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Cornstalk’s curse and other area legends

July 7, 2014
Marietta Times

A tradition in my mother's family says that our ancestor, Parker Adkins (1725-1792), was on friendly terms with the Shawnee Indians, and may have sired a daughter by "Bluesky", a daughter of the famous chief "Cornstalk" ("Keigh-tugh-qua"). However, when (due to the murder by whites of the entire family of the Mingo Indian leader John Logan) war became unavoidable, he joined the Virginia army of Colonel Andrew Lewis and participated in the Oct. 10, 1774 Battle of Point Pleasant - an engagement West Virginians like to call "The First Battle of the American Revolution" because it involved British prohibitions against settlement in the Ohio Valley (one of the many complaints that led to the outbreak of rebellion six-months later at Lexington and Concord) and because the Virginians felt that the Royal Governor, Lord Dunmore, had betrayed them by not coming to their aid at the mouth of the Kanawha ... Parker Adkins' name is inscribed on the Battle Monument at Tu-Endie-Wei Park in Point Pleasant, W.Va.

 
 

 

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