Captives of Abb's Valley
Captives of Abb's Valley. James Moore Brown. (1854) 2007. Unlike other areas Southwest Virginia and most of West Virginia continued to face the threat of Indian attacks from the end of the French and Indian War until General Wayne defeated the Indians in 1794. The Captives of Abb's Valley details the experiences of one family during this period.
Written in 1854 by the son of one of the captives, the story of Mary Moore's early life, capture and later return provides the reader with details of early pioneer life as well as its dangers. Both Mary and her brother James and their companion in captivity Martha Evans survived and left numerous descendants who intermarried with the Brown, Crow, Hummer, Morrison and Taylor families, among others.
Mary Moore's father, Captain James Moore, a second generation Scotch-Irish Presbyterian who married Mary Poage and whose siblings married into the Coalter, Harrison, McPheeter, Paxton, Steele, Walker and Wallace families came from the New Providence Church area of Augusta County. The story spans the period from their settlement in 1771/2 in Abbs Valley, a long narrow valley, pressing against the ridge of mountains that divides Virginia and West Virginia in present day Tazewell County to the death of Mary Moore in Rockbridge County in 1824.
Written in the style of the period with a strong focus on the merits of religious faith, the story also details the everyday life of the participants and provides a picture of what life was like for other families on the frontier. The detailed descriptions of clothing, the raising of livestock, the scarcity of cutlery, the booty collected by the Indians and their treatment of their captives are drawn from the experiences of the individuals involved many of whom the author knew personally.
Captives of Abb's Valley. Archive CD Books USA.