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Catherine "Kitty" Vanderpool See
Birth: Jun. 30, 1725
Albany County
New York, USA
Death: 1806
Coshocton County
Ohio, USA

Moved with her daughter Margaret See Roach Robinson and family when Margaret's husband acquired 4000 acres of land in Franklin Township where the cemetery is located.

Catherine is one of many members of her family with phenomenal life experiences.

In 1763, violence between the Indians and Virginian settlers escalated in the Kanawha Valley. One encounter in Greenbrier County (now in southern West Virginia, but covering a much larger area at that time)took place on July 15, 1763. This became known as the Muddy Creek Massacre. Many women and children were rounded up by the Shawnee and marched to one of their villages in Ohio, one of several called "Chillicothe." Many of the Natives rode horses captured from the settlers, while their prisoners remained on foot. Along the way, Catherine asserted that one Native was riding a horse belonging to her, and she demanded that he let her ride it. Obviously annoyed, he declined to give her the horse. She snatched a sturdy stick off the ground and struck him with it. Although the man was inflamed with anger, his peers found the incident amusing and prevented him from killing her. She also was allowed to ride the horse.

As was the custom with many hostages, Catherine was forced to run the gauntlet. Villagers followed the usual practice of trying to hurt the hostage. A prisoner showing fear or poor physical abilities was one marked for culling, but Catherine overturned all expectations when she grabbed a stick from one of the villagers and beat her way through the gauntlet. Once again, her fiercely protective instincts saved her and her children. On another occasion, she enabled the death of an elderly Native woman, thus opening room for her son to move indoors as winter was coming. The woman had been sickly and known to fall. She fell or was pushed into the campfire, where she died.

The hostages were redeemed within the next year in a prisoner exchange, with Catherine's daughter Elizabeth Catherine staying behind with her husband, the son of Chief Cornstalk.

Catherine may have been married to a man named John Hardy before she married Frederick See. If so, it was a very short marriage and apparently yielded no children. As Mrs. See (also spelled "Zeh"), she had many children.

At least two of her sons, John and Michael (Memorial# 63012696), fought in the Revolutionary War.

Sometimes spelled "Van der Pohl" or "Van der Pool"

Family links: 
  Frederick Michael See (1718 - 1763)
  Margaret See Robinson (1745 - 1815)*
  Michael See (1750 - 1792)*
  George See (1755 - 1835)*
  John See (1757 - 1837)*
  Mary Polly See Petro (1761 - 1823)*
*Calculated relationship
I would like to know if there is a marker in the William Robinson Family Cemetery for Catherine See. If so, what does it say exactly? You may contact me at Also, have you visited the cemetery and taken any photos of the markers? Thanks for your time and consideration, Dee D'Errico
Note: Date of death may be 1808
William Robinson Family Cemetery
Coshocton County
Ohio, USA
Created by: JanisCJ
Record added: Jul 02, 2010
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Vanderpool Cousin
- Louise Taraba
 Added: Aug. 17, 2016
I visited the Muddy Creek Massacre marker at the site on the VA/West VA line. Awesome experience! The marker however is crumbling and falling apart. I want to restore it if possible (it is on private land). It should not be very expensive for the masonry...(Read more)
- A P McDaniel
 Added: Jan. 17, 2016

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 Added: Jul. 19, 2015
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