Ansel Goodman’s Statement
State of KY
Russell County JD
On this twenty ninth day of October 1832 personally appeared in open court, it being a court of record, setting in and for the county afd, Ansel Goodman, resident of said county, aged about eighty years, who being first duly sworn, according to law, doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed 7th June 1832.
That in the state of Virginia, in the county of Bedford in the year as well as he can now remember 1777, he enlisted in the service of the United States, under Capt. Charles Watkins, and was ordered to Kentucky with the balance of the company for the purpose of assisting the inhabitants in their battle against the British and Indians. That the Company was composed of fifty odd men. That they were promised Forty shillings per month and the period of their enlistment was for six months. That very soon after their enlistment, they were marched to Kentucky by their Capn. and arrived at Boonsborough on the Kentucky River in the now state of Ky., which was a Fort, sometimes called a station at which place we found Col. Daniel Boon, and some men and families under his command. We were placed under the command also, of Col. Boon, and acted in the capacity of defenders of the Fort against the enemy and also as Indian spies.
Some considerable time after being so employed upon constant duty and very short allowance, himself, and as well as he can now recollect about thirty others under the command of Col. Boone, were ordered out upon an expedition to make salt for use of those in the Fort. They marched to a place about 70 or 80 miles from the Fort then and now known and called the Blue Licks. After being there about three weeks, engaged making salt bsl. Boone was absent from the company hunting and trapping, when a party of Shawnees, of about one hundred Indians, commanded by their Chief Black Fish, fired several guns at him as he Boon told this applicant, and run him some distance and he Boone discovering he would be taken, stopped, and put his Gun behind a tree, stepped out, and gave up. The Indians then marched with Col. Boone, to where the balance of us were, and we were ordered by Col. Boone to stack our guns and surrender. We did so—
We were all taken first to the Indian Town, over the Ohio River on the Little Miame. Some of the company were taken to the British. This applicant and a few others were retained by the Indians, and from the day he was taken up to the time he run off, a period of eight months, he suffered misery and wretchedness, hunger, cruelty and oppression of almost every sort. The night after he was taken, his arms were tied behind him, a rope or Buffaloes Tug tied first around his middle, and then made fast to an Indian on each side of him, and the one around his arms, was made to go around his neck, and tied fast to a Tree, and in that position he had to sleep upon the snow. A little while before he reached the Indian Town, he was compelled to strip himself, cold as it was, entirely naked, his arms again made fast and a load of Bare meat packed upon him. It was a heavy load. Indeed he was packed heavily, from the time he was taken until he arrived at the Town. And just as he got there, he was met by many Indians from the Town, and run the Gantlet with the load of meat, and was very severely beaten & bruised in the race. Before they got in sight of the Town, he was made to sing as loud as he could hollar. The object of that he afterward learnt, was to give notice of their approach. After running the Gantlet, he and the other prisoners were ordered to dance like the Whites. A negro who was prisoner with them, acted as Interpreter. Col Boon was taken a while to the British, and they gave him a little horse and a saddle, and he returned with the Indians, and was taken off with a party mostly of Squaws to make salt. There he made out to run off, and got back to Boonsborough safely.
This applicant, having stayed as he before mentioned eight months, he in the company with two others, George Hendricks and Aaron Ferman, run away. And having learnt from some of the Indians before they started, that there was some White men at the Falls of Ohio, they made their course that way. Before they arrived there, being beset with hunger, they were getting some Red Haws, when a party of Indians came upon them, and after a chase, re-took George Hendricks, but his other companion and himself arrived at the Falls. He remained there upward of two months, having engaged as a soldier, and performed duty under Capt. Wm. Harrod. He has no discharge, no written evidence of his services whatever. From the time of his enlistment, until he got back to Virginia, was one year and nine months. He can prove by a living witness, Arabia Brown of the County Garrard the fact of his enlistment and his service.
He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or an anuity except the present, and declares his name is not on the Pension Roll of the Agency of any state.
Sworn to and subscribed the day and year afd. his
Ansel X Goodman