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John and James McCullough, Indian Captives 1756

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John and James McCullough, Indian Captives 1756

Posted: 31 Mar 2001 5:00AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 28 Jun 2001 4:31PM GMT
Surnames: McCulloch, McCollough, McCullough
There is quite a lot of information on the James and John McCullough who were taken captive on 26 July 1756. The book God's Frontiersmen - the Scots Irish Epic by Rory Fitpatrick quotes James McCullough (the father's) diary. James left Belfast in 1745, landed at Newcastle, DE, and moved to Conococheague Cr. in the Cumberland Valley in about 1753 near modern-day Mercersburg. On 26 July 1756 James writes; "John and James Mcologh was taken Captive by ye ingins." His sons John (b. ~1748) and James (b. ~ 1751) were 8 and 5 at the time. According to this book, James disappeared completely. But after years of agonizing search, the father found John at an Indian camp in 1761. The boy could no longer speak English and had to be tied up for the journey home. In 1762, John escaped and rejoined the Indians until Pontiac's War (1764), when he voluntarily returned to his parents. John wrote a lengthy account of his captivity in 1806 ("A Narrative of the Captivity of John McCullough, Esq. Written by himself") which can be found in the PA Historical and Museum Commission. The original draft is in the PA State Archives, MG 6, Box 2, Harrisburg. The Bouquet Papers (1762)also reference James petitions to rescue his sons. In these papers, the boy's father describes the boys and said that John was held by a Delaware Indian near the Salt Licks, and James was given up to a French Ensign at Fort Duquesne. As good as the account is in documenting Indian customs and captivity, John never mentions his family and descendants.

There is a possiblity that this story of Indian captivity is tied to our family oral tradition, that my gggggrandfather, John McCollough (1770-1847) was orphaned after an Indian raid. John McC of the captivity would have been 22 in 1770, the year of birth of my gggggrandfather, and of perfect age to be his father. Does anyone know the descendants of John McCullough, Indian captive? If so, I would very much like to hear from them.
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