who, along with his family, was massacred by Chief Logan on September
1774 had brothers William, Henry and David, and a sister, Rachael, who
had married a Mr. Anderson. These brothers and sister lived in the same
vicinity as John Roberts, just across the line from Gate City in
County, Tennessee. John Anderson, a son of Rachael Roberts Anderson
an unpublished memoir relating the sufferings of his relatives by the
In this memoir he relates the incidents of the attack by the Indians on
the home of his Uncle Henry Roberts, and the killing of another Uncle
"In the year
1778, the Indians from the north side of the Ohio paid us another
In the summer of that year on a certain morning about daybreak Henry
and his family were attacked by a small number of Indians. They
to break in the house by force. Henry Roberts being a brave, resolute
and an old soldier of great experience, fought like a hero and
them from getting into the house during the contest which was perhaps
of one hour. He had a small axe in his house and aimed to strike one of
the Indians out of a window, but the handle of the axe being short he
not reach him. During the shuffle another Indian, from the corner of
house, shot Roberts in the neck and he fell back in the house. He had
daughters, who were young women, and when they saw him fall they broke
out of the house and ran through a cornfield that was near the house.
they had run through the field several times one of the girls was
by the Indians. The other ran back to the house and entered by which
Henry Roberts had gotten up from the floor. He had bled considerable,
the shot he received did not appear to injure him too much.
Roberts had a
not far distant from his house and he concluded to take his wife and
balance of his family, that he had yet, and go into the mill. He
did. During the time he was in the mill with his family several people
came to the mill, among whom was an old man McNeal and two girls. Henry
Roberts informed them to push off with all speed for there was Indians
about. They went off as fast as they could, but the Indians saw them
pursued them upwards of two miles, overtaking them and killing Mr.
but the two girls got home safe."
The "Old Man
whom Anderson says was killed, was Archibald McNeal, and the Court of
County, Virginia, on the 19th of November 1778, ordered Joseph Kincaid,
James Brigham, Benjamin and John Looney to appraise the estate of
McNeal, deceased. Inventory and appraisal of the estate recorded June
that went to the mill that morning was a certain old Mr. McMillian, who
lived within a half a mile of the author of these remarks. The Indians
took him prisoner, and the young woman above mentioned (Henry Roberts'
daughter) and conveyed them home to the Shawnee Towns.
The said Mr.
continued to live with the Indians for a space of five years, during
time he experienced many hardships. The young woman taken never
She died in that savage country."
referred to above was probably William McMillian, whose wife was Mary,
and who owned 400 acres of land on Beaver Creek, where he had settled
to say that, "Henry Roberts had a brother that was on his way to his
that morning and was also killed by the Indians near the home of Henry
David Roberts whose will was probated in Washington County, Virginia
February 16, 1779. In the will he leaves his estate to his daughter,
Roberts, and on March 16, 1779, Susanna Roberts, widow of David,
her husband's will and claims her right of dower.