m. Est. abt. 1739
Facts and Events
Three brothers, David, Joel and Nathaniel Dryden, were among the first settlers of southwest Virginia. They came to the area from Augusta County about 1770, settling in the area north of Abingdon in the Wolf Creek, 15-Mile Creek, and Little Moccassin Creek watersheds. There are relatively few records for Nanthaniel in the area. Summers, 1929 cites a single record for him for March 21, 1781:
An inventory and appraisement of the estate of Nathaniel Dryden, deceased exhibited in Court and ordered to be recorded.
Nathaniel was among those killed at the Battle of Kings Mountain, 7 October 1780, serving as an ensign under Captain Robert Craig, Major William Edmondson and Col William Campbell. (See Source:Moss, 1990:70). Campbell's unit incurred the greatest loss of any during the Battle, and is recognized as having played the pivotal role in defeating the British The role of Campbell's men in this battle is summarized by another participant as: