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Bloody Indian Battles

CornstalkWilliam Franklin of Davisboro, Georgia descends from Thomas Franklin who resided in Princess Anne County Virginia during the 1650s. When Thomas died, he typically bequeathed several farms to the older sons. The youngest son, Edward, left without land, departmed from region during the 1730s and acquired a land grant on the Alleghany Mountains (Augusta County, later Botetourt County) Virginia on Pine Run. William (son of Edward) married Sarah Boone, a cousin of George Boone of Philadelphia (Quakers). The Boone families had large families of ten or fifteen children and most of them left Pennsylvania and crossed into the mountains of Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio. One of Sarah's relatives who had located in nearby in Botetourt County, had two daughters who were stolen by Indians. It was a common occurrence in the mountains for Indians to steal women and drag them through villages and across the countryside, never to return. Sarah Boone Franklin had two children, James and George Thomas, the latter being named after his two grandfathers). Sarah died in 1755. William married again, and his second wife gave birth to four or five children (the eldest, William). In 1763, he purchased a farm on the James River Mountain (present day Buchanan) of some two hundred acres. In 1770, George Thomas Franklin decided to leave his father and step-siblings to make a home for himself on the old site of Thomas Franklin on Kellogg Creek in Currituck County, North Carolina (received as a land grant in 1650s). Meanwhile, the Governor of Virginia (1772) had called up the militia of Botetourt County. The Botetourt Militia was the only militia to arrive at the battle on time. Cornstalk was waiting at the Falls, and attacked immediately. William, now in his fifties, forged forward with the Militia at the Falls of the Ohio River. There were heavy casualties on both sides, however, the Shawnee chief finally signed a Treaty that day in October of 1772, which he did not keep. William was listed on the Muster of the Botetourt Militia as having been wounded. William returned home to a countryside yet filled with Indian raiders. The Indians never quit. Two years earlier, his eldest son, Thomas George, became of age, and went East where he settled on the old homestead of his grandfather, Thomas Franklin, on Kellogg Mountain in Currituck County, North Carolina (outer-banks). In 1780, with the Indian matter still  more

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