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The boys at last had to leave their father. The Indians killed and scalped him and cut a pair of silver buckles from his trousers. Years later, after many exploits and some narrow escapes, Tom Quick, got the buckles back. All this carnage because of the “Crooked Walk” which turned peaceful Indians into enemies.


        Children of William and Elizabeth Ennes (II)

        CORNELIA (III), their first daughter, born 1740—died 1743

        BENJAMIN ENNES (III), born 1743, farmer, lieutenant in the American Revolution, killed in battle in 1780, married


They bore: Elizabeth, IV< b. 1-16-1769; Alexander, IV, b. 4-29-1772; Johannis, IV, b. 5-23-1774; Marie, IV, b. 11-23-1776; Emanuel, IV, b. ?; Benjamin, IV, b. 8-19-1780, after his father’s death.

Events Leading to Benjamin’s Death

        Brant the renegade, was hired by the British to lead the Indians in attacks on the Colonists. The British paid Indians for scalps.

        In 1780, Jerimish Van Anken, was dragged out of his school while in session and killed. While the boys were being tomahawked, outside,—some escaped—Brant took some ink and made a mark in the apron of a girl, saying it would save her life. Brant then went outside to help catch the boys. The other girls quickly marked all their aprons with similar ink marks and saved their lives.


Battle of Connesbaugh—1780


        Because of the atrosity, troops and scouts were rushed in. Brant and his Indians were located on Raymondskill Creek over the Delaware River in Pennsylvania. During the night reinforcements were called. Captain Van Etten, Captain Westbrook and Lieutenant Ennes came, all rushing troops toward Raymondskill Creek. On the way the troops were ambushed by the Indians. Many fled, but Captain Westbrook and Lieutenant Ennes stood their ground, on that rainy day in April, 1780. Lieut. Ennes and twelve other men were killed. Their bodies were buried in the Old Mintsink Cemetery near the Old Ennis Home. Benjamin, IV, the youngest son of Lieutenant Ennes was born in August after that battle.


        The children’s mother, Madam Benjamin then taught school to help keep the family together. It was Alexander Ennes, her son, to whom William Ennes (II) gave the birthright when he made his will in 1799.

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