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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Another Story

Well, as I said yesterday I love reading history and esecially if it is local history. Here is another story I read about the area that is now covered by Watauga Lake.

One of the houses that had to be moved to make room for the lake was a very old log cabin. The gentleman who lived there said he was 71 years old and had been born in the cabin as was his father before him. He stated his grandfather had also lived there.

According to him a lady had either lived there or near there when the indians were still giving the early settlers a little trouble. She had left her baby alone in the house while she went to the spring for water. While she was gone the indians came and placed a chair over the baby and put a log in the chair. When the lady returned from the spring she was killed and scalped. The baby was unharmed.

The indians then went out behind the house where they got into a skirmish with the settlers. The Indian chief was wounded but no settlers were killed. The lady was buried out beside the log house.

This is one of the stories I remember my father telling when we were growing up. He used to tell us all kinds of stories. It is hard to remember them all unless someone jogs my memory a little. A lot of stories such as this are lost because no one wrote them down. I am glad I was able to reconnect with this one.

And in the words of my father "That's it for today".


Anonymous said...


Keep those local stories coming.


Speedy said...

I have missed reading you JJ. Sherri and I have been so busy with all the goings here that we have not even got on chat...I know that is our fault and we will take the blame...but we did miss reading you and we will do better. By the way we both miss you and keep saying to each other wouldn't Jenny have fun doing this with us! Hey I hope the next time we all get together you are in the crowd.

Love ya

Joe and Sherri