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FORT SEYBERT West Virginia

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When:
September 15, 2016 – September 18, 2016 all-day
2016-09-15T00:00:00-04:00
2016-09-19T00:00:00-04:00
Where:
FORT SEYBERT FOUNDATION INC
Sweedlin Valley Rd
Brandywine, WV 26802
USA
Contact:
FORT SEYBERT FOUNDATION INC
(304) 249 - 5931

THE STORY OF FORT SEYBERT

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Compiled and written by Jim Moyer 2013, updated 9/24/19

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April 28, 1758

Date of the attack

The day before, Fort Upper Tract was attacked.

No one survived to tell the story.

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Where was the Virginia Regiment at this time?

Captain Waggener was on the South Branch of the Potomac manning his forts.

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Fort Seybert was on the South Fork of the South Branch of the Potomac.

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See a letter Captain Waggener writes Colonel George Washington April 30, 1758.  

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Neither one knows Fort Upper Tract was destroyed and all its people killed.

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Nor do either know of the attack on Fort Seybert 2 days earlier.

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Six days later (4 May 1758), Washington wrote to John Blair, Sr. (then acting Governor of Virginia) from Fort Loudoun (present day Winchester) of the disasters at Forts Upper Tract and Seybert:

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The enclosed letter from Capt. Waggener will inform your Honor of a very unfortunate affair. From the best accounts I have yet been able to get there are about 60 persons killed and missing. Immediately upon receiving this Intelligence I sent out a Detachment of the Regiment, and some Indians that were equipped for war in hopes of their being able to intercept the Enemy in the retreat. I was fearful of this stroke, but had not time enough to avert it, as your Honor will find by the following account which came to hand just before Capt. Waggener’s letter, by Capt. Mackenzie.

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Founders Online source  May 4 letter

 

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We will start at the end of this story.

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See the cemetery holding those killed. See their names listed.  See who was taken hostage. Some of those were killed too.

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http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2330308

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By who? John Killbuck Sr., a man who lived with the white settlers, a man who knew these people well, knew their ways.

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Fort Seybert Websites

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Here are some sites dedicated to preserving the memory of Fort Seybert and its horrific story:

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The Pendleton Times has a Facebook album of 2019

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  https://www.facebook.com/pg/ThePendletonTimes/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1624327091034130&__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARCevm4UK1Zp0o1TU55Qd0kXHYhWUSEUJo7J5my5TyMNXlmhG0jkMfq-q1Ji1FXDNFAQR8sGvOmaFFar8x95oONexcAMNuTjENZA9gN4Lvvd0KHkiNGg88SDewQK-fLrKPhuVln775ciy30miNRPEfZKBxOs8RuqukxYJrI3FinOvTmjDLx5Tj4HT1D9E635LjnFPBgZ-Ns-s4nwe_eswrcEzO3DnV58gqugs3CRC2DO1DVU-5pW3-NaZsQqIPp_NPH6-kD-qaMEl0CkmD_tsotkOfxinnnAxPMwgkHGbycsKCCJXNtxPpxfrW6j8HVEzMA&__tn__=-UCH-R

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Youtube siege of Fort Seybert
www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCXlcA8IlAc

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West Virginia Muzzler Loaders Association
Gary Butts Memorial Shoot, Killbuck Riflemen
Sept 18-20, 2015 Killbuck Rendezvous
http://wvmla.com/events.html

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IMG_3237 IMG_3318

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THE STORY

as told by these links

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Wikipedia summary http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Seybert

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This picture is different from the round stockade  fence
http://www.wvencyclopedia.org/articles/2055

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The round stockade
http://www.wvculture.org/history/settlement/fortseybert01.html

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Great stories and maps
http://family.ties.tripod.com/fort_seybert.htm

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Dyer family
http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ga/topic/indian/coldyer.htm

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THE LOCATION

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Description of location found in this link, by Grant County Press May 13, 1937 by Mrs. Lee Keister Talbot

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Fort Seybert was built within one hundred yards of a mill which had been erected at the edge of the river some years before Fort Seybert was built. The first owner of the land was John Patton, Junior, who purchased from Robert Green of Orange on the 5th of November, 1747, 210 acres of land “on the southernmost fork of the South Branch of the Potomack.” This land had a “corner to Roger Dyer.” In the Original Petitions filed in Augusta County for 1751-52 there is a petition for a road “from Widow Cobern’s Mill, on the South Branch, to John Patton’s Mill on the South Fork.

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On May 21, 1755, John Pat[t]on, Jr., sold his land to Jacob Seybert. It is assumed that Jacob Seybert used the mill, and that the location of the Fort on his land may have been determined by its proximity to the mill

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Mr. Alonzo D. Lough, who lives at Fort Seybert, wrote a description of Fort Seybert some years ago as follows:

“Fort Seybert was located on the left hand side (west) of the South Fork River, and situated on an elevation which sloped rapidly to a ravine on the north and descended abruptly over a ledge of rocks to the river on the southeast. Westwardly a gradual incline sloped back to the mountain.

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“The defense consisted of a circular stockade some thirty yards in diameter, consisting of logs or puncheons set on end in the ground, side by side, and rising to a height often of twelve feet. A puncheon door closed the entrance. Within the stockade stood the two storied block-house twenty-one feet square. From the upper loop-holes the open space about the fort could be swept by the rifles of the defenders.”

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, VIRGINIA – CHALKLEY’s COURT RECORDS.

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Petition for road from Widow Cobern’s Mill, on the South Branch,

to  John Paton’s Mill, on the South Fork,

at least 30 miles nearer than the road  we formerly traveled.

A bridle road asked for: William Stephenson,  Mathew Patton, Jeremiah Calkin, George West, Peter Reed, Jr., Samuel  Patton, Benjamin Patton, Leonard Reed, John Reed, John Knowles, Alexander Crockett, John Patton, Luke Collins, Jacob Reed, Daniel Richardson.

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See link on Find a Grave for John Patton

who built Patton’s Mill and where Fort Seybert was  then built

born 1689 Ireland, died 10 March 1757 Augusta Co (now Pendleton Co WV)

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[John Patton] later moved to Augusta Co, VA, settling in that part of the county which later became Pendleton Co, WV. He purchased several tracts of land in that region known as “The Buffalo Meadows“, near the present town of Franklin. He built his home on the banks of the South Fork of the South Branch of the Potomac River. He built the first mill in that part of the county on the South Fork. Fort Seybert was later erected on the hill about 100 yards above the mill site. He also entered claims on Mill Creek and John’s Creek near Sweedland.

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Questions

1.  Where is the Roger Dyer cemetery?

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2.  Where is Patton’s Mill?

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3. Where is Widow Cobern’s Mill?

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4. Exact location of Fort Seybert?

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5. Where is Mill’s Creek and John’s Creek in relation to Patton’s Mill?

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6. This website refers to an Indian named Grey Fox instead of Bemino aka John Killbuck Sr.?

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Notes:


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Defunct websites

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No updates since 2013 and now no longer operating

http://www.fortseybertfoundation.org

No update since 2015

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fort-Seybert-WV/327947385910

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Burning of fort event
http://tmf.squarespace.com/the-fort-burning/

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Reenactment 7pm Saturday night,  September 19, 2015

http://tmf.squarespace.com/the-fort-burning/

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Fort Seybert Attack and Burning is re-enacted during:

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The 48th Annual Treasure Mountain Festival September 15-18, 2016

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1 Comments

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1759. To Israel Christian, administrator, &c, of
Alexander Sayers, deceased, for his
pay as a captain of Militia,

page 104 from this link:
https://archive.org/stream/gleaningsvirgin00booggoog#page/n118/mode/2up

I am betting Alexander Sayers got hit with Small Pox. Small Pox hit hard in 1758 and 1759. James Wood founder of Winchester VA got hit with it. So did Christopher Gist, Washington’s old guide.

Also more on Alexander Sayers from above link:

page 30
To Captain Alexander Sayers, for his pay and the pay of his oflBcers and company of militia to the last day of Aug., 1758, in- clusive, as per muster-roll.

page 36
To Alexander Sayers, for a horse impressed and killed, appraised to 14 10

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