman and wife, Comfort Wanzer and wife, and William Hamlin, father of Rev. Benjamin Hamlin, Probably other members of the family were buried there. A grove of young timber surrounds their graves. When Waterville was laid out Capt. James M. Wolf directed the engineers not to disturb their graves. Waterville is an unincorporated community in the dense woods of the Glaciated Allegheny Plateau in south-central Cummings Township, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, United States. It lies in the deep valley of Pine Creek, the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, at the mouth of Little Pine Creek. Pennsylvania Route 44 travels through Waterville, heading south-southeastward along Pine Creek to the borough of Jersey Shore. The city of Williamsport, the county seat of Lycoming County, is to the east.
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