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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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