Capt. James Hall
Facts and Events
Records in Virginia
- 13 April 1778: Rockbridge County, Virginia - Order Book I - trial of Capt. James Hall for being concerned in the murder of Cornstalk Indian his son & two other chiefs of Indians on the 20th November last. Hall appeared & denied the facts with which he was charged. Trial was adjourned; he was tried again on April 28 and because no witness appeared before him, he was acquitted.
- May 5, 1778: Rockbridge County, Virginia - Order Book I - John Gilmore and James Hall qualified as Captains of Militia.
- James Hall was a Captain in the militia stationed at Pt. Pleasant when Chief Cornstalk was killed on Nov 10, 1777. James was indicted and tried for his murder, but the case was dismissed because no one would testify against him. (Source: Rockbridge Order Bk 1778-1784, pp.8,9.) He was also one of the men at Pt. Pleasant in 1774 listed along with James, John and Robert Gilmore, James Logan, John McKee and Lt. Wm. McKee serving in Murray Co. After his trial for murder of Cornstalk, James was commissioned a captain in the Militia May 5, 1778. He served under Gen. Muhlenburg in Eastern Virginia in 1780 and 1781, participating in the Battle of Hot Water on the Williamsburg Front. (Source: Freda Strampe)
- James Hall's grandfather was William Hall, born in 1702 in County Antrim, Ireland. William immigrated to the United States and eventually settled in the area that is now Rockbridge County, VA. He was married to Jean/Janet/Jeanette ? and had several children: Andrew, Agnes, John, Isabella, William, Nathaniel, Samuel, and James. His wife was born around 1710. William died in 1773. Both he and his wife are buried in the New Monmouth Presbyterian Church Cemetery, which is located in Rockbridge Co., VA.