Neely's Bend

Other names: Neely's Lick, later Larkin's Sulphur Spring

What: August 1780 Neely killed. Daughter captive of Creek for several years years.

Where: 36.25673 -86.67835 Neely's Bend

Maps: [map notes]


  • Indian Captivity - 3 A 55
    Two miles east on Cumberland River was Neely's Lick, later called Larkin Sulphur Spring. Here, in the fall of 1780 William Neely was killed and his daughter Mary captured by Indians. Carried by her captors to Michigan, she escaped after two years, and made her way to New York State, and thence eventually back to her home here.
    Location was plotted 2 miles east of marker location.

  • GoogleJames Gettys McGready Ramsey, The Annals of Tennessee to the End of the Eighteenth Century: Comprising Its ..., 1853, John Russell, p.447
    Soon afterwards, in July or August, a party of Indians, believed to be Delawares, killed Jonathan Jennings, at the point of the first island above Nashville. Higher up the Cumberland River, on the north side, on the bluff where William Williams, Esquire, since lived, Ned Carver was killed ; his wife and two children escaped, and came to Nashville. The same party, in a day or two after, killed William Neely, at Neely's Lick, and took his daughter prisoner.

  • GoogleAllbright, Edward, Early History of Middle Tennessee, Brandon printing Company, 1909, p.80.
    The first attempt at salt-making was at Mansker's Lick. Having failed there, a party consisting of William Neely, his daughter, a young lady about sixteen years old, and several men, went from that station to Neely's Lick, afterwards known as Neely's Bend, up the river from the Bluff.
    Suddenly a rifle barrel gleamed in the fading sunlight from behind a neighboring tree and a shot broke the stillness of the forest. Neely, raising himself half-way up on his elbow, uttered a groan and fell back dead. The savages now rushed out from their hicling places, seized the girl, tied her hands behind her and gathering up her father's gun and powder horn dragged her away captive,...

    After following the trail for fifteen or twenty miles, acting on the advice of Kasper Mansker, their leader, they quit'the chase lest the captors, seeing themselves pursued, might kill their prisoner. .....However, it is known to historians that after remaining in captivity among the Creeks for several years, her release was secured and she was allowed to return to her friends.

    . Click on icon at u.r.h. corner to download pdf.

  • RevWar75 RevWar75  
    Not found.

    Related locations:

    Confidence level:: 3