Highlanders Chapter SAR Presents to Veterans – Ripley, OH
On February 25th, in a presentation for veterans at the American Legion Post 367, Ripley, Ohio, Compatriot Ian Cunningham told the story of his Patriot Ancestor Thomas Cunningham who joined the Virginia Militia in 1777 for 13 months in “an expedition against the Indians“, along the Western Virginia frontier. His wife Phoebe was later captured by Wyandots in an Indian raid in 1785, and spent three years at the central Ohio village of the Wyandot Chief, Darby. Simon Girty and the British Indian agent Alexander McKee were instrumental in effecting Phoebe’s ransom and release in 1788.
Compatriot Cunningham descends from the first child born after Phoebe’s return from captivity in 1788, and he is currently the Chapter President of the new Highlanders Chapter SAR, in the Adams, Brown and Highland county area.
The presentation was part of a luncheon program sponsored annually by the Ripley-Lt Byrd Chapter, DAR.