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EARLY SETTLEMENT OF SOUTHWESTERN MICHIGAN

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

Many of the above facts in regard to Carey mission were taken from Austin N. Hungerford's able article in Berrien and Van Buren county history. In connection with this it may be of interest to mention briefly, Christiana McCoy, a very remarkable woman, the wife of Rev. Isaac McCoy, whose maiden name was Polke. The creek rising in Newburg township, Cass county, emptying in the St. Joseph near Elkhart, was named after her; their camping place one night on the trip from Fort Wayne to the mission being near its mouth. During the Indian border wars in Kentucky, at a stockade fort, Kindler's Station, where she was born, but previous to her birth, the station was surprised by Indians while most of the men were absent, killing the few men and many of the women and children, and taking the surviving women and children as prisoners; among them her mother and three children, one boy and two girls. They were taken to Detroit, where the mother was delivered of another child, and when the infant was born the mother was ransomed by British officers where she supported herself and child by her needle for three years, the three other children being taken by Pottawattomie Indians to the St. Joseph river. For three years the husband thought his family dead at the mission. At last the mother found means to let him know of her whereabout, and he went alone through the trackless forests over 300 miles to greet his lost ones providentially spared.

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