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Re: A chapter of family history

I believe my GG Grandfather is a son of Hannah and Jack York. They were captured during the Oct 5, 1813 battle of the Thames when Tecumseh was killed. A CURIOUS TWIST TO THE REST OF THE STORY John Daddy Hall mentioned being owned by CATLETT and HASKILL in Broken Shackles, Old Man Henson From Slavery to Freedom. The story begins when they were close enough to see the smoke rising from the White House burning on August 24, 1814. In actuality their captor was Captain JOHN C. SOWERS, a political figure in his time who stayed close to Washington to carry out his part in government maneuverings. He was the one who decided John Hall along with his Mother and siblings would be safer farther away from the war. Captain SOWERS was Private CATLETT's commanding officer. Captain SOWERS was Mary's (Polly) father, Mary was the wife of Isaac Noble HEISKILL, making Captain SOWERS Mr. HYSKELL's father-in law. Private William CATLETT was drafted/volunteered for duty during the War of 1812 while in Virginia, the war was almost over when CATLETT enlisted in January 1814. It was a short duration as he was honorably discharged 4 months later in April 1814. As per the documents shown CATLETT generously spent even more time in Virginia after leaving the militia. This is what I propose happened with SOWERS, a government official pulling the strings no less. Slaves were no longer legal to purchase after the signing of Ghent Treaty in December 1814. Captain SOWERS had a plantation in Virginia which was the perfect hiding place for the women and children prisoners from Fort Malden, Canada. These prisoners were already famous because they were the La Force slaves and their descendants who were taken in 1790 from Martin's Station. SOWERS personally drafted Private CATLETT into active duty in January 1814 to care for and transport the slaves to SOWERS's plantation in Virginia then discharged CATLETT so he could stay on at the plantation and oversee the new slaves. Captain SOWERS died by 1815 but not before writing his will, see attached. JDH thought they would then have been sent home after the war but instead they were transported to HYSKELL's farm in Kentucky as per instructions provided in SOWERS will. JDH said they spent 3 years with CATLETT and then were sent to HASKILLs. He did eventually return to Canada 14 years later with his wife and children but lost all contact with all his relatives. Captain SOWERS home was in New Canton. An unincorporated town in northeastern Buckingham County, Virginia, United States. It lies along U.S. Route 15 below the James River, northeast of the county seat of Buckingham. HASKILL's home was in Kentucky as John's story goes in Broken Shackles I believe these are the people John was referring to. Hyskell has many spellings throughout these documents.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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