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Near Honaker in Russell County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Home and Grave of David Musick

Pioneer Settler, and Victim of Indian Atrocity

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, June 10, 2017
1. The Home and Grave of David Musick Marker
Inscription. Musick was killed by Shawnee Indians August 12, 1792. His wife, Annie, and five children were taken captives, but were returned by White Settlers one day later. His grave marker is located about 100 yards south of here, and home site about 200 yard further south.
 
Location. 37° 2.459′ N, 82° 0.15′ W. Marker is near Honaker, Virginia, in Russell County. Marker is on Red Bud Highway (Virginia Route 80) just west of Laurel Branch Road (County Route 634). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Honaker VA 24260, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Buchanan County / Russell County (approx. 2.2 miles away); Helen Timmons Henderson (approx. 3.9 miles away); Smith’s Fort (approx. 9.6 miles away); Richlands (approx. 10.4 miles away); Russell Courthouse (approx. 10.6 miles away); Frances Dickenson Scott Johnson (approx. 10.7 miles away); Glade Hollow Fort (approx. 11.9 miles away); Jessee’s Mill (approx. 13.8 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  The David Musick Tragedy. Article by Emory L. Hamilton from the unpublished manuscript, Indian Atrocities Along the Clinch, Powell and Holston Rivers. “Two of the boys, Abraham and Elijah,
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By J. J. Prats, June 10, 2017
2. The Home and Grave of David Musick Marker
This view is north.
went early one morning for firewood with which to prepare breakfast. They were surprised by a party of Indians (not known how many), but were able to reach their home. The doors were barred, and the defense of the house began. David Musick had a flint-lock rifle. He found it would not fire, due to the fact his house had been burned previous to this, injuring the gun. Mrs. Musick touched fire to the gun, hoping to ignite the powder, but to no avail. Mr. Musick was shot through the thigh by an arrow from the bow of the Indians, and fainted from the loss of blood. The Indians broke into the home, killing and scalping him and making prisoners of his wife and children. They then plundered the house and ate what they found of prepared food, their hands gory with blood.” (Submitted on July 2, 2017.) 
 
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The Home and Grave of David Musick Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 10, 2017
3. The Home and Grave of David Musick Marker
This view is west.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 2, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 2, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
 
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