Belmont County was one of the earliest counties settled within the State of Ohio, and the scene of several desperate encounters with Indians. About 1790, or perhaps two or three years later, a fort called Dillie's Fort was erected on the west side of the Ohio River, opposite Grove Creek.
About 250 yards below this fort an old man named Tate was shot down by the Indians very early in the morning as he was opening his door. His daughter-in-law and grandson pulled him in and barred the door. The Indians, endeavoring to force it open, were kept out for some time by the exertions of the boy and woman.
The Indians fired at length at the cabin and finally wounded the boy. The woman was shot from the outside as she endeavored to escape up the chimney, and fell into the fire. The boy, who had hid behind some barrels, ran and pulled her out, and returned again to his hiding place. The Indians now forced their way into the cabin, killed a girl as they came in, and scalped the three they had shot. They then left the cabin -- leaving by the side of the house that faced away from the fort.
The boy, who had been wounded in the mouth, took this opportunity and escaped to the fort. The Indians, twelve or thirteen in number, went off unmolested, although the men in the fort had witnessed the transaction and had sufficient force to engage them.
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