Person:Absalom Looney (3)

Absalom Looney
b.1729 Ireland
m. ABT 1715
  1. Thomas Looney1718 - ABT 1764
  2. Martha Looneyabt 1717/18 - bet 1763-1769
  3. Robert Looney, Jr.1721 - 1756
  4. Daniel Looney1723 - 1760
  5. Adam Looney1725 - 1770
  6. Samuel Looney1727 - 1760
  7. Louisa Looney1728 -
  8. Absalom Looney1729 - 1791
  9. John Looney1732 - 1817
  10. Peter Looney1734 - 1760
  11. David Looney1735 - 1810
  12. Joseph B. Looney1740 - EST 1817
m. 1750
  1. Michael Looney1751 - 1839
  2. Elizabeth LooneyABT 1753 -
  3. Peter H. Looney1755 - 1835
  4. Mary LooneyABT 1757 - bet 1811-1823
  5. Margaret Looney1758 - BET 1830 AND 1840
  6. Jonathan Looney1761 - 1824
  7. Absolom Looney, Jr.1763 - 1818
  8. Ruth LooneyABT 1765 -
  9. Catherine LooneyABT 1766 -
  10. Ann LooneyABT 1767 -
  11. Priscilla LooneyABT 1771 - 1813
  12. Benjamin LooneyABT 1773 - ABT 1845
Facts and Events
Name[1][2] Absalom Looney
Gender Male
Birth? 1729 Ireland
Marriage 1750 Augusta County, Virginia[now Rockbridge County]
to Margaret (Peggy) Moore
Residence[1] bef 1770 Augusta (now Rockbridge), Virginiaon Looney's Creek
Residence[2] abt 1770 Abbs Valley, Tazewell, Virginia, United StatesAbb's Valley is named after him
Death? 28 Sep 1791 Virginia, United States
Alt Death? abt Jun 1796 Bluefield, Botetourt, Virginia, United Stateskilled by Indians Citation needed

Absalom Looney was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Information on Absalom Looney

From "A History of The Middle New River Settlements and Contiguous Territory", by David E. Johnston (1906):

An adventurer by the name of Absalom Looney in 1771 left his home on Looney's Creek, now in the Rockbridge Country, and came over the Alleghanies and explored the upper Bluestone country, particularly a beautiful valley now in Tazewell County, Virginia, and which in part bears the name of its discoverer, being called "Abb's Valley." Looney remained in this valley and adjacent territory for two or three years, and had for his refuge and hiding place from the savages and wild beasts a cave or rather an opening in the limestone rocks, for it was not deep under ground. This hiding place was pointed out to the author by William T. Moore, Esq., whose grandfather settled nearby in 1777. The cave referred to is a few yards south of the spot whereon now stands Moore's Memorial Methodist Church. On Looney's return to his home he gave such glowing description of this valley that one of his neighbors, Captain James Moore, was induced to make a journey to see it. He came in 1776 or 1777 alone, from his home with no companions nor weapons, save his rifle gun, tomahawk and butcher knife, the hunter's usual weapons of offense and defense. Looney had furnished him such a description of the valley as to enable him to find the way without difficulty.
  1. 1.0 1.1 Absalom Looney, in Johnston, David E. (David Emmons). A history of middle New River settlements and contiguous territory. (Huntington).

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  2. 2.0 2.1 Historical Highway Markers - [enter XP-5], in Virginia Department of Historic Resources.

    Five miles southwest is Abb’s Valley, discovered by Absalom Looney. James Moore and Robert Poage were the first settlers, about 1770. In July, 1786, Shawnee Indians raided the valley, killing or carrying into captivity the Moore family. Mary (Polly) Moore, Martha Evans and James Moore (captured earlier) finally returned. They are known as “The Captives of Abb’s Valley.” Virginia Conservation Commission 1939
    (Location: Lon (X): -81.33424 Lat (Y): 37.30928 ; on Rt. 102, just east of Pocahontas)