Polly Van Metre Evans
The above fort was visited by General Edward Braddock on his march to Fort Duquesne and he remained here the better part of two days, as was indicated by his secretary's account of that expedition.
On one occasion none but the women and children of the neighborhood were at the fort when it was suddenly attacked by the Indians. Polly Evans made the women load rifles and she did the shooting from one port hole after another and kept up such a raking fire on the Indians that they abandoned the attack, supposing, from the incessant firing from the fort, that it was heavily garrisoned.
On another occasion she was returning to the fort from visiting a sick neighbor, when a large savage warrior suddenly darted from behind a tree and grabbed both arms around her and started to carry her off, deciding, no doubt, to capture a valuable prisoner alive. The dog, for some reason had not accompanied her on this visit. She immediately began calling for him. He suddenly came bounding through the forests and attacked the warrior with such vicious onslaughts that he was obliged to let his captive go in order to defend himself against the dog. This gave Mrs. Evans the opportunity to unsling her rifle, when she shot the Indian dead.
Many a savage warrior boasted that her scalp, with its long tresses, would dangle from his lodge pole, but it never did. She was dreaded by the Indians, yet was respected by them. They gave her the name of “Wa-hon-da,” which signified in the Shawnee language, “Squaw Chief”. This fort was attacked several different times by the savages—on two occasions led by a white man, supposedly a Frenchman, but were driven off each time. She, together with her husband, were buried within a short distance of the fort. For many years their graves were undisturbed, but were at last desecrated by the plow, and now no mark remains as the resting place of the builder of this fort or its faithful defender.
Polly Van Meter * (1723 - 1816)
is our 7th great grandmother
Martha Evans * (1755 - 1803)
Daughter of Polly Van Meter
John Barnhouse * (1746 - 1822)
Son of Martha Evans
Philip B Barnhouse * (1770 - 1840)
Son of John Barnhouse
Thomas Holsten Barnhouse * (1803 - 1860)
Son of Philip B Barnhouse
Keziah Barnhouse * (1821 - 1887)
Daughter of Thomas Holsten Barnhouse
Rebecca Elizabeth Brannan * (1849 - 1926)
Daughter of Keziah
Charles William Lute * (1874 - 1905)
Son of Rebecca Elizabeth Brannan
Doran Edgar Lute * (1901 - 1982)
Son of Charles William Lute