ITS HISTORY, STIRRING INCIDENTS, AND ROMANTIC ADVENTURES
GEORGE PECK, D.D.
HARPER & BROTHERS, PUBLISHERS,
Contributed for use in the Pennsylvania USGenWeb Archives by
THE present work is composed of a brief history of Wyoming, followed by a
of historic scenes, which constitute natural amplifications of the general
outline. Each story is a complete picture in itself, and yet is a
necessary part of the whole. The plan has the advantage of presenting
independent views of the historic
drama from many different stand-points. Our heroes not only reflect the lights
and shades of their own character and actions, but give us their separate
versions of the eventful scenes through which they passed.
Forty years since we first visited Wyoming, and from that period we have enjoyed rare advantages for the. study of its history. How we have improved our opportunities will appear in the work which we now present to the public. Our object has been strict conformity to historic truth, and we have spared no pains in the collection of facts, and in their study and exposition.
The events herein recorded constitute a part of the wonderful history of the early development and fearful struggles of America, and we believe they will not fall, behind any portion of that story in exciting interest.
With the diffidence which a profound sense of the difficulties to be overcome in the execution of such a work naturally inspires, we publish the result of our labors, hoping that it may both interest and instruct the reading community. The work, so far as we are concerned, has been a "labor of love," and our desire is that it may inspire in the reader a spirit of enlarged patriotism, noble heroism, patient endurance under severe trials, trust in Providence, and gratitude to God.
We have the pleasure to acknowledge the kindness of several who have afforded us valuable assistance in our labors. In addition to the acknowledgments of favors which will be found in the body of the work, we would return thanks to the Hon. George Bancroft for the use of an important document, and for various suggestions; to Benson J. Lossing, Esq., for several important authorities, and much valuable aid in the illustrations; to the Hon. George W. Woodward, and to the Hon. George M. Dallas, our minister to the court of St. James, for the use of an important paper from the archives of the British government; also to several ladies for fine artistic sketches of objects and scenes which are used as illustrations. We owe to Mrs. Rev. Selah Stocking, of Pittston, thanks for original sketches of Campbell's Ledge and Falling Spring; to Mrs. Dr. Crane, of Pennington, N. J., for a sketch of the old Myers House; and to Miss Miranda Myers for sketches of Toby's Cave and the Umbrella-tree.
To all who in any way have given us facilities, we return many thanks, and it is to be hoped that they will find their reward in a conviction that they have contributed something to the object of giving permanency to the facts of history which will be valuable to posterity, but which might otherwise have passed into oblivion.
SCRANTON, 18th April, 1858.
|WYOMING - ITS HISTORY||9|
|II.||BRANT AND HIS ASSOCIATES||71|
|III.||COLONEL MATTHIAS HOLLENBACK||99|
|IV.||INCIDENTS AND ADVENTURES RELATED BY MRS. MARTHA MYERS||133|
|V.||SKETCHES AND INCIDENTS COMMUNICATED BY MRS. DEBORAH BEDFORD||200|
|VI.||INCIDENTS OF THE WARS IN THE LACKAWANNA PORTION OF THE SETTLEMENT, RELATED BY MRS. MARTHA MARCY||220|
|VII.||MRS. SYLVIA SEYBOLT'S ACCOUNT OF THE BATTLE AND FLIGHT||231|
|VIII.||THE CAPTIVE GIRL, FRANCES SLOCUM||234|
|IX.||QUEEN ESTHER'S ROCK||284|
|X.||CAPTIVITY AND ESCAPE OF THOMAS AND ANDREW BENNET AND LEBBEUS HAMMOND||201|
|XI.||THE CAPTURE AND ESCAPE OF JONAH ROGERS, MOSES VAN CAMPEN, PETER PENCE, AND ABRAM PIKE||304|
|XII.||THE CAPTIVITY AND ESCAPE OF GEORGE P. RANSOM AND OTHERS||315|
|XIII.||BENJAMIN BIDLACK - CAPTURE BY THE PENNAMITES AND SINGULAR ESCAPE||330|
|XIV.||A VIEW FROM CAMPBELL'S LEDGE, CONTRIBUTED BY REV. L. W. PECK||344|
|XV.||AN INTERVIEW WITH RICHARD GARDNER||351|
|XVI.||PROVIDENTIAL DELIVERANCE OF RUFUS BENNET ON THE FATAL 3d OF JULY||362|
|XVII.||NOAH HOPKINS - HIS LIFE SAVED BY A SPIDER||369|
|XX.||COLONEL JOHN JENKINS||388|
|XXI.||ORIGINAL JOURNAL OF CHRISTOPHER HURLBUT||405|
The Umbrella-Tree - Prospect Rock - Harvey's Lake - Toby's Eddy - Toby's Cave - Seminaries.
Zinzendorf Providentially Delivered. Frontispiece
Count Zinzendorf. Page14
Monocasy Island, From the East Bank of the Susquehanna. Page 46
Position of the Wyoming Forts. Page 56
Colonel Pickering. Page 67
Joseph Brant. Page 71
Gi-en-gwa-toh, Chief of the Seneca Nation, His Mark. Page 91
The Butler House. Page 96
Mrs. Martha Bennet Myers' Table. Page 162
The Myers House. Page 192
The Indian Triumph. Page 224
The Capture of Frances Slocum. Page 241
Ma-con-a-qua. Page 267
Queen Esther's Rock. Page 284
Slaughter of Indians by the Bennets and Hammond. Page 298
Bidlack at Shickshinny. Page 333
Bidlack's Escape. Page 338
Rev. Benjamin Bidlack. Page 342
Campbell's Ledge. Page 345
The Falling Spring. Page 350
Escape of Rufus Bennet. Page 365
The Fratricide's Fate. Page 374
The Monument. Page 384
Old Jenkins House. Page 404
The Umbrella-Tree. Page 416
Harvey's Lake. Page 420
Toby's Eddy. Page 424
Toby's Cave. Page 424
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