Charles Builderback


CHARLES BUILDERBACK, It will be remembered that the first blood shed was that of Joseph Shabosh, who was tomahawked and scalped by Charles Builderback. He was a Virginian, and settled near Carpenter's fort at the mouth of Short Creek in this county. He was with Crawford's army, but came home safely. Seven years after, in 1789, his cabin was attacked by Indians, and Builderback and his brother captured. His wife hid in the bushes, but Builderback was ordered to call her by name, or they would kill him then and there. He did so, and she kept silent, but being warned of her husband's fate if she did not respond she came out, and the two were carried off, the brother having escaped. Near the Tuscarawas the Indians seperated into two bands, one taking Builderback towards Gnaadenhutten, and the other going with his wife farther up the stream to where Urichsville now stands. Shortly after the others came up, and one of them threw into her lap the scalp of her dead husband. She swooned away, and when she recovered the scalp was gone. She was taken to the Miami Valley, where she remained nine months, but was finally ransomed and returned to her Jefferson County home. In 1791 she married John Green and removed to Fairfield County, where she died in 1842, giving birth to the first white child in that county. Builderback's body was founda short distance from where he had killed Shabosh. It was terribly mutilated, and it was the evident intention to burn him alive, but the pursuit was too close to permit it. Shabosh's relatives had been following Builderback for seven years, and the last direct victim of the massacre paid retributive justice for the murder of the first.

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