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Georg Gerick Goodnight (Gutknecht)

Birthdate: (56)
Birthplace: Nordwestmecklenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
Death: June 24, 1780 (56)
Ruddell's Station, Lincoln County, Kentucky, United States (Killed in Indian Massacre )
Immediate Family:

Son of Hans Johannes Gutknecht and Anna Barbara Gutknecht
Husband of Catherina Goodnight (Gutknecht)
Father of Johann Theobald Goodnight; Michael Goodnight; Johannes Goodnight; John Henry Goodnight; Elizabeth Goodnight and 6 others
Brother of Hans Michael Gutknecht; Johann Adam Gutknecht; Maria Eva Gutknecht; Christian Gutknecht and Maria Magdalena Gutknecht
Half brother of Anna Barbara Gutknecht; Maria Esther Gutknecht; Johann Peter Gutknecht; Johannes Gutknecht; Anna Maria Elisabetha Gutknecht and 1 other

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About Georg Gerick Goodnight

A Patriot of the American Revolution for NORTH CAROLINA. DAR Ancestor # A206749

Destruction of Ruddle's Fort

Draper MSS, Volume 29, Series Jp18 ; Birds Expeddition - Ruddles and Martins Forts Taken 1780
From Mrs. Rhoda Ground, Warren County, Kentucky. ; Trans. Form 325393, October 1844, Icde.

Ruddles station taken June __ 1780 - The Indians first came and attacked the station, were repulsed. Sometime afterward they caime again, with canon and attacked, with the canon. An old man Goodnight was killed - Simon Girth and Miajah Calloway were with the enemy. Capt. Ruddles family - John Longs family consisting of himself, wife and five children, John Conaway, wife and seven children -- one of the latter a small boy was scalped, John Denton, wife and one daughter, recollects and perhaps other children; also a family of Sellars.

  • Simon Girty was born in Pa. in 1741. At the age of 15 he was captured by the Senecas and lived with them as a prisoner for three years. He was a loyalist and for some reason the Americans regarded him with greater detestation than for other of their foes, and he seems to have returend their feeling in full measure. I have yet to find who Miajah Calloway was.

Some of the prisenors were shortly after released: others were kept in captivity til Wayne's treaty of 1795.

Mrs. Ground, one of the children of J. W. Long, was a small girl when taken, and can give no further particulars.

Note: In Scott Hamilton Goodnight's history of the family he states that George Goodnight was massacreed at Fort Ruddle in the most barbous manner while his children were scattered among the Indians. The father of S. W. Goodnight was taken to Detroit and sold to the French and taken to Canada, while Elizabeth didn't get back to her people until she was 22 years old. This 'old man Goodnight' that Rhoda referred to must have been George Goodnight.

Ruddel's Station Massacre Captives

  • GOODNIGHT GEORGE (c.1707-1780) A native of Germany he was born "Gerik Gudknecht" in 1707 [sic. other references for 1724]. He came to Philadelphia aboard the ship Recovery on October 25, 1754. He was killed on June 24, 1780 during the raid on Ruddell's Station.
  • GOODNIGHT, CATHERINE. Wife of George Goodnight.
  • GOODNIGHT, JOHN (c.1760-c.1820) Son of George and Catherine Goodnight was born about 1760 in Rowan County, North Carolina. He died about 1820 in Casey County, Kentucky. Refer to Land Acquisition
  • GOODNIGHT, CHRISTINA (c.1762--) Daughter of George and Catherine Goodnight was born about 1762 in Rowan County, North Carolina. She married Thomas Station.
  • GOODNIGHT, PETER (c.1764-1844) Son of George and Catherine Goodnight was born about 1764 in Rowan County, North Carolina. He died in 1844 in Hamilton County, Illinois. He married Nancy Forhan.
  • GOODNIGHT, DAVID (c.1765-c.1819) Son of George and Catherine Goodnight was born about 1765 in Rowan County, North Carolina. He never married and died about 1819 in Fayette County, Kentucky.
  • GOODNIGHT, MICHAEL (c.1766-1851) Son of George and Catherine Goodnight was born about 1766 in Rowan County, North Carolina. He died August 1851 in Muhlenburg County, Kentucky.
  • GOODNIGHT, ELIZABETH (c.1770-c.1859) Daughter of George and Catherine Goodnight was born about 1770 in Rowan County, North Carolina. Elizabeth remained a prisoner until she was 22 years old. She died about 1859 in Ripley County, Indiana.
    ). Daughter of George and Catherine Goodnight was born about 1772 in Rowan County, North Carolina. She married a British officer in Canada. She died in England.
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Georg Gerick Goodnight's Timeline

Nordwestmecklenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
July 1752
Age 28
Age 29
January 21, 1754
Age 30
Age 36
Rowan, NC, USA
Age 37
Rowan County, North Carolina, Colonial America
Age 38
Rowan County, North Carolina, United States
Age 40
Rowan, NC, USA
Age 41
Rowan, NC, USA