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2 March 17, 2010 Your Hometown Newspaper ' Bath County News-Outlook OPINION Heaven Is .A Lot Like .Kentucky GETTING BACK HOME TO BETSY 'Wlama/ Mama/ Jacob Stucker just killed an In- dian" "Oh Pshaw, hush up now little girl. That's just one Indian," Dialogue between Mrs. Robert Johnson and her daughter Betty on August 16, 1782, as the siege of Bryant's Station began in earnest and Mrs. Johnson frantically reloaded extra muskets. From Kentucky Histo- rian, R.T Durrett's work regarding Bryant's Station for the Filson Club Histori- cal Quarterly, Publication # 12. 'hVe had two. Rangers, brothers, David and Ja- cob Stucker, stationed near Georgetown. They had been out on a scout and were come upon by a party of 20 Indians. David was wound- ed. Jacob had to stop after he swum Elkhorn Creek. with his brother and got him treed safely. The In- dians knew it was the two Stuckers and asked which one they had shot. Jacob told them it was David and he swore to them he would make them pay for hurting his hrother before they could A Heaven Is i ALNUk I q.mrnu m.oxj ever get back across the Ohio mouth, for easy access while on the run. At this moment, his mind was finally calming down, and he could feel the mus- cles in his neck began to relax. The ambush had been River.. That night the Indi- , successful. ans stole 40 horses, The next He began tying a willow morning Jacob Stucker led, .hoop together and atta. ch, about 40 of us in pursuit of the Indians and we caught them on Eagle Creek about 20 miles (south) of Cincin- nati." Colonel. John Graves, early companion of Jacob 'njun Jake" Stucker. From the Lynam Draper Manu- scripts, Volume 12 CC. Along the edge of Eagle Creek, during the autumn of 1788, Though Jacob Stucker could neither read nor write he was an extremely quick- minded man and was a ge- nius at the art of wood lore and frontier survival. He could reload his Ken- tucky long rifle while run- ning at a blistering pace and "never stop and never spill a gram of gunpowder in the process. He carried extra lead musket balls, of his own making and design, in his ing the single fresh scalp to it that he had just removed from one of the 19 warriors they had just killed. The men had listened to him arid had awaited his signal'fire before they also fired point-blank into the 20 Indian raiders in camp, near a place called Moun- tain Island. They not only recovered their own horses, but took the raiders' horses as well, along with their weapons, trinkets and of course, their scalps. Only one warrior had es- caped and from the blood trail it was certain that he'd been shot and struck by Colonel Graves' tomahawk, which he'd thrown as the warrior ran from camp. They decided not to tarry too long and risk a counter attack by a separate group of raiders near the isolated wilderness landscape, and they hurridly diyided the spoils of war among them- selves. Jacob would make sure'his brother David re- ceived some of the silver trinkets and he .planned on giving the best horse to Colonel David Rogers. Colonel Rogers was more .than an" admirable militia leader and wise elder of the communities near Grant's Station. He had established his own fortified community called Roges Station. And Jacob was falling in love with his daughter, Betsy.. It Ifad been hard for him to open his heart again after having suffered so alr the dth of his father and his uncle and aunt'du'g the \\; Summer when they settled Grant's Statfon in 1780. Hard to open his "heart again, after so much vio- lence and hat;red had con- sumed him for the past eight years, but that sweet, beautiful Betsy had done just that and helped erase the bitter memories of the summer of 1780 when Shawnee, Mingo and other warriors under the British had burned their fort. Well, in fact they'd only burned most of it. Jacob had never left the one block. house and it had remained standing. For a while, it was known across the fron- tier simply as 'The Burnt o Station." But Jacob had helped members of the Grant faro- fly, relations of Colonel Daniel. Boone, rebuilt the stockade and cabins. He felt ancient at only 23- years-of age and it seemed as if his entire life would be filled in one episode of blood- shed aRer another. He.had lost many friends in 1782 during the Battle of' Blue Licks and had been the first man back to Bryant's Sta- tion with the awful news of the slaughter immediately after the battle. Everyone on the frontier admired him for his courage and he neer wanted to let anyone down. Others came tot he frontier and were equally adept in wood lore and survival. A _ld Irish- man named Michael Cas- sidy was teuning up with Lucas and Jasper Hood and James Beath and the Mc- Intyre boys and John and Isaac Constant, of Captain John Strode's Station. And there was that mys- terious friend of Cassidy's named George Stockton, who had been raised as an Iroquois warrior and it was said he'dbeen a famous warrior among them until he returned to his white family, before winning honor during the American Revolutionary War. Jacob frowned as he thought of how the Shaw- nee War. Chief Blue Jacket had stolen Stockton's fa- vorite black Stallion last autumn when he'd escaped " from the Strode's Station men- "they should have listened to Cassidy, and killed him on the spot, but they hadn't and now he was leading raids into Kentucky again. Things were changing rapidly. The violence that engulfed the communities on both sides of the Ohio River was escalating out of control and at the merciless pace, it couldn't last much longer he imagined, but he would be wrong about that, dear reader. And so as he" finished stretching the fresh scalp over the willow laoop to begin the drying process, and watched" the turkey buzzard begin to land and make their feast of the 19 stripped and bloody bodies they left lying in a pile along the edge of Eagle Creek, he really only had one thought that helped keep his sanity amidst, all this other sorrow and utter craziness of or be killed' that consumed them all. He was eager to be get- ting back home to Betsy. CHANNELS  '' ' J  : ' :' ' ':'L DIRliCTWs bestpackages for one yearl ove. 150C,,00N00 The CHO|CI Pke FREE e,ee or meeer r#iuire#. 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