Jonathan Pasco, along with three other American troops fighting for freedom from the British during the American Revolution, were captured by Native Americans during their time of service. Attempting an escape proved deadly, as the men were recaptured by the tribe. One of the soldiers was skinned alive, his skin being turned into a purse, which was given to Pasco and the two remaining American soldiers as a warning by the tribe that they should not attempt to escape again. Over a short period of time, the three soldiers did plan another escape and this time were successful. Following the war, Pasco returned to his home in East Windsor, CT. His home would eventually be turned into the current restaurant bearing his name.