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EARLY SETTLEMENT OF SOUTHWESTERN MICHIGAN

BY A. B. COPLEY.
June 7, 1882.

After this long, perilous, and tedious journey by water, they arrived off Sandusky, and at the mouth of Sandusky Bay encountered a severe storm, in which their little bark was nearly wrecked. Proceeding up Sandusky river twenty-six miles, they made a landing at the site of the present town of Fremont. Here Jeremiah built himself a log cabin, going to Dayton for stock. Soon after, the war of 1812 broke out and the country was filled with hostile Indians. The government erected Fort Stevenson, establishing a military post there for the protection of the settlement. This fort was located about half a mile from Jeremiah's farm. At this time, the kidnapping of white children was practiced by the Indians quite extensively, and Detroit was a rendezvous for the ransom of these, as also of the earlier settler's children whose parents had been slain in the Indian raids. After Hull's surrender at Detroit the women and children were sent away in wagons for safety, to the central portion of the state, everything in the way of household furniture being sacrificed to the Indians or for lack of transportation. During this trip which was necessarily accompanied by much hardship and exposure Mrs. Harrington died. At the maturity of the crops this season the inhabitants formed in squads for protection in gathering them, and were repeatedly obliged to abandon the attempt, fleeing for their lives with the Indians in close pursuit, several of their party being killed and wounded. The "Tawas" "Senecas" and "Wyandottes" were the tribes who, prior to Hull's surrender, had been friendly, but were encouraged by the English to commence hostilities. During this period and for sometime subsequent to the death of Mrs. Harrington the three children (of whom the subject of this sketch was the oldest) were at Radner near Delaware, Ohio.

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