THEN AND NOW
text & charcoal drawingtaken
from image of Sheshbazzar Bentley
A LOG CABIN WAS HEWED
FROM THE ABUNDANT FOREST THAT COVERED THE AREA. SHESHBAZZAR BENTLEY AND
HIS FAMILY FOUNDED THE TOWN OF BENTLEYSVILLE.
WHAT IS NOW PIGEON
CREEK MEANDERED THROUGH THE VALLEY SERVING TO CARVE LEVEL TRACTS OF LAND
THAT WERE HOME TO THE IROQUIS INDIANS. AT FORT STANWIX, NEW YORK, LAND
WAS PURCHASED FROM THE INDIANS AND SETTLERS FROM VIRGINIA AND MARYLAND,
ALREADY SETTLED, REMAINED AND BEGAN THE LEGAL POSSESSION.
EVEN THOUGH THE LAND
WAS NOW LEGALLY OWNED, THERE WERE CONTINUING INDIAN SKIRMISHES, ONE IN
PARTICULAR, BROUGHT AN END TO THE HOSTILITIES. GEORGE WASHINGTON "CALLED
IN ALL THE SAVAGES" AFTER COLONEL WILLIAM CRAWFORD WAS TORTURED AND BURNED
AT THE STAKE AFTER HE AND FEW OF HIS MEN WERE CAPTURED IN A BATTLE WEST
OF CLEVELAND, OHIO.
(excerpts and image from Miriam
I did a charcoal and chalk drawing of Sheshbazzar Bentley,
Esq., it was drawn from the photo image in the Book "Bentleysville" by
Miriam A. Dartnell, written November 5, 1954. New Voices Publishing
Co. copyright, 1955
I personally have spent time with Miss Dartnell, who was confinded
to her home. She should be commmended for her work, and I hope that this
web-page will do just that.
The town was established 1816. The book (back to 1770) is
available for reading at the Bentleyville Public Library. There are two
copies available, not for lending, as they are part of a collection of
historical events that have taken place in and around Bentleyville. Referrence
books are to be used at the Library.
Anyone wishing to submit their pedigrees to the library, they
will accept them and add to the Genealogical Department now forming.
Pedigree form are available at the desk.
H. Grayce Petrick Ezarik June 3, 2001
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