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Near Collierstown in Rockbridge County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Captain James Hall

Pioneer, Patriot, Farmer

— Died 1816 —

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Photographed By J. J. Prats, June 11, 2017
1. Captain James Hall Marker
Inscription.  Born and raised near this spot, James Hall bought 215 acres land on Buffalo Creek, Sept. 25, 1771. As a member of Murray’s company of Botetourt Militia, which was composed of men from the “Fork of James” area, he fought in the battle of Point Pleasant, Oct. 10, 1774. In 1777, he was commissioned Captain of a Militia Company, and he and his men were ordered to Ft. Randolph built on the battleground at Point Pleasant. There on Nov. 10, 1777 the Shawnee chief, Cornstalk, was killed and Hall and his men were charged with murder. Cornstalk was responsible for the massacre of many Rockbridge settlers including some of Hall’s family. Hall was tried and acquitted. He fought the British in Eastern Virginia in 1780 and 1781 participating in the battle of Hot Water near Williamsburg. His wife was Martha Gilmore. Their home of native stone still stands on the hill one half mile to the south. He established a school near his home and provided boarding for students. Hall’s School House operated for another generation after his death. James and Martha lie in this cemetery, their graves unmarked. Judge him not by today’s standards;
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rather by the harsh realities of frontier justice.

Dedicated September 14, 2008 in honor of The Reverend Dr. and Mrs. Horace Douty.
Erected 2008.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansSettlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary. A significant historical year for this entry is 1771.
Location. 37° 45.182′ N, 79° 33.658′ W. Marker is near Collierstown, Virginia, in Rockbridge County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Oxford Lane (Route 677) and Churchview Lane. It is in the Oxford Church graveyard, facing the entrance to the church. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 143 Oxford Ln, Lexington VA 24450, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Oxford Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Thorn Hill Estate (approx. 5.3 miles away); Falling Spring Presbyterian Church (approx. 6 miles away); New Monmouth Church and Morrison’s Birthplace (approx. 6.1 miles away); Jane Todd Crawford (approx. 6.1 miles away); New Monmouth Church (approx. 6.1 miles away); William Henry Ruffner (approx. 6.3 miles away); Liberty Hall Academy Ruins (approx. 6½ miles away).
Also see . . .  Rockbridge County Pioneers. On,
Captain James Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, June 11, 2017
2. Captain James Hall Marker
submitted by Janet Cowan. Excerpt: “James Hall was indicted for the murder of the Shawnee Indian Chief, Cornstalk, which occurred in Pt. Pleasant. It is recorded that Capt. James Hall became upset after learning that a relative by the name of Gilmore had been killed by an Indian while hunting. Capt. James Hall was very upset with Cornstalk’s past raids on neighbors, friends, and relatives (as well as other Indian massacres that occurred around Kerr's Creek in Rockbridge Co.,VA that left several dead and others abducted by the raiding Indians). Thus, he flew into a rage and ordered some of his men to kill Cornstalk who was at the Fort. Pt. Pleasant is currently located in Mason Co., WV. The place where this occurred can be seen at Tu-Endie-Wee Park in Pt. Pleasant. From Order Book I of Rockbridge Co.,VA on April 13, 1778, trial of Capt. James Hall for being concerned in the murder of Cornstalk Indian his son & two other chiefs of Indians on the 20th November last. Hall appeared & denied the facts with which he was charged. Trial was adjourned; he was tried again on April 28 and because no witness appeared before him, he was acquitted.” (Submitted on July 5, 2017.) 
Captain James Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, June 11, 2017
3. Captain James Hall Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on July 5, 2017. It was originally submitted on July 5, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 802 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 5, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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