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  1. #1
    hu
    Gypsyheart~ Queen of Rust

    Nov 2005
    Ozarks
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    Shiawassee County Michigan

    Buried Treasure
    Shiawassee County Michigan



    By William May.....1936


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    Shiawassee County had its "Captain Kid" .....one whose buried treasure proved the cause of many adventurers coming to this county, from all over the U.S.

    Our Captain Kid was old Whitmore Knaggs, one of the earliest settlers in the County.

    The story circulated that "Old Whit", by means of foul or other-wise, accumulated a large amount of gold. Much of it, he was supposed to have gotten away from speculators who came to buy lands. Possibly, Whit's trading post was the scene of many late night gambling partys.

    But as the story goes, he had the treasure and for safe-keeping buried it along the Shiawassee River, just south of Knagg's Bridge.

    The tale never started to die out, but some act or story would revive it again. Credence was added to it when an Indian girl, a daughter of Wab-ben-ness, a famous Indian of the Ket-che-wan-daug-oning reservation, told she had seen Knaggs in the act of buring and iron pot near a huge rock in the river.

    "When Knaggs saw me watching him, he told me that the Gilthi-e-gan would get me if I told anyone," she later said.

    A jug of strange and curious pattern was un-earthed there by Lester Roberts, who for a number of years operated a grist mill at the bridge, but whether or not his discovery was the trader's cache will probably never be known.

    A man named Hadd was known as the first to search for the gold. Some twenty years after the story of the hidden treasure was first told. Hadd dug without success in several localities around the bridge.

    A number of strangers appeared about the bridge in 1860 and mysteriously worked during the night. They dug up much of the land along the river and then departed, without disclosing the results of their quest.

    Perhaps the same story may indirectly have been the basis for experiments conducted along the Shiawasseee's banks about half a mile from the village of Vernon, in 1935. A young mining engineer and his companions claimed to have struck a "bonanza" in the precious metal. They explained the gold was glacial deposit. However, no evidence of the gold has been produced.

    The legend of buried gold never aroused any particular interest among the settlers of the vicinity, but at intervals ever since the death of Knaggs, men unknown to anyone, have appeared in the area, all of them apparently visiting on the same errand. Some sought aid from the residents in seeking the exact location of the rock widely known as "Indian Rock". But none ever found gold.

    Perhaps years hence, descendants of these men who traced maps of the spring and the rock and the tree, will return to the location and work up and down the banks of the Shiawassee, seeking to claim the gold of "Old Whit".

    I go a great distance,while some are considering whether they will start today or tomorrow

  2. #2
    hu
    Gypsyheart~ Queen of Rust

    Nov 2005
    Ozarks
    12,686
    234 times

    Re: Shiawassee County Michigan

    Directions to the Knaggs Bridge area.
    From I-69, take Exit 113 and go southeast on Grand River Road across Old Lansing Highway and through Bancroft.
    Continue south on Grand River Rd. about 2.5 miles to Cole Road and then go about 3/4 miles to the Shiawassee River.
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    About 1820 Whitmore Knaggs opened a trading station at this point now known as Knaggs Bridge on the Indian Reservation. The traders Grant, Godfrey and John Knaggs, a son of Whitmore, who commenced trading on the Indian Reservation in 1832.
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    Although Whitmore Knaggs had opened his trading station at Knaggs Bridge as early as 1820 and was succeeded by other traders, the settlement of the township by farmers intending to become permanent residents did not begin until 1835. They settled more or less in clusters forming the basis of several distinct neighborhoods: The Chaffee, Greenís Corners and North Ireland with the Knaggs Bridge and Union Plains being formed some twenty years later.
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    Knaggs Family History
    http://homepage.ntlworld.com/jeffery....html#Whitmore

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    I go a great distance,while some are considering whether they will start today or tomorrow

  3. #3

    Dec 2006
    Durand, Mi.USA
    fisher coinstrike
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    Re: Shiawassee County Michigan

    I Live 5 miles from Knaggs bridge .Thanks for the site in your 2nd post it was a new one and i got some good info out of it.

  4. #4
    us
    Dec 2008
    Benton Harbor,MI
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    Re: Shiawassee County Michigan

    Hello,
    I worked that site many years ago, A very nice place. Did not find much, a framer told me that a fat pig of a man that worked for the D and R took many things out of this place. If he found you back there with a det. you went to jail. I don't know if this is true. I did find some nice points in the river.
    renny

  5. #5
    us
    Feb 2008
    Shelby Twp., mi
    Tesoro Cibola, Tesoro tiger Shark
    530
    2 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Shiawassee County Michigan

    now this obe i did research on, i also found maps of area and the indian reservation map for that area, i bought me a tiger shark for underwater, to walk in rivers and on beaches.. i will be there this summer
    Full Time Hunter

  6. #6

    Dec 2012
    2
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Six years ago I and a friend located the site of Peter Whitmore Knaggs trading post. I have detected it every year since. The Shiawasse County Historical Museum north of Owosso has on display many of the very old coins and artifacts I've found there. As for the gold, I doubt if it is there if it was ever there as Peter Whitmore Knagg's came from a family of shakers and movers. Read the online Knaggs geneology by Jeff Knaggs from England ,its an exciting and historical read. If he buried gold in the river or near the river he certainly would have taken it with him when he moved back to Detroit. He was not a dumby! I can say I've been in the river hunting at the site of the place where pioneers forded the river and where the first bridge was built. I have found a few artifacts but no gold. Even though I still hunt the post sit and occassionally find interesting artifacts they now come few and far between. Early December 2012 I found two musketballs and one very large flat button (about quarter size). It was my only time on the site in 2012.

 

 

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