IGHR (Samford) — Day 2

In the “Records of Other Researchers” por­tion of the Vir­ginia class at Sam­ford today, we took a look at a vol­ume enti­tled The Pre­ston and Vir­ginia Papers of the Draper Col­lec­tion of Man­u­scripts. (Madi­son: State His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety of Wis­con­sin, 1915). This vol­ume cat­a­logs a sub­set of col­lec­tions of the Draper Man­u­scripts, papers gath­ered by Lyman Draper for the Wis­con­sin His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety. These papers doc­u­ment the “his­tory of the trans-Allegheny West from the fron­tier con­flicts of the 1740s to the War of 1812.”

As you may have guessed, the Pre­ston and Vir­ginia Papers relate to Vir­ginia. The book out­lines the col­lec­tion, with names of per­sons and sum­maries of the mate­ri­als con­tained and the events described in them.

Google Books includes the book in ques­tion, and a quick search found a few ref­er­ences to the Indian attack on the house my 5th great grand­fa­ther James Gra­ham built on the Green­brier River. On page 211, there’s this:

1777 Sept. 11, 3ZZ10
Van Bib­ber, Capt. John. Capt. John Van Bibber’s Fort, Green­brier. Let­ter to [William Flem­ing]. Indian trou­bles on Green­brier; James Graham’s house attacked; requests that a small body of men be placed under his com­mand, and that he may send out spies. A. L. S. 1 p. Endorsed: Capt Van Bib­ber. Printed: Thwaites and Kel­logg, Fron­tier Defense, pp. 78, 79.

1777 Sept. 12, 3ZZ11
Hen­der­son, James. Fort Henry. Let­ter to Col. William Flem­ing, Bote­tourt County, [Va.] Account given by Andrew Kinkead of attack on James Graham’s house on Green­brier River; Wal­ter Cald­well shot; Steel Lof­tus killed at mouth of Indian Creek. A. L. S. 1 p. Printed: Thwaites and Kel­logg, Fron­tier Defense, pp. 79, 80.

1777 Sept. 12, 3ZZ12
Stu­art, John. Let­ter to Col. William Flem­ing, Bote­tourt [County, Va.] Encloses let­ter from Cap­tain Arbuckle; attack on James Graham’s house; Wal­ter Cald­well killed; the peo­ple fly­ing to fort at Camp Union; Capt. Hendry Smith requested to send assis­tance to peo­ple on Muddy Creek; report of an expe­di­tion against Ohio Indi­ans. A. L. S. 2 pp. Printed: Thwaites and Kel­logg, Fron­tier Defense, pp. 80–82.

Each of these entries men­tioned the let­ters being pub­lished in Thwaites and Kel­logg, that is in, Fron­tier Defense on the Upper Ohio, 1777–1778: Com­piled from the Draper Man­u­scripts in the Library of the Wis­con­sin His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety, Reuben Gold Thwaites, LL. D and Louise Phelps Kel­logg, Ph. D., edi­tors (Madi­son: Wis­con­sin State His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety, 1912). Luck­ily, this title is also on Google Books. I have pro­vided a embed­ded copy of the book, open to the rel­e­vant page .…

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