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Reading: 1886: History of Jackson County, Indiana. Brant and Fuller.

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380 HISTORY OF JACKSON COUNTY.
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CHAPTER VI.

DRIFTWOOD TOWNSHIP - FRENCH SETTLEMENT - WHITE SETTLERS - CON-
FEDERATES OF AARON BURR - INDIAN DEPREDATIONS - STRUGGLES OF
THE PIONEERS - GRIST MILLS - LAND ENTRIES - WILD ANIMALS -
BIRTHS, MARRIAGES AND DEATHS - CHURCHES - VALLONIA, ETC.

"Once o'er all this favored land,
Savage wilds and darkness spread,
Sheltered now by Thy kind hand.
Cheerful dwellings rear their heads."

THERE is no history that is perfect, and the writers would do
themselves an injustice should they claim that this work is
either without errors, or complete in detail. In recording the
recollections of the aged and wavering memory, we do not seek to
reconcile discrepancies, but to embody in these pages the names
of deeds and privations of those whose like can never more be
seen in this or any other country. Children, grand-children and
great-grandchildren succeed to the blessings of happy homes,
the foundations of which were laid by their fathers in a
wilderness beset by the dangers incident to pioneer life. The
reckless undertaking of establishing homes in a land filled with
wild and savage beasts, and still more savage men, was not that
the founder might live to reap the rewards or enjoy the blessings,
but in order that their children might be better provided for in
life.


FRENCH SETTLEMENT.

Tradition has taught the people of Jackson that in the latter
part of the eighteenth century there was a settlement made by the
French, and a trading post established on the land where Vallonia
now stands. In fact, the evidences are not altogether traditional.


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