Captain John Lytle, the great-grandfather, a soldier of the Revolutionary war, who was in command of Fort Freeland on the west branch of the Susquehanna, which was taken by the British and Indians under Captain McDonald, June 30, 1779, and all the prisoners, including Captain Lytle, were taken to Tioga River, thence into the Genesee country, and from there to Niagara and Lower Canada. The country through which they passed was one vast wilderness, and they did not see a white man's dwelling after they left Lycoming Creek until they arrived at Fort Niagara. A little beef without salt, roasted on the end of a stick, was their chief article of food. In about two years Captain Lytle succeeded in making his escape by strategy.
source: History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 1048-1049
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