Updated 1/1/15 with details on Powers, Wheeler association with Nashoba Indian Town
While my wife and I both appear to each have some Indian ancestry, it is not surprising to find some of our family branches had different kinds of “Indian encounters” – given we are primarily of European descent.
I have been told stories by other “family genealogists” of family ancestors being captured by Indians, who later escaped. So of course I wanted to find out if these stories were true and what more I could learn. This post focuses on the stories from my Father’s line. My mother’s family immigrated around 1900, so there are no Indian stories down that path. There are many other Indian stories to be told on my wife’s family lines, but those will be in later posts.
The first event I confirmed was that of Nathaniel Cochran, who was born February 7th, 1757 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Being a historical figure in the Indian Wars of Virginia and the American revolution, a lot is known about Nathaniel Cochran: