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Trip Part 2
North Carolina to Indiana - Part 2:
Hog Killing on the Trail!
|KG p. 48-50:
Hog Killing on the Trail! (selected passages):
"In one day the three hogs were butchered and dressed, hung up to cool, the lard rendered and the sausage ground. So they must have feasted on ham, shoulder, sausage and bacon the rest of their journey. In order to accomplish this great undertaking enroute, they had to provide themselves with sufficient equipment, guns, butcher knives, big iron kettles, sausage grinders and five gallon jars for the lard, not to mention salt, pepper, sage and other seasonings. With the day's work done everyone was ready for a sumptuous meal. At nightfall all were ready for a good night's rest in the open. They probably staked out their horses and cows to graze during the day to be watched by the boys and girls who were too young to be of much assistance in any other way, unless it was to carry water from the spring."
"With the Cumberland Gap behind them all were up early the next morning for breakfast as they had to reload their equipment and fresh meat for the remainder of their journey, which would be much easier traveling, and farm houses could be seen along the way where they stopped to buy vegetables and probably corn for the horses from the farmers. They gathered nuts, killed squirrels and rabbits and other wild animals along the way, for food."
"They were approaching near a place where a railroad crossed their road, so in order for safely they sent Uncle Dempsey Kinnick, a young man twenty-two years of age, on ahead to see if a train was coming and come back and tell them, for trains were new in those days and horses were frightened by them; but Uncle Dempsey was so thrilled seeing his first train approaching that he forgot all about warning the drivers. The horses were frightened but did no serious damage."
"Leaving North Carolina, their native state, behind them they were now entering "The Great Meadows" as Kentucky was called in the days of Daniel Boone. Later and still today, it is known as the "Blue Grass State," with its rolling hills and valleys which afford so much space for pasture land for stock, especially cattle grazing."
"It is my opinion that their journey through the state of Kentucky was pleasant and uneventful since they had left the mountains behind and the roads were more traveled."
"As Madison was one of the oldest trading posts on the Ohio River it is quite reasonable to conclude that they came from Middlesboro across Kentucky to Madison, Indiana, then across southern Indiana by way of the Madison trail which crossed the Johnson and Shelby county line north of Smiley's mill on Sugar Creek. It took a northwesterly direction crossing the Wetzel trail at Camp Creek, now Hurricane Creek, near Loper's cabin in Clark Township, which is three miles south of Old Clarksburg."
"There were two other routes they might have traveled - from Middlesboro at the Gap to Cincinnati, which is hardly likely on account of the many hills; or from Middlesboro to Madison, Indiana, then to North Vernon, Columbus and Franklin; or from Middlesboro across Kentucky to the Ohio River at Louisville then to Columbus and Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana. There are objections to this route as Louisville is farther west and would have increased the mileage."
"I have traveled by auto or bus across southern Indiana, Kentucky and in Tennessee as far as the Smoky Mountains. Also from Indianapolis by way of Cincinnati to Charleston, West Virginia, and across Virginia to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, then to Mocksville and as far south as Salisbury, North Carolina, and I would, all things taken into consideration, decide in favor of the Madison trail."
"It is indeed regrettable that no account or record was left for their descendants of this eventful pilgrimage. Being one of the younger great grandchildren, I was too young to be interested greatly; then my grandfather was living in Indiana and did not make the trip with that great company of his family."
"They traveled on and on through Indiana and finally as the could see the dim lights from the farm houses, the front driver - who was George or John Barlow, husband of the eldest daughter, Johannah, of George and Hannah Grimes Kinnick stood up on his wagon, with hat removed and held high shouted back "WE ARE NEARING THE KINNICK SETTLEMENT!" This news was shouted back from wagon to wagon until the last wagon was reached and their shouts died away in the night air."
"But they were farther away from grandfather Jabez and grandmother Betsy Ann's log cabin than they knew, for it was late at night when they reached their home and the lights were all out and the family was sound asleep. Not wishing to disturb them, they decided to sleep in their wagons for the night, and drove into the large barn lot in which was a large log barn, the largest in the community and settled down for the night. Just how that many horses and wagons and people could enter their barn lot without waking them has always been a mystery to me."
"Next morning, as soon as it was daylight my father, James Thomas, called "Jim Tom," who was six and one-half years of age, looked out of the loft window and saw the barn lot full of wagons and horses, was so startled that "he didn't know what was up." The boys of the family slept in the loft of the house and had to climb an inside ladder to go up to bed."
"When the news spread throughout the household, what a commotion and what a reunion! Meeting and greeting of loved ones, man of whom they had never seen. Can you imagine what it would be with almost forty unexpected guests for breakfast?"
"At that time grandmother was still doing all her cooking in the open fireplace, and to hasten the breakfast, I can guess there were fires made outside the house, just like they did when they camped out enroute with all hands assisting, breakfast was over before they knew it. I imagine those large iron kettles were unpacked for heating the water, and the three-legged skillets were used to bake the corn pones by the fireplace and to fry the bacon. These relatives received such a welcome and were so weary after that long journey that they were thankful to be alive."
"After resting for some time at my grandparents' the time came when they must look around and find some place to live and get settled in their several homes before winter. However, the youngest daughter Aunt Penelope and her new husband Uncle Henry Boner, decided they would visit his brother in Putnam County. So they rode horse-back double all that distance of at least fifty miles near Greencastle, Indiana."
"At first all of these families settled not far from my grandparent's
home principally around Leatherwood Creek and on the Bluff Road between
Clarskburg and Greenwood, until they found a permanent home in the Glade
community, southeast of Greenwood, where many of their descendants still
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