Tom Quick

In 1733 Thomas Quick arrived near what is now Milford, Pennsylvania and pitched a tent. His ancestral ties are somewhat vague—some sources state his homeland as County Ulster, some say Holland and some even cover all the bases and claim both. Quick built a log cabin and began clearing the land for farming which didn’t seem to bother his neighbors, the Lenni Lenape. The following year, young Tom Quick was born and here’s where the story picks up momentum. As the youngster grew, he spent more time with the Indians than his family, learning their language and how to hunt, fish, and trap and the ways of the forest. He became nearly an Indian himself.

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12 Responses to Tom Quick

  1. like mad anthony wayne who was wayne’s wife. went mental after the murder of her husband.

  2. lojacked says:

    I like these old historical tidbits you pull up. Thanks.

  3. taminator013 says:

    Another interesting character from near the same time period is Simon Girty.

    • formwiz says:

      A psycho from a family of psychos. He and his brothers made a career out of inciting the Indians against the Americans during the Revolution – which explains why they love him in Canuckistan and why, in recent years, they’ve tried to whitewash his image.

      Girty, unlike Tom Quick, hated his own people.

  4. Fred says:

    I grew up back in that area and Tom is still widely known. I have a book telling his story and you can believe that this would make for an action-packed major movie. Look him up, he was a real character.

  5. formwiz says:

    An even more far-fetched story persists that when he did finally pass away, he was infected with Smallpox. Supposedly, after his burial Indians dug up his corpse, cut it into pieces and distributed them as souvenirs. The recipients then contracted the disease, thus Tom Quick took more victims even after his death

    Not so far-fetched. The same happened at Fort William Henry after the garrison surrendered.

  6. STW says:

    The nit make lice quote has also been attributed to Gen. Phil Sheridan during the Plains Indian Wars.

  7. Miles Long says:

    “… on some errand across the river,”

    New Jersey was cursed way back too.

  8. Bellicose Owl says:

    Might be related to this guy. Quick family name on my mom’s side and they were originally from pennsylvania.

  9. miforest says:

    The barbarity inflicted by the natives on the settlers is not understood by todays people. Often the lived in constant fear for themselves and their family. Whole families were often attacked and tortured to death in ways inconceivable. Of course it went both ways . The Shawnee who led the group that ambushed and a tortured Daniel boones son and their group to death were known to them. A survivor told the whole grisly story and identified him, they had been friends in peacetime . Who knows what transpired to cause him to turn on them.
    There is no market for books that tell a realistic true tale of the time that reveals the good and bad in both sides , and why some of them did what they did. Sadly the understanding of this is being lost .

  10. Guairdean says:

    I wonder if that was the inspiration for Jeremiah Johnson?

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