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Andrew Skidmore, Sr.

Birthdate: (77)
Birthplace: Ruddle, Pendleton, Virginia
Death: November 15, 1827 (77)
Sutton, Braxton, Virginia, United States
Place of Burial: Sutton, Braxton, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Edward Skidmore and Agnes Skidmore
Husband of Margaret Skidmore
Father of James S. Skidmore; Andrew William Skidmore; Nancy Skidmore; Mary Jane Chenoweth; Sarah Coberly and 6 others
Brother of Elizabeth Friend; Sarah "Sally" Friend; Major John A Skidmore, Sr.; Joseph Skidmore, III; James Skidmore and 13 others
Half brother of Thomas Skidmore

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About Andrew Skidmore, Sr.

DAR Ancestor #: A104673

In 1774, at age 24, Andrew was a private in his brother Capt. John Skidmore's company, the Greenbrier Militia. He was a daring and reckless soldier and Indian fighter. His hostility to the Indians did not cease after peace had been declared. Stories related to historians have been written about follows:

  He and two others were imprisoned in Pendleton County for killing Indians but, the sympathy of the citizens caused their release without the form of laws. A man named Stroud, had been killed in what is known as the Strouds Glade by the Indians in 1792. William Hacker, a Mr. Kittle, Bill White and others, had murdered Captain Bull and his little tribe of the Cherokee Nation, said to compose of five or six famiies, a remnant of friendly Indians who had sought shelter from their Northern enemies and built a small fort on the banks of the Little Kanawha River. Andrew Skidmore, said after they killed the Indians all of them, they stepped in a trough of bear's oil to grease their moccasins, and went on. Whether he had participated in that unjustified slaughter or had the account given to him by lips of the other parties, is not known, but, the inference is he was along. His grand-daugter, Nellie Rodgers, lived in Roane County, West Virginia, was suppose to have told this story when she was ninety-eight.

This sturdy old soldier and pioneer with stading the hardships for independence and a long fight with the Indians, helped blaze the way for civilization in the western world.

Andrew Skidmore, married Margaret Johnson of Randolph County (western) Virginia. They settled on the Tygarts Valley River near the town of Elkins. Andrew, owned four hundred acres of valuable land. The date, November 24th, 1777, is entered on the deed.

Joseph, an elder brother entered on the same date, three hundred ad fifty acres adjoining.

Andrew undertook the task to dig a ditch to carry water across a botoom at a long horseshoe bend, to securewater power to run a grist mill. He never completed this enterprise. Although the ditch remained to be seen for many years. The old soldier had spirit to undertake this project; to try and harness the water of the Tygart Valley River ad make it usefu; to man.

He served as a private in the Virginia Militia and participated in the Battle of Point Pleasant

October 1774 under the command of his brother, Captain John Skidmore. Taking refuge in a hollow log with his nephew, Andrew Friend, the log become very crowded. Andrew pointed out another log nearby and in doing so, an Indian shot off his right fore finger, his brother John was wounded in the hip in the same battle. It is reported that Andrew participated in several savage incidents with the Indians.

Andrew served in

the VA Militia in Lord Dunmore's war and had a finger shot off at the

Battle of Point Pleasant. He also served the Colonies in the American


n 1774, Andrew Skidmore fought in the Battle of Point Pleasant as a Private in a Company led by his brother, Captain John Skidmore. He was a "daring and reckless" soldier and indian fighter. He was married to Margaret Johnson in 1783. Note: Andrew's county of birth and county of death is correct, but the reader is reminded that West Virginia didn't become a separate state from Virginia until 20 June 1863.

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Andrew Skidmore, Sr.'s Timeline

November 8, 1750
Ruddle, Pendleton, Virginia
August 16, 1784
Age 33
Elkins, WV, United States
March 20, 1786
Age 35
Randolph, (W)VA
December 25, 1787
Age 37
Randolph Co, West Virginia, United States
February 14, 1789
Age 38
Elkins, Randolph, Virginia, United States
Age 41
Randolph County, VA, USA
Age 43
April 16, 1796
Age 45
Elkins, Randolph, West Virginia, USA
March 15, 1798
Age 47
Pendleton, Virginia, United States