Paxton Boys

By Nick, Robby, and Ethan

Their Biggest Fear

The Paxton Boys were afraid of the future. They envisioned Native American taking back the land they had before, and overthrowing the American government. They felt this because they lived close to thriving Indian villages. The only way to stop this was to kill the Indians. When they first started, there was said to be a hundred members, but as the idea spread the numbers went to the thousands. Soon, people involved in the government were part of this cruel clan. This idea became so popular that even after they killed Indians they weren’t charged for their criminal actions.1



1 Vaughan, Alden T. "Philadelphia Under Siege." American History 33.6 (1999): 26. History Reference Center. Web. 7 Feb. 2013.







Who Were The "Paxton Boys"

The “Paxton Boys” were a large Irish Clan in Pennsylvania. For the most part they were an Irish Group who believed that the Indians would take over the country. They were backcountry boys who knew how to ambush the Indians. In most cases though they marched down Main Street and did their business though in the case of Philly. They also did the same in most large towns and citys.


1 Vaughan, Alden T. "Philadelphia Under Siege." American History 33.6 (1999): 26. History Reference Center. Web. 7 Feb. 2013.

Attacks

Men from the frontier towns of Paxton, Lebanon, and Hanover started the massacres of the Indians in Pennsylvania. The first attack was on December 14, 1763, in Lancaster. The Paxton boys killed 6 Indians; 3 men, 2 women, and 1 child. They then attacked the Moravian Indians in Bethlehem; Natives fledto phillidelphia. None of the Indians were hurt or killed, but they burned down the city. to The Paxton Boys claimed to be protecting their home, but these were innocent Christian Indians. To prevent the Paxton Boys from attacking again the city prohibited gatherings of more than 12. On February 5 the city of brotherly love was an armed camp. The Paxton Boys however did not attack. Instead the frontiers men made an agreement.