Facts and Events
Valentine Yocum was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Records of Valentine Yocum's Administration in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Page 318.--21st March, 1764. Charles Lynch's bond (with Wm. Thompson, Alex. Thompson) as administrator of Valentine Yoacum.
Valentine Yocum killed in "Massacre at Muddy Creek"
The following is an account of Valentine "Felty" Yocum's murder in the "Massacre at Muddy Creek":
- On Saturday, July 16, 1763, a party of 80 or 90 Shawnees, led by Chief Cornstalk and assisted by the great War Chief Puksinwah, having crossed over the Ohio River, swept up the Kanawha on a murderous rampage. Simultaneously they hit the Frederick See family, and the Felty Yocum family (Felty was a cousin of Frederick Michael See) whose cabin was nearby. According to all accounts, the Indians suddenly appeared at the Frederick See cabin, with all of the appearance of friendship. The Sees welcomed them, and as it was near to mealtime they offered to share their food with the Indians. The Shawnees agreed, no doubt building cooking fires out of doors in order to feed such a large number of people. The meal finished, the Indians lounged around for a bit and rested. Suddenly with a whoop the Indians fell upon their hosts, killing the father (Fredrick Michael See) , his son-in-law (Littleberry Roach) and Felty Yocum, scalping them before the eyes of their families. It is not known why Frederick and Catherine's son George wasn't also killed as he was 22 years old at the time. Perhaps he offered no resistance. Other men and older boys were killed.