Proceedings of the Annual Indiana History Conference, Held Under the Auspices of the Society of Indiana Pioneers, Indiana Historical Society, Indiana Historical Bureau Volume 15

Proceedings of the Annual Indiana History Conference, Held Under the Auspices of the Society of Indiana Pioneers, Indiana Historical Society, Indiana Historical Bureau Volume 15

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...and his young wife Margaret remained two years. In the Old Country, training in the useful arts was not required of ladies; consequently, Margaret knew nothing of domestic work. Mrs. Stroud took great interest in the young matron and taught her to cook, spin, weave and do all the many tasks required of a housekeeper in early days. During those two years Margaret wove the linen for her future home and had everything ready for housekeeping. Doubtless, it was a very busy period for the young Irish girl. In the meantime, her husband was facing the problem of readjustment of his economic plans. In his diary he speaks of transactions with his neighbors of Bunker Hill, near Martinsburgh, Virginia. He acquired land and began to prosper when the Revolutionary War broke out. By that time there were several small children in the home. Before entering the army David took his wife and babies back to the home of James Stroud, and in the latter's yard built a house, wherein his family lived while he was in the service. The story of those trying years of war, the bravery of the faithful wife and mother, the belated home-coming of the foot sore and ragged husband at the close of the conflict, the recognition of him at a distance by the old family watch dog Tige, all reads like a page of the story from Homer of the delayed return of Odysseus to Ithaca after the war of the Greeks against ancient Troy. When Congress in 1784 voted to give land to veterans who would emigrate to Kentucky, David and Margaret decided to move thither, thinking they could provide more amply for their family which had now grown to nine. Kentucky was yet a primitive land, frequented at intervals by Indian savages living north of the Ohio or south of the Tennessee. Less than...show more

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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236993004
  • 9781236993007