John Frazier's Son Taken Prisoner

John Frazier's Son Taken Prisoner

By Emory L. Hamilton

From the unpublished manuscript, Indian Atrocities Along the Clinch, Powell and Holston Rivers, page 181.

Henry Smith, County Lieutenant of Russell Co., VA, in a letter to Governor Randolph, dated July 4, 1790, (1) says:

Last spring (1789), John Frazier, Esq., had his little son taken prisoner, and I am well informed that unfortunate man has since had the rest of his family killed on the Kentucky Road.

John Frazier had settled in 1771 on Moccasin Creek in present Scott Co., as a neighbor to William Houston and Jonathan Wood. His wife was named Mary, and he had sons, Joseph, born 16 September 1771, Solomon, born 1773, James, George, and Squire. He may have also been the father of William and Daniel, the latter was a Lieutenant under General Shelby on the Chicamauga Campaign, and was made a Lieutenant permanently in Washington Co., Va, on 26th of March, 1782.

It is hard to determine just what happened from Henry Smith's letter, wherein he states that John Frazier had the rest of his family killed on the Kentucky Road. John Frazier made a deposition in Russell Co., in a land suite (2) on February 15, 1810, as did Joseph and Mary Frazier. Perhaps there may have been two John Frazier's living on the Clinch, at the same period. I have found this to be true in many instances along the Clinch in early days where two men of identical first and last names were living in the same area at the same time. It will be remembered that the Clinch settlements were a "jumping-off" place for Kentucky, and literally hundreds passed through, stopping on the Clinch for a short time, then moving on, leaving behind them no records whatever of their brief stay.

(1) Calender Virginia State Papers, Vol. V, page 180.
(2) Augusta Court Causes Ended, George Fugate vs Mahon, O. S. 158; N. S. 56.

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