Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Captain Mathew Arbuckle Of The Revolutionary War.

When I ran across Captain Mathew Arbuckle I don't realize there was so much on him on the web.  By researching him on the web you can find the men that served under him,and what he did in the war. You can also learn about his family as well. There are many good sites on him. One of the batter sites is when he was at Fort Randolph http://fortrandolph.org/index_files/facts.htm
I could go on and on but that would take you away from your time in your researching on him, good luck.

Fort Arbuckle.

Arbuckle's Fort was a militia fort built on Muddy Creek in Greenbrier County, Virginia (now West Virginia) during the Indian-Virginia War of 1774, commonly called Lord Dunmore's War. The fort was built and initially occupied by Captain Matthew Arbuckle and his militia company to guard the Muddy Creek settlers.

A series of Indian raids and militia counterattacks in the spring of 1774 prompted Virginia's colonial governor, Lord Dunmore, to order his militia to build a fort at the western approach to the relatively flat stretch of the Greenbrier Valley known as the Levels, site of present-day Lewisburg.

Construction took place under the direction of Capt. Matthew Arbuckle, whose militia company occupied the site, along with about 35 settler families living along Muddy Creek when Indian raiding parties were in the area. The fort was put to use almost as soon as it was completed.

In the summer of 1774, Indian raiders who had attacked a cabin along Muddy Creek and killed a settler fired on the fort as well, but failed to injure any of its occupants. In the fall of that year, Arbuckle and his garrison guided an army of 1,000 men under the command of Col. Andrew Lewis, the namesake of Lewisburg, up the Kanawha Valley to Point Pleasant, where the defining conflict of Lord Dunmore's war against the Indians took shape.

Indian-Settler warfare ended in the Greenbrier Valley by the end of the Revolutionary War. Arbuckle's Fort probably saw little use after this time. No written documentation has been located for the abandonment or dismantling of the fort, but this probably occurred in the 1780s or 1790s

Time Line.

1774?, Fort Randolph was ordered destroyed, in 1776, Captain Mathew Arbuckle was ordered to rebuild it. He was there from 1776 to December 5, 1777.

1776, Indian Spies Service, Captain Mathew Arbuckle, raises a company at Point Pleasant.

1777, Captain Mathew Arbuckle, has company on Elk River and later at Point Pleasant.

1777, Captain Mathew Arbuckle, had a compny out against the Indians on the head of Elk River and later was at Point Pleasant.

Greenbrier County.

1781, The Militia of this county were in service at Laferty's Forton at Indian Creek. Captain Mathew Arbuckle, was one of the most noted soldier of this county. After serving through the Indian Wars he was killed by a falling limb while riding beside Jackson River, in the McClintic neighborhood, in what is now Bath County. His body buried there near the place where he was killed.  I have recently learned that his grave must be on the lower edge of the property now owned by the Hon. George Revorcom on Jackson River.

Captain Mathew Arbuckle.

Born: July 15, 1740.
Death: June 28, 1781.
Father: James Arbuckle.
Mother: Margaret Arbuckle.
First wife: Jane Lockhart, married January 1768.
Second wife: Frances Hunter, married 1774.


Rene Borbon said...

Thanks for the article. Captain Arbuckle is/was my 5th great grandfather on my mother's side. I'm doing some research on him and am coming to the conclusion that I need to buy a biography on him - one was published in 1981, I believe. Captain Arbuckle's son, General (by brevet) Arbuckle also played a significant role in American history, under Andrew Jackson.

Anonymous said...

Marriage to Frances Hunter Lawrence:

Frances Lawrence

Event Date: 17 Dec 1774 Event Place: Botetourt, Virginia

Source:"Virginia, Marriages, 1785-1940," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XRC3-K26 : accessed 20 February 2015), Matthew Arbuckle and Frances Lawrence, 17 Dec 1774; citing Botetourt, Virginia, reference Pg 4; FHL microfilm 30,734.