Benjamin Fisher

Male 1791 - 1821  (30 years)

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  • Name Benjamin Fisher 
    Born 1791  Bedford County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Mar 1821  Hamilton County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1139  Eby/Aebi and Bernethy Family
    Last Modified 31 Jul 2015 

    Father Benjamin W Fisher,   b. Abt 1755, Jackson, Wayne County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 May 1818, Clermont County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years) 
    Mother Rosanna Fisher,   b. Abt 1761, Clermont County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1845, Clermont County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 84 years) 
    Family ID F500  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1791 - Bedford County, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Mar 1821 - Hamilton County, Indiana Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
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      Strawtown Massacre

      Benjamin Fisher was a veteran of the War of 1812. Benjamin has the distinction of being one of the few white settlers actually killed by the Native Americans remaining in the area. An article titled "Early Settlers" from an unidentified Lapel newspaper published in October 1903 tells of the family's migration to Stony Creek and the events which brought about Benjamin's death:

      "Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Fisher, from Clermont County, Ohio, in June of a wagon came to Indiana. They drove through Winchester to Anderson, Indiana, the latter place being then merely an Indian Village, with no white people living there. The old chief Anderson, for whom the town was named, was living there at the time.

      "They drove down the river...between Perkinsville and Strawtown and there settled in a round log cabin 16 feet square, in which was no floor but the dirt.

      "In Strawtown...was one white family named Shintapper. This man kept liquor to sell to the Indians and when they bought the liquor and got drunk Shintapper would abuse them. He had a great fireplace in which logs six feet long could be burned and he once threw an Indian on this fire where he was burned to death. At another time he burned one until he was crippled afterwards.

      "By such treatment the Indians were justly incensed and determined to be revenged and so ten of them went one day armed with their knives and tomahawks, intending to kill Shintapper when no one was about.

      "That same day--in March, 1821--Benjamin Fisher, John Colip, and Jacob Hiers happened to go to Shintappers to grind their axes, he being the only one in that settlement who owned a grindstone. They had not been there long before the Indians arrived. Of course they could not stand by and see Shintapper killed so undertook to defend him.

      "There was a five-rail fence around the cabin, outside of which were the Indians and inside were the white men. ... The battle then continued as at first, the red men retreating and the white men chasing them, then in turn being chased back. Finally one Indian hit Shintapper with a club and knocked him down, then jumped on the fence to get inside. At this Hiers struck the Indian on the head and killed him...Then the battle waged fiercer than ever. But when retreating from the Indians Benjamin Fisher fell and was at once tomahawked by the Indians, who then gathered up their dead Indians and went away. Mr. Fisher was not scalped as some accounts have stated but from the pieces of skull (now in possession of [son] Charles Fisher) it is evidenced that he was truck several times with the tomahawk.

      "That same night Shintapper loaded his goods in a canoe and with his wife and child went down White River and was never heard of again. Benjamin Fisher was buried at Strawtown near where he was killed. His was the first grave in what is now known as Strawtown Cemetery."

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