LEWIS JOSLIN - Draper Letter census reference and will, 1898 Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee Copyright (c) 2000 Dave Ogle
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Letter to Lyman C. Draper from Lewis Joslin Reference Draper manuscript 6XX98, no date. A photocopy of the microfilm was taken by the compiler at the Dallas County Library and, in his best effort transcribed with the following result. Some of the spelling and sentence structure has been change but the meaning is still intact. Mr. Draper Sir, I sat down this morning to drop you a line or two on a subject matter, that you have long since requested of me. Wishing to secure all the information from others, and myself has occasioned the delay. I mean, respecting the first settlers of Tennessee _______of the information that I can give you ______ from my father and mother. Some circumstances I recollect myself. I am now sixty-five years old. My father went by the name of Benjamin Joslin, my mother was Mary Gatewood. They came from Amherst County, Virginia, to Kentucky, and thence to Tennessee, Davidson County in the year 1785. I heard of my mother speak of how she had to melt her pewter, spoons, plates, and basins to make bullets, to shoot the Indians. I recollect there was an attack on father when he was making a fence. It was always customary to _______ ________ out and there where our family living in the fort by the name of Baldwin and the older son Baldwin in the fort as _______ and he left his post and went to the fort. He had 2 sons, the youngest from 12-14 years old and there was a man by the name of Thomas Fletcher. The Indians crept through the corn and fired on them. They shot Ezekiel Baldwin and T. Fletcher. They caught the younger son of the Baldwin's and scalped him and_____ had two little sons and two little Negro boys and as the Indian had his tomahawk to kill Fletcher, father punched him down with his gun and as the cap he had over in back of his gun caught the t___ the ___ and he went flipping where the children with a belief that he could keep them back so as to save the children. He did so and behold neither of them did. I have seen my mother bore hundreds of awl holes through the skull of this younger Baldwin so as to let the flesh through. The older sons of Baldwin and Fletcher were both shot close by the nipple on the left side and it came out the right side. My father had an alarm gun which he used when he saw Indians about. He would fire his big gun so as to notify the other forts. It could be heard for about twelve miles. There were at least 15 or 16 Indians that fired upon my father at one time as he was setting on his horse. It was the time the horse was drinking out of the lick. They all missed him. The horse twisted to his new_____ and loped off. There was a man named Hellen who lived in the fort with my father. They walked out one Sunday evening. Through a little patch of cotton near the house, they got between them and the house. As father and Hellen approached the house, they shot at them and killed Hellen who fell against my father. The two fellows caught father, one on each side of him. This being warm weather, the one on the right side happened to have hold of the ____. Right then, ran back, and having the use the use his arm, knocked the other one down. This was about 30 or 40 steps from the house. They struck him with their war clubs, which weakened his arm and could not use it. He fired his alarm gun. They way they ____ blankets sticks of ____ _____, was a sin to Davey Crockett. General Robertson's place was about 5 miles off and the friendly Indians. Chickasaws arrived there in short note. There were so many of the Indians, say 12 men and they had their squaws with them. They stole a great many horses. Benjamin Joslin and others pursued them and overtook them at the Tennessee River, about 80 or 90 miles away. They killed all of the warriors and brought back the squaws as prisoners. One of my father's company was a lad of 10 years old. He had a British musket and killed one of warriors in the river. They brought in all of the scalps of the warriors. The Indians had also come to the fort and caught some of the children of Mrs. Evans, held them and aimed to shoot her. She slammed __ two and caught his gun and ___ this. Mrs. Evans was the mother of Capt. Robert Evans. There are a great many, brave pioneers that were killed by those savages that were buried at Fletchers Lick, where Benjamin Joslin had hisfort. Mr. Draper, these statements are as true as wholly ___ and if it will be of aid in your narrative, you are at liberty to use it. I think a true history of the first settlers of the west ought to be taken care of for the raising generation to examine. Doctor Felix Robertson and myself are the oldest men that sprang from the early settlers of this country. ______ that live here as we were born within 3 miles of each other. I was born in Francis Hodges station within 5 miles of Nashville. Reference the 1820 census of Davidson County, Tennessee, the listing is: JOSLIN, Lewis Davidson Co Tn000010-10100 Reference the 1830 census of Davidson County, Tennessee, the listingis: Joslin, Lewis 2000001-120011, page 215. Reference the 1850 census of Davidson County, Tennessee, the listing is: JOSCELIN, Lewis 60, Delila 50, John 27, Robert 35, Thomas 18, Hugh 15, Lewis 12, John WYATT 27, Mary 23, T NC,D-923-665. WILL OF LEWIS JOSLIN:August 29, 1855, Davidson County, Tennessee In the name of God Amen. I Lewis Joslin of the county of Davidson and state of Tennessee, being of sound mind and disposing memory do make and ordain this instrument to be my last Will and Testament. 1st, It is my will and desire that after paying my funeral expenses and all First debts, that my beloved wife Delia shall occupy and enjoy one third of the track of land on which I now reside, including the mansion house or homestead and household and kitchen furniture during her natural lifetime, and after her death the same is to be divided equally, share and share alike, among all of my children,precisely in the same manner, and under the same restrictions as hereinafter ______ for the residue and remainder of my property, real, personal, and mixed. 2nd, It is my further will and desire, that so ____ as practicable after my decease that all of the remainder of my property, of whatever kind or description shall be equally divided between my wife and children, share and share alike. The property herein given and bequeathed to my three daughters Sarah, Temperance, and Amanda is intended to be given to them for thei natural lifetime and afterwards to their children forever. The property and negroes they have already received to be taken into account in the estimation of their shares in the general division. 3rd, It is my further will and desire, and I do hereby appoint my son John M. Joslin to be my executor (who is not to be required to give security) to execute and carry into effect each and every part of this, my last will and testament. In testimony whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name August 29, 1855, in the presence of Samuel T. Davidson, Samuel B. Davidson, and William G. Anderson.Wit: Samuel T. Davidsonhis S. B. Davidson Lewis + Joslin SEAL William G. Andersonmark