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Story of Simon KENTON and Simon GIRTY, revolutionary war time

Old gun belonging to KENTON found in 1939

Submitted by Judith Florian

As far as the article about "Patty Lane" and her father go, I see that the transcriber correctly copied what was in the article, but the article itself made several gross errors which anyone who is familiar with the history of Wheeling or the story of the sieges of the fort would immediately recognize. As with so many accounts found in histories there is some minor variation of the story, but most agree that the "the run for the powder" occurred during the second siege of Fort Henry in September of 1782, not the siege of August 1777. The family name was not "Lane", but "Zane", and the Elizabeth was commonly called "Betty", not "Patty". (The family was instrumental in the building of "Zane's Trace", the road from Wheeling into the Ohio Territory towards the town which was named "Zanesville". Some years later, this road became the basis for that section of the "National Road.") In the interest of accuracy, you may want to put a note with this article mentioning these errors. The story of the siege is told in almost any history of the area. The following link to an article published by the West Virginia Archives relates the story and includes many references and footnotes. 

Thank you , and keep up the good work on the website.

Jeff Evans


Story of Simon KENTON and Simon GIRTY, revolutionary war time


DETROIT, July 31-- (INS)-- A Revolutionary war message written on birch bark and hidden in a rifle was found, finally, yesterday.

Faded and rust stained, the message read:

"For report on enemy pos... K 2nd Aug."

The nameplate initials "SK" led historians to believe it was the rifle of Simon KENTON, famed revolutionary Indian scout who later rose to the rank of brigadier general in the war of 1812.

Stamping on the rifle gave positive proof that it was made by I. P. BECK, noted rifle maker of colonial and Revolutionary days.

The parchment was found by Gun Collector William CARR in a rifle he recently purchased from a Pennsylvania auctioneer.  The parchment was hiden between the stock and the barrel.

CARR and T. V. HOLTEN, local ballistics experts, were unable to decipher the full message, but the initials and the date gave historians sufficient clues to identify the message as one written by KENTON.

The Burton Historical Society said KENTON was the busiest of the frontier scouts of the American army.  During August of 1778, the society reported, KENTON was captured by Indians and turned over to renegade Simon GIRTY, who in turn gave KENTON to the British.  He escaped from the garrison at Detroit on June 5, 1779.

CARR and HOLTEN said they believe KENTON, facinf capture, left the warning in the rifle in the hope that fellow scouts would find it.

KENTON was scouting on the little Miami river, 50 miles north of the Ohio river, when he was captured.




Page ONE of story of Elizabeth "Patty" LANE at Colonel LANE's house
 fighting Indians and Simon GIRTY 

Link to full article for Elizabeth "Patty" LANE -LARGE!

Page TWO of story of Elizabeth "Patty" LANE at Colonel LANE's house
 fighting Indians and Simon GIRTY  


More about Simon GIRTY, page ONE from a 1939 newspaper

More about Simon GIRTY, page TWO from a 1942 newspaper




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