The Massacre and Torture of the Moore Family at Abb’s Valley, Virginia
In 1786 there was an Indian massacre in the northeast corner of Tazewell County, about fourteen miles from Jeffersonville, in Abb’s Valley. This beautiful valley is situated between two ridges and is twelve miles long and less than a quarter wide. From the unpublished manuscript, Indian Atrocities Along the Clinch, Powell and Holston Rivers, pages 149–152. In 1772, Captain James Moore had moved his family from ockbridge County to Abbs Valley where, on September 7,1784, his young son James Moore Jr. had been taken captive by the Indians. He had been sent by his father to catch a horse and go to the mill. Two years later, about thirty Indians came to the home of Captain James Moore and killed his whole family, burned the house and fences. Mr. Moore had gone out to salt his horses while two men living with the family had gone oujt to a field to reap wheat. The Indians were lying in ambush watching the house and supposing that all the men were absent (which was their technique), rushed forward with all speed. “As they advanced they commenced firing and killed three children in the yard. Mr. Moore attempted to get to the house, but finding it surrounded, ran past through a lot in which the house stood. When he reached the fence he made a halt, and was short through with seven bullets. After more….