Person Sheet

Name Lewis WETZEL
Death 1808, Natchez, Mississippi
Burial McCreary Cemetery, Marshall County, West Virginia
Father Captain John WETZEL (1733-1786)
Mother Mary Bonnett (1735-1808)
Notes for Lewis WETZEL
Lewis Wetzel is, supposedly, the "Lewis Wetzel" written about by author Zane Grey, in his novels of the old West, and a legendary Indian fighter. He never married, never settled in one place, and claimed to have scalped about 100 Indians.

Many stories are told of Lewis Wetzel escaping from the Indians. He is said to have studied Indian warfare his whole lifetime. Some historians say Lewis Wetzel made the area safer for his land and people. Other historians consider Lewis Wetzel's Indian killings as unnecessary violence. Regardless of his place in history, his legendary adventures make interesting and exciting reading.

One story that, supposedlly, happened, involved a friend and his new bride. Lewis and the newleyweds were out in Indian territory, and the new bride was kidnapped. Lewis didn't stop until the bride was rescued.

Another incident alledges that Lewis Wetzel & his brother, Jacob Wetzel , were captured by Indians. Soon, they escaped, but their shoes had been taken to discourage their leaving. Lewis sneaked back and stole mocassins for their feet, and a gun. They were able to get home safely.

Lewis Wetzel died in 1808, near Natchez, Mississippi, of yellow fever, while staying in the house of a cousin, Philip Sycks. As was the custom, Lewis was buried in the front yard. In 1942, Dr. Albert W. Bowser came to Natchez from Chicago, and hunted down Lewis Wetzel's unmarked grave. The remains of Lewis Wetzel were moved to Moundsville, West Virginia. They now rest beside those of his oldest brother, Martin, in the McCreary Cemetery, in Marshall County, West Virginia. . (Source: James P. Pearce, internet article, "Lewis Wetzel, Dark Hero of the Ohio," taken from Wetzel family stories, and books by C.B. Allman and Alan W. Eckert.)

To read a short biography of Lewis Wetzel, go to:

For more information on the McCreary Cemetery, In Marshall County, West Virginia, and a photograph of the grave stone of Lewis Wetzel, go to:
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