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Title: A Little Family History
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The name of my Grandfather Whicker's mother, before she was married was Bingaman. The family was German and came into the state of Virginia about the year 1600 and lived on the frontiers. Many of the incidents of their frontier life have been for years a matter of recorded history, a little of which I shall relate in these articles as it may tend to show why I hazve such a akeen personal interest in the history of these first Americans.

While living in what is now Greenbrier county, West Virginia, the father was away from his home on business. A band of Indians surrounded the cabin in which the family lived. After a desperate struggle they captured them all alive and took the entire family and their belongings with them. When the father returned he immediately gathered his neighbors and went in pursuit of the Indians. They overtook the Indians and succeeded in getting all the family but one little girl five years of age. This litte girl they could not find and were forced to return to the settlement without her. The family afterwards moved to what is now Guilford county, North Carolina. Two of the boys who were a few years older than the girl, when they became young men, started in search of their sister and wandered from one tribe of Indians to another until at last they found her, a young woman living with the Miami Indinas inthe state of Ohio, on the Maumee river. She had been adopted by an Indian chief and his wife and was satisfied with her home, but finally, the chief and his wife consented to her return with her brothers with the understanding that a year later they (the Indians) should go to North Carolina to see her. With this agreement she went back with her brothers to North Carolina. Everything was done to make her home happy that the family could do but she longed for the life of the Indians and when the year was up and her foster parents came to North Carolina to see her, she of her own free will, returned with them to the life in the forest. She afterwards married a Miami chief and the tribe which she was a member came to the Wabash valley. She raised a large family of children and my grandfather's brothers and sisters often visited their aunt and their Indian cousins. These visits and their friendship was continued until about 1840 after the last treaty was made at the forks of the Wabash and those Indian relatives went with the rest of the tribe to the state of Kansas. My father told me that he never heard any family speak of those Indian cousins, his father's aunt and her husband, only in the kindest of terms, and often the families would visit back and forth and stay for a week or more at a time. Afterwards two of my grandfather's brothers and his father settled in Delaware county, Indiana, on what is now one of the finest farms in that county, taking up land selected by their Indiana relatives. Nearly all of the reserves made tot he Miami Indians were made to individuals with French, English, and German names. I believe the Miami Indians to have been the most intelligent as well as the most handsome tribe in North America. I have regretted very much that our family did not keep in touch with those Indian cousins.

Date: 1/1/1916
Origin: Historical Sketches of the Wabash Valley
Author: J. Wesley Whicker
Record ID: 00001177
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
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Entered By: Amber M Knipe

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