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 Susan D. <I>Millhouse</I> Simmons

Susan D. Millhouse Simmons

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 27 Feb 1857 (aged 79)
Springville, Linn County, Iowa, USA
Burial Springville, Linn County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 29731401 · View Source
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The Fort Dearborn Massacre
Susan Simmons and her infant daughter survived the Fort Dearborn Massacre.
August 15, 1812 soldiers and settlers evacuating Fort Dearborn were massacred by Pottawatomie Indians in a surprise attack, killing fifty-three soldiers, women and children.
Susan's husband, John Simmons, U.S. Army Corp. at Fort Dearborn, and son David, born 1810 OH, were killed in the massacre. Daughter, Susan, born February 18, 1812 at the Fort survived the massacre.
Survivors were taken prisoner by the Indians and were held captive as long as two years before making their way to freedom.
Susan and infant daughter were taken to Green Bay. Some of the hardships of the journey consisted in being compelled to do the drudgery of the Indians, gathering fuel, building fires and preparing food. On the march she walked and carried her baby, the entire distance being over two hundred miles. She was a captive for eight months.
In the fall of 1812 the Indians, with their prisoners, left Green Bay and marched to the ruins of Fort Dearborn, then around the end of Lake Michigan and up to Mackinas, to Fort Meigs where in April of the next year negotiations for the prisoners were opened, and she was set free and returned to OH.
In 1853 Susan Simmons removed with the Winans family to Springville, Linn Co., IA, where she died Feb 27, 1857.
She was the d/o John Millhouse & Ann Margaret Tefern.

Infant dau, Susan Simmons, lived to be the last survivor of the massacre. She married Moses Pryor Winans, and she died at Santa Ana, CA on April 27, 1900.

Bodies of the massacre victims were left where they had fallen, scattered on the sand dunes of Lake Michigan. When replacement troops arrived at Fort Dearborn a year later, they found the burned-out shell of the Fort, and the skeletons of the massacre soldiers and settlers. The bodies were given proper burials

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  • Created by: Alice Martin LaRue
  • Added: 11 Sep 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 29731401
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Susan D. Millhouse Simmons (2 May 1777–27 Feb 1857), Find A Grave Memorial no. 29731401, citing Springville Cemetery, Springville, Linn County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Alice Martin LaRue (contributor 46851451) .