Where Indians Massacred Three Crow Sisters

Moundsville Daily Echo, Tuesday, August 23, 1949

Submitted by Eric M. Anderson.

     Several car loads, five to be exact, of members of the Historical Society and people interested in happenings during the early days of clearing the wilderness, drove to Wheeling creek in Greene county, Pa., to the place where the three Crow sisters were scalped by Indians on May 1, 1791. The immense boulder stand by the road and on it the names of the three girls are carved. And behind the boulder is where the Indians hid until the girls came close by. One sister escaped and roused the family and neighborhood.

     The complete history of the Crow family, coming from Germany and first stopping on the Youghioaheny in Pennsylvania and then pressing forward to Wheeling creek around 1769, is being prepared by Martin Crow, who, with his mother and his brother Homer Crow, resides at the homestead.

     From the site of the massacre the historians drove to the homestead where the nice brick house is the third to be built by the Crow generations. The first was a log house further up the hill. Then brick was made on the premises and built into a house. It was burned and the new house built 80 years ago, using brick from the old house which were cleaned. Those brick, made 125 years ago, were used in the rear section of the new house and are still in fine condition.

     A rainwater reservoir on top the hill supplies the home with running water.

     The cemetery and a small mausoleum are not far from the house. Small stone, not cut, mark the graves of the scalped girls. Three bodies lie in the mausoleum but the first couple, Jacob and Susanne Crow lie in the cemetery. Deeds and wills indicate that Jacob lived to be near 90.

     The son Michael who died in 1852, in his 93rd year, built a mill - first a grist mill, then flour, then for carding wool and later adding sawing lumber. it was first a tread mill, using oxen and horses and then water power was used, and later steam. During the era of oxen and horse power the mill ran day and night.

     A small mound not far from the cemetery was opened several years ago, and it is said the skull, darts, etc., found were taken away.

     Many antiques were shown the visitors.

     Mrs. Crow and her two sons are leaving the farm for the winter. Martin Crow is professor of English in the University of Texas at Austin, and Homer Crow will be principal of Clouston school, and he and his mother will reside at Rock Lick.

     J. Randall Crow, a descendant of the pioneer Crow family, piloted the trip Sunday, and being well versed in the family history and also knowing that vicinity on both sides of the West Virginia-Pennsylvania state line, contributed much to the affairs of the day.