Facts and Events
This article deals with the James Harroll who settled in this area in 1769. However, the only evidence they cite to support this are the land records that clearly state a settlement date of 1770. While its conceivable that he was in the area prior to 1770, and only settled on the Harrolls Creek site in 1770, there does not seem to be direct evidence to support an earlier entry into the area. There is a court record from Botetourt county, May 1770, in which a James Harroll is mentioned. (Source:Summers, 1929:80). It is possible that this refers to the same James Harroll who settled in 1770 on Harrolls Creek, as this area was then within the boundaries of Botetourt County. Botetourt County was a large area encompassing all of southwestern Virginia in 1770, and there seems to be nothing in the way of internal cues in this record that would particularly support or deny the idea that this is the James Harroll of Harroll's Creek.
The name of James' wife is unknown. His Washington County will of 1796 does not mention a wife, but three children are identified, including James, Robert, and Mary. Robert Herroll seems to have been an adult at the time of initial settlement, as he (or someone of the same name) was assigned to "view" the nearest and best way for a road from Harroll's Creek to the courthouse. We presume that Robert lived in this area, and therefore is probably related to James Harroll who settled at the mouth of Herroll's Creek, and in all probability was his son.  This suggests that Robert was at least 20 years of age in 1777, and was probably born before 1757. This implies that his parents wed no later than 1756, and that they were probably born no later than 1736.