1778-04-27 Testimony of Richard Weston

Examination of Richard Weston, 17781

Examination of Richard Weston, of Bedford county, Frankstown township, and State of Pennsylvania.

That John Weston, his brother, asked him if he would go out to hunt.  That he had heard at the Standing Stone that a company of men were going to join the English and the Indians, and his informant was Benjamin Elliot, in conversation with Francis Clugget.  That he refused to go hunting, and that brother John and wife both came and entreated him to go, and he was prevailed on.  That last Thursday was a week he set off with his said brother, and the same evening was led by his brother to a company of men whom they met in the woods, in Sinking Spring Valley, vizt., Samuel Berrow, Jacob Here, Michael Here, Peter Shaver, Peter Daly, Adam Portmerser, Peter Portmerser, and old Portmerser, the father of Adam and Peter, —- McKee, James Little, John Campbell and Wm. Campbell, William Hamson, James Armstrong, John and William Shilling, and others, whose name he does not remember, making in the whole, with his brother and himself, the number of thirty one.  That McKee, Jacob Hare and Samuel Berrow, in particular, urged him, with a promise of three hundred acres of land, to pick the same where he pleased, if he would go with the company to the Kittaning to join four or five hundred English and Indians, and to return to Fort Pitt, Frankstown and Sinking Valley, to kill the male inhabitants capable of bearing arms, who were in any kind of fort or place of defence, and all others or any sex or age who attempted to escape or elude their search.  That if he refused to join said company, he would be hung or banished to the bay of Honduras, if the English prevailed over this country.  That he went with the company over Allegany mountain.  That in their progress they were met by Indians, and that one of them shot his brother, and another of them scalped him.  That after his brother was shot, McKee pulled a letter out of his pocket which he had got from an English officer in Carlisle gaol, and with the letter displayed a handkerchief, crying peace, peace, brothers, but that the Savages ran off without giving attention.  That immediately he returned with McKee, Jacob and Michael Hare, Little, Adam Portmerser, Peter Portmerser, William and John Shilling, Peter Shaver, William Hamson, and one or two more whose names he does not know.  That he parted with some of them at the foot of Allegany, and with others in Sinking Valley, all of whom declared they never would return home or surrender themselves, but go to Baltimore and wait the arrival of the English fleet.  That he came and surrendered himself to Captain John McDonald, at Edward Beatys.  That McKey informed the company that he understood a number of English were to join the Savages, and about the tenth of next month to come down upon this State.  That he was informed by his brother, John Weston, that John Hess was to meet and join the company.  That he heard Zebediah Rickets, now a prisoner, say, that if he knew how to leave his family he would go away, to avoid taking the oath prescribed by the state.

Examination taken April 27th, 1778.

Examination of Michael Warrick:

That he lodged in Jacob Rowlers house last Saturday night; that a little before day he was awoke by the barking of dogs; that he heard soon after a person knocking at the door, and called said Rowles wife by name repeatedly, and asked if her husband was in the house; that she awoke her husband, who went out of doors and remained some time, returned and went to bed; that he awoke John Vansant.

Examination of John Vanzant:

That he asked Jacob Rowler who called him out, who answered he was not out.