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Thomas (Indian Slayer) Quick

Male 1734 - 1776  (41 years)


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  • Name Thomas (Indian Slayer) Quick 
    Born 19 Jul 1734  Milford, Pa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Between 20 Dec 1775 and 1776 
    Notes 



    • Thomas QUICK
      Sex: M

      Event(s):
      Christened: 19 Jul 1734
      Of', Ulster, 'New York

      Parents:
      Father: Thomas QUICK
      Mother: Margriete DEKKER

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      Batch number: F516508
      Sheet: 25
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      The Insiders' Guide to The Pocono Mountains

      Pages: 495
      Author:Clark, Kenneth
      Author:Bregman-Taney, Janet


      Tales of Tom Quick who became the avenger of his fathers death by the Indians. Legend says he promised to kill 100 Indians & the stories relate how he tried to carry out his vow.

      The Tom Quick Monument commemorates a man known as “The Indian Slayer” or “The Avenger of the Delaware.” After Quick’s father, the first white settler in Milford, was killed by Indians in 1756, Quick made it his mission to avenge the death — hence his nickname. Quick’s bones were placed in the cornerstone of the monument.

      Historians are split on whether Quick Jr., the first white child born within present-day Milford, was a hero or a villian. While the rest of the Quick family settled into society, he carried on his one-man vendetta, killing a reported 99 Indians. Robert Ripley in “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” claims that Quick died of smallpox; and, still bitter over his actions, Indians dug up his grave and contracted the disease.

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      Note on letter from Richard O. Eldred

      The Indian Slayer - In August 28, 1889 in Milford, PA. a monument of Thomas Quick was unveiled. His remains were removed from Rosetown Cemetery and placed under the monument.

      The Hawks Nest by James M. Allerton deals with the Delaware Valley and Thomas Quick

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      Tom Quick, Tim Murphy - Indian slayers

      Tom Quick, son of a Dutch couple who lived in the Milford, Penna area, was born about 1734 and died in the same area about 1796. He was named Thomas for his father.

      The story of his life is a Delaware Valley narrative never to be forgotten. At least four different books have been written about him. The last being by Frederick W. Crumb who wrote "Tom Quick, Early American" I printed this book and copyrighted it in 1936 and now it is being reprinted by me. Another book, "Tom quick, the Legend of the Delaware" was written by Wm. Bross, a distant relative of Quick. "Deacon" Bross was born in the Delaware Valley and worked as a newsboy and worked on the Milford newspaper. He went to Illino8s and became Lieutenant Governor of that State and was one of the founders of the Chicago Tribune, a famous mid west daily paper. This book was published in Chicago.

      The third book was written by James Eldridge Quinlan, the Sullivan County Historian. It was published at Monticello and printed in Deposit NY. The fourth book, a small edition which I cannot recall the author or where it was printed.

      Gov. Bross gave funds to erect a monument to Tom Quick at Milford, Pa. And it still stands. This was in 1889.

      Life was hard for the early pioneers especially for Tom Quick who had to be constantly on the outlook for Indians.


      Now I would like to tell the story of the dedication of the Monument erected to his memory at Milford, Pa. The elaborate ceremonies were held on August 28th, 1889. Lt. Gov. Wm. Bross of Illinois is said to have provided the funds for the Monument. Gov. Bross was a distant cousin of Tom Quick. He was born in Montague, township, Sussex Co. New Jersey in 1813. He was the son of Mr. And Mrs. Moses Bross. The family moved to Milford and started s lumber business and furnished much of the timber for locks for the D and H canal. Gov. Bross had in his immediate ancestry, Judge Moses Thomas, a leading Baptist of Damascus Pa. And is buried in the Baptist cemetery there. He died on March 19, 1857 at the age of 78 years also, Deacon Moses Bross of Milford PA. [Tom Quick'
      s Moment, Gardiner, 1889]. Gov. Bross served his apprenticeship in the printing office at Milford, PA and later went to Chicago and became one of the founders of the Chicago Tribune and helped found lake Forest University at lake Forest, Illinois and in the meantime became Lt. Governor.
      The Dedication
      The Dedication Ceremonies at the Monument site on Aug. 28, 1889 attracted a large crowd of people. Among them was Thomas Truax, a Mexican war veteran who served under Gen. Winfield Scott. The G.A.R. then at its height had an important part in the program. Gifford Pinchot then a young man gave the oration. He later became Governor of Penna. [1923-1927]. Rev. A. S. Gardiner of the Milford Presbyterian church had charge of arrangements. Gov. Bross, himself could not be present but telegrams and letters form him were read to the assemblage which was estimated to be 1500 or more.

      The monument was unveiled by Peter A. L. Quick of Dingman's Ferry and Victor Quick of Montague, NJ, Mrs. John T. Quick, age 92 could not be present but her ancient Flemish bible was exhibited. A liberty pole was also dedicated together with a flag which at that time had 42 stars.

      Date: 12/13/99 10:56:10 AM Central Standard Time
      From: Olsalte
    Person ID I4453  Decker
    Last Modified 18 Nov 2016 

    Father Thomas Quick,   b. Abt 1690, New York, New York, Ny Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Feb 1756, Milford, Hunterdon Nj Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 66 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Grietje Or Margriete Decker,   b. Abt 4 Oct 1691, Kingston, Ulster Co. Ny Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1760, Milford, Pike, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 68 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 22 Dec 1713  Kingston, Ulster, Ny Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F0478  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart


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