Location of Mackwayack? 1700s America.

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Howdy!  Letters from Bouquet, from Captain William Murray, 1765. List of Shawnee prisoners delivered "at Mackwayack."  Google Search fruitless.  Perhaps Ohio Territory?  Eastern PA?
asked ago in Genealogy Help by Gregory Morris G2G5 (5.4k points)

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The Shawnee had a town called something like “Mackachack,” perhaps that is what he meant.  It was in what is now Ohio which is where the Shawnee were living in 1764.
answered ago by Kathie Forbes G2G6 Mach 6 (69.5k points)
selected ago by Gregory Morris
Thank you Kathie.  You are correct.  The roadside marker reads:  "Nearby stood the Shawnee village of Mackachack or 'Mack-A-Cheek...'"  Logan County, Ohio.  This is where Simon Kenton was forced to run the gauntlet.  Fascinating.  Part of the Mac-O-Chee valley, apparently.  Again, thanks for sharing your vast knowledge!
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answered ago by Marion Poole G2G6 Pilot (228k points)
Thank you Marion.  I'm very familiar with this essay, and I love Ewing's adventures. I had made a note to identify "Mackwayack" (given in list F) and was just getting around to it.  I have to admit that I was taken aback by its location:  Northwest of modern Columbus.  For some reason I expected it to be further east of Columbus.  So I learned something.

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