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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Falmouth, treaties at. (search)
Falmouth, treaties at. The Penobscot and Norridgewock Indians sent delegates to a conference in Boston, June 23, 1749, and there proposed to treat for peace and friendship with the people of New England. A treaty was soon afterwards made at Falmouth, N. H., between them and the St. Francis Indians, by which peace was established. At a conference held at St. George's, in York county, Me., Sept. 20, 1753, the treaty at Falmouth was ratified by more than thirty of the Penobscot chiefs; but the next year, when hostilities between France and England began anew, these Eastern Indians showed signs of enmity to the English. With 500 men, the governor of Massachusetts, accompanied by Colonel Mascarene, a commissioner from Nova Scotia, Major-General Winslow, commander of the forces, and other persons of rank, embarked at Boston to hold another conference with these Indians at Falmouth. There, at the last of June, 1754, former treaties were ratified.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Fanning, David 1756-1825 (search)
Fanning, David 1756-1825 Freebooter; born in Wake county, N. C., about 1756; was a carpenter by trade, and led a vagabond life, sometimes trading with Indians. Late in the Revolution he joined the Tories, for the purpose of revenge for injuries inflicted upon him. He gathered a small band of desperadoes like himself, and laid waste whole settlements and committed fearful atrocities. For these services he received the commission of lieutenant from the British commander at Wilmington. So encouraged, he captured many leading Whigs, and hanged those against whom he held personal resentment. At one time he captured a whole court in session, and carried off judges, lawyers, clients, officers, and some of the citizens. Three weeks later he captured Colonel Alston and thirty men in his own house, and soon afterwards, dashing into Hillsboro, he captured Governor Burke and his suite, and some of the principal inhabitants. The name of Fanning became a terror to the country, and he was
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Filson, John 1747- (search)
Filson, John 1747- Pioneer; born in Chester county, Pa., in 1747; purchased a onethird interest in the site of Cincinnati, which he called Losantiville. While exploring the country in the neighborhood of Losantiville he disappeared and it is supposed was killed by hostile Indians, about 1788. He was the author of The discovery, settlement, and present State of Kentucky; A topographical description of the Western Territory of North America; Diary of a journey from Philadelphia to Vincennes, Ind., in 1785, etc.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Flathead Indians, (search)
Flathead Indians, A division of the Choctaw (q. v.) tribe; named because of their habit of compressing the heads of their male infants; also the name of a branch of the Salishan stock. The former division were engaged on both sides in the French and Indian contests ending in 1763. The second branch lived in British Columbia, Montana, Washington, and Oregon. In 1900 five branches of the Choctaw division were located at the Flathead agency in Montana, on a reservation comprising nearly 1,500,000 acres, and numbered 1,998.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Fleming, Thomas 1727-1776 (search)
Fleming, Thomas 1727-1776 Military officer; born in Botetourt county, Va., in 1727; took part in the great battle of Point Pleasant in 1774 between 1,000 Indians, under Cornstalk, and 400 whites, under Gen. Andrew Lewis. During the fight Colonel Fleming was severely wounded, one ball passing through his breast and another through his arm. At the outbreak of the Revolutionary War he was made colonel of the 9th Virginia Regiment, but in consequence of disease and wounds, died in camp in August, 1776.