It is said the whites pursued the Indians as they generally did, and were near them, but they hid their captives in hollow trees and made them hold their hands over their children's mouths if they would cry. Some say the mother could hear the pursuers but she could not make a noise for the Indians were hid near.
Their route was no doubt through "Indian Path Valley," now called "Moses Valley" on through Blair County, and then through the gorge at Kittanning Point, the old Indian trail. This trail was where the reservoirs are now, where her descendants look over daily. They may have stopped long enough to drink at the spring of good water just beyond the toe of the "horse shoe."
From the account of Mrs. Earnest's experiences and the training of her boy Henry in Indian ways, it would seem that they did not go to Fort Detroit as directly as they did some other times. There is no account of her running the gauntlet at the first camp as Mrs. Elder had to do, a woman I shall speak of later.
In their hasty flight, the first day, of course Mrs. Earnest got very tired and gave out carrying her baby boy. Then the Indians wanted to carry him but he was afraid of them and would cry. Then they would get mad and pick him up with both feet and let on to her that they were going to slap him around a tree. She would cry and they would throw him down at her feet and of course she had to carry him again. Sarah
Fetters says, "They hated the fair boy and liked the dark one."
While in camp they worked for the Indians and did not have such a hard life, but following them over the mountains, through forests, marshes and streams was very hard. Once when going over a river in bark canoes, she prayed that they would all be drowned but the Lord did not answer her prayer. Sometimes they did not have anything to eat but deer tallow, and they gave her a small portion for herself and watched to see if she would give any to the boys. At other times they had plenty of meat but it was often spoiled. She sometimes slipped some in her apron and threw it away when they did not see her.
Henry soon learned to ride. Mrs. Geo. Kauffman says, "they had him carry some cooking utensils. He got so tired carrying a frying pan, he let it it slide in a stream and told them it slipped in."
Finally they came to Ft. Detroit and were to be sold to the British. Mrs. Earnest said to the officer, "If I can't take both my boys along, I will stay with the Indians." They had Henry dressed in an Indian suit and he could shoot with bow and arrow and liked it. The officer said, "Just come" and winked at her, then gave the Indians a glass of whiskey with a silver coin in it, and while they were looking at this, the officers grabbed the boy and handed him in to the mother.