Hello, Diana Williams
I accidently ran across this Indian Captives Special Query Forum tonight. Am happy to see someone else is interested in the two attacks on the Bozarth / Bozorth families in 1779 and 1795. The Bozarth or Bozorth involved in the two attacks were brothers - Joseph Bozorth (his wife Elizabeth ________) and John Bozorth, Jr. (his wife Jane Ivers).
There are differing accounts about the people involved and the place of the attack in 1779. Most agree that the attack was in present Greene County, Pennsylvania and most agree that the Bozarth lady who killed three attacking Indians and wounded a fourth was named Elizabeth Bozorth / Bozarth. One account gives the location of the attack as the Cheat River; another as Dunkard Creek. Other locations have been given as well.
I believe this Elizabeth was the wife of Joseph Bozorth, who later sold his land on South Ten Mile Creek in December of 1779 in what was then Monongalia County, Virginia. He had moved to Jefferson County, Virginia (later Kentucky) by July of 1780. I have several naratives of this 1779 attack if you are interested.
Joseph Bozorth, s/o John Bozorth and Innocent Borden of Frederick County, Virginia, and grandson of Simon Bozorth and Mary Mason / Marson of Burlington County, New Jersey, died in Nelson County, KY - District of VA in 1790. His wife Elizabeth was named administratrix of his will along with Robert Hodgen and John Larue. The will named his children as John, David, and Joseph; "all my daughters who is now married"; and "seven youngest children". I have records on all of his children.
The "Massacre of the Bozarth Family", recorded in several history books as the last attack on the white settlers by the Indians in what is now West Virginia, occurred on July 25, 1795 on the Buckhannon River in present day Barbour Co, WV. It involved the family of John Bozorth, Jr. and Jane (Ivers) Bozorth. Two of their children were killed at the time of the attack (an infant and Jane, then about 10 or 12 years old). The attack by other Indians on John, Jr. and his sons George and John, III, who were working in the fields was not successful. A tomahawk was thrown at John, Jr, but it fell short. George was barely able to evade the rifle ball shot at him. Unfortunately, Mother Jane along with several of the children were captured. The captured children have been variously named as Rebecca, Zadekiah / Zade, Mary and possibly Elizabeth. They were taken to the Ohio county where they were later exchanged for Indian prisoners by General Anthony Wayne on September 9, 1795 at the signing of the Treaty of Greenville in Darke County, Ohio. Shortly afterwards John and Jane moved their family to Darke Co, Ohio where she died sometime between 1806 and 1810. John later returned to Virginia where he and Mary (?) Forenash, widow of Charles Forenash, were married in 1813. John died in the Fall of 1832. I have records for most of their children.
The information that I have for Elizabeth Bozorth, daughter of John and Jane, is that she married Uriah Forenash, the s/o Charles Forenash and his unknown first wife. Mary (?) Forenash was Charles' second wife and the step-mother of Uriah. Mary's second husband was John Bozorth. At the time of her marriage to John in 1813 she became Elizabeth Bozorth's step-mother. Thus Mary was a step-mother of both Uriah Forenash and Elizabeth Bozorth. Elizabeth (Bozorth) Forenash later married James Morrison. You stated in your query that Elizabeth was married to Morrison by 1802. I did not have a date for their marriage. I am most interested in learning more about Elizabeth and James' descendants. Does the history of your family show that Elizabeth was one of the Indian captives?
My husband's Bozarth line descends from Jonathan Bozorth and Mary Hargis of Frederick Co, VA (1754); Monongalia Co, VA (1770s); Nelson Co, KY/VA (1785); Hardin Co, KY (1793); Ohio Co, KY (1798) and Grayson Co, KY (1810-1830). Jonathan Bozorth (1754-1830) was the younger brother of Joseph Bozorth (c1735-1790) and John Bozorth, Jr. (1747-1832).
Jonathan and his brother John, Jr. lived on adjoining land grants in the 1770s in what is now Fairmont, Marion County, West Virginia when it was known as Monongalia County, Virginia. Jonathan was in Nelson County, VA / KY by 1785.
Look forward to hearing from you about your Bozorth / Morrison connection. Let me know if you would like further information on the Bozorths / Bozarths.
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