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Escape to the Lakes: A Story of NY Refugees from the Yankee-Pennamite Wars

July 22nd, 2022

The Yankee-Pennamite wars of the late 1700s, involved territorial disputes between Connecticut Yankees, local Pennsylvanians, and the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) in Pennsylvania’s Wyoming Valley. In 1788, a band of young Yankee ruffians abducted Pennsylvania official Timothy Pickering, holding him hostage for 19 days. Several of the kidnappers escaped to the Finger Lakes region of New York, settling here. They included Kathleen’s ancestors, Solomon and Daniel Earl, as well as several other families. Presenter Kathleen Earle speaks about the conflict, early colonial life, and the men who escaped to the lakes. (May 2022)