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Draper's Meadow Massacre (1755)

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  • John Draper, Sr. (1730 - 1824)
    A Patriot of the American Revolution for VIRGINIA with the rank of CAPTAIN. DAR Ancestor # A033550 Residence : England Reference: MyHeritage Family Trees - SmartCopy : Sep 20 2016, 16:07:28 UTC
  • Elizabeth "Betty" Draper (c.1712 - 1774)
    Kidnapped by Shawnee Indians 1754. Her neighbor, Mary Ingles, was also kidnapped that day. Mary was her sister-in-law (sister to her husband John). She was held captive for six years, when her husband ...
  • Eleanor (Esther) Draper (1702 - 1755)
    Immigrated from Donegal, Ireland in 1729. Note from John D. Curtis: Elenor (Eleanor) was among the five people murdered by the Shawnee Indian warriors who were responsible for the Draper's Meadow M...
  • Col. William C. Preston (1729 - 1783)
    Col William Preston BIRTH 25 Dec 1729 County Donegal, Ireland DEATH 28 Jun 1783 (aged 53) Botetourt County, Virginia, USA BURIAL Preston Cemetery at Smithfield Plantation Blacksburg, Montgomery County...
  • Col. James Patton (1692 - 1755)
    From the , Smithfield Review , Volume 19. 2015. The Drapers Meadow s Settlement ( 1746 - 1756 ) part 2, As County Lieutenant, Col. James Patton was the highest ranking Milita officer in Augusta Count...

In July 1755, a small outpost in southwest Virginia, at the present day Blacksburg, was raided by a group of Shawnee Indian warriors, who killed at least five people including an infant child and captured five more. The Indians traveled back with their hostages to a Shawnee village in Kentucky. One of the captives, Mary Draper Ingles later escaped and returned home on foot through the wilderness. Although many of the actual circumstances of the incident, including the date of the attack is uncertain, the event remains a dramatic and inspirational story in the history of Virginia.

Source: Wikipedia