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TYNER girls of Elbert County GA, Rescued from the Indians

Journal by patty9755

I will begin with a fascinating story of my ancestor, Tamar TYNER HUNT and her sister, Mary TYNER. The year was 1777.

Early one morning in the county of Elbert, in the state of Georgia, Richard TYNER left his home to hunt. After he left, the cabin, with his wife and children, was attacked by Indians. Mrs. TYNER was killed, along with her infant child whose head was bashed against a tree. Noah, a son, hid in a hollow tree which was thereafter known as Noah's Ark. Another son jumped in a creek and hid. Two young, teenaged daughers, Tamar and Mary, were taken captive.

The two young girls were taken to a Coweta town and became slaves to the Indians. One day, a French trapper, John MONACK, came to trade with the Indians. He saw the two white girls, and instantly recognized them as the missing TYNER girls. He offered to buy them. The Indians sold Mary to him, but because she was such a hard worker, refused to sell Tamar. He took Mary back to Elbert County where she mourned for her lost sister. MONACK went back to the village and insisted he be allowed to buy Tamar, telling them he would bring soldiers back to take her. They refused and made plans to murder Tamar. An old Indian woman with whom Tamar lived, provided her with provisions and a canoe. Tamar escaped down Tallauga Falls under the cover of darkness. All night she floated down the river and hid in the brush by day. After many days, she came to the Gulf of Mexico and was picked up by a passing freighter. She was taken to Savannah, Georgia and transported back home to Elbert County.

Tamar married Moses HUNT. They had many children. They both lived to be very old.

Their son, Joel HUNT, married Virginia S. CRAWFORD in Elbert County, Georgia, circa 1833. Milly, her mother, was born in Elbert County, Georgia circa 1816. Milly was the daughter of William CRAWFORD and Mildred Lewis (Milly) GAINES. When LINCOLN was elected President of the United States, the South wept. Joel loaded everything he owned and took his family to Columbia County, Arkansas. I have pictures of his grave which is located at Philadelphia Methodist Church in the tiny community of Philadelphia, Ar. This is just south and east of Magnolia, Ar.

Tamar and her husband, Moses HUNT, are buried in Hart County, GA.
Mary's second husband was James RILEY in Elbert County Georgia, circa 1782. James was born circa 1760. James was a Preacher.

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on 2010-03-13 14:05:52

patty9755 has been a Family Tree Circles member since Mar 2010. is researching the following names: RICKS, HUNT, GAINES and 1 other(s).

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by Scott_J on 2010-03-13 14:20:00

Patty, what an amazing story! Thanks for sharing this.

I took the liberty to add a title, which you left blank. You can always edit your own journals and change it.

by patty9755 on 2010-03-13 16:19:02

Thanks, Scott. I appreciate that. I am new to this website posting. I love your site. One of THE best I have visited. I'm going to put it on my short list of favorites!

by Kawhio on 2010-03-31 06:08:41

Hi patty,your story is amazing,Thank you for allowing me to read this.
We in New Zealand had very similar instances happening here.
Earlier pioneer women and children had experiences after been taken by old time Maori.

by patty9755 on 2010-04-03 13:04:10

Hi, Kawhio! Great to hear from you. I am glad you found Tamar's story fascinating. I know very little about New Zealand, but want to learn. It is amazing to learn about how our world has evolved. I can't wait to read your country's history.

by bookamer on 2010-05-12 17:04:57

Thanks for the story, Patty. I had heard bits and pieces. Noah md Prisilla Teasley, and Teasley is my maiden name.

by Lehadley on 2010-05-30 04:20:26

What a sad but exciting story Patty. I don't that I have such good story to tell yet, but I am just starting on my family tree. My wife Lynne has been working on her tree for a long and mine will run into hers an Lynne's is a very big tree and it will be on Heritage very soon. We live in Australia and are of British lines. Laurie.

by JimMalo on 2010-08-04 12:17:59

Id like to add a little. The indian Coweta town the girls were taken to is now present day Columbus Ga and Tallauga Falls is now called the Chattahoochee River. I recently paddled the same route Tamar took and thought of her along the way. I, a young strong fella, could not complete the journey. ITS HARD, SCARY, and just plain EXHAUSTING. There are many alligators 12ft or bigger and Im sure it was the same then. Only now there are no indians chasing. So believe me, Tamar was incredibly brave and strong to escape her captors like this.
Also, William Bartram travelled through the same Coweta towns but that was in 1773.

by KAH45 on 2010-09-06 23:44:23

Thank you for sharing this story. It always makes me proud of those who came before us and what they went through to make it under such hardships. If only, we can remember those who came before us and continue to carry on with our lives which such character and strength.

by Kathleenedith on 2011-11-08 00:38:04

Patty what a wonderful and amazing story, Thank you for sharing.

by rwdwattgmailcom on 2013-07-09 18:28:51

A truly amazing story,

My ancestors Watt, Trimble and McIvor went to Australia, America, Canada and
New Zealand away back in the 17 and 1800s.

From Robert.

by cynmaren on 2015-06-04 11:49:56

Love this story! It reminds me of the story of Mary Jemison (aka Molly Jemison) who was taken captive by the Seneca tribe of the Iroquois Indians, near Philadelphia, in 1758. Children's author, Lois Lenski, retells it in INDIAN CAPTIVE.

Thank you for sharing.

by DebbieKay on 2015-08-24 13:17:08

Great reading your story.Thanks for sharing it. Debbie Kay

by grammiecarolyn on 2015-10-24 19:03:09

Thank you for this awe inspiring legacy - when you think of how many of us would not even be here "but for" the bravery and courage of our ancestors. This story made my day! grammiecarolyn

by DBGu3 on 2017-11-24 01:01:05

My mother told me this story many times. She is a relative via Tyner, Hunt, and Gaines. Maiden name Bailey from Arkansas. She completed the family tree going way way back. I have her records now showing the family lines and stories all the way back to England and beyond.

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