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(From the Draper Mss. Border Forays, 5 D-Chap 29, Wisconsin

Historical Society Archives.)

Andrew Poe was born the thirtieth of September, 1742, in

Frederick county, Maryland, George Poe, the father of Andrew,

died while the latter was in his teens. He remained at home

until he became of age, living with his mother and an elder

brother. Not long after the termination of Pontiac's War, he

came to the neighborhood of Pittsburgh, where he remained

some time; when, in company with two others, he commenced

the first settlement on Harman's creek, in what is now Wash-

ington county, Pennsylvania, at a point about twelve miles from

the Ohio river. Two years after, he returned to Maryland, and

induced his brother Adam, who was some years younger than

himself, to go with him to his new location. Andrew had al-

ready selected a tract of land for a farm and made improve-

ments; Adam, upon his arrival out, also secured a piece not far

from his brother's. Here the two continued to reside. Andrew

was five feet, eleven and one-half inches in hight; and his usual

weight, two hundred and five pounds. He was a man of un-

usual strength and activity.

On the twentieth of September, 1781,1 a party of Wyandot

warriors, seven in number, was sent by the Half King, principal

or head chief of that nation, from the banks of the Walhonding,

where the latter then was on his way to the Sandusky, on a

maraud upon the white settlers to the eastward of, and across

the Ohio river. Among the braves were three sons of that

sachem, the oldest of whom was Scotash who afterward be-

came chief of the Wyandots. The latter was put in command

of the party,2 which reached and crossed the river near the

1 Heckewelder (Narr., p. 279,) speaks of an expedition leaving that

day,-two sons of the Half King with the party.

2 Thomas Edgington was, on the first day of April, 1782, captured by

a party of ten, one of whom was Scotash; and from whom and others

he received these particulars: Statement of his son. Geo. Edgington,-

1845. Compare Vermont Hist. Soc. Coll., Vol. II, p. 356.