Decker, Tobias

Birth Name Decker, Tobias
Gender male
Age at Death about 29 years, 9 months, 15 days


From: Now and Long Ago written by Lough in 1969:
"On Decker's Creek (in Monongalia Co., WV) came, in April 1758, Tobias Decker, wife and children; Tobias' two brothers Garrett and John, their wives and children; The Decker's brother-in-law, William Zern, wife and children; Garrett Decker's son-in-law, Richard Falls, wife and son; The Thorn brothers: Tobias, Henry, & Lazarus, their wives and children and their stepmother and her son, Michael, aged about 2 years; heir brother-in-law, William Westfall, his brother, Abel, their wives and children; Reuben Cox and his 10 year old son, George Cox; a single man, John Statler.

On the afternoon of Oct 16, 1759 the settlement was attacked by about 30 Delaware Indians who murdered 8 persons, killed the livestock, burned the cabins and destroyed the crops. They captured Abel Westfall, took him to Fort Duquesne then to an Indian town in Ohio. 39 men & women were away from the settlement at the time. Those killed were Tobias Decker, his wife and two children; William Zern and wife; Abel Westfall's wife and son."

An extended account of the Indian Massacre here on pg 53 -

Perhaps how they came to settle there -
"The Rifleman
It was during the French-Indian War of 1754-55 involving Braddock’s expedition to West Virginia and the Battle of Monongahela that were failed British attempts to capture the French Fort of Duquesne in the summer of 1755. The expedition takes its name from General Edward Braddock, who led the British forces and died in the effort. Braddock's defeat at the Battle of the Monongahela was a major setback for the British in the early stages of this war with France.

The story goes like this:
"In disorderly retreat after the battle, eleven riflemen with Braddock's Army lost their way and ended up on the banks of the Monongahela River. These men are listed as Reuben Cox, Garrett and Tobias Decker, David Morgan, Nathaniel Springer, John Ice, Henry Falls, Samuel Bingaman, John Carter, Philip Lowe and Philip Shuttleworth.
The group stopped near where Morgantown, WV now stands. They remained there for the winter, hunting and trapping until spring. Philip Shuttleworth went back home to Charles County, Maryland in early April of 1756.
He re-crossed the mountains with his wife and family two years later in the spring of 1758 and went back to the camp on the Monongahela at the mouth of a creek that today is known as Decker Creek, named for the Decker family, which was still living there."

Virginia Land, Marriage, and Probate Records, 1639-1850
about Tobias Decker
Name: Tobias Decker
Date: 22 Feb 1753
Location: Augusta Co., VA
Property: 680 acres; Tract No. 1 on So. Fork of the Wappacomo or Gr. So. Br. of Potomac
Notes: This land record was originally published in "Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, 1745-1800. Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta County" by Lyman Chalkley.
Description: Witness
Book_Date: 5-135


Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth about 1730      
Death 1759-10-16 Monogalia Co, W(VA)    


Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Decker, Jan Gerritse1688-07-28
Mother DeWitt, Barbara Janes1692-04-17
    Sister     Decker, Zara or Sarah 1712-08-17 1759-10-16
    Brother     Decker, Gerrit 1716 1790
    Sister     Decker, Elizabeth 1718 1793
    Brother     Decker, Jan Jansen, Sr. 1719-06-07 1791-01-10
    Brother     Decker, Lucas about 1727 about 1751
         Decker, Tobias about 1730 1759-10-16