Peter Grancer Looney, Sr. (1734 - 1760) MP

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Birthplace: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: Died in Augusta/Botetourt, Virginia, United States
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About Peter Grancer Looney, Sr.

In 1754, he purchased 250 acres on Craig's Creek.

The four creeks which in sequence ran into the James River were Craig's Creek, Catawba Creek, Looney's Creek and Purgatory Creek. The Roanoke and James Rivers were perhaps 40 miles apart. The nearest fort was Fort Lewis on the Roanoke, near Colonel James Campbell's place. Fort Vause was 12 miles farther, on the South Fork of the Roanoke near Captain James Robinson's place.

In 1756, during the French and Indian War (before his marriage to Margaret), he was a sergeant in Captain Smith's Company and was in a detachment to garrison Fort Vause. It was attacked by Indians and everyone was killed or captured. Lt John Smith was killed and his father Captain John Smith, was captured.

Peter Looney was wounded in the shoulder and captured and held for a year. They were taken to the French-held Fort Detroit. They left Fort Detroit in April 1757 to travel to Fort Niagara. There, Peter and another prisoner, William Philips, escaped from their captors and travelled 200 miles to Oswego, New York and down Mohawk River to Albany. They arrived there July 12, 1757. An account of his ordeal was published in 6-8 September 1757 in the London Chronicle, which incorrectly spelled Peter's surname Lewney.

From Albany, Peter found his way home to Virginia. The House of Burgesses Committee found the "Peter Looney behaved well in defense of the fort, and received a wound in his shoulder, and was taken prisoner and kept in captivity about a year, the enemy taking from his ... a horse, saddle, bridle, rifle, and wearing apparel ..." He was granted 46 pounds, sixteen pence, reimbursement and as a reward for his bravery in defending Fort Vause, was given a grant of 200 acres.

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Peter Looney, Sr.'s Timeline

Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
October 11, 1758
Age 24
Augusta, Virginia, United States
March 13, 1760
Age 26
Augusta/Botetourt, Virginia, United States
October 1, 1760
Age 26
Augusta/Rockridge, Virginia, United States