Saturday, November 7, 2015

Benjamin Tibbetts Kills a 7-Foot Rattler in Dearborn County, Indiana about 1818

This comes at the end of Cotton's chapter on Manchester Township, Dearborn, Indiana.  From A. J. Cotton, "Cotton's Keepsake. Poems on Various Subjects," 1858, Applegate & Co (Cincinnati, OH), p 482; digital images, Internet Archive ( : accessed 7 Nov 2015).

That's a big snake.  Cotton's book was published in 1858, so I have extrapolated the snake incident to being about 1818, when the Tibbetts family had newly arrived.  I don't think they had these kinds of snakes in Maine, where they came from!

Cotton's book is mostly about Dearborn County, Indiana, and covers townships, villages, towns, and even schoolhouses.  Worth a look if you have ancestors from this area.

Benjamin Tibbets in the 1820 Census.

How I'm related to Benjamin Tibbetts (1769-1853).

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