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The account of the killing of Benge

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(related by Dr. James Huff), "the last surviving member of Hobb's party, differs in some minor details from the account given above, though, probably, not more than a perfectly credible witness speaking fifty-two years later might be expected to vary. The story was printed in the "Jacksonian", a paper published at Abingdon, VA, in 1846: Mr. Editor: Having recently had an interview with the venerable Dr. James Huff of Kentucky, the last of the brave party that defeated the celebrated Indian Benge and party, who gave me the following account of that affair. That sometime in the month of April 1794 just before daylight, a man by the name of John Henderson rode up to Yokums Station in Powell's Valley, now Lee County, and informed the station that the Indians had taken the wives of Peter and Henry Livingston and two servants of the former and also a black man from Edward Callahan[1]

In 1800 Edward C. Callahan was listed in Rockingham Co. NC with a household containing 2m-26/45, 1f-16/26, 1f-26/45, & 1f>45. He moved to Kentucky cir 1801 with members of the Strong, Davidson, and Cornett families.[2]


  1. Margaret Peggy Cornett (daughter of Robert Robin Cornett and Charlotte Callahan) was born Nov 22, 1804 in Clay Co., Ky, and died Oct 24, 1884 in Clay Co., Ky. She married Lewis Franklin Benge on Aug 17, 1831 in Clay Co., Kentucky, son of David "King David" Benge
  2. Dr. John J. Dickey Diary, Fleming County, Ky. Recorded in the 1870's and beyond. Reprinted in Kentucky Explorer, Volume 11, No 3 - August, 1996,pp. 104-105. By permission. Breathitt County.

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