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Ford in Madison County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

A Frontier Kidnapping

 
 
A Frontier Kidnapping Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, November 10, 2022
1. A Frontier Kidnapping Marker
Inscription.  
Three Girls Abducted
One hot July day in 1776, three teenage girls took the only canoe at Boonesborough out on the river with disastrous results. Fanny Callaway, Betsey Callaway, and Jemima Boone drifted too close to the eastern bank where five Indians waited. They rushed into the water, grabbed the canoe and dragged it ashore. The girls yelled out as the men forced them out of the canoe and up the steep bank. As the Indians fled with their captives, the girls' fathers rushed from the fort and organized a pursuit.

The Pursuit
While Daniel Boone gathered his men, eleven-year-old John Gass swam across the river and retrieved the canoe. Meanwhile, Col. Richard Callaway and ten mounted men forded the river and galloped toward Lower Blue Licks, hoping to intercept the Indians. Boone's party followed the girls' tracks on foot, stopping only when darkness fell.

The Rescue
The next day, the tracks led into a thick stand of river cane where the Indians knew they would be impossible to follow. Boone gambled-he detoured around the cane hoping to pick up traces of the girls and their captors
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on the other side. Two days later, Boone found their tracks on a buffalo path. Not long afterward, the men smelled smoke and roasting bison. They carefully crept within range and fired at the Indians, who fled as the rescuers swarmed the camp.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansNotable EventsWomen. A significant historical year for this entry is 1776.
 
Location. 37° 53.966′ N, 84° 15.946′ W. Marker is in Ford, Kentucky, in Madison County. Marker can be reached from Ford Hampton Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 835 Ford Hampton Rd, Winchester KY 40391, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Legacy Preserved (here, next to this marker); The Revolutionary War on the Frontier (here, next to this marker); Fort Boonesborough Revealed (here, next to this marker); Boone Trace (here, next to this marker); Building Fort Boonesborough (here, next to this marker); Pioneer National Monument Association (within shouting distance of this marker); "Divine Elm" (within shouting distance of this marker); The First Christian Service in Kentucky (within shouting distance of this marker).
 
A Frontier Kidnapping Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, November 10, 2022
2. A Frontier Kidnapping Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 19, 2022. It was originally submitted on November 18, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 267 times since then and 112 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 18, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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