Captain Thomas Robinson, from The History of Centre and Clinton Counties author John Linn Blair, published by Louis H. Everts, Philadelphia, 1883. Narrative begins on page 476 Capt. Thomas Robinson, who commanded a rang- ing company, was an exceedingly valuable officer upon the frontier. He was commissioned Feb. 10, 1781. His lieutenant was Moses Van Campen. His company had the sharp engagement with the Indians on Bald Eagle Creek hereinafter referred to. He built a block-house on the site of Fort Muncy in April, 1782. In March, 1783, he was placed in charge of the fort at Wyoming, and was of great ser- vice in quieting disturbances among the inhabitants there consequent upon conflicting claims in land titles. He served there until after the regular army was discharged, in November, 1783. Capt. Henry McHenry (father of A. H. McHenry, Esq.), Second United States Infantry under Gen. Wayne, in the Indian war of 1794, when a boy fifteen years old, served under Capt. Robinson at Fort Rice, which now is in Montour County. Capt. Robinson, after the war, settled at Robinson's Island, east side of Pine Creek, one and one-half miles from its mouth. He bought part of the John McEwen warrantee, one mile below where the Walkers murdered the Indians. One morning Mrs. Robinson went out to the creek for water, the body of the big Indian had raised, and lay on the upper side of their canoe. After the war Capt. Robinson engaged in the land business. The tract of land on which Young Womans- town is situated was surveyed on a warrant in his name Oct. 6, 1786. He was up the North Branch on land business when he took sick, and coming down the river in a boat exposed to the rays of the sun, being greatly neglected by the people with him, his disease was aggravated, and he died at Wyoming in August, 1792. His daughter Mary married John Cook, of Pine Creek township, father of Robert G. Cook, of the firm of Pardee & Cook, of Lock Haven. Mrs. Cook was still living in Lock Haven in 1856 ; recollected seeing her father's horse brought home after his death. Lieut. Moses Van Campen, in his narrative, gives an account of the severe engagement which Robinson's company had on Bald Eagle Creek. He says, " About the 10th or 11th of April, 1782, Capt. 1782. Robinson came with Squire Culbertson, James Dougherty, William McGrady, and a Mr. Barkley to the block-house at Wallis', above Muncy, and I was ordered to select twenty or twenty-five men, and with these gentlemen proceed up the West Branch to the Great Island, and thence up Bald Eagle Creek to the place where a Mr. Culbertson had been killed." [This was on the Capt. James Irvine tract, a mile west of the present limits of Lock Haven, on which there was a spring called in the survey of 1769 " Hicks' Spring."] " On the 15th of April we reached the place at night and encamped. On the morning of the 16th we were attacked by eighty-five Indians. It was a hard-fought battle. Squire Culbertson' and two others made their escajie. I think we had nine killed, and the rest of us were made prisoners. We were stripped of all our clothing except our pantaloons. When they took off my shirt they discovered my commission. Several got hold of it, and one fellow cut the ribbon with his knife, and succeeded in ob- taining it. They took us a little distance from the battle-ground, and made the prisonei's sit down in a small ring, the Indians forming around us in close order, each with his rifle and tomahawk in his hand. They brought up five of the Indians we had killed, and laid them within the circle. I thought of the party I had killed in 1780, and if I was discovered to be the person ray case would be a hard one. Their prophet made a speech. As I was informed afterwards by a British lieutenant, who belonged to the party, he was consulting the Great Spirit what to do with the prisoners, whether to Kill us on the spot or spare our lives. He came to the conclusion that there had been blood enough shed, and as to the men they had lost, it was the fate of war, and we must be taken and adopted into the families of those who had been killed. We were then divided among them. Packs were prepared for us, and tlicy returned across the river at Great Island in bark canoes. They then made their way across the fields and came to Pine Creek, above the first forks, which they followed up to the third fork, and took the most northerly branch of it, and thence to the waters of the Gen- esee River." Van Campen makes no mention of the rest of the prisoners, but after varied experiences he was exchanged in March, 1783. He married Miss Margaret McClure, an aunt of A. H. McHenry, Esq., and moved to Allegheny County, N. Y., where he was for thirty-six years county judge. He died at Dan- ville, Livingston Co., N. Y., Oct. 15, 1849, aged ninety-three years.