Betty "Bess" (LAFORCE) (b. Abt. 1735, d. Aft. 1780)
Betty "Bess" (LAFORCE) was born Abt. 1735 in VA/KY, and died Aft. 1780 in Canada??.
Notes for Betty "Bess" (LAFORCE): Betty or "Bess" is listed as one of 13 slaves captured in the Shawnee Indian raid at Martin's Station, KY in June of 1780. The 13 slaves were the property of Mrs. Agnes Moseby La Force, widow of Rene La Force. The La Force family, a French Hugenot family originally from Goochland Co., VA had migrated into the western portion of Virginia that later became Woodford Co., KY following the death of Rene La Force. While in Goochland Co., VA the La Force family were neighbors to the famed Randolph family of Virgina.
Betty is believed to be the mother of 7 of the slaves, with a daughter named Hannah listed among the slaves. After their capture, Betty, the other twelve (12) slaves and the other members of the Agnes La Force family were taken to Detroit, MI and eventually into Canada (West) for distribution among the Shawnee and their Indian agents who were British Loyalist.
Betty, along with her children Grace, Rachel, and Patrick were kept by the Shawnee. The other children were dispersed among the Loyalist as follows: Scippio---Simon Girty, Ishmael--Philip Le Duc, Stephen--Capt. Duncan Graham, Kijah "Keggy"--Capt. Matthew Elliott, Joseph--Capt. Matthew Elliott, Job--Mr. Duperon Baby (pronounced Baw-be), Hannah-Mr. Frederick Fisher and Kandis (Candis)-Capt. Alex McKee.
In 1812-1813 the La Force family petitioned the British government for the return of their slaves. The documentation describing the pettiton may be found in the Woodford County Court (Book F, pp 187-188 and 311 which lists the names of the slaves.
More About Betty "Bess" (LAFORCE): Record Change: 29 Aug 2004