Maj. John Skidmore
b.10 JUN 1736 Plantation Fisher's Delight, Kent County, Delaware
d.12 OCT 1809 German Valley, Pendleton County, West Virginia
m. 7 APR 1730
Facts and Events
John Skidmore was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
Information on John Skidmore
John A. Skidmore, a son of Joseph and Agnes Ann (Caldwell ) Skidmore, was born on the plantation "Fisher's Delight" in Kent County, Delaware, June 10, 1736. Soon after his birth, the family moved to that part of Augusta County, Virginia that is now Pendleton County WV. John served in the Augusta County Militia during the French and Indian War. He was called out in 1755 and and served until the end of the War. John married Mary Magdalena Hinkle in the early 1760's . Mary was a daughter of John Justus and Magdalena (Eschemann) Hinkle. John Hinkle and his family settled in the section of Virginia known as Germany Valley and were the builder s of Hinkle's fort.
In 1767, John Skidmore was appointed Captain of the Augusta Militia and in 1770, he was commissioned as one of His Majesty's Justices for Augusta County. In 1774, John's company of the Augusta Militia was mobilized for service in Dunmore's war and took part in the battle of Point Pleasant. John was wounded twice during the battle of Point Pleasant, in the leg and in the hip.
In 1778, John was appointed a justice of the newly formed Rockingham County by Patrick Henry. The first Rockingham County Court, in session April 28, 1778, found John A. Skidmore "fit to serve as major" of the Augusta Militia. John declined the appointment, but retained his captaincy for several years. When Pendleton County was formed in 1778, John was elected the first president of the new court. John served the new County for several years, including two terms as sheriff. John died in Pendleton County October 12, 1809 and Mary died October 18, 1829.