The treasure legend begins at the French occupied Fort Duquesne before an oncoming battle* against the English.
Worried about the outcome of the battle, the French spared ten men to escort a hoard of gold and silver to a place of safety, presumably Fort Detroit. According to the legend there were sixteen packhorses carrying the load. If trouble should arise the men were told to bury the treasure and mark the spot.
After several days on the trail the French escort spotted what they believed to be an advanced guard of British soldiers. The treasure was quickly buried and landmarks made to relocate the spot.
Soon after, a skirmish took place and eight of the ten Frenchmen were killed.The story seemed to be lost to history until about 1829, when a relative of one of the two Frenchmen who escaped the ordeal found memorandums of his uncle's adventures. Among the papers was the story of the unrecovered French treasure.
The decendant made a search for the treasure in the area between East Rochester and Minerva.
The search stirred much excitement among the citizens in the area. He told them of the landmarks where the treasure was supposedly buried: two springs, a deer carved on a tree one mile east, and another tree with a rock in its branch, by a spring 1/2 mile west. After a long and unproductive search the stranger gave up and returned home.
People in the area continued for years to look and dig for the treasure. Between 1829 and 1875 the landmarks were found, mostly by accident. The two springs were known and believed to be Beaver Hat Spring and Cranberry Spring.
The carved deer was also known, at that time, although this tree was allegedly cut down at a later date,and the stone in the forks of a tree was found while cutting the tree to make fence rails. Artifacts from the time period were said to be found in this area, such as a old musket, rusty shovel, ancient musket balls etc,,.
There was a newspaper article dated around 1875 created interest in the story, And people again began search again for this alleged treasure. Even today people return to this area to try their luck at locating the hoard. But perhap the best place to start looking for this treasure is to search the history books to lean if there really was a treasure to start with?
A little digging in the archives might save a life time of pain? Dedicated research might even lead to an interesting discovery.
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