CALHOUN, Rebecca Floride 8675
- Born: 18 Oct 1745 8674
- Marriage (1): PICKENS, Andrew, Gen. on 19 Mar 1765 in Long Cane Creek, South Carolina 8674
- Died: 9 Dec 1814 8674
- Buried: Old Stone Church Cemetery, Clemson, Pickens County, South Carolina 8674
Noted events in her life were:
1. Story. 8674 Rebecca Floride Calhoun was a daughter of Ezekiel Calhoun and Jane Ewing
2. Story: Long Cane Creek Indian Massacre, 1 Feb 1760. 8674 The Index-Journal (Greenwood, South Carolina) · Sat, FEB 28, 1948
Although it has been printed before, the current account of this massacre of white settlers by the Indians on Feb 1, 1760, will be of interest. The account with the original spelling and capitalization of all nouns, as printed in the South Carolina Gazette under date, Feb 9, 1760:
"Yesterday so'nnight (an archaic word to describe a period of seven nights and days or a week), the whole of the Long Cane Settlers to the Number of 150 Souls moved off with most of their Effects in Waggons; to go toward Augusta in Georgia and in a few Hours after their setting off were surprised and attacked by about 100 Cherokees on Horseback, while they were getting their Waggons out of a boggy Place; They (the settlers) had about 40 Gunmen, who might have made a very good defence, but unfortunately their Guns were in the Waggons; the few who recovered their's (Guns), fought, the Enemy half an Hour and were at last obliged to fly; In the action, they lost seven Waggons and 40 of their people killed or taken prisoner (including Women and Children) the Rest got safe to Augusta; whence the Express arrived here with the same Account on Tuesday Morning."
Later, on Feb 23, 1760, the South Carolina Gazette had this item:
"Mr Patrick Calhoun, one of the unfortunate Settlers at Long Canes who were attacked by the Cherokees on the first Instant as they were removing their Wives, Children and Best Effects to Augusta, in Georgia, for Safety, is just come to Town (Charlestown) and informs us "That the whole of these Settlers might be about 250 souls, 50 or 60 of them fighting Men; that their Loss in that Affair amounted to about Fifty Persons, chiefly Women and Children with 15 loaded Waggons and Carts; that he had since been at the Place where the Action happened, in order to bury the Dead and found only 20 of their bodies, most inhumanly butchered; that the Indians had burned the Woods all around but had left the Waggons and Carts there empty and unhurt; and that he believed all the fighting Men would return and fortify the Long Cane Settlement were (if) part of the Rangers so stationed as to give them some Assistance and Protection."
Also, in this same issue of the South Carolina Gazette, dated Feb 23, 1760, is the following
"We have to late Advices from the Fort Prince-George (the outmost fort in the Cherokee Indian foothills town in what is now Oconee County) of any Consequences from places on that Route but from Fort Moore (a fort opposite Augusta and on the South Carolina side of the Savannah river) we learn that a Gang of 18 Cherokees divided into 3 or 4 Parties, on the 15th instant way-laid, killed and scalped Ulrig Tobler, Esq, a Captain of Militia in those Parts as he was riding from his Father's to that Fort and shot Mr William Calhoun, who was with him, in the Hand; 3 other Persons who were in Company were unhurt; the Indians who killed Capt Tobler left a Hatchet sticking in his Neck, on which were 3 old Notches and 3 newly cut."
Several of the Settlers were found hiding in the woods by the men who well-armed and in numbers returned to search for the victims.
Patrick Calhoun, of the original brothers who settled in the Long Canes, found his niece, REBECCA CALHOUN, daughter of his brother Ezekiel Calhoun, hiding in a Cane Brake. [She] escaped the night attack of the Indians not far from Patterson's Bridge over Long Cane '96 remembering, of course, that there was no bridge over Long Cane at that place or any other in those early times. There was a ford there and tradition is that the pursuing Indians had almost given up hope of catching up with the fleeing whites but some of the "Waggons" (the old spelling) got stuck in the bog and the noise made in trying to get the horses to pull the "wagons" and carts out of the bog reached the ears of the Indians and they came on. They did not attack, however, as the Gazette account states, until after nightfall and while the whites were off their guard, getting ready to feed the horses and have supper themselves and with their guns all hidden or covered up in the wagons and carts.
Rebecca married Gen. Andrew PICKENS, son of Col. Andrew PICKENS Sr. and Nancy Ann DAVIS, on 19 Mar 1765 in Long Cane Creek, South Carolina.8674 (Gen. Andrew PICKENS was born on 13 Sep 1739,8675 died on 11 Aug 1817 8675 and was buried in Old Stone Church Cemetery, Clemson, Pickens County, South Carolina 8675.)