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1780 or early 1781, the family moved back to the Buffalo Valley farm. In 1782 and 1785, daughters Ann Margaret and Catharine were born. Indian Raids One day in 1781, while most of the family were working in the fields, Elizabeth and one of her sisters were captured by Indians. From Indian History of Wagenseller Farm, Snyder County Annals, 1919 (p. 137), It was in the afternoon when the savages made their descent upon the Weierback cabin. All of the family, both males and females, were out in the fields reaping, except the two girls. The savages set fire to the cabins, and departed. The ascending smoke from the burning dwelling was the first intimation that the reapers had of any thing being wrong. In a few days one of the girls returned, having escaped from her captors. After the war was over, Weierback having heard of the whereabouts of his daughter, went after her and found her the wife of an Indian, on the waters of the Allegheny; but she had become so attached to the wild life of the savage that all the inducements that he could offer her to return were of no avail. She was never heard of afterwards.

This last statement proved to be in error as discussed in detail below.

The story is briefly retold in the Annals of Buffalo Valley, Pennsylvania, 1755-1855 (p. 206), published 1877, where the family name is spelled “Wierbach.”

A photograph of the site of the Weierback cabin was taken about 1912 and published in the Snyder County Annals (p. 148) where it was identified as “Brookside Farm, near Millmont, Union County, Pa., owned by Geo. W. Wagenseller, Middleburg, PA., site where John Weierbacks cabin was burnt by the Indians and his two daughters captured and spirited away in 1781, as told in the story page 137.”

GEORGE WEGENSELLER FARM at Glen Iron in Union County is the subject of this photo published in the (Williamsport) Sun-Gazette on July 28 (1997), according to John McCallus of Avis. He recognized the photo as one used in a history book of that area. His family once owned the farm. He does not know the identities of the people proudly displaying their horses and automobiles. The site was the scene of terror and bloodshed some 140 years before when Indians burned the first cabin built there and abducted two girls, McCallus noted.


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