Shawnee Prisoner Lists

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It's late, I'm exhausted.  Somehow I lost my lists (plural) of prisoners released in exchanges that occurred via Colonel Henry Bouquet and others circa 1762 - 1775.  These prisoners were taken in various raids, usually in Virginia, and held by the Shawnee, Wyandotte, et. al. I have all of Bouquet's paper (my God, they're long!) and have re-found several lists.  And yet, I can't find my ancestor Mary Bird/Byrd/Burd.  I KNOW she's there somewhere.  I remember seeing her and a bit surprised that she was called "Molly" and not "Polly" as usually stated in genealogies.  Anyway, if anyone has FULL LISTS of prisoners taken to Fort Pitt during this era, and can help a guy out, I'd be grateful if you could take a look and see where this particular list might be.  Oh, Molly would be 12 -14 years old or so.  She's with her brother John Burd (that's how it's spelled in the document) and mother Margaret, an old lady.
asked in Genealogy Help by Gregory Morris G2G5 (5.4k points)
retagged by Dorothy Barry

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I found a John Burd on this list and a Polly, not her real name (that is what is written on list ...... page 193 and 194. Could that be the list you found or are looking for ???

http://frenchandindianwarfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/bouquest-hostage-list.pdf
answered by Dorothy Barry G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
Molly Bird is on list “G”  - and a quick FYI, most of those released to Bousquet were captives of the Delaware, not the Shawnee.  The lists say which tribe released them.

Yes! Yes!   Thank you thank you! This is the right book!  Thank you Dorothy Barry - that was above and beyond the call of duty.  Dr. Ewing transcribing from letters to Gage, not Bouquet!  No wonder I couldn't find it.  Thank you both so much!  And yes, Kathie, my mistake on confusing the captives released.  Bless you both.

I had completely forgotten little Nalupua, age 7, "sister to Molly Bird."  If this is Margaret (Dean) Bird's child, then Molly's half-sister.  

Now to discover how Molly Bird, an orphan (although she might not yet know her mother has died at Fort Pitt), age 12, older sister of her "Indianized" brother John, finds her way into the arms of Henry Morris of Kanawha County, Virginia!

Many of these captives were taken from the area where West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania  come together since that’s where the Shawnee and Delaware had been pushed into.  When released they found their way back to the homes or areas where they had been captured.
True.  But how do three children under the age of 13 "find their way back home" when the home is destroy, the parents dead, 8 years have gone by, and they don't even remember their next-of-kin, or where they once lived?  I know that there was news floating around that the tribes had sued for peace, and that a prisoner exchange was imminent.  Several fathers rode to Ft. Pitt with ransom money and negotiated their own deals. I'm not sure if the newspapers carried this information, or if it was spread strictly by mouth.   I do wish Bouquet had ordered his men to keep better account of this part of the release, as well as more detailed information on the prisoners.  But it is what it is. That's why genealogy is so much fun - the work never ends.  Maybe there's more out there than I'm yet aware of.  That's where the "hope" part of research is most valuable, I think.

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