We’ll turn for just a moment from one desperate scrape to another, earlier one. Talking about the Poe brothers’ hand-to-hand struggle with a pair of Wyandot warriors along the Ohio River on September 30, 1781.
Let Pete Kosky sing the tale:
Tracy Petro contacted Frontier Partisans with an appeal for information on the whereabouts of the Poe family heirloom tomahawk that figured in the fight. Perhaps someone out in the cyber woods can point her to a trail:
I am the 6th great granddaughter of Adam Poe, brother of Andrew Poe. Since I was old enough to remember, my grandmother showed me documents and pictures of the great battle between the Poe brothers and a band of Wynadot Indians, that made them famous frontiersmen and landed them in the history books of the time. During the battle, Andrew was seriously wounded with one of the native’s tomahawks, but was able to win the battle, with his brother, Adam, and kept the tomahawk as a treasure. The tomahawk was passed down through the Poe family according to numerous newspaper articles and histories recorded. It was actually on display at a history festival at one time in Massilon, Ohio. At that time it was in the possession of Adam’s great granddaughter. This was around 1910.
For at least 10 years, I’ve been trying to locate the whereabouts of the tomahawk, praying that it had stayed in the family and was safe. I’ve called museums, historical societies, contacted modern day Poe descendants, and am about to give up on ever locating the family heirloom. I’m 61 years old, am fascinated by family history, and love a good treasure hunt. I have no intentions of acquiring the tomahawk, but would LOVE to see it (even a picture), know of it’s whereabouts, and make sure it’s in good hands. If you have any information that you are willing to share, please contact me at this e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.