Deposition of David Shettroe



Before me, John Purves, one of the Justices of the Peace for said District, personally appeared David Shettroe, of Keowee, who, being duly sworn, maketh oath, that yesterday morning, about a quarter of an hour before the first cock crew, two Indians came to his house on the river bank, near Fort Prince George, and called to him to get up, which he did, and opened the door, when they came in, and asked for water, which he gave them. The youngest of the two, named the Glass, desired him to make some fire, that he might see; the other named the Terrapin. As he went up to the chimney to blow up the fire, the Glass laid hold of him, and told him he was his slave, it was very bad times, the white people were going to break out, and he should not run away from him. Then the Terrapin stepped up to an old man named William McTeer, who was lying on the floor, and told him he was his slave, and must go along with him. They drove this deponent and McTeer before them until they came to the house of Mr˙ James Holmes, in Keowee, where he saw a great number of the Lower Towns Cherokee Indians, where they had taken Mr˙ Holmes and his wife and a white child prisoners, also Thomas Holmes, John Lammas and his wife, and two of their children, (boys,) and a man that had gone from Enoree on business; that while he staid there they also brought one John Garrick and a man that came from Rocky-Run, prisoners; that the Indians, took all Mr˙ Holmes' s effects, drank as much rum as they chose, and then stove a hogshead, and let the rum that was in it run out; that about dawn of day the Indians drove all the white people out of the house, and sent a party up the river with them to guard them, except this deponent, who stayed and saw them plunder Mr˙ Holmes' s house. The fellow who took this deponent prisoner gave him two deerskins, and told him to make shoes for himself, to walk over the hill to Mr˙ Cameron' s, for he must go with him there; that during his confinement one Ratcliff, a white man, kept riding about among the Indians, laughing and scoffing at the prisoners; that an Indian fellow told him when in confinement that George Parris, a half-breed, was gone down to acquaint the King' s people over Saluda to come to join the Indians to help and to fight for the King; that the Indian who pretended to be this deponent' s master sending him to hunt a horse for him to ride about two hours before sunset yesterday, he made his escape from them. Further, that he saw them bring several guns, pipe-hatchets, and sundry other effects, the property of Edward Wilkinson, Esquire, to the house where he was taken, and that he was in the employ of Edward Wilkinson, Esq˙, and that he cannot write.


Sworn before me,


June 30, 1776.