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From: Brian & Clea <>
Subject: [D-Col] Tom Quick
Date: Mon, 15 Jan 2001 21:28:48 +0000

A few more bits of data and mythology on Tom Quick. Most of what I have
was in the private collection of the Bross family (related to the
Quick's through maternal line Winfield) or sent to me by Alicia Batko
from the Minisink Valley Historical Society.

I believe the information below was compiled by William Bross a
descendant of Moses Bross and Jane Winfield Bross. Moses and Jane had a
son William (mentioned below as publisher of Legend of the Delaware) who
settled in Chicago along with his brother John Armstrong Bross. William
Bross I was the 1st Lt. Gov. of Illinois. His brother John lead the
first "colored troop" from Illinois in the Civil War. The author of the
information below is I believe the grandson of William Bross I or his
brother John Armstrong Bross.

Title of Chapter: An Adventure of Tom Quick.

A volume called Legend of the Delaware, published by William Bross in
1887 ( found in the Boston Public Library) is stated to have been taken
from an old manuscript found in the attic near Carpenter's point. It
contains stories told about Tom QUick. These include an incident which
I have condensed, and have followed by the next chapter quoted
verbatim, this Chapter about the Winfield family is obviously written
by William Bross.


Tom Quick in 1778 was escorting Margaret, his seventeen year old niece
who was a daughter of his brother James, on what was intended to be a
brief journey in the area of Bushkill when they were taken prisoner by a
band of Indians. Margaret had strained an ankle either before or during
their travels with their captors, which made it necessary for Tom to
carry her at least part of the way. They were able to disguise their
identity from the Indians. Tom who spoke many of their dialects,
pretended to know only a few basic words, and Margaret feigned mental
retardation as the Indians held the insane in superstitious awe. Tom
made himself useful in helping to prepare meals, ect., and neither
caused any trouble. Thus they were left rather loosely guarded.

One day the opportunity came for them to escape. While most of the
indians were preoccupied with other matters, Tom quickly killed the two
who were their guards, this was near the Water Gap on the Delaware
river. Then he and Margaret made their way along the small brooks the
brush along whose banks screened them while searching parties from the
Indian camp, now realizing who they musty have help prisoner,
determinedly set out to find them. Tom and Margaret travelled for some
time through the woods, managing to elude the indians. Tom now had the
guns of the two whom he had killed when they escaped, but progress was
low because of Margaret's injured ankle and the fact she must still
favor it.

Eventually they met another woodman named Kimball and travelled with
this man also for a tim, still alter adding a man named George to their
party. At one time Tom and Kimball saw three Indians from their hiding
place on he bank. It was silently agreed which one each would shoot,
and the third Indian was quickly taken care of also. As their shots had
only damaged the canoe at the rim, they now had this to use. In it,
among loot, some of which could subsequently be restored to its
original owners, Tom found his father's carved pipe with his initials
and some of his silver buttons.

Margaret, or Maggie, had conducted herself with such fortitude and had
cooperated so intelligently that her story was spread along the river by
the other men even before she reached home.

The climax of his story, the main points of which agree in all
versions, came one night when Tom entered Decker's tavern on the
Minisink Road which ran from Wurtsboro to Carpenter's point. An Indian
who was an habitual drunkard, named Mushwick ( or Modeline) was there,
very drunk and inclined to quarrel with Tom. He bragged of having been
one of those who had scalped Tom's father and further sealed his own
doom by imitating the dying man's grimaces and producing some of the
sleeve buttons. Tom had not come armed, but he picked up a gun and
order Mushwink outside with him. Apparently not action was taken
against Tom for the murder of Mushwink as it was considered that the
provocation was justified. Tom is reported just to have kicked a little
earth over Mushwink were he fell, then to have gone back to return the
borrowed gun. Some accounts say Mushwink had been one of the friend's
of Tom's childhood.

[excerpts from Chapter : Inscription on the Tom Quick Monument at


" The Indian Slayer or "The Avenger of the Delaware" - Born 1734 - Died
(A fragment of the original stone at Tom Quick's grave is embedded in
the front of the monument.)

[Notes at the bottom of page]
The monument id located in the middle of the street on Sarah
Street, Milford, Penna. which intersects Main Street through the town
a short distance beyond its center proceeding toward Matamoras, As
Tom's birth place, it is obvious that this was the site of the house.
There are no remains of the mill.

The descendant referred to is , of course, William Bross, who did not
have the benefit of the later research of Arthur Quick, and who was far
enough removed for the record to have been lost to his generation.

The Van de Mark was called Moderkill in Tom Quick's time.

Tom Quick, Sr., was not born in Holland, but near Kingston, N.Y., the
third generation born in this country, and Tom Quick was NOt his eldest

Chapter The Quick Family

A - Early records how that Tenuis and Relitgen (Jacobus) Quick were in
North AMerica as early as 1640. Their children were:

B. Thomas Teusissen Quick, baptised APril 1644. His Marriage banns were
published at Kingston, N.Y., to Rymerick Westervall.

B. Dirck Teunissen Quick was baptised in 1648. He married Johanna Anna
Jans in 1672 in the New Amsterdam Dutch Church. Dirck was named a
justice of the peace in New York CIty Hall September 4, 1689.

C. Thomas Quick, son of Dirck, was born about 1690. An early record
shows he was indentured to John King, shipwright, for seven years from
November 1, 1702, with the consent of other members of his family as his
father was deceased, "Apprentice to be taught to read, write and
cypher, and at the expiration of the term to receive one axe, one
adz, one maul, one saw, one chisel and one mallet." Signed November
2 by Thomas Quick. His record shows that he was married on December 22,
1713, to Margaret Decker who was baptised on October 4, 1691 and was
the daughter of Gerrit J. Decker and Madalientje Schut Decker, who was
the daughter of Willem Jens Schut of Albany. Thomas bought land in
Milford, Penna, then called Smithfield. Here he built a house, a barn,
and a gristmill. The mill was at the junction of the Modder

Thomas was a member of the local militia company. The Minisink region
was pillaged and burned by the Indian named Brant and his followers
during the French and Indian Wars. The story is that with the Delaware
river frozen over, on February 2, 1756, he was crossing it on foot
with a bag of grist on his back in the company of one or two of his
family when they were attacked by a band of drunken Indians. The others
got away safely, but Thomas was killed and scalped, and his silver
cufflinks and shoebuckles stolen, "An act that his son, tom Quick,
spent a lifetime avenging." His name was scratched from the Militia
list - 'Killed by Indians February 1756." Thomas had ten children who

D. Dirk Quick, baptised June 20, 1714. He married Apollonia Van Geder
[or Goder hard to read on my copy]

D. Jacobus (Jame) Quick baptised January 29, 1716, was born in Rochester
(Minisink?) and resided in Smithfield, Bucks County, Penna. His first
wife was maria Westbrook, by whom he had three children. in August 22,
1722, he married Jannethe Van Auken by whom there were two children.

D. Margarita, married twice, - Johannes Van Garden, Johannes Westvael


My xerox copy of this work ends here. As the unidentified author
credits Arthur Quick for his research I assume most of the data came
from Arthur Quick's work The Quick Family in America.

There have been recent articles on the Tom Quick Memorial in the Milford
papers. It has been vandalized several times by those who feel a
memorial to an "Indian Slayer" is not
appropriate and grossly insensitive, and would like to see the memorial

I hope this helps add more data to Tom Quick. I have several more pages
of information if anyone one is interested please contact me directly.

Best Wishes,

Cleaver (Clea) White

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