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HUBBELL, William, pioneer, born in Vermont about 1750; died in Scott county, Kentucky, about 1835. He served five years and a half in the Revolutionary army as private, sergeant, and lieutenant, taking part in the capture of St. John and Montreal and in several skirmishes. After the close of the war he removed to Kentucky and settled in Scott county, where he resided until his death at an unusually advanced age. He is chiefly noted for his contest with a band of Indians as he was returning to Kentucky from the east. His party numbered twenty. After passing Pittsburg he thought he saw traces of Indians along the banks of the Ohio, which suspicion was confirmed by information at Gallipolis. Having been appointed regular commander of the flat-bottomed boat in which they voyaged, Captain Hubbell divided the nine men into three night watches. Early in the night an Indian canoe was seen, and more evidence of the approach of hostile savages. On the following morning, 24 March, 1791, they were attacked by Indians in large canoes. Each man took his position, having been ordered not to fire till the savages were so near that "the flash from the guns might singe their eyebrows." After a bloody conflict, only two of the nine men escaping unhurt, they reached Limestone. The fleet, which they had passed the night before the battle, arrived the next day, the Indians having suffered it to sail unmolested. It is believed that after Hubbell's encounter no boat on the Ohio was ever attacked by Indians
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