Facts and Events
||Capt. Matthew Arbuckle
||15 Jul 1740
||Port Glasgow, Renfrewshire, Scotland
||06 Jun 1768
||prob. Augusta County, Virginiato Jane Lockhart
||10 October 1774
||Point Pleasant, VirginiaServed at Battle of Point Pleasant Battle of Point Pleasant
||14 December 1774
||Botetourt County, Virginiato Frances Hunter
||25 Dec 1775
||probably Virginiato Frances Hunter
||Old Stone Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Lewisburg, Greenbrier, West Virginia, United States
||27 Jul 1781
||Jackson River, Augusta County, Virginia
Matthew Arbuckle was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 420.--15th October, 1765. James Arbuckle to Mathew Arbuckle, £70, on James River below Island Ford, 400 acres patented to James, 5th September, 1744. Teste: Randal Lockhart. Delivered: George Mathews 6th December, 1772.
Records in Augusta County, VA
- Page 445.--30th October, 1765. Moses McCown's estate appraised, by Richd. Woods Peter Wallace. Wm. Davis--A certificate for 161 days patrolling at 1/10 per day. 4th March, 1766. 2d appraisement by same-- Wm. Bunting owes. Thos. Bates owes. Charles Lockhart owes, Mathew Arbuckle owes. Walter Cowdon (supposed insolvent).
- Page 8.--19th May, 1767. Jacob Lockhart's bond (with Mathew Arbuckle, Isaac Ward) as administrator of Chas. Lockhart.
- Vol. 1 - MAY 20, 1767. - (73) Mathew Arbuckle qualified Lieutenant of Militia. James Robinson qualified Ensign of Militia.
- Page 279.--30th January, 1771. Jacob Lockhart's will--To son, James, £10 to be paid by son Jacob Lockhart, and to be allowed a living on testator's plantation if he should be drove away from his home by Indians; to 2d son, Jacob, land on Back Creek; to youngest son, Levy, infant; to daughters Jane and Elce. Eexcutors, John Moffett and son-in-law Mathew Arbuckle. Teste: Wm. Mitchell, Jno. Kirkpatrick. Robt. Clark. Proved, 15th April, 1783, by Kirkpatrick and Clark. John Moffett appeared and refused to execute.
- Page 451.--11th August, 1773. William McClenachan and Sarah, of Botetourt, to William Hutcheson, patent to William McClenachan on Jackson's River, 14th July. 1769, 12th May, 1770. Teste: John and Alexander McClenachan, Mathew Arbuckle, James Byrnside.
- Vol. 2 - Arbuckle vs. Arbuckle--O. S. 68; N. S. 23. Orators are, viz: John, James, Mathew, Thomas and Samuel Arbuckle, sons of Capt. Mathew Arbuckle of Greenbrier, who died 1781-82 intestate, leaving children, viz: above orators, and Charles Arbuckle, who was eldest. Capt. Mathews' wife was Frances. William Arbuckle was his brother. Charles Arbuckle sold one of his father's tracts of land to Alexander Welch, who married complainant's mother, for his trouble and care in bringing up his half brothers (the complainants). Capt. Mathew resigned his military commission. James McNutt had been an officer under Arbuckle.
- Vol. 2 - William Pryor's Declaration, October 15th, 1832: Bom on Pedlar s River in Albemarle; age 79 or 80 years. In 1773 he moved to the Great Kanawha, but was driven back by the Indians; he returned and was at Point Pleasant in 1775, and there saw Capt. Isaac Shelby, late Governor of Kentucky, who was left in charge of the wounded after the battle of the 10th October, 1774. In 1776 he entered the Army as substitute for James Frazer under Capt. Mathew Arbuckle, commandant of the Post at Point Pleasant. Arbuckle's subalterns were Lieut. Andrew Wallace, Lieut. James Thompson, Ensigns Samuel Wood and James McNutt. In 1776 he enlisted under Arbuckle for two years under Capt. William McKee and Lieut. Gilmore; served as spy. In the fall of 1777 Colonels Skileron and Dickerson came there in command of the expedition against the Shawnees. On this expedition were James Harrison, now of Rockbridge, and Micajah Goodwin. Lieutenant Gilmore was killed by the Indians, and when his body was found by the men of that expedition, they immediately murdered Cornstalk and his son, Nipseko, who had been held by Arbuckle as hostages for the safety of the men of the fort. (remainder of record omitted)
- Zedekiah Shumaker's Declaration, October 15th, 1832: Born in Henrico (Hanover) in 1753; in 1776 he enlisted under Lieut. William Moore, of Rockbridge, with John Hogg, John Finney, Samuel Peters, William Hix and others; marched to Point Pleasant under Capt. William McKee, Lieutenants William Moore and James Thompson, Ensign James Gilmore; served there under Capt. Mathew Arbuckle, whose subalterns were Andrew Wallace, Lieutenant Samuel Woods, Ensign James McNutt; found William Pryor at the Fort (makes the same statements as in Pryor's Declaration). In 1779 he performed a tour under Capt. Samuel Higginbotham; fellow soldiers were William Pryor, Samuel Paxton, William Brown. He was again drafted to guard Albemarle Barracks under Capt. Anthony Rucker; fellow soldiers were Moses Sweeney and William Cook.
- Vol. 2 - John Jones' Declaration, January 15th, 1833: Age 77 years, eleven months and thirteen days; in 1773 he and two others commenced an improvement, or settlement, on the Great Kanawha in Greenbrier County now Kanawha County, seventy miles west of the frontier inhabitants; they were driven back in the spring of 1774 by the Indians to the settlements on Muddy Creek; volunteered in 1774 under Capt. Mathew Arbuckle to build a fort on Muddy Creek; in the fall of 1774 he volunteered under Captain Arbuckle, who raised a company to go with Lord Dunmore against the Indians; the company joined the division of the army under General Lewis; was in the whole of the battle of Point Pleasant, October 10th, 1774. In September, 1776, enlisted as a regular soldier under Capt. M. Arbuckle; marched to the mouth of the Great Kanawha, about 150 miles west of the inhabited country; other officers were First Lieut. Andrew Wallace, Second Lieut. William Woods, Ensign John Gallegher; they erected a fort at the mouth of the Great Kanawha (point Pleasant); here they were reinforced by Capt. McKee of Botetourt, First Lieut. William Moore, Ensign James Gilmore; Indians attacked and were repulsed and turned towards Donally's Fort in Greenbrier; in 1778 declarant was employed as an Indian spy; William and Leonard Morris, deceased, were spies with him; William Arbuckle (then of Mason County) was also in Dunmore's campaign.
- Vol. 2 - Jacob Persinger's Declaration, April 15th, 1833: Age 84; enlisted in 1775 under Capt. Mathew Arbuckle, First Lieut. Andrew Wallace, Second Lieut. _____ Wood, Third Lieut. John Galloway, Ensign Samuel Walker Regiment of Major Nevice served one year at Point Pleasant; was a citizen of Botetourt (now Alleghany).
Information on Matthew Arbuckle
If this helps, his father James Arbuckle arrived in VA in 1720. No one has proven his birthplace. Mathew supposedly was born in Balcony Falls, somewhere in [current] Boutetort Co, VA
Birth: 15 JUL 1740 in Port Glasgow, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Death: 27 JUL 1781 in Jackson River, Augusta County, Virginia
Spouses & Children
Frances Hunter (Wife)
Marriage: 17 DEC 1774 in , Botetourt County, Virginia
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Grave marker, Old Stone Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Lewisburg, Greenbrier, West Virginia, United States.
- The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky). (Chicago [Illinois]: University of Chicago Library, 1958), Sec. B, Pg. 7, 12 November 1992.
Arbuckle's Fort was built by the Virginia militia under Arbuckle's command following Indian attacks on settlers on the Allegheny frontier. Manned by 20 troops, but there is no evidence that they ever were actually attacked. Militia withdrew in 1775 but occupied the fort again during the Revolution. The fort was rediscovered in 1992[?] by Stephen McBride, a University of Kentucky archaeologist, who carried out excavations.