Ann was the only woman on the frontier who was honored with a land grant because of her bravery. All the men were at Cockrill Bend , planting and tending the crops. It was wash day and suddenly the women saw Indians climbing up the banks of the river and heading for the fort. Anne urged the women not to shoot but to let them get closer and at the right time she had the women form a bucket brigade to pass the boiling water to the ladies walking over the gun holes. They poured down the water upon the Indians and they yelled and fled. She had saved the fort. Anne had a great love for education and would gather all the children together and used a sand box for a blackboard. She did this on the flatboat as they made their trip to the settlement at Fort Nashborough. She taught them bible stories and church songs. She also showed the Indians how to take care of their children when they contracted smallpox. She would tear up petticoats and turn them into bandages wrapped in herbs to heal the sores. When the boats entered the Ohio River, the currents was so strong that the men had to use oars to direct the boat-the only one remaining that could guide the boat was Anne. So she volunteered to guide the boat thru those difficult places. This was a man's job during this period of history, but they trusted he to do the work! She is known as the Mother of Education in the
Father: JOHN RANDOLPH ROBERTSON b: 1712 in Scotland c: 06 APR 1712 in Rayne, Aberdeen, Scotland
Mother: MARY GOWER b: 27 JAN 1716 in Brunswick, Virginia, USA
Marriage 1 JOHN COCKRILL b: 19 DEC 1757 in Richmond, Virginia, USA
Marriage 2 Nehemiah JOHNSTON b: ABT 1753 in North Carolina, USA
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