Getchells Powder Horn

Getchell's Powder Horn

Getchell’s Powder Horn

A picture of the original horn was provided by John Getchell”s relative who let me have the copy of the photo so that it could be published in the Blog. If you can magnify the picture you can see part of the Horn that has Getchells name and the inscription of Vasselboro Maine where the Getchells were from. The scene depicted on the powder horn resembles that of the Boston Massacre but that is only a guess on my part. It could be of another incident related more closely to their family history .

The list of Getchell relatives that that were hired to scout for the Expedition are as follows: Dennis Getchell, John Getchell and Nehemiah Getchell. They were all from Vasselboro ,Maine including Samuel Berry . John Horn, Isaac Hull, Nathan Parlin, John McCurdy, Luke Sawyer, Christopher Jacquin and John Marsh rounded out the total number of Guides hired by Arnold. Hull was from Waterville , Parlin from Noridgewock , McCurdy from Bristol Maine , Sawyer from Noridgewock , Jacquin from Ticonoc Falls ( Waterville) , and Marsh from Ripley, Maine.

It is obvious that the Expedition recruited man power as it advanced into the wilderness. Not only these guides but also soldiers . In several cases the mans name is listed without a home town but the area lived in is usually mentioned as Maine. The actual body count of volunteers ebbed and flowed as the troops moved onward to Quebec.

 

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