Dorothy Ford Wulfeck, M.A., compiler and publisher, Wilcoxson and Allied Families (Willcockson, Wilcoxen, Wilcox), privately printed by Commercial Service, Waterbury, Connecticut, 1958.
Benj. Cutbirth in his tour to the West of the Mississippi River about the year 1765?
"Answer. They both removed to Kentucky - neither of these men nor did Cutbirth or Stewart his other companion ever bear any military commission or command - though they were all men of daring and interprise.
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"3rd- You desire to know the names of the four men, that was killed at their camp in the rear of Boone on his route to Kentucky - when first attempted to settle. I do not recollect the names of either - neither do I now recollect the name of the man that was with Cutbirth and who came near stoping at the same place to camp for the night - though he mentioned the names of all - they were hunting parties of Boone's.
"I do not know whether Daniel Cutbirth is living or not - he resided in Tennessee - Murry County on Elk River and I think it most likely that Columbia would be his P. 0. I have not had any correspondence with him for many years. Benj. Cutbirth lived in Iowa- Desmoines County- Augusta P. 0. was living last spring."
Draper Mss 12 DD 60 James Calloway's letter to Lyman C. Draper 19 Feb., 1852. Excerpts only.
". . . . . . My Grandfather Benjamin Cutbirth as I have always heard my Mother say came from Pennsylvania to the Fork of the Yadkin but to what particular spot I do not know - when he left there and came to the Mountains to live he first settled on the Blue Ridge and so two miles north east of the Deep Gap in Ashe County - he went from that place to the South Fork of New River some 2 or 3 miles above the Old Fields where he lived through the War - and at the time Col. Cleveland was taken prisoner by the Tories & he moved from that place to Rowane's Creek just in the edge of now Tenessee and from there he went to Middle Tennessee and died. All this was before I was born and consequently I know little except what I heard from my mother. I do not now recollect the date when he died though I think it was about 1817 - he lived to be quite an old man - he had been a man of wonderful constitution. I have no recolection of ever seeing him but I have heard my Mother say that he was a stout, square built man - about 5 feet 10 inches high- dark hair and rather dark complexion. That he was a man of most undaunted courage - of great industry and perseverance - an honest man and a good Whig - he was a man of few words - or rather morose and taciturn disposition - not at all communicative. Daniel Cutbirth was his oldest child - Benjamin next - they were born before he went on his long tour to the Mississippi and my mother was born next after his return and my Aunt Sally the last child. My Uncle Daniel was sent back to Pennsylvania when he got large enough and went to school as I suppose was considered a good scholar for that time - the balance of the Children had no education as no such thing as a school was known in those days in the region of Country Where they were. . . . . . . . . . .
"My great-grandmother was the s ister of Col. Daniel Boone (Sally) and was the wife of John Willcockson. My grandmother's name was Elizabeth their daughter and wife of Benjamin Cutbirth."
Janice Holt Giles in "The Kentuckians" gives this account of the Long Hunters:
"Price's Meadow, Kentucky was the site selected by the Long Hunters - so called because of their long hunting expeditions - as their central camp. A company of about 40 men from Virginia and North Carolina, attracted to the wilderness for the sake of adventure and reports of plentiful game, set out in June, 1770, for Kentucky They passed through Cumberland Gap and established their base, where
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