Person:Charles Porterfield (4)

m. Bef 1750
  1. Eleanor PorterfieldEst 1745 to 1760 -
  2. Col. Charles Porterfield1750 - 1781
  3. Gen. Robert Porterfield1752 - 1843
Facts and Events
Name Col. Charles Porterfield
Gender Male
Birth? 1750 Frederick County, Virginia
Death? 10 Jan 1781 died from wounds in battle, Santee River, South Carolina

Records of Col. Charles Porterfield in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • Vol. 2 - Theophilus Wyatt's Declaration, October 25th, 1832: Born in Caroline County, July 28, 1760; resided some years in Caroline; thence, in his youth, removed to Hanover, where he entered the army; volunteered at Albermarle Barracks in the early spring of 1780 (about the last of February), when he became assistant to Col. Samuel Lewis, of Augusta, purchasing commissary for the troops and prisoners then stationed at the Barracks; from there he was ordered to Richmond, where he and Col. Lewis were furnished with money and proceeded to North Carolina to make purchases; he was taken sick, and left at Salisbury, where he remained two months; he returned to Richmond, where he was employed in the Quartermaster's department until the close of the war; he served first as assistant to Capt. Charles Russell, Quartermaster at Richmond; he took charge of the public store at Westham temporarily; he served also under William Rose, Granville Smith, and James Kemp, officers under Col. Charles Porterfield, then Quartermaster General of Virginia State Line; Rose, Smith, and Kemp acted as Porterfield's deputies; after the death of Col. Porterfield, who fell mortally wounded at Camden, South Carolina, his office was filled by Capt. Henry Young (afterwards General Young), under whom declarant was next in office in the Quartermaster's department; he was stationed at Richmond, Manchester, Westham, Goochland Court House, Charlottesville, and Staunton; he took an active part in removing the stores from point to point to prevent their capture when the enemy came to Richmond and Charlottesville; he drew pay and ranked as Captain in the Virginia State Line; he refers to the affidavits of Colonel Churchill Gibbs and Richard Wyatt. Shortly after the war, declarant was a merchant in Charleston, South Carolina; he removed thence to Georgia with store goods; thence back to Virginia, where he has resided in Caroline, Spottsylvania, Albermarle, Nelson, Rockbridge, and Augusta; he lives now twelve miles east of Staunton. General Robert Porterfield, an officer of the Revolution, deposes, he is brother of Lieut. Col. Charles Porterfield, Quartermaster General. 27th January, 1834: It is certified that Sally Wyatt is the widow of Theophilus Wyatt, and that he died 29th December, 1833. 29th January, 1834: It is certified that the next of kin of Theophilus Wyatt are Ann M. Wilson, wife of John Wilson; Mary A. Hillery, widow of Joseph Hillary; Elizabeth D. Wyatt, Theophilus G. A. Wyatt, Sally L. L. Wyatt, Virginia I. W. Wyatt, John W. L. Wyatt, the last three being infants.

Information on Charles Porterfield

From "Publications of the Southern History Association, Volume 6", by Southern History Association, 1909, pg. 113:


From March 3, 1776, to July 23, 1776, while a prisoner of war in Quebec.

[The Association is indebted to the generosity of Col. Geo. A. Porterfield, Charles-Town, W. Va., for the original diary. Before coming into his hands a part of it was published in the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography for October, 1901, (Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 144-152, Richmond, Va.), but for its historical value it is deemed best to issue it entire, especially since there have been enquiries as to its unabridged form. No changes have been made except in the spelling of a few words.

Mr. J. A. Waddell contributes to the Virginia Magazine the following as to the Journal and its author:

Charles Porterfield was a brother of General Robert Porterfield, of Augusta County, who died in 1843, doubtless having had the book in his possession. The late Mr. William Kinney, of Staunton, was a son-in-law and executor of General Porterfield, and thus obtained the book. Judge Hendren was the administrator of Mr Kinney, and the book with many other writings came into his hands. Charles Porterfield was born in Frederick County, Va., in 1750, and in 1775 joined the first company raised in that county, of which Daniel Morgan was captain. The company served first at Boston, and afterwards constituted a part of the command of Montgomery and Arnold in their expedition to Canada. Most of the men, including Morgan and Porterfield, were captured by the British at the assault on Quebec December 31, 1775, and detained as prisoners till late in 1776. After being exchanged he re-entered the service as a captain in Morgan's rifle corps, and participated in the battle of Saratoga. He spent the winter of 1777-78 at Valley Forge, and afterwards marched to South Carolina and was mortally wounded, Aug. 17, 1780.]


Chalkley's Augusta County Records [Biography of Charles Porterfield]
  1.   McIlhany, Hugh Milton. Some Virginia families: being genealogies of the Kinney, Stribling, Trout, McIlhany, Milton, Rogers, Tate, Snickers, Taylor, McCormick and other families of Virginia. (Staunton, Virginia: Stoneburner & Prufer, Printers, 1903)
    Page 30 to 32.

    This family, which settled originally in Pennsylvania, is said to be of Scotch-Irish descent. Two brothers, Charles and William, removed to Frederick County, Virginia, at an early date, the latter being the ancestor of Col. G. A. Porterfield of Charlestown, W. Va., and of numerous other descendants living in the lower Valley. Charles Porterfield had at least four children:

    1. Charles Porterfield, Jr., distinguished himself in the War of the Revolution, attaining the rank of Lieut-Colonel, and died from the effects of a wound received at the disastrous battle of Camden. He never married.

    2. Eleanor Porterfield married William Heath, Attorney -General of Kentucky, but left no children.

    3. Rebecca Porterfield lived with her brother Robert, and died
    at an old age unmarried.

    4. Robert Porterfield, known as General Porterfield, was also highly distinguished in the Revolutionary Army. His military service, as recorded at the War Department and given in Heitnian's "Historical Register" of the officers of the Continental Army, was as follows:— "2nd Lieut. 11th Va., 24th Dec, i776; 1st Lieut, 1st June 1777; Adjutant, 19th Apr. 1778; transferred to 7th Va, 14th Sep. 1778; Capt. Lieut., 2d July 1779; Capt., 16th Aug. 1779; taken prisoner at Charleston, 12th May, 1780; transferred to 2d Va., 12 Feb, 1781, and served to close of War". He then settled in Augusta County, on Oct. 8th, 1784 purchasing a fine estate below Waynesboro on South River, which he called "Soldiers' Retreat". Here he died Feb. 13, 1843. There is in the possession of Dr. C. P. Kinney of Crossville, 111., an old parchment signed by George Washington, being the certificate of membership of Capt. Robt. Porterfield in the Society of the Cincinnati, an organization instituted by the officers of the American Army at the close of the Revolution. He was at one time Colonel of the state militia, and during the War of 1812 was commissioned

    The Porterfield Family. 31

    Brigadier General of Virginia Volunteers; hence the title by which he was commonly known. He married Rebecca Farrar, daughter of Peter Farrar of Amelia County, by whom he had four children:

    (1). Charles Porterfield; died unmarried.
    (2). Mary C. (or Polly^ Porterfield, b. June 10, 1789; d. April ]6, 1852; m. June 18, 1818, Lewis Wayland of Augusta County (b. in 1787; d. Grant County, Ky., Feb. 4, 1857). They left a large family who have removed to Kentucky. Their daughter Rebecca Wayland married Robert H. Kinney; see §8.
    (3). John Porterfield married Betsy McCue, a sister of John and Col. Franklin McCue, and had only one child, Robert Porterfield, who married a daughter of John Wayt, and left one son, Robert Porterfield of Lewisburg, W. Va., who married a Miss McClung of Greenbrier County and had several children.
    (1). Rebecca Farrar Porterfield, married WiLLiAM Kinney;
    see §10.

    The line of descent of Rebecca Farrar, wife of General Rob-
    ert Porterfield, has not been certainly established in every point,
    but the following is taken from the sketch of the family given in the "Virginia Magazine of History and Biography":

    I. John Farrar of Hertford, England. His son,

    II. Nicholas Farrar or Ferrar, merchant of London and member of the Virginia Company, m. Mary Woodnoth.
    Their son (?),

    III. William Farrar or Ferrar, Member of the Council 1623 to 1633, m. Mrs. Cicely Jordan (?). His son,

    IV. William Farrar, Burgess 1659-'60, '61-'76, m. Mary. Their son,

    V. Maj . William Farrar, Burgess 1700-'02, m. Priscilla Baugh. Their son,

    VI. William Farrar, m. Judith Jefferson, first cousin of Thomas Jefferson. Their son, almost certainly, was —

    VII. Peter Farrar, b. June 6, 1730; m. Jan. 17, 1754, Mary Magdalene Chastain (b. Aug. 23, 1827; widow of James Cocke of Malvern Hills, and daughter of Dr. Stephen…