Ensign John McCorkle
b.ABT 1753 prob. Virginia
d.ABT 17 January 1781 died of wounds from Battle of Cowpens, South Carolina
Facts and Events
John McCorkle was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Will Extract of John McCorkle
Information on John McCorkle
JOHN McCORKLE, son of Alexander. Born ___________, Died 1781. Married Rebecca McNutt 1771. Commissioned an ensign by Governor Patrick Henry 1778. He served under General Morgan in the Carolinas. A letter from Charlotte, N.C., dated November 8, 1780, describing the position of American and British armies is in existence in possession of the Glasgow family. He was wounded at the battle of Cowpens, January 17, 1781. From this wound he developed lockjaw, died and was buried near Guilford Court House, with military honors before or during the battle of Guildford Court House. He had three children - Alexander, Samuel and Katherine. His widow afterwards married Arthur Glasgow from whom are descended The Glasgows of Rockbridge. Among them are Ellen Glasgow, the authoress, Judge Glasgow of Lexington and others. the year. Very sincerely,Fannie Sproul”.Fannie - Sproul Line - Updated 1935.doc
From “The Woman Within” by Ellen Glasgow, an autobiography published posthumously by Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York, 1954. The following is a portion of an appendix titled, “A Dull Note for Genealogists”, pages 298-299, she wrote about the Glasgow side of her family.
“During the Scottish wars in the seventeenth century (the exact date is not known), a branch of the Glasgow family fled from Ayrshire to the Counties Down and Antrim in northern Ireland.
In the year 1766, Arthur Glasgow, a ward and a boy of sixteen, came, with his mother and elder brothers, to America, and settled on a tract of land in Rockbridge County, Virginia. The place was named Green Forest because Glas Gow means green forest in Gaelic, and the green tree was a feature of the family arms. The modern towns of Buena Vista, Balcony Falls, and Glasgow are now contained in the original Green Forest plantation. The old brick house, built immediately after the Revolution, on the site probably of an earlier log house, is still standing in Buena Vista. About 1830, the original dwelling was partly burned; but it was rebuilt on the old foundations, with one or two rooms and the large columns of the square front porch still undestroyed. In more recent years a long porch and a railing have been added.
Until my own generation, every member of my father’s family was born at Green Forest. The first American Arthur Glasgow (1750-1822) married Rebekah McNutt, the widow of Ensign John McCorkle, a youth who had fallen in the Revolution.