The LeRoy Massacre, Penns Creek Pa

On April 17th 2015, The Midatlantic Chapter of SPOOM The Union County Historical Society held a tour of historic mills in Union County PA.  In addition to touring mill sites, we also stopped here.  (There was at one time a mill near this site as well)

Located at 1350 Pennsylvania 104, Mifflinburg, PA 17844

John Jacob LeRoy was killed by the Indians near this spot during the time of the Penns Creek Massacre, October 16, 1755.  This was the first act of hostility by the Indians of this province following the defeat of General Edward Braddock, July 9 1755,  A daughter of John Jacob LeRoy, Marie and Barbara Leninger were taken captive at this time and taken to muskingum in Ohio, from which they escaped several years later and returned to Philadelphia.

 There is both a book, and a movie, about the daughters who were captured and later escaped, titled Alone Yet Not Alone.

"The Leininger family settled deep within America's new frontier in the Blue Mountains of Pennsylvania. A sudden Indian raid changed their lives forever. This story retells the heroic and daring escape of Barbara Leininger, and the touching reunion with her sister, Regina, after nine years." -

The Union County Historical Society has an article on the Penns Creek Massacre that can be read here:

John Moore was not at this site with us, he told us about Fort Titzell today instead, but I found this event from last year on facebook that gives more information - 

John L. Moore, author and living history interpreter, will tell the story of the Penns Creek massacre of 1755, on Sunday, May 18 at 2 PM at the Dale/Engle/Walker House, 1471 Strawbridge Road, Lewisburg.
Moore is a Northumberland writer who specializes in telling true stories about real people and actual events on the Pennsylvania Frontier. He will tell how a war party of Delaware Indians allied with French soldiers based in the Ohio River Valley followed a forest path that led them to the Penns Creek settlements west of New Berlin. The warriors murdered some settlers and took others away as captives to the Ohio River Valley where many were adopted into Indian families. The incident at Penns Creek occurred during the French and Indian War, before the Pennsylvania colonial government built Fort Augusta at present-day Sunbury. Two of the prisoners, Marie LeRoy and Barbara Leininger, eventually escaped from their captors. When the girls finally reached an English fort, the British soldiers they approached for help were suspicious since they looked like Indian women.
A retired newspaperman, Moore has participated in several archaeological excavations of Native American sites. These include the Village of Nain in Bethlehem, PA; the City Island project in Harrisburg, PA conducted by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission; a Bloomsburg University dig in 1999 at a Native American site near Nescopeck, PA.; and a 1963 excavation of the New Jersey State Museum along the Delaware River north of Worthington State Forest. John Moore has written and self-published seven books about the Pennsylvania Frontier. His most recent book is “Bullets, Boats & Bears.”


All of my pics from this tour can be found here (once I finish sorting and uploading them):