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Capt. James Moore, Jr. was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Information on Capt. James Moore
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.
May have been the James Moore that obtained marriage license in Augusta County, Virginia on August 26, 1763. (Source: Chalkley's, Marriage Licenses)
- ↑ Wilson, Howard McKnight. The Tinkling Spring, Headwater of Freedom. (Privatetly published by The Tinkiling Spring and Hermitage Presbyterian Churches, pub. Fishersville, Virginia), pg. 479.
- ↑ Howe, Henry. Historical Collections of Virginia: Containing a Collection of the Most Interesting Facts, Traditions, Biographical Sketches, Anecdotes &c. Relating to Its History and Antiquities, Together with Geopraphical and Statistical Descriptions ... (Baltimore, Maryland: Regional Pub. Co., 1969), 489-.
Detailed account of his murder and the murder and kidnapping of his family members.
- Find A Grave.
- John Poage of Rockbridge County, Virginia
Excerpt: “ Martha married Captain James Moore, and they settled in Abbs Valley in Tazewell County, just to the west of where the town of Pocahontas is now. In 1785, their oldest son James was taken captive by a Shawnee war party led by Black Wolf and was later sold to a French Canadian family named Ariome.The same chief led a raid on the Moore farm the following year and killed most of the family. Martha, four of her children and Mattie Evans, a visiting cousin were taken captive." From Carolyn Szabad