John Murdock’s early life saw several members of his family lose their lives in Indian attacks and this had a very strong bearing on the man John became. He served several stints in the militia during his life. A few tales of John’s escapades will be related in this story. Ms. Hannabarger, of rural Ramsey, IL, is a columnist for the Vandalia Leader-Union and Ramsey News-Journal newspapers in Fayette County and editor of ‘Fayette Facts,’ the genealogical magazine for the Fayette Co. Genealogical & Historical Society. Since 2009, Ms. Hannabarger has taught beginning genealogy and writing classes at Kaskaskia College, Vandalia Campus.