Samuel Lammey Captured on Holston River

Samuel Lammey Captured on Holston River

By Emory L. Hamilton

From the unpublished manuscript, Indian Atrocities Along the Clinch, Powell and Holston Rivers, page 9.

After killing the Henry family the Indians apparently crossed Clinch Mountain to Cove Creek on the North Fork of the Holston River where they took Samuel Lammey prisoner on the same day the Henry family were killed.

In a letter written eight days after the killing of the Henrys, Arthur Campbell writes to Col. Preston, on September 17, 1774, wherein he states:

Sir, - The same day John Henry was wounded on the Clinch, there was one Samuel Lammey taken prisoner on the North Fork of the Holston about a mile from the upper end of Campbell's Choice (This is near Broad Ford in Smythe County), now called the Clay Lick, and Archibald and John Buchanan's families narrowly escaped."

Pendleton, in his History of Tazewell County, says:

They must have come upon Lammey alone, as his family had been sent to Campbell's Fort (at Royal Oak). Pendleton is wrong here as Samuel Lammey was not married. In a suit filed over Lammey's land in the High Court of Chancery in Augusta County, VA, in 1805, (Lamie vs Tate), Arthur Campbell, the man to whose fort Pendleton says Lammey's family had gone, has this to say: Lammey made no lawful settlement, because he had no family. In 1770, Andrew and Samuel Lammey settled three or four miles higher up Cove Creek. In 1774, Samuel was captured by the Indians and carried to Canada.

Samuel Lammey apparently never returned from this captivity, and Andrew Lammey, who was perhaps a brother, became heir at law to Samuel (1). John Lammey, who may have been another brother, or a nephew to Samuel, in this same land suit stated he was born at 9 a.m. on October 1, 1753, and he also says that Samuel Lammey was never married.

(1) Augusta Court Causes Ended (Lamie vs Tate)

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