September 1, 2014

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Pendleton County Historical Marker 953 in the wrong place on US 27

Dear Editor,

The members of Ruddell and Martin Station Historical Association who are descendants of those killed or  taken prisoner by Captain Henry Bird in the raids on Ruddell and Martin Stations, believe Historical Marker 953, “British and Indian Raid” is located at the wrong place. It is currently on US Highway 27 at Boston Station, in front of Licking Valley Oil, Pendleton County, about five miles north of Falmouth. Captain Henry Bird’s force did not land at Boston. It should be at Falmouth. Below is documentation and references to show Falmouth is where Capt. Bird and his force landed and is the proper place for the marker:

Capt. Alexander McKee Captain Henry Bird’s assistant in his letter to Maj. Aren't de Peyster (July 1780) made a reference to where they started over land in Kentucky.