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Gerardus Ryker

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Gerardus Ryker
Born in Closter, NJmap
Husband of — married in NYmap
Died in "Long Run Massacre", Eastwood, KYmap
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Note: Gerardus Ryker was listed as a cordwainer at the time of his marriage
in New York in 1762. He immigrated to Kentucky in 1780 from Berkeley
Co., VA and was part of the "Low Dutch Colony" in Shelby and Henry
Counties in Kentucky. He was killed by Indians in the Long Run
Massacre, also known as Floyd's Defeat, September 15, 1781 near
Eastwood in Jefferson County, Kentucky. From [UL:The Kentucky
Encyclopedia:UL] edited by John E. Kleber (University Press of
Kentucky, 1992): LONG RUN MASSACRE. The Long Run massacre was a major
incident in the series of battles in which early settlers in Kentucky
fought Indians and their British allies on the western frontier during
the Revolutionary War. Long Run is located near Eastwood in Jefferson
County, Kentucky. In September 1781 Maj. Bland Ballard discovered
Indian signs near Squire Boone's Painted Stone Station, near what is
now Shelbyville. He warned the settlers there and at Beargrass Station
to move to Lynn Station, which was a more secure area. For unknown
reasons, Boone's and several other families delayed moving for two
days. When they finally left the station on September 14, 1781, they
were surrounded at Long Run Creek by a large party of Indians
reinforced by British soldiers under the command of Capt. Alexander
McKee. An estimated sixty people were killed by the Indians; only a
handful, including Squire Boone, escaped. See Lou Catherine Ciore,
"Long Run Massacre, Register 10 (Jan. 1912): 75-6.

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