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John See

Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: South Branch,, Hardy, Virginia, United States
Death: January 2, 1837 (79)
Decatur, Macon, Illinois, United States
Place of Burial: Decatur, IL
Immediate Family:

Son of Frederick "Michael" See and Catherine Vanderpool
Husband of Margaret "Peggy" See
Father of George See; Garred See; William See; David Way See, Sr.; Charles Frederick See and 6 others
Brother of Margaret Roach; Sarah Lois See; Mary Catherine Cornstalk; Michael See; Elizabeth Shoemaker and 1 other
Half brother of John Sharpe, Jr.; William Sharpe and Mary "Polly" Petro

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About John See

Hardy WVA to Indiana

John was taken hostage at age six by Shawnee Indians. An agreement was reached where all the prisoners were to be released. The three sons of Frederick See were taken to Ft. Pitt, Virginia. However, the youngest, John, escaped the first night of his release, rejoining his captors.

John See spent several more months with his captors until his Uncle "Adam" [Michael] could again secure his release. Tradition is that John's behavior caused his aunt to throw her hands up in despair during her attempts to civilize him.

Frederick See's widow is thought to have remarried, but nothing has been found to indicate she did or who to. Her whereabouts were unknown. he was raised by his uncle Adam See after his father was killed in the Muddy Creek area. Reaching manhood he fought in and around Greenbrier County in 1775-76 against the Indians.

Then in August 1776 he enlisted in the regular army for a term of one year. John See was a dedicated Revolutionary soldier. After he had served his year he re-enlisted again. This time he began serving three years under a Capt. Lapsely in the 12th Regiment of General Scott's troop which was later to join General Washington's army. General George Washington met the forces of the British led by a general named "Howe" who had the Americans far outnumbered. This was known as the famous Battle of Brandywine. During this battle John See was wounded in the chest. How he managed to continue is unknown, but he remained with the troops while recovering. When Washington took his 11,000 men, ragged and tired, to make winter quarters at Valley Forge, John was with him and he and many fellow soldiers remained loyal to Washington in spite of the many hardships. There were only about 1,000 blankets for 11,000 men to keep warm. Half the troops were without shoes, and the supply of food was always scarce. Malnutrition, pneumonia, inadequate clothing, and lack of the medical supplies needed for the wounded killed hundreds of men. John See survived through such difficulties and went on to fight in the "Battle of Germantown" near Philadelphia; he was in the "Battle of Stony Point" near Monmouth, New Jersey; and the last battle he served in, "Battle of Camden." These were very important engagements of the war. After Camden he was discharged after fighting for five years for his country. Returning from the war, John See married Margaret Jarrett. After their marriage John and Margaret was to settle down in Greenbrier County where they began raising their family. They had nine known children. About 1790 John See became a Baptist minister in Virginia but continued to farm as well, owning land in different areas. In 1809 he deeded 60 acres of land to Peter Likens.

In 1818 he deeded 60 acres on the Kanawha River to John Nugen, his son-in-law. And its been told that he gave each of his nine children property. He assigned a land warrant that he had received in the service to a James Galloway, which was used in Hardin County, Ohio.

Documents indicated John and Margaret See left Virginia going to Indiana in 1814. But son Michael See said in a county history they went when he was two years of age; this seems unlikely but it is possible they went there and returned. They positively were in Indiana for several years thereafter but where this couple passed away has a lot of Sees wondering.

According to Linda Nixon, she read where Margaret See died in 1836; as well she has read that John See died in 1837, others saying he died in 1845. Some say Peoria, Illinois is where he died, and others say Decatur County, Illinois, while others think Indiana.

A document on file at the War Office Department states that John See of Koscuiski County, Indiana, appointed John Nugen to be his lawful attorney. But it didn't say how long if, John See lived there. Pension papers state that he received his last pension payment in January 1837. This is most cases an indication the pensioner had died.

But when Linda Nixon wrote a letter to the Henry County Genealogy Association, they sent a letter back which stated John See was buried on a farm once his in Henry County, Indiana. She believes this is correct.

Another source relating to John See's captivity when he was young: Shawnee Heritage I

Written by Don Greene and Noel Schutz 2008 ISBN 978-1-4357-1573-8 2nd Edition page 246

  1. 1452.

(in part) ... adopted by Shawnee (1763); returned to whites (1765); returned to tribe (1765); returned to whites (1769)

  • ransomed 1765 for $100 by his uncle, Michael See
  • stationed at Ft. Randolph WV 1776, 1777
  • witnessed murder of former adopted father (Cornstalk) (at Ft. Randolph)
  • scout with the US Army (Revolution)


Birth 1757Hardy, Bedford, Virginia, USA Posted by burton2401 Comment

Marriage 1780Charleston, Kanawha, West Virginia, USA Posted by burton2401 Comment

Marriage 1780Charleston, Kanawha, Virginia, USA Posted by burton2401 Comment

Marriage 1780Charleston, Kanawha, Virginia, USA Posted by burton2401 Comment

Residence 1830Hardy, Virginia Posted by burton2401 Comment

Residence 1830Hardy, Virginia Posted by burton2401 Comment

Death 1837Decatur, Macon, Illinois, USA Posted by burton2401 Comment

Residence United States Posted by burton2401 Comment

Residence United States Posted by burton2401 Comment

Residence United States Posted by burton2401 Comment

Story: John Enlisted In The Army

Posted by burton2401 John enlisted in the regular army and served for five years.  First in the Virginia State Militia, 1776, serving one year in the western area protecting settlers from Indians.  He was in the battle of White Plains on October 29, 1776.  He was wounded at Brandywine, Sept ll, 1777.  He was at Valley Forge and may also have been in the battles of Germantown; Monmouth on June 28, 1778;  Stony Point, July 16, 1779; and Camden on August 16, 1780.  He was discharged from the Continental Army in 1780 at Camden, South Carolina.  He recieved a pension beginning Sept 19, 1832. Comment

Story: John Settled There

Posted by burton2401 John was a farmer and, from 1790 on, a famous baptist preacher. Comment

Story: July 23, 1763

Posted by burton2401 <p>Per Maggie Hayes:</p><p>On July 23, 1763 Shawnee Indians led by Chief Cornstalk, under the guise of friendship, came to Muddy Creek settlement, were admitted, then attacked the settlers and Killed adult males, infants, And older women.  John, his mother, two brothers and probably three  of his sisters were made captive, and were taken to an Indian village in central Ohio.  It is said that John walked much of the way, until his mother forced an Indian brave off one of the See's horses and she and John rode this horse.  John became a part of an Indian family there, which had lost a child.  He seems tohave become attac;hed to this family.   One of the girls said later that this was explainable because boys were treated like braves while the girls and women  were treated more like slaves.  </p><p>John's mother was allowed to return to Virginia, after several months.  In 1764, as the French and Indian War neared its close, an expedition from Ft. Pitt to the Shawnee was able to obtain of about 75% of the captives.  John, his two brothers, and two of his three sisters, were among those being returned. However, on the first night, as John "supposedly" was sleeping between his sisters, he crawled away under the edge of the tent and nade his way bacj; to the family that had "adipted" him.  Later he told a grandson that this family told him if the whites should get him back, they would burn him. and he believed them.  </p><p>Abouty a year later John's Uncle Michael arranged through two white traders to ransom John for $100.  He was returned to Hanpshire Co. where he lived with Michael and Barbara Until 1776.  At that time he enlisted in the militia for a year; when that term expired he enlisted in a Virginia regiment.</p> Comment

Story: In The Military

Posted by burton2401 Report abuse <p>In the initial service John was at Point Pleasant, where a fort was built.  While he was there Cornstalk and His son came on a mission of peace, but were killed by a group of soldiers unhappy with Indian treatment of one of theiir fellows.  His sister Elizabeth may have come with Cornstalk as an interpreter.  It is possible that John helped to get her to return from the Indians.</p><p>During the Second enlistment John served with Virginia units that spent a winter at Valley Forge.  He was in the bettles of Trenton and Germantown where he was wounded.Later he was at Stony Point under General Wayne.  He was released from service at Camden South carolina in 1781.</p>

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John See's Timeline

October 10, 1757
South Branch,, Hardy, Virginia, United States
Age 23
Age 23
Age 23
Greenbrier, Virginia, United States
Age 25
Greenbrier, West Virginia, United States
October 29, 1785
Age 28
Greenbrier, Virginia, United States
December 22, 1787
Age 30
Greenbrier, Virginia, United States
Age 31
Greenbrier, Virginia, United States