Versions of the Indian Attack on the Montgomery Family Near Loganís Station on the Green River

Submitted By: Angella Watson

 

(The following is from Waddell's "Annals of August County, Virginia" (1902), page 319):

  "In the year 1768 William Montgomery resided in Augusta County, but in what neighborhood we do not know.  On the 14th of May in that year he received from Michael Malls a deed for 470 acres of land on "the mountain between the South Fork and the South Branch of Potowmack."  On the 15th of August 1769, William Montgomery and Jean his wife, conveyed the tract of 470 acres to Adam Harpole, and soon thereafter removed with the Campbells, Logans, and others to the Holston, now Washington County.  In the new settlement young Benjamin Logan wooed and married Montgomery's daughter Anne. Logan moved to Kentucky and soon became famous there.  His father-in-law with his family, including the family of Montgomery's son-in-law, Joseph Russell, followed Logan to Kentucky in 1779 and made a settlement 12 miles from "Logan's Fort."  Early one morning in March, 1780, Montgomery, on going to the door of his cabin, was shot and killed by Indians..."

----------from "Lincoln County Pioneer Families", the Interior Journal, Stanford, Kentucky, date unknown

 

 

  "In Green's Historic Families of Kentucky, page 133, it is stated that William Montgomery came to Kentucky in 1779 with his family.  He was the father-in-law of Col. Benjamin Logan.  Montgomery built cabins about 12 miles from St. Asaphs, on one of the sources of Green River.  This elder William Montgomery was killed by the Indians at his cabin in 1781.  Jane, his daughter, quickly closed the door and defended the cabin from the intruders, while her sister, Betsey, 12 years of age, ran 2 miles to another cabin or station for assistance.  William and John, sons of the elder William, lived nearby in cabins; also a son-in-law, Joseph Russell.  William Jr. killed several of the Indians.  John was killed by them, and his wife taken prisoner.  The wife of Col. Logan was Ann Montgomery.  Jane Montgomery married Gen. William Casey, who came to Kentucky in 1779 from Frederick County, Virginia, and lived on the Hanging Fork of Dix River until 1791, when he moved to Russell Creek, a tributary of Green River.  Thomas and Robert were also sons of the elder William Montgomery."

----------from "Letter to Mrs. Morton", Montgomery Family File, Kentucky Historical Library

 

 

  "From Perrin's History of Kentucky, page 175---(paraphrased):  William Montgomery, Sr., father of Mrs. Benjamin Logan had built four cabins in a large irregular square but unprotected by palisades.  He lived in one, his son William Jr. in one, son John in one, and in the other, son-in-law Joseph Russell with his wife and 3 children.  One night in March 1781 Indians surrounded the cabins.  At first light William Sr. and his slave boy stepped out the door of his house and both were shot dead by the Indians.  Mrs. Montgomery with he youngest child, Flora was at Logan's Station, some of the boys were out scouting.  In the cabin was Jane, then a young woman, and Elizabeth about 12 years old.  Jane, as soon as the rifles that killed her father and the slave boy cracked, closed and barred the door, calling for a rifle.  Betsey climbed up the chimney, dropped to the ground, and ran at top speed to Petit's Station, about 2 1/2 miles away where the alarm was taken to Logan's Station.  Jane and her little brother were not disturbed as the Indians were afraid of her rifle.   William Jr., his wife, one child and a bound boy heard the rifle crack.  The boy guarded the door with a heavy sugar trough while William Jr. discharged his rifle through a crevice in rapid succession killing one and wounding another before they drew out of range.  The door to John's cabin was forced open and he was killed as he jumped from bed and his wife was uninjured but his wife and children were captured.  Col. Logan and his men soon struck out in pursuit and found the trail because Mrs. Russell had broken twigs, etc. to show the way.  Soon they came in sight and when the little Russell girl cried "There's Uncle Ben" the Indians shot and killed her.  After a running fight, the Indians left their captives and departed."

------------from "Letter to Mrs. Kilbride", Montgomery Family File, Adair County Genealogy Library