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Ann (Nancy) MEANS

Ann (Nancy) MEANS[1, 2, 3]

Female Abt 1717 - Aft 1772  (~ 56 years)

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  • Name Ann (Nancy) MEANS 
    Born Abt 1717  Fermanagh, Tyrone, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    _UID 3AA03BBDD77E024DB3D9661BBE4AC385D36D 
    Died Aft 1772  Mercersburg, Franklin County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Mercersburg, Franklin County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    • Ann Means Sloan Wasson had a first marriage to William Sloan. Their children were William Sloan d. 1804, John Sloan, Robert Sloan, d. Mar. 4, 1816, and Jane Sloan b. Oct. 9, 1744, d. Jan. 6, 1819.
      The relationship between William Sloan, Ann Means and John Wason is definitely established in the Frances Nesbit Sloan affadavit, which is a part of the Franklin County Records, in which she says she is the step-daughter-in-law of John Wason.
      Ann Means Sloan Wasson is buried in Mercersburg, Franklin County, PA.

      A VALUABLE HISTORICAL DOCUMENT
      Rev. John Steel's fortified church was about two and one half miles from Ft. McDowell and its situation was such that the Indians are not known to have ever made a serious attempt to take it. It was easier to approach Ft. McDowell unobserved. The statement sometimes made that the Indians burned Rev. Steele's church certainly does not refer to the church at Church Hill. A disaster of such magnitude would be spoken of in the many letters about Indian attacks.

      Little intimate information about this post in the French war is given except James McCullough's note about beginning "ye fort at ye church."

      One outrage told of in the histories, the killing of John Wasson, occurred in the country tributary to Steele's Fort. Wasson's place was the Rockdale farm, long owned by the Keefer's later by the Kennedys and now the property of the Baker quarry interests.

      Walter R. Sloane of McConnellsburg after a careful study of the records has produced an unusually valuable paper on the history of the Wassons. Through the courtesy of Mr. Sloane we print the result of his work.

      ANN WASSON
      by Walter R. Sloane
      The story of Ann Wasson is not one of youth and romance as had been portrayed of other indian captives, but that of suffering and privation. The story of a noble pioneer woman who was willing to risk all that this country should be developed for her children.

      In the spring of 1756 we find Ann Wasson living with her second husband, John Wasson, and seven children---John, William, Robert and Jane Sloan, issue with her first husband, William Sloan, and Thomas, James and Elizabeth Wasson, issue with her second husband, John Wasson---on a plantation of 450 acres in Peters Township, Cumberland (now Franklin) County.

      The times were exceedingly dangerous. Since Braddock's defeat the previous fall the Indians had been terrorizing this whole, section. Many settlers had lost their lives and many been captured. Rev. John Steele's meeting house had been turned into a fort, which was a place of refuge for the women and children of the neighborhood, as well as a stronghold when attacked by the Indians. On April 5, 1756, Fort McCord, just a few miles away, had fallen with the loss of many lives.

      Seed time was at hand. John Wasson was busy tilling his land. On May 26, 1756, Ann Wasson leaving her seven children at Fort Steele, had gone to their plantation, risking her life that she may be at the side of her husband.

      Without warning they were attacked by the Indians. John Wasson was horribly mangled and scalped. Ann Wasson was taken captive.

      We find this account in the "Pennsylvania Gazette," page 108, 1756:
      "On Wednesday 26th May, 1756, they (the Indians) came to the plantation of John Wasson in Peters Township, Cumberland County, whom they killed and mangled in so horrid and cruel manner, that a regard to decency forbids describing it, and afterwards burned his house and carried off his wife. A party of Steeles and Peters men went out after the enemy, but to no purpose."

      The authorities were notified. John Potter, the first sheriff of Cumberland County, took charge. The question arose as to what should be done with the children. The older ones---young lads,nearly grown---told of an uncle, a brother of their mothers, who lived near Newtown, Bucks County. It was decided that the children should go to him. A notice was written:

      Mr. Robert Means
      These are to certify to you your brother John Wasson last Wednesday was barbarously killed by the indians and his wife carried captive and as the time is so exceeding dangerous in these parts and no relatives of the orphans here to take care of them the children desires to go to you and all things considered it appears to us most advisable and with them we send you an account of his estate as it is now situate his crops in the ground the young lads can tell you best. His debts appears to be near fifty pound and if you incline to administer send word or come up with the young lads yourself, you being the nighest relation. This 29th of May, 1756.

      John Potter
      Will Maxwell,
      Hez Alexander,
      Wm. Dunwody,
      Moses Thomson.

      Just where Ann Wasson spent her captivity is not known. She was held captive for three and one-half years. On November 27, 1759, a pass was granted to Teedyuscung, a famous Delaware King, at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, to conduct four white captives, two women and two boys, to Philadelphia, to deliver to the governor. Ann Wasson is identified as one of these captives:

      Page 692, Vol.3, First Series, "Pennsylvania Archives":
      "Timothy Horsfield's Pass to Teddyuscung, l159.
      Northampton, SS.
      (L.S.) These are to request all his Majesty's liege people to suffer the bearer, King Teedyuscung & Daniel, with seven other indians, men and women, having with them four white captives, Viz, two women & 2 boys, to pass unmolested to Philada., their business being to deliver the said captives to his honour the Governor. Given under my hand & seal at Bethlehem, the 27th
      Nov. 1759.
      Timo. Horsfield."

      In December 1, 1759, Ann Wasson was delivered by Teedyuscung to James Hamilton, Lieutenant Governor of the province of Pennsylvania. The official record of this delivery is found in an original manuscript, the property of the State of Pennsylvania, in the State Library at Harrisburg, which reads

      Memorandum of Ann Wasson.
      She was taken in the year 1756 in the begining of May at Caghnehscheeky in Cumberland County her husband John Wasson was then killed and scalped. She left seven children about two miles off, and she hopes they are alive some where. She is unable to support herself. She has two brothers some where in Chester or Bucks County.

      Memorandum of Maria Wagoner
      She was taken in the year 1757 in September and her husband was then killed and scalped his name was Conrad Wagoner they lived on Scarboro in Lancaster County she has no child.

      Peter Newfang a lad of about 11 or 12 years of age was taken in the year 1756 in May on Scullkill on the other side the mountains his mother was then killed, he cant talk a word of German his father Balhaser Newfang is a private soldier in Battalion of Penna. Regiment.
      Endorsed on the back of the above record is the following:
      "Names of 4 prisoners delivered by Teedyuscung to the Govr. 1st Dec. 1759".
      James Hamilton was just beginning his second term as Lieutenant Governor of the province of Pennsylvania when Teedyuscung delivered these four prisoners to him in Philadelphia. In fact he had not yet made his inaugural address. On December 4, 1759, he addresses Teedyuscung:

      Page 6, Vol. 3, Fourth Series, "Pennsylvania Archives":
      James Hamilton, Lieutenant Governor, to Teedyuscung, chief of the Delawares, December 4, 1759.
      Brother: The sight of our flesh and blood, after a tedious captivity, gives us great pleasure, and I thank you for the return of the four prisoners, and expect you will continue to do your utmost that all be returned to us as soon as possible. (Gave a string of Wampum.)
      Brother: You have acted a just part in bringing the six horses that have been stolen from the poor people on the borders by some of your unthinking young men.

      The condition of the prisoners is described by Lieutenant Governor Hamilton as being "naked and destitute" in a message he sent to the assembly on December 7, 1759.

      Page 12, Vol. 3, Fourth Series, "Pennsylvania Archives":
      James Hamilton, Lieutenant Governor, to the Assembly, December 7, 1759.
      There are two indian messengers in town from the Ohio, who, with Teedyuscung, to whom they were recommended to be conducted here, have been assisting in a council of indians held at Atsintsing, an indian town, situate on the Cayuga Branch of the Sasquehannah.

      Teedyuscung having delivered to me four prisoners, two elderly women and two boys, who are quite naked and destitute, I recommend it to you to enable me to make some provision for them, and likewise to send these messengers away well pleased with their reception, being of opinion with Teedyuscung, that it will be of great service, at this time, to engage the friendship of the nation of whom they belong.

      That some provision was made by the assembly for the four prisoners is found in the response to the Lieutenant Governor's message, by Isaac Norris,
      Speaker of the House, on December 8, 1759.

      Votes of Assembly, Vol. 5, December 8, 1759:
      We have recommended the other parts of your Honour's message to the commissioners who will make a suitable provision for the prisoners now delivered, and also to take care that the messengers from the Ohio shall depart well satisfied with their reception.
      Amongst us Signed by the Order of the House
      December 8, 1759 Isaac Norris Speaker

      Just when and where Ann Wasson was united with her children is not known. On April 22, 1762, letters of administration were issued at Carlisle on the estate of John Wasson, with Ann Wasson and William Sloan, her eldest son, as administrators.

      In the settlement of this estate it was brought out that John Wasson "had received all and singular the personal estate of William Sloan" Ann Wasson's first husband. As this sum was now due the Sloan children, Willm. Allison, John Holiday, Willm. Maxwell and James Potter were asked to act as arbitrators. On May 26, 1762, they made settlement with the consent of all parties. This settlement was confirmed at an Orphan's Court held at Shippensburg on the 8th day of March, 1763.

      In 1769 we find Ann Wasson worshiping God as a member of the congregation of Dr. John King at Mercersburg. Listed as members were William Oats, Jean Oats (daughter of Ann Means Sloan Wasson) and Mrs. Wasson.
      The last mention of Mrs. Wasson was when Thomas Wasson (on behalf of himself, his mother, brother and sister) entered a caveat against the acceptance of a survey in Peters Township, Cumberland County (now Franklin) at the Land Office, Oct. 30, 1772. It is not known when she died or where she is buried.

      In writing this story of Ann Wasson I have been impelled by a desire to present the facts as I found them. I could draw on my imagination and elaborate on her captivity of three and a half years among the Indians, and tell of hardships she undoubtedly passed through, but in so doing I could not give it for what I know to be the truth.

      I could tell of Ann Wasson's children, ever pressing on to new frontiers, as well as of her father, John Means, of Newtown, Bucks County, but as this would be interesting only to those who are her descendants, I give this as the story of her life as History records it.
    Person ID I579  Robert Mueller Family
    Last Modified 5 Sep 2013 

    Father John MEANS,   b. Abt 1678, Fermanagh, Tyrone, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1739, Makefield TWP, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 61 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth MCCORD,   b. Fermanagh, Tyrone, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1717, Fermanagh, Tyrone, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F236  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 William SLOAN,   d. Bef 1745, Peters TWP, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. John SLOAN,   b. Peters TWP, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    +2. William SLOAN,   b. Abt 1736,   d. 1804, Salem Twp, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 68 years)
     3. Robert SLOAN,   b. 1738, Hamilton TWP, Franklin County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Mar 1816  (Age 78 years)
    +4. Jane SLOAN,   b. 9 Oct 1744, Peters TWP, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jan 1819, Lincoln County, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    Family ID F232  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 John WASSON,   b. 25 Dec 1698, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 May 1756, Peters TWP, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Married 26 May 1744  Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Thomas WASSON,   b. Abt 1745, Peters TWP, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1803, Peters TWP, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years)
    +2. James WASSON,   b. Abt 1746, Peters TWP, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Dec 1810, Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 64 years)
    +3. Elizabeth WASSON,   b. 12 Oct 1747, Peters TWP, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Dec 1834, Boothsville, Marion County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
    Family ID F229  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1717 - Fermanagh, Tyrone, Ireland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 26 May 1744 - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Aft 1772 - Mercersburg, Franklin County, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mercersburg, Franklin County, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S33] Ann Wasson.
    2. [S90] Journal of Dorothy Sloan Anthony.
    3. [S31] GEDCOM file imported on 17 May 2004.