Second Series, Vol. 7, No. 2 (Apr., 1927), pp. 139-141
West Virginia Revolutionary Ancestors: Whose Services Were Non-Military and Whose Names, Therefore, Do Not Appear in Revolutionary Indexes of Soldiers and Sailors By Anne Waller Reddy (Google eBook)
BY J. T. McAllister
HOT SPRINGS, VA.
McAllister Publishing Co., Hot Springs, Virginia
Copyrighted 1913 by J. T. McAllister.
Lists Nicholas Woodfin and Archibald Wood
1777. Capt. Archibald Wood's Company was serving against the Indians on Bluestone, 44.
During the year that himself, Philip Cavender, and Nicholas Woodfin were detailed as spies by Capt. Wood, he served at the imminent hazard of his life, lying out by night with no covering but his blanket and no shelter but the forest, the scream of the panther or the yell of the Indian reminded him of his duty to his country. After four years Capt, Gray, of Rockbridge took command of the company. In the spring of 1782, all signs of the savage disappearing from near the settlements, he left the service. When ordered by Capt, Gray to the head of Bluestone, after marching twenty miles, all but himself refused to go further. An old man named McGuire wished to go to the settlement, and one David Clay showing the way, we started and soon found we were pursued by some 10 or 12 Indians. Sometimes we were in mud to our knees, or in water to our necks. At dark the pursuers set up a tremendous yell, but we heard no more of them, and at length arrived where we were ordered, declarant having traveled 40 miles that day after nine in the morning.
(Text also quoted in Kegley's Virginia frontier: the beginning of the Southwest : the Roanoke of colonial days, 1740-1783 (Google eBook)p. 657
Virginia Military Records - Montgomery County - page 209-10
West Virginians in the American Revolution
Regarding William Hutchinson service p. 142-3
Daughters of the American Revolution magazine, Volumes 43-45, 1913
3192 (8) Hutchinson Several men by name of William Hutchinson served during the Rev One served in the Navy another lived in Spotsylvania Co a third received a Bounty Warrant a fourth William Hutchison served in the 111 Division on the frontiers and a fifth William Hutcheson also served All these are mentioned in List of Va Rev Soldiers and may refer to one and the same man but in that fine work by McAllister Virginia Militia in the Revolution pp 75 and 6 we find that William Hutchison of Monroe Co now West Va applied for a pension Oct 17 1835 In it he stated that he was born in Augusta Co 1757 volunteered in 1776 under Capt John Henderson to guard the frontier began service in May at Cook's Fort marched across New River through the present Co of Giles then thinly peopled and served as ranger being on constant duty The next spring volunteered under Capt Archibald Wood to serve so long as the Indians might be troublesome In the fall the company marched up Bluestone to the settlement near it's head to protect the people gathering their fodder and he was in places where probably few persons except Indians had ever been He served thus for four years except that for one year of this time he and two others were detailed as spies by Capt Wood arduously ar d almost constantly ranging back and forth from Cook's Fort to Wood's Fort on Rich Creek The country was wild and mountainous Frequently he carried orders in the night when he could hear not far off the yell the whistle or the weary tread of the savage If orders were to be sent express he was the one usually selected During the year that Philip Cavender Nicholas Woodfin and he served as spies they would lie at night with no covering but their blankets no shelter but the forest the scream of the panther and the yell of the Indian reminding them of their duty to their country After four years of this service Capt Gray of Rockbridge Co took charge and in the spring of 1782 all signs of the Indian having disappeared he left the service When ordered by Capt Gray to the head of Bluestone all the soldiers except himself refused to go further after they had marched twenty miles An old man named McGuire wished to go to the settlement and David Clay leading the way a party started thither but soon found they were being pursued by Indians Sometimes they were in mud to their knees or in water to their necks to escape At dark the pursuers set up a tremendous yell but nothing more was heard from them and after having traveled forty miles in one day they finally reached the settlement Wm Hutchinson s claim was allowed This is probably the one desired although there is record of still another William Hutchison who served as Ensign from Loudon Co Va (McAllister, p 269) Gen Ed
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