Summer 1782 Martin & Johnson capt. by Creek. J. escaped. M. captive for yr.
Where: 36.5494886 -86.7144406 Kilgore's Station
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GNIS record for Kilgore Station 36.5494886 -86.7144406, Robertson County.
Putnam, Albigence Waldo, History of Middle Tennessee, 1859. P.156.
Several adventurous persons had erected a fort on the head-waters of
Red River, near the Cross Plains, in Robertson County. The principal
men were the Mauldins and Kilgores ; and the settlement was known as
Mauldin's or Kilgore's Station. These "stationers" considered themselves
so remote from the usual hunting-range of the Indians, that they rather
rejoiced in the security. "All such rejoicing was vain." The savages
were sure to find them out. They did so, and in one day killed two of
their number, Mason and Hoskins. At the same time and place Sam
Martin was captured. Sam was a quarrelsome person, and of bad character.
There were no tears shed because Sam As a prisoner. All the
women said, "Naught is never in danger," and the men concurred in
sentiment, "A happy riddance ! Hope he will do them as much harm as he
did us." Isaac Johnston was captured by the same party of Indians, and
taken into the "Nation." He sought opportunity to escape, and happily
succeeded. He returned to the Cumberland in safety, and reported that
Sam was perfectly "at home" among the red men.
Ramsey, James Gettys McGready, The Annals of Tennessee, to the End of the Eighteenth Century:
Comprising Its Settlement, as the Watauga Association, from 1796 to 1777; a Part of North-Carolina, from 1777 to 1784..., Lippincott, Grambo & Company, 185. P.456
A settlement had been begun at Kilgore's Station, on the
north side of Cumberland, on Red River. At this place
Samuel Martin and Isaac Johnston, returning to the Blatt
were fired upon by the Indians. They took Martin prisoner,
and carried him into the Creek nation. He remained there
nearly a year, and came home elegantly dressed, with two
valuable horses and silver spurs. It was said, afterwards,
that he had concerted with the Indians the time and place
of the attack made by them, and that be was a sharer in the
plunder. Isaac Johnston escaped and came home.
Confidence level:: 5