[From Scott County Herald Virginian, July 1, 1965]
Virginia State Papers, Volume III, page 424, Colonel Arthur Campbell writing to the Governor of Virginia on January 20, 1783, has this to say:
"On Christmas day last (1782) the Indians attacked the house of John English on Clinch, in this county, scalped and otherwise grievously wounded a young man of the name of Cox, overtaken in ye field. The second day afterwards as the Indians was making off toward the head of Sandy River came on three hunters, two of whom they killed.
"This attack at so uncommon a season and notwithstanding General Clark's success, has disheartened the whole settlement of Clinch greatly. In so much that they have come to a resolution to abandon the river early in the spring if some apparently effectual measures are not set on foot for their protection. A fort erect on Sandy River, west of the Laurel Ridge seems to me the only probable measure..."
Col. Campbell in the above relating to the attack on the home of John English, who lived on what is now known as Sugar Hill overlooking the town of St. Paul, VA, does not say what took place when the house was attacked. We must assume that no harm was suffered by the John English family at this time, however, his wife and two small sons were killed upon this same spot by the Indians in 1787.
Campbell states that a man by the name of Cox (but gives no first name) "overtaken in ye field was scalped and otherwise grievously wounded". He does not say whether the field was at the English home or at some more distant place. At that date the only record we have of a Cox family was those living on Stoney Creek in the vicinity of Ft. Blackmore and it may be that Cox was slain somewhere in this vicinity.
Campbell further states that the "second day afterwards, as the enemy was making off toward the head of Sandy River they came across three hunters , two of whom they killed." In all probability one of these slain hunters was James Green who lived on Stoney Creek near Ft. Blackmore, but there is a slight discrepancy in dates given by "two days afterwards" and the actual date (December 31) when Green was killed. Campbell seems to lump all three events under two dates, but in all probability it was the same band of Indians on the raiding party who committed the acts he refers to, beginning on the 25th of December and committing the last act on the 31st, with that of the slaying of Cox sometime between these two dates.
The date of James Green's death is proven by Russell County Court Order Book 3, page 266, date December 27, 1803, which entry reads: "Ordered that it be certified to the Registar of the Land Office that it is proven to this court that James Green is the son and heir-at-law of James Green who was killed by the savages on the 31st of December, 1782, and that the said James Green, the younger, was born on the 12th of February, 1783."
Local tradition places the spot where James Green was slain as near the mouth of Indian Creek at Pound, VA, which tradition may be correct as to place since Indian Creek certainly must have gotten the name from some incident connected with Indians. The local tradition goes further and states that Charles Kilgore of King's Mountain fame was the other hunter killed and a man named McKinney as the one who escaped. This writer has searched high and low to prove this, but all evidence points to the contrary. Charles Kilgore who fought at Kings Mountain was living in Greene County, TN, where he applied for a pension in 1809 due to disability resulting from his Revolutionary services and was still alive in 1820. He is also not to be confused with his son, Charles Kilgore, Jr., who also served in the Revolution, went to Greene County for a short time, and after living at several other places, including a return to his old home on Clinch, finally settled in Daviss County, IN, where he died November 20, 1844.
The James Green who was slain had married Jane Porter, daughter of Patrick Porter of Porter's Fort and had only one child James Green, Jr., who was born after his father was slain. His widow later married Robert "Robin" Kilgore, the noted Baptist Preacher of Scott County, VA, and together they built the old Kilgore Fort House, still standing west of Nickelsville on Moccasin Creek and here spent the remainder of their lives.
The question still remains, who was the other hunter who was killed and was the third hunter who was killed and was the third hunter who escaped really named McKinney, and if so, what was his first name?
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