THIS NARRATIVE INCLUDES INFORMATION ON THOMAS POUND, SON OF JOHN POUND.  HE WAS BORN IN MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NEW JERSEY ON 7/28/1767 AND DIED 2/2/1818.  HE WAS BURIED AND THE SECOND PRAIRIE CREEK CEMETERY, VIGO COUNTY, INDIANA,

HE HAD MOVED TO MARYLAND SHORTLY AFTER MARRIAGE, MIGRATED FROM NEAR CUMBERLAND, MARYLAND TO NELSON COUNTY, KENTUCKY BY WAY OF THE OHIO RIVER ON A FLAT BOAT ARRIVING THERE IN APRIL OF 1786.  HE LIVED IN NELSON COUNTY FOR A FEW YEARS THEN MOVED TO THE ADJOINING COUNTY OF SHELBY(NOW SPENCER) NEAR ELK CREEK AND IN 1801 TO BUTLER COUNTY, OHIO ON THE MIAMI BOTTOMS AND 1816 TO VIGO COUNTY, INDIANA NEAR PRAIRIE CREEK WHERE HE RESIDED UNTIL HIS DEATH.  

THE FOLLOWING IS A STORY OF HIS TRIP DOWN THE OHIO RIVER AS FURNISHED BY MR. MARVIN B. CRIST AS DICTATED TO HIM IN 1963 BY HIS GRANDFATHER JOSHEPH LISTON, SON OF EDMUND AND ELIZABETH KESTER LISTON:

 

EDMUND LISTON AND FAMILY IMMIGRATED FROM MARYLAND TO KENTUCKY IN 1786.

THEY TRAVELED OVERLAND TO PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA WHERE THEY TOOK TO THE WATER VIA A FLATBOAT IN COMPANY WITH ANOTHER BOAT BELONGING TO TWO BROTHERS BY THE NAME OF COX, WHO WERE HEADED TO THE SAME DESTINATION.  THERE WERE TEN MEN AND THEIR FAMILIES IN ALL, 5 TO A BOAT.  DURING THE VOYABE DOWN THE RIVER, EDMUND LISTON WISHED TO GO ASHORE AND PROCURE GAME.   A BOATSMAN NAMED GABE AND THE TWO COX BROTHERS ROWED HIM ASHORE.  INDIAN SIGNS WERE SO PLAIN  THAT IT WAS EVIDENT THE WOODS WERE FULL OF THEM AND EDMUND RETURNED TO THE BOAT.   COX AND HIS BROTHER DECIDED TO CONTINUE TO SHORE.   AS THEY NEARED, THE INDIANS FIRED, KILLING ONE OF THE COX BROTHERS AND INJURING THE OTHER.   WILLIAM CHENOETH (ANOTHER PASSENGER) JUMPED OUT OF THE CANOE AND DIVED AS FAR AS HE COULD, WHILE GABE WHEELED THE CANOE AROUND AND MADE FOR THE BOAT AND THE WOUNDED COX BROTHER FELL OUT OF THE CANOE BUT CAUGHT ITS SIDE AND TRIED TO HELP GABE GET BACK TO THE BOAT BUT GABE WAS SHOT DEAD BY THE INDIANS.  CHENOETH WAS SEEN TO RAISE HIS HEAD AND THE INDIANS SHOT AT HIM.  THOMAS POUND MADE A WELL AIMED SHOT AND KILLED ONE OF THE INDIANS, WHO THEN QUIT THEIR ATTACK.  THIS ALL OCCURRED JUST BELOW LIMESTONE CREEK ABOVE CINCINNATI, WHERE THE BOATS SOON LANDED.   AT THE TIME THERE WAS A FORT THERE AND A FEW LOG HUTS.   JOHN CLEVES SYMMES, WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON'S FUTURE FATHER-IN-LAW, LIVED THERE AT THE TIME, AS HE WAS FOUNDER OF THE SETTLEMENT.

THE PARTY THEN PUSHED ON DOWN THE RIVER TO WHERE LOUISVILLE NOW STANDS, ARRIVING ON THE 4TH OF APRIL 1786, TO FIND ONLY A FEW LOG CABINS.   THE PARTY THEN SPLIT UP MOVING ON TO THEIR DESTINATIONS.

NOTED IN THE 'HISTORY OF PRAIRIE CREEK TWP, VIGO COUNTY, INDIANA' - MR. THOMAS POUND AND HIS FAMILY RECORDED THEMSELVES AS THE FIRST FAMILY DECLARING RESIDENCE IN THE COUNTY,  THIS EVENT OCCURRED LATE IN THE FALL OF 1816.

 

THOMAS POUND AND SARA KESTER HAD A DAUGHTER SARAH POUND BORN IN 1800 WHO MARRIED ELIJAH THOMAS, THEIR DAUGHTER SAMANTHA AURELL THOMAS BORN 1822 IN JENNINGS COUNTY, INDIANA MARRIED JOHNATHAN RUGGLES, SON OF JOHN RUGGLES AND ELIZABETH WILSON.  JOHN AND ELIZABETH ALSO HAD A DAUGHTER WHO MARRIED AMOS WILSON.  AMOS'S FATHER WAS AUGUSTUS WILSON AND WHOSE WIFE WAS SARA LEE.  ACCORDING TO SOME FAMILY MEMBERS WOULD BE A DESCENDANT OF ROBERT E. LEE HOWEVER THIS HAS NOT BEEN VERIFIED.  

 

AMOS AND MARY HAD A DAUGHTER, MARY ELLEN WILSON (1837-1927) WHO MARRIED ANDREW JACKSON BREEDLOVE.   ANDREW JACKSON BREEDLOVE'S FATHER WAS BERREMAN BREEDLOVE.