Waddell's Annals of Augusta County, Virginia, from 1726 to 1871


Kentucky, and resolved that two of their prisoners should be burned at the stake in retaliation. The victims selected were Mrs. Moore and her daughter, Jane, who was about sixteen years of age.

The mother and daughter were tied to stakes in the presence of Miss Evans and Mary, and tortured with splinters and fire-brands till death released them from suffering. An old squaw, touched with some feeling of humanity, shortened Mrs. Moore’s agony by despatching her with a hatchet.

Mary Moore remained a prisoner about three years. She carried with her from home two copies of the New Testament, one of which was taken from her by the young savages; the other she retained during her captivity, an old Indian often making her read to him, that he might hear “the book talk.” She fell into the hands of white people who were more cruel to her than the Indians. Her brother James heard through Indians of the fate of his father’s family, and that Mary was not far from him. He managed to communicate with her, and after a while to see her. He found her almost naked, having on only a few rags.

Thomas Evans, a brother of Martha, went in search of the captives, and found them. They were ransomed, and in October, 1787, were restored to relatives in the Valley. They first rested on their return at the house of William McPheeters, ten miles southwest of Staunton.

James Moore, Jr., returned to Abb’s Valley, and lived there till his death, in 1848, a highly respectable citizen. Mary Moore became the wife of the Rev. Samuel Brown, long pastor to {typo corrected} New Providence church, Rockbridge. Five of her sons were Presbyterian ministers, one of them, the Rev. Samuel Brown, Jr., whose narrative of the Kerr’s Creek massacres we have quoted, and another, the Rev. William Brown, for many years pastor of Augusta church.



was born in July, 1739, either in County Down, Ireland, or on the long passage across the Atlantic. His father was Thomas Waddell, who, it is believed, was a son of William Waddell, one of the prisoners captured at Bothwell Bridge, in 1679, as mentioned in a previous note. Thomas Waddell settled in Eastern Pennsylvania, near the Delaware State line. His youngest son, James, had his left hand nearly severed from the wrist during his early boyhood, by an axe wielded by an older brother, who was cutting into a hollow tree in pursuit of a hare; and although the hand,

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