point called Thompson's Ferry, in Perry county
, on the Indiana
Here he disposed of his vessel, and placing his goods in the care of a settler named Posey
, he struck out through the interior in search of a location for his new home.
Sixteen miles back from the river he found one that pleased his fancy, and he marked it off for himself.
His next move in the order of business was a journey to Vincennes
to purchase the tract at the Land Office--under the “two-dollar-an-acre law,” as Dennis Hanks
puts it -and a return to the land to identify it by blazing the trees and piling up brush on the corners to establish the proper boundary lines.
Having secured a place for his home he trudged back to Kentucky
--walking all the way — for his family.
Two horses brought them and all their household effects to the Indiana
kindly gave or hired them the use of a wagon, into which they packed not only their furniture and carpenter tools, but the liquor, which it is presumed had lain undisturbed in the former's cellar.
Slowly and carefully picking their way through the dense woods, they at last reached their destination on the banks of Little Pigeon creek
There were some detentions on the way, but no serious mishaps.
The head of the household now set resolutely to work to build a shelter for his family.
The structure, when completed, was fourteen feet square, and was built of small unhewn logs.
In the language of the day, it was called a “half-faced camp,” being enclosed on all sides but one.
It had neither floor, door, nor windows.
In this forbidding