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TYNER girls of Elbert County GA, Rescued from the Indians

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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