Penn's Creek Massacre

massacre in Snyder County, Pennsylvania

The Penn's Creek Massacre was a massacre committed by Delaware Indians on 16 October 1755. It happened near what is present day Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. Made bold by Braddock's defeat on July 9, Indians killed and pillaged along the Pennsylvania frontier. Fourteen settlers were killed at Penn's Creek. Eleven were taken captive. One was wounded, but escaped. A posse sent to investigate was attacked, and both posse members and Indians were killed. Some of those taken captive in the Penn's Creek Massacre eventually returned to civilization alive.

Penn's Creek Massacre
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Penn's Creek in the foreground
LocationPennsylvania frontier
DateOctober 16, 1755
Deaths14
Non-fatal injuries
1; 11 kidnapped
PerpetratorsDelaware Indians

ReferencesEdit

  • Snyder, Charles McCool; Downie, John W.; Kalp, Lois (2000), Union County, Pennsylvania: A Celebration of History, Penn State Press, pp. 9–12, ISBN 0-917127-13-7