Near Fairmont in Marion County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Captain James Booth
Captain Booth migrated from the valley of Virginia to this valley in 1768-and founded the first settlement here in 1772.
He was fired upon and killed by a party of Shawnee Indians on June 16th 1778, at a point on the near shore of the stream about 200 yards below here and lies buried at this spot.
He was a highly esteemed man of education and character, a surveyor, pioneer settler, and patriot.
A friend of General Washington under whom he served as an officer, and with whom he made a surveying and exploring expedition in the great Kanawha Valley.
Erected by Major William Haymond Chapter, D.A.R.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & Settlers • War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical date for this entry is June 16, 1778.
Location. 39° 26.114′ N, 80° 12.247′ W. Marker is near Fairmont, West Virginia, in Marion County. Marker is on Industrial Park Road (County Route 58) 0.2 miles north of Vankirk Drive, on the right when traveling north. Marker is on a ridge in a field on the east Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fairmont WV 26554, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. NASA (approx. half a mile away); Monongah Heroine (approx. 1.8 miles away); Italian-American Immigrants Memorial Bell (approx. 1.8 miles away); Monongah Disaster (approx. 1.8 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.8 miles away); Original Saint Anthony Church Bell (approx. 2.1 miles away); Monongah Mine Disaster Memorial (approx. 2.2 miles away); a different marker also named Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fairmont.
More about this marker. There is no place to safely park near the marker along Industrial Park Road. It can only be reached on foot from a nearby side road.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 23, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. This page has been viewed 414 times since then and 142 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 23, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.