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John and Matilda Delong Pack

Many years ago, there were a young man and woman who lived somewhere along the banks of the Clinch River with quite a few other settlers. This chapter of Captain John Delong and his wife, Matilda, takes place around the early 1800's.....

This story has some inconsistencies and while I'm I believe there may be some truth to the story, there are a lot of things that are wrong which backed up with fact.  I'm not sure if there as confusion regarding the names or a lot of fiction involved with the telling of the story.  There is no evidence that a John DELONG married a Matilda, or that John PACK married a Samantha DELONG.  Orman Delong and Sarah Reed seem to be the only resonable couple for a child named Matilda Delong that married John Pack. Orman and Sarah, however, also had many other children.  John and Matilda did indeed have children named Sarah (who married a William Burress) Flem, Cynthia, Ella and William, but they also had other children.  There is no evidence that either John Pack or Orman Delong were Captains in the Military or that any of these couples were unable to have children). However there was a John Delong listed in the military records of Montgomery county, in the same unit as Orman Delong. Have not figured out the connect yet. ~Michelle
 
From the Past: A Massacre end happily
 
Many years ago, there were a young man and woman who lived somewhere along the banks of the Clinch River with quite a few other settlers. This chapter of Captain John Delong and his wife, Matilda, takes place around the early 1800's.
 
Late one evening a small band of Cherokee Indians had made camp for the night a short distance from the settlement down by the river.  There was no love lost for the Indians by some of the men in the settlement.
 
These same Indians had been catching their fish in this spot for many years.  This made no difference to the men, they wanted to kill them right then.
 
Captain Delong talked them out of it for the time being.  Later that night, these men slipped out of the settlement and killed all the Indians.
 
The next morning, Captain Delong was told of the slaughter and was asked if he would help bury the indians before their cheif could find out.  He said he would.
 
As the captain and the other men were finishing the clean up, the captain thought he heard a small dog whining in a teepee that had not burned but rather sat there, smoldering.  Captain and Mrs. Delong could have no children, but he was found of animals and he hurried to the teepee.  
 
Upon entering, he found, wrapped tightly in a cradle back pack, a beautful Indian baby.  Almost overcome with joy, the captain hurried home. 
 
With the glimmer of tears in his eyes, he said, "Tilda, I have for thee a present." Matilda too was overcome with joy.
 
She fed the baby cow's milk from a bottle that had been used to feed small animals from time to time. When she undressed the tiny being, she discovered it was girl.  They kept her and named her Samantha Delong.
 
In due time, Samantha grew up and married a young man named Jack Pack.  As their life progressed, they had a family of three girls and three boys.  Their names were Sarah, Cynthia, Ellie, Bill and Flemming.  These children grew up while another boy died at birth in the cold, long winter.

*Georgia Maud Quesenberry Maxfield, an 80 year old Tazewell resident (deceased), wrote these recollections of early Tazewell County life as told to her by her great-grandmother and her grandmother. Her Recollections appeared in the Tazewell Newspaper sometime in the early 1980's. Georgia was the daughter of George & Mary Frances Burress Quesenberry. 

Linked toMatilda "Tilda" Ann Delong; John "Jack" Pack

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