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History of Sheshequin 1777-1902; Heverly; Pub.1902, Towanda, Pa; pp.77-80.
The GORE FAMILY. --- The Gores are of English origin. John GORE and
his wife, Rhoda, came from England and settled at Roxbury, Mass., in 1635.
Samuel GORE, a grandson of John GORE, was a resident of Norwich, Conn.,
in 1714. Obadiah GORE, son of Samuel and Hannah GORE, was born July 26,
1714. He married Hannah PARKS and died in 1779. Hannah was a sister of
Captain Thomas PARKS, the first settler of Litchfield, Bradford County.
Obadiah GORE moved from near Boston to Norwich, Conn., thence to Wyoming
in 1770. Of his advent in the new colony, Mr. Miner says: "Among the
new body of emigrants, were two of the GORE family from Norwich, Obadiah
GORE, the father, and Daniel GORE, his son, blacksmiths by trade, full
of ardour and replete with Yankee ingenuity. They conceived the design
of adding to the ordnance a new cannon. A large pepperage log was fashioned,
bored and then hooped from breach to muzzle with stout bands of iron. Painted
black, with a red mouth and mounted on a wagon, its appearance at least
was sufficiently formidable. The first discharge excited at once admiration
and hope among its friends. Re-loaded a heavier discharge, was driven home
that a corresponding execution might be produced, the cannon split, and
so terrible was the explosion that one of the iron bands, thrown a thousand
feet across the Susquehanna, was afterwards found in the willows on the
river shore." Obadiah GORE was a magistrate under the laws of Connecticut.
His commission signed in April, 1778, bears the name of Jonathan Trumbull,
then governor of Connecticut. He was an aged man at the time of the massacre,
and was left in Forty Fort while the army went out to meet the enemy. "The
little band the marched forth on that memorable 3d of July 1778, were his
sons, Samuel, Daniel, Silas, George and Asa, and his son-in-laws, John
MURFEE and Timothy PEARCE. Thus there were seven in the battle, while an
eight (Obadiah GORE Jr.) was in service with the regular army; and it proved
a most bloody and disastrous day to the family. At susnset five of the
seven were on the field mangled corpses. Asa and Silas were ensigns, and
were slain; George and MURFEE were slain. Timothy PEARCE held a commission
in the regular army, but he had hurried in. He, also, was killed. Lieutenant
Daniel GORE was near the right wing and stood a few rods below Wintermoot's
fort, close up to the old road that led up through the valley. Stepping
into the road, a ball struck him in the arm; he applied a hast bandage,
tearing it from his shirt. Just as that moment Captain DURKEE stepped into
the road at the same place. 'Look Out'! said Mr. GORE, 'there are some
savages concealed under yonder heap of logs.' At that instant a bullet
struck Captain DURKEE in the tigh. When retreat became inevitable, Mr.
GORE endeavored to assist Captain DURKEE from the field, but found it impossible,
and DURKEE said, 'Save yourself, Mr. GORE, my fate is sealed.' Lieutenant
GORE then escaped down the road, and leaping the fence about a mile below,
lay concealed close under a bunch of bushes. While there an Indian got
over the fence and stood near him. Mr. GORE said he could see the white
of his eye and was almost sure he was discovered. A moment after a yell
was raised on the flats below. The Indian drew up his rifle and fired,
and instantly ran off in that direction. Though the wave of death seemed
to have passed over and spent itself, yet Lieutenant GORE remained under
cover until dusk. After dark he found his way to the fort and met his brother,
Samuel, the only other survivor of the seven. The distress of Mrs. MURFEE
was very great. She feared her husband had been tortured. When she learned
he fell on the field she was less distressed, and begging her way with
the rest of the fugitives, traversed the wilderness and sought a home in
the State from which she had emigrated, having an infant born, a few days
after her arrival among her former friends. No tongue can tell, no pencil
can paint the sorrows and sufferings of poor Wyoming; and all, undoubtedly,
occasioned by drawing away the men raised here for its special defense."
This book History of Sheshequin is owned by Mrs. Alice GORE Hunsinger
of GA. In honor of Her Gore grandparents: Obadiah GORE & Hannah PARK
; Samuel GORE & Sarah BROKAW. Thank you for sharing this history with
Happy Digging, . Submitted by Pat HITTLE Gore.
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