Ohio History Journal

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This section of Ohio is replete with historical events, many

of which have been chronicled, while some have come down to

us in the guise of legends. In the early days of the pioneers

many soul-stirring events occurred with but few participants

who realized that the recording of the same would be of value

and of great interest to later generations.

One of the men very prominent in the early history of this

section of Ohio was Major George Adams. This short sketch

cannot claim to reveal any more than occasional facts, "until

now hid away in the past's valley of Avilion." Written about

eighty years after the death of the man of whom it treats, this

review includes nothing ascertained from the chief character

himself, and nothing is stated that was told to the writer by any

one who knew him.

The facts related were previously "precipitated into the

opaque sediment of history," and have been gleaned from various

publications. Edgar's "Pioneer Life in Dayton & Vicinity," as

well as Beers' History of Montgomery County is authority for

the statement that George Adams was born in Virginia, October

26, 1767; served as a drummer boy in the War of the Revolu-

tion, and in 1790 came to Fort Washington with dispatches to

General Harmar.

Another authority states that Adams and another man came

down the Ohio River from Pittsburg in a canoe with an express

to General Harmar at Ft. Washington. Harmar's army had

marched a few days before they arrived. Governor St. Clair,

who was there, wished Harmar to get the express, and proposed

to furnish Adams with a good horse, saddle and bridle, if he

would follow the army. He agreed to the proposal and was

furnished with rifle and ammunition, parched corn, a little flour

and a piece of pork and started to find Harmar. On the fourth