Killing 20

Paxton Boys

Their Backstory

Macey M

There were 57 of them. Drunk… mad… crazy… and scared. Not a lot is known about the Paxton Boys and there is not a lot to say about it, except for that they were Scottish-Irish men that were against the protection of Indians. Pennsylvania was keeping the Indians in a private place and planning to re-locate them. Apparently, word got out, and these guys didn’t like it. They didn’t like it so much, that two days after Christmas, they burst in and killed 20 of them.


Innocent Killing

Abby R

On December 27, 1763 more than two dozen men rode into the town of Philadelphia on a mission to slaughter a tribe of Indians. The unfortunate targets that day were Christian Indians that were being housed in different parts of Pennsylvania. The Paxton boys rode into the town and broke down the doors of the Conestoga Inn, and they slaughtered any man, woman, and child within the current area. About twenty Indians were killed that day, and at least six of them were scalped violently. After the horrific killings, the men fled the town leaving the remains of the Indians behind. The Indians who had indeed been sheltered there were a Christian group who had done no violent attacks. They were being sheltered there to be relocated for safety. The people were horrified by the Paxton Boys’ vicious attack on these people, and action was taken immediately

What Would You DO?

Lucy H

Would you give up your friends’ identities of a crime for a reward and the pride? Well many citizens of Paxton refused to give in any names of the Paxton boys after the big massacre! The anger band killed twenty innocent Indians! But, soon enough the guilt cought up to many of them and thirty of the men rode into the city of Philadelphia to discuss an arrangement with the government, the delegates were escorted to the courthouse where the city publicly announced an agreement with the guilty men. With the Paxton Boys' dispersal, life returned to normal in the city of Philadelphia. Citizens took down the barricades and reopened their shops, overnight soldiers went home, and things were like before. What about the Moravian Indians though? In 1764 the Pennsylvania Assembly tried once again to send the Indians to New York, but they were not allowed. The Indians were kept in Philadelphia for another year, and the Indians began to live close to white settlers, but epidemics took a heavy toll on them. In the summer and fall of 1764, more than a third of the Indians received dysentery or smallpox. Though the survivors finally left Philadelphia for a new home in a county near the New York border, where they named their new village Friedenshutten (tents of peace).