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Fort Defiance in Augusta County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

The Rev. John Craig


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By J. J. Prats, September 25, 2015
1. The Rev. John Craig Marker
Inscription. John Craig, born in County Antrim, Ireland, ad educated in Edinburgh, Scotland, immigrated to America in 1734. Ordained pastor in 1740 of the two churches known as Augusta Stone and Tinkling Sprint, Craig was Virginia's first settled Presbyterian minister west of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He led the construction of Augusta Stone Church and its defensive reinforcement. Craig, an Old Side minister who resisted the Great Awakening, traveled the backcountry to preach, baptize settlers, and organize congregations. With his wife, Isabella, he established a farm and raised six children. The Craigs are buried in the cemetery to the east.
Erected 2015 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number A-119.)
Location. 38° 14.27′ N, 78° 58.468′ W. Marker is in Fort Defiance, Virginia, in Augusta County. Marker is on Lee Highway (U.S. 11) just south of County Route 616, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Defiance VA 24437, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Augusta Stone Church (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Augusta Stone Church (within
The Rev. John Craig Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 25, 2015
2. The Rev. John Craig Marker
shouting distance of this marker); Augusta Military Academy (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Willow Spout (approx. 0.4 miles away); Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church (approx. 2.8 miles away); Grandma Moses in Augusta County (approx. 4.2 miles away); Piedmont Battlefield (approx. 4.4 miles away); Battle of Piedmont (approx. 4.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Defiance.
Also see . . .  My Geneology Home Page: Information About John Craig. “Let us now refer again to the Rev John Craig and his narrative. The territory occupied by his congregation was ‘about thirty miles in length and nearly twenty in breadth. The people agreed to have two meeting houses, expecting to have two congregations, as afterwards came to pass.’ The people of the Augusta, or stone church neighborhood, amongst whom Mr. Craig lived, ‘were fewer in numbers, and much lower as to their worldly circumstances, but a good natured, prudent, governable people, and liberally bestowed a part of what God gave them for religious and pious uses; always unanimous among themselves.’ ‘I have no trouble with them,’ says Mr. Craig, ‘about their meeting house. They readily fixed on the place, and agreed on the plan for building, it, and contributed cheerfully, money and labor to accomplish the work, all in the voluntary way, what every man pleased.’ But the people of the other section were, according to Mr. Craig’s way of thinking, a stiff-necked and perverse generation. He says: ‘That part now called Tinkling Spring was most in numbers, and richer than the other, and forward, and had the public management of the affairs of the whole settlement; their leaders close-moused about providing necessary things for pious and religious uses, and could not agree for several years upon a plan or manner, where or how to build their meeting-house, which gave me very great trouble to hold them together, their disputes ran so high. A difference happened between Colonel John Lewis and Colonel James Patton, both living in that congregation, which was hurtful to the settlement but especially to me. I could neither bring them to friendship with each other, or obtain both their friendships at once, ever after. This continued for thirteen or fourteen years, till Colonel Patton was murdered by the Indians. At that time he was friendly with me. After his death, Colonel Lewis was friendly with me till he died’.” (Submitted on September 27, 2015.) 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 123 times since then and 74 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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