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The Ancestors of Vickie Beard Thompson


William FORD

HISTORY: [Some Heroes of the American Revolution (In the SC Upper Country), Bailey, 1924; reprinted 1976, Southern History Press, Easley, SC, p. 224.] 1776 In the area of Spartanburg County, South Carolina Captain James FORD and his wife were killed by Indians sympathetic with the British. FORD's daughters were taken captive by the Indians in this attack. FORD lived on the Enoree river near a placed called the Canebrake. Settlers sympathetic to the British sat beneath poles bound in white cloth, called "passovers." These were supposed to protect Tories from Indian attack, but FORD and his family were not so protected, even though they had a passover. Later, the daughters of Captain FORD were freed from their captivity. NOTE: The above mentioned daughters were captured on 20 June 1776. It is said Cassandra FORD was one of those daughters captured. QUESTION: Was the other captured daughter Permilia FORD, who soon after married William MITCHUSSON? I think it likely is significant that Permelia and William MITCHUSSON named one of their male children James Ford MITCHUSSON, and that they named their next female child Cassandra MITCHUSSON. James was a Loyalist who served as Captain of the South Carolina Provincial Militia of the Upper or Sparta area of Ninety-Six District. He served under Colonel Thomas FLETCHALL. William FORD was among those who rescued Cassandra FORD from the Indians.

Cassandra FORD

NOTES: She was captured by Indians on 20 June 1776, but later released. Her father and mother were killed that same day by the Indians.