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The Trials of Massey Harbison
Massey was 22 years old, had three children, was pregnant with a fourth and was asleep on that fateful day of May 22, 1792 near Freeport, PA. Due to hostilities along the Allegheny River between Indians and white folks a number of Indians from various tribes and at least two white men dressed as Indians began a raid on the pioneer fort Reed’s Station. Massey’s cabin, being near the fort, was where the attack began.
One of Massey’s children was killed at the cabin. Massey and her other two children, all in nightclothes and barefoot, were taken captive. Two Indians were put in charge of the captives while the rest of them continued raiding in the Puckity Creek area. On a forced march to an Indian encampment near Butler, PA another of Massey’s children was murdered and scalped.
Her last living child was a year old and still nursing. Massey carried him to
the encampment. After 2 nights in captivity Massey managed to escape on
the morning of the third day. She began her trek home by following the
creeks, stars and sun and by remembering places her husband had
mentioned. The third night she spent in Renfrew, PA waiting to get her
direction from the North Star. While preparing to sleep near Mars, PA on
the fourth night Massey and her child barely escaped being recaptured.
Fear from this encounter drove her to travel all night.
The fifth night she slept along the banks of Squaw Run Creek in the
pouring rain. The morning of the sixth day Massey found herself on the
banks of the Allegheny River. After walking along the bank for a while she
was finally rescued by her nearest neighbor who did not recognize her.
The audiocassette tape that is offer for sale on this site uses a first
person interpretation of the trek. There are sound effects of what
Massey heard along the way and during long intervals between sites 18th
century dulcimer music can be heard. The authors of the tour are Susan
and Janet Pazzynski interpreted Massey. (see Janet Pazzynnski)
To read more about Massey Harbison I am offering 2 products for sale. One is a driving tour and the other is an exact duplication of Massey's own autobiograghy published in 1825.
In 1825 Massey published an autobiography about her Indian captivity and life following her escape. After six years of labor Doris Herceg and I have finally republished this book. The retyping includes spellings, punctuations, hyphens and grammatical constructions evident in the 1825 edition that accounts for the difference from 2005 standards. The hardback book measures 7 1/4 X 4 ½ inches. A 15-page addendum has been added at the back of the book with 12 illustrations of my most recent research such as her divorce paper, maps and Massey’s signature. It is now for sale.
All Proceeds will benefits local historic projects
A Narrative of the Sufferings of Massy Harbison from Indian Barbarity
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Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, PA 412-454-6300
Butler County Historical Society Butler, PA (724) 283-8116
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“Country Chronicles, There’s No Place Like Home! A Vivid Collection of Pennsylvania Histories” by Ceane O’Hanlon-Lincoln is an eclectic collection of various historic happenings in Pennsylvania, immigrant stories, Pennsylvania wildlife concluding with verbal and pictorial snapshots of Pittsburgh and Connellsville. Each historic happening is told in an easy to read down to earth style that brings history to life in the modern day world. The vignettes read as if told by a story teller. In fact they could easily be read aloud for better enjoyment. She has included Massey’s story in this book. Ceane’s history is impeccable and thoroughly researched. She brings to life history in such a way that her books should be used in high schools to spur interest in history where the subject is often boring, A section of Ceane’s book includes stories of actual immigrants to Pennsylvania. She typically asks various people to write their story then edits it to fit her style of writing. These stories make for extremely interesting reading and are a vital part of the history of Pennsylvania so often overlooked in the classroom. I highly recommend “Country Chronicles…” to both history buffs and non-history buffs alike.
This is the cover of COUNTY CHRONICALS written by Ceane OHanlon-Lincolin published by Mechling Book Bindery of Butler County. (724) 287-2120